Forget the dress, the catering and the flowers for a moment. Usually, what will make or break the wedding is the venue. Choose a facility that can’t handle the crowd and it is hard for people to enjoy themselves. Pick a place that isn’t suitable for weddings and creating the right atmosphere will be a challenge. This is why you can’t pick a venue based on photos on a website. Here are a few tips on picking the right hall or venue for your wedding.

Know the Necessary Capacity

The venue must be able to hold the number of guests you’ve invited. If their capacity is close to what you have planned, it will feel overcrowded.

You don’t want a facility that’s too big, either. Guests will feel lost in all the space, and you’re wasting money, too. This is why you must know how many guests you’re going to handle and then narrow down your list of prospective venues to those that can handle a slightly larger crowd. This can save you from disaster if you forget to factor in all the guests plus one invitations you sent out.

Create a Budget

Weddings cost money, and the venue rental may be one of the biggest line items in the budget. Before you start shopping for venues, determine how much you can afford to spend on the rental. Then you can narrow down the choices based on what you can afford. Knowing your price ceiling saves you the pain of falling in love with a place you can’t afford.

Choose a Theme

Not every venue will work with the wedding aesthetic. Nor will every location suit your personality. The first step to curating a list of potential venues is to choose a theme.

A venue like Adlington Hall, for instance, would be perfect for a traditional wedding for those who don’t want to hold it in a church. The large, spacious hall can hold hundreds, while the historic paintings add elegance and a sense of history to the event.

Decide the type of venue you’d like to rent, and you can start narrowing down the choices based on other criteria. Any venue that regularly caters to these types of weddings should be near the top of your list.

Know Your Non-Negotiables

Know your non-negotiables before you start calling up potential venues so you can ask if they allow what you want for your wedding. If you have your heart set on a particular caterer, a venue that requires you to hire their caterer will be off the list. Other venues will require you to use their suppliers like photographers or bakers. If you want a band to perform at the wedding reception, verify that the venue allows it. If you want to have fireworks, flame eaters or any similar type of entertainment, check to see if the venue permits it.

Visit More than Once

You should visit the venue more than once before you sign on the dotted line. Verify that the facility’s lighting is perfect for a wedding. Make certain that the facility still feels right for your wedding before you commit.


No matter what type of wedding you’re planning, our tips will help you find the perfect wedding venue. And by taking all the key matters into account, you’ll avoid the problems that make too many dreams turn into nightmares.

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