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How to Book the Perfect Wedding Venue

3 Steps to Choosing Your Dream Wedding Venue

What’s the first thing you do after getting engaged?

Well, besides take tons of ring photos of you & your NEW fiancé & that bling…

 

SEARCH FOR YOUR WEDDING VENUE!

 

But where do you start? With so many options, it can get overwhelming quickly. So here are 3 helpful tips to booking your perfect wedding venue.

Summer engagement session in Germantown area Nashville, TN Film Photography

1.  Decide on You & Your Fiancé’s Wedding Style

Do you prefer old homes, modern empty spaces? Or perhaps you want as much open land as possible? There are many stunning venues on farms and outdoors resorts that provide plenty of space for both indoor and outdoor.

The style you decide on will largely narrow down your search, allowing you & your fiancé to be confident about choosing a venue you will love both on wedding day & in the images you look back on.

* And hint, hint Brides.

Look for venues that provide beautiful bridal suites to get ready in, like The Cordelle in Nashville, TN.

 

Bride getting ready in The Cordelle bridal suite in Nashville, TN

 

2.  Services Included & Required

Before you put down a deposit on a venue, make sure you have asked the following questions:

– What vendors do you provide (if any).

– Do you require me to book specific vendors?

– What sort of insurance must I provide to host a wedding at this venue?

– Do you have any restrictions on photographers or other vendors?

– What parts of the venue are included? Are there any areas, furniture, etc. that are not included with the venue?

– Is alcohol allowed on the premise? Is there any extra charge for this?

 

Understanding these requirements before you book will ensure you are happy with later vendor choices & will keep you from being surprised by later fees, costs.

 

Reception Hall in Belle Meade, TN for Fall Wedding

3.  Convenience & Cost

Last but not least, it’s important to look at the details of cost & convenience. While many choose to book venues that are 1+ hours from their home, it’s wise to really consider whether or not this will make planning difficult in the months prior to your wedding.

Another important aspect to consider is parking. While this may seem unimportant at the moment, creating a safe, accessible parking area for some venues can be very difficult. Some venues are well-worth the extra transportation costs, but make sure you are aware before you book.

And, of course, cost. Like I said above, some venues include everything, while others limit your accessibility to certain elements of the venue. When considering your budget & the venue you want, make sure that these extra costs are accounted for. Examples might include extra costs for: heating lamps, covered areas of the venue, venue lighting, parking/valet, etc.

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about booking your dream wedding!

 

XO,

 

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