You only get married once, so you want to make sure that the day is perfect. There is a lot that goes into a wedding. You have to make decisions about the food, wedding cake, music, photography, wedding party, guests, and so much more. However, choosing the venue is one of the first and most important decisions that you will make. The venue sets the vibe for your wedding. Here is how to pick a venue that meets your needs. 

Location | You need to select where you want to have the wedding. Do you want it to be a destination wedding that people travel to? These weddings can be great, but if you want lots of family and friends to join, it might limit who can attend. If you are planning on inviting lots of guests to your wedding, you should consider where your venue will be in relation to the airport or other major transportation like Banquet Hall, which is only 30 minutes away from LAX. If guests will require accommodations, are there hotels nearby that can provide people a place to stay in an area of town they will enjoy? These are just a few things to consider when thinking about where to start looking for a venue. 

Space | You don’t want 50 people in a space for 500 or 200 people crammed into a space for 100. Getting the spacing just right can be tricky. Generally, it is smart to plan for a space that is larger than your guests, but not so large that you are spending more money than necessary. Filling the building to capacity can make the space feel too crowded and put pressure on much needed facilities like restrooms. 

Amenities | What does the event venue offer in terms of services? Can they provide food and service? Do they have a built in speaker system with an A/V set up that you or a DJ can hook into easily, or will you need to rely on a vendor for providing sound equipment? In some ways, the more that the venue offers, the easier it can make your life. A big question is will the venue provide cleaning services after your big day? If not, you may want to recruit your guests and wedding party to help so that you don’t end up paying a fine or losing your deposit. 

Parking | It may seem like a given that a venue will have adequate parking, but this isn’t always the case. Ask the venue about their parking capacity and make sure it can accommodate the number of guests you are inviting. If you will be serving alcoholic drinks on your wedding day, it may be wise to arrange a shuttle service to and from the venue so that people don’t have to drive.