Picking a venue can be one of the most stressful parts of the wedding planning experience. The key to making the right choice is to narrow down your criteria for the perfect wedding venue. Create a checklist of things to consider before making your final pick. Here are three key questions that you need to answer before you choose a wedding venue.

Does the size of your wedding match the venue?

The size of your wedding will ultimately influence the venue you choose. How many guests are you expecting? Are you having 50 guests, 100 guests or 300 guests? Yes, it’s your special day, but you have to put your guests first, too and make sure they’re in a venue that can seat them comfortably.


Do you and your fiancé want a religious wedding?

If the answer is yes, this will dramatically shrink the number of venues available. Most traditional religious wedding ceremonies need to be done in a place of worship. Some places of worship have strict dress codes and may frown upon revealing dresses. They may even be averse to elaborate wedding decorations. These details must be clarified before the venue is booked and guests are invited.


How much work are you willing to do yourself?

Let’s say you want to have your wedding in a barn. Are you and your relatives responsible for clearing the cows and the hay? Are you going to hire a wedding planner to do that for you? Can you pay him or her enough to move Ricky the Rooster or Bessie the Cow out and move your wedding setup in? These are all essential details that you need to keep in mind.

Choosing a wedding venue doesn’t have to be a stressful. All you need to have is a clear vision of your wedding logistics and the amount of work you and your loved ones are willing to put in. Happy hunting!