It’s important you’re happy with the venue where you’ll celebrate your wedding. It’s where your friends and family will gather together and you want to make sure the vibe is right to ensure a fun, relaxed day and night.
Sam and I celebrated our wedding in a marquee on my parents country property, so we didn’t have to book a venue for our wedding reception – and just as well, we had a 3.5 month engagement!
I feel very blessed to have been photographing weddings for 9 years, I think I’ve probably shot over 100 (!) beautiful weddings in some amazing venues.
I’ve witnessed some incredible service from venues, and unfortunately…some, not so incredible.
Here’s 5 things you should do before booking your wedding venue.
1. Make sure you visit the venue at the same time of when your wedding will be held. This is especially important if you’re getting married outside. You want to make sure the sun isn’t in your eyes so you’re not squinting when you say your vows. Also, take note of any light and weird shadows that might be created on your face from the angle of the sun.
2. Be clear on the style and feel you want to achieve for your wedding. The venue is so important to determine how you want your day to feel. A little tip: if possible, consider having the wedding and reception at the same place. It’s always just a little more relaxing when you don’t need to travel between locations.
3. Meet the venue co-ordinater and make sure you get along and are on the same page. You’ll be dealing directly with them a lot before the day and you want the process to be as pain-free as possible! Make sure they will be the ones there on the day too. Don’t be afraid to ask all the questions!
4. Investigate wet weather alternatives if you plan to get married outside.
5. Ask if you will be the only wedding taking place on your date. At the cocktail reception of a wedding I was at recently there was another ceremony taking place just metres away, and a third wedding had just finished as well! Ideally, you’ll want to be the only event on-site to avoid confusing your guests and potentially less set up time and limited venue access.
I hope these tips help you plan a day to remember! Do you have anything to add? If you’ve been to lots of weddings, what are some of your favourite wedding venues? I’d love to hear from you! Especially if you have any amazing Brisbane recommendations. x