Wedding Venue Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

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Hello lovelies! I have some VERY exciting news… Troy and I have an official wedding date! We are getting married in OCTOBER 2019! Save the date because you are all invited to watch my wedding unfold via this blog!😉

There is LOTS to do before the big day. I hope you’ll keep reading and come along with me on the entire adventure!


Here are some of my wedding venue tips, important questions to ask, and a closer look into what I am doing for my own wedding:

Book Your Venue First

When it comes to wedding planning, I suggest booking your venue first! Venues fill up very quickly… in fact, most places tell you to book at least 2 years in advance. Lucky for me, Troy and I chose a wedding date that is a little under 2 years away.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

Make sure to look around! I browsed through A LOT of venues. I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars if we were not doing a destination wedding… and Troy wanted our wedding close to home so that all of our family was able to make it. My style has also changed a lot over the years, as well… I always thought I wanted a rustic wedding. I realize now that my style is more elegant and fresh. It is okay to change your mind and come up with new ideas!

Ask a LOT of Questions

Troy and I scheduled a sit down meeting with our wedding venue to ask important questions and tour the facility. It was so crucial for me to actually visit the venue and meet the people who will be there on our big day. I brought a list of questions for myself, Troy, and the owner for our meeting.

Here are all of the questions that we went over:

  1. Do you have my date available?
  2. Will my wedding be the only one on my date?
  3. Can we hold a rehearsal the day before?
  4. What is the minimum and maximum number of guests the venue holds?
  5.  What is included in the rental price?
  6. What is not included that we will need to provide ourselves?
  7. Can I use vendors of my choice?
  8. Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
  9. Do you set up and tear down the items that you provide?
  10. Can I see samples of items you provide?
  11. Will there be a day-of onsite coordinator?
  12. How many people on staff will be assisting us the day of the wedding?
  13. When can I begin set up on my wedding day?
  14. What is the rain plan?
  15. Are there any restrictions on the use of the space?
  16. Are there any noise restrictions?
  17. Are there any photography/videography restrictions?
  18. Do we need any kind of permits or insurance for the wedding?
  19. Is there a bridal room and groom suite?
  20. What time do guests have to leave the venue?
  21. When do we need the final headcount?
  22. Are there any other fees not included in the cost?
  23. When is the balance due?
  24. What is your cancellation policy?

Do a Lot of Thinking

After our meeting/tour, they put our date on hold for a week and Troy and I had time to think. I spent that time imagining what we could do with the space, weighing the pros and cons, and finally deciding TO BOOK OUR VENUE!

The wedding is still 20 months out, but it feels a lot more real now that we have a date and a place! We are getting married on a 10 acre lot with a large pond, a barn, a cottage, a house, a covered brick patio (where our reception will be), and a gazebo (where our ceremony will be)! We are having a small and intimate wedding, with less than 100 people. I am so excited to see the space come together and most of all- I can’t wait to marry my best friend!

Are any of you in the process of wedding planning or have already planned a wedding? Leave your link below- I’d love to read more wedding blogs!


Watch Our Wedding Unfold:

I’M ENGAGED!!! The ring, the proposal, and all the other juicy details…

Half a Decade…

Get To Know Me Better…

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15 thoughts on “Wedding Venue Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

  1. First let me congratulate you on setting your date! I’ve not written a blog post our wedding (yet) but I saw a post on Pinterest whilst we were planning ours that rang so true in the end. I went along the lines of ‘ I’m planning two weddings, the one I’m actually having and the one I can’t afford’

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  2. Congrats! First huge step in wedding planning, done! I have a couple of blog posts on wedding stuff!

    https://caitlyn338.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/wedding-dress-shopping-advice/#more-1442

    https://caitlyn338.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/wedding-decor-and-more/#more-1388

    And again with the comment above, make sure you and your fiancé are happy with everything and do not let anyone pressure you guys to doing something you do not like! It’s your day 💕

    Good luck, if you need any other advice feel free to ask! ❤️

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  3. Glad you got the date you wanted. Our choice at our preferred location was July 2019 with no AC or wait until 2023. So, new venue hunt. I have one in mind and I am calling them tomorrow. Luck.

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  4. Congratulations on your engagement! After reading through a few of your posts, I see that we have a few things in common! My fiancé and I got engaged last June, after being together for 5 years and 2 months. We chose to have somewhat of a long engagement as well, almost 2 years! Our wedding date is set for April 5, 2019, which will be our 7 year anniversary! It’s fun to see what other Brides 2 Be are doing along their wedding planning journey! I will definitely be following your blog:) I’m also writing a wedding blog. Come check it out if you’d like! https://bridingonabudget.wordpress.com

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