Finding the perfect venue for your wedding is one of the toughest decisions when it comes to wedding planning. You know you’re making a significant investment that will define the evening and it’s got to be just right.

Your venue sets up the wedding experience for your guests, and since they’re all there to celebrate you, you want them to have a great time, right? Here are some things to consider when choosing your wedding venue.

 

Is there sufficient parking and transportation?

“It was a great wedding, but parking was…” Who wants a parking lot to get in the way of a great party? Start the night off right by paying attention to this key detail, particularly if you’re considering a wedding venue out in nature or if you’re expecting guests who may have mobility challenges or young children in tow.

We’ve all had those moments when we arrive somewhere on time only to realize the parking is a kilometre away. It’s nobody’s idea of a good time, especially not when there’s eating, dancing and a celebration of love supposed to happen.

Consider your guests’ transportation needs—including getting home safe afterward if they’ve been raising a glass to your love all night. If your dream venue lacks parking, consider offering valet service or a shuttle bus to get everyone in their places on time.

 

Match your venue’s capacity to your guest list

The right-size venue is a delicate balance between ensuring your guests aren’t squeezed into a too-small room, but also making sure the hall isn’t so cavernous that it looks like half the guests didn’t show up.

In addition to the actual number of guests you’re expecting, consider the feel you’d like for your big day. For example, do you want a party vibe where the dancing happens right beside the dining or more separation between the wallflowers and the groovers?

 

How many extra sprinkles does the venue need to shine?

You might be surprised at how much you can save on decorations, including lighting, centrepieces and flowers, by choosing a venue that is gorgeous to start with. Make sure your venue budget considers all the additions you’ll have to make—or don’t have to make—so that you don’t miss our on your dream venue.

When you do choose a venue that requires decorating, think about the atmosphere you want to create for the best possible experience for your beloved guests while still being true to the story that you and your partner want to tell.

Think beyond colours when you’re devising your wedding’s ambiance. Consider symbolism and shared memories for your inspiration. For example, if you and your significant other both grew up loving nature, perhaps your design will include native plants and flowers, natural wood accents, mountain imagery, etc.

Finding the perfect venue is difficult, but it’s worth all the effort. For a bit of inspiration, read about a few of the stunning venues around Calgary.