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Venue Hunting Made Easy

Hey lovebirds! Congratulations on your engagement! As a wedding florist who has had the pleasure of decorating some of the most beautiful venues, we know firsthand how important it is to find the perfect place for your big day. The venue sets the tone for everything, including your stunning floral arrangements. So, let's dive into some tips to help you find that dream venue.

1. Define your vision

Before you start your venue search, take a moment to visualise your dream wedding. Do you see yourself walking down the aisle in a grand ballroom, saying your vows in a rustic barn, or having a beachside ceremony with the waves as your backdrop? Knowing your style will narrow down your venue options and make the search a lot easier.

2. Consider your guest list

The size of your guest list plays a crucial role in venue selection. A cozy, intimate venue is perfect for a smaller guest list, while a larger venue will be necessary for a big celebration. Remember, the space should comfortably fit your guests without feeling too cramped or too empty.

3. Budget wisely

Venues can take up a significant chunk of your wedding budget. Have a clear idea of how much you’re willing to spend and stick to it. Don't forget to ask about what’s included in the venue package—tables, chairs, linens, and accommodation. Every little bit helps!

4. Visit multiple venues

Pictures can only tell you so much. Schedule visits to multiple venues to get a real feel for each space. Pay attention to the lighting, the flow of the space, and any unique features that could enhance your wedding. And don't forget to imagine where your flowers will go! Think about stunning centerpieces on tables, a gorgeous floral arch, or delicate blooms lining the aisle.

5. Ask the right questions

When visiting venues, come prepared with a list of questions. Here are a few essentials:

  • What’s the venue’s capacity?

  • What’s included in the price?

  • Are there any restrictions on decorations (like lit candles or hanging installations)?

  • Can you bring in outside suppliers, or do you have to use the venue’s preferred suppliers?

  • Is there a backup plan for outdoor ceremonies in case of bad weather?

6. Think about the season

The time of year you’re getting married can significantly impact your venue choice. If you’re dreaming of an outdoor garden wedding, spring or summer might be perfect. But, if you love the idea of a cozy, winter wedding with rich, deep floral arrangements, an indoor venue with a fireplace could be the one.

7. Consider the location

Think about the convenience for your guests. Is the venue easy to get to? Are there hotels nearby? If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, you might want to consider a venue that offers accommodations or is close to lodging options. A beautiful venue is great, but not if it’s a hassle for everyone to get there.

8. Envision your florals

As a florist,  we can't stress enough how important it is to envision your floral arrangements in the space. The right flowers can transform any venue, adding romance, elegance, and a touch of your personality. Whether you’re dreaming of lush, cascading arrangements, delicate table centerpieces, or a flower-adorned arch, make sure the venue can accommodate your floral dreams.

9. Check the acoustics

This might not be something you’ve thought about, but good acoustics can make a big difference, especially if you have live music or plan to dance the night away. A venue with poor acoustics can drown out your music and make it hard for guests to hear speeches.

10. Trust your instincts

At the end of the day, trust your gut. You’ll know when you find the right place. It will just feel right. Picture yourself saying “I do” in that spot and see how it feels. If you can see it and feel it, then it’s probably the one!

Finding your dream venue is a big step in your wedding planning journey. Take your time, enjoy the process, and remember that the right venue will make your wedding day even more special. And when you’re ready to talk flowers, we are here to help bring your vision to life!

Happy venue hunting!

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