Finding Your Dream Wedding Venue (Part 4 of the Fusion Wedding Planning Series)
Mar 21, 2019 | By: Fusion Photography
Okay, if you're up to date on our blog posts, skip to the next paragraph because this is a quick recap. Over the last month, we've been dishing out some tips on the various stages of wedding planning. We obvs started with planning the proposal, then took a look at how to plan for engagement photos, and then we explored whether or not you need a wedding planner (spoiler alert: it's totally up to you). Now that you're all caught up...
This week, we're going to discuss the venue. Let's be honest for a second, this is one of the bigger decisions of the whole process and once you've found the right place, it's hopefully a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. We know all the other pieces are a big deal too, but the venue has the power to make or break the date you've chosen (if your date is flexible), and it can really help you line up your other vendors. Most venues have lists of vendors they recommend. Or maybe your venue does a lot of things in-house so you've got even less to worry about. There are also plenty of venues that are more low-key and don't have all the little perks, but typically those kinds of places have their own specific appeal so it's a balance. Having trouble deciding on a venue? Let us break it down for you.
As with all the other elements of your wedding, choosing a venue is going to be a little easier if you hone in on what aligns with you and your partner. It doesn't make sense to get married in a barn if you both love the beach or want a roaring 20s vibe. Here are some things to consider to help you decide.
Are you looking for rustic or glam? Do you need a venue that can be highly customized or are you more laid back about the set up? Some venues come as they are (like a barn or a beach) but some venues allow you to really lay everything out. And we're talking right down to the nitty gritty - like chairs and linens. There's no right or wrong answer here but if a venue can't accommodate your vision, that should be an easy pass.
Perks and Packages
Like we said, some venues do a lot of things in-house so they become a one-stop-shop during your wedding planning process. But there are some things to consider. Is the venue flexible or do they require you to use their vendors? This can sometimes be an issue when it comes to cost. Maybe you allocated a certain amount to the venue and planned to have Chipotle cater (seriously, what a great time to be alive). If the venue requires you to use their catering services, it can totally throw your budget out of whack. Or maybe the venue is kind of far off the beaten path but they don't offer catering.
Maybe having a venue offer all the bells and whistles is important to you and maybe it's not. Knowing that going into the process is going to help you narrow down the options.
Wherever you choose to get married (Charlotte, Raleigh, Asheville, Manhattan, Nicaragua...), you want to find a place that fits not only your vibe, but also the needs of your guest list. Some couples choose to keep their guest list small so they can have a certain venue, but for other couples, a small venue is an automatic no. Like we said, some venues have a set way of doing things and they may or may not have flexibility. In instances where policies are strict or the space is not changeable, you have to decide what (if anything) you are willing to be flexible on. It's okay to hold your ground (and it will help the decision process).
If you're looking to have your wedding in Charlotte, here are two venues we love:
Charlotte City Club - this. place. is. swanky! Seriously, if you're thinking Gatsby, you need to call this venue. Located in Uptown Charlotte, they can accommodate large and small weddings and you're going to feel elegant as hell, ya'll.
Ballantyne Country Club - you take center stage as this gorgeous venue only books one wedding per day. That's a big deal, boo. But on top of that, there are a ton of things to do, so you can really customize the experience. And you've got the option of an indoor or outdoor wedding.
Obviously the where of your wedding is a big deal. It's all about finding the space that can accommodate your vision and your guest list. The exceptions to this are elopement and destination weddings. Tune in next week as we break down destination weddings.