When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, it is also important to consider how big your wedding will be. Some venues offer a variety of spaces designed to comfortably suit everything from small, intimate gatherings to large, 200+ guestlist weddings. That said, many venues are designed with a single ideal guest range in mind. So it’s important to speak with the coordinators at your potential venues to determine how well they will accommodate your target guest list.
Consider The Goldilocks’ Rule: Choose Something That’s Not Too Big or Too Small
Ideally, you want to choose a venue that can comfortably seat everyone you invited, plus leave ample space for dancing, a separate cocktail hour (if so desired), without feeling overly spacious, and therefore empty.
Talking to the coordinator about how the venue can be broken down into separate spaces is also a good idea, particularly if you plan to host both your ceremony and reception at a single venue!
Consider the Seasons
Where you wed is an important consideration during wedding planning, but so is when you will wed. You may not want to choose an outdoor-only venue if you are planning a March wedding, when rain is incredibly common, for instance. And you will certainly need indoor venue space if you’ll be wedding during the winter, unless you’re marrying in a place with a year-round warm climate (hello Florida!).
Ideally, whatever wedding date you choose, your venue will have both indoor and outdoor space available, or some other contingency plan in case of rain or other inclement weather (such as tents to protect guests from rain).