9 Questions to Consider when Wedding Venue Hunting
Recently Engaged? Struggling to find the perfect wedding venue? Are you considering a destination wedding, and you lack knowledge of wedding venues?
The most common asked question by brides on social media platforms in 2021, “Please help; I’m trying to find a small, intimate wedding venue.”
This is a loaded question, and you’re bound to be inundated with suggestions that may not apply to you at all.
Instead, to help narrow down your search, consider these 9 questions first:
1. What is your wedding date?
South Africa is a vast country with varied seasonal weather patterns. If you’re considering an outdoor wedding, this is an important consideration.
2. In which city/ region would you like to get married?
Each region has it’s pros and cons. Cape Town is magnificent but is known for its unpredictable weather. A safari wedding is an entirely different wedding experience, but you’re assured of a more stable climate.
3. Would you prefer a city, forest, beach, Winelands or safari wedding?
When you picture your dream wedding, what type of experience would best suit you as a couple and your guests?
4. How many guests do you intend to invite?
The number of guests will have a direct impact on the venues available to you as a couple.
5. Would you like a venue with existing furniture or a blank canvas for you to design your own wedding?
A blank canvas venue will enable you to create an entirely bespoke wedding that directly reflects you as a couple; however, the cost of a custom wedding is much higher than a venue with existing infrastructure.
6. Would you prefer bespoke catering or, are you happy to consider a wedding venue with existing catering on-site?
If you are an avid food connoisseur, a private residence will allow you to bring in your own caterers. In contrast, a venue with an on-site caterer is unlikely to offer you menu flexibility.
7. Do you require a wedding venue that offers on-site accommodation for you and your guests?
An essential part of your wedding venue consideration is whether you require on-site accommodation and, if so, for how many guests?
8. Are you looking for a wedding venue for multiple days or just your wedding day?
A large percentage of destination weddings are two to three days. It’s worthwhile to consider whether you would like a wedding venue that offers different locations or whether you would prefer other venues for pre and post-wedding celebrations.
9. What is your budget?
A clear idea of your overall wedding budget and what you would like to allocate towards your venue budget will help you determine the type of venue suitable for your requirements.
Knowing the answers or having an idea of the above will help you formulate a picture of your ideal wedding venue. Once you have this in mind, a destination wedding expert can help you short-list the perfect wedding venues for you to explore.
Boutique Events, a top luxury wedding planner in South Africa, has over 10 years of experience in the wedding and event industry. We have extensive knowledge of venues that will meet your individual requirements.
Please do not hesitate to contact Boutique Events should you require assistance with sourcing the perfect venue for your wedding celebration.