Choosing The Perfect Wedding Venue
Your wedding venue is more than just a setting, it's the place where memories are made, so set the date and let your imagination take over.
There's no "perfect" wedding venue which perfectly suits everyone. The "perfect" wedding venue is in you and your partner. Hence, choosing you wedding venue will undoubtedly be the biggest decisions you'll make as an engaged couple. It's wise to start considering your options right away, as it is the key determiner to other aspects, such as the number of guests you can invite, the best location of your wedding and perhaps your envisioned theme and styling too.
Talk to your wedding planner first
Before deciding on the type of space you'll need, it's wise to first consult a wedding planner. Planners are much more familiar with the capabilities of a space, the layout, and the time and items you'll need to transform it into the wedding space you've envisioned. If there's a creative way to make it unique or a quirk about the space that could make your vision hard to accomplish, your planner will know.
Know your guests
To help save you from headaches and heartaches, it's recommended to know how many guests you're expecting to invite before you go looking at venues. Do not land yourself in a tough situation by hiring a space that is too small for your guest list. If there more guests RSVP 'yes' than you can fit in the space, it'd be a terrifying nightmare. Couples often underestimate how many people they will invite (or how many their parents will want to add), so have that conversation early to know what you're really working with.
Know your budget
The cost of renting space is usually what couples will look at. However, do not underestimate other possible costs, such as catering services, décor and floral design. These aspects will drive the cost up! In this case, it is advisable to have a rough estimation of prices break down, to know how much your total budget is. After knowing how much it costs to execute every element, break down your overall budget by category, prioritising more funds for vendors that are a higher priority. If you select your venue first, and then realise it's more than you should have allocated, it's gruelling to stay within your budget when you still have a dozen other people to hire.
Some couples may invite a lot of out-of-town guests (consider there are 13 states in Malaysia!) or plan on a destination wedding. If this is your plan, look for a venue that is near a hotel. In this case, out-of-town guests will have easy access to the wedding venue and it's more convenient on your end too, since the arrangement of transportation will be less a burden.
Stay true to your heart
It is easy to fall in love with a wedding online. It's understandable, there's the influx of Pinterest weddings so Instagram-worthy, it's difficult to not over-visualise. Many couples choose venues based off of the style of a wedding they fell in love with online. This certainly can't be encouraged. When choosing a wedding venue, choose somewhere you feel authentic to you two as a couple. Can the space represent who you are? If your answer is a 'no', it is likely you may feel uncomfortable with the venue down the road.
Think about what is included
If you're looking at some venues that are full-service, and some where you can bring in your own vendors and décor, be sure to price everything out. A venue which includes all basic requirements of a wedding, i.e. tables, chairs, linens etc, may cost slightly higher than a venue where you need to rent these items your own but they have taken care of a huge part of the wedding, allowing you more time to get other things ready. However, the included rental items are often more basic, so if you have a vision of how the wedding should be, you may opt for a venue where you can fully customise the wedding.
A wedding is the most beautiful moment to celebrate love, and a wedding venue witnesses every part of it. It will then be part of your fond memories. This is the perfect wedding venue.