Venue Ventures

The most grueling part about the whole wedding planning process is finding a venue that fits your style and day of must-haves.

Before getting into the nitty gritty, I have to emphasize that there should be flexibility with your wedding date. As much as you want the big day to fall on your anniversary, it's something worth compromising if it means you get the dream venue.

Here are a few things you want to keep in mind when you're browsing through your favorite sites:

 Photography by  Jenna Bechtholt

Photography by Jenna Bechtholt

Capacity

If you are having an intimate affair, you'll have no problem. But if you come from a big family and church like me, hold back on falling head over heels with a venue that cannot house your loved ones! 

Budget

We all want something naturally pretty, but you can make any space beautiful with the right planning. You don't absolutely need that castle at the top of the hill that will break the bank. (But hey, who doesn't want a castle in the middle of nowhere? If you found one that's not going to break the bank, let us know in the comments below!)

Amenities

Let's be real. You're going to want to get the best bang for your buck. The wedding industry is ever growing - there are going to be endless options. You want to find a venue with people who know what they're doing and are willing to go way above and beyond. This doesn't mean you can expect every person to be a John Cusack for you - though if that's what you want, that's what I'm going to work for - but you want every vendor to understand your needs and your vision.

You envision a bridal suite at the venue to sneak in those sweet father/daughter or mother/daughter moments? Or how about a romantic cocktail hour space out under the stars and sparkling market lights? Let's make it happen.

PlanningCarnie Chung