Congratulations! You’re about to tie the knot! You are happy and excited, aren’t you? But despite all the fun of anticipation, wedding planning can be stressful. There are already so many things to take care of, especially the wedding venue.
Though numerous wedding venues are available, all of them may not be a good choice depending on your preferred style, the number of guests and the budget. So how do you narrow down the choices and decide on the best venue?
Wait, let’s not get overwhelmed. San Diego is filled with many wedding venues, but not all of them will be perfect for you. Ideally, you should visit the location, and you’ll instantly know if you’d like to have your wedding there or elsewhere. Check out the interior and exterior, and see if it will work with the theme you have in mind. Consider a number of aspects including the maximum capacity offered, the location, the offered services and of course, the rates. Let’s review all of these one by one, and by the end, you should have found the best venue for your big day.
1. Estimate the Number of Guests
You should have already finalized your estimated guest list before beginning your search for unique wedding venues. What’s the count? The maximum capacity for the venue should be the same or greater than this number. Choosing a smaller venue will clutter up the interior setup and décor. The entire hall will feel stuffy, hampering your big day. So make sure your chosen venue is big enough to accommodate all your guests comfortably.
That being said, keep in mind that very large venues cost more. In case the rates are a little more than what you would want to pay, consider revising your guest list.
2. Indoor or Outdoors?
Where do you want to have your wedding? Indoors or out in the sun amidst nature and beautiful landscapes? Indoor weddings venues can be booked for any time of the year without worrying about the weather on your big day. Also, you may have more freedom in terms of decor selection. If you prefer intricate and elegant details, then an indoor wedding might be for you.
Outdoor wedding venues are great if you love nature and want to have a country-style wedding. These venues are often located by beautiful sites, and since there is plenty of natural daylight, the pictures turn out to be amazing. Generally, outdoor venues are more spacious than indoor facilities so they are a better option if you have many guests.
3. Check the Venue When it Has Already Been Set Up
Looking at an empty room or open space makes it hard to imagine how it would look like when it is full. Make sure to visit the venue when it is booked for an event. The decor will give you a much better idea if it’s the kind of venue you want. If this isn’t possible, check out the photos. Generally, most venues already have a prepared photo book featuring different setups and decorations.
4. Evaluate the location
Where will most of your guests be coming from? The venue should be located somewhere in the center so that it is accessible to all. If you have guests coming from other cities and states, then the venue should preferably be close to hotels so that your guests can comfortably stay nearby. Also, see how far the venue is from the airport so that it is easy for guests from other locations.
5. Is It Available?
What is your chosen wedding date? The venue must be available on that day. Generally, the best ones are booked months before scheduled dates especially if you’re planning to have a wedding during holidays or on festive days.
6. Stick to the Budget
True, some of the venues are absolutely gorgeous, but if they are far above your budget, you should take a moment to review and consider your priorities. Wedding planning already incurs many expenses, some of which you may not even have planned for and budgeted. So avoid spending a bigger amount unnecessarily. Only consider venues that are close to your budget.
7. Hear What Friends and Loved Ones Have to Say!
What kind of venues are your loved ones suggesting? Where did they have their weddings and was their experience a good one? Consider their recommendations and act according to their advice. If they are married, they would have planned their wedding and can guide you about choosing the most affordable venues that are still elegant and sophisticated.
In addition to asking for recommendations, read online reviews because they can give you a really good idea of the experiences of others.
8. Find Out Catering Options
Some of the venues offer in-house catering, in which case, they can provide a wide variety of food options to choose from. See if you can try out the food beforehand. After all, all the dishes have to be just perfect for your wedding day.
What if there is no in-house catering? Add the task on your list of to-do items.
9. And Before You Finalize…
Ask any remaining questions of the venue team one more time before booking and ensure that it is what you want!
10. Book Harbor View Loft!
Harbor View Loft is one of the most unique and affordable wedding venues that you will come across in the San Diego area. Situated on the Harbor Island, this venue offers a stunning and breathtaking view of the Harbor, Coronado Bridge, and downtown city. Plus, the rates are affordable for a sophisticated venue, and they recommend booking well in advance so that you get your preferred dates.
In addition, the surrounding water views will make a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos! Visit the website for further information.
Charles is a travel blogger who loves to explore awesome event places in the world. This time is visited one of the wedding venue in san diego and shared his thoughts…