Everyone has thought about their dream wedding and when thinking about it and when designing your perfect day on Pinterest all of the details seem to fall into place and match perfectly. However, that can all change when it comes to actually putting a wedding together in the real world. Why is that? Things look different when displayed on a computer or smartphone screen and no matter how ideal a location may look on a screen, you are only seeing a small part of it and there may be many factors that aren’t quite so ideal when you visit a wedding venue in person.
So what can you do to find the wedding location of your dreams without feeling like giving up the ghost altogether in frustration? Before settling for eloping with your fiancee or simply running down to the local registry office together in your sweats and forgetting about all of the stress, take a look at this article that will help you to find some of the best wedding locations around Gainesville FL.
Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Location
What kind of things should you consider when choosing a wedding location? There are so many things to think about when it comes to making your special day extra special, so take a look at the following list that will help to keep you on track with all of the wedding venue essentials that will make sure your wedding is truly the event of the year.
- Location. I know it may sound basic, but considering the location of your wedding venue is really important. For example, if you live in a big city and are getting married at a weekend or a time when everyone will be on the streets, it may be key to avoid locations that are located in the heart of the city as they may be tricky to access due to traffic at the weekends.
- Budget. It is important to balance the size of your location with the number of guests you will have attending your wedding, all the while keeping your budget in mind. There is nothing more disheartening than visiting the perfect venue and falling in love with it only to realize it would blow your budget straight out of the water. Make sure you know how much your venue will be to hire before visiting.
- Theme. Choosing a venue that fits in with your theme is really important. For example, if you are planning a more modern wedding that you can add your personal style to then you should choose a modern building that can be decorated easily. Go for an older style building or stately home if you are planning a more traditional and quaint wedding.
- Space. Make sure your venue has a large dance floor, a section for food preparation and food presentation, an area for photos, for the live music and a dining area so that you don’t have to worry about clearing space, tables and chairs away halfway through the evening.
C Bar Ranch
Are you putting together your dream rustic wedding and are just waiting to land the perfect location to match your outdoorsy wedding theme? Then you will love the set up and decor of the C Bar Ranch.
The C Bar Ranch has 5 breathtaking outdoor locations that are littered with majestic oak trees and gardens. If you fancy having a quaint barn and lake as the backdrop to your “I do’s” then the C Bar Ranch will be right up your street.
If you are looking for a picturesque location that will be suitable for both indoor and outdoor weddings, you will love the Baughman Center. The building has floor to ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood in, creating the most natural looking wedding photos. The church style building is rather traditional but the clean-cut modern architecture gives it a modern feel.
Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel
Are you planning a large wedding? Then this is the perfect location for you as it has over 8000 square feet of event space so that you can handpick the best locations for each segment of your wedding. You will be able to choose from ballrooms, a mezzanine, a boardroom, hallway and more.
The location can provide a catering service and also a manned bar to help you take some of the stress out of the planning of the evening.
The Historic Thomas Center
The Historic Thomas Center offers a fantastic view of its picturesque gardens and fountain that are the perfect backdrop for the most stunning wedding photos. The veranda overlooks the entire gardens and is the perfect location to welcome guests with a cocktail.
Herlong Mansion Bed and Breakfast
This venue is the perfect place for up to 150 guests and has a host of precious locations for your reception and ceremony including the grand front porch that is dotted with majestic Corinthian columns, the gazebo draped in jasmine, various garden areas and the Long Hall which is ideal for receptions.