If you like many other couples are a bit overwhelmed and baffled with the whole process of choosing the right venue for you, here is a very useful tool that will reduce that stress and worry of picking a venue that is right for you, your guests and your wedding style

One of the first things you do when you start planning a wedding is selecting venues that you like, think you might like, are within budget and maybe one or two that are a little bit out of your budget 'just to go and see'!!

Whatever your reasons for choosing to look at a venue the process is still the same - difficult, frustrating and confusing!! There is much to consider and a lot of money being spent so it is not an easy decision.

We came across this great article recently from A Practical Wedding on choosing a wedding venue. In it they had a research spreadsheet formula for picking a wedding venue. Now it is nothing new and is something many use but we though it was worth a blog just to remind couples and to maybe help a few that are in the process of selecting and visiting venues.

Here it is, have a look - hopefully it will prove useful for some.....

  • Name of Venue
  • Location
  • Capacity: Make sure the capacity fits your event. If you are doing a cocktail party rather than a sit-down meal, the space can likely fit more people.
  • Availability: If it matters to you.
  • Type: Such as hotel, outdoor, historical, restaurant.
  • Layout: Note if it has space for all aspects of your wedding (ceremony, cocktails, reception). Sometimes this isn’t clear till a site visit.
  • Rates: Enter the rough info available online. In a later column as you narrow things down, I recommend you create a “My Cost” line (see below).
  • Website: You can easily go back and remind yourself with photos on the venue’s site.
  • Restrictions: Does the website list any major restrictions, such as a definite end time, that would affect your decision?
  • Parking/Transportation: Make any notes regarding free parking, public transit access, or other transportation considerations.
  • Facility Extras: List here any items included with the venue: A/V equipment, chairs, tables, linens, etc.
  • Caterer: See if they have restrictions on catering, such as an in-house caterer or a preferred list of caterers you are required to work with.

Sourced from A Practical Wedding (apracticalwedding.com) Article reference : A Practical Wedding - How to choose a wedding venue