Finding The Right Wedding Location

Finding the right wedding location for your special day may be easy for some…

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{Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia // Elyse Hall Photography}

Perhaps you’ve known for a long time where you’d like for your wedding to take place, dreamed of every detail and see a perfect vision of yourself walking down the aisle, but for those who have no idea, the task can feel daunting at times. With a few steps, (and a sneaky private investigator type attitude), you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect venue for both you and your fiancé.


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{Milagro Winery in Ramona, CA. // Photo by Roberta Nicole}


The Right Wedding Location


1.) Priority Lists:

The first step in wedding planning should be to make a priority list. Whether you and your fiancé do this together, or separately and then bring your lists together, having this visual list of what matters most to you both will be somewhat like your basecamp. It’s the mission statement so to speak about your wedding day. Of course your love for each other is most important, but it will help you both make decisions when there seems to be too many options, or even no clear choice.

*This list can include budget, small intimate ceremony or large, a beach wedding, or even food choices.


2.) Take Top Two: 

Once you and your fiancé have agreed (marriage is about compromise, right? 😉 ) on what your priorities are, take the top two or three priorities on your list and begin your search. In most cases, these top two or three will include the size of wedding and budget, as these will largely determine where your right wedding location will be.

There are a number of great sites out there that can help lead the search. WeddingWire, The Knot, and Venuelust are just a few. We really love The Venue Report and find the ease and style of the website to help make it an enjoyable search experience too. Filter by number of guests, budget range, and perhaps even the style of wedding you both are excited about.

*Psst…Also, if you’re open to it, we’re sure a best friend or a close family member would love to help with this too. They may even find something in location you may not have thought of.


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{Islamorada // Natalie Watson Photography}


3.) Time of Year: 

Before you can set the actual date, you will need to consider a few things. Definitely start with what time of year is best for you as a couple, then take your family and guests into account, but only as a majority. There will undoubtedly be some who will just not be able to make it. If you’re wanting a long weekend of activities, it’s very kind to your guests to think about work schedules. With a three or four day weekend, they will not have to miss too many days of work as they already have them cleared. And a big thing to keep in mind is the weather. High-traffic seasons will tend to be more expensive, have bigger crowds, and less availability for a desired date.


4.) Last But Not Least:

This is such an exciting time, and finding the right place can feel like a lot on your plate. When you get excited about a venue, go ahead and reach out. Ask them for a brochure or more information. If you are able to, schedule a visit. But our last but not least little piece of advice, is to never force anything. This is a day you will never forget, and taking a moment to breathe, look back at that priority list, and perhaps even sleep on it before handing over your deposit, will make all the difference. Enjoy this time. What is meant to be, will be, just like your love for each other.


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{Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, TX. // Mint Photography}


And of course,

Congratulations on your engagement!!

What an incredible adventure you are embarking on. We wish you nothing but love and happiness!

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