One of the biggest decisions you’ll make in planning your wedding is where to have it. Because there are over 350+ Venues, your decision can be difficult. Here are some basic options to consider when deciding on your wedding venue.
This is the most important factor. The reception cost is generally about 50% of your entire budget. If you are on a tight budget and the venue you want is beyond your price range, think about having a brunch or cocktail reception at the venue instead of a full dinner. Look at what’s included. If you have to rent additional items, that may impact your total costs. And things like cake cutting costs, extra charges for dance floors, and extra charges for glassware can all add up. It’s the final price that counts.
Consider the number of guests you anticipated inviting. If you are having a small wedding you might feel dwarfed in a venue that is too large. Conversely, if you are having a large number of guests, you want to make sure that you don’t feel cramped.
Did you always dream of an outdoor wedding? Do you like the ideal of a grand ballroom? Be true to your feelings, and make it meaningful for you. Bear in mind, with an outdoor wedding you might be at the mercy of the elements, so have a Plan B in place.
Do you have a lot of out of town guests invited? Close proximity to the airport might be something to consider, or perhaps being close to certain activities like downtown for the Blues or our Cardinals. Do many of your guests have limitations with regard to steps and walking? Consider a location that is easy for them to navigate. Do you want iconic photos at a certain location – like Forest Bar, a favorite hangout, close to work? Choose a venue that is close to minimize travel time on the day of your wedding.
Finally, be flexible with the day of the week. Fridays & Sundays are generally less expensive and more available. Popular places can book up over a year in advance, so start your search for a venue early. June and October in our area are always two of the most popular months and book fast. If you are having a small wedding, consider a Thursday night. You can negotiate better rates for other services like photography for example, because wedding professionals generally book only one event on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday – you will pay their going rate for a “full, larger” wedding on those days.
Be sure to visit our VENUE section on our web site for more information about venues in our area.