Welcome back, St. Louis brides! The next step in your wedding planning process definitely requires a glass (or three) of wine! It’s time to think about your venue! This was definitely the most stressful part of wedding planning that I’ve experienced so far. Yet, once it’s over you can breathe a HUGE sigh of relief.
Picking a venue has so many challenges that come with the task. There are so many things that you have to take into consideration that I didn’t even know I would ever worry about. Not only do you have to worry about the price per person for food and drinks, you also have the room rental to consider, the ceremony and the ceremony fee, the space for guests, etc. After emailing and calling so many places, I started to lose track of you who I had and had not talked to! I highly recommend creating a spreadsheet! It was very simple and basic since I knew eventually I will have chosen a place and I wouldn’t need it. My spreadsheet included the location, the price per person, venue rental, ceremony fee, and the person I was in contact with.
Next step…calling and emailing and emailing and emailing. So many emails! The most important thing to consider when you are considering your venue is what type of reception you are wanting. I was interested in a “party” vibe. I want my guests to just eat and drink to their heart’s desire and of course, have a blast! I wanted a place where I could put out some games like giant Jenga, cornhole, etc. I knew I needed more of a barn or brewery type of vibe! So, I could immediately rule out some of the places I talked to that were more industrial and seemed “cold” to me. Distance was also a huge factor! Which set of family and friends was going to have to drive a distance and which set were going to have a short commute? Were there hotels nearby? What about a fun restaurant or bar that guests might be able to get a drink at after the reception? (Can you tell yet that I really just want my guests to have fun?)
Another way to narrow down your search is by thinking about what is absolutely too far for guests to travel. If you’re on the fence about a place, I suggest taking a “drive-by” before you schedule an official visit. I drove by a location that I was unsure about and by just driving to the location, I immediately ruled it out. It just wasn’t what I was looking for and through this approach, I didn’t have to spend my Saturday at an appointment at a spot that I knew wasn’t going to work.
After taking all of these aspects into consideration, I was able to narrow my search down to two places! I booked an appointment with one of the places and the next day I toured the location. I didn’t even call my second option for an appointment because I fell in love with the first one! It has the room and ability to play games, it has a great price for food and drinks, a beautiful area for a ceremony, and it’s the perfect distance for so many of our guests. I can finally breathe! The hardest part is over. Like my fiancé said, “When you know, you know. Just like when I saw you.” Aww, sappy I know 😊. More to come next week!