After several weeks of online research, lots of emails and one site visit, I am pleased to announce that the venue has been chosen. I’d like to share the decision making process.
- Get engaged.
- Bask in the glow for several hours, or a day, or as long as you can cope with it.
- Decide on a general location
- Decide on a general date.
- We went for about a year from the engagement. Enough time to organise and (hopefully) book places without having to wait too long.
- Decide on a budget and guest list
- Then stretch it because you really had no idea how much this stuff costs, and stretch it some more because you forgot that, and stretch it some more because they just have to be invited.
- The budget is very much impacted by the size of the guest list. I found some good links on keeping the numbers down on pinterest.
- Search wedding venues online. Search other wedding venues online. Then some more. Search restaurants online. Search functions online.
- Read blogs of wonderful people who have gone through this before. Read some more. I can’t begin to explain how useful these are.
- Create spreadsheet to compare prices and inclusions for the 50 venues found so far.
- This took a long time. We started out not really knowing what we wanted. The more places we looked at (online) the more we were able to work out what we didn’t want.
- No cookie cutter weddings
- No convention centres
- No shared venues
- No frou frou
- This helped us work out what we did want.
- Something ‘us’
- Decide what your priorities are.
- Will you move your date for the right venue, or take off guests for a smaller space.
- Is the travelling distance a bigger factor than the right shiraz?
Now that we had an idea of what we were after I was able to cut down the massive option list to a short list.