How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue
Finding the perfect wedding venue is one of those magical moments in your wedding plans. As you stand in an elegant, romantic ballroom, or find yourself in a beautifully-bloomed outdoor garden wedding locale, your wedding vision will come to life. Many of our northern New Jersey and New York City brides say that when they found their dream wedding location, they just knew it was The One. They could see all the elements of their dream wedding, see their guests having the time of their lives, and see themselves enjoying their gorgeous celebration.
To choose your perfect wedding venue, begin your research by talking to recent brides and grooms you know who married at the New Jersey banquet hall you have in mind. This is a top way to get the inside story on what it was like to plan with the wedding venue’s staff, what they loved about their setting, what they enjoyed most about the planning process. Talk also to people who have planned bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs or other big celebrations at your ideal wedding venues, since they’ll have valuable input, too.
Your wedding vendors are also terrific sources of information on the most elegant wedding venues and outdoor wedding venues, since they may have worked these sites before and can point out the biggest strengths of the wedding locales you have in mind, as well as suggest questions to ask.
Consider the location of any wedding venue. How far is it from your home or the hotel where guests will be staying, and is it located in a beautiful area, with a scenic drive to the site? The approach to the best wedding venues is all-important, since it can create an excitement among guests who are headed to your celebration. The location must also be on beautiful grounds and have a stunning entryway to provide you with a beautiful wedding from start to finish.
The size of the perfect wedding venue must also be fitting to your guest list, and the size and scope of the wedding you have in mind. The best wedding venues feature multiple celebration areas, inside and outside, plus beautiful gardens, outdoor terraces where your cocktail party may be held, and other gorgeous scene-setting features. A site with stunning indoor and outdoor party areas can also eliminate any worries you have about weather conditions on your wedding day. If it rains, your classic wedding venue is simply arranged so that your cocktail party and reception take place in the indoor ballroom and other inside celebration spaces.
After your research the wedding venue’s website, looking at images, wedding package details, wedding menus and ballroom layout details, schedule an in-person appointment with the wedding venue’s event manager, so that you can walk through the setting during the time of day when your wedding will take place, in daytime or in nighttime, so that you can see how the venue is lit, decorated, the style it takes on.
During your tour, you’ll see the gorgeous architectural features and colors of the wedding venue, walk through the outdoor garden wedding setting, see the fabulous chandeliers and view what the site itself has to offer in its natural state. You may find that the venue is so beautifully-appointed that you won’t need to plan for as much pricy floral décor to ‘create a wedding scene.’ The romantic wedding venue itself may offer a great deal of wedding elegance.
Review the wedding menu at the wedding venue, taking in the variety of gourmet dishes that the site’s celebrated chefs have assembled for the cocktail party, buffet or sit-down dinner menus, and since the food is a very big part of a successful wedding, keep the catering in mind as you assess this dream wedding venue for your wedding’s season, style and formality.
If you’ll have your ceremony at your wedding banquet hall or outside in the wedding gardens, walk through those areas to envision how you’ll arrange your dream ceremony designs, and look especially for what the venue offers in terms of your grand entrance. A flower-strewn path across the outdoor wedding gardens grounds, or a magically-lit entrance to your indoor ceremony space is always possible to arrange in the best NJ wedding venues.
Of course, your budget will help determine the perfect wedding venue for you, but you’ll find that your site staff and other vendors will be able to work within your budget, or make suggestions to help you bring your dream wedding to life no matter what your resources.