Choosing the perfect wedding venue is the “dream come true” to every couple’s love story. It is the last phase of your journey from how you met “once-upon-a-time” to how you’ll live “happily-ever-after.”
Once you’re engaged, all you can think about is where you want to exchange your vows and start your forever.
Finding that elusive “perfect venue” can be a nerve-racking experience, so we put together this guide to help you select the perfect Dripping Springs wedding venue.
Decide on Your Budget & Guest List
Most people make the mistake of planning the budget and guest list separately. Every wedding planner worth their salt will tell you that a miscalculated guest list spells disaster for your budget. This is perhaps the most important step before you select a venue.
Before you say “I do,” ask yourself these questions:
- What’s the budget you have to spend on the entire wedding?
- How much do you want to spend on the venue?
- What does your invitee list look like from both sides of the family?
- Do you want a lavish bash or an intimate, modest wedding?
- Do you want to host more than one event?
Once you have a lock on your budget and the final guest list, you’ll have a better understanding of what kind of wedding venue will work for you. You’ll also eliminate any venues that don’t fit the bill and save time on your planning.
What Season, Setting, & Style Do You Want?
The next step is to decide what season you want to get married. An indoor setting will save you from the Texas summer heat or unpredictable rain on your wedding day, whereas with an outdoor setting you can save on décor and enjoy the serenity of nature. And destination venues mean a lot of planning from logistics to accommodation for guests.
What style are you looking for?
Whether it’s rustic, bohemian chic, modern, industrial, traditional, or an extravagant bash, the style should be something special that you and your partner can relate to. For instance, you could think of the place where your partner asked you to marry them, where you first met, or your favorite travel destination.
Visiting Potential Venues
Now that you’ve narrowed down your list of venues, it’s time to go visit them. Assess the space and its aesthetic appeal. Ask about the availability for wedding dates under consideration. Discuss the bundled and add-on options they provide.
Inquire about the full capacity of the venue but also how many guests can fit comfortably in the space. The two differ and you don’t want too many people in a small space. Check whether they have a full-service, all-inclusive package and how the rates are calculated.
Ask about any vendor restrictions and guest accommodations. Some venues have vendor restrictions and although they will allow you to order your cake from your preferred baker, they’ll charge a cake cutting fee. Make sure you know what to expect by asking all your questions during the tour.
Control & Delegate
Decide how much control you are comfortable letting go of. If you are going with a non-traditional venue, you’ll have to be a lot more hands-on. Assess whether you want to take on the hassle of putting together décor that matches the venue and your vision.
You could rope in a planner or hire vendors that will do the extra work, but that may not always come at a budget-friendly rate. You can also delegate tasks to your family and friends while you take on a supervisory role and coordinate with vendors to the last detail.
Make it Yours
Your decisions on selecting the wedding venue and décor were probably influenced by the images and looks you found in wedding magazines and on Pinterest. Now it’s time to personalize the look and feel to match your personality.
Give it your signature flavor with little touches, like a couple photos on string lights, a late-night snack food truck, a wish tree for your guests to leave you messages, a unique color theme, or have your puppy be the ring bearer.
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Are you looking for a Dripping Springs wedding venue? The Terrace Club offers spectacular views, professional catering, and personalized services. We’d love to help make your special day a memorable one you’ll cherish forever.
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How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue | The Terrace Club – Dripping Springs, TX