There is something so romantic about a venue rich in history and surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Often times, finding the perfect venue is the easiest way to set the mood for your wedding and wedding day portraits. When planning a destination wedding, this is also a great way to introduce your guests to the area and provide an unforgettable guest experience.
We’re sharing five questions for you to consider when searching for your perfect venue.
1 What’s Your Wedding Style?
Your venue should match the formality and the mood of your personal wedding style. This includes your love and appreciation for details you want to highlight on your wedding day, as well as what you’d like to wear. If you love lace and glamour, a chateau may be ideal for you; if you love organic and natural details, a vineyard or garden would be great. The venue sets the stage for your wedding celebration and will also set the mood for your ceremony and reception. You can use the venue as inspiration for so many other details, including your menu, guests’ dress code and even favors for your guests. We love finding locations in Florida that evoke European landscapes, such as Bella Collina and the Ancient Spanish Monastery.
2 How Many Guests Do You Expect?
It’s important to know your estimated number of guests before you start searching for the perfect venue. If you are planning an intimate wedding, the setting should also be intimate and cozy. There’s nothing more awkward than having a reception for 40 guests in a space that accommodates 400, or wanting 200 guests and realizing the maximum allowed is 100. It’s also important to note that some venues also require a ‘site fee’ for the use of their property, especially if it’s a historic venue. This site fee is in addition to any other costs for catering and services provided by the venue.
3 What Makes this Venue Unique?
We love historic venues, especially those with unique architectural details or a great story. Take time to learn about the venue’s history, and also reflect on places you’ve visited as a couple that you love. Your wedding setting should be unique and reflect your love for each other, whether it’s a shared appreciation for a favorite destination, setting or hobby. We love the history behind Vizcaya Museum in Miami and the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.
4 Will You Have Exclusive Access?
A lot of historic venues are public sites that may remain open to the public during your ceremony. This includes historic sites and museums, but also the grounds for some private estates. If you want to have an exclusive, private event, it’s good to ask about this upfront before setting on the perfect venue.
5 One Venue or Two Venues?
We love using the same location for the ceremony and reception. This is great because it offers more time for wedding portraits, less time for guests to transfer between sites and usually provides a much more relaxed mood to your celebration. Think about your needs and requirements before deciding if you should use the same or different locations. Where would you like to have your portraits taken? Would you like to have a religious or non-denominational ceremony? Are there any requirements for your ceremony setup that restrict your location? Also, think about the backdrop and setting for your ceremony. Some venues offer the best of both worlds, with a gorgeous outdoor location for your ceremony and options for an elegant indoor or outdoor setting on site. This includes the Deering Estate and Biltmore Hotel in Miami.
Have you found your perfect venue yet? Contact us today to set up a consultation and design your dream wedding.