How to Choose a Wedding Venue

How to Choose a Wedding Venue
Real Wedding Planner Advice from NH Wedding Planner, Lisa Sammons Events


Photo credit Michele Turner Photography

Wondering how to start your wedding venue search? What do you need to prepare for before you start your wedding venue search? Here’s a few pro-tips to get you started from NH Wedding Planners at Lisa Sammons Events

Here’s an example we use at LSE:

If you are in love with a Cliff-side Hotel with a beautiful outdoor seaside ceremony location, take the time to set-up an appointment, and tour the space and have your heart set on it…
During your site visit you envision you and your fiancé exchanging vows near the sea.
Then the venue explains their maximum seating capacities of 80 guests (for example).
If you don’t have your guest list worked out , at that point, you will not know if the venue is for you, as beautiful and perfect as it may be.


Photo credit Michele Turner Photography

Another thing to keep in mind is that your parents will have guests that they want to invite.
From experience with this process, we can tell you if you have 150 guests on your list at engagement time, it will most likely be 200-230 by Save the Date design time.
The numbers always decrease depending on the group and location, (if it’s a destination wedding), however, you can not shop or book your wedding venue on an assumed RSVP count.
We recently had a NY bride that had a destination wedding on the Seacoast in New England.
Before her Save the Dates went out, friends and friends of family heard about the wedding date and pre-booked accommodations before being invited (and they weren’t invited!)
Things happen (as crazy as this sounds) and to avoid potential faux pas and hurt feelings, your guest list could increase even between Save the Date and Invitation time.

The moral of the story is to create your guest list early on, with addresses.

Real Wedding Planner Advice: LSE’s advise is to always complete your “homework” early if at the very list by deadline.

If you do not, there will be a lot of scrambling around and unnecessary stress during your planning process. This also gives you better control from the very onset of your engagement if you have your guest list solidified. This ranges in control from family communications, venue shopping, wedding financial planning all the way through to final headcounts and table settings.

Article: Lisa Sammons/Owner/Principal Planner & Lead Designer – Lisa Sammons Events/Style, Inspiration, & Design

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