Deciding on a location for your wedding is one of the more important decisions you’ll make since many other details will revolve around your venue. If you’ve dreamed about your wedding day since childhood, the prospect of pinning down the nitty-gritty details of your dream can be overwhelming. After all, it’s hard for the reality of a wedding venue to live up to the vision set in your mind. But with a little planning and ingenuity, you can find a venue that helps you achieve your dreams while still honoring the reality of your budget.
Envision Your Ideal Wedding
The process of shopping for a venue can be overwhelming, particularly if you don’t enjoy listening to sales pitches. Before you take the plunge and begin visiting venues in person, ask yourself what the perfect wedding day looks like to you – and what you can leave by the wayside. Some things to consider include:
Honor Your Unique Personalities
There’s no reason your wedding has to follow any predetermined plan or replicate someone else’s. Instead, take some time to consider what makes the two of you unique as a couple. If you’re outdoorsy, why not take advantage of Colorado’s extended ski season and get married at a resort such as Keystone Resort. Love a crowd and hate the stress of a traditional wedding? Loveland Ski Area holds an annual group wedding for dozens of couples who are eager to take the plunge in the chilly mountains. If you want to steer clear of the cold and channel your inner princess, try a wedding at a luxurious property such as Silverthorne Pavilion or Lionscrest Manor.
No matter what venue you choose, you’ll need to evaluate whether it complements or stifles your personality. Be sure to ask the venue coordinator whether he or she can accommodate your needs before you waste time taking a tour or paying a deposit.
Consider the Weather
You might have dreams of walking down the aisle during a balmy summer day as floral aromas waft through the air. But the weather can be a huge liability, even if you’re getting married indoors. Ensure that the venue you choose has a backup plan for outdoor weddings. If an indoor alternative is not an available, make sure the venue provides another option, such as a pavilion large enough to accommodate your entire wedding party and all of your guests.
If you’re getting married inside the elements aren’t as big of a concern, but you should consider the effects rain or snow can have on transportation. A mountaintop wedding can keep guests away if the weather is bad, and if you have to walk a long distance from the parking lot to the wedding venue, your lovely hair and elegant dress could be ruined in no time at all. When you visit the venue, ask about contingency plans and weigh whether you’ll be able to navigate the venue if the weather is uncooperative.
Look at Package Deals
Some couples love the creativity involved in planning every minute detail of their wedding, but others grow to loathe it. If you don’t enjoy endlessly combing through Pinterest boards or making crafts, you might be happier to delegate basic wedding duties to the venue itself. A variety of wedding venues in Colorado – including Beaver Creek Hyatt, Seawell Ballroom and Garden of the Gods Club — provide all-inclusive packages that include food and decorations. Some venues may even offer lodging to both you and your guests.
Review Venue Policies
You’ve always heard that you need to read a contract before you sign it, but in your haste to walk (or run!) down the aisle, don’t skip this vital step. Your wedding venue is not under any obligation to tell you each and every policy. Review the contract carefully to see if you can live with it. Consider the following:
Before you fall in love with a venue, you need to carefully evaluate whether it can accommodate you needs. Be sure to examine the following:
Narrowing down your venue list and reviewing legal documents might not seem like the most romantic undertaking. However, it’s a great opportunity for you and your fiancé to practice working together on financial and logistical plans – a skill you’ll need for the rest of your married lives!