Photos: Gabriel Ryan
Finding the right wedding venue can set the tone for your entire day. The space often dictates your décor, your wedding dress, and the mood of the whole affair. Which is why, finding exactly what you want can feel a bit daunting. Here, we break down three types of venues to help you decide which party space offers the vibe you want.
Banquet Hall/Hotel Ballroom
Pros: It comes with built-in decor; packages often include a day-of coordinator; it usually has the fewest hidden costs.
Cons: Yours may not be the only wedding on site that day; you may not love the space's linens, chairs, and required vendors.
Best for: Traditional couples, those on a budget, glitz and glamour seekers. (Think gilded ceilings and chandeliers).
Pros: You're free to choose your own vendors; you can celebrate outside without stressing about the weather.
Cons: Bathroom rentals, generators, and flooring can be pricey and require significant setup time; you may also have to pay for heating or AC, as well as another tent for your caterer's kitchen.
Best for: Temperate climates, couples with generous budgets.
Pros: This type of site has a cool factor, and it's a blank canvas, so you can make it your own—while still enjoying indoor plumbing.
Cons: There may be restrictions on noise, kitchen use, candles, and hours.
Best for: DIY enthusiasts, art lovers, couples who've hired a wedding planner, those who really want to show off their personal style.
No matter which space your budget dictates you choose, your decor, guests, and the love you and your soon-to-be-hubby share will no doubt make your day extra special now matter what.