How to Pick a Wedding Venue, According to 8 Real Brides

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Ah, the hunt for the perfect wedding venue. It's one of the earliest — and most important — tasks a couple takes on, and for good reason. The site determines the date, vibe, and location of the whole affair. With so much pressure to make the right decision, how does a bride make up her mind? We asked brides on Facebook to share how they made their choice to shed a little light on this planning selection. Here, our favorite answers:

"We visited the 'dream' venue, you know the one you fantasize about getting married at from being a little girl? And it was awful so my fiancé took it upon himself to find us a better one and he did. Within a week, we'd visited and booked it — love at first sight." —Rea Sutton

"We visited our venue on a holiday before we got engaged and we both said, 'That's the place we want to get married.' We got engaged there and now we're marrying there next September!" —Riley Harmer

"I picked a place that was not only cost-efficient, but when I went to see it, I knew that it was unique and I had it have it. I love my venue and I absolutely can't wait to get married there!" —LaQuisha McNeil

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"We wanted ceremony and reception in the same location, so we saw a few venues, but nothing said 'us' that was a romantic setting until we saw our venue. It's perfect and I can't wait to get married there. It's my happy place, we both love it." —Casey Leigh Chatfield

"Our original venue cancelled on us and our new venue was the only one free and big enough! Luckily it is a much nicer venue!" —Jayney Andrews

"We must've seen over 40 venues. We choose Disney because we fell in love with it! And, well we got some pretty amazing pictures." —Carrie Gomar

"My grandparents' backyard where I had pretty much grown up. It had so many memories and sentimental reasons to have my wedding where I grew up and learned so much." —Brittany Rawson

"There was a vintage carousel everyone could ride during the reception. Done and done!" —Kaitlynn Blyth

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