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Selecting the ideal ceremony site sets the entire tone of your wedding. But it's a bit more complex than visiting a place and determining it's pretty. You need to also consider the logistics — from the size of their guest list to emergency options for stormy weather. Before signing your name on the dotted line to secure your venue, look for these five crucial signs.
1. The venue is adequately sized
Regardless of how impressive an immense ballroom may be or how endearing you find your local rooftop bar, a wedding venue's size must fit your anticipated guest list. A location that is too big for an intimate wedding will overwhelm a petite party, and a space that is too cramped for all of your loved ones may force you to make guest list cuts you don't want to make, so be sure to schedule venue visits with a rough estimate of how many guests you'll be expecting in mind.
2. Your location accommodates guests with health issues
Your guests take precedence over a beautiful location, so take the time to consider any health issues they might possess when touring venues. If one or more of your guests requires a wheelchair, your ideal venue should provide elevator access or ramps for easy mobility. Likewise, if severe pollen allergies are a common concern amongst several guests, an outdoor wedding can be struck from the list of options in favor of an indoor space.
3. You feel a comfort level with the proprietor and staff
You've forged a profound bond and an innate comfort level with your fiancé over the course of your relationship, and that sort of comfort is a key factor when searching for your venue and its proprietor and staff. Months of wedding planning requires a significant amount of time spent with these people, and forming an instant rapport will make everything go more smoothly.
4. The space evokes both you and your groom's style equally
Make it your goal to find a space that celebrates both you and your groom's tastes. Your perfect venue will strike a chord with both of you.
5. Your wedding buzzwords or inspiration comes to mind at first sight
Your ideal wedding venue should recall those same words that inspired the affair. A remote, beachside spot will fit with a casual, relaxed theme, while a childhood church will serve as the perfect backdrop for a traditional, religious celebration.