Find yourself constantly swooning over those picture-perfect wedding locations that fill your social media feed? Dying to get hitched in an exotic spot that will make all your followers drool—no filters needed? Well, we've got the lowdown on how to book the best of the best. Here are five things to look for in your very own Instagram-worthy wedding venue search.
1. Breathtaking Backdrops
Great venues provide amazing backdrops for all of your wedding photos. "Whether it's a view of the mountains, the sea, or incredible interior décor, the most Instagram-worthy venues look fabulous even before you start adding your own touch to them," points out seasoned planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques.
2. Swoon-Worthy Details
Step one: start with an amazing location. Step two: deck it out with stunning and personal designs! While Instagrammable venues can range from formal hotel ballrooms to rustic and charming outdoor garden spots, it's the swoon-worthy details that really keep people posting like crazy, reveals Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. "Think chandeliers, market lighting, big banyan trees, sumptuous draping, outdoor tenting, modern or vintage furniture, and other design elements that show off that space and make it 'pop' on social media."
3. To-Die-For Lighting
Speaking of lighting, it's a must for garnering the best engagement (likes and comments) from followers and friends, tells Ani Keshishian, Creative Director of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets. Whether it's checking to ensure that the venue is well-equipped or bringing someone in who can help set the mood, always make sure the lighting can be adjusted and changed to create the right atmosphere for your wedding and photos, she advises.
"Also, if the venue has a lot of windows, plan the arrangement and layout based on the best lighting that comes in at certain times during the day." A venue with a ton of natural light or opportunity for killer outdoor pics is obviously always a plus!
4. Wow Factor
According to event planner Kristine Cholakian Cooke, owner of Simply Charming Socials, the most popular wedding venues have that wow factor that makes brides immediately want to host their own event there. From perfectly-manicured grounds to incredible historical ruins to unbelievable architecture, the venue itself becomes part of the décor, she says. "It sets the stage for the rest of the wedding design (pun intended). When planning such a special day, brides want a special location, so we always look for that one thing that makes the venue stand out."
5. Uninvited Envy
Not only do the best venues make future brides want to book their big day there, but they also make your uninvited friends green with envy, notes wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events. "From an ocean view to exclusive locations in far off destinations and a picture-perfect party, of course, the most Instagrammed venues leave your followers scrolling through their feeds and dreaming of their own wedding days.