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Here’s How to Narrow Down The Perfect Wedding Venue

SMP Contributor

Wedding venues range widely in how they look and how much they cost. There's factors to consider like how many guests will be attending, what the weather will be like during the ceremony and what theme the wedding will have. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to help you narrow down your venue list so your day ends up being in the perfect place.

Josh GruetzmacherWork with A Wedding Planner

You may think you can look at the description of a space online and figure out if it's right for you or not, but a wedding planner will know exactly how much space is needed for each part of your ceremony. They'll be able to guarantee that when you pay for the venue, you'll be getting exactly what you need, and that reassurance is worth getting a little extra help.

Corbin Gurkin PhotographyConsider Religious Traditions

Most of the time, brides-to-be already know the basic location of where their wedding will be. After all, 80 percent of weddings take place in religious institutions, so figuring out if you want your wedding to have an emphasis on religion or not will help you cross venues off your list. Once you know if you want your big day to happen inside, outside, anywhere at all, you'll be one step closer to securing a place.

Ryan Ray PhotographyThink About Your Guests

You may have always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding for aesthetic reasons or personal ones, but now you're planning for a July wedding. Will being outdoors be a practical decision? Take a second to think about your guests. Weather, parking, accessibility and comfort are all decisions to factor in. Will your venue make them feel welcomed, comfortable and help them enjoy the ceremony? It may be a day to celebrate the love you share with your fiancé, but you still need to think about the well-being of the other people in attendance.

Nicole Bass PhotographyStick To Your Budget

It's tempting to look around online, fall in love with the seemingly perfect wedding venue and decide to spend extra cash to have your wedding there. Don't do it! Spend some time figuring out how to make the best wedding budget for yourself, and then stick with it. Weddings will always have future, unexpected expenses that you need to be prepared for, even your own.

Finding the wedding venue of your dreams can be difficult if you do it on your own. There are plenty of ways to make a tiny mistake that could affect your ceremony in big ways, so before you book anything, make sure you know what you're getting into. Talk with a professional to get help and be mindful of your money. And don't forget your guests! If you're smart, you'll be hanging flowers at your dream venue in no time.

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine.  Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!