Every year, an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the U.S. Deciding on venues and vendors is certainly one of the more difficult aspects of putting together your big day, but by steering clear of some major mistakes, you can seamlessly transition through the process and make sure that all parties involved are on the same page when it comes time for your wedding day. Here are just a few of the most common wedding venue mistakes to avoid during the planning process.
Starting your search too late…
This should come as no surprise, but normally it’s a good idea to book your wedding reception site as soon as possible once you’re engaged — at least a year to nine months before the wedding. If you wait too long, you could miss out on that adorable banquet hall or Miami wedding venue you’ve always dreamed of having your reception in. If you don’t start early enough, don’t be surprised if you’re severely limited by your choices because all of the most romantic wedding venues are reserved for the next year and a half.
…Or starting too early!
On the other hand, starting your search too early can also come off the wrong way to wedding venue staff and event planners. They have more timely clients to work with, and if you’re calling them when your wedding date is still several years away, they’re limited in what they can do for you until the date approaches. Similarly, some couples seek out banquet halls or ballrooms before they’re even engaged, which is highly premature and unnecessary. Stick to the rule of nine to 12 months, and you should be good to go.
Not considering an all inclusive event package
While it’s important for each couple to determine the specific details of their wedding as far as catering, location, and decor, many couples have benefited from investing in an all inclusive event package to take a significant amount of stress away from the overall planning process. If this is something you’re interested in, talk to wedding planners who are familiar with the area.
Ultimately, avoiding these mistakes could be what makes your wedding planning process easier than you ever imagined. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll address some more wedding venue mistakes to avoid during the planning process.