Three Key Questions When Wedding Venue Hunting

With so many wedding venues to choose from in the Greater Toronto Area, picking the perfect spot to say “I do” may be harder than you think. You don’t want to fall into the trap of falling in love with a place, and then realizing it’s out of your budget. To help you avoid that feeling of disappointment, we've drawn up a list of the the three most important questions you need to answer before you begin your wedding venue hunt!

Is the venue available for your date?

This is question numero uno by a long way! You need to do your research when you are selecting your wedding venue, including its popularity. You have to keep in mind that some wedding locations, like public gardens, can get booked years in advance, especially around holidays. You may also want to think about the significance of your date – are you willing to change it for the perfect venue? If not, then you need to look for another spot to say your “I dos”.

Once you find that perfect wedding venue, and it works with your date, book it right away so that no one else takes it.

Does it fit your budget?

So you want a fairytale wedding that includes a castle for your venue – that’s great, but is it within you budget? The reality is not every wedding venue you fall in love with will be budget friendly. You and your partner need to make sure you talk about what you can and cannot afford before you even think about contacting any venues. As we stated before, this will help you avoid any frustrations of falling in love with a place that is out of your budget range.

Don’t worry though, you will find that perfect venue for your perfect day. It may just take some researching first.

Are there backup plans in the event of inclement weather?

This is particularly important for couples looking to plan an outdoor wedding and reception. Make sure to ask whether there are any rainy day options in case there is a storm or the weather is too hot for guests.

While most venues have other rooms that you can move your event to in these situations, for some places, you’ll need to organize some sort of backup yourself (a tent or secondary venue).