Finding the perfect venue for your New York City area wedding is a challenge, and you absolutely have to get the location right! Ultimately, the type of wedding venue you choose depends on your own unique circumstances. Having said that, there are some basic guidelines to follow that apply to pretty much all weddings.
Your criteria for a venue depends on the type of wedding you want. If you’re going for a classy, contemporary event, then consider an art gallery. If you’re outdoorsy, then look at ranches, parks and other similar settings. Because there are so many options, it’s best to talk with a wedding planner; a planner already knows good locations, and it’s just too overwhelming and too much research to try and do on your own.
It’s important to know how many guests you think will be at the venue. A space that’s too small leads to a crowded uncomfortable event while one that’s too big makes it seem like you planned for more people and got burned by no-shows.
Weddings often cost more than expected, so it’s important to know your total budget and to plan with the idea in mind that unplanned expenses will appear. You don’t want to start your marriage in a financial hole because the cost of your wedding ballooned beyond what you could handle.
When planning a destination wedding, consider the convenience of your guests. Make sure you pick a location that the majority of your guests can get to easily. On a related note, you may want to consider vendors who offer full-service events if you don’t want to sweat all the details yourself.