The wedding day simply has to be perfect. Brides spend hours doing their hair and makeup, days picking the perfect food for the wedding, weeks to find that dress that is simply “the one” and months to find a venue. Add a few years of finding the perfect person to the equation, and by the time the big day is there – we’re tired of waiting and searching. But today, I want to focus on one important part of the whole process that can truly make or break your wedding – the venue. I know I had to go through a lot to find the perfect venue for my wedding, but in the end, it was all worth it.

Go with the theme of your wedding

Every wedding has a theme. When people hear that word, most of them imagine everyone in costumes and the whole venue looking like it’s from another dimension, but in reality, it’s much more complicated than that. Every wedding has some sort of a theme going on – rustic, modern, intimate, chic, etc. Choosing a venue that is perfect for your theme is the key to your wedding’s success. If you want a rustic style wedding, then a family restaurant with wooden walls and a cozy atmosphere might be the thing for you. There are going to be a lot of preparations and adjustments no matter what you do, so this way, at least you’ll have a head start.

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Be ready to compromise, to an extent

Many brides can be very picky about their venue, and that is a good thing – until they overdo it. Unless you are literally building your venue from scratch, it’s impossible for it to be exactly as you’ve imagined it, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t still be perfect for your wedding. If they tell you that it really isn’t possible to have candles all over the place because it’s a fire hazard, use electric candles – nobody will notice. This is still your wedding and it should be as close to what you’ve imagined as possible. Therefore, if you are really set on a certain caterer you like, but the venue doesn’t allow any catering but their own, then it’s time to move on to the next venue.

Take your time

When I started planning my wedding, I must have gone to a hundred different wedding reception venues in Sydney. In the end, it was all worth it, because the day ended up being exactly like I’d always dreamed it would, and I didn’t mind the extra searching time at all. So trust me when I say, the perfect venue for you is out there – you just need to keep looking. There is no rush and there is no need to settle, since the venue pretty much determines when your wedding will take place. Finding a beautiful place like Vaucluse restaurant took some time and many adjustments, while, for example, when my best friend was getting married, she picked the first venue she walked into. It just goes to show how different every wedding experience is, and that there’s nothing wrong with taking your time, even if people are rushing you or telling you that you’re too picky.

Never forget that the venue you choose is just a skeleton, and the appearance of the place you walk into is not the one you and your guests will see on the big day. To be able to pick the perfect venue, you need to imagine all the decorations, the people, the time of year and every other factor that will play a part in your wedding.

By Diana Smith

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