How to Pick a Wedding Venue
This will make their choices more definite.
They also need to decide which season to hold the wedding ceremony. Settle on one of the seasons, be it winter or summer. This will make asking for space during those times simpler. The season plays a part in deciding where it shall be held. You also need to do this early, since the popular venues tend to get overbooked fast.
You need to have a budget. Different venues charge different rates for their packages. You will narrow down those that are within your range. You will also save yourself too much unnecessary work. You need to make a note of all the costs of a venue, to help n planning.
You need to determine the number of people coming for the wedding. You will thud know which areas are adequate for that number. Have somewhere they shall all sit comfortably. Everyone you invite may just turn up.
Decide also whether you will hold both the ceremony and reception at the venue. While deciding on that, you also need to ensure the venue has a backup plan in case the weather changes. This affects outdoor events. You will find some where you can do everything there. If not, you need to have the two locations not too far apart.
You need to prepare your visit to the venue well. You need to have your needs aligned clearly, so that you can focus on where they shall be fulfilled. Things like, full service, support staff, vendors, discounts, allowances for outside catering or onsite catering services, all need to be clearly agreed upon. Those discussions can take a turn and focus on one element, till you neglect mentioning the rest. You also need to see a contract with all the discussed details, before you sign and take your copy.
If you have people coming from afar, you need to know where they shall be staying. You may learn that the venue caters to such needs. If not, see if there are any nearby.