The venues for the other two clients are still in the works, but one is going to be a gorgeous Cape Cod wedding, with an oceanview ceremony at the bride's parents house. Very cool. The energy that new clients bring is always very exciting.
One of the first steps in planning (after you set your budget and guest list) is to go venue shopping. I highly recommend you go venue shopping with no set wedding date in mind. Finding a place to get married is one of the most stressful parts of planning - it's such a big deal, really - especially if the venue also provides the food, another really big deal! And there are so many choices which makes coming up with a short list fairly overwhelming.
So how do I make this process nearly painless for my clients? It depends on the couple, but I generally start the process by asking a ton of questions - I kind of see it like a Choose Your Own Adventure challenge to be conquered:
- Do you prefer urban or rural?
- Need or strongly prefer a view?
- Need or strongly prefer outdoor space?
- Do you have a big drinking crowd?
- Do you have a lot of guests from out of town/out of state?
- Is your preferred aesthetic classic New England/historic; clean and contemporary; or very modern, funky and stylized?
Then, since I already know budget, timing and other expectations, I get off and running by creating a spreadsheet of possible venues with the relevant questions answered. The couple narrows down the options and off we go on site visits, which I typically try to schedule back to back, so everything is fresh in your memory and you don't have to take much time off of work. I'll explain how those work another day...but my clients like it when they are made to feel extra special on site visits.
So, what's your favorite venue and why? I'd love to hear about unique or unusual sites.
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