Choosing the perfect wedding venue is the most important thing to consider for your special day, even more so than your wedding dress or guest list. Providing a comfortable and memorable atmosphere for you and your future spouse as well as for your friends and family will create memories that will be treasured forever. So here are our top 10 tips to finding the perfect wedding venue:

Think about a guest list
Before you can start weighing up which venue best suits your wedding day requirements you need to decide on whether you want an intimate wedding with just close family and friends or if you want to invite the whole extended family as well as all your friends on Facebook. Most wedding venues have a guest count minimum – so make sure your number estimates are conservative.

Settle on a budget
Depending on the lavishness of the wedding venues you are researching you will need find out the going rates of all your options. Its best to have a rough estimate in mind, a range of sorts. Typically, you shouldn’t spend more than 50% of your wedding budget on the venue because there is so many more expenses to consider.

Pick a date
It seems like the most basic of things but as soon as your spouse proposes and the answer is yes, the next question is when will we actually get married? Engagements can be famous for lasting years with both partners tentative to set a physical date. Don’t over think it – i.e. we need to get married on the day we met or on our parents wedding anniversary date. If you’re flexible on the date you could choose an off-season month and you’ll surely be able to get a better rate.