As you choose a wedding venue, you’ll need to narrow down which type of venue fits your values, budget, and theme. Here are three broad categories to consider, along with pros and cons to help narrow down your venue search.
Place of Worship
If, as a couple, you value traditionalism or a common faith background, a church or other place of worship may be your favorite option.
– Often inexpensive – especially if one of you is a member of the congregation, places of worship often consider weddings part of their ministry, rather than an opportunity to make money.
– Ideal for music – from organs to sound systems to sometimes phenomenal acoustics, churches and chapels are great for couples who want to showcase their (or their family members’) musical flair.
– Places of worship may have extra rules and regulations for you to follow. For instance, some churches require pre-marriage counseling for couples marrying on their premises.
For couples who value originality or the great outdoors, an outdoor space may be perfect. Backyards, beaches, and public parks are all common choices for couples looking for a naturally beautiful backdrop for their wedding ceremony.
– Nature-made decorations – besides beautiful surroundings, an outdoor location can provide a theme for other visual elements.
– Great photography possibilities – natural lighting adds glamour to already beautiful locations and people!
– Weather can spoil your big day – and an outdoor wedding in December simply isn’t an option for couples choosing a venue in places like Milwaukee and Chicago.
– Set-up and rentals can add time and expense.
From hotels to art museums, there’s an indoor venue space appropriate to any couple’s values.
– Great variety and flexibility – especially in urban or metro areas, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
– Beautiful spaces – while it’s hard to beat Mother Nature, many indoor venues offer great architecture or art, which may be the better choice for artistically inclined couples.
– Direct and indirect expenses (such as rentals) vary widely – you’ll need to do some extra research to determine how your choice of venue will fit your budget.
– Indoor venues whose primary purpose isn’t weddings may have limited choices for dates, and you may need to get creative with your dressing room spaces!