How to find the ‘perfect’ venue for you in San Diego

You just got engaged and you and your fiancé have been spending all your free time dreaming of the perfect wedding you will soon enjoy. The colors, the experience, the memories. Naturally, to have an amazing wedding, you need to book an amazing location. As you can imagine, booking the wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions and items to check off on a bride’s to-do list. You can also imagine, that certain venues are better for different visions. If you imagine your wedding to be a small, cozy event for your closest friends and family, you will probably want to book a venue that’s different from the bride who wants to invite 350 guests for a weekend event. Here are some tips to ensure that you choose the perfect venue for your wedding day.

Talk to your wedding planner. Your wedding planner will be your greatest ally in choosing a venue. Not only do they have connections that can give you the inside scoop on a particular venue, they are familiar with the area and can point you in the right direction to ensure the venue you choose matches your wedding day vision.

Keep your guests comfortable. You will want to keep in mind how your guests will experience the venue. If you are opting for a large wedding guest list, then make sure the venues you are looking at have the capacity to hold all of your guests. You want to ensure that your guests have an amazing experience on your special day and are not too ‘cozy’ in the space you choose.

Make sure the venue fits your wedding day vision. Are you opting for an outdoor wedding? Maybe a romantic rustic wedding? Whether your vision is chic or rustic, classic or more eclectic, your venue can set the atmosphere of your wedding and align it with your vision in a powerful way. It is important to keep in mind the overall vision you are trying to communicate through your wedding and make sure the venue is reinforcing it.

What is included? Some venues cost a little more than others, but those often include certain services or add ons that can be well worth the extra cost. Some venues come with just the space, while others include tables, chairs, a full service staff and more.

Don’t forget to consider your budget. No matter what your vision is or how many guests you plan to have at your wedding, it is crucial that you consider your budget when choosing a venue. About 50% of your budget will go towards your reception venue including food and drink. Choosing a venue that can supply both the space and the food/drink for your reception may end up helping your budget.

San Diego is a beautiful city and boasts some amazing, different venues. Whether your budget and guest list is high or low, we are confident that you will be able to find the venue of your dreams!