How to Select the Perfect Wedding Venue


What to Look For in a Wedding Venue

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during the planning process… and the most expensive. But you shouldn’t base your decision on budget alone.

Similar to your wedding dress, you should be searching for that special feeling of finding “the one,” but there are other factors to consider as well. As you walk through your potential wedding location, be on the lookout for these certain things.

bride and groom dancing at wedding venue
table settings at a wedding reception

Is the wedding venue the right size?

Make sure the room or space is large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list. The site may look enormous when it’s empty, but wedding essentials – tables, chairs, buffet, gift table, wedding DJ setup – will fill it quickly. And, of course, your guests will need some elbow room. The best way to assess the size of a wedding venue is to take a tour of the venue, see it for yourself and layout a floor plan with the represntative you’re working with. 

outdoor wedding ceremony

Do they have a back up plan?

While you might not even want to think about rain putting a damper on your outdoor wedding, you can’t look at venues without considering an alternative plan of action should Mother Nature have other ideas, this is Michigan afterall. Determine if there’s an indoor space you can use should the weather take a turn for the worst. Love the location of a venue but want want that open air vibe for your reception? Ask the wedding venue if there’s an option to set up an outdoor tent. 

chiavari chairs and table linens

Does the wedding venue offer budget friendly bonuses?

From table linens, chiavari chairs, even centerpieces – ask the venue rep what types bonus items come included in their various packages. Working with a venue that includes these extras in their package can save you time, money and eliminates the need to work with another wedding vendor.

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wedding venue dance floor

Sharing the Space

Banquet halls and hotels often hold more than one wedding at a time. While this is personal perference, it is something to keep in mind while doing research. Most venues to an excellent job keeping events separate and making you feel like you’re the only wedding in the building. 

wedding dj equipment

Not glamorous but important details.

There’s nothing exciting about checking for plenty of power outlets at a wedding venue, but it’s one of those minor details you don’t want to overlook. You’ll want to make sure that your wedding DJ has all the power they need to keep the party going. This means taking note of all the electrical outlets in your reception & ceremony area. 

Another less glamourous topic: bathrooms. 

  • Can they handle your guest count?
  • Are they clean?
  • ADA compliant? 

Checking out your potential venue’s restroom situation is an absolute must. 

Wedding Venue Spotlights

Your wedding day should feel like you. At Mike Staff Productions, we’ll help you choose a wedding photographer who can bring your vision to life and one that knows their way around your wedding venue with confidence. After 25 years in the wedding industry, our photographers and videographers know the know all the details that make venues in metro Detroit special. They’ll be able to suggest some of the best spots for photography and videography options.

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