Booking a Venue for your Wedding
You’ve got your invite list, your time of year in mind and your budget. It’s time to begin the venue search.
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You can start by considering the area of the state you’d like to get married in. Are you open to anywhere in the state? Do you want to be by a beach/body of water or you looking for a rural, farm type setting? [Photo of English Manor by Jackie Averill Photography]
A few other things to consider regarding location:
· Proximity to church
· Proximity to hotels if you have a lot of out of town guests
Type & Style of Venue
You’ll also want to think about what type of venue you are looking for and what style. We’ve listed a few examples of each category below for venues in the Monmouth/Ocean County area. [Photo of Mallard Island by Sweetwater Photography]
·One with Indoor/Outdoor spaces (ie outdoor cocktail hour, indoor reception)
Most venues at the Jersey Shore offer outdoor cocktail space!
All venues listed in above hotel category
All venues listed in Yacht Category
Are you only open to a Saturday evening wedding or will you consider holding a Friday or Sunday wedding? Keep in mind that venues often offer discounts for weddings that are held on Friday or Sunday. Additionally, you’ll want to think about your guest count because many venues have higher guest count minimums on Saturday evenings.
Now that you’ve narrowed down what you are looking for in a venue and hopefully have a few in mind, we recommend a call or email to the venues for a few details BEFORE visiting. If a venue doesn’t fit within your budget or the capacity is close to your anticipated guest count, it doesn't make sense to visit it.
· What dates are available?
· What do your package prices look like? I am expecting about [total number] of people and looking to stay under [total venue budget].
· What is your ballroom capacity?
Touring the Venue
Once you know that the venue can work for your budget and other details, it’s time to take a look. We’d recommend looking at 3 venues to start. More than that can be overwhelming.
Be sure to ask lots of questions on your tour and be aware of backup plans for any outdoor spaces. Get an understanding for what is included in the package as well as any amenities the venue may offer. Make sure that you are clear on pricing- some venues include tax and gratuity in their per head cost while others don’t.
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