9 Tips for Picking the Perfect Wedding Venue in Alberta

You need to think about a lot of things when choosing a wedding venue in Alberta, like parking options, venue size, restrooms, location, and more! The perfect venue can be tough to find, so here’s what you should consider before picking out the right place!

  1. Your budget & venue cost

Finding a venue that seems perfect only to find out it’s out of your budget is the worst. Make a budget for your whole wedding and what you’d like to spend on the venue. Don’t forget to consider the venue’s overall cost. In some locations, certain services are included in the quote, while in others, they’re extra. 

When you rent a stage, furniture, lighting system, and everything else, it can get expensive. It’s usually your budget that determines which venue is right for you in most cases. Also, it’s usually more affordable to have your big day in the off-season or on a Sunday.

  1. Availability

Especially when you have a set date in mind, start looking early to have a better chance of securing an available venue. The more flexible your date is, the greater the options for you, as you can choose your date from the available dates at the venue instead of being bound by one.

  1. The theme of your wedding

Since the wedding venue sets the mood for the whole thing, it’s good to have an idea of how the wedding will look before picking a venue. Getting married in a five-star hotel probably isn’t a good idea if you want a rustic style. In the same way, you wouldn’t want a farm for a formal event. Having a cohesive look and ambiance means considering all the details, from your location to your food. 

  1. Size of your guest list & maximum capacity of the venue

When you’re picking your venue, figure out how many guests you’d like to invite. This will help you find a place that’s the right size for your group. Big venues might look a little empty with a smaller crowd. The same goes for stuffing 145 people into a 100-person place. 

There might be elbow bumps while eating and dancing. You can also figure out where to put tables and what to do with all that space once you have a rough idea of how many people will show up. 

  1. Options for indoors and outdoors 

Think positive about the weather, but be prepared for anything! If you’re doing an outdoor event, ask if there are covered areas if it rains since the weather isn’t always predictable. It’s easy to make a backup plan if the venue offers both indoor and outdoor spaces. 

You might find yourself using the indoor backup so make sure it’s something you like. Don’t forget that some outdoor venues offer a big tent for protection from the rain. It’s just a matter of asking. Also, consider the wedding gifts in your planning – ensure there’s a secure and accessible place for them, especially if the weather turns bad.

  1. Venue accessibility

Look for a setting that meets the needs of all your loved ones. Make sure the facilities are handicap-accessible, including restrooms, doorways, parking spaces, elevators, and seating areas. If there are grandparents attending, it would be nice if you could make it easy for them to have fun!

  1. Options for parking

Check out parking options or how easy it is to catch a cab or rideshare if your wedding location is a bit out of the way or in a bustling downtown area. Make sure you ask how many parking spots are available and if your loved ones will have to pay.  

  1. Vendor options

There are some places that let you bring your own suppliers, but others just insist you use their contracted alcohol supplier, florist, event planner, caterer,  DJ and more. For those who want to pick their own vendors, make sure the venue you choose allows that.

  1. Curfew and noise restrictions

Some places in Alberta have strict rules about when you can be loud or quiet. Keep an eye out for noise restrictions. Especially, a lot of outdoor wedding venues have quiet hours at night as a courtesy to neighbours.

You’ll have a better chance of finding a venue that’s right for you and is also free on the dates you want if you start looking as early as possible. Early planning also gives you a chance to view lots of wedding venues, giving you more options if you don’t know what you want. Now’s the time to start looking for the best wedding venues in Alberta. Happy hunting!

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