Pros & Cons of Wedding Venues

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
590 posts
Busy bee

Wow, that is stunning!!!

Things that are important to me



-Whether it’s quite rustic

-whether the majority of the wedding can be outside (I want an outdoor wedding)

-My relationship with the people who own the venue/wedding planners – Whether they give me their personal attention. Is it obvious all messages are generic copy and paste or do they remember me and my Fiance each time we message? This also means following through with what they say (I was told a venue would email today – they have clearly forgotten). 

-Whether they listen to what I want and try to accommodate me. I went to one venue where you could tell all the weddings were the same and no personal touches for each couple

-Decoration included – Many venues we have seen have stunning pieces of descoation we can use


Post # 3
787 posts
Busy bee

Both inside & outside options for implement weather 

A separate place for bridal party to get ready/stay before ceremony. 

Ability to use my own vendors

rentals included



Post # 4
7000 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

kinneybride :  I’m a wedding vendor (photographer) so I can give you my input based on what we deal with regularly.

1. A well lit bridal suite large enough to handle the bridal party for getting ready. Decorated pretty neutral, but light and airy to avoid photos looking dated or cluttered. Likewise if you’ve got a suite for the groom + guys that’s always a bonus too. Couples and bridal parties generally prefer to get ready on site, and even if they get ready off site having somewhere to be “home base” and store all their items is always a problem with places that don’t have an easily accessable bridal suite.

2. Catering kitchen. In my area most caterers are able to work out of a catering truck because we have a lot of off the grid venues, but I know we’re unique here and that’s not the case for most caterers. It also makes things more neat and tidy and offers the couple a better dining experience. 

3. Plenty of storage space. Vendors all tend to come with a lot of gear – and without a good space to store it all it ends up in the corner of the room which never looks good. 

4. Indoor bathrooms that are functional and nice looking. 

5. Ceremony site that is in a correct placement for the lighting as the sun starts to set. I can’t tell you how many people pick a ceremony site at venues without visiting it at the actual time most ceremonies take place. You often end up with spaces that are half lit or have awkward setups due to space.

6. Tables & Chairs. Invest in plenty of 6ft round tables and either white resin or chivari chairs. Having tables and chairs included in your rental fee (for ceremony AND reception) is a huge selling feature for couples. It’s one less thing they have to worry about the logistics of when it comes to renting. 

7. Sufficient heating & cooling. Rustic venues tend to get super hot in the summer months and cold in the winter months because often renovated buildings just are not well insulated. 


I’d suggest getting some vendors from all categories, and also some of your friends who are already married (and have been through the planning process and venue selection before) to come out for a walkthough and give you feedback/suggestions. Vendors have different needs/desires than couples do, but everyone’s end goal is to have a facility that sets you up for success not failure. 

Post # 6
7000 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

kinneybride :  I would definitely get a caterer out there as they tend to have pretty specific needs when it comes to venues. Also a photographer because they see everything from the best photography standpoint which is a huge bonus! Another good person is an experience coordinator, because they often think of things that are benefical to the bride (that even the bride doesn’t realize) that the rest of us vendors don’t think about! 

Post # 9
1409 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Things I looked for:

Price was the one of the biggest factors-several venues I loved, but just were too much for our budget

Indoor/outdoor-I wanted a space where guests could be seated inside or outside.

Rentals-I didn’t care if a venue included tablecloths, napkins, etc but it definitely helped when tables/chairs were included

Natural beauty of venue-I looked for venues that didn’t need an extreme amount of decor to look good. While some venues were cheaper, they were more blank canvases. I looked for already pretty venues.

Post # 12
7000 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

kinneybride :  That’s the reason why in my area the tables/chairs are typically the only rental items included – everything else the couples must rent from somehwere else. You obviously know your area better than anyone, but in my experience fees for using outside vendors are a huge turnoff for couples and one of the main reasons they decide not to book a venue. Unless they want a 100% all inclusive experience most everyone I’ve dealt with over the years wants the freedom to choose their own vendors.


Post # 13
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

kinneybride :  You’re barn looks awesome! What midwest state are you in? (Midwest bride here).

The biggest things I look for in a barn venue are nice restrooms and some sort of cooling system for summer days. Bridal suites are nice, but not super necessary, in my books.

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