The perfect wedding venue is more than just a place. The right venue will cultivate a warm and inviting environment for both the wedding party and guests. Essentially, it sets the tone for the ceremony and reception to come. Because the wedding venue is such a coveted and integral part of your special day, for a wedding planner, it can be the heftiest expense-- but it doesn’t have to be!. Below, we’ve compiled a list of five tips for choosing the best wedding venue in Los Angeles for your wedding planning pleasure.
Consider the Minimony
Minimonies (miniature ceremonies) are the perfect way to honor your union in a romantically intimate setting. They also are the perfect way to maximize your spending costs on potential venues! Lucky for you, Los Angeles is home to affordable venues like The Canvas LA and Albertsons Wedding Chapel. According to a survey conducted by Refinery29, brides who have held minimonies during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic have spent at maximum $10,000 for their weddings.
What Else is Planned on Your Day?
Having an understanding of what other events may be happening in or around the venue of your choice can help determine whether the cost, date and location of the venue is accommodatable for you. This may require you to be flexible in selecting your wedding date, or if you have your heart set on a particular date, to be flexible with the venue choice. Once you decide which factor is your top priority, you can lead your venue search with that at the top of mind-- (right after budget, of course)!
Meet the Facility Director
Believe it or not, this is imperative and not to be overlooked. A good relationship with the facility director gives you a holistic understanding of the facility’s history, offerings and specialities. (Remember, these minor details matter when it comes to your special day). Also, when it comes to handling the nitty gritty logistics like final payments, gratuities and communicating the venue’s policies and procedures for unloading, you’ll be in direct contact with the facility director-- and this may be throughout the entire wedding planning process. Of course, if you have a Los Angeles wedding planner along for the ride, they can maintain regular contact with the director so that you wouldn’t have to.
Time of Year
Have you always dreamed of an outdoor wedding with clear sunny skies and a cool fall breeze? That’s quite the vision. And requires the right timing to make it happen. Seasoned facility directors and Los Angeles wedding planners will be attuned to what month, day, and time of day will be best for the seasonal tone you’d like to set. They may not be able to predict the weather, but with thorough conversations on behalf of yourself and your wedding planner, you can have that perfectly weathered wedding that steers clear of potential November football events, spring breakers, or Halloween trick-or-treaters. The only treat on your wedding day should be you...and your husband.
Know Your Wedding Theme
Each venue is like a personality. Some have a regal feel, while others have an outdoorsy, luxury, or even playful feel. It may be helpful to create a digital or physical moodboard of color palettes and inspiration for your dream wedding to bring to each venue, just so you could know in real time if it’s the perfect fit. Smoky Hollow Studios, for one, is the perfect venue for minimalist-lovers. It's simple natural wood finishes, complete with a lakefront view set the minimalist dreamscape just right!
It’s important to keep in mind that with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Los Angeles wedding planners have found wedding venue scouting to be met with new challenges that reflect the times, like vaccination status, mask-wearing requirements and restrictive guest policies. Given the world’s altered circumstances, it may seem like your fantasy wedding is out of reach. However, with these tips and tricks, your faith and your dream wedding can easily be restored. We got you.