How to Find a Wedding Venue

November 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hudson Valley Weddings: 

How to Find a Venue

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Anthony's Pier 9

When it comes to finding a venue for your wedding reception the possibilities are endless, which can become overwhelming at times. With so many options, how does a couple find the perfect venue? We're glad you asked! Here are a steps to help you make an informed decision with less anxiety.

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Thayer Hotel

  • First, discuss what kind of atmosphere you want the wedding to have: formal, informal, outdoor, etc.. Look at the season you will be married in as well. If it's a season where there will most likely be lots of rain it wouldn't be wise to plan an outdoor reception with out a plan B.
  • How many people will be in attendance? It's hard to have an exact count at the time you need to secure the venue, so work off of an estimation. Size is a big factor when it comes to the type of venue your looking for. Do you want a small gathering of family and close friends? or a banquet fit for a queen? If your looking for something small and intimate you might consider looking at a bed & breakfast.  

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Dutchess Manor

  • What's your budget? Be sure to have a realistic budget set aside specifically for the venue and stick to it. A venue can be within your budget and meet your needs at the same time. 

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The Grandview

After discussing the top three questions with your spouse-to-be, it's time for phase two:

  • Brainstorm. Based on the previous questions, create a list of venues you are interested in. This is the time to write down as many places as you can find. Search the web, talk to family and friends, drive around, do whatever you need to to create this list.
  • Edit. Whittle that same list down to a handful you both agree on and would like to visit together. Then schedule a time to visit. If possible, visit each site around the time your event will be held. This way you can see the atmosphere/lighting of each venue.

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The Grandview

  • Ask Questions. Questions will reveal a lot of information that isn't necessarily available on their website. How many weddings are held in a day? Are there plans for any major changes to the venue? For example, will they be installing a fountain where there is currently open landscape? What do they offer? Do they supply tables, chairs, etc.. What they supply will factor into your budget. Do they deal with post-party cleanup? If you have a wedding planner, bring them along so they can see each space. They can talk to you about the potential of each space and how they would work with the room. You can never ask too many questions.

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Villa Borghese​

A few examples of possible venue spaces: Historical homes, resorts, restaurants, a bed & breakfast, and hotels. Those in the Hudson Valley are in the perfect position to find a venue with a view of the river. 

 

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