Personally I think the challenge of finding the “right” venue is the number one stressor of wedding planning. Some people could argue it’s finding the “right” dress or the “right” caterer – but the truth is, you need to find your venue before you worry about nailing down anything else. Photographer, florist -hell, even the dress should come after the venue because that venue is going to set the tone of your wedding. You don’t want to show up in a ball gown to get married in a barn. (Don’t say you’d “never get married in a barn”. You never know what could happen. We thought we were going to get married on a beach, turns out we got married at a vineyard. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. BOOK THE VENUE FIRST.)
Searching online can be daunting. There are churches and country clubs and wineries and barns and “wait… you know, the backyard of this Airbnb actually looks kind of cool….I never really considered a backyard wedding, but maybe we should check it out?”
YOU NEVER KNOW.
But it’s important to have a list of questions prepared when you’re ready to tour. There are things that you may not think about as they’re going over all of the catering options and your twinkly lights exit, but knowing whether or not you can bring in your own cake, or if additional insurance is required, are important questions to ask to ensure there are no surprises.