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When it comes to hiring your vendors, there are a ton of different decisions you’ll have to make. The first and arguably the most important, is where you’ll hold the festivities. Your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire event, and affects almost every other decision you’ll make during the planning process. The problem? There are an infinite number of venues in the Northwest! Where do you even begin?!
1. Keep your options open and just browse.
Visit our venues page and look at all different types of venues. Check out the websites and reviews, and most importantly, browse the real weddings featured at that venue. Those will give you the most realistic view into what a venue has to offer!
2. Make a short list of venues that stand out to you.
Jot down any venue where you can picture you and your future spouse tying the knot. And don’t forget to take it to Pinterest! This is the time to indulge in all of the Pinterest wedding goodness, so pin away! (Just make sure to read up on our tips for using it to plan your wedding!) You’ll probably have a mix of themes at this point (which is totally okay!) I think I had venue ideas from pretty much every category!
3. Pick out common themes.
Now that you have browsed anything and everything, some common themes should start appearing. Do you find yourself leaning more towards rustic barn venues, urban wineries, or extravagant hotels? More than likely, you’re going to love elements of every style. Consider what calls to you the most. Is it the exposed brick? The outdoor space? The elaborate ballroom style? One style should start speaking to your soul.
4. Go with your gut.
When we were considering venues, I was convinced I wanted to have our wedding at an urban downtown venue. And while they were gorgeous and amazing spots to throw a fabulous wedding, they didn’t really “fit” us as a couple. We don’t spend a lot of time out on the town, and my fiance and I are much more of a “stay in and netflix” couple! We both come from rural areas, and love the wide open spaces. When actually picturing our day, we were most drawn towards contemporary venues in the country with lots of outdoor space.
5. Don’t forget to consider to spouse-to-be!
Definitely sit down and talk it out with your future spouse. Even if they are fairly removed from the planning process, (like mine!) they still probably want to have some input on the overall theme of your big day. When we met with our planner, she asked my fiancé, “what is most important to you about the wedding?” His answer caught me off guard: “I want it to be casual.” I was so glad that he shared that information, and it has played a big part in understanding the style of our wedding.
6. Visit your favorite first.
Trezzi Farm Winery seemed like the perfect fit for our wedding, so we scheduled a visit there right away. After touring the facility with owners Stephanie and Davide, we knew this had to be the place. It had the It just felt right! (When you tour your preferred venue, make sure to bring this list of questions!)
Ultimately, focus on a venue that feels right. There are so many different styles to choose from, there is truly one for every couple! From vintage to rustic to modern, it’s easy to pick a venue that truly matches your style!