If you are engaged to be married, there are a number of locations throughout Los Angeles that you can choose from. With all the variety, it might be a little hard to figure out where you should begin. Here are five tips for choosing a wedding venue.
The first thing you should consider is whether or not you can afford the venue. It might be easy to get swept up in the romance of an extravagant venue, but there are a lot of costs that need to be considered in a wedding. Figure out what your budget is before the search for your venue begins, this way, you won’t waste any time looking at places that you won’t be able to afford in the first place.
The next thing to take into consideration is the capacity of the venue. Can the venue truly fit your estimated guest list, and can they do it comfortably? The last thing you want is to cram all your guests into a small venue. If you will be doing the ceremony and the reception at the same venue, a process called ‘flipping’, make sure it is capable of holding both. A good way to know this is to ask whether or not the venue has a history of doing flipping, this way you know they have the experience to seamlessly transition the ceremony to the reception.
If your venue is outdoors, be sure to take the weather into consideration. Depending on the time of year, the sun and heat in Los Angeles can be quite intense. Be sure that an outdoor venue takes precautions such as having tables with umbrellas or a canopy. You should also ask the facility manager about the direction of the sun and the intensity. The last thing you want is to have your guests facing the sun during the ceremony for example.
Figure out whether the venue is full service or not. A full service venue will cover everything from catering supplies to chair and table rentals. A non-full service venue will essentially only offer the space and it will be up to you to fill it.
What really sets a venue apart is one with a great view. Even if it’s not an outdoor venue, consider the architecture and other details of an indoor venue. The Los Angeles Athletic Hotel’s wedding venue has been around since 1880 when the space was used as LA’s first private, urban country club. Over 100 years later, you can have your reception where Hollywood’s early elite socialized.
Happy wedding planning!