You’ve likely grown up envisioning how you want your wedding to look and feel. Fast forward to today, and you now need to find a ceremony and reception site for your upcoming wedding. You may be feeling lost and curious about where to look and how to find the best value for you and your partner.
In this article, we will review a few tips to consider as you begin budgeting for a wedding venue, and what you should keep in mind as you seek out a space to host your event.
When it comes to finding an affordable wedding venue in Colorado, we typically recommend that our couples start off with creating a wedding budget. Having a firm idea of what you are able to spend on your wedding will give you clarity when it comes to finding a space that is right for you and your partner.
As you begin to create your overall wedding budget, it is important to note that all areas of your wedding do not have to be created equal. In order to get the best perspective on what areas of your big day you and your partner value most, we recommend that you make a list of vendor categories that you will need and put them in order from the most important to the least important. These might include, ceremony site, reception site, wedding planner, photographer, videographer, rentals, catering, bar service, dress, tux, transportation, floral, music, and more.
Once you have a list organized by priority, you will have a better understanding of where you two should allocate more of your budget and other areas of your budget where you should prepare to spend less. While there is no correct order, we often see couples prioritizing the place (venue) where they will host their wedding, the photos on their wedding day, in addition to catering and bar options at the top of these types of lists. In Colorado, we see that most couples are spending close to $28,000.00 on their wedding.
Now that you have a better idea of where your budget falls in line with your priorities, it’s time to start writing out a guest list to determine the venue size you will need for your wedding.
As you begin creating your guest list, a great rule of thumb qualifying guest list question is: “Have I seen or heard from this person in the last six months?” While there are exceptions to every rule, this is a great way to frame your thought process as you start deciding who to include on your guest list. Be sure to keep in mind, that your guest list will be a direct correlation with the amount of money you will need to invest in your wedding. Your wedding venue, catering, bar tab, dessert, centerpieces, and more will all be a direct reflection of how many people you choose to invite. According to a poll in 2018, you can expect to spend about $203.00 per guest at your wedding.
Once your guest list is completed, it is time to start looking for venues that fall in line with your desired budget, aesthetic, wants, and needs. To get started, we recommend asking recently engaged friends and family members about their recommendations. You can also check out online resources like The Knot and Wedding Wire where they will allow you to search for properties based on capacity, location, and price.
As you start making a list of favorites, do your best to narrow it down to your top 5 wedding venues that you would like to visit in-person. Prior to booking your venue tour, we recommend calling to ask qualifying questions to ensure that the venue aligns with your budget and what you have planned. After-all, you won’t want to waste your time or the time of the venue if they are out of your budget or if they are unable to accommodate your group size.
Here are the top 5 questions we recommend asking before your tour:
Now that you have an idea of your wedding budget, your guest count, and the top 5 questions to ask your wedding venue, you are ready to start touring!
If an all-inclusive art gallery and wedding venue in Old Town, Arvada piques your interest, inquire today to learn more about Gallery 1874. We offer affordable wedding venue options for intimate gatherings and larger events for up to 150 guests. All of our wedding packages include tables, chairs, linens, glassware, getting ready suites and more! Get in touch today to see how we can bring your vision to life.