The moment has finally come, you are newly engaged! Now what!?
One of the first things you should do when wedding planning is to book your venue. Download our 12 Month Wedding Planning Timeline to stay organized throughout your planning process.
Anyways, many of the popular venues will become booked very quickly, so it is important to mark this off your checklist. Now the trouble is, what venue should you go with? There is a lot to think about before deciding on a venue for your special day. After your wedding day has past, the videos and photos that are captured will be the only memory you have left, so you will be thankful for choosing a beautiful venue years down the road.
Answer the 6 questions below to help you choose the perfect venue for your Florida wedding.
What style do you vision for the ceremony and celebration?
This is a good starting point. You will need to figure out what kind of style you want your wedding to be. Styles can range from southern, country, rustic, traditional, elegant, glam, industrial, and the list goes on and on. The great news is that many venues can incorporate any look that you want, so don't get overwhelmed during the process!
Will you have the celebration indoors or outdoors?
Though it seems simple, once you can confidently answer this question, you will be able to narrow down a lot of places. Many venues have the option for an outside area for a ceremony and a covered or enclosed area for the reception. This is a perfect mix to allow you and your guests to have that indoor and outdoor experience.
How many guest do you plan on attending?
The number of people that will be attending your wedding, will affect what venues that you are able to select. Most places have a maximum capacity or limit of how many guests you can have on the premises. You would hate to book a smaller venue that will not be able to accommodate everyone you want to be there on the big day, so make sure to consider your guest list when booking your venue. We have plenty of space at the ranch and can accommodate 400 guests!
Have you set your budget yet?
This is one of the hardest parts of a wedding, but one of the most important. When picking a venue, try your best to keep the budget in mind. Take into consideration what the venue offers that may save your money on rentals, decor, and much more in the in the long run. Does the venue offer tables, chairs, decorations, etc.
At White Horse Ranch, we offer the following with our package:
We do our best to remove the hassle and create “one stop shop” experience by provide the all wedding services through our preferred vendors (catering, DJ, florist, cake, etc.). For more information on our pricing, click here.
What is your ideal wedding date?
Picking a date can be tricky. The time of year you want to get married can affect your venue. If you love summer weddings, you may want to consider a venue with an indoor or covered option in case it rains (even though they say rain is good luck on your wedding day!).
If you are dead set on a specific date, make sure before you even look at a venue, that they have this date available. There is no point in falling in love with a venue if they don’t have the available date you want. It is also important to research if the venue is available during certain times of the year or if they have an off-peak season with cheaper options.
Due to the Florida heat, we do not currently host any weddings May through August and only offer availability from September through April. Feel free to click the messenger button on the bottom right hand of the screen if you would like to see if your ideal wedding date is available.
Have you thought about guest parking? Don't forget.
Parking is something that no one really thinks about when booking a venue, but it can be a huge deal for your guest's overall experience of your wedding. At White Horse Ranch, we offer valet parking for your guests. This allows them to drive as close as possible to the ceremony and have their vehicle carefully moved to our parking lot in the front of the venue.