Wedding Planning 101: How to Select a Wedding Venue


Levi Steven Miller

You’ve got the fiancé. You’ve got the ring. You know your wedding style and the seasonyou want to get married in. You’ve even outlined your wedding budget. Now, what’s next? Typically, the next most pressing decision to make is the date and location of your wedding. This is where it gets really exciting and starts to feel real! Your wedding venue can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make because it’s the place you’ll spend your big day with all your favorite people and your future spouse. The right venue can go a long way in setting the right mood for your big day.

Because the right venue can really make your wedding, our general advice is to not rush this decision. Take it slow. Do your research of venues in your area (or your dream area, if you’re planning to have a destination wedding). Take tours of venues you’re interested in. You definitely need to see the venue in person to really get a feel for the space and how it could all be set up.  

When it comes to your wedding date and venue, these two decisions can go hand-in-hand. If you’re limited to a certain date because of other obligations or commitments, then your date could be the deciding factor for your venue. If you can only find a couple venues in your area available on your ideal date, you may have automatically narrowed down your choices. Similarly, if you have a dream wedding venue already selected, you may have to choose whatever date is available in order to have your wedding there. Narrowing down your date and/or venue like this is totally okay and may even make the decision-making easier for you!

If you aren’t limited by a specific date or you don’t have a certain venue in mind, take your time looking at venues in your area. Make sure to keep your wedding style in mind when considering a venue. If your dream wedding style is rustic, you will want to cross modern, sleek venues off your list. Goodwin Manor in Little Rock is a gorgeous wedding venue featuring sweeping views of Arkansas mountains, an elegant stone Manor, and a beautiful, glamorous interior. If your wedding style is classic, romantic, and elegant, Goodwin Manor could be your dream venue. Contact us today to schedule a tour of Goodwin Manor - we’d love to show you the space! We were also named Best Wedding Venue in Arkansas Lifethis year!  

When you take a tour of your potential venue, be sure to ask plenty of questions. For example, ask if you can have both your ceremony and reception there and, if not, consider the distance between each venue. Ask how many people the space can accommodate and what the rain plan is. Ask what other services they offer, if they have any restrictions, and about the deposit/cancellation policy. Look at reviews that previous couples write about their wedding venue - this can be very telling, too.

Finding your dream wedding venue is easily one of the best parts of planning your wedding. Once you know where you’ll say your vows and celebrate your marriage, you’ll get to plan all the fun that takes place that day! At Goodwin Manor in Little Rock, we love seeing our brides and grooms bring their wedding dreams to life. Contact us to schedule a tour or learn more about our classic, romantic wedding venue. To all our couples looking for their future venue, congratulations and good luck!

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