What Are Brides Looking For in a Wedding Venue?

May 31, 2016 06:18 PM

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Choosing the right venue is one of the most important and stressful parts of planning a wedding. What are brides looking for in a wedding venue? In our experience, there are ten common characteristics and traits of venues that tend to attract and delight the most brides. We will break this list up into two posts. Brides are delighted by:

1) Wedding Venues with Valuable, Accessible Information

Wedding planning and getting married are considered among the most stressful events in a person’s life. Venues can alleviate some of a bride’s stress by providing easily accessible, quality information on their websites. More than ever, brides are learning about venues online, so it is vital a venue’s website includes:

  • The venue’s location
  • Whether the venue is outdoor, indoor, or both
  • Facilities and amenities offered
  • Seating capacity
  • Catering information
  • Photos
  • Plans in case of rain

Venues can make a bride feel heard by anticipating and answering questions about capacity, seating, catering, technology, etc. The helpful and informative venue will feel like a partner to a bride for her special day.

2) Wedding Venues with Neutral Colors

Most brides have dreamed of this special occasion from their youth. They have plans and pictures in their minds of everything, including the color scheme. It is difficult to decorate according to wedding themes when venues have specific and vibrant colors. Most brides prefer neutral colors so they can decorate according to their dreams.

3) Wedding Venues with Catering Options

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Feeding honored wedding guests is always a challenge for brides. Wedding venues with various catering options help brides feel as if they have a partner in planning their ceremony and reception. Even if outside catering is limited to a few trusted caterers, providing multiple options can go a long way toward making brides feel at home in a venue.

4) Wedding Venues with Comfortable, Stylish Seating

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Regarding seating, capacity is not the only component that is important to brides. Brides prefer venues with comfortable, stylish seating. In entrance ways and areas where photos are taken, chairs should be stylish enough to add value to the photos. At the very least, chairs and seating should be neutral and not an eye sore.

5) Wedding Venues Should Have Quality Lighting and Sound Equipment

If a venue offers its own lighting and sound equipment, it should be high quality, not prone to malfunction and failure. Lighting should add value to the experience, even if the events carries on into the night. It should be elegant and ample.


Sound equipment should work well enough that no one notices it. When microphones fail, speakers pop, and technology does not work, it can take some of the magic away from the moment. Brides will thank a venue with great lighting and sound equipment, but are much less likely to refer the venue whose technology failed.

We will post the second five wedding venue musts. In the meantime, we would love to hear from you. What do you look for in a wedding venue?