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Selecting the perfect wedding venue

September 30, 2020

Wedding Planning

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You’ve just started on that fun new adventure of being an engaged couple! You’ve started researching and facebook searching for vendors. Asking all your friends and family for every ounce of advice as well as recommendations on some they have used in the past. It can honestly seem like quite a daunting task even with all the information it can still be quite overwhelming or underwhelming depending on the situation.

Generally, the first booked or the second booked vendor for most brides is their venue! Having a great venue and venue owner can totally set you up for a stress free wedding day. When deciding what venue is right for you I highly recommend venue touring! Venue touring allows you to envision your day at the venue and also allows an opportunity to meet directly with the venue owner and talk about your vision for your wedding.

Think about what kind of venue you are looking for? Are you looking to get married in a chapel, barn or more traditional or modernized venue? Are there any specific wedding styles, themes or colors that stand out to the two of you? There is really no right or wrong answer its more personal preference! Knowing that no two couples are completely the same what venue might be right for you may not be for another.

Some venues even have all inclusive packages that offer certain vendors as an option along with booking. This can include things like photographers, videographers, caterers, wedding day planners and more. This can be an expensive yet relatively low stress option for brides who have limited planning time, but definitely isn’t meant for all.

Determine the amount of time, as well as the amount of money that you would ideally like to spend and reserve your venue for. Some brides that may be three to four hours if you’re looking to host a smaller wedding or elopement, and for those looking for a larger scale wedding it might be reserving your venue for 14 or more hours. Depending on the amount of time you’re wanting to spend at your venue it can affect the price at the end of the day. Generally speaking the more time spent at the venue the higher the price point.

Many couples want to celebrate with family and friends after their ceremony! It is important to ask questions about hosting your reception at your venue. You might ask, “Why?” Depending on what you’re envisioning your reception to look like, your venue can play a key role. Are you looking to host first dances?, Have a seating area for your guests?, or even about the consumption of alcohol? Some venues have dance floors that are specifically made for all the cha cha slide a bride can get, while others could potentially not have the room for it. Seating can be an area of concern if the venue reception area isn’t large enough or doesn’t have enough chairs to accommodate your guests. Some venues do not allow for the consumption of alcohol which if you’re totally invested in a champagne toast that may be a deal breaker for you!

As a Tennessee wedding photographer I have both toured and photographed at some pretty incredible wedding venues and locations. I could never really pick a favorite style of venue or only pick one venue out of the bunch as my personal favorite. There are several reasons why I can’t pick one venue as my favorite. Like I said before no two brides are completely alike and neither are two venues! I will list some venues and locations that have stolen my heart and I can’t recommend enough to each and every single one of my brides.

Burdoc Farms in Crofton, Kentucky

Located on a family farm in Crofton, Kentucky this venue has so many options for its couples. Whether you are looking for a chapel setting, barn, modernized or more traditional option. Burdoc Farms has them all with its three stunning and elegant options for its couples!

Its Rustic Barn has glowing string lights that hang from the ceilings with classic chandeliers that shine bright like diamonds. Along with its classic round tables and its silver metal chairs. It’s the perfect setting for those late spring days or early summer receptions.

The chapel venue is an open venue setting but is also sheltered from all forms of the weather. Whether you’re getting married in the rain, the snow or the heat of the summer, this venue will protect you from mother nature’s gifts. It has pew like seating that allows for whole families to stay together during the couples ceremony.

Their newest venue option for their couples is the Keith Glenn Venue with its incredibly large windows and the venue’s very own bar. Its rectangular wooden tables allow for larger groups to sit more comfortably together at receptions. It’s the perfect setting for those summer time or winter brides who are looking for a venue with heating and cooling options!

Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tennessee

Located in Dickson County this venue’s natural beauty is simply one of a kind. Its two ceremony sites are simply gorgeous and perfect for both families as well as it’s couples. Whether you decide to get married with the overlook in the background or its well known tree your photos are going to be stunning. Its Reception area is fully equipped for all the dancing and after party fun that a couple could ever dream.

Cumberland River Farm in Cheatham County, Tennessee

Located alongside the Cumberland River with its gazebo overlook ceremony site and indoor reception area. This venue has many options and locations on the site for their brides to get married. Whether you want the traditional gazebo area overlooking the Cumberland River or if you wish to get married elsewhere on the property. Their team always makes it happen for their brides. Providing them with a both gorgeous venue and incredible service.

Sandy Creek Events in Springville, Tennessee

Located in Henry County, Tennessee this event center was made with some impeccable craftsmanship and thorough planning. It has an open barn for its ceremonies and even has a on site green house making it the perfect little getaway for their couples no matter the time of day. Their staff is simply one of a kind and goes above and beyond for each of their brides.

No matter where my brides decide to get married, just know that I will be there for you every step of the way. Wherever your love decides to take you. Whether it’s to the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee or down on the coast to the Panhandle of Florida. Your day will be special in every single way because of the two of you, and I for one can’t wait to celebrate with the two of you!

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