5 Factors For Choosing Your Wedding Venue - Cornerstone

​ Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting experiences a couple can share. From inviting your nearest and dearest to share in your celebration to selecting a delectable menu for everyone to enjoy after the ceremony, there’s no shortage of details to cover. While it can often feel a little overwhelming to get started, with the right plan and tools in place, making sure everything comes together can be less of a headache. To help you start off on the right foot, our team of wedding experts have compiled 5 things to keep in mind when selecting your wedding venue.

1. Budget

As with all elements when it comes to wedding decisions, one of the most important deciding factors will come down to your budget. While it’s perfectly fine to dream big and plan the wedding of your dreams, making sure you have a clear idea of what you’d like to spend as well as your absolute final amount will save you a lot of heartache and frustration in the long run. Before looking at potential venues, or even other major parts of your big day, it’s crucial to sit down with everyone who will be contributing financially to determine that your range is for each specific part. Once you have a clear number in place, you can look at venues more confidently without fearing that your perfect space will break the bank.

2. Timeline

Second to budget, the most important aspect to decide upon early on is your date. Bear in mind that most wedding venues book up quite early, sometimes filling spots as early as 18 months in advance. The sooner you know your ideal date, the faster you’ll be able to secure your dream venue!

3. Are You Having The Ceremony And Reception At The Same Venue

For many couples, the idea of having a ceremony and reception in the same location is appealing. Not only does this minimize your set up and tear down time, it also gives your guests a chance to relax and unwind a bit while you take photos and prepare for the reception. If you are hoping to stay in the same spot for both ceremony and reception, you’ll want to be sure you’re aware of:

4. Catering Options and Requirements

Certain venues may have specific rules pertaining to outside catering as well as the consumption of alcohol on the premises. To avoid disappointment on the day of, it’s important to ensure you know what your preferred venue mandates, as well as your options available for feeding guests.

5. Any Additional Considerations

If you are aware of any special considerations that need to be accounted for for your guests, being upfront with your venue manager from the onset can help ensure that every effort is made to accommodate such requests. Factors like accessibility, parking, heating and air conditioning, and more, should be taken into consideration early on.

About Cornerstone Weddings

As a premiere wedding venue in Canmore, Alberta Cornerstone Theatre offers our couples timeless, natural elegance as well as a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop. Each year, we’re proud to work alongside couples to plan picture perfect nuptials that help celebrate their love in style. Learn more about booking your very own dream wedding by contacting our team today!