5 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Wedding Venue

You have already found your life partner that you want to spend your life with; the next step is to select a venue to host the most memorable event of your life: the wedding venue. Your wedding location will be the first place where you dance the night away as life partners, is going to be the backdrop in your wedding photos, and where you share your first meal as a married couple.

Finding the wedding venue of your dreams should be an exciting experience for both you and your fiancé, so here are 5 things that you should consider before finalizing it.


You need to pick a location that is the right size for your wedding party. If it is too large, the atmosphere will be dull, and if the place is too small, your guests will end up feeling cramped. Before you start visiting potential venues, having a rough idea of your wedding size will make your choice easier and allow you to cross venues off your list that do not fit your requirements.

At First & Oak, we offer a range of event spaces to accommodate your guests. Whether you are planning a cocktail reception or a casual reception, First & Oak can offer a lovely backdrop to your wedding celebrations.

Is there in-house catering?

Whether you are planning an elegant four-course sit-down dinner or a casual buffet, you need to understand if the venue you are looking at has an in-house catering service. The wedding catering service you choose should have ample experience catering to numerous wedding receptions and accommodate your guest’s dietary requirements (vegetarian, gluten-free, and more). An exciting and flavorsome meal will ensure that your wedding turns out flawless. 

Photo Opportunities

Wedding pictures are the one thing that you’ll cherish forever from the big day. Location selection is one of the most critical components for wedding photographers, so your photographer can capture everything perfectly. If you are not sure about the location, you can look at their social media pages to help you imagine how your wedding pictures will eventually look.

Décor and Details

When it comes to the details and decor, you may want your venue to be able to fit your vision effectively. Whether you wish to add only a few accents that tie in your overall theme or plan to do up the venue with decorations galore, having that feature of versatility is highly critical. By identifying the elements you will like to incorporate into your décor, you will be able to narrow down your list of potential wedding locations. For example, if you want something elegant and formal, stately homes or large hotels are great options. If you prefer an informal ceremony, vineyards, rustic barns, or country homes might suit you better. 

Staff and Amenities

Behind every good location is an excellent team of managers and onsite staff. They are so many minute details that make an event successful, and your venue staff can help you do the same. Your venue manager is going to be your first contact to understand more about the venue, such as preferred vendors, budget, sizing of the space, number of guests it can easily accommodate, timelines, and décor ideas. They might work exclusively with certain or DJ’s, photographers, or offer you a list of trusted partners that you can hire.

When booking a wedding location, ensure you get all of the details about the space so that your wedding is as magical as you have always dreamed of. At First & Oak, we ensure that your big day is memorable. Whether you choose one of our stunning spaces to have your wedding reception or cocktail dinner or book our wedding catering services, we ensure that we leave no stone unturned to make your day unforgettable.

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