Choosing the venue where your Denver Wedding will take place is one of the and most essential decisions a bride will make. But have no fear, we are here to help break it down for you! The venue where your reception -and possibly your ceremony- will take place can be the biggest expense of your wedding. But, if you do your homework, the decision will be an easy one.
Choosing your Denver Wedding Venue
First and foremost, keep your budget in mind. Price should be your first question, availability your second. Don’t tour venues you know you can’t afford. There’s no use falling in love with something you can’t have, it’ll just make you disappointed. That being said, many venues do offer discounts on less popular days of the week or times of the year. This is definitely something to explore if a venue is fairly close to being within your budget. When considering your budget, remember to factor in what is included with the venue. Things like tables, chairs, dishware, or even a bar can be additional charges. You might need to rent those if they are not provided. Remember to look at the aesthetics of the venue. If it’s minimalist, you’ll have to spend more on decorations.
The aesthetics of a venue are important for other reasons, especially when it comes to photography and videography. How is the lighting in the venue? What time of day is your wedding taking place? We recommend visiting the venue at the approximate time of day you say “I Do” to get a feel for the vibes that you’ll have. This is a good conversation to have with your Denver photographer or videographer. The aesthetics of the venue will set the mood for your whole day and will provide the first impression! Should your guests expect you to be in cowboy boots or stilettos? Will wildflowers or Cala Lilies look more at home in the venue?
If you are planning on having your ceremony and reception at the same location, like many Denver brides, you’ll want to ensure you are the only event taking place that day, or that the Denver Wedding venue is experienced enough to accommodate two events at the same time. If your ceremony is taking place at a different location, keep in mind the distance between the ceremony and reception. How easy will the commute be for your guests? Is there anything like construction or heavy traffic to workaround? Generally, anything over a 45-minute drive is a big ask, and you may lose guests at the ceremony or reception.
Another great question to ask your venue is if they offer any packages, or if they have a preferred vendor list. Many times booking a package will be less expensive than if you were to book each vendor separately. You then have the comfort of knowing that these vendors work at this venue consistently and are familiar with it. Many venues are particular as to who they want working in their space, so you can be sure that these vendors will be professionals.
Other points to think about when choosing your Denver venue would be if they have dressing rooms for the bride and groom, as well as enough space for the bridal party, too. What time do your vendors need to be out by? When is the earliest you can arrive?
No matter which venue you choose- whether it be in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, or the edgy Downtown Denver scene- the most important thing is who is waiting at the end of the aisle.
Complete Weddings + Events in Denver, Colorado
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