Location, location, location...
Where to tie the knot? Where to have the party? Same place? Different place? When choosing a wedding venue, there are many factors to consider. Here are some of the most important ones:
In my not-so-humble opinion, the location of your wedding should be determined around where you actually want to get married - the ceremony. If there is a special place you want to say your vows? Then you should! Your guests will (in almost every case) figure it out if they want to be there! If there is no special location you want to say your "I do's", then think of the type of location you'd want - church? park? beach? Once you've settled on your ceremony location, it will be easier to determine your reception. In the past, I've had couples travel as far as 2 hours between their ceremony and reception site. I've had a couple have their ceremony on an uninhabited island 40 minutes from the mainland. Many farmyard ceremonies, and city receptions! While this is definitely not for everyone, the point is that the people you love will still come if that's what you want.
How many people do you want to attend? This is another major factor, especially when choosing your reception space. When creating your guest list, we recommend only inviting people you actually want to share the day with. If you don't like them or feel obligated to invite them, then don't! It is your wedding day, and your peace of mind while planning and actually getting married is more important.
Obviously budget needs to be factored in. Budgeting is my least favourite topic, but it cannot be ignored. When considering different venues, make sure you have a realistic conversation with your partner about what you are willing to spend on your location. Venues across Saskatchewan can range from $500-$10,000+. That is quite a range, so figure out where you fall in it before looking around at venues! Many venues offer special rates during winter months because there aren't as many weddings taking place during this time of year and they want to fill their space with other types of events like conferences or corporate retreats instead of leaving it empty all year round (which isn't good for business). This means that if you're getting married in April or November rather than July or August like many people do, then there's an even greater chance that whatever venue(s) interest me might have reduced pricing! Venues also often have different rates for weekday or Sunday weddings. A Friday is an excellent way to save, while still enjoying a weekend wedding.
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This beautiful new venue in Pilot Butte is located just outside of the city. It is complete with accommodation for the wedding party and a beautiful greenhouse space for your event.
What is the capacity?
If you're planning on inviting more than 200 people to your reception, this will be an important piece of information for you to know.
Are There Any Additional Fees?
Some venues may charge extra for things like table and chair rental or bar services. You don't want any surprises when it comes time for payment!
What Amenities Are Included?
Some venues have beautiful gardens you can utilize for photos; others offer catering services from local restaurants; still others have on-site event planners who can help plan every detail of your big day (and make sure everything goes smoothly).
Can we bring in other vendors?
Some venues have strict vendor rules, especially around food and drink. Are you able to bring in your own alcohol or only use their services? Some venues even have preferred vendors for photographers and florals, so it is worth asking!
Can I see myself getting married here?
Does the space feel good to you? Can you picture yourself getting married here? If not, pass!
Choosing the right wedding venue is an important part of planning your big day. With the right venue, you can create the perfect setting for your special day and have memories that will last a lifetime. Finding a Saskatchewan wedding venue that meets all of your needs and expectations can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to be! I hope this article has helped you learn more about what makes a great place for tying the knot in our province and how to go about finding one that fits with everything else on your list.