Venue Photo Accommodations
Your main goal is to be at your wedding and have a great time! Venues place you on a tight schedule, which can become overwhelming, but it’s important to understand how a venue accommodates time for photography.
If a venue grants you access onto their premises 3 hours before the ceremony, then take advantage of this. You want to avoid a photo session in the hallway during cocktail hour. If the venues closes it doors to you before the ceremony, then schedule a location for photos—preferably some place nearby.
A short amount of time for photos is an issue with large wedding parties. I highly recommend having your ceremony and reception at one venue and bringing a priest. This method keeps your guests stationary for family formals and avoids the frustration of extra driving, especially if your venue is located in a congested area.
Some Venues Need Extra Lights
Great lighting will establish the tone of your wedding day and give the venue a mood. The amount of light required to make your wedding shine is difficult to determine while touring the venue or looking at a handful of pictures.
Great lighting is worth investing in because it helps create amazing photography and video. Upright lighting is not strong enough to take care of all the necessities at your wedding—you need pin-spot lighting on the cake, the dance floor, the band and the sweetheart table shining bright, so that the room has texture and a three-dimensional feel.
Determining on the size of your venue and the number of tables, this bill can sometimes run high, but good lighting is worth every penny.
When to Shop for a Venue
The best season to shop for a wedding venue is during the off-season of December, January, February and March. If you want to save some extra money, you can schedule your wedding on a Friday or Sunday because Saturday is the most popular day at a venue for weddings.
A venue’s most popular months for events are May, June, July, August, September and October, so if you’re scheduling your wedding during these months, most venues will charge you full price. If you prefer comfortable weather during your wedding, then those months are the sweet spot.
Visit the Venue to Find Your Style
Seeing a venue for yourself is the only way to determine if it fits your personality. Visiting a venue is different than viewing its pictures on the internet because sometimes photography is creating an attractive illusion and over-exaggerating the space.
Pictures can’t show everything. When you visit a venue, you need to see the layout, feel it and smell it. Don’t overlook cleanliness. Also, figure out if the venue fits your scale and can comfortably accommodate your guests. Make sure there is enough space and that guests do not have to traverse through public space, like a restaurant or lobby, to get to the ballroom.