Tips For Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue In Toronto
Wedding planning can be one of the craziest, most eye-twitch-inducing processes known to womankind, but in the name of love and fun, it must be done! And it doesn’t have to be quite as insane as some would have you believe, provided that you plan amply, follow certain criteria and guidelines, and start early.
Toronto venues get snatched up pretty quickly, even in the dead of winter, which means that some solid forethought and event planning will be the key tools in your arsenal. Consult with venue websites, like the Toronto Event Centre website to get specs, quotes and contact info for caterers and entertainment. With that in mind, here are a few tips for pulling off the most magical day of your life, finding a venue that will house an evening’s worth of lifelong memories.
Define A Budget And Organize Options
Before all else, it’s imperative that you define a budget. Talk with whoever’s financing this operation (whether that you and your fiancé, or one of your respective set of parents) and be realistic about what you have to spend. From there, think about your priorities. Is one of your priorities having 300 people, at the expense of having, say, a cash bar? Or are you the kind of couple that would rather invite 80 people and spoil them rotten? Is a DJ something that’s really important to you, or could you hook a Spotify account up to the sound system, throw on “wedding playlist” and be perfectly content to dance the night away? Do you love food more than life itself, and want a gourmet, 8-course menu? These are all important questions to ask, as the number of guests, and the categories of expenditure are going to guide and inform the decision-making process. Pro-tip: make a spreadsheet!
Oversee The Production Value
This can be mighty easy if you’ve chosen the right venue, as a good venue will have a pre-existing cache of TVs, projectors, microphones, LEDs, surround sound systems, etc. You want that slideshow, those speeches and that dance party to be of the utmost quality, so make sure you get the down low from your venue on what they have to offer in the way of production value. Also under the tent of production value would be the caterers and bar, and, again, if you’ve chosen a good venue, they’ll have a running relationship with a caterer who knows the space and can offer good bang for your buck.
Think About Your Guests
Your guests are more than likely very dear to you (one of you, at least)! Make sure that they have a good contrast of space, ensuring for the older or less party-inclined guests that there is some quiet space. Another consideration for your out-of-town guests is whether your venue has rooms on premises, or whether there are rooms nearby. Little considerations like this will add to the spirit of conviviality and good spirit.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to pull out your hair and have 12 breakdowns just to pull off a dream wedding – you don’t. What you need is a willingness to think ahead and problem solve, a little bit of resolve if something doesn’t go your way, and a venue that’s willing to shoulder the responsibility of a few important aspects of the wedding. It may all be over in a night, but those memories are going to be with you forever.