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Christin and Zac got married at the Vintager Inn in October. This was a fun mix of a barn and a winery venue. The Vintager Inn is located in New Kent, Va.  Christin and Zac got married at the Vintager Inn in October. This was a fun mix of a barn and a winery venue. The Vintager Inn is located in New Kent, Va.

So you’re engaged and you’ve already read through my blog post about the first 10 steps. Now, lets get down to business and let’s talk about booking your venue.

Before you start looking for venues, you need to create a rough draft of your guest list. Keep in mind that about 1/3 of the people you invite will not come. This will give you an idea of how many people will be attending and what size venue you need to look for.  Next, decide what type of venues you want to look at. Do you want to look for a farm wedding, a church wedding, a white marble hall, a mountain view, or maybe a winery? Last thing to do before you search for venues is to determine where you are getting married. Are you willing to travel and hour from home? Are you willing to travel maybe 4 or 5 hours? What about having the wedding in a different state or maybe even overseas? That would be fun!

Now that you have made decisions regarding the size of your wedding, type of venue and the location of your wedding, it is time to start looking. Use tools such Google, Wedding Wire, and The Knot to search for your venue. Be sure to use all the info you have determined , including your budget to find the right venues. When searching in google search something along the lines of “Winery Wedding Venues in Fredericksburg, Va for 150 people, $5,000.”  You will always get results that do not match what you are looking for but it will get you closer to your perfect venue. Commit a few hours or even a few days to searching online.

Once you have put together a list of your favorite venues, contact them and set up a visit. Josh and I visited 5 venues including- Rounton Farm, Augustine Golf Course, Chestnut Hill Bed and Breakfast, Eden Try Winery, and Rokeby Plantation. I suggest that you visit 5-6 venues but no more than 10. After a while, they will all just blend together. Josh and I liked all of the venues we looked at but we fell in love with the first one. We booked Rounton Farm in Orange, Va. It has everything! There are gorgeous views of the mountains, rolling hills, open fields, lovely buildings, an elegant two story barn, and some of the most helpful owners!  Here are some photos of Rounton.

Once you have decided which venue you are in love with, get it booked! Wedding venues are often the first thing to be booked. Some of them are booked more than a year in advance. Especially if it is a popular venue or if you are getting married in peak wedding season (May-June and (September-October). If you chose to get married on any day other than Saturday, be sure to ask the venue about their off-day discounts. Venues often have discounts for under 100 guests, military, and vendor referrals.

Here are some examples of different venue types. All images below were found on Google.

A backyard or country wedding. These are great for beautiful low cost weddings. A backyard or country wedding. These are great for beautiful low cost weddings. An elegant wedding hall. This is ideal for a fancy, high cost wedding.  An elegant wedding hall. This is ideal for a fancy, high cost wedding. Beach Weddings are so fun. They are great for late spring or late summer. Mid-summer might be too hot for a beach.  Beach Weddings are so fun. They are great for late spring or late summer. Mid-summer might be too hot for a beach. A gorgeous garden wedding. These are perfect for someone who wants lots of greenery and florals. I just love this one!  A gorgeous garden wedding. These are perfect for someone who wants lots of greenery and florals. I just love this one! Church weddings are always lovely. Some churches offer a reception hall but most often, church weddings require a second location for the reception. This is a fun way to mix and match styles.  Church weddings are always lovely. Some churches offer a reception hall but most often, church weddings require a second location for the reception. This is a fun way to mix and match styles. Barn venues fit the rustic or country style weddings best. UNLESS, you're me. Haha. This image is from our venue, Rounton. It could easily go to a rustic wedding but we chose a Romantic Floral design. Often times, farms and barns are a little cheaper.  Barn venues fit the rustic or country style weddings best. UNLESS, you’re me. Haha. This image is from our venue, Rounton. It could easily go to a rustic wedding but we chose a Romantic Floral design. Often times, farms and barns are a little cheaper.

Please note that I did not cover all of the types of venues. I shared with you some of the most popular venue types. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about booking venues or searching for venues. Email me at KristinaMWall@yahoo.com.

See you next week for Wedding Wednesday- Do you need a Wedding Planner?

  1. erica says:

    Great post, and lots of good advice! cheers

  2. Alex says:

    Such great advice! 5 is a great number to visit in person- nowadays you can find so many photos online of venues, no need to visit them all!

  3. Narrelle Joy says:

    Great post – lots of good tips and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Chantal says:

    So many great tips for new brides!! I also am loving all the photos of the locations!! Stunning

  5. I love these tips! Thanks so much for picking your brain to share with all of us! <3

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