1. Decide how you want your wedding to feel
I did this by picking several buzzwords to describe what I am going for – light, elegant, natural, airy, soft. This will help you narrow down your search.
2. Pick a location
Not a venue, but the actual city you want to be married in. Nick and I are not from the same hometown. He is from Houston and I am from San Antonio. We are getting married in San Antonio. I have always dreamed of having a hill country wedding. Nick’s family is in Houston, but is able to travel to the area. Everyone is happy with the decision. Once this is decided you will want to start on the next step.
3. Scour the internet and bridal magazines
This will give you different venue suggestions. Ask your friends about places they have attended weddings at and make sure you READ REVIEWS! I cannot stress this enough. Reviews can make a world of a difference in your decision. During your research, make a list of possibilities.
4. Set up a day to tour venues
I suggest doing all of your tours either the same day or within the same week, so they are all fresh on your mind when making your decision. Since we were coming from Houston to San Antonio for the tours we really needed to be able to get this done all at once. My mom was the scheduler and we toured four different venues in the same day. Yes, it was exhausting, but it was so worth it to check that box. We started off early at the first place, Lost Mission, which was absolutely gorgeous, then we high-tailed it to venue #2 and well…decided to move on to venue #3. This was Bella Springs – My cousin, Lauren, got married at a different Springs location a few years ago and it was beautiful. We then got a quick lunch and head to La Canterra, which as you can imagine was amazing. While you are there ask tons of questions and walk every square inch. Get available dates from each location.
5.Weigh the pros and cons of each place
Cost is obviously the main factor. At one venue your may be able to have 200 people and eat BBQ because that is what your budget fits. At another you may only be able to invite 30 people to stay within your budget, but have a steak and lobster dinner. Each place you see will have qualities you like, but the right place will stand out.