Here’s a question we get asked by almost every couple we meet: “Should I pick a wedding venue before having a guest list or get a guest count and then go ahead and pick the location?” The answer to that question may not be as straightforward as you think.
Do you have a guest list?
For a start, when you visit any wedding venue to make enquiries, you’ll probably be asked about how many guests you will be hosting. But many couples usually start shopping for a wedding venue at the very early stages of the wedding planning process. Most of them do not have a guest list because people are yet to confirm whether they will be attending the event. So couples usually work with a rough figure.
Here’s what we think. You don’t need a firm guest list count in order to book your wedding venue. However, you need to have a rough idea of how many guests you will be hosting on your wedding day. With this number in mind, you can easily narrow down the venue options you have and choose a place that happy wheels is perfectly suited for your event.
Which month is your wedding set?
The month of your wedding will also determine how early you need to start looking for a venue. In Kenya, most weddings are held at the end of the year. Months such as April, August and December are commonly known for weddings. If you are planning a wedding in any of those busy months, you need to start looking for a venue early. Try and avoid booking a wedding venue that is already hosting a ceremony even if it’s a few hours before/after yours. If your wedding is set in the morning, things could happen and it ends up delayed. You may end up frustrated if there is another wedding and time runs out so try and make the venue your own on that very day.
The location of your wedding
There are places that don’t have so many options when it comes to wedding venues so you’d rather start making early bookings. For instance, if you intend to take your wedding to the rural areas then there may be limited options as to where the location can be. In that case, it would be nice to make an early decision and make a booking at the wedding venue.