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If you’ve recently become engaged you’ve likely begun to delve into the process of wedding planning.

Planning your special day is one of the most exciting experiences a couple can share and helps set the stage for one of the biggest moments of your lives. Choosing where you exchange your vows is a big decision and one that carries quite a bit of stress if you come in unprepared. Fortunately, with the right game plan and a little patience, locking in your dream venue can be a breeze. Below, we’ll discuss 5 questions to ask when booking a venue. Read on to learn more!

1. What is the overall aesthetic of your dream venue?

No two couples are the same, and no two weddings are exactly alike. Whether you prefer the rustic charm of a mountainside wedding or the opulence of a grand hotel ballroom, your venue should reflect your taste.  It should also help tie everything together for your overall theme or aesthetic. Intimate spaces to sweeping venues with plenty of room to celebrate, finding the perfect fit ultimately comes down to refining your vision early.  Ensure that all details are in alignment.

2. Capacity

Planning on a large wedding with plenty of guests? Make sure your venue has ample room for everyone to move and mingle with ease. From small wedding parties to extended families and more, nothing puts a damper on your special day than feeling cramped for space. In addition, it’s also crucial to ensure that your venue and guest count abide by fire codes for everyone’s safety.

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3. What does your wedding package include?

While most wedding venues happily offer packages designed to make planning easier, it’s important to double-check exactly what your preferred location offers . If you’re having a wedding located outside your hometownor have out of town guests, you may want to look at a venue that offers reduced accommodation prices. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are wanting to bring outside catering in, you’ll want to confirm that the venue allows you to do so (many locations require that you use on-site catering services).

4. Budget

Ah yes, that one aspect of wedding planning that no one likes to think about. While it’s never fun to think about the financial cost of your big day, the reality is, your budget plays a huge role in the planning process.  This can be all the way from the venue to your dress, invitations, party favours, and more. Having a set amount in mind for your venue expenses will help to narrow down your search and allow you to stay focused on a more level playing field, which ultimately means less stress.

5. How will guests arrive and park?

Finally, one of the biggest and yet most often overlooked aspects of choosing a venue is thinking ahead and putting yourself in your guests’ shoes. Confirm parking and arrival arrangements with any potential venue. Once your selection is made, make sure your guests have detailed instructions on how to arrive, where to park, and any other relevant information.

Planning is Easy with Cornerstone Weddings!

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Cornerstones Weddings is proud to welcome couples to beautiful Canmore, Alberta for their special day. With sweeping views of various mountain ranges, gorgeous lakes, greenery, and endless natural wonders around every corner, our “backyard” is a picture-perfect place to start your new journey together in marriage. With indoor and outdoor venues available all year round, your dream wedding is just a phone call away! Contact us now to learn more!