After the question is popped, answered with an exuberant "YES" and the news is shared with family and friends, the first thing many couples do is set a date for your wedding day. Let's stop right there. If you have made your way through the early bliss of engagement, don't choose a specific wedding date. Instead, begin thinking about where you would like to hold your wedding. What venue will your day take place at? Will it be an intimate casual affair in a family member's yard? Will it be in a historical building of the city you live in? Or, maybe it will take place in a beautiful restaurant under a gorgeous chandelier, in a secluded, forest-canopied park, a familiar house of worship,, an industrial loft, bare bones event space or favorite museum? A venue is a major starting point. It is usually one of the largest expenses in your wedding budget and is key in providing the look for the day you want. The venue possibilities are defined by your budget, what's available near your location and.... a selection of available dates. If you start with a set wedding date, you've already limited the venue possibilities.
At Shine Event Design, we have a huge list of favorite venues (secret: there's a small assortment of our faves in the Pacific Northwest on one of our pinterest boards!). And, we love providing our clients a variety of options. So, while we strongly suggest not locking into a specific date and begin by thinking about your venue. Soon after your engagement, we also recommend giving us a call and getting us on board for your wedding planning. We'll help you select the perfect venue and do the legwork of securing the best price available, negotiating the contract and making sure your wedding day planning is off to a great start.