Real Brides Share: Why I Chose My Venue

Posted by Kim on Jan 18, 2013

Searching for a wedding venue is all about finding a spot that matches your personality and style. We’ve interviewed hundreds of brides over the years about how they found their wedding sites, and wanted to share a few of them with you to provide some inspiration as you begin your venue hunt.

Photo by Evin Photography

We chose to have our wedding and reception at my parents’ home because of the beautiful backdrop and landscape that was already present. We wanted an intimate setting with all our close family and friends , so it was absolutely perfect,” -Ashlie, married May 19 in her parents’ backyard in Tennessee. View more photos from this wedding

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The Baltimore Country Club was an easy choice for us.  My parents have been members for years, and I can remember walking in for the first time as a kid thinking that I wanted to get married there one day. I just love everything about it.  Craig had been there with my parents and I many times before we got engaged and luckily he fell in love with it too. When we started the wedding planning process, one of the most important things to us was to be able to have everything at one location.  We felt it would be so much easier this way and allow us to spend more time with our guests. The fact that we could have the ceremony outside in the gardens, cocktail hour on the patio and bring guests right inside for dinner and dancing made it a no brainer.” –Lisa, married June 23 at the Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland. View more photos from this wedding. 

 Photo by Jordan Quinn Photography

“The overall aesthetic just felt right. It was the first of 10 venues we visited. I remember we were walking out to the car, looking at each other and both said, “Yeah, that’s it.” We just knew. At our wedding, our friends and family kept telling us, ‘This place is so you guys.’ The exposed brick, the timber beams and the natural light. It was like love at first sight.” -Jesse, married September 22 at Gallery 1028 in Chicago. View more photos from this wedding.

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 “We love the beach! Sunset Beach is a beautiful place where we have been blessed to have family vacations. It was amazing to be able to share our special day with friends and family in such a relaxed environment.” -Lyndsey, married May 19 in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. View more photos from this wedding.

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“Ryan and I love history, and after deciding to get married in Miami at the beautiful and historic Plymouth Congregational Church, we wanted to find a reception venue with old-world, Miami charm to match. The Biltmore Hotel is not only stunningly beautiful but also incredibly historic with numerous lives as a grand hotel, war hospital and now restored Miami landmark. The Alhambra room where our reception was held is enchanting, and its outdoor terrace overlooking the pool allowed our guests, most of whom were from out of town, the opportunity to enjoy cocktails with a backdrop of one of Florida’s beautiful winter nights. Our gangster-themed after party, the groom’s 30 th birthday party, was held upstairs in the historic Everglades Suite where Al Capone once infamously ran a speakeasy.” -Taylor, married December 17 at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami. View more photos from this wedding.

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“We were looking for an affordable, rustic-looking barn and after searching for months we were about to give up when we found this one and fell in love! We loved the location. It was just a short walk to the local covered bridge and old mill and the surrounding town was just as rustic and homey as the barn. It made everything come together.” -Tawnee, married June 16 at 1822 Cabin and 1878 Barn in Bridgeton, Indiana. View more photos from this wedding.

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“The history of the place and the exposed brick. Butler’s Courtyard caught my eye after reading about its history, the fact it used to be an old bank and had the original brick and old cash vault. It fit so perfectly with my vintage-themed wedding since it had all these old beautiful unique features!” -Christa, married October 21 at Butler’s Courtyard in League City, Texas. View more photos from this wedding

Photo by E&B Photography

“We loved the vineyard view. The moment we stepped onto the property and caught a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the surrounding vineyards, we fell in love with it. We automatically pictured our guests during dinner – laughing and enjoying themselves, while overlooking the sun setting in the vineyards, sipping a glass of wine and chowing down on some comfort food in wine country.” -Ineca, married July 7 at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California. View more photos from this wedding.

What are the most important features you look for in a venue? Tell us in the comments!