• Olivia Poff


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Brooklyn is a trendy, up-and-coming, borough of New York; which makes the perfect area to search for wedding venues!

Choosing your venue is one of the most exciting parts of planning your big day; but there are a lot of factors that need to be considered before making your final decision.

The first step would be knowing your budget. This way, either you or your wedding planner can start looking at venues in your price range. According to Martha Stewart Weddings, couples typically allot about 10-15% of their wedding budget for the venue. There are so many hidden gems in Brooklyn like DietyNYC that are reasonably priced!

Capacity is another factor to think about early on in the venue selecting process. You don’t want to select a space that is too large for a lower guest count or a space that is too small for a higher guest count. Having an accurate idea of how many guests will be attending your ceremony/reception will be very helpful in choosing a locale. MyMoonNYC in Brooklyn (pictured below) is a great choice for a smaller, more intimate, outdoor venue.

The next question to ask yourself is; “Will the ceremony and reception be at the same venue or will we have two different venues?” This question is important for multiple reasons. First, if you want two separate venues you need to budget for it. Second, you will need to go through all the steps of selecting a wedding venue twice if the ceremony and reception will be at different places. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, it’s up to the couple and what they prefer!

During these first few days of venue hunting, you need to consider the time of day you plan to have your wedding as well as whether it will be an indoor or outdoor event. It is recommended to book your venue up to 18 months in advance; this makes it difficult to predict the weather on the day of your event if you plan to have it outdoors. With that said, Brooklyn has amazing rooftop locations (like 74Wythe pictured below) that will turn any reception into an all night party. But having a backup where you can easily move the event inside is a great option in case of rain or other poor weather conditions.

While looking at different venues it is crucial to ask about the different packages that would be included if you choose to book your wedding there. Not all venues offer staffing, catering, bar services, etc. So make sure to ask the owner of the venue these questions or talk to your wedding planner about what options you have if packages are not available for your chosen venue. Ultimately, locations that do offer full service packages tend to be less expensive; which is best for couples with a strict budget!

The last thing to consider is your theme, does this venue match the vision you have in mind for your big day? Does a ballroom go with your traditional, romantic decor? Would a rooftop garden be perfect for whimsical fairy lights and flowers? Would an industrial space (such as The Art Factory pictured below) go with your edgy, modern, loft theme? Make sure your wedding planner has a solid idea of the theme you’re going for in order to find a venue that gives you butterflies!

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