How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing a wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding day. The venue can set the tone for your entire celebration, and it’s important that you find the perfect spot to exchange vows and celebrate with your loved ones. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to make a decision. But don’t worry – with a little bit of research and preparation, you can find the wedding venue of your dreams!

First, consider your budget. Determine how much you can afford to spend on your wedding venue and stick to it. Keep in mind that different venues will have different price points, so it’s important to do your research and shop around before making a decision. Consider not only the rental fee but also any additional fees, such as catering or vendor fees.

Think about your guest list. Make sure the venue you choose can accommodate the number of guests you plan to invite. You don’t want to choose a venue that feels cramped or too spacious for your guest count. Also, think about the location of the venue – is it convenient for your guests to travel to?

Consider the style and theme of your wedding. Do you want a formal wedding or something more relaxed? Are you looking for a rustic or modern setting? Make sure the venue you choose matches the style and theme you have in mind. Be sure to ask about décor restrictions – some venues may have limitations on what you can bring in.

Check out the amenities. Does the venue offer on-site catering or will you need to bring in your own? What about tables, chairs, linens, and other rental items – are they provided or will you need to rent separately? Does the venue have a dance floor, lighting, or sound system? These are all important details to consider when selecting your wedding venue.

Visit the venue in person! Once you’ve narrowed down your options, schedule a visit to each venue. Seeing the space in person will give you a better idea of how it will look and feel on your wedding day. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions and take plenty of pictures. Pay attention to the ambiance, lighting, and overall vibe of the space.

Keep photography in mind. If your venue is very dark and doesn’t have a lot of natural light, you’ll want to hire someone who is experienced in using artificial light. If you prefer light and airy photos, you may want to find a venue that is light and airy. Or, if you prefer dark and moody but your venue is all white and all natural light, dark and moody may be harder to achieve.

Choosing the perfect wedding venue can be a daunting task, but with a little bit of planning and research, you can find the perfect spot to say “I do.” Remember to consider your budget, guest count, style and theme, amenities, and to visit the venue in person before making a final decision. Armed with these tips, you’re sure to find the wedding venue that’s perfect for you and your fiancé. I’ve listed below a few of my favorite venues in the Emerald Coast! Happy planning!

The Pearl – Located in Rosemary, FL. It is absolutely stunning for intimate weddings. The reception area is located on the rooftop of The Pearl Hotel and your guests can watch the sunset over Rosemary Beach while they enjoy cocktail hour.

Supposey Weddings – Located in Pensacola, FL is perfect for indoor or outdoor weddings. The garden area is great for your ceremony or cocktail hour, the lighting is always great and all around just beautiful. Indoors is bright and airy and perfect for your ceremony, dinner and reception! You can’t go wrong with Supposey!


Carillon Weddings – Located in Panama City Beach, FL is the perfect waterside venue. The little Meeting House is beautiful for intimate ceremonies but also provides outdoor seating if you have a larger group. It’s a quick golf cart ride to the beach so you can get those beautiful golden hour and sunset photos and then pop back over to your gorgeous outdoor tent reception for the perfect night!

The Veranda at the Preserve – Located in Elberta, AL. I have yet to shoot a wedding here but it’s on my wish list! It’s a bright and airy venue with a gorgeous bridal suite and tons of stunning scenery perfect for allll the photos! I’ve added a photo below but this photo does not belong to me!


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