You'll see all sorts of unique venues on "Four Weddings," including everything from a trapeze school to a zoo. There are wedding venues to fit every bride's personality, but the hardest part is picking the right one for you (and your budget). Every venue has its perks, but it also has its downsides. So how do you choose the perfect place for your perfect day? Before you sign on the dotted line, take a peek at our pros and cons list, which will make finding the ideal setting much easier.
1. The Rustic Chic Barn or Ranch
Pros: A laidback country feel and a guaranteed killer sunset.
Cons: Barns don't always have air conditioning or heat and cranky neighbors may be an issue. According to the New York Times, some rural residents have begun protesting some barn owners. And no one wants Farmer John chasing rowdy guests with a pitchfork.
2. The Vineyard
Pros: An awesome setting and probably some great deals on the wine made there.
Cons: If there's not a large tasting room or gather space, you may have to rent a tent and/or flooring. Vineyards are also rarely close to, well, anything, so you may need to consider transportation for guests.
3. The Big Hotel Banquet Hall
Pros: They've done hundreds of weddings and have everything you need on-site. And, if you have a lot of out-of-town guests, they can stay on-site.
Cons: Depending on the size of your wedding, there may be a food or drink minimum. Also, depending on the venue, you may have to bring in lots of décor items to personalize a bland ballroom.
4. The Seaside Venue
Pros: A positively lovely backdrop and the distant sounds of waves hitting the shore to complement your stringed quartet.
Cons: Unpredictable weather and the potential for some seriously windblown guests. And if you're a fan of heels, sand may make it tough to walk down the aisle.
5. The Historic Home
Pros: You get a charming, intimate setting without even trying. If you're going for a vintage or romantic feel, this type of venue is a great choice.
Cons: Size. Most historic places were built a long time ago, when 200-person weddings weren't the norm, so spacing may be an issue. If you're planning on having a big band, the acoustics in an old home may also be tricky.
6. The Art Gallery or Museum
Pros: Who needs decorations when you have amazing original art as your backdrop?
Cons: You'll probably be restricted to certain parts of the venue, and if you have a rowdy group, you may have to put down a big security deposit.
7. The Country Club
Pros: Amazing service. Country clubs usually have excellent, experienced staff.
Cons: Not a lot of flexibility. These places typically have designated caterers and other vendors that you may be obligated to use. And if you're not a member, they can get pricey.
8. The Botanical Garden
Pros: Nature is your background and you may be able to use some of the plants as décor, saving you money in your flower budget.
Cons: Weather can be an issue if the ceremony is outdoors, and, unfortunately, bugs can also be a big problem in the warmer months.
9. Backyard Affair
Pros: You'll be saving money on the cost of a venue.
Cons: You have to organize everything, including restrooms, electrical set-up and a bunch of other important but annoying details. If there's no kitchen on-site, finding a caterer may also be problematic.
10. The Urban Loft
Pros: You can have any theme you want in this space, plus it's conveniently located in town so guests probably won't have to drive very far.
Cons: Most of the time, these venues require you to bring everything in – that includes tables, chairs, plates, silverware, linens, and the list goes on. They also don't always have staff available for setup and cleanup.
-- Mara Betsch
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