What Your Wedding Venue Says About You
There's a reason why most wedding professionals will tell you to choose your wedding venue first before making any other big-day-related decisions. While part of the reason for nailing down a locale first-thing is logistical—you have to determine the where and when before you send out your save-the-dates, for example—the other component involves aesthetics. After all, you can't choose a wedding theme, color palette, or overarching style before you decide where, in fact, your event will unfold.
So, you've done it: You've followed this wedding-planning timeline and officially chosen your venue. You're in love with you're big-day locale, and that's likely because it embodies exactly what how your future event will look and feel. But your wedding venue also says a lot about who you are, individually and as a couple. Leaning into why you chose this specific location is a fun way to dig into the other meaningful details of your event, like your floral design, fashion choices, or paper goods. Let's say you've decided to tie the knot on the beach, for example. You're likely a free-spirited, laid-back couple envisioning a relaxed affair—which means you'll want to choose flowers, a wedding dress (or suit!), and stationery that speak to that degree of casualness.
But what if you don't have any idea which venue type is right for you? If you fall into this category, turn to the ahead venue breakdown. We've gone ahead and matched up each locale type with the couple it typically attracts. Here's a preview: Traditional (and practical!) brides and grooms gravitate towards classic hotel ballrooms, while homebodies prefer backyard soirées. With this information in your corner, you can walk into your appointments confident that your location will cater to your exact big-day vision—and, most importantly, reflect both of your personalities.
If you dream of getting married in the backyard of your childhood home (or at the summer house you just bought together as a couple!), you're a soft-hearted sentimentalist. You can't beat having the comforts of your own home on your big day. But the best part? Getting to share a place that's meaningful to you with your guests.
What could be more beautiful than getting married in a lush garden, surrounded by flowers? You're a romantic at heart—and you want a ceremony and reception to reflect this. As for your big-day vision? A pastel color palette translated through sprawling ceremony and reception flower arrangements. The event will look like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel, guaranteed.
An Art Museum
There are two types of couples that tie the knot in museums—mainly because there are really two types of museums out there. If you're exchanging vows at a traditional one (think the Met in New York City!), you're a traditionalist who prefers Old-World design (and envisions a reception tablescape inspired by a still life painting!). As for those who choose to say "I do" in more contemporary museums? You don't shy away from vibrant colors and are always the life of the party—which is why your party will be one your guests never forget.
A Historic Estate
Ever feel like you were born in the wrong era? Marrying at a historic property—like a restored mansion or a château across the pond—will transport you and your guests back in time. This venue type is also the perfect canvas to show off your vintage collections, which you've curated over the years.
A Rustic Barn
Are you a little bit country, yet a little bit chic? A barn is your ultimate venue type. Though there's no better place to wear a wedding dress with your favorite cowboy boots, it's important to note that these days, many barn venues have evolved—places like Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards and The White Sparrow Barn, for example, put more emphasis on the refined, as opposed to the rustic. Be mindful of the distinction as you scout, so you end up with a venue with just the right amount of rusticism for your taste.
A Country Club
The landscaped grounds, the stately entranceway, the classic furniture—everything about getting married at a country club (demurely) shouts a polished, preppy, and all-American bride or groom. It's one of the most traditional wedding venues out there, after all!
You've woken up at 5 a.m. to watch every single royal wedding in the last decade—so naturally, you want to tie the knot like a future monarch. You also love drama, romance, and opulence—which is why a historic castle is the venue for you.
You're mellow and easy-going in your everyday life, but you'd prefer a touch of refined elegance on your big day. If this resonates with you, a vineyard venue is in your future. You'll tie the knot outside, surrounded by nature—but this natural setting doesn't run wild. Organic, but manicured landscaping, shady trees, and elegant on-site buildings will serve as the best-possible backdrop for your earthy, but upscale celebration.
A Favorite Restaurant
You picked a restaurant venue because the main thing you care about on your wedding day is the menu—you're a next-level foodie, so your guests would expect nothing less than a curated menu, filled with your go-to dishes from your all-time favorite eatery.
You dream of a ceremony where the only soundtrack is the waves in the background; plus, you want to feel the sand between your bare toes as you say "I do." You've always been a free spirit and that won't change on your wedding day—which is exactly why you've chosen to tie the knot on the beach.
A Hotel Ballroom
Getting married in a grand ballroom doesn't mean you're a staunch traditionalist. In fact, you're probably getting married here because you're a no-nonsense type that cares about your guests' experiences above all. Hotels can be a one-stop shop as far as wedding venues go: You're not bound by too many rules on the length of your event or the noise level, and having your guests stay on-site can simplify the experience, especially if you plan to hold the rehearsal dinner or next-day brunch there, as well.
If you're a laid-back globetrotter who wants your wedding to double as a friends-and-family vacation, you'll likely get hitched at an all-inclusive resort (preferably poolside). Of course, you've already designated room blocks for all of your guests, so you can relax and celebrate together all weekend long.
In the Mountains
Couples that decide to marry in the mountains often enjoy hiking up them. If you fall into this category, you're outdoorsy and adventurous (and you're not afraid of a little dirt), and want to exchange vows with Mother Nature as your witness.
A Restored Warehouse
A former industrial hub may seem like a bold choice for some duos—but not you. Fit for the urbanite bride and groom (who have plenty of access to local distilleries and refurbished lofts), a warehouse's vaulted ceilings, exposed brick, stainless steel metalwork, and natural light present a warm, blank canvas to make your very own.