The site where your wedding will take place is referred to as the “wedding venue.” Some couples choose to have both their wedding ceremony and reception at the same location, while others prefer to have two separate wedding sites, one for the ceremony and one for them afterward. There are many different types of wedding venues accessible, so it’s crucial to know what kind of space you’ll need and what possibilities are available to you.

Understanding how to choose a wedding venue is an essential part of wedding preparation because you can’t have a wedding without the proper place to host the celebration. You need to decide on a wedding location and venue before you go too far into the planning process if you want to have a mountain wedding or an at-home wedding in your backyard. The Barn on the New River is located in West Jefferson and has been a favorite for many to tie the knot.

How to find your dream wedding venue in the mountains of NC

Step 1) Talk to your Wedding Planner

In the early stages of the planning process, your wedding planner will be an invaluable source of information. As experts, they’ll know what to watch out for when it comes to non-negotiables. They’ll also be able to show you how a potential location can work for your wedding theme. From the outset, a wedding planner aids in the conceptualization and execution of the event’s various components. When it comes to planning a wedding, wedding planners are there to assist the couple in every step of the process, from budgeting to hiring vendors to organizing their ceremony and celebration.

Step 2) Finalize your Budget and Location

The wedding venue you choose will be heavily influenced by your wedding budget and the location of your nuptials. Choosing a wedding location will go more smoothly if you know what you can spend and where to focus your search. A venue’s availability will considerably influence the date you choose, so it’s important to have a general idea about when you’d like to tie the knot even if you don’t know your precise wedding date in advance. There are certain outdoor wedding locations that are only open at particular periods of the year and may not be an option for your wedding.

Step 3) Wedding Style

With no idea of what kind of wedding you want, you’ll be unable to choose a venue that matches your vision for the day. You may be wanting a rustic barn wedding in the mountains of West Jefferson, North Carolina. If, on the other hand, you and your partner prefer the great outdoors and want your guests to dine under the stars, a classic hotel ballroom or a contemporary art gallery will be a poor choice.

Step 4) Find out the Type of Venue and what will be included

In certain cases, a wedding venue is all-inclusive, providing everything from the ceremony and reception to cuisine, rentals, and audiovisual equipment. Some locations, on the other hand, are barer, and you’ll have to provide most of your own rentals and decorations (many outdoor venues and beach wedding venues sometimes fall under this category). For example, the venue cost may fit within your budget, but if you discover that the caterer must rent everything from furniture to a kitchen because there is none on-site, that may add up to thousands of dollars. There are times when you have to ask the right questions and conduct your own research to find out what kind of budgets a venue typically accepts, so you’ll need to be prepared.

Step 5) Understand your Guest

If you don’t know how many people will be attending your wedding, you won’t be able to choose a venue that can accommodate your guests. The last thing you want is to reserve a cozy venue just to find out that your guest list will eventually top 300. Prior to making a final decision on your wedding venue, it’s crucial to determine the number of guests you intend to invite to avoid these kinds of problems. What will the guests’ experience be like from the moment they arrive till they leave? Keep in mind all the little details that will go a long way toward making your guests’ time at your wedding more pleasurable and stress-free, such as adequate stairways and easily accessible restrooms.

Step 6) Take Tours of Venues

Visiting the venue in person, preferably alongside your wedding planner, is always a smart move. It’s possible to book a wedding location without seeing it in person, which can lead to unpleasant surprises later on.

The Barn on the New River is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Walking into The Barn, you’re immediately taken in by its magnificence. When you walk in, you’re immediately drawn to the 30′ high ceilings and Swarovski crystal chandeliers, to the string lighting and the acid-stained concrete flooring. The Barn is a one-of-a-kind architectural marvel with a floor area of 4900 square feet. To book our wedding view contact us today!