Searching for a rehearsal wedding venue can sometimes take a backseat when planning a wedding. Yet, more often than not, the wedding rehearsal is the one event that can set the tone of the entire celebration. It may seem like a lot of pressure at first. But it doesn’t have to be when you know which factors to consider when choosing rehearsal wedding venues. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. The Theme
Let’s say you’ve decided on a theme for your wedding. Does the venue you have in mind match that vibe? It doesn’t have to! For example, let’s say you are hosting a black-tie wedding. It doesn’t necessarily follow that your rehearsal should be the exact same. In fact, the rehearsal venue can be casual, sleek, modern or all three. However, it may make sense to reserve a rehearsal venue that matches the style of your primary venue. Be sure to choose an event space where you can decorate and style it to your tastes.
2. The Location
It’s only natural to want a wedding rehearsal venue that is close to your wedding ceremony location. This will be convenient for everyone, especially if you have guests from out of town and staying in hotels nearby. If you have your eyes set on a venue that requires a bit of travel for your guests, make sure that taxis, Lyft, and public transportation options are available.
3. The Guest List
It would be impractical to invite all your wedding guests to the rehearsal, especially those from out of town. Thus, a venue that’s comfy and not overly large will be more than enough.You will want to ensure that your potential venue can accommodate all your guests comfortably. A wedding rehearsal guest list usually includes friends, family, and the marriage officiant.
4. The Budget
You should set aside a portion of your budget for the rehearsal wedding venue. This will help you narrow down your choices, and to find a space as that suits your event reasonably well. Ask questions about rental fees, deposits, refund policy, and other requirements that involve finances.
5. The Food
A venue that provides or arranges catering for your wedding rehearsal should be on your shortlist. This will help you to cut down on unnecessary vendor research. Ask for a list of vendors you can choose from. This is highly recommended, as these caterers are already familiar with the location. They will know exactly how to set up for your event, along with the rules of the venue.
If you’re still intent on bringing your own catering team, ask the potential venue if this is allowed. Additionally, that the venue is equipped to handle the needs of your desired caterers.
6. The Packages
Check with your shortlisted venues to see if they offer extended services for your event. These services may include catering, entertainment, and event planning, among others. An event venue that provides or recommends a full suite of options will help you to determine which vendors to use. More importantly, you will know which vendors to arrange yourself, or with the aid of an event planner. The more flexible the packages are, easier your decision making process will be.
7. The Date
Typically, rehearsals take place a day or two before the wedding. However, this is not a strict rule. Depending on the availability, rehearsal venues may offer reduced rental rates when you schedule your event on a weekday, or during a non-peak time. Ask your ideal venue about their midweek rates and policies. Additionally, it helps if you can be flexible with your event date.
8. The Time
When talking with the rehearsal wedding venue team, see if they accept daytime events. This will give you more possibilities in choosing the time of the rehearsal. Some event venues offer evening time slots only, while others are open for daytime wedding rehearsals.
We suggest setting an event time that will allow breathing room for you and your guests. If you space your events out a bit, your guests will arrive at your wedding relaxed and refreshed. Therefore, the option to schedule the event at any time of the day is definitely a bonus.
9. The Lighting and Acoustics
Toasts and speeches are often highlights of the wedding rehearsal. As such, choose a venue that has good-quality lighting and acoustics for an engaging presentation. Check for any echoing or glaring that can happen with poor audio and lighting equipment.
10. The Setting
A wedding rehearsal is a memorable part of the wedding proceedings. Some even consider it almost as special as the day itself. This is where you and your guests will sit and spend quality time together before the more formal event. It is a chance to catch your breath!
The ideal event venue is one where the setting will express what it’s all about—the love between two people. Choose a venue that enables you to share this intimate moment with friends and family. Above all, select a place that matches your personal style.
Call In the Experts
Wedding professionals exist for a reason! We help you navigate all of the details of the wedding planning process. When booking Skybox for your wedding rehearsal, you have access to our team of event professionals. Our in-house, award-winning event planning team has the knowledge and expertise to create a stunning and unforgettable event. In addition, you will have an amazing venue with breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. Contact us today for details about planning your wedding rehearsal at Skybox.