How to Select a Venue for your Wedding Day

By Kim Leatherwood

You said “yes,” and you have the ring. You are having the time of your life showing off your sparkly diamond and receiving congratulations from family and friends. But now you have to get down to business and find a site for your wedding day. Some of us have been dreaming about our wedding day since we were very young. We have imagined every detail of this day from the intricate design of our wedding gown right down to the type of curly cues of icing on the wedding cake. For others, the vision may not be so clear. If you fall into the last category, try this: Close your eyes and think of your fiancé. Imagine different venues, and let these images float through your mind. What do you see?

If you close your eyes and can’t come up with anything, do not despair. You can always pick up bridal magazines and look at images of the venues on the pages. Now, try to visualize you and your partner in various venues to determine which ones reflect your personalities and interests.

Websites such as Wedding Wire and theknot are excellent research tools for brides. Once you have determined the physical location for your nuptials, these wedding planning sites will list the types of venues in your area with price and contact information.

Finally, most of us have to deal with our financial reality and that six-letter word – “BUDGET.” I tell all the brides that I work with to think about what is truly important to them and their fiancé on their wedding day and build the budget around those line items. If the venue is the most important consideration, then cut back on decorations or catering costs. Outdoor venues can offer amazing natural beauty and should allow you to cut back on flowers and other decorations. I have found that the most spectacular events at the Kaminski House Museum are the ones that are all about good food featuring Grandma’s coveted recipe for Shrimp and Grits, dancing barefoot in the breezes off of the Sampit River and receiving a send off to the honeymoon amid the hugs and tears of beloved family and friends.  Happy Wedding Planning!

Kim Leatherwood is Assistant Director of Kaminski House Museum on Front Street in Georgetown. Both the Kaminski House and Stewart-Parker House are spectacular, river-front venues for your perfect day! Contact Kim by calling 843-546-7706 or email

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