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How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Wedding Planning Tips You Must Read

About to choose a wedding venue? Stop and read these wedding planning tips to help you land the venue that fits your budget, style and all of your guests!

Florida wedding venue. Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.

Florida wedding venue. Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.

The wedding venue may often set the tone for the rest of your wedding. No pressure, right? Allow us to help you by breaking down the process of choosing a wedding venue. Find out what to consider before touring the locations. What questions to ask get the information you need to land the reception space of your dreams. 🙂

How to Choose a Wedding Venue: It’s Definition Time!

If you are about to choose a wedding venue you will be overwhelmed by the number of banquet halls, spaces, outdoor locations and more that will pop up on Google. Let’s bring it down a notch. Stop the searching, grab a calendar, pen and paper and follow the yellow-brick road. 😉

Before starting to look for the ideal venue you must define four things: the date, your wedding style, the number of guests, and your budget.

First of all, pick a date. You will need to check if the place you picked is available on that date before even considering touring the venue. So, the date will definitely will be one of your filters. If budget is a concern, keep in mind that prices are more affordable from Sunday to Thursday and higher on Friday and Saturday as well as during peak wedding season. If you’re not getting married on-site, check in dates with your church or City Hall first before booking the reception venue. Date: Check!

Intimate weddings are very much on trend. Organic and intimate destination wedding in Italy.

Intimate weddings are very much on trend. Organic and intimate destination wedding in Italy.

Next, the wedding style. The wedding venue you pick will help you define and frame your wedding theme. If you are looking for a summery vibe to your reception, consider a country, garden, or beach wedding.

Modern couples can look into lofts, warehouses, art galleries. Check out these modern industrial raw spaces if you live in New York! Remember that when you engage a raw space, the rentals do not come included in the package. Consider all the extras in the price for a more fair comparison between wedding venues.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces, such as zoos, public libraries, museums, and even old train stations. These spaces in Los Angeles will give you an idea to start with. (but do not make a decision yet!)

Intimate weddings are very much on trend. You can go as small as your own backyard (so cool!) or as fancy as renting a vacation home and make it a weekend celebration. Who knows? It may end up being more affordable that a traditional reception venue. Talk about an unforgettable experience! At the end of this article, we’ve added a wedding venue size calculator, just in case you want to host the shindig at home. 😉

Plan an unforgettable wedding! Find out how to choose a wedding venue step by step. Wedding photographer: Lauren Conrad Photography.

Plan an unforgettable wedding! Find out how to choose a wedding venue step by step. Wedding photographer: Lauren Conrad Photography.

Now, let’s estimate the guest count. It is highly recommended that you build a preliminary count which you can adjust later. Reception venues will ask you for this number in order to give you a quote. You will also use the guest count to perform your preliminary research. Be mindful of the fact that there are always last minute additions and that just because a venue tells you it can fit 150 people, it does not mean you have to cram them all up.

Finally, the budget! How much can you afford to spend on the wedding venue? We highly recommend sticking to this budget or you will have to do away with those coveted ice sculptures, your dream wedding gown, or the open bar you so badly wanted for your guests. 🙁

Make sure there will be space for your chain link Chuppah! Huron Substation, Los Angeles, CA. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

Make sure there will be space for your chain link Chuppah! Huron Substation, Los Angeles, CA. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

Imagine your reception at a place like the Patio del barrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla.

Imagine your reception at a place like the Patio del barrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla.

How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Perform a Preliminary Online Search

Yes! Let’s bring Google back! The first step is collecting all of the information available to you about the potential wedding venues. Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many event spaces. Start with a few reception places and go from there. Stay organized by building a spreadsheet, it will help you figure out who you’d like to visit in person. Remember, you still have a few more steps to go.

Try to find the following information from each venue’s website: Name of the venue, address, website, phone number & other contact information, capacity, pricing Information, and why you liked it.

It is likely that not all of this information will be available on the website; and you may need to call or email the venue to get everything you need. At least by collecting all of this information you can compare them side by side.

Marquee monogram for the dessert table at a backyard wedding venue.

Marquee monogram for the dessert table at a backyard wedding venue.

Burlap and tulle window covers with rosettes. Done with coral and ivory flowers. An easy and cheap idea to help cover windows if the reception space is too bright.

Burlap and tulle window covers with rosettes. Done with coral and ivory flowers. An easy and cheap idea to help cover windows if the reception space is too bright.




How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Prepare for Touring the Wedding Venues

Now, let’s boil down your list to a manageable size. Email or call the prospective spaces and find out if they are available on your date. If so, coordinate an in-person visit, preferably when it’s set up for a wedding. It will give you a better idea of the space available.

Ask them if you’ll have exclusive use of the venue on that day. Every banquet hall or wedding venue differs in the amount of privacy provided. Some offer separate bathrooms and dressing rooms, some share the parking space area. If you are getting married in a public space, you’d better make your piece with strangers stopping by and giving you their good wishes.

Ask as many questions as possible beforehand so you can concentrate on visualizing your wedding and checking those details you have to verify in person.

The Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs is a unique ceremony choice for couples looking for an impressive setting for their wedding. Chapel in the Woods, Arkansas. Wedding Venue.

The Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs is a unique ceremony choice for couples looking for an impressive setting for their wedding. Chapel in the Woods, Arkansas. Wedding Venue.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you! Huron SubStation, Los Angeles, CA.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you! Huron SubStation, Los Angeles, CA.

Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue When Visiting (or Before!)

So you have an appointment with a venue on-site coordinator. You want to make sure this time is well-spent, so what should you ask? Start by making sure you can fill in all the blanks of the spreadsheet you created. Here are a few more questions that will help you choose a wedding venue that fits your requirements.

Layout and Accommodations Questions

  • Is there a bridal-changing area?
  • How much parking is available? Is valet parking an option? If the parking is limited, is there nearby parking available? Ensure it is easy for the guests to arrive comfortably to your wedding. They will thank you for it.
  • Is the venue handicap accessible? Make sure everyone feels welcomed.
  • How many bathrooms are available and what is their capacity?
  • Make sure that there is space for all the activities and details that you have planned for your wedding: the guestbook signing, the dinner, the cocktails, the dessert table and the cake, the dance floor, the band, the photo booth and a few lounging areas!
  • If your guests will travel to your wedding you need to offer them lodging. Find out if the wedding venue has at least a couple of hotels nearby with available rooms. Your guests will really appreciate if you offer them a third and cheaper option.
Grace Loves Lace are renowned for creating effortlessly unique, luxurious designs for the modern bride. Designed & handmade in Australia.

Grace Loves Lace are renowned for creating effortlessly unique, luxurious designs for the modern bride. Designed & handmade in Australia.

Wedding Planning Questions

  • What time can vendors arrive to start setting up and then dismantling the wedding decor?
  • What are the wedding decor restrictions? Are there any guidelines, restrictions or policies on using real candles? Is it a raw space? If not, what table and chair styles do they provide? Do you need a special permit for your wedding arch?
  • What refrigeration is available? (This is important if you are using live flowers or cake with frosting that could melt)
  • Is the venue licensed for providing or servicing alcohol? Is there hirable bar staff? What is the rate for the staff, service, and drink?
  • Are there any noise ordinances you need to respect? If the venue does not allow for music after 10pm and you plan to continue the party until the wee hours of the morning, that’s not a good fit. Unless you plan on an after-party somewhere else.
  • Is there a contingency plan provided by the fabulous vineyard in case it rains? An indoor space or a tent?
  • If you would like to host a romantic wedding, a daytime wedding or a cocktail at sunset, check that the place can provide you with the lighting you want and need.
  • How far is it from the church? Or is there a space to celebrate the religious ceremony?
Wedding planning advice. Allow for space for the waiters to serve your guests. Love this tablescape shot! The pops of color are terrific. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography

Allow for space for the waiters to serve your guests. Love this tablescape shot! The pops of color are terrific. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

How to choose a wedding venue step by step. Chapel in the Woods, The Woodlands, TX wedding venue. Wedding photographer: Sara Answorth photography.

How to choose a wedding venue step by step. Chapel in the Woods, The Woodlands, TX wedding venue. Wedding photographer: Sara Answorth photography.

Pricing Questions

  • Are there discounts available for booking off-season or on Sunday through Friday?
  • What are the terms of the deposit? Is it refundable and when is it due?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • Are rentals (tables, chairs, linens, table clothes, or glassware) included in the price? If so, which ones?
  • Make sure when you are looking for potential venues that you clearly understand what’s included and what isn’t. Examples of this are catering and wedding menus, beverages, and centerpieces.
  • Are there any vendor restrictions? If the venue offers catering in-house, find out if you can do a tasting before the wedding.
  • Does the venue have liability insurance?

Don’t book the first venue you see, even if you fall in love with it. Choose at least three or four wedding venues that fit your budget and wedding style and ask for quotes. Be prepared to take notes and lots of photos!

Ask for the wedding venue quotes. Make sure you get as much information as possible to choose a wedding venue that you will be happy with. It’s your day, after all!

Succulents and white roses adorn this chic boho wedding in California. Their quaint, yet ultra stylish venue at Seven4One offered the perfect one-of-a-kind circular ceremony space for their intimate nuptials.

Succulents and white roses adorn this chic boho wedding in California. Their quaint, yet ultra stylish venue at Seven4One offered the perfect one-of-a-kind circular ceremony space for their intimate nuptials.

Remember to add the wedding venue address to your invitations. Elegant and luxurious white laser cut pocket wedding invitations.

Remember to add the wedding venue address to your invitations. Elegant and luxurious white laser cut pocket wedding invitations. (BYWWS026)

Wedding Venue Size Calculator

All venues will help you find out how many guests can fit in a banquet hall or reception venue for different seating plans. But, if you are holding your wedding affair at home, in a garden or at another outdoor venue, it is useful to know how to calculate how many guests can be accommodated in a given space. You do not want your guests feeling cramped at your wedding.

Measure the length and the width of the area in feet. Multiply the two numbers together to get the area in square feet. If the space is uneven, you need to break it up into squares, rectangles or triangles, calculate the area for each and then add them up.

Now divide this number by 2 as you may safely estimate that 50% of the area will be used for aisles, staging, waiters, dance floor, catering stations, and other. The remaining area will accommodate your guests.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces such as this one. Wedding photography: Colin Cowie Weddings.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces such as this one. Wedding photography: Colin Cowie Weddings.

Wedding ceremony decor for raw spaces. 40 tissue paper poms.

Wedding ceremony decor for raw spaces. 40 tissue paper poms. (Get them here)

Use the following guidelines to calculate capacity:

* For every round banquet table that seats 10 people, calculate 30 square feet.
* Calculate 3 square feet per person for a stand-up reception.

However, each room or space is different. You need to take into account the shape, locations of doors, fire exits, columns; buffet dinner or seated dinner set up, and so on. As a rule of thumb, 1,000 square feet is adequate for 80 wedding guests at a sit-down wedding. For each ten additional guests, add an additional 200 square feet of space.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you. Just one last piece of advice, once you have set your reception hall budget don’t go see places that far exceed it. And now, let’s read about wedding reception seating!

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Wedding planning advice: How to choose your wedding venue.

Wedding planning advice: How to choose your wedding venue.

A chandelier makes all the difference at this intimate affair.

A chandelier makes all the difference at this intimate affair.

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8 Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: Coolest Places to Get Married in L.A.

If you want your L.A. wedding to be totally out of the ordinary, you may want to look into these unique wedding venues in Los Angeles!

Rustic loft wedding at the HNYPT, a raw space in Los Angeles. Wedding Photography: Onelove Photo.

Rustic loft wedding at the HNYPT, a raw space in Los Angeles. Wedding Photography: Onelove Photo.

Los Angeles has so many fabulous locations that it may be hard to narrow down your choice to just one. Of course, if you are on trend, and celebrate your wedding in a couple of wedding venues, – one for party and another for after-party – this list really will come in handy! Here’s to the coolest places to get married in L.A.!

We have something for every couple, from the sports fan to the bookworms, all the way to magnificent raw spaces and beach wedding venues! We are certain that these unique wedding venues in Los Angeles will help make your big day truly unforgettable.

Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: HNYPT

For a more urban feel, check out HNYPT (pronounced Honeypot) for your wedding day. This venue is a triangular pitched roof converted warehouse that boasts 20-foot ceilings, skylights, and exposed brick walls. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, HNYPT is raw space, – a blank slate that can be turned into whatever you imagine it to be to perfectly match your wedding theme. The maximum wedding capacity it 200 guests. You can reserve this venue for 15 hours or 23 hours.

Address: 212 W 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Website: http://hnyptla.com

For a more urban feel, check out HNYPT -pronounced Honeypot- for your wedding day.

For a more urban feel, check out HNYPT -pronounced Honeypot- for your wedding day.

Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium

If your dream is to be married on home plate at Dodger Stadium, you can. This treasured Los Angeles landmark has everything you wanted to host your wedding. And we bet your guests will be singing the “Take me out to the ballgame” song all the way to your big day.

There is a lot of history in this venue, but it is not only for baseball fans. Dodger Stadium has multiple places that can facilitate wedding receptions. Their largest, The Stadium Club has enough room for 230 guests seated and a dance floor. The Lexus Dugout Club located behind home plate, packs Dodgers energy, fits up to 350 people for a reception and seats 170 guests with a dance floor.

We highly recommend Dodgers Stadium as a wedding venue to any couple that wants a unique and special wedding. You may even use their gift shop to get your wedding favors! How cool is that?

Address: 1000 Elysian Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (323) 224-1507

Website: http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com

This is a "Take me out to the ball game" kind of wedding. Unique wedding venues in Los Angeles: Dodgers Stadium.

This is a “Take me out to the ball game” kind of wedding. Unique wedding venues in Los Angeles: Dodgers Stadium.

First look photo shoot and wedding at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

First look photo shoot and wedding at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.




Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: Disneyland

Who doesn’t want to get married at the Magic Kingdom? Start your happily ever after in true Disney style at one of the most unique wedding venues in Los Angeles. Create your fairy-tale wedding in front of Cinderella’s castle, get hitched in a far off destination of your choice at Epcot’s World Showcase or plan a non-character wedding with very elegant details and stylish touches. The sky’s the limit!

There are many venue options among the grounds at Disneyland, both indoor and outdoor, that can be the perfect setting for your big day. And while Mickey cannot act as your wedding officiant, you may hire up to two characters to join you at your party. They have a few outstanding features such as your own personal wedding coordinator that will help turn your wedding into a fairytale. Feel like the belle at the ball at one of the coolest wedding venues in L.A.

Check out these ideas to plan your fairytale wedding!

Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Website: https://www.disneyweddings.com/

Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle wedding. Who wouldn't love a Disney reception?

Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle wedding. Who wouldn’t love a Disney reception?

Pick from a fairy-tale wedding right in front of Cinderella’s castle or a spooky portrait session at The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, one of the most awesomely unique wedding venues in Los Angeles.

Pick from a fairy-tale wedding right in front of Cinderella’s castle or a spooky portrait session at The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, one of the most awesomely unique wedding venues in Los Angeles.

Unique wedding venues in Los Angeles: Disneyland. Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Wedding photographer Kevin Le Vu Photography. Such a happy bride riding in Cinderella's Coach. Disneyland's romantic Rose Court Garden. DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown garden wedding reception.

Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Wedding photographer Kevin Le Vu Photography. Such a happy bride riding in Cinderella’s Coach. Disneyland’s romantic Rose Court Garden. DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown garden wedding reception.

Start your happily ever after in true Disney style at one of the most unique wedding venues in Los Angeles. Incredible Disneyland wedding with the carriage, the castle, and fireworks included.

Start your happily ever after in true Disney style at one of the most unique wedding venues in Los Angeles. Incredible Disneyland wedding with the carriage, the castle, and fireworks included.

Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: Vibiana Cathedral

This Spanish cathedral is a venue that is sure to make a lasting memory for your wedding day. With baroque columns, arched ceilings, and lush gardens this setting is the perfect background for your wedding photography. It was the former Archdiocese of L.A. Many famous weddings took place at this site and even former Pope Paul slept in what is now the bridal prep area.

The Vibiana Cathedral is one of the most stunning wedding venues in Los Angeles. There are indoor and outdoor venues that can hold up to 400 people inside and 500 outside for the ceremony. You can rent out this venue for 6 hours at a time and until as late as 2 AM.

Address: 214 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Website: http://vibiana.com

The Vibiana, in Downtown is the oldest cathedral in L.A. It was the former Archdiocese of L.A. Many famous weddings took place at this site and even former Pope Paul slept in what is now the bridal prep area.

The Vibiana, in Downtown is the oldest cathedral in L.A.

Elegant and majestic white wedding venue at the Vibiana Cathedral in L.A.

Elegant and majestic white wedding venue at the Vibiana Cathedral in L.A.

Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch

Book lovers, rejoice. The Public Library might just be the perfect setting for your L.A. wedding. The historic architecture of the Library building has large, arched windows making it one of the coolest places to get married in L.A. Natural stone, brilliant windows, and high ceilings complement the ceremony space to perfection. Café Pinot, the next-door restaurant, hosts wedding receptions. The restaurant has a beautiful garden to satisfy those looking for an outdoor area. The venue can accommodate up to 300 people and it’s quite affordable!

Address: 630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Website: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library

Los Angeles Public Library Wedding. Cafe Pinot wedding. Wedding photographer: Mike Arick photography.

Los Angeles Public Library Wedding. Cafe Pinot wedding. Wedding photographer: Mike Arick photography.

Wedding venue: Los Angeles Public Library & Café Pinot. LA wedding photographer: Mike Arick. Rotunda of the Los Angeles Central Library.

Wedding venue: Los Angeles Public Library & Café Pinot. LA wedding photographer: Mike Arick. Rotunda of the Los Angeles Central Library.

Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: Calamigos Ranch

Romantic does not even begin to describe this unique wedding venue. Historic redwood and oak trees inhabit the grounds of this Santa Monica/Malibu space. Calamigos Ranch is a 120-acres of rustic, beautiful outdoor/indoor event space. Let the soothing sound of waterfalls and the twinkling lights among the trees turn your wedding into an unforgettable experience. This event venue can hold up to 500 people and is available to rent for 6 hours.

Address: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Website: http://calamigos.com

The Ranch has the unique vibe of a hidden forest full of waterfalls, trees and beautiful flowers. Calamigos Ranch wedding photographed by Allie Lindsey Photography.

The Ranch has the unique vibe of a hidden forest full of waterfalls, trees and beautiful flowers. Calamigos Ranch wedding photographed by Allie Lindsey Photography.

Get married under the old oak tree at the Calamigos Ranch in L.A. Wedding photographers: Gina & Ryan Photography.

Get married under the old oak tree at the Calamigos Ranch in L.A. Wedding photographers: Gina & Ryan Photography.

Unique Wedding Venues in Los Angeles: Shutters on the Beach

Los Angeles has everything, including one of the coolest places to get married in L.A. right by the Santa Monica beach and pier. If you wanted a destination wedding but opted to stay in town, this unique wedding venue provides the best of both worlds. Shutters on the Beach is a beautiful oceanfront resort that offers reception halls of various sizes. This is perfect because your guests can stay on site and you can take advantage of the resort-like amenities before the big day.

Uncover how to plan a beach themed wedding ceremony with these 13 crucial tips that will make it a resounding success!

Address: 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: https://www.shuttersonthebeach.com/

Unique wedding venues in Los Angeles: Shutters on the Beach. Photo courtesy: Wayne Photography by Today Might Be Photography & Shutters on the Beach.

Unique wedding venues in Los Angeles: Shutters on the Beach. Photo courtesy: Wayne Photography by Today Might Be Photography & Shutters on the Beach.

Santa Monica Shutters on the Beach has a breathtaking seaside space ideal for beach weddings. Hazelnut - Elizabeth Anne Designs.

Santa Monica Shutters on the Beach has a breathtaking seaside space ideal for beach weddings. Hazelnut – Elizabeth Anne Designs.

With this round up of unique wedding venues in Los angeles, we hope we made your choice of ceremony space a bit easier. For those couples who want their wedding day to be some kind of extraordinary memory and are tired of the traditional banquet halls, now, these eight cool places to get married in L.A. are in your radar!

Coolest places to get married in L.A. Los Angeles photographer: Armen Asadorian Photography.

Coolest places to get married in L.A. Los Angeles photographer: Armen Asadorian Photography.

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Photography credits: Style Me Pretty, BravoBride, Disney Weddings, A Magical Day Disney Fan Sites, Shutters on the Beach, Calamigos Ranch

Nine Must-See Industrial Wedding Venues in New York

Check out these nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York and start booking yours! They go fast!

The glam of Galia Lahav intertwined with the charm of the city and nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York that you will want to check out asap! :)

The glam of Galia Lahav intertwined with the charm of the city and nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York that you will want to check out asap! 🙂

You have a tentative date and guest count and it’s time to look for the perfect space for your wedding. Break the mold from the traditional hotel wedding venue and choose a unique space with a story to tell and a cool and intimate vibe.

Most industrial wedding venues can be rented as raw spaces. This means, you can decorate it as little or as much as you wish – as long as you meet construction codes, of course. Quite the opposite of the traditional venue where you gotta, gotta take the chairs!! 😉

We’ve rounded up nine industrial wedding venues in New York that will make your guests’ jaws drop as they celebrate your happily ever after. From Brooklyn to Queens to Upstate New York, any of these spaces are sure to provide the flexibility of color, personality and decor any modern couple looks for on this day and age.

Industrial Wedding Venues in Brooklyn That Will Take Your Breath Away

Brooklyn happens to be “the” place in New York where you will find most of the industrial wedding venues. The number of refurbished spaces that started out as foundries, piers, steel factories and other manufacturers gave way through its gentrification to some of the most breathtakingly unique industrial wedding venues in New York.

The Green Building, Brooklyn, NY

The Green Building was built in 1889 as a brass foundry. Today it serves as 6,000 square foot event venue with indoor and outdoor space. This building will compliment wedding décor with exposed brick walls, chandeliers, wood-beamed ceilings and a private courtyard.

Location: 452 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Website: http://www.thegreenbuildingnyc.com/weddings/

Capacity: up to 250 guests for a cocktail party or 160 for a sit-down dinner with room for a dance floor

From: $16,000 (elopements can be more affordable, just ask!)

Industrial wedding venues in Brooklyn that will take your breath away The Green Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photos by Matt of Our Labor of Love.

Industrial wedding venues in Brooklyn that will take your breath away The Green Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photos by Matt of Our Labor of Love.

New York City wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn built in 1889 as a brass foundry.

New York City wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn built in 1889 as a brass foundry.

Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, NY

When in New York, there’s no need to head out all the way to Napa Valley! Host your guests in a romantic, vintage-inspired space at the Brooklyn Winery. Guests can enjoy drinking the wine made on site while celebrating the happy couple’s joyful event in an intimate, candlelit space. No matter how big your event, guests will be able to feel a personal connection to the space and the couple saying “I do.”

Location: 213 N. 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Website: http://bkwinery.com

Capacity: depends on the season

From: $39,000

Modern winter wedding ceremony at the Brooklyn Winery. Photography: Ashley Caroline.

Modern winter wedding ceremony at the Brooklyn Winery. Photography: Ashley Caroline.

Beauty and old world charm at this industrial style Brooklyn Winery wedding.

Beauty and old world charm at this industrial style Brooklyn Winery wedding.

Love this table setting! Industrial wedding venues in New York. Photo of the Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, New York.

Love this table setting! Industrial wedding venues in New York. Photo of the Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, New York.

Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, NY

Give your wedding an early 1900s feel at the Wythe Hotel. If the exposed brick, steel window frames, and wood floors don’t make and impression, then the terraces overlooking Manhattan surely will. This venue is perfect for small weddings or those with up to 250 guests.

Location: 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Website: http://wythehotel.com/

Capacity: 250

From: $37,000

Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn: This venue is perfect for small weddings or those with up to 250 guests. Photography: Belathée Photography.

Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn: This venue is perfect for small weddings or those with up to 250 guests. Photography: Belathée Photography.

A garden-inspired industrial wedding in New York at The Wythe's patio, complete with exposed beams and strings of café lights.

A garden-inspired industrial wedding in New York at The Wythe’s patio, complete with exposed beams and strings of café lights.

Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY

Host your wedding with Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge and riverfront views at the Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn. Ceremonies can be held indoor or outdoor. Sure, exposed brick is nice but your guests will be left with an unforgettable night as the dance floor is illuminated with light reflecting from the Hudson. This venue is better suited for larger events as they have a 175 guest minimum on Saturday nights.

Location: 260 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Website: http://www.thelibertywarehouse.com/

Capacity: 400 for a sit-down dinner and 1500 for a cocktail dinner

From: $47,000

A waterfront view to die for at The Liberty Warehouse. Nine industrial wedding venues in New York that will take your breath away. Photography: Levi Stolove Photography, NY wedding photographers.

A waterfront view to die for at The Liberty Warehouse. Nine industrial wedding venues in New York that will take your breath away. Photography: Levi Stolove Photography, NY wedding photographers.

The liberty warehouse is a unique industrial wedding venue in Brooklyn, NY. Don't you agree? Photography: a guy + a girl photography – New York wedding photography – Los Angeles wedding photography.

The liberty warehouse is a unique industrial wedding venue in Brooklyn, NY. Don’t you agree? Photography: a guy + a girl photography – New York wedding photography – Los Angeles wedding photography.




Greenpoint Loft, Brooklyn, NY

Greenpoint Loft is a pre-war rope warehouse turned chic event space. Let history intertwine with your wedding day as you experience the building’s timelessly effervescent vibes. This space also has rooftop views of the Manhattan Skyline which are sure to leave your guests speechless.

Location: 67 West St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Website: http://www.greenpointloft.com

Capacity: 185

From: $7,000

Greenpoint Loft industrial inspo tablesetting. Amber glass bud vase arrangements with pale peach and spray roses, ranunculus, echinacea and wildflower accents on a kraft paper runner, accented with mirror glass candles. Swoon!

Greenpoint Loft industrial inspo tablesetting. Swoon!

The Greenpoint Loft is one of the best industrial wedding venues in New York.

The Greenpoint Loft is one of the best industrial wedding venues in New York.

Stunning Industrial Wedding Venues in Queens, New York

According to USA Today, Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. This means, you will be able to find the most varied caterers for your special day within a few miles-range. Exposed brick, metal and geometric patterns are some of the characteristics of industrial wedding venues, Let’s explore a couple of venues in Queens, NY that definitely caught our eye!

Knockdown Center in Queens, New York

For a funky, artsy vibe look no further than the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY. Brooklyn is not the only place that can offer an unforgettable venue. The Knockdown Center is known for hosting music and art events but don’t write them off for weddings. Their century=old building used to host a glass factory and, years later, a door factory (hence its name) Book this venue for its 40-foot ceilings,  their built-in archway made of brick, wood and steel and its eclectic vibe.

Location: 52-19 Flushing Ave., at 54th St.; Maspeth, Queens

Website: http://knockdown.center

Capacity: 300

From: $12,000

Industrial wedding venues in New York: Knockdown Center. Photography: Carolina Sandretto and Denueva Photo.

Industrial wedding venues in New York: Knockdown Center. Photography: Carolina Sandretto and Denueva Photo.

Out of all of the fabulous industrial wedding venues in New York we fell in love with the Knockdown Center, an industrial glass factory.

Out of all of the fabulous industrial wedding venues in New York we fell in love with the Knockdown Center, an industrial glass factory.

The Foundry, Long Island City, New York

The Foundry is the place to go if you want a Brooklyn-vibe in Queens. Exposed brick, steel beams, and antique bulbs will add charm to your wedding day. Needless to say, the gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline will add to its charm and it will allow for some amazing photo-ops. The best part of the building might be the Greenhouse, where vines climb the brick and window panes fill the space with natural light. If you are looking for a smaller space to host an intimate wedding, ask for The Albra Room. You will fall in love with its arched walkways and clean lines. Check out the outdoor area. It’s truly magnificent!

Location: 42-38 Ninth Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Website: http://www.thefoundry.info

Capacity: 120 to 180

From: $16,000

The Foundry is the place to go if you want a Brooklyn-vibe in Queens.

The Foundry is the place to go if you want a Brooklyn-vibe in Queens.

The Foundry is a 19th Century building that has been meticulously restored to showcase its industrial character and stunning proportions. Photography: Pink.

The Foundry is a 19th Century building that has been meticulously restored to showcase its industrial character and stunning proportions. Photography: Pink.

Charming Industrial Wedding Venues in Upstate New York

If you prefer the calm of the countryside mixed in with Brooklyn’s multifaceted and diverse atmosphere, these industrial wedding venues in New York are a must-see. Add them to your list because you may not want to miss out on these spaces!

The Cracker Factory in Upstate NY

If you are heading upstate for your big day, consider The Cracker Factory. You will be awe-struck by the floor-to-ceiling windows. They will allow you to feel you are outdoors even if it’s a bit too cold for that kind of thing. To say this straight-razor factory turned wedding venue has charm is an understatement.

Location: 35 Lehigh St, Geneva, NY 14456

Website: thecrackerfactory.org

Capacity: 340

From: $2,250

Charming industrial wedding venues in Upstate New York. The Cracker Factory.

Charming industrial wedding venues in Upstate New York. The Cracker Factory.

Digging all these chic industrial vibes. Photo: Ebersole Photography.

Digging all these chic industrial vibes. Photo: Ebersole Photography.

Basilica Hudson in Upstate NY

Located in the history city of Hudson, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed industrial space originally built in the 1880s. When renting the Basilica, you get access to the building and grounds for the entire weekend, from Noon Friday to Noon Sunday. The space draws on inspiration from its local surroundings with a mission to be a platform for unconventional art experiences. Especially for larger events, this space will leave a remarkable impression, one that your guests will not soon forget.

Location: 110 S. Front St Hudson, NY 12534

Website: basilicahudson.org

Capacity: 325 seated guests in the Main Hall

From: $3,500 (take note winter brides as this starting price is for off season!)

We promise to cover more about this magical venue on an upcoming article.

Basilica Hudson an idyllic industrial wedding venue in Upstate New York. Photography: James Autery, New York photographer.

Basilica Hudson an idyllic industrial wedding venue in Upstate New York. Photography: James Autery, New York photographer.

Basilica Hudson weddings in NY. The industrial feel of the building shows on its exposed brick walls, an incredible old steel truss system and a massive terracotta ceiling.

The industrial feel of the building shows on its exposed brick walls, an incredible old steel truss system and a massive terracotta ceiling.

Swoon-Worthy Industrial Wedding Venues in New York Photo Gallery

  • Modern industrial New York Wedding at Basilica Hudson.

    Romantic and modern industrial New York Wedding at Basilica Hudson a restored factory venue in Hudson, New York.
  • Simple and modern industrial wedding invitation.

    Simple and modern industrial wedding invitation for a fantastic shindig at the Brooklyn Winery. Photography: Bia Sampaio.
  • Raw space: Greenpoint Loft wedding in Brooklyn, NY

    Raw space: Greenpoint Loft wedding in Brooklyn, NY by lindseymevents and Therese Winberg Photography.
  • Industrial wedding venue in New York, the Greenpoint Loft.

    The perfect ambiance for an industrial wedding venue in New York at the Greenpoint Loft. Photo: Khaki Bedford Photography.
  • Candlelit wedding reception Liberty Warehouse.

    A chic candlelit wedding reception held within an industrial wedding venue in Brooklyn, NY at Liberty Warehouse. Photography: Levi Stolove Photography.
  • Classic urban New York wedding The Foundry

    Classic urban New York wedding from Firefly Events at The Foundry.
  • The Foundry wedding decor.

    Romantic table numbers and pink floral decor at The Foundry. Photography: Emily Delamater.

Are you still looking for the perfect space for your perfect day? Or did our nine must-see industrial wedding venues in New York fill up your list?

Check out these nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York and start booking yours! They go fast! The Foundry. Photography: Christina Szczupak.

Check out these nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York and start booking yours! They go fast! The Foundry. Photography: Christina Szczupak.

Floral garland and candle lanterns down the stairs of a modern industrial fall wedding. Photo: Albert Bardina Photography.

Floral garland and candle lanterns down the stairs of a modern industrial fall wedding. Photo: Albert Bardina Photography.

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2017 Weddings: 10 Trends You Cannot Afford To Miss Out On

A new year is fast approaching and with it the new trends for 2017 weddings. Check out these wedding trend ideas because on 2017 you should let your personality shine in more ways than one!

Due to the tremendous success in readership of our 2016 wedding trends article we decided to pick 10 wedding trends you cannot afford to miss out on the 2017 wedding season! This list will help you find some wedding planning inspiration and it is by no means an exhaustive list. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

1The Vintage Comeback

When it comes down to vintage weddings you are able to pick from both extremes: super romantic or ultra glam, as French-themed weddings and those inspired i the roaring ‘20s bring back a mix of vintage, romance and glam styles.

Romantic vintage wedding invitation suite.

Romantic vintage wedding invitation suite by A Vintage Obsession.

Vintage card box suitcase wedding.

Vintage card box suitcase wedding by Rustic Glam Designs.

22017 Bridal Gown Trends

Layers of lace, British embroidery, bohemian flowers … The dresses of the season take on bohemian and vintage airs, as if imbued by a nostalgic desire for Hamiltonian romanticism, thus evoking young brides surrounded by fresh new blooms.

On the other hand, off-the-shoulder wedding dresses, ruffled skirts, champagne, lilac and blush wedding dresses, and plunging necklines dominated the bridal trends on the 2017 runways.

Therefore in 2017, brides can choose what suits them best. What kind of bride are you? Romantic or avant-garde?

The new Laura de Sagazan collection. Delicate tops in British embroidery with simple pristine skirts, flowing wedding dresses with backs stitched with lace, but also a short dresses Sixties inspired, worn with derbies for a small boyish touch.

The new Laura de Sagazan collection. Delicate tops in British embroidery with simple pristine skirts, flowing wedding dresses with backs stitched with lace, but also a short dresses Sixties inspired, worn with derbies for a small boyish touch.

Marchesa spring 2017 bridal collection.

Marchesa spring 2017 bridal collection.

32017 Weddings: French-Inspired Receptions

French-inspired and Cuban themed weddings are two lovely reception themes trending for 2017 weddings. The French theme will set the tone for 2017 weddings with its glam and romantic vintage touches in shades of blue, green and gold. To implement a French-inspired reception for your big day, choose from a sweet, romantic and modern Parisian motif, the luxury and elegance of a French Chateau or the simplicity of the French countryside. Oh, la! la!

Check out this article filled with French Wedding Ideas, Trending and Fabulously Chic

The French theme will set the tone for 2017 weddings with its glam and romantic vintage touches. Photography: Christina Brosnan.

The French theme will set the tone for 2017 weddings with its glam and romantic vintage touches. Photography: Christina Brosnan.

Relaxed, chic and welcoming modern french wedding lounge.

Relaxed, chic and welcoming modern french wedding lounge.




4Cuban-Themed Weddings: A Refreshing Pop of Color

With so much foliage, green and fuchsia, it is not surprising that Cuban-themed weddings are another trend in 2017 weddings. Let this original, lush and cheerful wedding theme inspire you!

Blueberry sage and ginger mojitos for a Cuban wedding.

Blueberry sage and ginger mojitos for a Cuban wedding.

Cuban-inspired and handmade wedding invitations 2017.

Cuban-inspired and handmade wedding invitations 2017.

5Maid of Honor’s Dresses Will Stand Out On 2017 Weddings

This year we saw a big change on the traditional bridesmaid dress with the mismatched look. In 2017 we will see the MOH’s dress differ entirely from the rest of the ladies! Outdoor and daytime weddings now demand cotton fabrics with gingham or floral prints for a romantic look and luxurious brocades and lots of shine will accompany a glam or evening wedding on the MOH’s dress.

Maid of honor’s dresses will stand out on 2017 weddings. The Mumu Wedding Collection.

Maid of honor’s dresses will stand out on 2017 weddings. The Mumu Wedding Collection.

Mix and match bridesmaid dresses in tulle, beading, blush pink and champagne. Everything tied together with a common color theme.

Mix and match bridesmaid dresses in tulle, beading, blush pink and champagne. Everything tied together with a common color theme.

6Goodbye Flowers! Hello Minimalistic Greenery!

A welcomed addition to weddings since foliage is way cheaper than flowers (especially if they are not in season) But this doesn’t mean that flowers disappear altogether from weddings, they just add a little touch of color onto the abundant greenery decor. Take advantage of this trend by leveraging ecological, French or Cuban weddings!! 🙂

Modern minimalist inspiration.

Modern minimalist inspiration.

Foliage is the new flowers in 2017.

Foliage is the new flowers in 2017.

7Care For Our Planet with Sustainable Catering & Ecological Weddings

Ecological awareness on weddings has now gone far beyond wedding favors with plants or seeds. The wedding trend for 2017 gives way to sustainable catering and ecological events. Read all about implementing sustainable catering on your wedding on this article.

For a more ecological wedding leaf "Confetti" toss Use leaves as a natural, eco-friendly confetti that can also add a seasonal flair to your wedding exit.

For a more ecological wedding leaf “Confetti” toss Use leaves as a natural, eco-friendly confetti that can also add a seasonal flair to your wedding exit.

8Breakfast Weddings: The Yummiest Of Them All!

It’s your wedding and if your favorite meal of the day is breakfast, go ahead and include it on your menu! We are seeing more and more couples incorporating donut cakes, piles of brownies, crepes and towers of macarons instead of the traditional wedding cake on today’s receptions. For those couples who plan on a courthouse wedding and get married early in the day, the 2017 trend of the brunch wedding is perfect. Economical, fun and intimate, the brunch wedding is a delicious (and budget-friendly) way to celebrate your love. Check it out!

Pastel-inspired beach wedding at the Kitty Hawk Pier by Elizabeth Henson Photos.

Pastel-inspired beach wedding at the Kitty Hawk Pier by Elizabeth Henson Photos.

Doughnuts can be served at your wedding, too! Choose your favorite flavors and decorate with flowers.

Doughnuts can be served at your wedding, too! Choose your favorite flavors and decorate with flowers.

92017 Wedding Color Trends: Love The New Metallic Accents!

Metallics are not new but what changed this year is the metallic hue. Metallics no longer have the brightness of pure gold, they trend now is copper, pewter, brass and rose gold. Perfect for vintage and French-themed weddings. Although Pantone announces its color of the year in the month of December, there are many that forecast green Kale will be the chosen one. It actually makes a lot of sense since it has already been incorporated on many designer collections and is a perfect match with the themes on trend for 2017!

Dreamy crystal cake by Alana Jones-Mann.

Dreamy crystal cake by Alana Jones-Mann.

Blue gold foil agate slice wedding invitation.

Blue gold foil agate slice wedding invitation.

10Sayonara Social Media: The birth Of Unplugged Weddings

A little social media is not bad but a wedding’s intimate moments are meant for the couple, their family and friends. Needless to say, a social media invasion means that on every photo that your photographer takes there will be cell phones instead of your guests’ faces! And for couples who prefer social sharing during the reception but not at the religious ceremony, check out these sweet and printable Unplugged wedding signs. 😉

Ensure that your wedding guests are present at your ceremony by unplugging cellphones on your wedding.

Ensure that your wedding guests are present at your ceremony by unplugging cellphones on your wedding. Printable by GothamPops. Sign by Woot and Wooks. Chalkboard sign by Adore Paper Co.

2017 Weddings Photo Gallery

  • 2017 bridal fashion trends.

    2017 bridal fashion trends.
  • Alberta Ferretti was inspired by the 1920s.

    Alberta Ferretti was inspired by the 1920s. Immaculate dress, with a low waist and edged fringes in the purest spirit of the roaring 20s.
  • Art deco wedding ideas.

    Art deco wedding ideas.
  • Buttermint haze beach wedding colors for 2017.

    Buttermint haze beach wedding colors for 2017.
  • Hayley Paige Spring 2017 wedding dresses.

    Hayley Paige Spring 2017 wedding dresses.
  • Agates and geodes into your wedding decor. Photography: Harwell Photography.

    If there is one trend that we are loving these days it’s incorporating agates and geodes into your wedding decor. Photography: Harwell Photography.
  • Gray palette 2017 wedding colors.

    Gray palette 2017 wedding colors.
  • Modern boho glam wedding ideas.

    Modern boho glam wedding ideas.
  • Silhouette of vestal inspiration by Dior.

    Silhouette of vestal inspiration by Dior.
  • Stunning cake reveals an edible Amethyst geode beneath its surface by My Modern Met.

    Stunning cake reveals an edible Amethyst geode beneath its surface by My Modern Met.
  • Wedding dresses from Bridal Week Spring 2017 by Carolina Herrera.

    The best bridal fashion and wedding dresses from Bridal Week Spring 2017 by Carolina Herrera.
  • Touches of gold and amethist for table decor in 2017 weddings.

    Touches of gold and amethist for table decor in 2017 weddings.
  • Urban loft style wedding venue with authentic Seattle atmosphere.

    Urban loft style wedding venue with authentic Seattle atmosphere.
  • Wedding colors for 2017.

    Wedding colors for 2017.

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