Picking a wedding venue in New York City can be a lot easier if you follow some simple rules. The first rule is surprising to some people but it makes sense when you think about it. This rule is to talk to a wedding planner before you do anything else. Wedding planners have a lot of experience with different venues around New York City. They know if the space will work for what type of wedding you want and the number of guests you are planning on having attending.

The next step in picking a venue is making sure it will work with the aesthetic you are planning on having for your wedding. For example, if you want a modern wedding you should be looking at art galleries as a venue or a well-designed restaurant. If you want something more casual, though, a beach would be a better choice, or perhaps a ranch that hosts weddings.

You should have a good idea of how many people will be in attendance before you pick your venue. You will be able to scratch off the list all of the venues around New York City that can’t hold that number of people. You’ll want to leave some wiggle room because inevitably more people show up than you initially planned due to parents inviting people, someone coming with a new person they’re dating, etc.

Another very important consideration is to always keep your budget at the top of your thoughts. You might love a venue but if it’s out of your budget you’re just going to have to accept you can’t hold your wedding there. Also remember that there’s more to the cost of a venue than the base charge. The venue can add on a price-per-plate charge, for example. You might also want to decorate it and decor, floral design in particular, can increase the cost by quite a bit.

Picking a venue to hold a wedding in New York City can be hard but following these rules should help. With enough effort and the help of a wedding planner you’re sure to find the perfect venue for your wedding and guests.