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Deciding where you will have your wedding is one of the most important first steps in planning your dream day. When choosing a Summer Wedding Venue there are a few extra considerations for you to include in your process. And remember, it’s never too early to start the venue search, although we recommend that you begin touring venues after securing your planner, if possible.



Pick a venue that complements your overall vision. Once you know the look and aesthetic you are aiming for, it will help you determine what type of venue and planner best complements your vision. Are you going for a lush, tropical look or a more rustic, natural one? Do you want bright, bold colors or a soft, dreamy palette?

Before choosing a venue, pin away! Pinterest is a great place for couples to get inspiration for floral ideas, venue preferences and the overall vibe you are envisioning for your special day. This will make the planning process much easier and less stressful so that you have a clear idea of what you want as you begin touring venues and setting up design meetings with vendors.



Make sure both the ceremony and reception spaces fit your guest count and overall budget. If your venue has multiple event spaces, consider which one best fits your wedding size and style. While having too many guests is a frequent concern when choosing your venue, you also don’t want to book a venue that is too large for your guests as this will make the event feel empty. If you are planning to host your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception at the same location, consider a venue with multiple beautiful spaces for entertaining to make the most of your festivities.



While we always recommend reaching out to venues regarding potential dates as early as possible, it’s now more important than ever to go into the venue search with an open mind. Many couples who had to postpone their wedding due to Covid-19 have rescheduled for 2022. Our #1 Pro Tip if you have your heart set on a particular venue is to be flexible and open to other days of the week besides Saturdays. Consider a Friday or Sunday instead of Saturday for your celebration! Friday and Sundays are becoming increasingly popular, especially with destination venues where guest travel is required, and they will continue to become more mainstream.



When venue shopping, consider what’s included with the venue and what’s most important to you. If a high-quality meal is important to you, consider if they offer on-site food and beverage catering? Do they have a space for you and your bridal party to get ready? Are chairs and tabletop essentials included? Is there a dance floor or will you have to install one?  Other considerations:  tabletop rentals, bars and barware, ceremony chairs, chiavari chairs for the reception, lighting in the reception space, a natural dance floor, patios and lounge furniture, luxury linens and more. And then, compare the price of the wedding package that includes amenities versus renting from local vendors. These included amenities will help you get the most bang for your buck.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll most likely want a venue that offers high-quality food and beverage service. By leaving the food to the venue, this allows you to truly focus on the more important details (like spending quality time with loved ones) during your special day.

When venue shopping for your summer wedding, we recommend prioritizing venues with an indoor area where you can get ready, touch up hair and makeup, and cool off. A bridal suite is also ideal for cooling off between wedding portrait shots during the day and can serve as the perfect place to freshen up before your departure! Need we mention that a well-designed bridal suite will make a world of difference in your “getting ready” photos?



It’s always recommended to account for back-up plans when selecting your venue and making sure your venue has a Plan B that you love. This is especially important during the summer months when afternoon thunderstorms are more common and unpredictable. Don’t hesitate to ask your contact at the venue if they have a rain option. Proactive planning ensures that you’re prepared in the slim chance that you actually need a Plan B. It also makes sure that your backup plan is just as special as your original plan.

And, if you have your heart set on an outdoor recpetion, a tent is the way to go. It will add peace of mind during an unpredictable season, and most tenting companies will have options for open/removable siding or clear tops to customize the experience to the weather forecast on your big day. A tent is also a great option to help keep guests cool during an outdoor ceremony or cocktail hour. It provides shade, ensuring guests do not overheat from the summer sun overhead, while still allowing you and your guests to take in the natural surroundings. Your planner and venue are great resources when it comes to deciding if and what type of tent you should reserve.


We hope these Summer Wedding Venue tips will help you feel armed and ready to evaluate all your venue possibilities and help you make a decision that will ensure the day is filled with the happiest moments and memories of a summer wedding.

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At The Inn at Oneonta, we prioritize creativity above all else. Constantly seeking new ways to entertain guests, cherish bridal parties, and partner with brides and grooms, the knowledgeable owners and operators of The Inn are well versed in the many ways to add unique touches to your wedding. Now booking weddings for 2022 and 2023, visit to take a virtual tour of our property and to contact us for an on-site visit.

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