Everyone who has planned a wedding knows that there are a lot of things to consider. Some details like having glamorous flowers, a colorful cake, or wearing designer suits are completely optional. However, there is one vital element that you can’t skip – a venue. Here in Raleigh and Cary, NC there are lots of gorgeous venue options. But how do you even get started choosing? And how big of a wedding venue do you need?
Sorting out the details of wedding ceremony venues can be daunting. One of the most important details to consider when selecting a venue is finding a space large enough to accommodate your wedding reception. When you walk into an empty ballroom, it can be hard to envision a vibrant event. Here are tips for determining a perfect venue for your wedding reception.
Set Your Budget
When budgeting for your wedding venue specifically, there is more to consider than just renting space. Catering service and alcohol need to be estimated alongside the space rental fees that you’re quoted. These items combined should make up about 60% of your total reception budget. Here in Raleigh NC, the average wedding is just over $30,000, but for many of the top venues, it’s almost that much just for the location and food.
An inclusive venue like The Matthews House can allow you to plan your budget effectively in downtown Cary, NC. Our packages include the venue, most rentals, and access to our incredible vendors like Southern Harvest Catering. Plus, you can even add on planning as an in-house service. This will take care of about 75% of your budget planning, right off the bat. Plus, our flexible indoor/outdoor space includes various services that allow for versatility, ease, and professionalism to make your wedding day effortlessly beautiful.
Finalize the Guest Count
Planning a wedding can be costly, and many people are on a strict budget. For this reason, it is imperative to confirm how many guests will be in attendance and the associated costs if the number changes on the eve of your wedding.
To save yourself the headache, you should try to have the number of guests you will have on your big day finalized well in advance. Not only will this give you a better idea of the size of the venue you will need, but it can also help prevent any last-minute costs from popping up.
How Will the Space Feel Relative to Your Guests?
One of the biggest mistakes many couples make is picking oversized wedding ceremony venues. When you have a venue that is made for 200+ people for your 50-person wedding, the space will feel like something is missing. On the flip side, if you pick a venue that is too small, people will feel crammed in and uncomfortable.
With a venue that is too large, you’ll have to spend a fortune to make your wedding feel intimate and comfortable. Therefore, you need to consider various elements, including:
● Dance floor
● Food/buffet station
● DJ/Band space
A flexible wedding ceremony venue can save the day if your guests don’t turn up as planned. The Matthews House provides hybrid solutions that are ideal for a small wedding that is only a handful of guests or even when there are up to 160 guests. In addition, the outdoor garden space and indoor brand ballroom can help you create a memorable experience for your guests. You can choose to set a dance floor in the magnificent ballroom, take picturesque walks at the garden oasis or have a full experience of our stately house.
Plan the Perfect Cary, NC Wedding with the Help of The Matthews House
Choosing a perfect venue can create an unforgettable experience for you, your family, and your guests. If you want to make a memorable impression on your guests, pay close attention or seek guidance from experienced personnel while sorting out your wedding ceremony venue.
The Matthews House can make your dream wedding experience come true. The family-owned and operated small business was originally established in 1915 by the Matthews family. The house was initially a private residence and home to multiple small businesses, including a florist, salon, and dressmaker. Today, The Matthews House is run by Sarah and Vincent Chung – a husband and wife duo who have revived the property and added many services for the convenience of NC couples.
The Matthews House is carefully nestled in the heart of a serene environment, serving as a breathtaking backdrop that includes picturesque weddings and special events in The Triangle, NC. We are a full-service events venue including an outdoor space with gardens, an onsite coordinator, onsite parking, and versatile indoor/outdoor space. Our location in downtown Cary allows guests easy access to nearby lodging and is convenient for anyone looking in the Raleigh-Durham area.
Lastly, Sarah Chung, the lead coordinator, and owner helps clients plan their dream events. Her experience in catering and hospitality is the secret behind the exceptional events services provided.
Interested to see if The Matthews House is the right wedding ceremony venue for your big day? Contact us or call (919) 467-1944 for an event that will create memories that last a lifetime.