The best news we can hear when taking an inquiry for services is that the couple hasn't yet decided on a venue. Being a part of the venue selection process is key to what we do, and is one of the best ways we can service our clients. The venue choice is hands down the most important decision a couple will make during their planning process.
Before you start googling venues like crazy, look over these tips for picking the proper place:
Group Size + Type
Let me be a broken record here in suggesting that you give some major thinking power to figuring out who your tribe is and what type of party they will enjoy. Knowing how the people in your group will behave is the surest way to pick a great venue for your wedding.
Example: Guests jumping into the pool at Race & Religious in October (in their undies!). Example: Guests outside on the patio all night when the DJ, food, and couple are inside. Example: 10 people left dancing on the dancefloor at midnight, because nobody could hang.
Hours + Light
Some places get awesome lighting during the day and others really shine by candlelight. Think about what time of year, and day, you plan to party in and let that guide your choice. Don't forget, in the summer-time it doesn't get dark until 8:00pm! Also, always be sure to check the venue's (often strict) closing time.