What to Look for in a California Wedding Venue

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Once the engagement excitement wears off, one of the first tasks you have to tackle is choosing a wedding venue. No matter how good the cake is, your venue will set the mood for your wedding. If you are on the hunt for a California wedding venue, there are several things you should be on the lookout for.

There are hundreds of wedding venues in the Golden State, but how can you be sure you’re picking the right one? Before you say “yes” to the venue, make sure your venue checks off all these boxes.

The Right Space

Are you planning a small intimate wedding or are you inviting the entire town? Make sure your venue has the right space to suit your guest list. When choosing a California wedding venue, ask the site managers for capacities.

What’s on your wedding timeline? Will there be a cocktail hour or a choreographed wedding party dance? Keep these activities in mind when choosing your wedding venue.

Make a floor plan of your event to get an idea of how you will use the space. If you’re having a small wedding, you don’t want to choose a venue that is too large. This could make the room look empty and create an awkward environment.

The Centre Indoor Wedding Venue


Most people want their weddings to be an intimate event amongst family and friends. If this is the case, having your wedding at a public park, botanical garden or beach might be a bad idea.

Banquet halls and hotels could create the same issue. Find out if your wedding venue could host more than one event at the same time to prevent any disturbing background sounds or confused guests.

If you’re looking for a more private wedding, try to find a venue that is exclusive to you.


Lighting is everything when it comes to capturing beautiful photos and videos. If your wedding is during the day, make sure there are windows to draw in natural light.

If you’re having an evening wedding, make sure your venue has enough lighting to brighten up the space.

If possible, visit the venue at the same time of day that your wedding will take place. You may be surprised at how different it looks depending on the time of day.



Pay special attention to what is around the venue. Make sure to find a venue that will not be spoiled by any other events, noise, or unwanted interruptions. 

Look inside the venue as well. Pay attention to decor that can’t be changed like paintings, carpet color, and paint. The venue decor shouldn’t drastically conflict with your wedding’s overall theme.

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Your Perfect California Wedding Venue

Don’t stress out too much about hosting the perfect party. If you do your due diligence when choosing your venue, the rest will take care of itself. The small details of the right space will come together for an event to remember for years to come.

Choose a place where you can imagine yourself eating, drinking and being married! Ready to find the perfect wedding venue? This is where to start.

If you enjoyed this post you might also want to read, “2018 Wedding Trends to Look For.

At The Centre, a unique collection of experiences has been created for you to make the most of every day: Take in a concert, enjoy dinner with friends, host an event or an off-site meeting, drop your car off for service—all in one place. We believe you will discover that time at The Centre is time well spent. For more information, contact us today!

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