Planning your wedding begins with a date and a venue. If you don’t have those two things you simply don’t have a wedding, right?! Once you have a wedding date in mind, you’ll begin exploring wedding venues in the area (which can be super fun) but can also be overwhelming. See, Tucson has a serious reputation as a great place to get married so the large number of wedding venues in the area can lead to “too many choices paralysis”. Don’t worry though, today we’ve got the step-by-step guide for how to find your Tucson wedding venue!
How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 1: Take a moment to dream. Finding your perfect wedding venue starts with a quiet place, your beloved and your imagination. Talk about the type of wedding you’re dreaming of. Is it romantic and intimate? Is it grand and adventurous? Maybe you want an outdoor wedding ceremony or a reception with a view. Perhaps you share a love of art and want a venue that reflects that or you adore the vintage style and want a venue with rich history. There are a great number of wedding venues available in Tucson so knowing what you want and don’t want helps immensely when discussing your options.
(Photographer: Scott Rice Photography)
(Photographer: Something Blue Photography)
How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 2: Discuss your budget and get a handle on your guest count. You don’t have to have a concrete number for either of these items but you must have a range that you’re planning to work with. You don’t want to waste your time fantasizing about a particular venue if their maximum number of guests is 75 and you expect to have no less than 150 attend. Similarly, if you tour a venue without doing your research, fall head over heels in love with it, and then discover your budget is way off the mark, you’ll be heartbroken. That’s no fun, is it? Be realistic and all will be well.
(Location: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Photographer: Oz Visuals)
How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 3: Choose a few wedding dates and a general area that will work for you. If you’re not flexible on your date, start the process of searching for your wedding venue very early (12 months at the very least) since popular dates book quickly. If you can be flexible with your date, you’ll have many more venue options available to you. Regarding location, if you know all your friends and family plan to stay or already live in the downtown Tucson area, you might want to reconsider booking a venue that’s far from downtown. Similarly, if your wedding weekend vision is for all of your friends and family to stay together in one place and be together the whole weekend, choose a venue that can accommodate all of your guests and provide you with activities throughout the weekend.
(Photographer: She.We Studio)
How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 4: Explore our wedding reception site guide. We provide a comprehensive list of all wedding venues in the Tucson area and includes vital information such as contact info, maximum capacities, minimum costs, if there’s a ceremony site available, if you can use outside caterers and special features. Since the guide includes all the venues in the Tucson area, you’ll want to review it carefully. Feel free to write notes in it- we love that! Click here for a list of locations that distribute our magazine.
How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 5: Pick a wild card. You’ll definitely receive advice from well-meaning friends and family about where and when you should get married. It’s important to consider their experiences but choosing to tour a venue that isn’t what anyone expects you to consider can lead to a pleasant surprise. You may happen upon a place that you feel an instant connection with or a venue may have changed dramatically since your parents or friends were engaged and it could end up being your ideal venue.
(Photographer: Chris Richards Photography, Location: Tucson Museum of Art)
(Location: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Photo: Steven Palm Photography)
How to Find your Tucson Wedding Venue Step 6: Book tours and hit the open house circuit! Our website has 2 extremely important and helpful features: 1. You can search wedding venues right on our website and contact venues directly using our “Request information” feature and 2. We maintain an updated list of all the wedding shows and events in Tucson so you don’t miss a thing. Once you have your sights set on a few venues, set up appointments with each venue coordinator (at least 3) and have fun at the open houses and wedding expos you are able to attend BEFORE signing any contracts or paying a deposit.
If all else fails, or you just simply do not want to choose your wedding venue on your own, hire an expert to guide you. Elite Circle wedding planners are experienced professionals and know the venues better than anyone else in Tucson. Their advice and recommendations should be all you need, leading you and your sweet to finding your perfect Tucson wedding venue. Here’s a peek at our Elite Circle wedding pros list (from our print magazine). You can also explore all of the Elite Circle vendors easily online.
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