There are tons of items that need attention every wedding day checklist; one of the most important, without question, is finding the perfect location, whether you need a wedding venue in Syracuse or anywhere else. A study done in 2018 by The Knot found that booking a venue is the single most expensive decision couples make – so you’ll want it to be perfect.

You’ll need a location that is spacious, affordable, and offers plenty of amenities for you, your wedding party, and your guests to enjoy. While many factors must come together to create the perfect place, and many are rather obvious, there are others that may not be so obvious. Following are some of the most important – and most often overlooked – features of locations that offer the perfect place for your wedding:


1. Location: It Shouldn’t be Just about You

Yes, of course it’s true that you’ll want to choose a place that is beautiful, special to you and your future spouse, and affordable. However, you need to also consider your guests. The wrong location can easily discourage your guests from attending, while the right one can be inviting and promising. Consider the amount of space available for dressing and getting your wedding party ready, in addition to dining, dancing, and the ceremony itself. Although a remote location high on a mountaintop sounds romantic, how many of your guests would be able to make it there? Consider privacy, lighting, and the view, too.


2. Enough Power Outlets

You should always take a tour of all wedding venues you are considering – even the ones you are already personally familiar with. Be on the lookout for electrical outlets, which is something many people don’t even think about ahead of time (understandably, too, since there is so much going on during this time of planning). Make sure there are ample power outlets in all areas; this is especially crucial if your reception area is a place that doesn’t normally host weddings. You’ll want to make sure that your entertainment providers have everything they need to keep that entertainment going. Having a multitude of extension cords running across the dance floor is not something you (or anyone else) will want on your day.


3. Good Acoustics

There is more to consider regarding the sound of your wedding venue than you might think! If you’ll be having a music group that contains only a small handful of musicians, you’re going to want a more intimate venue, as opposed to a huge hall with vaulted ceilings. If the space you’re considering is too echoey, it will create far too much reverberation for any musical ensemble to handle, and it will also make it difficult for guests to carry on conversations clearly. Keep in mind that a room with thick carpeting will muffle sounds more, while a wood or tile floor will amplify them.


4. Appropriate Restrooms

While the subject of bathrooms may not be an altogether glamorous one, it is nonetheless necessary. Any wedding venue that has any potential absolutely must be checked out beforehand. You not only will want to ensure that there are enough restrooms available for your guests and your wedding party, but you’ll also want to make sure that they are and will be clean. If necessary, also confirm that there will be ADA-compliant restrooms available if anyone who will be attending your wedding will require them.


5. A Backup Plan

A backup location is definitely one of the most-often overlooked qualities of a great wedding venue location, and it’s one that is absolutely required for outdoor weddings. Even if yours will be held indoors, you’ll want to consider alternative plans of action to account for anything and everything unexpected. Whether it be Mother Nature deciding to open the skies on your wedding day or one hall in a banquet center losing power or springing a leak in the roof overhead, you’ll need an alternative that can be used if necessary. It should be in the same location as your original space or if nothing else, at least close by.

While you can find plenty of articles online that discuss all the “common sense” things to look for in a wedding venue near Goshen, Warsaw, Syracuse, or anywhere else, for that matter, you need to make sure you also consider all the features that aren’t mentioned often and are commonly overlooked.


Of course, the best way to go is to rely on Oakwood Resort as your wedding venue in Syracuse; we have made sure that all the best features are included at our banquet centers and outdoor areas, so you don’t have to worry! Contact us today and let us help you choose the very best wedding venue near Nappanee, Indiana.