Idaho has some of the most incredible venues for weddings and events. Wether you are looking for a mountain wedding in McCall or a metro wedding in downtown Boise, Idaho has you covered.
(This article features photography from Two Bird Studio from all over Idaho. The venues are listed underneath the respective photos.) Two Bird Studio
The secret to planning a fabulous, stress-free wedding and reception is finding the right venue. You can avoid costly mistakes and unwanted surprises and have the wedding you have always dreamed of by simply addressing several issues before you book your location.
Start with a PLAN:
You don't want getting discouraged straight from the start so take some time and make a plan. Get started in the right direction by creating a plan of action which includes potential ceremony and reception sites, dates, times, options, and approximate number of guests, style and theme and of course your BUDGET.
Make A Budget
Venue budget needs to have a total and then break downs. If the venue includes tables and chairs that dollar amount needs to be accounted for so that when doing a price compare and /or determining if the venue you love fits your budget you can get an accurate picture.
The greatest factors that will affect your budget will be the number of guests you invite and where the money will come from. An important thing to remember when trying to budget your wedding is it is the beginning of your future together and you do not want your life to start of with marriage problems because of money.
Map out your categories. If you are including $2000 for chair and table rental and Venue A includes them you can carry over that $2000 to the venue rental.
The Guest List
Tell Mom "NO." We don't typically recommend telling your parents No, but this may perhaps be the time when you need to say NO. Your wedding is a very personal event only lasting a few hours. Limited time makes it difficult to give needed attention to all your guests. Limiting your guest list will allow you to focus your time on those you cherish the most. It can also save you money.
Deciding who to invite to your wedding is difficult. Consider who has been important in your life. Aside from your immediate family who do you spend your time with? Make your list and then start the wedding "draft." The wedding draft in your life is probably a bit more intense than the NFL.
To help reduce the level of discomfort among fringe friends and coworkers which you do not intend on inviting; try to limit "wedding chat." Exercise discretion in sharing the on going details of your wedding. Continual wedding talk may annoy them if they become aware they are not invited.
Finding the Right Location
Begin by setting the wedding date, size and budget. These 3 components have to be figured out prior to wedding venue decisions because they play a component in wether or not that location will work for your event.
If you already have a place in mind contact the facility immediately to confirm the availability of the date you've selected. Don't procrastinate this decision. Venues in Idaho, book quickly. Choice locations can often book a year out and prime dates go fast.
If you have no idea where to hold your reception let our venue guide assist you. We can help give you an idea of size, style and prize.
Types of Facilities
Church, hotel, banquet hall, old barn... Idaho has such a variety. Some locations provide the majority of services you will need for your reception: catering, beverages, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and staff making them a great choice.
Some facilities have onsite lodging which is incredibly beneficial and a wonderful luxury.
Other facilities offer the use of their facility only providing no other services. You supply everything yourself and pay a flat fee for for the use of the space. This gives you some freedom to use your own vendors and even perhaps bring in your choice of caterer.
Indoor/ Outdoor, Location (destination like McCall and Sun Valley), ceremony vs reception, and many other factors can help you narrow down your venue options.
Choosing A Date
Time of year, day of the week and time frame plan are three things that need answered. Winter vs. summer is important in Idaho because the weather is a huge component. Choosing a day of the week not in high demand can be less expensive and less pressured, as well as some wonderful additional benefits.
Fridays and Sundays are typically not as busy as Saturdays and often venue's offer small discounts for Friday and Sunday. Personally, I am a fan of Tuesday weddings and encourage you to break the norm.
You may find that wedding vendors are more open to negotiation on alternate days. Some photographers, makeup artist etc... offer substantial financial discounts for non-Saturdays.
Openness gives you space for price negotiation should that be an avenue you wish to go down.
Ceremony VS Reception
Keep in mind convenience, comfort and construction when planning the transition from ceremony to reception. In your search for the ideal site, keep in mind the convenience and comfort of your guests. The traveling distance form ceremony to reception is also very important. Construction could effectively ruin your reception. The travel distance should be no more than 30 minutes between ceremony and reception. Check construction schedule on the ceremony to reception route so that you are prepared.
The Great Outdoors
Many brides when describing their perfect event immediately start with "outdoor" as a key word. Increasingly popular for outdoor receptions is the use of party tents. Tates Tents and Events is our recommended primary resource for your event. Tents offer the ideal solution for couples who want to hold their celebration in a natural setting but would prefer not to have their guests wilting under the hot sun or melting under a storm. Tents are not just for rain. They are for snow and sun.
Tents have become a regular for outdoor summer weddings as well as newly being used to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in the winter.
Take measurements, ask questions, look at pictures and more. While it may seem obvious to say so the venue you choose for your wedding day must have enough space to accommodate all your guests and your selected wedding activities. There should be enough room in the reception area to include seating in a comfortable manner and yet give guest a reasonable view of the married couple. There should be enough room between table to pull out one's chair and walk between tables and move about the room. You as the couple will want to mingle. Many facilities have venue coordinators. This venue coordinator should be aware of the number of people that can reasonably be accommodated at the venue. Do not forget space for cake table, guest book, dance floor, and of course the DJ.
Entertainment and Privacy
Some venues in Idaho are set up to handle multiple events in a day. This may mean that an additional wedding is booked at the same time as yours. No one likes to think about sharing their wedding date and so we will just say a corporate retreat could be gathering at the same venue. If your venue does multiple events you will need to find out more about the other event. Ask the venue if other events will be booked at the same time as yours, the same day, etc... Ensure that there will be adequate privacy and separation for your event. There should also be ample time in between events to allow for party clean up.
Wether you intend to have a DJ or a band, inquire about any possible restrictions. Volume, turn off time, language restrictions in the music. (some venues require your DJ have the radio edit) Be sure to also confirm there is a power supply. Dj's often can overload a breaker and this could make your wedding reception go dark. Communicate with your DJ ahead of time equipment needs, etc... Check with them to see if they have worked the venue previously and know the venue.
Destination events in McCall and Sun Valley we recommend VCI Audio as per their knowledge and their owner holds a masters degree in engineering.
Last is inquiring about other factors. Ask the venue coordinator if they know about any planned renovations. Inquire about any issues that could impact your wedding. Are there major things in the community the venue is aware of that will effect lodging, etc... should they overlap your wedding day? Also if you are booking the venue in the fall for a summer wedding be sure to look at summer event photos at the time of booking.
Hopefully, the quick little pointers will help you in finding the perfect Idaho Wedding Venue. Be sure to check out our preferred venues in our directory.