1. Scale in Beauty

Imagine exchanging vows in a place that takes your breath away. These venues boast captivating aesthetics and ample space for your celebration. Look for venues with beautiful architecture, well-lit spaces, and plenty of natural light to make your photographer's job a breeze.

Here are some of the questions I ask:

  • What is the type of venue
  • How big is the space?
  • How tall is the ceiling?
  • What is it best known for?
  • Is there enough natural light for the photographer?

We rate from 1-10 based on experience(some questions weigh more considerations than others)


Your guests' comfort matters. Consider venues that provide ample space for both the ceremony and reception. Features like climate control, comfortable seating, and accessibility for all guests are vital. Venues with extra amenities like lounges or outdoor seating areas can enhance the overall guest experience.

  • Is there enough space for the reception?
  • Is it cool during the summer
  • Is there heating in the winter?
  • Are there multiple bathrooms?
  • Is there an elevator or a ramp for wheel chairs?

3. Creative Portraits:

Capture moments that tell your unique love story. Wilmington's venues offer numerous picturesque spots for creative wedding photography. From grand staircases to lush gardens, you'll find the perfect backdrop to create lasting memories. Be sure to inquire about any photography restrictions in advance.

  • How creative can I get in the venue?
  • Is there garden?
  • Shade?
  • Concrete grounds?
  • Is there enough light
  • Trees and flora
  • Does it look good during the Season?

4. Location

Convenience matters on your big day. Check the venue's location for accessibility, proximity to highways, and ample parking spaces. Knowing there's a nearby convenience store, hospital, or fire station can provide peace of mind. Some venues may even offer transportation options for your guests.

  • Wilmington International Airport is very close by which make it for guests from out of town to travel to Wilmington. 15 Minutes from Downtown, Wilmington, 20 Minutes from Wrightsville Beach, 30 Minutes from Fort Fisher.
  • Are there parking spaces?
  • Convenient store(in case of an wardrobe emergency)
  • Hospitals nearby
  • Fire house

5. Amenities

Less stress, more celebration. Learn about the venue's capacity for ceremonies, receptions, and bridal preparation. Many venues offer services like bar service and equipment rentals, simplifying your planning process. On-site catering and bridal suites can add an extra layer of convenience.

  • How many guests can it hold?
  • Where is ceremony
  • How many people can there be at the reception
  • Is there a bridal suite for getting ready.
  • Are there in-house bar service, rentals, etc.

6. Contingencies:

Prepare for the unexpected. Understand the venue's contingency plans for inclement weather and unforeseen issues like packed parking lots. Having alternative spaces for guests and backup plans for emergencies can alleviate potential stress.

  • What happens if it rains?
  • Is there a tent a guest can use?
  • If the parking space gets packed, where can they park?

7. Pricing Range

Plan within your budget. Get a sense of the venue's pricing range and inquire about different packages or pricing options. Keep in mind that factors like the season and day of the week can affect costs.

8. Typical Vendors

Build your dream team. Venues often have a list of preferred vendors, including caterers, florists, and photographers. Knowing who works best with your chosen venue can simplify your vendor selection.


Learn from others' experiences. Explore reviews on platforms like The Knot and WeddingWire to gain insight into real couples' experiences. Positive feedback and recurring themes can be encouraging, while addressing any concerns is equally important.


Plan with ease. Don't forget to check the venue's operating hours, curfew restrictions, and availability of maps and parking spaces. Knowing about restroom facilities and their accessibility can ensure a smooth experience for your guests.

In conclusion, Wilmington offers a treasure trove of wedding venues, each with its unique charm. By considering these factors and their importance, you'll be well on your way to selecting the perfect venue for your special day. With the right setting, your wedding in Wilmington is sure to be a dream come true.