How to Choose a Wedding Venue - Our Unique Prospective and Ranking Chart

May 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Lots of Choices with a Wide Variety of Features

There are dozens of beautiful locations to host your wedding in Arizona, each with a wide range of features.  The choice of wedding venue is one of the first and is typically the largest expenditure in your wedding budget.

Although your choice of a wedding venue is important, it is less important than some couples may think. Spending a lot of money on the most beautiful wedding location does not ensure the beauty of your wedding photographs, which you will have with you for the rest of your lives. 

Priceless Memories Captured in Breathtaking Imagery is What You Will Treasure Forever

A great photographer can create gorgeous photography in an average looking venue while an average photographer will find it difficult to fully capture the ambiance of a beautiful location. Wedding photography is what stays with you forever. We believe every couple deserves their priceless memories captured in breathtaking photographs.

Based on our experience we have ranked the popular wedding venues for several key factors ranging from the beauty of backdrops to staff to pricing.  We explain our perspective and reasoning below.

LightRain Images has been photographing weddings in Phoenix, Arizona, throughout the state and the country for over 10 years.  Additionally, we photograph destination weddings from Cancun, to Canada and from Hawaii to New York.

 

LightRain Images has a Unique Perspective of All Aspects of a Wedding Venue

As a Phoenix wedding photographer based in Chandler, Arizona, we have developed a unique and comprehensive perspective of the wedding venues where we photograph.  We visit the venue several times, interact frequently with staff and management and may spend up to 10 hours in the middle of all the activities at the venue during the wedding day.  Generally, we work at popular venues numerous times and get a great feel for the operations, experience and philosophy of staff and management.

Not only do we know the numerous backdrops, angles, photo opportunities and lighting challenges of a particular location, we can anticipate a couple’s potential experience of a venue for their wedding.  This is why, as professional wedding photographers, we are in a unique position to share our perspective.

The Unique Wedding Site Ranking System

We ranked important factors from 1 to 5, with 5 being best.  Every couple has different priorities, desires, interests.  Think about what is most important to you.  Do you want to have a grand ballroom? Is a beautiful view of the city or the mountains important? Maybe you want to a beautiful structure with unusual or dramatic architecture.  Perhaps you value natural greenery, or beautiful fountains and gardens.  What about saguaros and desert flora? Will you have a lot of your guests from out of town needing hotel rooms or Airbnb?  It is good to consider all these types of things.

 

   

Wedding Venue Rating System

           
                       
   

Feature rated 1-5, 5= highest

 
                       
           

Bride

Groom

       
   

land-

Archit-

Natural

 

Prep

Prep

 

Proximity

Value/

 
 

Wedding Venue

scape

ecture

Setting

Views

Room

Room

Staff

of rooms

Price

Totals

1

Arizona Biltmore

5

5

4

4

4

4

4

5

3

38

2

Ashley Castle

5

5

3

3

5

5

5

4

4

39

3

Boojum Tree

5

4

4

2

3

3

4

3

4

32

4

Chateau Luxe

4

4

3

3

5

5

4

3

4

35

5

CopperWynd

4

3

4

5

4

4

4

5

3

36

6

Crowne Plaza San Marcos

4

4

3

2

4

4

4

5

4

34

7

Different Point of View

4

4

4

5

4

4

4

5

4

38

8

Gold Canyon Resort & Spa

5

3

4

4

4

4

4

5

4

37

9

Red Mountain Ranch

4

4

4

4

3

3

4

3

4

33

10

Seville Country Club

4

4

4

4

2

2

4

3

4

31

11

The Falls Event Center

3

4

2

2

5

5

4

3

4

32

12

The Views at Superstition

5

4

4

5

4

4

5

3

4

38

13

Val Vista Lakes

5

4

4

4

4

3

4

3

4

35

14

Villa Siena

4

5

3

2

3

3

4

3

3

30

 

This is just a small sample of the venues photographed by LightRain Images. For additional venues with rankings as well as planning information from a photographer’s prospective, contact info@LightRainImages.com  and for numerous ideas for your décor, dress, flowers and ballroom layouts go to www.LightRainImages.com   480.699.5731

 

 

 


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