What to Look for in a Wedding Venue

What to Look for in a Wedding Venue Kalamazoo, MI

Most couples choose their wedding venues at least 9 months before the big day.

If you and your fiancé(e) are currently on the hunt, continue reading to learn what you should look for in a wedding venue before you commit.

Scenic Backdrop

Look for wedding sites that will give you the best backdrops for pictures. While you can always take your pictures at a local park, posing for wedding photos is much more enjoyable when you don’t have to compete with other couples for the best spots. Before you book an outdoor wedding venue, tour the grounds to learn where you could take the best pictures.

Scenic backdrops can be found in garden wedding venues or against cityscapes. For example, our wedding venue and castle inn has a rooftop overlooking downtown Kalamazoo and our beautiful gardens. The best wedding venues will have a variety of scenic backdrops for you to pose with your fiancé(e) and wedding party.

Use of Indoor and Outdoor Space

Do you have a backup plan if the weather doesn’t cooperate with your outdoor wedding? We recommend choosing a wedding venue that has both indoor and outdoor space so you’ll be able to easily move your ceremony or reception inside. Michigan weather is unpredictable, which is why we always tell our couples to have a backup plan.

Talk with your prospective venue to learn if you have the option of setting up a party tent or using their indoor space. Most outdoor wedding venues will be able to accommodate your needs so you have peace of mind on your wedding day.


You don’t want your wedding to be a repeat of what you’ve already seen at weddings for friends and family. If you’re at that age when everyone you know is getting married, it can be difficult making your wedding stand out from the crowd. Thankfully, if you take the time to find unique wedding venues, you’ll be able to create memories that’ll last a lifetime.


The aesthetic of a prospective wedding venue is just as important as its location. For example, you may want to check out our castle inn if you’re planning an intimate garden wedding. Wedding locations have their own unique style based on the history of the building and how it’s decorated. Some wedding places may not complement the vision you have of your wedding. Keep searching until you and your fiancé(e) find a venue you love.

Accommodations for Out-of-Town Guests

Planning a destination wedding? It’s a good idea to plan your wedding close to a hotel or boutique inn. Our romantic boutique inn is conveniently located near the airport for out-of-town guests. If you have a late afternoon or evening wedding, your guests will appreciate having on-site rooms they can retire to once the festivities are over.

Our Kalamazoo wedding venue doubles as a boutique inn to accommodate out-of-town guests. If you’re on the hunt for unique wedding venues, schedule a tour of our castle inn today. To book Henderson Castle for your wedding ceremony and reception, or ask about our wedding packages, call (269) 344-1827.