Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. As such, you may be looking for the perfect wedding venue in the greater Fresno and Clovis areas. While you may be looking for the perfect location, wedding planning can get overwhelming at time. There are so many wedding ideas out there that narrowing down what you want can be tough. Learning what factors to consider as you select a wedding ceremony or wedding reception site can help you select the perfect site for your dream wedding. Here are a few things that you will want to consider when picking a wedding location or venue for your Central Valley wedding.

The Theme

When you are looking to pick a wedding location, the first thing you should consider is what type of theme you may want for your wedding. There are many different venues and locations in and around the Central Valley. If you are looking for a winter wonderland wedding, a wedding in the Sierra Nevada mountains may be idyllic. If you want a rustic theme, a barn or orchard setting may be perfect. If you love natural settings, Yosemite is near and is home to amazing mountains, waterfalls and forest area. If you want something elegant and timeless, a ballroom or church may suit you. And if you want to be married in a garden area, there are many gardens and vineyard areas to pick from. Always consider the theme first as it will help you decide which type of location to search for.

Catering Limitations

As you look to pick a wedding location, another factor that you need to consider is any possible catering limitations that the location may have. Some locations cannot accommodate certain food allergies or dietary restrictions, certain locations require you to use their caterers or food services, and at certain locations, food spoilage is a concern because of the temperatures or rustic nature of the location. If you are set on using a specific caterer, serving a specific type of food, have dietary restrictions or have allergy sufferers in your family, you need to find a location that can accommodate the food and catering limitations you have.

Photography and Videography Limitations

The next factor you need to consider when selecting a wedding location or venue for your Central Valley wedding is any photography or videography limitations. Not every venue allows photos of everything. And even if you can bring in the photographer you want to take the shots you want, sometimes the position of the sun and shadows impact the quality of the photos you receive. Always consider how photography and videography are affected by your choice of the wedding location.

Travel Distances

As you select a wedding location or venue in the greater Central Valley area, you have many options available to you. You can select venues in Fresno, Clovis, Stockton, Modesto, Sacramento or even out as far as the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe. While there are many places you can go, you should keep travel distances in mind. If your family has a hard time getting around, you may want to consider something close to where you live. If your family is mobile, traveling a bit further may not be a huge deal.

Also, if you are holding your ceremony at one site and moving to a different venue for the reception, keep the distance and traffic in mind. Even if the venues are close, it may take some time for your guests to arrive if they have to hop on the freeway during rush hour traffic, as many Central Valley freeways can become quite congested.


Lastly, as you look to select a wedding location or reception venue, consider the temperature. There are many pros and cons to both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding but are planning your wedding in August, you need to be aware that temperatures can exceed over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which can make you and your guests uncomfortable. If you are looking to host a winter wedding in Tahoe, you need to be aware it can be freezing cold and snow can cause roads to close. As you look to select a venue, consider the time of the year that your wedding will be taking place and what temperatures and weather conditions will be like during that time of the year. This will help you to pick between an indoor or outdoor setting, and ensure you and your guests are comfortable for the event.

If you are looking to plan a wedding in the greater Central Valley, CA area, Fresno Wedding Locations can help. Visit our listings page to learn more about the wedding ceremony and wedding venue locations that are available to you in the greater Fresno and Clovis areas.

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