Of the many factors that make a wedding a lasting memory, the venue is right at the top of the list. In fact, your wedding venue can make or break the day. If you select the right spot, every other thing about your wedding, including style, décor color, etc., will often just fall into place. With that in mind, your wedding and reception venue are the key to an unforgettable day. So what are the characteristics of an ideal wedding venue?

A roomy fit

Yes, it sounds obvious but the importance of having a room large enough to comfortably accommodate all your guests cannot be overstated. A venue may look enormous but when you set up wedding essentials like chairs, tables, a bar, the buffet, the dance floor, the DJ setup or the band, the space can shrink substantially. The best way to determine the working size of a venue is to take a peek when it is setup for another wedding or event. Ideally you can find a site that offers both indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.

An amazing view

The best venues offer something that catches the eye of the guests when they step into the venue. Whether it is a view of rolling mountains, the skyline of the city, the sea crashing on the sand, or a lush forest vista, locations with a beautiful view are always intriguing. When there isn’t natural scenery to enjoy, the venue can compensate with fine architectural details or stunning decor. Gorgeous rugs and wall coverings, period furniture, sublime artwork or a top-class chandelier can give any space an extra degree of beauty that won’t be forgotten.


It is a seemingly obvious fact, but light can completely transform a venue. If your wedding is scheduled for the daytime, it is imperative for the room to have enough windows. Hours in a dark space can leave your guests feeling claustrophobic. Lots of natural light will keep spirits high and the party mood soaring. If your wedding is set up for the evening, the room’s lighting should be well planned and placed. Special uplighting, Gobo lights and colored lights for the dance floor can create a wonderfully festive ambiance. If you are tying the knot at dusk as part of an outdoor wedding, lighting will of course be critical and candles can be used to great affect.

Give everything its space

To make the day a success, there should be logically designated spaces for your guests to mix and mingle, eat and drink, dance and sit and relax. When considering a potential venue, be sure to envision where each activity will occur. The right space will be able to accommodate these activities with ease.

Color and style coordination

Look for a venue that has been pulled together with a sense of stylistic unity. If everything within the venue seems to have been assembled haphazardly, it can make your event appear downmarket. When you hold your reception in a space where the furniture pieces work together, the colors are all complementary and the decor seems to have been thoughtfully combined, your guests will feel a sense of comfort that they may not even consciously notice but will quietly respond to.

Once you consider all of these factors, we think you will find that Swan Manor is far and away the best wedding venue in the Charlotte metro area. We would love to speak with you about hosting your wedding and reception on our beautiful home and grounds. Contact us today to schedule a tour and discuss our wedding venue packages. Call 704-776-2530 or use the contact form here on the site. We look forward to hearing from you.