We've written many articles on this topic that you can find here
. We suggest finding the right wedding venue for you is using a number of filters and reduce the options accordingly.
First, we normally recommend searching based upon location (Nashville wedding venues, for instance). Second, determine the type of venue (or venues) that are most appealing (independent venues, hotels, country clubs, farms, museums, manor homes, etc.). Third, eliminate any remaining venues that don't meet your physical requirements, which could include a size that is suitable for your expected number of guests; adequate parking, bathrooms, and dressing rooms; sufficient space for a ceremony/ reception flip; and outdoor space. Fourth, look at photos of the venues, Google Street View, and other images and video of the locations. Fifth, make sure the venue cost and vendor policies fit your needs. And last, go visit the venue in person!
And don't underestimate the feeling the venue projects. Is their website comprehensive? Did they respond to your inquiry quickly and professionally? Who gave you the tour (hopefully not an intern)? Did the venue give you a contract and proposal onsite (run away!)?