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Choosing The Perfect Wedding Venue – Tips & Advice

If you’re newly engaged, your friends and family may have already started asking you “when and where?”  Try not to let any pressure or excitement affect you, remember that choosing from between a daunting selection of wedding venues is something which should definitely not be rushed; it may well be the most costly part of your wedding and therefore, you want to get it right. When choosing, there are numerous things worth thinking about before you make your final decision.

Location

Choosing “where” is a difficult decision for many couples. Whilst you may have your heart set on your English hometown, your fiancé may have his sights set on a wedding abroad. Whilst the world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a wedding venue, the main thing to remember is to choose somewhere which makes you both happy. A deciding factor may be the location’s proximity to your family and friends. Think about the most important guests – is it impractical for them to travel to the venue? Can they afford those flights abroad?

When?


Consider when you would like your wedding to take place. If you are planning a summer wedding, a venue with picturesque gardens for your guests to enjoy may be high up on your tick list. If your going for winter, then you may cosy log fire sitting rooms may take priority over the gardens!

Capacity

Before you can choose your venue, you will need to consider who who you want to invite. Draw up a rough guest list to estimate how many guests your venue will need to cater for.

Accommodation

Being able to offer accommodation is usually a must for some couples. Make sure that you are happy with the standard of the bedrooms and then be sure to check the number of rooms available on the day.  Be ready to negotiate a good deal if you are planning on booking a large number of bedrooms!

Photo opportunities

Does the venue have good photo opportunities? Venues with rivers, historic architecture or picturesque gardens will make for some fantastic photographs. It is also worth looking at venue photographs from previous weddings to give you an idea of what the venue looks like when it is transformed for a wedding.

Catering


Do you have specific caterers in mind or are you looking for a venue which supplies in-house catering? It is important to think about these options as some venues may be cheaper if you can outsource your own private catering.

Exclusive use

Do you mind strangers in the background of your big day? Consider whether you want to hire a venue for exclusive use (which usually includes exclusive use of their accommodation) and how much this will set you back.

License to marry

If you actually want to get married at your venue, remember to ask your venue if they have a room for the ceremony to take place and secondly, if they provide a licensed registrar to perform the civil ceremony.

Alcohol license

Although most venues have an alcohol license, make sure to check it anyway to avoid disappointment. You may also want to find out what time the venue is licensed to sell alcohol until.

Additional facilities

Does the venue have a spa or maybe a golf course? If you’re planning on staying at your venue the night before, then a pre-wedding spa treatment may just help to finalise your decision!

Wedding coordinator

Some venues (usually the larger ones) will often offer a complementary wedding coordinator to assist you with your planning. They are usually then there on your big day to ensure it all runs smoothly.  Consider whether you feel you would benefit from this additional service. If you would, then it may just be the icing on the cake!

Make a tick list

Have a good think about what you want out of your venue. Consider the above points and create a chart or table with your wedding ideas and requirements, (for example: grand venue, in-house catering, great photo back drops and a late alcohol license!).  This way you can compare different venues against one another and make sure you choose the right one with confidence. If you are selecting venues online, make sure to plug in all your preferences and requirements into their search facilities
We hope these tips can help to streamline your thinking process and smooth out the seemingly endless choices, and that you have a wonderful wedding day. Good luck!

Provided by wedding venues experts – GuidesforBrides.com