How to Choose a Wedding Venue – Part 1

LeezPriory-1Leez Priory, Essex. Photograph by Kevin Mullins

Planning a wedding is exciting, if not slightly overwhelming at times. At the beginning there can seem to be so much to do that you don’t know where to start. Here is some advice to help you to decide which venues to visit, as you start to consider where you would like to hold your wedding.

1- Your wedding, your way
This might seem obvious, but as it is your wedding, one of the most important things to decide is what type of wedding you both want.

This includes discussing with each other, the type of wedding you would like (church or civil ceremony), the budget you can afford, the number of guests you will be inviting (to the day and evening), not forgetting the style of wedding you would like.

2- A List of Priorities
Having discussed with each other the type of wedding you would like and the budget you have, it helps to have a list of the must haves. For example if you really want to have a sit down meal and not a buffet, this would go on the list. Or maybe you would like the option of getting married outside.

By having a list of ‘Must Haves’ you will know what you are and are not willing to compromise on, which will help when choosing a venue. Such a list is also really useful as a reminder on what is important to you both, when trying to decide on something, later on in the planning process.

3- How Long Will it Take to Get There?
Many a bride dreams of getting ready at her parents’ house. If you are planning on getting ready any where other than the venue, it is important to consider how long it will take to travel the wedding.

And if you are opting for a church wedding, it is important to consider how long it will take to get to the venue after the ceremony. No-one wants to travel too far.

4- The Date
Do you have a particular date or month in mind? Is it important for you to get married on a Saturday, or are you willing to compromise with a weekday?

If you have a set date in mind, a call to the venue beforehand to check availability will avoid any heartache.

Week days will be cheaper than Saturdays, fact. However, if you have discussed this in advance and know that you do, or do not want to get married on a week day, then you will know what temptations you are willing to hear!

6- Accessibility
If you are having a wedding away from home, or a long way from most of your guests’ houses, then the chances are they will be looking for accommodation for the night of the wedding. If this is the case, it will be important to choose a venue that has enough accommodation either on site, or close by. A range of options to suit different budgets is also a good suggestion.

Something else to consider is if you will be inviting any elderly or disabled guests, to ensure the venue you choose will be accessible to them and their needs.

7- The Time
Whether you are planning on getting married in a church, or having a civil ceremony, there are often designated times that the wedding can take place. This will impact the running of the day, and can affect the budget if for example, you will be entertaining your guests for longer than you had planned.

8- The Banquet
If you are opting for a sit down meal, the venue you choose will need to be big enough to accommodate your guests, yet equally if you are having an intimate wedding you do not want to choose a room that will look empty.

However if you have your heart set on a BBQ or would like to use specific caterers, call and check with the venue that this is an option so as to avoid a wasted visit.

9- The Setting
Think of the types of photographs you would like and if the potential venue will offer them. It is fair to say that most couples would like to have their photos outside. Look at the photos on the website to see what the grounds look like, but equally consider what your photos would look like if you did have bad weather and the photos had to be taken indoors.

And if you have a theme in mind, will the setting of the venue compliment your vision?

10- The Reviews
Seems simple but it is always good to check the reviews before visiting a venue. If you are ever in doubt, why not contact a local wedding planner who will be able to give you their honest opinion.

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