How to choose your wedding venue

How to choose your wedding venue

 

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you will make as an engaged couple and usually it's one of the first you make too. The venue is the foundation of your whole day and can be the difference between a wedding for the ages, or a bitter disappointment, so the pressure is on to get it right.

 

It's not an easy choice to make either. Finding somewhere you both like, within your budget, that's convenient for guests and available on the date you want can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

 

If you're struggling to pick somewhere or haven't got the smallest inkling of what to consider when picking a location, we've got some helpful tips on finding the right place for you and your partner.

 

1. Pick your wedding style

There are so many options when it comes to wedding venues that it's important to establish what kind of wedding you want and quickly before you even consider visiting any venues. It can save you enormous amounts of time and effort down the road, if you rule out certain types of locations early on.

 

2. Set a budget

Even if you have an unlimited amount of money to spend on your big day, it's always important to have an estimated budget for your venue ahead of time. Wedding packages can vary dramatically depending on the venue, so take a close look at what is and isn't included before you put anything in writing.  

 

3. Agree a location

Sometimes it can be easy to get swept away by a stunning view or breathtaking backdrop, but really consider where you're inviting your friends and family. If it's difficult to get to for you, it will be the same for everyone else including your guests and vendors, who will need access to the venue in the days before and after the wedding. Accommodation and transport are other factors to consider before locking down a venue.

 

4. Confirm guest numbers

You can't book anywhere before you decide how many people you are going to invite. Wedding numbers can vary and many venues are limited on capacity. There's no point viewing somewhere that won't be able to cater for all your guests, so it's important to work out exactly who is getting an invite, before picking the venue.

 

5. Save the date

It's normal for wedding venues to be booked 12-18 months before the big day, so make sure you secure yours early to avoid disappointment. If you don't plan on a long engagement you could be limited on options, especially for the more popular venues, so if you like somewhere, don't take too long to think it over and get your day booked.

 

6. Find out layout details

Find out all options for the layout of a venue on the big day and make sure it fits your needs. If you want to have the ceremony and reception in one place, make sure you find out exactly where each of these are held and whether there's any flexibility in this. You might fall in love with a venue, but if they don't have the room for the kind of ceremony or reception you are envisioning it won't work for you.

 

7. Do your research

It’s important to find out as much as you can from the venue before booking so you can make an informed decision. Compile a list of questions you need answering at every venue you visit, to help unearth any potential areas of conflict.

 

Every venue is different so it’s best to find out what their policy is about everything from flowers, to fireworks and musical options.

 

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With meticulous forward planning, you can make choosing a venue an exciting and stress free experience. More work now will mean less problems for you later down the line and once you find your venue you can look start making your dream wedding a reality.

 

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