One of the most important decisions a bride makes, after the choosing the wedding dress of course, is selecting the correct venue for their big day. On top of the to do list for any newly engaged couple is the venue. Its a big decison with lots of choice and cost. Keep reading for some of my tips and suggestions.
Stay True to your personality and style.
Every couple is unique and has their own style influenced by their own interests and personalities. Work closely together as a team to select the venue which is tailored to this uniqueness. Regardless of whether you select a rustic Boho barn venue, like The Old Kent Barn; or a more glamorous hotel Ballroom as The Lanesborough Hyde Park; or even Heritage estates such as Leeds Castle, stay true to your own style.
Location Location Location!
A major consideration when choosing your venue is its location. Whether you are having a church wedding or church ceremony and then moving to a different venue for the reception. Consider where all your guests are travelling from, is the venue easily accessible for those guests travelling from all over the country or even abroad.
Additionally, a venue with onsite accommodation or either nearby hotels such as Canterbury Cathedral lodge would be a bonus both to guests and even the bridal party. These factors should play am important part in your decision to ensure that everyone has a relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable experience.
You Simply have to have it!
Finalising your perfect wedding venue will strongly depend on the other factors of your big day that are totally non-negotiable, whether it’s a particular caterer or florist such as Emily & Me, or even a particular band or singer, these wedding suppliers may determine the wedding venues which are available to you.
Many venues have a list of approved suppliers that you have to use or even handle factors such as the catering in house, excluding suppliers that you may want. Many venues place restrictions on live music, fireworks or even lit candles, so consider all these factors carefully
A Major non-negotiable will be the venue capacity, make sure the venue is big enough to accommodate your guestlist such as the The Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, to small and the space may feel overcrowded and stuffy, or not too large, if your number of guests is smaller guests may feel lost and the space will feel cold.
Whether you want a big fat wedding or a more intimate affair at the Eastwell Manor Ashford, the size of the venue will inform your decision and be dependant on your budget, have your guest list ready when you begin the search, with flexibility for no-shows and surprise guests.
The Dreaded word ‘budget'
If you’ve already spent a major portion of your budget on your wedding dress, which is totally acceptable, your overall budget will paly an important role in determining your venue budget. Set a per head budget based on your guestlist and stick to it.
Finding a gorgeous venue on a budget is possible, often it is worth booking a weekday for discounts or deals, or finding venues with additional benefits such a bridal suite and some complimentary rooms, or offers on welcome drinks and canapés.
As with other aspects of wedding planning, venue hunting can be daunting, but its your big day so have fun hunting, choosing and visiting all the venues, keeping an open mind and taking personal recommendations until you ‘get the feeling’ and butterflies in your stomach!!