With so much choice around these days, where do you even begin in the pursuit of the dream wedding venue? If you’ve recently got engaged or you’re thinking about potential venues, here are some tips to help you select the perfect location.
Draw up your guest list
Before you even start thinking about booking viewings, it’s essential to have a rough idea of guest numbers. You don’t need a set figure, but the size of your party may result in some venues being unsuitable. If you have a large party, for example, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to book a boutique hotel.
Do some research
There may be countless wedding venues in your local area, which you’ve never even heard of, so do some research. Search online and have a look at different websites. Read wedding blogs and go to some wedding fayres. Draw up a list of venues, which you like the look of and suit your budget, style and party size.
Before you look at any venues, draw up a list of questions. When you’re marvelling at stunning decor or beautiful views, you may forget to find out all the important details. You may wish to ask about catering options, drinks packages and closing time. Ask about availability and payment options. Most places will take a deposit to secure your booking.
Book some viewings
This is the exciting bit! Arrange to have a look around a number of venues. Book a range of different styles. Even if you have a theme or venue in mind, it’s always best to have an open mind. You may change your mind when you see places and get a feel for the kind of wedding you could enjoy in that specific setting. Once you’ve completed the first round of tours, make a list of the contenders and arrange some second viewings. If you would appreciate the opinion of others, take members of the bridal party or relatives with you.
At your second appointment, make sure you tailor the viewing to your wedding. Ask about prices, room capacity and additional extras, which will make your day memorable and unique. Some venues, such as a banquet hall, will give you more scope to put your stamp on the design and presentation. Others, such as country houses or golf clubs, may be more limited when it comes to individual touches.
Weigh up your options
Think about what each venue offers. Consider the pros and cons and write down a list. Use your head and your heart, but ultimately, trust your instinct. Choose the venue that gets you excited and gives you butterflies. It’s your big day and you’ll only do it once, so don’t make a decision you’ll regret later on. If you’re unsure after two viewings, go back as many times as you want.
Once you’ve made your decision, it’s time to get booking and pay a deposit. With your venue sorted, you can then start planning dresses, catering and rings and the fun really begins.