Choosing the perfect venue for your wedding isn’t as easy as you might think. There are lots of things you need to consider when you start visiting potential venues. It’s an exciting time! But you need to have your practical head on too.
When you first start to think about planning your big day, the venue has to be high up on your list of priorities. Popular venues get booked up months, if not years in advance. You need to consider a few things when you start to look around.
The venue is probably the first thing you’ll book. After all, there’s no point booking photographers, caterers, musicians etc before you confirm that your chosen venue is available on the date that you want!
If you can be flexible with the date of your wedding, then you stand a much better chance of booking the venue of your choice.
How to pick the perfect venue for your wedding
Firstly, you need to think about how many people you’re inviting to spend your big day with you, and how many of those are likely to accept your invitation. If you’re having an intimate wedding with just a few friends and family to share it with you, then you’ll want a smaller venue than if you plan on a big wedding.
Make sure you have a good idea of numbers before you contact a venue. They may have different rooms available depending on the party size.
Ideally, you want to make your venue easily accessible for all of your guests. If you are planning on getting married somewhere away from home, then you need to think realistically about how your guests will get there.
Weddings abroad are really popular these days. They tend to be more intimate because of the practicalities and the costs of getting everybody out there. But it can still be a lovely way to get hitched. If you do plan on getting married abroad, then the chances are that you won’t be able to visit the venue beforehand. Take some time to read reviews and research the options before you book.
Do you have specific thoughts about how you want your wedding day to pan out? Make sure that your hopes and dreams are actually possible with venues.
Is the venue set up in such a way that you can get some beautiful wedding photos taken? Is there an outside space that you can use?
Make sure that you double check exactly which parts of the building you’ll have access to on the day. Sometimes venues will hold more than one wedding at the same time, so you need to be sure where you will be allowed to go and where the other party will be too.
Depending on your requirements, there can be huge variations in costs between different venues.
It’s a good idea to really know your budget before you start to look into venues. Break it down into venue, catering, dress, rings, transport, flowers, photographer etc and you’ll have a really good idea of what kind of venue you can actually afford. There’s no point visiting venues out of your price range either.