When you are engaged, choosing a wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions you will make as a couple. Your choice of venue will have an impact on everything from budget to decor and even attire. Yes, a venue really does have that much power over how everything will pan out on your wedding day!
As someone who was engaged (I explained why I made the decision not to get married in a previous post), I completely understand how stressful searching for the perfect wedding venue can be, so that’s why in this post, I will be sharing 10 tips that will hopefully help make the hunt a little easier for you:
Figure out how many people are coming to the wedding – One thing to remember is that not all wedding venues can accommodate a large number of people. It is always best to aim low at first, so prioritise those who are closest to you (family, best friends etc) and once you have an idea or where the wedding will be, you can add people to the list. If you are currently searching for a wedding venue, why not check out these fabulous Hampshire wedding venues.
Choose a date – Probably the second most important decision you and your fiance will make, the date of your wedding plays a huge part in determining how much will be spent. Couples choose different dates for different reasons but be open to the fact that a summer wedding may be more expensive due to high demand. On the other hand, if you have family who are abroad, a winter wedding may not be the best option as flights tend to be super pricey towards the end of the year. These are things to think out. The most important thing is that you and your fiance are in agreement on when to tie the knot.
Look online for inspiration – If you don’t know where to start, have a look online. Pinterest is a great website for inspiration in general. Also, looking at photos of wedding venues may also be helpful as you will have a better idea of what it is you actually want.
Decide on a budget – Did you know that the average wedding in the UK now costs £30, 355? The reality is that this price is only set to increase in years to come. Have a conversation with your fiance about how much you would like to spend. The last thing you want to do is become enamoured with a venue that is completely out of your price range. If you are considering venues outside London, you may want to have a look at these wedding venues in Berkshire and Surrey wedding venues.
Think about the kind of wedding you would like to have – Yes, it’s true. Most women have been planning their wedding days since they were little girls, and the idea of something going wrong is a complete myth, as far as they are concerned and rightly so. This is why it’s important to spend time thinking about what you want. Talk to friends and family, create vision boards, create Pinterest boards. In time, everything will come together.
Have an open mind – If money wasn’t an issue, I’m sure every bride would get married in the most luxurious banqueting suites. The reality is that you may have to create your own version of luxury without significantly harming your purse strings. You can hire a country house or a community centre and then ask family or friends to help you with the decor. As stated in a earlier point, weddings are not as cheap as they used to be. Compromising a little doesn’t mean your special day won’t be everything you want it to be.
View venues before you book – This may seem like an obvious one but seeing something online and at face value are two completely different experiences. Viewing venues beforehand is the best thing to do. You can also use the opportunity to ask questions and think about whether it would be the right place to get married.
Evaluate all the venues you see – Comparisons are key. Take lots of pictures when you are visiting venues and then compare them all when you are done. Have a discussion with your fiance about each venue and share your pros and cons with each other. Also, do read reviews that previous clients have left.
Decide on how you will cater to guests – If you decide to use the venue’s catering services, you will need to arrange a tasting session. If you plan to hire your own caterer, double check with the venue that this is possible.
Read your contract properly – Once you have decided on a venue, you will have to pay a deposit and you will receive a contract, so do read it very carefully. Don’t rush this part of the process because once you sign on the dotted line, that’s it.
When you are searching for a venue, the most important thing is that you and your fiance are happy. Don’t rush into anything and make sure you’ve done sufficient research. If you need guidance from friends and family, do ask for their support. A wedding is a one-time event and you will never be able to get the day back, so plan well.
Are you currently looking for a wedding venue? Or what did you take into consideration when you chose a venue for your wedding?
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