Top tips for choosing your wedding venue

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the biggest decisions when planning your wedding. It sets the standard of what people expect from your wedding as soon as they see the venue on your save the dates or invitations.

I can relate choosing your wedding venue to buying a house, you need to trust your instinct. It’s true, you do have the feeling when you know it’s the venue for you, the venue will make you feel comfortable, as will the staff and everything they have to offer.

Here are my top tips to keep in mind when choosing your perfect wedding venue:

  1. Decide on the type of wedding you want. There are many different types of venues such as barns, hotels, function halls and marquees to name but a few. If you have your heart set on an outdoors marquee wedding, it’s probably not worth looking at hotel venues, unless they have the option of a marquee in the grounds. It’s far too easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of venues to choose from and also the different packages and pricing options they have. Be clear on what you want, and look for venues which offer this.
  2. Request wedding brochures from the venues you have chosen to visit. Become familiar with their offering and gain an idea of their pricing structure.
  3. Decide on your budget and how much of this you are willing to spend on your venue. It’s very easy to get carried away when you fall in love with a venue.
  4. Always ask for a personalised quote when visiting venues. Make sure it details exactly what is included within this price, so you can compare like for like.
  5. After looking through different packages, decide what must be included within the price and what you would be happy to supply yourselves. A certain venue and price might look tempting but it could mean you have to provide a lot of the extras included in other packages yourselves, which might, in the end, be more expensive and not to mention time consuming.
  6. Confirm when the venue is available to you. Is it important to have access the day before for finishing touches, or are you happy for the venue’s team to do this for you (if they are happy to)? It’s also wise to be aware of the bar closing time as it can be anything between 11pm and 1am. Venues may also offer the option of extending these bar times, this is usually at a cost, so worth knowing for your budget.
  7. Finally, read the venues terms and conditions. You may be required to provided your bands public liability insurance, and some venues have restrictions on candles and confetti, so it’s always good to be clear from the start and avoid any awkward conversations closer to the time.

Don’t forget to listen to you heart, if it’s telling you this is your venue, the chances are it will be. Just remember to read all the information and make sure you know all the facts before you book.

Sarah