Choosing your dream wedding venue is just one of the important decisions you have to make when you are planning your big day. I think it is a really vital one as it needs to reflect your individuality as a couple and it has to be suitable for the needs and comfort of your guests. Of course the views of the bride and groom may differ on what makes the perfect wedding venue. I thought I would share some tips on getting it right so everyone is happy. Once you have your wedding venue sorted, you can start building in all those smaller and special touches. Some venues like Cain Manor offer a wedding planner tool to help.
Your wedding venue criteria
It is important not to get carried away when choosing a wedding venue. Locations can look stunning or meet your quirky tastes but they also need to work for yourselves and your loved ones. Will the venue you are looking at hold the number of guests you plan on having comfortably? Give some thought to any particular needs your guests will have particularly if they are elderly or disabled. How far will guests have to travel to get to your venue? Is that asking too much of them depending on the transport links of course? Have you set a budget for the venue? Wedding costs can mount up if you do not plan carefully and marriages starting with debt are stressful ones.
In our digital age, you can do an awful lot of research online rather than trawling around every venue on the plant. Do not just read venue websites which are very effective marketing tools. Look at blogs, Instagram and review sites to get a real feel for the venue. Once all this research is done, you should be able to come up with a shortlist of venues that you want to invest your time and money in checking out in greater details.
The ultimate way to get to know a venue is to visit. Have a pen and paper to hand as you explore to ensure you don’t forget anything when you get home to discuss matters. If it is OK with the venue, take photos that you can refer back to in the comfort of your own home. After your visit, send an email to the venue including a list of bullet points about your discussions to date. Keep returning to your important criteria as it is so easy to get overwhelmed or carried away. Once back home, compare the venues you have seen. They will all have pros and cons and you have to juggle what your heart and head are telling you.
Your dream wedding venue
It’s a lovely feeling when you are absolutely convinced of your dream wedding venue. Book early so your wedding date does not get booked by another couple. Booking early means a year to 18 months in advance at least. It will often be a longer period for summer weddings and the most popular venues.
As I always advise, make sure your wedding meets the wishes of the bride and groom first and foremost. In an ideal world, you will only have one big day and you don’t want to spend a lifetime thinking you compromised too much and often for guests who may not necessarily remain in your life in the longer term.
Good Luck and all the best for a lovely wedding day.