Perhaps one of the biggest decisions when planning a wedding is choosing the venue; having the right or wrong venue can make or break a wedding, so there’s a lot of pressure to get it just right.
Because so many couples struggle to find the perfect wedding venue, we’ve rounded up three top tips to help you on your way.
Be aware of what you can do with the space
It’s essential that, when you visit a potential wedding venue, you’re aware of how you’d like to use the space available and assess whether or not that particular venue will be able to match your needs.
For example, if you have your heart set of holding a cocktail reception, it’s imperative that you ensure that the venues you’re considering have the space available for you to do that. If you want an outdoor hog roast as your wedding breakfast, you have to ask whether or not you’ll be given enough space to do so.
We spoke to Broadoaks Country House who said: “It may sound obvious, but many couples neglect to really think about how they can use the space at the respective venues they visit. They may become infatuated with a certain aspect of the venue and book it straight away, only to realise that it can’t provide them with everything they need for their dream wedding.”
“A good rule of thumb is to ensure that your venue has enough space for everything you want along with room for any extras that may take your fancy during the wedding planning process.”
Involve your wedding planner from the beginning
It’s common for couples to not consult with their wedding planner until they’ve booked their venue, but this isn’t wise.
Being in talks with a wedding planner whilst you’re in the process of choosing your venue is endlessly beneficial because an experienced wedding planner will know a lot more about how to turn the space available into your perfect wedding more than you do.
A wedding planner will be well-versed in the world of venues, so it should go without saying that they will be able to give you advice on which venue will be the perfect one for you.
For some pointers on how to decorate your wedding venue, check out this post for some inspiration.
Know your guest list
It’s absolutely imperative that you have at least a rough idea of how many people will be attending your wedding before you start the wedding venue viewing process. It’s not uncommon for couples to end up having bigger weddings than they originally intended; by the time co-workers and neighbours creep onto the list, you could have an extra table to accommodate.
It’s only when you calculate roughly how many guests are going to be at your wedding that you should begin to look at venues, their sizes, and how you plan to seat your guests. If you’re having difficulty with your wedding guest list, this post should take you in the right direction.