Today I am delighted to introduce Kelly Mortimer to give you some sage advice and top tips on the tricky subject of Venue searching for your Big Day.
Kelly is an international wedding venue expert and has managed weddings and events across the globe for A list celebrities and royalty including The Queen.
She’s worked for some of the biggest names in hospitality such as Claridge’s, Rosewood and Mandarin Oriental. Now she trains venues and their teams all over the world on how to be the best!
Here she’s sharing her tips for helping you choose a great venue for your wedding:
1. GO ON A WEDDING DAY
Where possible try to visit the venue when it’s set up for a wedding.
Of course their décor or style may not be to your taste, but an empty room or even worse, a room set up for a conference can really put you off.
Seeing spaces set for ceremony and dinner can really help you visualise how it will look for your day and maybe give you a completely different feel to seeing the space bare.
HOW DO THEY MAKE YOU FEEL?
When planning a wedding the venue team will be an instrumental part of the entire planning process.
You may work with them for a year or 18 months and so a good relationship with the team is essential. Go on gut feel, do you feel comfortable and like them?
Do they answer your questions with patience and understanding? Are the flexible where possible? On emails do they respond in good time and make things easy for you?
This will be a representation of how the next year will go!
DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE CARPET
Most venues have to have crazy carpets to cope with the footfall, this is really normal.
If you are looking at the room empty the only thing you’ll be able to see is the carpet!
Remember though, once the tables, chairs, aisle runner and flowers are in the room you won’t notice it.
If any part of your wedding is outside (ceremony or drinks reception are commonly held in venue grounds) then don’t just have a plan B make sure you’re happy with it.
The weather is not in your control, so if it doesn’t play ball and you have to go with Plan B for a section of your day ensure it’s a good option and you’ll still enjoy your day.
WHICH CHAIRS ARE INCLUDED?
Chairs are so important in today’s weddings. They are no longer just to sit on they are part of the décor.
The look using one chair to another can dramatically change the overall feel and style of your day. Check with the venue which chairs they include, if they only have banqueting chairs keep in mind you might need to hire something better in.
This can feel a big task, but chairs can be hired for just a couple of pounds each and most venues can arrange it for you.
This list is not exhaustive and venue searching has many elements, and all these things have to come together to be right for your needs, and those of your guests.
I hope this gives you a little bit of insight into what you should be thinking about whilst planning to view potential settings for your Big Day…
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