Finding the Right Wedding Venue for You

When choosing a location for your Wedding , there is more involved than just providing a pretty setting so to find the right Wedding Venue for you there is much to consider.

It has a direct influence on guest numbers, the kind of entertainment you can have and any special touches you may wish to incorporate.

A major consideration when deciding where you hold your wedding is down to budget.

 

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I would like to share a few pointers to help you on the road to your perfect choice of Wedding Venue.

 

Decide on the priorities you have for choosing your venue. ie, the look, the size, and the atmosphere.

A lot of times it comes down to a gut feeling you have for your venue.

Its a bit like the dress, in that you know its “the one”

Visit the Venue at the time of day you will be having the Reception to establish look, light etc.

 

After you get engaged, the venue is probably the very first thing you will arrange.

Many venues get booked up years in advance, more so for summer Saturday’s.

If you are a little flexible on dates, and especially days of the week, you have more chance of securing the Venue you want.

Recommendations from friends and family are helpful with venue choice.

But it has to be remembered that each person has their own specific wants and requirements, and what one person likes, another may hate.

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You cannot over estimate the importance of research.

Get Googling and also request lots of  Wedding Venue brochures.

If you have all the information, you can wittle it down to your favourites, and then create a shortlist, ensuring that you are not going to locations that are completely inappropriate.

 

Have a list of questions for the Venue for everything that is of upmost importance to your plans.

Sometimes in the excitement of seeing somewhere we really like, we can forget to ask specifics, below I have listed a few…

 

– What are Guest Capacities? (minimum/maximum numbers)

– Is there a Quiet space for older guests and parents to take small children?

– Is there disabled access and toilets?

– How many Guests does the Venue sleep ? Are there any discounts for Wedding Guests ?

– How flexible and price varied are their menus, can they cater to special diets ?

– Do you have to use their recommended suppliers?

– Are there any Band/entertainment/noise restrictions?

– Do you need to hire in tables and chairs/crockery etc – what  does the Venue actually include with its Hire?

– Does the Venue have a late licence?

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Don’t make a snap second decision, take away all the information and ponder it.

Look at a few locations before making a concrete choice.

Is there somewhere better that can offer you a better deal, be just as pretty or suitable for the look you want etc.?

 

Pore over small print in Contracts, and check all the fine details.

I speak to a lot of brides that have had venue price hikes, and venue exclusivity taken away.

If you have solid written documentation of all details, then you have a fall back if there is issues.

 

Finally enjoy looking….All too often, it can feel like this enormous pressure to find this perfect place.

Remember this is your special day, and should be a reflection of what you have always dreamed of, not what you think other people might expect.

 

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I hope this feature has helped you to consider something you may not have thought about, and helps you on the way to the Wedding Venue that is your perfect match.

 

Image Credits:

1. Dalhousie Castle 

2. House for an Art Lover

3. Lochgreen House Hotel

4. Oxenfoord Castle 

More about ALISON TINLIN

UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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