Choosing a wedding venue can be an extremely daunting task! Thankfully, Country House Weddings are here with some top tips…
So you’re engaged, you’ve screamed with excitement and partied with your nearest and dearest, but what now? Just how do you plan a wedding and where exactly do you start? Number one on the list has to be choosing a wedding venue and date – all of your decisions will very much hinge on the where and when. A dress that you might want to float around a marquee in the summer may not be quite so suited to a Gatsby themed winter wedding in a stately home!
There are literally thousands of venues now licensed in the UK to carry out a civil wedding ceremony and viewing them all would take years, so you have to narrow it down! Here are a few considerations when choosing a wedding venue:
Location, location, location
Where do you want to get married? How far are you willing to travel for your big day and how far can your eldest guest be expected to travel? Picking a venue miles from home might help reduce that guest list dramatically so think carefully about your catchment area before you begin.
Church or no Church
Do you want a religious wedding in a church, or would you rather a civil ceremony within your chosen venue or grounds? Not all venues have Churches nearby so this is something you need to decide before you begin.
At this early stage it will be difficult to draw up anything too detailed but you do need to sit down and decide roughly what you want to spend. What is the absolute maximum you are willing to spend on the wedding as a whole? If you can’t make Buckingham Palace fit in that budget then don’t go to view, it will only hurt when you have to leave!
How many guests?
There is no point spending time viewing venues that can only accommodate 30 guests when your list started at 100 and is creeping up day by day! You don’t need an exact guest list but an idea of daytime and evening guest numbers will help choose where to view. This will also have a massive bearing on the cost so will help eliminate venues this way too.
The fun begins – Viewings
Ideally you want to view about 5 venues of different varieties but all matching your criteria. Any more and they will all start to blend into one! Any less and you may feel that you didn’t research properly before committing. Premier venues will not allow viewings on wedding days so be prepared to view mid-week when the venue is available. Leave plenty of time for the appointment as you don’t want to feel rushed and forget to ask something vital. Two hours is usually enough for a thorough tour and to get an understanding on the running of the day. Go prepared with questions so that you are not put on the spot. A good tour will undoubtedly answer most but at least you won’t miss anything, and remember to take notes!
Fall in Love!
Fall in love with your venue! We all express emotion differently but clear signs it is the right one are: crying with joy, goose bumps on your arms and generally not wanting to leave!
For more help with choosing a wedding venue visit countryhouseweddings.co.uk today, and discover the gorgeous venues Country House Weddings have to offer!