Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life, and whilst it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning the day, it’s important not to overlook some crucial elements. Here’s some things to consider before you book:
Having enough space for you and your guests may seem like a no-brainer, but think about every detail. Is there a granny who needs wheelchair access? Will any children be attending in pushchairs? Are there enough car parking spaces at the venue?
Timing is everything. You may visit a church on a main road on a Tuesday afternoon, but have your wedding on a Saturday when the road is jam packed with cars. If
you don’t know the area well, make sure you visit at the day and time of the week of your wedding to avoid any nasty surprises.
3. Backup plans
Everyone needs a back-up plan. No, not a stand in partner in case your beloved does a runner, but a risk assessment for your day in case anything goes awry. Plan for every eventuality- where will you be if it rains? Are there heaters if you’re getting married in winter, air con for summer?
4. Making it your own
Ensure you can tailor the venue to your special day. Does the room match your colour scheme? Can you move pictures or furniture? Walk through the venue and envision each part of your day. Will the guests like their table favours? Will the tables at the back be able to hear the wedding speeches?
It’s the surprise extras that make a nice touch to a wedding day. If you want fireworks, or a hog roast, make sure the venue is accommodating. If you are having something extra special, maybe negotiate a ‘trial run’ at the venue so you can see how it would work in -situ.
Privacy is important to most wedding couples. The last thing you want in your wedding photos is other people’s wedding guests milling around in the background. Ask the venue if there are other weddings taking place on the same day.
Once you’ve all said your boozy goodbyes at the end of your wedding, where will everyone sleep? Can the reception venue accommodate them or are there adequate hotels nearby?
Tasting a wedding menu is invariably one of the exciting things about choosing a wedding venue. The food is important, and should reflect the theme of the day. Make sure you consider the vegetarian, vegan, halal, and children’s options.
9. Sound and Lighting
Entertainment at a venue can really make your day memorable. Whether it’s a string quartet at the ceremony, a jazz band, or a wedding singer to entertain your guests, make sure you think about their needs too. Do they have enough space to set up? Do they need a plug socket? Does the room lend itself well to the sounds?
Last but certainly not least, make sure you work to a strict budget! Haggling on the price of a venue is usually worth a try, too.
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