Have you been dreaming about your big day for years? If so you’ve probably put a lot of thought into what you’re going to wear, the flowers, the colour scheme and even who’s going to share your day with you. Weddings can take an enormous amount of planning, and the more thought you put the structure of your day before the actual ‘planning proper’ begins the better. Besides, it can be a whole lot of fun!
However, when the time comes to turn your daydreams into a reality, it will soon hit you that one of the most important elements to consider is the venue. After all, it will provide the setting and backdrop for your dream day.
From the expected number of guests and location, to the availability of accommodation and you menu choice, there’s a lot to consider when choosing your wedding venue. To make the decision process a little easier, I’ve put together five tips on finding your perfect venue.
Take the number of guests into account.
Generally speaking, the number of guests that you anticipate to attend could ultimately determine what venue and room is suitable for you. You’ll want to have a rough idea of this number before you set out exploring your venue options. Also, if you choose a per person type package, pay particular attention to the minimum numbers as this can alter the price should your numbers fall short.
Be unique and explore the many different options that are available to you.
More and more couples are moving away from the traditional church and hotel style compilation. Instead, they’re choosing to wow their guests in more unique and quirky style venues such as countryside farmhouses, marquees, schools and community centres. Get your imagination whirring and think outside the box, explore as many options as you can.
Choose a venue that will cater for your food preferences.
How important is your wedding day menu? Are you going to be happy choosing from a selection of dishes offered by a venue, or are you wanting something a bit different? Ideally, your menu should reflect your personality and compliment other elements of your big day such as the theme.
For this reason, – and since there is such a wide variety of choices available including tapas, buffets and sit-down banquets – if the food is one of your top priorities, it’s important to only consider venues that will successfully cater for your food preferences.
Enquire whether your guests will be able to book a bed for the night.
Although it may not be the first thing you think of when booking a wedding venue, some of your guests will inevitably need to stay overnight. If your guests have travelled from all over the country / world it’s only fair to take their needs into consideration.
It’s a good idea to check out if there are beds available at your chosen venue, number of rooms available, the facilities provided and the cost per room. A list of nearby accommodation to suit all budgets will also be very much appreciated – especially if your guests are unfamiliar with the geographical area.
Don’t be afraid to ask for outside input!
Yes, the ultimate decision will be made by you and your partner, but don’t be afraid to ask for some outside input and recommendations. Ask the opinion of friends, family members and any one that you know that has got married in and around your chosen wedding location. Doing so might just provide you with the answers to some questions that you might not necessarily ask the wedding coordinators at the venues that you visit.
From the flowers and the rings to the music and dresses, absolutely everything about getting married is exciting and special. But the wedding venue that you choose will play a key role in tying the elements of the celebration together and making it a day that everyone will remember – and for all of the right reasons.