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Once you have decided on a date for your wedding, finding your dream wedding venue should be the next thing on your to-do list. Your wedding venue will have a big influence on your wedding day, so it is important to make sure that it fits in well with your wedding theme, attire, and cake.
This article is designed to take some of the stress out of planning your wedding by providing you with a number of important points to consider before choosing a wedding venue.
Setting a date
Some couples have a specific wedding date in mind because it has a special meaning for them, such as the day they got engaged. The summer months are generally the busiest time of year for weddings, but you can save a lot of money by being more flexible with your dates. It is often cheaper to get married during the week, rather than on a Saturday, and you may be able to get a last-minute wedding deal at a reduced price. Remember that it is important to check that your chosen place of worship is available before setting a firm date for your wedding.
Consider your numbers
You will need to make a list of all the people you will want to invite to your wedding before deciding on a specific venue, as not all places can accommodate a wide variety of wedding sizes. It is often better to plan for slightly lower numbers than you are expecting at your wedding, as not everyone you invite will be able to attend.
Make a list
It is a good idea to make a list of all the potential wedding venues in the area you wish to get married in. Have a look at the places online and see if you can check how many guests the places will accommodate and what their costs are likely to be. Don’t forget to make a note of all the contact details and the distance you will have to travel to each one. You can then decide which ones you would like to visit.
It is always best to work out a budget for your wedding venue before you start looking at places, as this will avoid the disappointment of looking at amazing venues that are out of your price range. You should not plan to spend more than fifty percent of your wedding budget on the venue. Never be tempted to rush into securing a venue without giving it careful thought, as it may be tricky to get your deposit back if you change your mind.
Try to have a vision of what you would like to portray on your big day, as this will affect the type of venue you choose. Don’t pick your wedding colours or wedding attire until you have decided on a specific theme. You can choose virtually any theme you want for a wedding these days, such as a fairy-tale wedding in a castle, a rustic wedding in a farm or ranch, or an outdoor wedding in a natural landscape. You could also consider a garden marquee or a weekend away somewhere with your family and friends.
Plan your visits
It is a good idea to try and arrange visits to your chosen venues when they are set up for weddings so that you can see them in all their glory. If some of the venues are close together, try to arrange the viewings on the same day to save on travelling costs. Take photographs at each place so that you can look through them on your return home. Remember to consider the lighting at each venue and decide how much space you think you will need. Try to select two or three places you really like before making a firm decision.
Parking and transportation
If your ceremony and venue are going to be in different places, you will need to consider the distance between the two. Find out if the venue offers on-site accommodation. If it doesn’t, you will need to look at available places nearby and find out how much the rooms cost. Parking is also important and is often in short supply in city centres. You could even consider offering your guests some complimentary transport between the ceremony and the venue.
It is important to find out exactly what your wedding venue package includes, as sometimes a complimentary bridal suit and discount on guest rooms will be included in the deal. You may also be able to get discounts from the venue’s recommended suppliers and offers on drinks and canapes.
Before making a final decision on your wedding venue, it is a good idea to read some reviews on the place to find out what other people think of it. TripAdvisor is usually a good place to start, and you can ask family and friends if they know anyone who has used the venue you are considering.
You should only book your venue when you are completely satisfied with everything. Make sure that you read all the small print and are happy with the deposit before signing on the dotted line.
Hopefully, the above points will make finding your dream wedding venue a little easier. Once you have sorted out your wedding venue, you can then continue organising the rest of your wedding. Your wedding venue will set the mood for your big day and should create lots of happy memories for all those who attend.
Sasha Durant is a professional writer with a specialist focus on weddings / photography / the broader leisure industry. She works at Newton Hall, a wedding venue in Northumberland North East UK, specialising in unique outdoor weddings.
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