Tips For Choosing A Wedding Venue

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Wedding – Tips for Choosing A Wedding Venue

Planning a wedding can be a stressful and difficult process. It’s not uncommon for people to feel overwhelmed with the task of planning an event that they may not have much expertise in.

This post will provide tips and guidance on how to find the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony and reception.

We recommend starting by asking yourself these three questions:

– Where would you like to hold your ceremony?

– Where would you like to hold your reception?

– How many people do you need the space to accommodate?

These are the most important things to start with – everything else like the music, catering, flowers etc should come afterwards.

Choosing the Right Type of Venue for Your Wedding Day

When it comes to planning your wedding day, choosing the right venue can make or break your plans.

You will need to take into account many factors before you decide on your venue, such as the season, size of the event, desired ambience and of course budget.

All in all, it can be a tough decision but don’t worry. We have provided some tips below to help you make the best decision for your wedding day.

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How to Find Your Dream Venue with these 3 Simple Steps

Find the right venue:

Venues come in all shapes and sizes and it can be difficult to find the perfect one for your event. To help you out, here are 3 simple steps to find your dream venue.

Step 1: Identify Your Event Type

Before you start looking for venues, make sure that you know what kind of event type it is that you want.

Are you planning something big and lavish? Or would you prefer something smaller and more intimate?

You will then be able to search for a venue that is compatible with this type of event instead of wasting time searching through ones that won’t work.

Step 2: Research Venues Online

Once you have identified the type of wedding you would like make an online research session by researching venues that can accommodate your needs.

This way, you will have a list of potential venues to choose from and you can start narrow down your search. Talk to your partner about which ones they like the look of and look at online reviews as well as things like distance from the ceremony if they’re going to be at different places.

You may also want to look at numbers they can accommodate, costs and services provided such as a caterer or wedding planner.

Step 3: View Some Venues

Actually viewing venues is so important. Some that look amazing online might not be nearly so good when you see them in person.

Conversely, you might be blown away by a particular venue and know you don’t need to look at anything else.

Not sure what to ask while you’re there? See this list of 40 Questions To Ask Your Wedding Venue.

How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Venue? What Is The Average Cost For A Good Venue?

Venues are a major aspect of any event. They can be expensive and hard to find, but there are ways to save money and get the best venue for your budget.

If you want a venue that is free or relatively inexpensive, you may want to consider renting a space from a school, church, or community centre. These venues usually require some type of rental fee and deposits upfront. They also won’t have a wedding planner so you’ll have to do a lot of the leg work with finding supplies and decorations etc yourself.

For a wedding venue that provides everything, prices can vary hugely and are dependant on a lot of factors, such as time of year, location in the country (for example, London based venues are more expensive) number of guests, number of meals and so on.

As an in-between option, there are some stunning venues that provide a combination of both of the above, a DIY wedding in a beautiful location. This is usually more expensive than hiring a hall or community space, but cheaper than a fully catered and managed event as you do all the legwork yourself.

Tips For Choosing A Wedding Venue

This is what I did for my own wedding. We hired a country house for an entire weekend but had to do all the catering etc ourselves. I have some regrets about the amount of work we took on but overall it was a fantastic weekend

What Kinds of Services Will My Venue Offer Me?

The venue is usually one of the most important decisions that you have to make when it comes to your wedding and it is often where the biggest chunk of your budget will be spent.

The venue will dictate what kinds of services are offered to your guests.

Here are something that are commonly included in a wedding package:

  • Venue hire
  • Wedding Planner & staff on the day
  • Catering
  • Table Decor
  • DJ
  • Photographer
  • Accommodation for the Bride and Groom
  • Small extras like wedding post box for cards, fairy lights etc.

Things that are usually extra:

  • Accommodation for guests
  • Sweet Cart
  • Table Drinks

Things venues don’t usually provide:

  • Wedding cake
  • Car hire
  • Extras like a bouncy castle
  • Live bands
  • Wedding flowers / Florist
  • Hair and Makeup

One thing I’ve seen some brides unhappy about is the venue not providing a place for them to get ready the morning of the wedding (even when staying over on the wedding night). If you want to get ready at your venue then double-check this is an option before booking.

I’d also personally not use a venues own photographer. Photographs are one of the most important parts of your wedding day and you’ll be looking back at them for years to come.

Do some research and find a photographer you love. While the venues own photographer may have a style you love, their style might not be for everyone, so it’s just something to think about.

Tips For Choosing A Wedding Venue – Final Thoughts

A wedding venue should treat you respectfully no matter what your budget, so make sure you get a good vibe when you meet the owners or wedding planning.

While most venues will accommodate some requests, there may be some things they just can do due to restrictions – for example, some venues don’t allow fireworks dues to farm animals nearby.

Remember, no matter how big or small your venue or budget, the main thing is getting to celebrate with your friends and family.