Choosing your wedding venue will undoubtedly be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple, and it’s good to start considering your options right away...
You don’t have to get married locally but you might want to consider how your guests will get to your chosen venue. Will you need to arrange transportation for your elderly family members and guests? If so you need to factor this in to your budget.
Number of Guests
How many guests will you be having? A lot depends on this number. Manor Houses may be beautiful and set in idyllic surroundings however they tend to be a lot smaller than a grand banqueting hall in the city for example.
Type of venue
Which types of venues are you considering or do you already have your heart set on one? There are many options available from Barns, Marquees and Mansion Houses to 5 star hotels and banqueting halls.
It sounds obvious but before you go and visit a venue you should consider if it falls within your budget. The number of guests you are going to have will play a big factor in this too. It might be worth considering getting married during the quieter periods as the price difference sometimes can be significant between peak and off-peak months.
Will you be booking the in-house caterers or are you thinking about using an external supplier? Always clarify with the venue prior to booking if there are any requirements and hidden charges. Many venues will only allow caterers from their ‘preferred supplier list’ so do ask.
What exactly is included? Is it a ‘full day’ hire or just for specified hours? What’s the earliest you can get there and what time do you have to be out by?
Be Annoying- Ask lots of questions!
Don’t be shy to ask questions about anything at all. Write down anything that comes to mind and send them all over in an email. Do they provide chair covers, microphone system for example!