When you’re planning a wedding, the venue that you choose is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions that you will make. Not only will this be the place that you say your vows but many venues will also cater for all aspects of your wedding, including the reception, after-party, catering, flower arrangements, and more. So, before you rush off to look at every wedding venue available in your area, it’s a good idea to have a few key factors in mind. Here is a list with some top tips on what to consider when looking for the perfect wedding venue.
Communication is key
When choosing the perfect wedding venue, it’s important that this is a decision made by the two of you together. So, be sure to remember that communication is key! Before you book any appointments to look around venues, you should sit down for a chat with your fiancé and talk about the type of wedding that you both would like. You may both have some different ideas when it comes to your preferences; be prepared to compromise if that is the case.
Number of venues
Although there are many venues that will offer a package for both your wedding ceremony and your reception, such as this luxury wedding venue in Staffordshire, you may be considering two different venues. It’s important to decide early whether you are hoping for a civil or a religious ceremony; if you plan to tie the knot in a church then this will be a key factor in deciding which venue you choose for your reception and after-party. As a general rule, you should choose a reception venue that is around 20-30 minutes away from the church to ensure easy access for your guests.
Going into choosing a venue without deciding on a firm budget could leave you with less than you’d have liked to spend on other aspects of your wedding, for example, your dress, wedding car, cake, and even the wedding rings. Working out a strict budget as early as possible will help you to determine the best venues to shortlist. Make sure that you include venue service such as catering in your budget, as this is often added on as an additional cost. Speak to the venue beforehand to find out whether catering is included in their quote.
How many guests?
You may have found the perfect venue, but before you make a booking it is important to consider the number of guests that you expect to attend. Finding out that a stunning wedding venue will be either too big or too small for your wedding can be a huge disappointment, so it’s a good idea to have at least a rough idea of your guest list before you decide. At the very least, you should be prepared to alter your guest list if needed.
Picking a wedding venue is one of the most exciting parts of planning your big day. Keep these key factors in mind to help you find the perfect venue.
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