As the cliché goes, your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, and picking out everything from your wedding venue, dress, etc to suit the ideals you undoubtedly have in your mind can sometimes seem impossible. However, before you start to stress about the flowers, the decorations and even the catering, you first have to decide on a good basis – the venue. From towering stately homes set amongst breathtaking backdrops, to elegant hotels and ballrooms in the big city, there’s something to suit every taste. Whether you’re seeking out wedding venues Somerset spectacular, or a smaller charming church ceremony, we’ve put together a very simple guide filled with things to consider when choosing your perfect wedding venue.
Before You Start Your Search
Before you even begin searching for your venue, there are a few things you need to decide to make your search much easier. From the size of your guest list, to the budget you’re willing to set, here are just a few to get you started:
When Are You Looking To Get Married?
The dates you want to get married can really determine the venues available to you. Not only will the specific date determine availability in the future, but choosing the season can determine the potential weather at the time, the style of the wedding you may have and even the flowers available to you. If you’re looking for a huge stately home with glorious gardens to explore, summer may be the best time for you to reap the full benefits, but it may also be the busiest time of the year at your dream wedding venue, so you’ll need to plan in advance and be flexible!
How Many Guests Are Coming?
Not everyone will have their guest list decided down to the final letter before they’ve picked out their venue, but having an idea of the numbers will help you better decide on your dream venue. If you only have immediate family and a close-knit collection of friends, for example, a smaller venue may be beneficial. Those with masses of guests, however, could look into hiring out an entire building for their big day. Whoever makes it onto your guest list, crafting an accurate number as possible from the offset will make finding a wedding venue much simpler.
What Kind Of Budget Do You Have?
Your budget may also determine which venues you have access to. Of course, a larger budget will give you more ‘wiggle room’ but smaller budgets don’t have to mean giving up on your dream. Through determining what you want from a wedding venue and then shopping around for precisely that, you could still get your dream wedding venue on a lower budget.
The Key Things To Look For
So you’ve determined your dates, the number of guests and the budget you have available for your venue – now it’s time to begin your search! As before, there are a number things that you should be considering, and here are just a few:
Accessibility – Is your venue easy to get to? Are there accessibility arrangements for disabled guests or those with limited mobility? What security and staff do they have on hand? Will you need to organise transport for your guests?
Catering And Drinks – Does your wedding venue provide in-house catering? Will they serve alcohol or provide a bar? Understanding the food and drinks arrangements at your chosen venue can help you determine whether you need to organise this for yourself.
What They Provide – Tables, chairs and even decorations can all come as part of the package with some venues, but others will require you to cater for this kind of thing yourself. In most cases, tables and chairs are catered for, but covers, cutlery and even glasses may need to be provided.
Accommodation – Does your wedding venue have accommodation nearby or as part of the wedding venue? Will this be included within the package, or will guests need to organise their own stay?
Organising a wedding can seem stressful, but with a good base to begin the rest of your planning, you can do so with peace of mind that you’re venue is ready and raring to go. Whether you’re looking for something quaint and charming, or modern and accommodating, there are countless venues across the globe to choose from. Where will you marry?