Your wedding is one of the most important and special days of your life, so it’s worth taking the time to get everything the way you want it to be. Choosing your venue can be tricky – you’re likely to be given ‘advice’ from everyone, from your future mother in law to the girl who serves you your morning latte. Here are the questions you should be asking yourself before you make a decision on where your wedding will take place…
Are you a traditionalist?
There’s no point in considering your bridesmaid’s idea of a laidback beach wedding if you’ve always hankered after a traditional ceremony. If you want to get married in a church, it pays to spend time visiting all possible choices as far in advance as you can – they get booked up for weddings quickly, especially during the summer months.
How many guests are you having?
You need to decide on the scale of your wedding before you can choose a venue. A garden party will be great if you’re having a small group, but if you’re going to be inviting a hundred guests or more – that garden will be looking decidedly cramped! Sit down with your partner and make a list of all the people you will be sending invitations to, and make sure you factor in any requirements for additional space – like guests who use a wheelchair or who might need to bring pram for their little ones.
How will you get there?
That gorgeous country venue isn’t going to work if you are going to have to travel for hours to reach it. Find out how long it will take to get to your proposed venue, and how long the journey between the ceremony and reception is going to take. Will you need to sort out limo hire? How will your guests reach your wedding? Consider organising a bus for a more remote venue to make sure that everyone gets there without a hitch – only the bride is entitled to be late!
What’s your big day about?
Do you want your wedding to be a showy display of love between you and your partner, or are you going for a more subtle, low key approach? You’re only getting married once, so make sure it’s about the two people who matter the most: the bride and groom! Your choice of venue should reflect your personalities and your relationship, so visit potential choices together and ask yourselves: is this really us?
How much will you be spending?
It doesn’t matter if your wedding budget is huge or relatively small, you need to allocate set amounts to each aspect of the day. Decide how much importance you both attach to the venue, and weigh it up against the costs of other essentials, like your dress and the food.
Read this to find inspiration for choosing your wedding venue, and enjoy the process of getting everything organised for the big day – after all, it is supposed to be fun! Happy hunting!