How to choose your wedding venue is one of the key decisions in planning your wedding. It is the cornerstone of your special day. It is an integral part of your wedding design, or, it can be the design itself.
Either way, it’s one of the first decisions you will make on your wedding journey. So here are my hints and tips on how to choose the right wedding venue for you.
There are a couple of areas you will both have to agree on before you select your wedding venue.
Now for the all-important wedding venue visits. Make a shortlist of selected venues and book appointments to get shown around.
Always see your venue made up for a wedding. It’s amazing how different they can look when they are all decorated. This is where venue open days are useful (though if they are busy you might not get much time with the venue co-ordinator). Think about penciling in your preferred wedding date to give you time to book a follow up visit – you can normally do this for up to 2 weeks with no charge.
When you are going around your potential wedding venue imagine how the day will work. For example, from the initial ceremony (if on site) to the wedding breakfast to the evening reception.
Think carefully about where people will be between stages. For example, if the main room needs to be reset to move from the wedding breakfast to the evening reception where will people go? How will you keep them entertained?
I always recommend seeing more than one venue – even when you think you have found your ideal one. It will give you a valuable comparison and will ratify your decision.
We’ve pulled together the main questions to ask your wedding venue during your visits
It’s always worth grabbing a venues preferred supplier list but please bear in mind that sometimes the supplier will have paid to be on the list, or, they pay the venue back a commission for each referral.
You should always look around at all the wedding suppliers in your area to make sure you are getting the best possible (and paying the right price). Wedding planners, like the team here at ‘that black & white cat’, offer a service to source the very best reliable wedding suppliers for you.