Choosing Your Wedding Venue
Securing the perfect wedding venue will be top of many engaged couples to do list. With an overwhelming number of options to choose from it’s easy to see how couples can become exhausted and often deflated at not finding the perfect venue immediately.
When beginning the search for your wedding venue be sure to have a clear idea of your wedding budget and guest numbers. This will immediately set you on the right track and save you time researching and visiting venues that do not meet your requirements. Not to mention the the utter heartbreak of falling in love with a venue that is not within budget, or unable to accommodate your guest list.
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In addition to the above, having a clear idea of the style of wedding you would like to host will also ensure that you only consider venues that are in keeping with your vision. If your thinking classic elegance you may wish to consider a stately home, county estate or an elegant sailcloth or traditional pole marquee. Both of which lend themselves as the perfect classic blank canvas to be styled as you choose.
If on the other hand you are looking to host a relaxed and informal affair incorporating casual dining and copious amounts of styling, then a dry hire barn venue may be just what you are looking for.
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The season in which you would like to marry can also have a huge impact on your venue shortlist, with some venues such as rustic barns limiting their availability to dates within the summer months. Whilst other venues with their roaring log fires and interior colour scheme can be the obvious choice for a winter wedding.
In addition to the above, there are also a number of not so obvious factors that should be considered before you finalise your shortlist of potential venues to visit. With top of the list being a venues limits on children attending weddings.
It is becoming increasingly common for wedding venues to request children do not attend your wedding, or ask that you limit the number of children to a figure suggested by the venue. Whilst some couples may welcome this as an excuse not to extend the invitation to include children, other couples who are looking to host a family friendly celebration may find that this restriction forces them to discount a venue immediately.
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Most venues will be able to offer disabled access, often providing ramps and disabled washroom facilities on the ground floor. However, you should also check whether or not they offer disabled access to every part of the venue. It is important to remember that sometimes you have to revert to a plan B on your wedding day. If this means bringing your outdoor ceremony inside, can disabled guests access the part of the venue where the ceremony would be held.
Some couples discount looking into disabled access as their guests do not require such facilities. However, you should remember some weddings are booked 18 months in advance, so guests needs could change throughout this time.
Minimum / Maximum Numbers:
As mentioned above, a venues maximum guest capacity could force you to rule out an otherwise perfect venue immediately. However, couples will often overlook a venues minimum guest requirement clause, which could have a major impact on your budget. Typically, a venue will request that a minimum number of daytime guests attend your wedding. In addition to this, some may also ask that you invite a further additional number of evening guests. I would therefore recommend setting aside time to speak to a venues wedding co-ordinator before confirming a viewing to establish their minimum requirement as well as the maximum.
Perhaps not the most obvious question to ask a wedding venue. However, if you have your heart set on a six piece band entertaining your guests throughout your evening reception, then top of your list of questions should be whether or not they have a sound limiter. If they do, investigate further to find out what level they have their limiter set at and consider speaking to potential bands/performers to draw upon their experience of sound limiters set at this level.
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I do hope that the information within this blog post has helped you to short list your potential wedding venues. If however you feel that you could benefit from working with a planner and are planning your wedding or special celebration within Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire please do get in touch.
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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.