One of the most important steps in planning your wedding is choosing the wedding venue. Your venue is the backdrop to your photographs and the surroundings in which you’ll spend your special day. It needs to be gorgeous, suited to the scale of your occasion and spot-on with how you imagined it would be. Whether you have always dreamed of saying your vows in a castle tower or you are torn between a city and country hotel, here are some tips to help you make this vital decision.

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Discuss with your Partner

You and your partner may have different ideas about where you would like to tie the knot. Yet, instead of letting a disagreement become a problem, take the time to discuss the pros and cons of what each of you want from a wedding venue. The likelihood is that some of your ideas will overlap and this will help you find a venue that caters to both of your wishes.

Decide on a budget

If you fall in love with a venue before deciding on a budget then you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Before you research or visit any glamorous Victorian houses or majestic castles, make sure you and your partner have agreed on the maximum you are willing to pay for the venue. If your budget is tight, this could limit your options and, therefore, help you with the decision.

Decide on the Amount of Guests

Have you always wanted a big white wedding or is a small, intimate affair much more ‘you’? Whichever you prefer, make sure you venue can cater for the scale of your occasion. For example, whereas some castle venues may have a limited capacity of 150 guests, large luxury hotels can often cater for up to 500 people. Plus, with an outside venue such as a country park or the seaside, you have no limits.

Decide on the type of Venue

Is your heart set on a traditional church wedding venue or would you prefer a more modern location such as country manor hotel? Whatever you have in mind, take these points into consideration:

  • Do you favor traditional or modern decor styles?
  • What scenery would you love to feature in your wedding photographs, e.g. countryside, castle ruins or elegant hotel decor?
  • Would you prefer one venue or two different venues for the ceremony and reception?
  • Is your preferred type of venue a suitable distance away for guests?
  • Is your preferred type of venue suited to your number of guests?

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Decide on the location of the Venue

Depending on the type of venue you choose, it may be situated in more than one location nearby. For example, you may have many local churches or registry offices to choose from. Choose the location of your venue carefully, to ensure you and your guests can easily attend your big day. If you are booking two separate venues for the ceremony and the reception then you will also need to ensure that the distance between these is not too far.

Closing the Deal

Whether you are determined to book a particular venue or you are torn between a few, try to end your venue search with 3 options. This will help avoid disappointment if one or more of your choices are unavailable on your preferred dates. To finish your wedding venue UK search, check that is your favorite venue is available and get your special day booked in to their diary.

Happy wedding venue hunting!


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