Hurray, you’re engaged! There’s been tears, laughter, high-pitched squeals, celebratory drinks and a lot of looking at your left hand.
Now you need to get planning. The first major decision you have to make will be your wedding venue so it’s important you get it right!
There are SO MANY to choose from but, depending on the kind of wedding you want to have, you should be able to whittle it down to a shortlist.
Once you’ve narrowed it down to three or four, it’s time to visit them and see if they could be the one for you.
However, it’s not enough to just go there and gaze around you in wonder at the splendour and glamour of these gorgeous places – you have to be fully prepared so you can ultimately make an informed decision.
Here are things you should do when researching your dream wedding venue:
Assess the suitability of the location
It’s important to factor in how far your guests will be travelling to attend your wedding. The tradition of getting married in the bride’s hometown is still strong but if you are choosing somewhere else, think about how your guests will get there. Is there public transport and parking or will you have to organise a bus for your guests?
Are you getting married in the same place that you’re having the reception? If so, this will limit your guests travelling which they will definitely appreciate!
Check if there are places nearby to take pictures
One thing that makes a venue stand out from its competitors is if it is built on or adjacent to beautiful grounds for wedding pictures.
When visiting a place for the first time, bring your wellies so you can explore and get a proper feel for how your pictures might turn out on your big day – if you’re lucky enough to get good weather!
Bring a list of questions for the wedding co-ordinator
This might seem like common sense but in your excitement it’s very easy to forget and then realise all the things you should have asked when you’re in the car on the way home!
Save yourself the hassle by having a list of questions written out in advance addressing any requirements or concerns you might have.
Take notes about anything specific that catches your eye – good or bad
Whether it’s a paper and pen or the trusty Evernote app on your phone, make sure you take notes while you’re going around the venue.
It’s good to be able to address any issues or uncertainty you may with a place before you actually book it. (Plus, if you know want something specific, they’ll be more likely to acquiesce to your demands in order to secure your booking!!)
Find out the availability of the venue for various dates
If you have flexibility with your wedding date, it’s worth asking the venue manager what dates they have available and how the costs vary from high season to low season.
You could also consider having your wedding on a weekday if that significantly affected the price of the overall day.
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