First things first, what vision do you have and what’s your budget? We’re sure you’ve done your time on Pinterest and Instagram scrolling through endless accounts, screen-shoting and pinning the hell out of everything!
And from traditional stately homes to rustic barns and boho-decorated marquees – we know how hard it is to choose your ideal venue and so we’ve compiled a list of things to consider to help make your choice a little easier.
When do you plan to get hitched?
So you’ve had a good think and have come up with a date that suits you and your guests. Before you get carried away planning anything else, find out if the venue is available on the date(s) you have in mind. Psst… weekdays are often cheaper than weekends, so it this suits everyone, you can already make a saving! Also find out how long the venue will hold your date for you and if there’s a deposit involved at this stage.
Guest list and logistics
How many guests do you plan to invite to your big day? Find out how many daytime and evening guests the venue will hold. This will also make it clear to you straight away how many sacrifices to the guest list you’re willing to make and who you really want to share your special day with (good luck with this part – we know how brutal and time-consuming it can be!).
If sharing your big day with your friends and family is really important to you, make it as easy as possible for them to attend by considering how they will get to and from the wedding venue and how many car parking spaces there are. And if you know there’s likely to be lots of people drinking and dancing the night away, can they book rooms to stay at the venue or is there somewhere local they could get a taxi too?
Food and finer details
Whether you’re looking for a wedding venue which covers it all or you’re planning to source everything yourself from the food to decorations to lighting, ask the venue what your options are.
Music – If you’re planning on having a band or choir at your day or evening, is there space for them and their equipment? Or if you have a playlist in mind for the meal or as guests enter the venue, what are you options in having this played?
Food – If they have in-house caterers, what’s the venue’s menu and most importantly – can you book a date to sample it! (Also check they have vegetarian/vegan alternatives and a kids menu if need be).
If you plan to have something less traditional but increasingly more popular such as a hog roast or catering van, does the venue allow for this and if so, what are the rules and costs involved?
Drink – Find out what the wine allowance per person within the meal price is and do you have a say in what drink is offered on the tables? It’s worth finding out what the prices are like at the bar too.
Tables – In terms of tableware, is the crockery, table and chair covers all included and do you get say in colours or fabric choices? Check if there are any rules around table centrepieces too i.e. candles.
Decor – As for flowers, props and other decorative bits and pieces you have in mind, it’s worth asking if the venue has any recommended suppliers or if there are any rules or restrictions around what you can and can’t have.
And now for the fun bit!
Let’s not beat around the bush, as much as your guests will love to see you and your partner tie the knot, they’ll also want to be kept as entertained and involved as possible!
Confetti – The age-old way for guests to help officially seal the deal by showering the happy couple in as much confetti as they possibly can in their seconds-long window as the couple pass by! Find out if the venue allow traditional confetti or an alternative!
Photo booth hire – As much as everyone loves a wedding selfie, photo booths are a sure quick win for getting people together, having a laugh and getting wedding album and Instagram-worthy photos! Have a think about where you could position a booth at the venue.
Sweet buffet – This one doesn’t need explaining because it always goes down a treat at any event! If you’re thinking of having one, is there room for it at the venue.
Fireworks and sparklers – So it’s dark, people are flagging a little and need a breather from dancing… why is it fireworks and sparklers forever bring joy to us adults?! If you want an excuse for guests to cosy up outside or you’re hoping to get lots of long exposure sparkler photos, check what the venue’s rules on this are first!