This is everything you need to know before you go for a viewing.
When you first get engaged, you know what happens, right? You get inundated with congratulations, bubbly, and requests to tell the proposal story over and over again.
But you’re also probably being asked questions like, “when are you thinking of having it?” And “where would you like to have it?” Which means that the first exciting job on your planning list is wedding venues.
Looking for the perfect venue doesn’t have to be difficult (you can start with our list of brand partners!) But before you start booking viewings at wedding venues, here’s our lowdown on everything you need to know.
Wedding venues can vary from as little as £1,000 to over £10,000. Naturally, it demands a big portion of your wedding budget, so be sure to have an idea of what numbers you’re going to be looking at. Even if you’re working on a tighter budget, it doesn’t mean you can’t find the venue of your dreams.
You can read some of our tips on how to cut your wedding costs here.
It’s no good booking a venue you love when you don’t know what capacity it can hold. So while exact figures aren’t a necessity, it is important to have some idea of guests. Don’t go viewing huge wedding venues when you’re only inviting a small number of people and vice versa. Remember, nothing is concrete until you’re sending out your invitations.
Another thing you need to think about is where you actually want your wedding reception to be. You’ve got two scenarios to work with.
Ideally, you don’t want your reception venue to be too far away. This is so your guests don’t have to spend too long travelling and we don’t want any unexpected traffic jams!
In this case, you want to look for wedding venues that have separate rooms within the building: one for the ceremony and one for the party. You can have one room for both, but it’ll take time to turn the room around and there are also your guests to think about.
The season that you want to get married in and the style you want to create are also important to think about. We live in a world where anything goes. You don’t just have to have a marquee in summer and a grand hall in winter.
There are plenty of suppliers and planning tricks available where you can have the wedding of your dreams in your perfect venue. From outdoor headers and beautiful balconies, the possibilities are endless. You can also work to make sure that your theme and venue compliment each other and reflect who you are as a couple.
Made your decisions on all the above points? Now the real fun begins! Research wedding venues. Look at pictures. Get inspired. Once you’ve got a few favourites, you can start viewing them. And remember, we’ve written a full post here with more advice on choosing your perfect wedding venue.
Want some help with wedding venues? The Library at The Wedding Gallery is our very own black book of the best venues in the UK and beyond. Let our industry experts guide you through the most incredible locations that will make your wedding day unforgettable.