When it comes to planning your wedding, there are lots of different things to think about, from the guest list and the food to the decorations and that all important wedding dress.
However, choosing your venue is one of the most important decisions that need to be made, as well as one of the hardest.
With so many venues out there to choose from and lots of things to take into consideration when finding your ideal space, it can sometimes feel like a bit of an impossible task.
With that mind, we’ve put together a quick guide to choosing a wedding venue, so you can cross at least one thing off your to-do list!
Establish your budget
Before you even start thinking about viewing any venues, it’s essential that you and your partner sit down together to set your budget.
By doing this, and allocating a certain amount of money to your venue, you can only view those that are within your price range, which can certainly save you some time and more than enough heartbreak, stopping you from setting your heart on a venue that’s out of your reach.
If you’re not sure where to start with the whole budgeting bonanza, The Knot has a great guide to wedding budgets.
Decide on your guest list
The next thing you need to whittle down before setting off to view any venues is the guest list.
You’ll only waste time and effort by going to view venues that can’t fit the number of guests you want to invite, and it’s important to check for any accessibility requirements your guests might need, which can only be done once you actually know who you want to invite.
There’s no point inviting your granny if she can’t climb the hundred steps to your hilltop ceremony!
This post by Bijou Wedding Venues has some tips on creating the perfect wedding guest list.
View multiple venues
Once it’s actually time to start looking at venues, it’s important to take a look at multiple spaces and avoid jumping into something you might come to regret.
Whilst you may think you’ve found the perfect venue first time around, taking a step back to get some perspective is a good idea. Looking at other venues can help you to either confirm your first thoughts or to see the venue in a different way, which can help you secure your ideal venue.
That being said, it’s important to trust your gut. When you find the right place, you’ll no doubt get that ‘feeling’ and if you don’t get it with a venue you thought you’d love, don’t be afraid to move on.
Another way to ensure you get your dream venue is to be as flexible as possible.
Although this might not work for everyone, rather than having a specific day in mind, try to have a certain month or season instead.
Then, rather than going to a venue with a predetermined date and setting yourself up for disappointment, your chosen venue might be able to accommodate multiple dates within your chosen month or season.
After all, most couples don’t actually have a reason for the date they’ve chosen.
Imagine the whole day
Finally, it’s important to have a wider view of the day in mind when you go to view venues.
We spoke to Lake District Country Hotels, a leading wedding venue group in the Lakes, who said: “Whilst this requires a bit more foresight on your part, it can really help make sure you get the perfect venue.
“Although a venue might seem perfect at first glance, when you start thinking about the details, it might quickly fall down. For example, if you want space for a sweet cart or hog roast, it’s important to check the venue can accommodate this. Similarly, if you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place, take a look at how the day will flow across the venue.
“Plus, it’s essential to check the lighting before signing on the dotting line. Lighting can really make or break the atmosphere and even impact on your photos, so bear in mind the overall vision you’re after when viewing venues.”