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Venue hunting: How to find your dream wedding reception venue


The world of weddings can seem like a minefield – so many factors to think about! It is essential that you start with the venue, as once you’ve decided on location, everything else should soon fall into place.

Much like meeting your husband, there are many brides who say that in terms of venue, once you know you know. You’ll be able to picture your day playing out in the chosen venue and all your friends and family celebrating there with you. However, there are still many things to keep in mind when you are searching for your dream venue.

  1. Budget

A significant amount of your overall budget will be spent on your venue (approximately 50%), so before you start your venue hunt you should decide how much you are willing to spend. The price of a venue often depends upon the season that your wedding falls in. If you want more for your money, consider a winter wedding rather than a wedding that falls in the height of summer.

  1. Capacity

You must think about whether you want a large wedding with lots of family and friends, or a private and intimate gathering, when choosing your wedding venue. Too small for your number of guests and the venue will feel overcrowded, but too big and the venue could feel sparse and cold.

  1. Theme and Style

It is also important to consider the ambiance you desire to create on your wedding day. Do you want to establish an elegant, sophisticated feel or a warm and relaxed environment? Your wedding venue is key to establishing the atmosphere you want to create.

  1. Do your research!

Have a look online at the different venues that suit your criteria and read some reviews so you know what to expect! Also, keep location in mind. For example, if you were searching for wedding reception venues in Chester-le-Street, the primary wedding suite at Chester-le-Street Cricket Club – the Castle View Suite – can give you the perfect backdrop for your wedding day, with views of the picturesque cricket ground and majestic Lumley Castle illuminated in the gathering dusk.

  1. Visit as many venues as you can

No amount of photos will ever do a venue justice. Go on guided tours, open days and evenings to get an idea of what the venue will look like at different times throughout the day. Also, take a loved one with you to give you advice! The experience of choosing a wedding venue can be very overwhelming and difficult to absorb if you are on your own!