A great deal of time and consideration goes into choosing wedding venues. If you select a wedding venue that you are not truly happy with, you could come to bitterly regret your decision. To avoid making a regretful choice, one of the best things to do is read up on finding venues. Let’s take a look at the best things to do when you at the stage of picking a wedding venue right now.
Select your venue wisely
Your choice in wedding venue has a pivotal role to play in determining the quality of your big day as a whole. Many people opt to marry in church or a register office and celebrate their nuptials elsewhere, whilst others keep the entire day’s events under one roof. Whatever you decide, it’s important to get a firm idea of what your budget is before you start shortlisting venues. By doing this, you can reduce the number of options available to you and start making more sense of them.
Think about practicality
Whatever you do, don’t simply choose a venue because of aesthetics alone. Many great-looking venues aren’t suitable for everyone’s requirements and may not have the facilities that you require. Perhaps you have stumbled across a small venue that you have fallen in love with but need to accommodate hundreds of people? If so, you may sadly need to look elsewhere. You will also usually need to book well in advance of your big day as the best venues’ diaries tend to fill up somewhat quickly. A large number of couples need to book at least 18 months to two years in advance in order to secure their perfect venue.
Draw up a shortlist
It’s a good idea to draw up a shortlist of around four or five different suitable venues before coming to your decision. Once you have reached this number, it’s likely that you will start to discover flaws with more than one venue on your shortlist, which will make coming to your final choice easier. You will need to find out about the catering options if you are looking for venues for your wedding meal. Are you allowed to use your own caterers, or are you happy with what the on-site catering team are offering? Will people with certain dietary requirements be catered for?
Accessing your venue
You should also ensure your location is relatively easy to reach. Many would-be guests have dropped out of attending weddings because the location was too remote, or because there was no accommodation available either on-site or near to the venue. Always advise any guests that need accommodation to book it well in advance to avoid missing out. Nobody likes being faced with a long drive after spending hours at a wedding.
It’s also wise to think carefully about wedding entertainment. If you have a band or other performers in mind, will they be able to showcase their talents at the venue? Does the venue have an entertainments licence? Make sure you consult the venue’s owners or managers before you go ahead and book an entertainer. Many venue runners will help you find suitable evening entertainment if you do need a helping hand. You also need to ensure the venue will look great on your wedding photos and that photographers will have the access they need to meet your requirements.
Planning a wedding is never easy, but things become a whole lot clearer once you have a strong vision of how your big day will play out. By investing enough time in arranging your nuptials and picking the right venue, you can create a magical and unforgettable day.