So, you're engaged! Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life, but it can also be a little overwhelming. One of the biggest decisions you'll need to make is where to get married. If you're feeling lost and unsure where to start, don't worry - you're not alone.
Choosing a wedding venue can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be stressful. It can be quite fun if you approach it with the right mindset! Here are some tips on what to do if you're not sure where to get married:
We all know money doesn't grow on trees (unfortunately) so before you even start looking at venues, it's important to have a clear idea of your budget. Weddings can be expensive, and the cost of a venue will likely make up a significant portion of your overall expenses. Be realistic about what you can afford and try to stick within your budget as much as possible. You can start to gather quotes from venues you like the look of as soon as possible so you can work out what type of location is realistic for you.
What's most important to you when it comes to your wedding? Do you want a beautiful outdoor setting? A unique indoor space? A specific theme or vibe? Make a list of your must-haves and use that as a starting point for your search. Think of it like buying a house - you go into it with your 'needs' and your 'wants' and after lots of looking around you settle on something that ticks as many boxes as possible.
There are so many amazing wedding venues out there, and it can be hard to know where to begin. Start by browsing online for inspiration - check out wedding blogs, Pinterest boards, and Instagram accounts for ideas on different types of venues and styles. Follow any wedding suppliers you like on Instagram for heaps of inspiration while you're planning. Dream big!
When choosing a venue, it's important to think about logistics like location, capacity, and accessibility. Is the venue easy for guests to get to? Will there be enough space for everyone? Is there parking available? Many venues that are specifically designed for weddings may have all of this covered for you, but if you're considering an industrial city centre vibe or a private hire manor house it's worth checking that the logistics won't be a problem. Everything is possible, just sometimes it needs a little bit of extra consideration!
When were you last a guest at a wedding? Your family and friends are invaluable resources - as 'wedding venue reviewers'. Asking for recommendations for wedding venues they have been a guest at is a brilliant way of getting ideas you may not have considered before. You might discover some hidden gems that you wouldn't have found otherwise. Your wedding suppliers are also a great place to start - found a photographer or videographer you desperately have to book? Chances are they will have been to hundreds of venues and have their favourites!
Once you've narrowed down your list of potential venues the fun starts! It's time to schedule tours to see them in person. This will give you a better sense of what each place looks like in real life and help you visualise how everything will come together on your big day. Some venues will offer tasting evenings for couples who want to try the menu and may host wedding open days so you can see the venue dressed and meet local suppliers. Since the pandemic years, many venues have started to offer virtual tours, so if you want to save yourself a long trip to a venue a bit further from home this might be a good option.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel good about the venue you choose. If something doesn't feel right or isn't sitting well with you, listen to those instincts and keep looking until you find something that feels perfect.
Remember that there's no right or wrong way to choose a wedding venue - what matters most is finding something that feels true to who you are as a couple and reflects the vision for your special day.
The time of year can have a big impact on where you choose to get married. Are you dreaming of an outdoor ceremony in the middle of summer or a cosy winter wedding with open fires roaring? It's also worth considering any specific dates you have in mind (like a bank holiday weekend) and be prepared that venues will book up quickly during that time. Unsurprisingly, the time of year you choose to get married will also affect the cost of your chosen venue, with the most popular summer months and key dates (Christmas, New Year, bank holidays) at a premium.
If you can't find one venue that ticks all your boxes, consider mixing and matching different spaces for different parts of your day. Maybe you'll have the ceremony in a beautiful outdoor location but move indoors for the reception. You could also choose to have your wedding ceremony and reception at two completely different venues!
Finally, don't be afraid to get creative when it comes to choosing a venue! Think outside the box and consider non-traditional spaces like art galleries, warehouse spaces, private estates, local restaurants or even borrowing a family member's private home, or properties abroad for your big celebration. With some creativity and flexibility, you might just discover the perfect spot for your special day, and give your guests a surprise while you're at it!
Remember, this is your wedding day! You should feel excited about every aspect of it - including where you choose to tie the knot. Take your time, do your research, and trust that everything will come together perfectly in the end.
But let's assume eloping isn't really on the table (yet). Take some deep breaths - this should be a fun experience for you both! Don't stress too much about making this decision because ultimately wherever you choose will become special simply because it's where you got married!
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