How to choose the perfect venue for your big day
Choosing a venue for your wedding day can be an overwhelming task. Should you get married in a church, a hotel, or something different altogether? To help you decide, we've put together this quick guide.
Firstly, you need to decide what is important to you in a wedding venue. Do you want to really impress your guests with a lavish celebration, find somewhere you can party into the small hours, or choose a venue to suit a small budget? For a really elaborate wedding, luxury hotels are experts in helping you throw a party to remember, while smaller boutique hotels and country houses offer the opportunity to hire an entire property for your special day. Want something a little more DIY and friendlier on the pocket? Why not hire a local village hall for the evening, or put up a marquee in a field? Options like these give you plenty of opportunity to put your own spin on things: a blank canvas that you can decorate to fit your own theme.
When choosing your venue, it's important to consider lots of factors. If you're getting married in Autumn or Winter, will the space be sufficiently heated? For Summer weddings, is there enough outside space for your guests to enjoy the sunshine if you are lucky enough to be blessed with some on the day? Think about what you want from the inside of the space too - do you want room for people to be able to dance, chill out spaces where guests can relax, a formal dining layout or a more informal set up? Making sure you know what you want from your venue before you start looking at spaces is the best way to be sure everything goes to plan on your big day.
Whether you want a small and intimate wedding with a close group of family and friends or a big celebration for hundreds of guests, choosing the perfect venue is your first step to enjoying a wedding day you'll never forget.