Planning your wedding is bound to be a stressful time and, with so many wedding venue options available, it can be a mammoth task to separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you’re currently in the throes of picking a wedding venue, we’ve created a quick guide to help you out and hopefully take some of that pressure off!
Talk to a wedding planner first
Before you begin to look at venues, it’s always a good idea to be in talks with an experienced wedding planner. There are many ways in which a wedding planner may be able to make your choosing a wedding venue much easier, so make sure you include them from the very beginning of your wedding planning journey.
We spoke to Broadoaks Country House, a gorgeous Lake District wedding venue who said: “Many couples often neglect to consult with a wedding planner before they have chosen their venue but, in reality, a wedding planner will know a lot more about how to turn a venue space into your dream wedding more than you do.”
“A wedding planner will have seen many wedding venues in their life and will have plenty of experience with dealing with venues – they might even be able to get you a better deal!”
Be aware of your guest list
It’s absolutely crucial that you have at least a rough idea of how long your guest list is going to be before you choose your wedding venue. It is often the case that couples end up having larger guest lists than they originally intended by the time work colleagues and great aunts and uncles creep in.
Once you have a good idea of how many people you would like to invite to your big day, you can then start thinking about what size you’d like your venue to be and how you’re going to seat your guests.
Visualize what you’ll be able to do with the space
Before choosing your wedding venue, take some time to think about how you want to use the space available. Do you want a cocktail reception? If so, where are you going to have that? What about your buffet? Will there be enough room for all of your guests on the dance floor?
Ensuring that there is space for any extras you desire will help you to avoid possible disappointments down the line.
If you’re looking to have an outdoor wedding, making sure you’ve got enough space at the venue to include facilities like luxury outdoor toilet cubicles is essential and, if you’re having a hotel wedding, be sure to find out if you’ll have to share your space with the public.
Pay attention to the lighting
When you visit a potential venue, make sure to pay close attention to their lighting. Do they have plenty of natural lighting or is it fairly dark in there? The lighting at the venue will massively affect your wedding pictures, so making sure that both you and your photographer are happy with it will avoid any problems on the day.
It’s important to check whether or not the venue will provide you with or allow you to use additional lighting as well, such as accent lighting, intelligent lighting, and uplighting. This will have a knock-on effect for the ambiance of your wedding.
If you’re looking for wedding lighting inspiration, look no further! Check out this great post on inventive ways to light up your wedding.