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Choosing Your Venue By Little Quarme


Of course, we are biased – we love the rustic, relaxed wedding but it’s not for everyone. So before you head off to visit venues stop and think exactly what your perfect venue looks like.




Try answering these five questions before starting your search:


What style of wedding suits us? If you love the great outdoors and are happiest in your walking boots or wellies then a rural outdoor wedding venue will be for you. If you are allergic to mud and pink stilettos are your best friend, then a contemporary city centre hotel is probably the better choice. Also, think through how much control you want to have over the elements of your wedding. Do you want to tailor-make your wedding and design all the elements yourselves? In that case look for a DIY wedding venue where you can source your own caterers, choose your theme and hand-make your decorations.

If you want minimum hassle then choose a packaged option that is tried and tested (check out reviews carefully). Alternatively if budget permits you could employ a wedding planner to help organise a fully bespoke wedding.





What location will work for us, and our family and friends? Do most of your family and friends live locally? In that case, everyone will thank you for celebrating your nuptials near home where there’s no need for the expense of overnight accommodation. If your guests are scattered across the globe it may not matter where your venue is so long as there are reasonably priced hotels/B&B nearby. Are you planning to get married at the venue or will you be moving from a church or registry office to the reception? Think through the logistics of any move. Are guests coming all day or will there be extra arrivals for the evening? Once again walk through the mechanics of this at each potential venue.


How many guests do we want to invite? Draw up a rough list of guests before you start to visit venues. That way you won’t fall in love with a venue that can’t accommodate your party. A venue may be just too big to suit a small, intimate wedding or too small (despite what the owners say) to accommodate a huge party with the infrastructure not coping well (think loos, car parking, road access etc.)




What’s our budget? What payment schedule can we accommodate? Set a budget and stick to it. Your wedding will be a day to remember for the rest of your lives, but you really don’t want to be paying for it until your silver wedding anniversary. If you don’t think your perfect venue will come in on budget find a compromise or find somewhere else. Ultimately what’s important is the two of you and your friends and family. You’ll have a great time wherever you are if you plan your day well. Venues also have very different payment schedules. Find a venue that you are sure is financially secure (many have taken a big hit during covid and are still trying to recover) and where you don’t have to pay a huge non-refundable deposit.


What are our ‘showstoppers’? What is a compromise too far? If you are determined to have a bucking bronco, fireworks or a particular caterer and the venue won’t allow this, move on and find somewhere that will… Just occasionally you might need to ask yourselves why? We had one groom who wanted axe-throwing as the guest entertainment – strangely enough, we refused as did the insurance company. The guests did archery instead!


Happy Venue Searching!


 

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Credits for Photos used in this blog: Howell Jones Photography & Acronym Photography




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