The Do’s & Don’ts of Wedding Venue Searching
Finding the wedding venue is one of the first things that couples usually check off their wedding planning list and as it’s often where a lot of the budget goes. It’s really important for you to make sure your venue lives up to everything you dreamed of and that you are able to do everything that you want there. In today’s post I’ve put together a few “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to help make finding your dream venue easier.
Do begin with discussing this important starter question; Civil Ceremony, Church wedding or even a jet setting destination wedding. Knowing the kind of ceremony you want plays a big part in your venue choice.
Do decide if you’d like everything all in one place or how far you are willing to travel between venues.
Don’t forget about that budget! Keep it mind and try to stick to it.
Do think about the kind of style you’re after. Is it big rustic barn, a boutique hotel, a stately home, an outdoor marquee or tipi or a blank canvas village hall?
Do ask about capacity, you might not know exactly how many guests you’d like to invite initially, but if that cute village hall only accommodates 50 and you’ve got roughly 70 guests in mind, you might need to reconsider.Don’t rule out having your wedding day on a weekday or not during peak season. Some venues offer discount for these dates, which is perfect if you’re on a tighter budget.
Don’t forget about your guests, the day is of course about you but it’s good to keep in mind where people are traveling from and if it’s going to be easy for them to get to your chosen venue.
Do make sure you check out the parking situation. Is there enough room for all your guests and check if cars can be left over night?
Do get out there and see the venues for yourselves and get a feel for the place. Many venues hold wedding open days where you can see the venue all dressed to impress and also speak to other local wedding suppliers.
Don’t forget to find out about accommodation. Are there rooms available for you and your guests on site or are there hotels and B&Bs near by?
Do ask to see a full break down of costs. Make sure you know what is included in the price do you have to pay for any extras such as corkage, chairs and tables, crockery etc
Do consider hiring an on the day coordinator, certainly if your venue is a blank canvas such as a marquee or barn. The idea of dressing your venue hours before the wedding might seem feasible but and extra pair of hands will sure take the pressure off. It’s also someone to take control of the day, in the absence of a venue manager.
Don’t forget the weather! If you’re having an outdoor wedding do you have alternative options if the heavens open? Does your wedding venue offer the option of an outdoor ceremony if the sun is shining?
Do check out the venues recommended suppliers not only for inspiration and to help with your other planning stages but also find out if you are tied to using them.
Do find out who your point of contact is in the run up to and on the big day itself. It’s nice to know there’s someone at the end of the phone when you need them and also knows the ins and outs of your wedding when the day arrives.
Don’t assume you can do anything you like décor-wise. Make sure you find out what you can and can’t do. Some venues might not allow hanging decorations, candles or confetti so it’s worth asking about.
Do ask about the venues policy on loud music and when the wedding has to end. *sob sob*
Finding your perfect wedding venue is a huge chunk of your wedding planning sorted and once you know when and where your big day is going to be you can really start to shape your day. After all that searching you might be quite worn out so I suggest sticking the kettle on, putting your feet up and giving yourselves a high five!