While every decision you make plays a part in crafting your wedding day, there are some that will make a bigger impact than others. One of the biggest being the venue you choose. It’s the space that is going to set the entire tone of your wedding. Which is why choosing one is such an important process to go through. If you are thinking about proposing to your partner or you are both engaged and looking for venue hire for your big day then keep on reading our short (but insightful) article. We are going to discuss the key factors that you need to consider.
Your budget will ultimately decide what the type of wedding you and your partner will have. The average wedding in the UK now costs almost 20,000, so it’s no surprise that many couples are looking for wedding ideas on a budget to help lower the cost. When it comes to a venue, one way of reducing the cost can be by hiring one that comes with a no corkage policy. Bringing your own drinks (whether they are alcoholic or not) can significantly cut the cost and help avoid expensive drinks packages. However, not all venues allow couples to do this.
When it comes to selecting the venue, one of the most important things to consider is going to be the location. It’s highly likely that you are going to have friends and family coming from all over the country. So, you need to position your wedding in a location that can be easily accessed by as many as possible. You must also consider elderly relatives who might not be able to travel far or walk upstairs.
If you know the number of guests you are inviting to your wedding, then this can help to determine the size of the venue you need in terms of capacity. Many couples underestimate how people they will end up inviting to their wedding. Make sure you have a discussion in advance with your partner and your family members so you are clear on what the guest list will look like.
Think About The Lighting
Lighting is one of the most forgotten about factors when it comes to weddings. When thinking about lighting, make sure there is plenty of it to compliment the venue’s aesthetic and the theme of your wedding. Even more importantly, you need to make sure that there is enough lighting to get photos throughout the day. If you find a venue that you like the look of but it doesn’t have enough lighting then try to locate an outdoor area where you guests can take photos of you and your partner.
A curfew doesn’t necessarily stipulate when your wedding reception has to end, but the venue that you choose will have one that you will be required to stick to. And, this isn’t the venue trying to be the party poopers, most wedding venues simply don’t have a choice. They required by their local councils to end their parties at a specific time. If they fail to do so, then they are subject to fines or can even have their event license to host weddings completely revoked.
Visit Your Selected Venues More Than Once
Once you have visited all the venues on your list, narrow down the ones that you liked the look of and then visit them again. You might even want to take an additional family member or friend to the second viewing to get a second opinion as they might spot something that you are your partner overlooked the first time around.
This detail is less about you and more about creating a positive guest experience. From making sure that there will be enough parking spaces to contacting local hotels to ensure they have vacancies for your guests. It’s crucial to make sure that your family and friends will be able to travel to and from your wedding with any discomfort.
Always Keep An Open Mind
Not every venue that you look at or visit will take your breath away. However, there may be a few that could make your wedding day perfect. That’s why it’s always important to keep an open mind when looking. You might be surprised by what you come across when trying to find the perfect venue.