If you’re planning your wedding, you’ll know that securing the right venue is a biggie, the biggest biggie. Bridebook is here to help you. Here are our top 10 tips that will set you on the right path to finding the venue to suit you!
And if you’re still stuck, no worries! Use Bridebook’s Venue Search (with filtering) to help you find ‘the one’.
1.Choose a venue to suit your personalities
Every couple is unique, so work as a team to find a venue that includes both of your tastes. Whether you go for a modern loft, a simple beach wedding, or a grand manor house like Elmore Court, choose a venue to suit your personalities combined into one!
Elmore Court, Buckinghamshire
2. Stick to your budget
Yes, it’s true! Finding a gorgeous venue is possible, even on the smallest of budgets. Talk to your partner and decide on how much you’d like to spend on a venue – use your Bridebook ‘budget calculator’ to guide you as to how much to spend on your venue based on your budget.
How about having an intimate ceremony at the top of a windmill with Rayleigh Windmill‘s venue hire from £200? Being on a budget can be beautiful!
Rayleigh Windmill, Essex
One of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to position your wedding. You’re likely to have family and friends across the country (or perhaps across the world!), so choosing a location will be key to making sure everyone can attend. Consider elderly relatives who may not be able to travel very far or walk up stairs, and it might be worth looking somewhere with great transport connections if everyone is coming from far and wide!
Take into consideration the size of your guest list and what you want to happen on the day. Make sure your venue can accommodate for your large party of 300, or has the perfect intimate ceremony space for you and your 10 guests.
An intimate ceremony set up at George Vaults, Kent.
5. Keep an open mind
Not every venue will take your breath away. However, some unexpected venues may actually make your wedding day perfect! Keep your mind open to different ideas, themes and locations if possible, as you may be surprised at what you find! How about tying the knot in a riverside cabin, at the zoo, or at a stunning picturehouse?!
Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton
6. Listen to recommendations
On your big day, you’ll want everything to run smoothly from dawn until dusk. Read reviews and recommendations of your prospective venues to see how their day went, and make sure your wedding service is 5*!
7. Stay in control
Write a list of non-negotiable things you want to include in your day, and make sure your venue fits in with this. If you want a particular caterer, an ice sculpture and fireworks on your wedding day, make it happen! If a venue can cater for this, then you know you’re on the right path to creating the perfect day.
8. Consider the lighting
One of the most forgotten elements to your wedding day is lighting. There’s not much point having a gorgeous venue if nobody can see it! Make sure there is plenty of lighting to compliment the spaces and your wedding theme. Stay well away from fluorescent or ultraviolet lighting (unless you’re having a glow in the dark wedding, that is!) And if all else fails, create your own stunning lighting!
Arnos Vale, Somerset
9. Visit more than once
Always go and see your top venue choices two or three times before you make a decision. And there’s no rush to sign on the dotted line…take your time as your venue will affect every other choice you make in regards to your upcoming wedding. Eeeek!
10. Make sure you get ‘the feeling’!
You know when that feeling of butterflies appears in your stomach, and you can totally envisage yourself walking down the aisle in an unforgettable venue? That’s ‘the feeling’, and it normally means it’s the perfect venue for you!
Holkham House, Norfolk
We hope we’ve helped you on your way to finding the perfect venue! Now you know the basics, use Bridebook’s Venue Search to find venues by name, capacity, type, style and in your preferred location. You can also use Bridebook for the rest of your wedding planning, including managing your budget, creating your guest list and booking the rest of your wedding team.