How to choose your ideal wedding venue

Everyone knows getting married is a special and very memorable occasion that people will (hopefully) only do once. This is why many couples put extreme amounts of effort into organising the perfect event. But of course, with so much to consider it can be all too easy for people to get overwhelmed by the whole process and the stress of planning such an important event can get to them. This is why it is so important to break it down and tackle each task one at a time.

One of the first things to consider is the venue for the wedding, as this needs to be arranged before most of the other aspects of the ceremony can be sorted. So what do you need to think about when you’re choosing the perfect wedding venue?

  1. What type of service do you want?

One of the first things you need to do is decide whether you want a religious or civil ceremony, as this will determine your venue. Not all venues can hold religious ceremonies so this is one of the first things you need to decide upon.

  1. Location, location, location

If you live in London, holding your wedding in Manchester probably isn’t the best idea. It will be very difficult to plan and organise the venue – as well as accessories such as flowers, makeup and photography – if you don’t live within easy travelling distance of the venue. Choose somewhere fairly nearby. You also need to think about your guests and your family – remember they will need to travel to the event.

  1. Choose a theme

The next part of choosing a wedding venue you need to think about is the theme of the occasion. Do you want something grand in a large country house? Are you planning a winter wedding with a large castle looming in the background? Do you want to hold the wedding outside? Do you want a small ceremony in a posh hotel?

This is one of the most important decisions you have to make as it will affect many of your other decisions. The only way you will get this right is to go and visit plenty of venues – don’t rely on brochures and the internet. You need to get a real feel for a place by visiting it.

  1. Establish a budget

Setting yourself a budget is important as this ultimately dictates which venue you can choose. Weddings are expensive, so set yourself a realistic spend for the venue and make sure you stick to it.

  1. Think about the reception

There are two options when it comes to receptions – they can either be at the same venue as the wedding or a different location. The first option is usually easier, although it isn’t always possible if the venue does not cater for receptions. If you choose the second option, you have to ensure the journey between the two venues is not too far – bear in mind your guests will have to get between the two.

  1. How many guests will there be?

The number of guests you want at your wedding should be established right from the start, even if it is a fairly rough estimate. The majority of venues will have limits on how many guests they can accommodate.

  1. Accommodation and transport

If your guests need to travel to the wedding, make sure there is (fairly cheap) accommodation nearby. The last thing they need after making the journey to the ceremony is to pay a fortune for somewhere to stay. Getting married in a hotel is often the perfect solution because guests have everything they need in the same place.

Similarly, think about transport – will it be easy for your guests to reach the venue? Bear in mind some will be driving, while others might be using public transport. You might want to book a coach to take guests from the wedding to the reception venue so they do not have to drive.

Of course, there is a lot more to planning a wedding and this is just the tip of the iceberg, but these are a few things you need to be thinking of right from the start when it comes to arranging a venue.

Crystal Marquees are an established Marquee Hire company based in Surrey who offer fantastic wedding theme ideas, check out their gallery- Crystal Marquees.  They have put on some sensational wedding theme parties recently.

Good luck!

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