Perhaps you’ve just got engaged and can’t wait to book your wedding venue – but do you really know what you’re looking for? Before you go dashing off to look around every single wedding reception venue within a hundred miles, here are some top tips to think about when choosing a wedding venue…

1. Communication is Key

Have a chat with your other half about the sort of wedding you would like, and be prepared to compromise if you have different ideas; this could help avoid disagreements later! Are you looking for a summer wedding in a marquee, a relaxed or contemporary barn wedding venue or a formal and elegant country house?

2. Civil Ceremony or Church Wedding?

Deciding what type of ceremony you would like will highlight the area in which you should look for a wedding venue, as your wedding reception venue should ideally be within a 20 – 25 minute radius of the church.

Ceremony Seating at Rivervale Barn Wedding Venue

3. Decide on a Budget

Working out a budget early on will help you to shortlist potential wedding venues. Food and drink normally takes up quite a large chunk of your budget, so remember to include it in your calculations.

4. What’s Best for Guests?

Don’t forget about guests travelling to your wedding when choosing a wedding venue. If you want to avoid incurring expensive taxi charges and hotel bills for them or coach costs for you, look for a wedding venue near to where the majority of your guests live.

5. Wedding Guest Numbers

Have a rough idea of guest numbers before you start looking for a wedding venue, or be prepared to alter your guest list. This should avoid the disappointment of visiting a beautiful wedding venue only to find out it is too big/small for your wedding.

6. Your Wedding Date

If you’ve decided on a date for your wedding and it’s set in stone, check the availability of that date before you visit venues. If you’re flexible about the day of the week, month, season, or even the year of your wedding, you’ll have a much wider choice of venues.

7. Seek Expert Advice

Wedding websites such as this one are useful because they have details of a wide range of wedding venues at your fingertips. If you’d like some help searching for a wedding venue, a venue finding service can help. Tell them your requirements and they will search for a venue to suit you from their extensive list of wedding venues, many of which are privately-owned. Wedding planners can also help you choose a wedding venue as they have experience of weddings at different venues.

Guest post by Gemma Edwards of Country House Wedding Venues

Image from Senior Mac Photography

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