Your wedding day should be all about you, right? Wrong! Of course it’s your big day and you want everything to be to your liking, but keeping your friends and family happy is a big part of the day too. Therefore, choosing your wedding venue should be a decision you make with your guests in mind as well.
Here are a few things I think you should think about when it comes to your wedding guests’ needs to ensure a happy day for all.
First of all, it’s good to think about the location of your proposed venue and how easily your guests can get there. If your family is up North and the groom’s family is down South, should you search for a venue that’s somewhere in between, perhaps? Also, think about if it’s easily located via Sat Nav. If not, it might be worth including a handy map with your invite.
Once your guests arrive they are going to need somewhere to park. Check if there is going to be amble space for everyone and if the parking is free.
One of the definite considerations if you have disabled or elderly guests attending your wedding is how accessible the hotel is. Not just can get they get into the building, but once inside will they be able to get a lift to all floors? Is there slope access whenever there are stairs?
Dietary requirements are another big thing to be mindful of. If your venue is providing your catering, check what options they have for vegetarians, vegans and even gluten-free guests before booking. Hungry guests are unhappy guests.
Accommodation at the venue is something else to consider on your guests’ behalf. Quite often a wedding booking includes the bride and groom’s room for the night, but what about guests who have travelled far and wide to make it to your big day?
Some smaller hotels may not be able to accommodate all guests that wish to stay over. If this is the case you should provide your guests with alternative options.
If you are buying rooms on behalf of guests, ask your venue if they can offer any discounts for multiple room bookings as you may be able to get a good deal.
Making a Weekend of It?
If your friends and family are travelling quite a way to your wedding they may extend their stay to a long weekend to make the most of it. In this case you may want to consider the activity and leisure offerings at the hotel when coming to your final decision.
Guest post by Michelle Stewart of Trump Turnberry
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