With thousands of potential wedding venues, all over the country, how do you choose? Your choice of venue is one of the most important decisions you need to make and with there being many different factors that you need to consider before finalising your choice of venue. So, where do you start? Here at Oaktree of Peover, we have some tips for you to consider, to get you started and narrow down your options.
Firstly, and most importantly, you need to look at your guest list. How many people do you want to be there for your special day? After you have come to a number, only then should you look at what venues are available. You may find the perfect looking venue, that looks beautiful when fully decorated but does not accommodate for the whole of your guest list. This will mean that you’ll either have to find a new destination or reduce your guest list.
Another thing you need to consider, is if your guest list is too big. Is it necessary for you to invite your cousins’ neighbor to your wedding? If you have a smaller budget, then it is crucial for you to think deeply about who you want to your wedding reception and wedding party.
Been saving for years for your wedding or are the wedding expenses coming as a shock to you? Some venues give you a fixed price or a price per guest and so you need to take this into consideration as it could massively impact your final spending. Only look at venues that are realistic to your budget, as you don’t want to have your heart set on a venue that is too expensive and then feel like you are settling for a venue that isn’t as good.
Looking for a venue close to home or to maybe venture abroad for your special day. When it comes to the location there are many different things that you need to consider. How are people going to get to the venue? Where are people going to stay? Are you going to pay for them to get to your wedding venue? Does your venue have any special meaning to you and your partner or are you choosing this location due to the environment and the beauty of the place?
After looking at the three above points, it is then time to decide whether your venue meets the theme that you would like to go for with your wedding or not. Is the venue a suitable place for the type of atmosphere you are looking for? If not, keep searching.
Once you have narrowed your options down to three or four venues, you then need to look at what opportunities there are for catering. Some venues may have their own catering services with a range of food options for you to choose from or you may have venues with the option to hire your own catering company.
Will the venue charge you for opening and serving bottles of wine, champagne and even spirits? Make sure that you understand how much they charge per bottle opened as some venues may have a cork charge that may surprise you.