Tips and advice for couples looking to book the best wedding venue in Surrey
If you live in or around the Surrey area then you may well be looking for a wedding venue suitable for your big day wishes and requirements. There are dozens of incredible wedding venues in Surrey, but if you’re looking for one that is just right for you, then let Bijou Weddings help you narrow down your choice – ensuring you book nothing but the very best!
This article has been designed to help you choose the best wedding venue in Surrey, based around the style of wedding you’re hoping to achieve. We’ve listed a collection of ideas, suggestions and things you not have even considered when it comes to choosing the best wedding venue in Surrey for your big day.
What Type of Wedding Venue Will You Choose?
If you’re on the hunt for a wedding venue with wonderful views surrounded by peace and quiet, then a country house wedding venue could be the best option. An exclusive use wedding venue will allow you to hire out the entire house on a private basis and a hotel style wedding venue may not be exclusive, but it should provide you with plenty of overnight accommodation. If you like the idea of getting married outside then choosing a wedding venue with an outdoor ceremony license and beautiful grounds/gardens is a must. When it comes to your wedding reception, ensure that the wedding venue you choose will be big enough to cater for your full wedding guest list.
Top Tip: If you’re not going to hire a venue on an exclusive-use basis then be sure to find out the exact hours that you’re hiring the venue from and to before you book.
The Location of your Surrey Wedding Venue
The location of your wedding venue will play a big part when it comes to the logistics of your day. When thinking about location, ensure that the wedding venue offers:
- Plenty of parking
- Easy transport links for non-driving guests
- Easy access for guests arriving in a taxi
- An easy-to-find wedding venue (so that guests don’t miss your ceremony)
Think about your wedding suppliers too! If you choose a remote wedding venue then will they have trouble finding it, or may they have trouble transporting goods down a not-so-sturdy road? Using suppliers that are already associated with your chosen wedding venue, much like our Bijou Partners page is always a sensible suggestion.
A Wedding Venue with Flexibility
It’s your wedding day, so to ensure that you book a wedding venue that meets your wedding day requirements, you need to be open and honest with your wedding plans and ideas from the very beginning. Some wedding venues may have rules and specifications in place for a reason and where you may not agree with them initially, they’ll probably make sense in the long run. If there’s a specific wedding favour that you’ve always dreamed of having, or you plan on having an owl fly your wedding rings down the aisle, discuss your thoughts in the very first instance.
If you’ve fallen in love with a wedding venue who aren’t able to meet your specific requirements, see if they can suggest an alternative solution. Might they be able to source a specific banquet dish for you? Or could they create the ultimate wedding favour, as opposed to you worrying about getting these made separately?
Whatever wedding venue you choose, their team will want to help you create the perfect day. Don’t be afraid to ask, ask and ask again. The more information you give them, the more likely they are to get it right.
Choose a Surrey Wedding Venue that you Can Afford
It’s fine to go and look at every wedding venue in Surrey but they’ll all offer completely different packages and their styles will vastly differ from one wedding venue to the next. To ensure that you can afford the wedding venue you’re going to visit, consider asking them for a quote ahead of time (in order to save you time if it’s out of your budget) or look at their brochure to get an idea of how much you think your wedding day might cost with them.
Top Tip: Discuss your wedding budget as a couple or family before you start visiting wedding venues. A rough number of guests and your maximum wedding budget should be a great starting point.
Local Activities in Surrey for Guests Coming from Abroad
If you’ve got friends or family travelling to celebrate your wedding from overseas, then you might want to give them a list of 10 recommended activities to do in and around Surrey to keep them entertained.
- Thorpe Park Theme Park
- London Bus Museum
- Richmond Park
- Virginia Waters
- RHS Garden Wisley
- Hogs Back Brewery
- Chessington World of Adventures Theme Park
- Trip to London
- Brooklands Museum
- The Sculpture Park
Questions to Ask Yourselves Before Making a Final Decision
If you’ve narrowed down your choice of the best Surrey wedding venues and are nearly ready to make your decision, ask yourselves the following five questions…
- Did we get the instant feeling of wow when we walked through the doors?
- Can we see ourselves getting married at this wedding venue?
- Can we fully afford this wedding venue?
- Does this wedding venue have availability on the date we’re looking to book?
- Can this wedding venue comfortably hold the amount of guests on our list?
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