Researching on the internet is a great place to start to find your perfect wedding venue, but working out the basics before you start can help to refine your search.
Things to consider
• Date availability
How far are you willing to travel? Also consider how far you would be happy to travel is you were a guest. Bear in mind that if certain guests have quite a journey to the venue is may be more considerate to invite them to the entire day as apposed to the only the evening reception.
• Civil ceremony vs church vs independent celebrant
If you are contemplating a church wedding it is good to consider the journey time from the church to the venue as this will have an impact on your order of the day.
• Is it within budget?
Visiting & booking your venue
Typically viewings are pre-arranged directly with the venue. By booking in advance it allows you time to research the venue further and prepare any essential questions to ask your wedding venue. It is best to note these down in advance so that you do not forget during the viewing. It is useful to create a wedding venue comparison sheet to help compare the venues you see.
After your viewing it is a good idea to reflect on your experience. Consider the following –
• First impression – did it match your expectations from the web search?
• Level of attention to detail and service
• Expertise – do you feel you will be in good hands?
• Atmosphere – is it what you are looking for?
• If you are visiting in a different season to your wedding date, can you visualise how different it will be?
Wedding food, service and style will vary from venue to venue. Some venues may allow external caterers. If your chosen venues fits into this category it is likely they will suggest for you to choose and book your caterers as soon as possible. This is because external caterers are able to work across multiple venues and can be booked up quickly. Another reason, is that conversations with your caterers are important to the structure of the day. For example the time of the ceremony will impact the time of your drinks reception and wedding breakfast.
Once you have found your dream venue you need to finalise your guest list, together as a couple. Bear in mind that your venue and/or caterers may enforce a minimum number of guests. The season you wish to marry can also have an impact on this. The day of the week is often another contributing factor to the venue hire fee, this is just one of the many benefits of booking a mid-week wedding.
Often a wedding venue will allow you to provisionally hold a date before officially booking it. Once you have found your dream wedding venue speak to a member of of the planning team in regards to booking the date as this varies from venue to venue.