One of the most stressful phases of planning a wedding is choosing a venue – with so many out there it can be a real challenge to find the one which will be perfect to meet the needs of you and your spouse-to-be.
However, there are some tips and tricks to help you find the ideal place to wed, so he’s a quick guide to finding your perfect wedding venue.
Involve your wedding planner from the beginning
One of the most common mistakes which couples make during the wedding planning process is not involving the wedding planner from the very beginning. Many couples decide to bring in the wedding planner after they have a date and venue, but this is misguided.
We spoke to Lake District Country Hotels who said: “Wedding planners are well-versed in selecting great venues; a lot of times they will know which places are perfect for your needs and desires straight away.”
“It’s also important to bear in mind that your wedding planner will have plenty of knowledge on how to turn a venue’s space into your dream wedding, so it’s always worth consulting your wedding planner about all things venue.”
Pay attention to the lighting
Particularly for your wedding photographs, lighting can be a really important factor when choosing your wedding venue, so you should make sure that both you and your photographer are happy with it. Pay close attention to the lighting when you visit a venue – is there lots of natural light or is it fairly dark in there?
Before selecting your venue, you should always ask if they are able to provide you with or will allow you to use additional lighting, such as accent lighting and uplighting. This can make a real difference to your wedding pictures and the overall mood and ambiance of your big day – as a general rule of thumb, the more lighting options the venue offers the better.
For inspiration for inventive ways to light up your wedding, read this post for some creative pointers.
Be aware of your guest list
It’s so crucial that you have at least a rough guideline of who you will be inviting to your wedding before you start considering venues. By the time extended family and neighbours make the list, the majority of weddings wind up being larger than originally intended, so you could end up with extra tables to accommodate for and a venue which can’t host extra guests.
If you’re looking for some help with your wedding guest list, check out these tips.
Know what you want to use the space for
Before you start viewing venues, you should always have a clear idea of what you want to use the space available for. Knowing what you want before you start looking at venues avoids any unnecessary disappointment so if you’d like to have a cocktail reception or a barbecue wedding breakfast, ensure that each venue has enough space to do so.