Choosing your perfect wedding venue is the first major decision that has to be made when planning your wedding. Until you choose the where, you cannot choose your caterer, photographer, florist, centre-pieces or any of the other hundred and one things that make up a wedding day. And with so many wedding venues on offer, it may not be as simple as it seems. This article explains exactly how to choose a wedding venue.
Some brides have a particular place in mind. Often somewhere that has some personal meaning to them. Others just want somewhere local or close to where they live. Increasingly, since the rise of low cost air travel, brides are choosing locations outside of their home country and having what is known as a destination wedding.
Is it within your budget?
Since money is such a non-negotiable limitation, you should start by making a list of possible venues in your price range. We’re often asked what a reasonable budget looks like and it’s a difficult question to answer because it depends heavily on where you are in the country and the type of venue you have in mind.
Do the dates work?
You need to make sure the venue is available on your chosen date, or that you can get married on a date when the venue is available.
Can the venue accommodate your guest list?
You need to consider whether the venue has capacity to accommodate the guests you want to invite. Otherwise you may have to face awkward situations when you can’t invite everybody you’re obliged to invite.
Does the venue allow external suppliers?
Some venues allow you to bring any suppliers you want in for your day while others have approved supplier lists, and other still insist you use specific services. Make sure you’re happy with any choices the venue ‘forces’ you to make.
You now know how to choose a wedding venue.