Of all the many decisions you have to make when planning a wedding, booking the right wedding venue is one of the biggest choices you’ll make. The wedding venue you pick will determine several key parts of your day, including the location, the number of guests and even the styling, so it’s essential that you get it right.
As an award-winning wedding venue in South Wales, Oldwalls Gower know exactly what things you need to consider before booking your wedding venue. Here’s their advice on how to find the perfect venue to make your dreams a reality:
Go to Wedding Fayres
Whilst finding your ideal wedding venue is a huge responsibility, it’s also one of the best parts as you get to attend various wedding fayres and showcases! Going to a wedding fayre at a potential wedding venue will allow you to see the venue all dressed up. This will help you to properly visualize how your wedding day could look. It’ll also give you the chance to speak with staff at the venue about any special requests and whether they can bring your dreams to life.
Get the Guest List Right
One of the biggest factors you need to consider is the capacity of your wedding venue in relation to your guest list. If you’re leaning towards an intimate ceremony with only close friends and family, a large wedding venue is going to look a little empty. On the other hand, you also need to think carefully about whether you’re willing to cut down the numbers of your guest list if you fall in love with an intimate wedding venue. Talk to your partner and get a rough idea of numbers before booking anything.
The Great British Weather
Even the most organised of brides can’t control the weather on the big day. When choosing your wedding venue, it’s worth considering different weather scenarios. If you’re hoping to get married outdoors, it’s a good idea to consider what will happen if it rains. The outdoor space might be the enchanted wonderland that you’ve always dreamed of, but if it rains heavily, you need to be prepared for the possibility of your wedding day being moved indoors. That’s why it’s vital that you love the building or marquee just as much as the grounds.
Location, location, location
Where your wedding venue is located will play a major part in your day. For example, if you’ve fallen in love with a countryside manor house, you’ll need to decide whether you’re willing to sacrifice that beachside bohemian location that you’ve always dreamed of. Similarly, if you’re getting married in the middle of nowhere, you’ll need to think about transport and accommodation for your guests and the practicalities of this.
Know your Figures
Not to state the obvious, but your budget will be what makes or breaks your search for your dream wedding venue. Obviously you’ll have a price range in your mind, but make sure you get a breakdown of everything that is included within your venue’s wedding package before booking so that you don’t encounter any hidden costs. Also, if you’re getting married abroad, you’ll need to factor in the cost of things like flights and travel insurance.
Have a Rough Date in Mind
Popular wedding venues tend to get booked up quickly, with their diaries filling up months or even years in advance for peak times such as summer. It’s worth having an idea of what season you’d like your wedding to be in along with knowing how long you’re willing to wait. On the plus side, if you’re flexible with your dates and don’t mind getting married mid-week, you can often save yourself some money in the process!
Lastly, remember to have fun with the process and enjoy the search; when you find the right wedding venue, you’ll know.