Planning a wedding is no easy task, and it involves making a lot of big decisions such as your dress style, cake flavour, colour scheme and the list goes on! One of the biggest and most important decisions to make is your venue; it sets the tone the entire day so it is vital that you choose somewhere that is perfect for you and your dream wedding. We’ve come up with our top tips for finding your perfect wedding venue:
1. Know your numbers
If you know the number of guests you are inviting to both your wedding ceremony and reception, it will make narrowing down your venue search much easier. Some venues will automatically be ruled out because they simply don’t have the capacity for your guests. Couples often underestimate how many people they will invite, and then how many their parents and other relatives may want to add! Be sure to have the discussion with any relevant family members early on, so you are all clear on the same guest list.
2. Remember your budget
Budget is another huge factor in choosing a wedding venue, and can also play a big part in ruling out many potential venues. It isn’t just the cost of hiring the space to consider, but also if the venue provides in house catering and decorating. Look for venues that offer all inclusive packages, that way you will be fully aware of all the costs involved upfront, and won’t get any nasty surprises further down the road.
3. Look at local photographers’ websites
A good way to get a real feel for a wedding venue is to look at websites, blogs and social media pages for local photographers. They will often share photos of the recent weddings that they have shot, and a local photographer will usually work at a range of venues in the area. This gives you the chance to see some real wedding photos as opposed to staged images that are the usual on a wedding venue website. This can be especially helpful if you are unable to visit the venue in the season you are planning your wedding for.
4. Think about location
Consider where your guests are travelling from, if you have a lot of guests who don’t live locally to the venue, try and find somewhere with good transport links or onsite accommodation. Thinking about these practicalities when deciding on your venue could make a big difference on who can attend your big day.
5. Attend show rounds and take photos
Always book a show round of a venue before making any big decisions, wedding venues can look very different in person to how they do online. You can see and understand the layout of the building and event space, and it gives you a chance to meet the staff and ask any questions you might have. When attending a show round, take lots of your own pictures of all the things you like and dislike; this will make it much easier to refresh your memory when it is time to sit down and make a final decision.
Choosing your venue is an exciting time in the wedding planning process, and one that should be enjoyed instead of stressed over. If you are looking for the ideal wedding venue in Worcestershire, visit us at The Abbey to explore our beautiful wedding suites and gardens, learn about our wedding packages, and meet our dedicated wedding team. Call us on 01684 879193 or email [email protected] for more information.
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