If you’re looking for the perfect wedding venue, congratulations are in order, as you’ve probably been through the exciting ‘I do’ moment already. This is usually when you also start to get anxious about planning every detail of your wedding day, trying to make your dreams become reality. The first step and a crucial one for that matter, is choosing the right venue for your wedding. If this is something that keeps you on your toes, worry no more! We are here to help you avoid the stress with advice that ensures smooth planning no matter what your dream wedding looks like!
Choosing a wedding venue is arguably the most important aspect when it comes to wedding planning, as it sets the tone of the whole event. Making the right decision is hard enough, not to mention that some of the most coveted places might even be booked a couple of years in advance. This is why you should start by considering the 3 key factors that influence choosing the best venue for your wedding: theme, capacity and price.
Three Key Factors
1) Decide on the wedding theme. Here couples usually choose a setting that reflects their personality and their expectations for the big day. Talk to your partner and find out what their ideas are and, if you happen to have slightly different points of view, don’t worry, there is always middle ground. There are plenty of wedding themes that cater for a wide range of tastes and preferences. Just remember that communication is key here!
2) While choosing a wedding venue another key aspect to keep in mind is the size of the event. Prior to making a final choice on the venue, you should have at least an estimate maximum amount of guests. This will ensure you settle for a venue with the proper capacity. But don’t forget to keep in touch with your guests and try to get attendance confirmation as early as possible. You wouldn’t want to book a large venue to only have a small crowd attending, just as much as you wouldn’t like to book an intimate place for what turns out to be a large gathering.
3) Lastly, another key aspect is determining what budget you are willing to allocate for the wedding venue. This seems rather obvious, you might think, but at the end of the day it will most likely determine your choice of the wedding venue. It is up to you to decide between investing in a landmark venue for example, or choosing a laid-back seaside setting on the other hand.
So far so good, you have the ground rules of making the best choice of venue for your dream wedding day, so let’s continue by exploring some of the more popular themes:
1.Countryside wedding - if you are a countryside lover and appreciate a quiet and romantic setting this option is probably for you! There are many beautiful countryside venues ranging from quirky barns, farms or stables to a variety of venues located either in picturesque villages or off the beaten track, all providing the quintessential English experience. No matter what your preference is, you are guaranteed an unforgettable ceremony and a wonderful time for your guests to enjoy. A countryside wedding is not only a perfect option for couples looking for a relaxed setting with a rustic feel, it is also ideal for those dreaming of an outdoor wedding ceremony!
2.Stately Homes, Manor Houses, or Castle Weddings- in case you are looking for a bit more of an exclusive option, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and historic charm, this is a perfect solution for you. UK is home to some of the most amazing stately homes and mansions, ideal if you want to add a touch of luxury to your wedding. If you are worried about unpredictable weather, why not add a stunning marquee to your idyllic location and put your mind to rest about your dream day. This option is also attractive for history lovers and once again those dreaming of a magical outdoor ceremony.
3.Seaside wedding - the calm and serenity of the seaside is often the dream wedding location for many couples. If you are one of them, you will not think twice about picking one of the British coastal settings for your big day. Luckily, there is almost an endless list of seaside wedding venues! Unleash your imagination with an intimate island wedding in the privacy of a great boutique hotel. Alternatively, you can have a modern seaside wedding or settle for a more historical place near a coastal setting. If, however, you aren’t willing to travel too far away for a coastline destination, you could consider a riverside or lakeside venue. You will undoubtedly enjoy a lovely ceremony in a romantic natural setting no matter what you choose.
4.City wedding - if a countryside concept does not quite appeal to you, you probably would like the alternative of a modern city wedding. One of the most popular wedding venue choices in this case is an outstanding hotel located within the city. You could choose a high-end luxurious hotel, a modern location such as a rooftop terrace, or an exquisite boutique hotel amongst others. Yet again, the opportunities are endless and cater to a wide range of tastes.
5.The extravagant wedding - just in case all of the above options seem too obvious for your taste, and you would like to spice things up for a change, you might think of selecting a more extravagant location and offer your guests an astonishing experience! Do some deep soul searching and see what makes your heart race. Are you a golf lover? You can have your ceremony at a luxurious golf club. Are you a thrill seeker? Why not choose an exclusive refurbished fort turned into a secluded private island? Or perhaps you are looking for a different experience for your wedding party? Why not choose a 12th century church turned into a bar and a restaurant?
With all the variety of options available, making the right choice for your dream wedding is just one step away. The only thing left is to book your perfect venue!