Planning a wedding can be a difficult task, and sometimes even then that’s an understatement! You might choose to hand the whole job over to a wedding planner, but for those of you who have decided to take on this job role yourself, this blog should help make the whole process that little bit easier for you. Once you’ve experienced the pure magical feeling of your fairytale wedding, you’ll realise that it was all completely worth your time and effort.
We know that, after your dress of course, one of the most important tasks on your wedding planning list will be to book a venue for your special day. So to help with this, we’ve put together some questions you should ask yourself to make sure you choose the perfect wedding venue for you and your fiancé.
How many guests are you inviting?
This is the first question you need to be asking, as it can shape your whole wedding. If you only want close family and friends to attend your wedding then you don’t need a large venue, and booking one is only going to eat into your budget. Contrarily, if you want a larger wedding then it may be more difficult to find a suitable venue to fit all your guests. It can also be more difficult to arrange tying the knot abroad if you have a big guest list – details like arranging flights for everyone can often be a lot to handle. A productive way to choose who makes it on to your final guest list can be for both you and your fiancé to write your own guest lists, then sit down together and use both lists to feed into your final guest list.
What’s your budget?
It may seem obvious, but your budget is a major factor to consider when choosing your wedding venue. If you have the budget for a larger venue, you also need to make sure that you can afford to pay for the extra decorations and other details that come with the size. If you have a smaller budget, then it could be an idea to look for a wedding package that includes all the essentials you’ll need on your big day.
What time of year are you getting married?
If you’re getting married in the summer, then you may prefer a venue that has plenty of outdoor space. Whereas if you’re getting married in autumn or winter, then it may be smarter to choose somewhere that has lots of indoor space, as it’s likely to be too cold for your guests to want to go outside much. Although, regardless of the season, don’t forget to choose somewhere with beautiful outside space for your photos!
Do you want to get married abroad?
With the rising price of UK weddings, more couples than ever are getting married abroad. If you’ve always had your heart set on marrying abroad, or are recently looking into this option, then chances are you’ll be able to get a lot more for your money. Also, you might only need a venue for your reception – if you’re tying the knot somewhere warm, then why not make the most of the beautiful weather and have an al fresco ceremony? There are plenty of stunning beach destinations to choose from. But don’t forget to check the laws in the country you’re travelling to before booking anything – you may need a license, or it may even be illegal, to have a beach wedding!
Have you taken enough time to look at the options?
Choosing a wedding venue is certainly no easy task. It’s important not to just go for the first place you like. Take time to do the research and you may find somewhere else that offers more for your money and is even more perfect for you and your fiancé.
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