Your wedding day is a once in a life time experience – hopefully! So naturally, you’ll want the big day to be perfect, but perfect takes preparation, and no steps should be missed when it comes to the “I do’s”!
Selecting your wedding venue is the first and biggest decision. This first choice, influences your vendors, budget, decor and even your wedding outfits! Your site will decide on a few factors, including how many people you’re inviting, your budget and your date.
The most important thing about the place you get married is that it suits you and your needs! If you’re a traditional couple, look for a church or manor house, if you’re a bit adventurous how about a Port Lympne wedding surrounded by your favourite animals?
Not all venues can accommodate hundreds of guests, so make sure to start low in your numbers, after all, it’s easier to add guests than it is to deduct. It’s also worth asking your prospective venues what their guest count minimum is, you don’t want to have your heart set on a place if your numbers don’t match theirs.
Online venue directories, such as The Venue Report, allow you to find places based on your location, budget and venue type. Determining how much you have to spend on the place you’re going to get married, can help ease any disappointment when looking at sites that are out of your budget!
Your budget is probably the biggest factor when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. You don’t want to spend more than 50% of your total wedding budget on your location. Often couples are so eager to lock down the date in their perfect venue that they forget about all the other costs and expenses they have to cover using their budget. Rushing into it and spending a lot on a contract for your venue can leave you “house poor.” Spending too much can also mean you have to sit down and figure out what to cut to compensate for over spending.
The date of your wedding is a biggie, some couples choose a significant date to them, like the date they met or their parents’ or grandparents’ anniversary. Others may decide on a season instead of a particular day. If you’re flexible then choose an off-season month, it will be much easier to secure your dream location in a season such as February opposed to June, not to mention you’ll get it at a lower rate!
Shop around for wedding planners and photographers’ blogs; these images will give you a much better impression as they’re not staged. It’s also a good idea to do this if you’re unable to visit the venue during the season you wish to get married.
Before you get excited to go and see your dream location in person, take the time out to call up the venue and check that they have your date available.