Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! You’ve found the wonderful partner to spend the rest of your life with, now you need somewhere to say I do – time to choose your wedding venue.
There has never been a better time to get married. New wedding venues are popping up all over the place, classic ones are being restored to their former glory and the opportunity to find a wedding venue as unique as you has never been greater. Unfortunately, this ever-growing selection can be a bit overwhelming! Here are some expert tips to help you choose.
Location, location, location
For many of us, the first step was looking for wedding venues near me, as we were after a venue that offered easy travel for friends and family. We are lucky enough to be situated in the heart of the Cotswolds and have catered at many glorious Cotswolds wedding venues. When looking at a venue, consider the access options for your guests, including how you’ll accommodate any guests that are travelling from further afield. If you’re looking at Oxfordshire wedding venues, for example, you might consider the airy, versatile Stratton Court Barn as it’s only 10 minutes away from a mainline train station.
Keep your budget in mind
We can assure you that there are beautiful, memorable, breathtaking weddings at every price point. It’s wise to keep your budget in mind when looking at wedding venues as it is likely to be one of the largest expenses on the day. We continue to be amazed by the unique places that people choose to get married and love the challenge of creating menus to fit with your plans.
Discover new places
At one time, your wedding venue choices were limited to just hotels, golf clubs and similar buildings. But we’ve seen people say their vows in gardens, marquees, cinemas, theatres, barns and so many more places. While we were scoping out Gloucestershire wedding venues, we discovered the gorgeous Sezincote Estate, an Indian-style stately home hidden away in the Gloucestershire countryside that is credited with influencing the design of the Brighton pavilion after a visit by The Prince Regent in 1807.
Room for a little one?
The number of guests you invite will play a part in deciding on your perfect wedding venue. Try to keep your guest list in mind when looking around, as you don’t want to fall in love with a place only to discover that half of your guests will have to stay home. Some venues have the option to extend their capacity by adding a marquee or utilising additional rooms at the property.
One visit is rarely enough!
Always go and see your top venue choices more than once before you make a decision. And there’s no rush to sign on the dotted line… take your time as your venue will affect every other choice you make in regards to your upcoming wedding!