Starting your wedding venue search can be overwhelming. Here are our top five tips for getting out of the starting blocks:
1. Get a list of the wedding venues in the area where you want to get married. If you are planning a civil ceremony, you can find local venues on this Direct.gov page.
2. If you have a specific date in mind, ring the venue and check they have your date free (be mindful that popular wedding venues often get booked-up at least a year in advance).
3. Think about how many people you plan to invite and check that the size of the venue matches the scale of wedding you’re planning, and also that the actual room or place you will get married has capacity for all of the people you want at the ceremony itself (marriage licences for venues have strict rules regarding the number of people that can be accommodated in a ceremony). There is no point setting your heart on a venue, going to view it, and finding out it’s far too small or big!
4. Ask the venue about any package prices they have to get an indication of price. If they don’t have any package prices, ask about the average cost of the wedding. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue that your budget can’t stretch too.
5. Think about the style of your wedding. If you are planning something rustic, then a very modern venue might not fit with the feel you’re looking for.
We found that we saw a few venues and kept coming back to the same one – Whirlowbrook Hall was perfect for us!
If you would like more advice on choosing your venue, download our Wedding Venue- What to ask series