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Tips to find your perfect wedding venue

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Tips to find your perfect wedding venue

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Finding the right wedding venue is quite possibly the first thing you’re going to do once you’re engaged. Until you book a venue, your wedding will be a blank canvas - it’s only when you find the perfect venue, you’ll be able to start visualising what your big day will look like and that’s when the fun starts.

 

Until then, you’ve got to start looking for the perfect venue and that’s no mean feat. To help with the search, we've put together of all the questions you need to ask yourself before booking anything. 


BUDGET-FRIENDLY

There’s that dreaded ‘B' word again, but when it comes to planning a wedding, it’s important to have a budget that you can stick to. You may not have an idea of what to spend on a venue so you could start by ringing a few local venues up to get an idea of cost. Then sit down with your partner and work out how much you want to spend on your venue so you know exactly what you’re working with. This will also help to narrow down the search. If money is an issue, be open-minded and think of local pubs and art galleries you can book, perhaps there’s an aunty’s garden you could ‘borrow’ for your big day. 


LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

If you and your partner don’t live in the same area, it’s important to suss out where he and his family would be willing to travel to and vice versa. The venue should be able to recommend nearby hotels, the nearest airports, and local taxi services for friends and family that are travelling.

 

 RESEARCH IS KEY

 

Once you’ve settled on a location, the next thing would be to research all the wedding venues in that area. Chances are you’ll find everything from a hotel to a converted barn that can host a wedding, Take a look online and make a list of all the venues you like the look of, and start contacting them.

 

WHATS YOUR VIBE?

Think about whether the venue works with the theme you have in mind. If you want glamorous, a country hotel or stunning mansion could work, if you want something rustic, a garden marquee or barn would be ideal. The theme will also influence your wedding dress so it’s something that shouldn’t be rushed.


THINK SPACE 

The venue you pick will determine the number of guests you can invite depending on the space they have to offer. Making a rough guest list will help give you an idea of how many guests you’re looking at inviting. 

 

VIEW THE VENUE

Just like seeing a dress on a hangar, seeing an empty venue won’t help to picture what it will look like filled with tables. It’s a good idea to view a venue when it is set up for a wedding. If this isn’t possible, ask to see some photographs or check them out on social media - there should be plenty of pictures online. 

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