Your venue will influence your budget as well as the atmosphere on the day so before you sign on the dotted line, below are three important things to consider before you decide on your wedding venue.
1. Venue size. Look at how many people you’re planning to invite to your wedding versus the number of people the venue can comfortably cater for. A crowded reception can be quite uncomfortable hindering what your photographer can capture. Also if a venue is too large, it can affect the atmosphere and the overall look and feel. Put an initial guest list together before you start venue shopping so that you can make a better decision.
2. Indoor Space. Weather around the United Kingdom can be unpredictable at the best of times, inquire what the contingency plans are if the rain clouds show their face on your wedding day. You will want to make sure that you are happy saying ‘I Do’ inside because the majority of weddings in England take place inside, and you don’t want to be disappointed when you’re walking down the aisle
3. What about the drinks? Alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding so it’s important to find out whether you can bring your own alcohol and what the costs are or if the venue will supply the drinks.
You could even schedule a date night to sample all the drinks on the menu, maybe even get a signature cocktail on the menu, maybe steer clear of a long island ice tea, you want your guests dancing into the night not falling over!
4. Preferred vendors. You’re going to be working with several different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Make sure that you’re happy with their experience, style, personality, and pricing. When a venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to deliver but it’s more important for you to choose vendors that fit in with your budget and overall preferences.