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Before you can start making detailed decisions about your wedding, you need to know where you’ll be saying, ‘I do’. If you’ve never organised a large event, this – the first task on your wedding planning to-do list – can feel incredibly intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s how to choose your wedding venue…
Figuring out what you can afford to spend on your wedding really is the best place to start. Every decision you make will depend on your budget, so be clear about how much you have and where it’s coming from.
Where do you want to get married? Would you rather be surrounded by countryside or in the heart of your favourite city? Close to home or further afield? Near where you grew up or at a special location that’s significant to you both? Narrow down your options by picking a general area and researching potential venues there.
Before you start your research, you need to know your numbers. Make a list of everyone you’d like to invite and decide whether you want them to come for the full day or just the evening reception.
Keep this list in mind and remember to check each venue’s capacity. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a space that can’t accommodate your friends and family.
Defining your wedding style is a crucial part of the planning process because it helps inform all the other elements of your day. Understanding what you want your wedding to look and feel like will help you focus your venue search and make it much easier to explain your vision.
For example, if you’re keen create a DIY day, you might want to seek out venues that can serve as a blank canvas. For more advice, read our simple guide to defining your wedding style.
It’s a good idea to consider whether it’s essential for you to have exclusivity. Would you like the venue to yourselves or are you happy to share it with the general public? Other practical things to think about include access and accommodation, especially if your guests will be travelling far.
You can use findyourperfectvenue.com to research a wide range of wedding venues quickly and easily on your laptop or phone. All our listings include lots of essential information about things like capacity, catering and accommodation. You can even contact venues directly through the site.
Be aware that venues get booked up quickly and you may need to be flexible. Decide which time of year you’d like to get married or be more specific and choose a particular month.
When you’re happy with your shortlist, arrange to visit some potential venues and ensure you go armed with all the right questions. If you don’t know what to ask, read our guest post for So You’re Getting Married.