Choosing a wedding venue is a massive undertaking. According to the Hitched Wife website, the UK wedding industry is worth £10 billion every single year, with the average couple spending £1517 of their overall budget on the venue. Then, how can you be sure to bag or even find the perfect venue? Here are three top tips.
- Be Organized About Your Research
A wedding is not something to take an undisciplined approach to planning. Not least because you and potentially a hundred or more of those you hold dearest will remember the day for the rest of their lives. Recognizing that fact though in many cases is as paralyzing as it is motivating; hence, it is easy to see how so many couples get a little scatter brained about proceedings. Organizing one’s direct debits, credit cards and the likes is hard enough. When emotions get brought into the mix it can be impossible to see the big day for the tears (of joy or just stress).
Fortunately, the wedding saving team at the Practical Wedding website realize and appreciate this all too well. For that reason they have gone ahead and done the hard work for the world’s would-be-weds. From compiling a fuss and fluff free guide to bagging your dream venue to knowing how to find it and recognizing when you have, as well as the questions you will need to ask to compare and decide between potential venues.
So then, rather than lose your head simply head over to the A Practical Wedding website, How to Choose a Wedding Venue Guide.
- Keep an Open Mind…and Have Fun!
Where a venue is located, whether it features disabled access, whether it has the scope to accommodate all of your intended guests (perhaps even overnight)…these are all issues that need determining before you begin your venue search. The danger of doing things the other way around, aside from meaning having to search for venues with no actual strategy in place, is that you fall in love with a venue that is not suitable. At worst, rather than accept this and move on, it could leave you having to make tough choices between axing a portion of your reception guests, leaving your beloved pooch behind or even breaking your budget.
As for the style of a venue though, this is something that can be explored once you’ve a budget, guest list and the likes pinned down. Further, whilst some might have a very firm idea of what they want in mind, taking a moment to look at what is actually out there can open couples’ eyes to a whole new world of ideas and possibilities.
For example, whilst Searcys at The Gherkin in Central London provides an ultra modern venue, the scope the building provides means that there is no reason why it cannot be decked out with a traditional theme whilst also offering some of the most stunning views of London possible. Meanwhile, couples who would rather look out over marvels of a more natural kind shouldn’t be put off the likes of any one of three Lake District Country Hotel’s wedding venues; providing historic and architecturally unique buildings and set on the edge of Lake Windermere, this needn’t mean those who opt to wed at a Lake District Country House Hotel have to throw a traditional country house wedding.
Then, whilst a theme is often chosen, remember that it needn’t and should never curtail or narrow your search in ways which could actually prevent you from finding your ideal venue; further, the wedding police are not going to arrest you for blending styles and making the day your own. Rather, the regret police are far more likely to come knocking if you let the likes of style magazines and guests decide where you say ‘I do’. This is your day. Make sure your venue and everything else about it celebrates that.
- Make a Joint Decision
A perfect venue cannot be found, even if you visit every single potential wedding venue in the country, or even the world, unless the decision is a joint one. While one half of a couple might seem or even actually be happy to defer the responsibility of making this all important choice and the other half might seem or even be happy to get to pick, both individuals need to remember what the venue is being picked for.
A wedding is a celebration of two people uniting and coming together to form a lifelong team. It involves celebrating the individuality of the two halves that make a whole, and an equal one hopefully; hence, both parties need to show and take an equal interest every aspect. The alternative is that one partner’s personality dominates the ‘show’. Then, and whilst some partners might be happy (relieved even) to defer the responsibility of picking out a venue to their other half right now, give this set up ten years (or even ten months) and things could very easily be very different.
Couples who go at wedding planning and finding that ideal venue as a team are able to ground and support each other while learning how to better compromise and communicate with each other as well as sharing a once in a lifetime experience, and one that will ultimately change the course of both their lives forever. Your partner is the only person who is with you on this rollercoaster, that is, after all, the whole point. Then, this is perhaps why those who plan together as well as being doubly likely to stick to their budget are also far more likely to stick to each other in the long term, as is discussed further in The Marriage Prep website article Wedding Planning: Interesting Relationship Challenge.
Suffice to say, and in conclusion, if you’re planning to be together for the rest of your lives, there is no better time to start practicing what you are about to preach than now!