July 10, 2015 / Articles
How to Decide on a Wedding Venue
Getting engaged is cause for celebration, but it should also mark the dawn of your wedding planning. One of the most important things to consider is your choice of wedding venue, as popular locations are sure to get booked up well in advance. There’s a lot that goes into choosing the ideal wedding venue for you and your partner, which is why it’s a good idea to start thinking about it as soon as possible. If you need some help when it comes to making the selection then here’s some advice that might prove useful.
Figure out the logistics
There’s a lot of emotion and excitement when it comes to the early stages of wedding planning, and this can lead to couples signing agreements with venues before they’ve had a chance to think about the big picture. However it’s vital to consider the logistics before you set anything in stone, in order to avoid hassle later down the line. You need to have a good idea of how many guests you’re going to want to invite, as it will have a direct impact on how big you need the venue to be. The time of year you want your wedding to be held will also have a big impact, and you may need to help some of your guests if they need accommodation.
Most venues like to know the amount of people you will be bringing along to the event. It’s almost impossible to have an exact number during the planning stages, but a rough estimate, whether it’s 50, 100 or 300 people, will help greatly when it comes to finding the appropriate location.
Visit the venue at the same time as your wedding would be
It might be hard to go and visit your potential wedding venue at the time of day you’d actually have your wedding, but doing so is the only way to know exactly what you’re getting. If you want to have your wedding at 3pm on a Saturday, then visiting at 9am on a Sunday won’t give you the same view of the venue. The time of day has a bigger impact then you’d think, from how the light floods the space, to how cold and draughty it can get in the evening. If you have a wedding planner then you should also bring them along with you to the venue, as they’ll be able to offer you some good advice.
Decide on the style
You might have a good idea of the type of style you want your wedding to be, and this will prove very useful when it comes to choosing a venue. This is because you can’t throw a style-specific wedding at all venues, so you’ll have to take this into account before you start searching. For example, if you’re after a modern and minimalist wedding then it’s probably best to try and stay away from the country house venues.
Ask everyone you see
A wedding venue will have a number of people working there who will be dealing with your needs on your big day. This could include a catering manager, a business manager or a number of other people. It’s a good idea to ask everyone the same questions, to make sure you get the same answers from all of them. This could include questions regarding the help you will receive on the day, or whether any changes will be made to the venue before the wedding day.
This advice can help massively when you need to pick your wedding location, and if you book well in advance then you should be able to avoid disappointment. Of course, another huge part of any wedding is being able to look back on expertly taken photographs for years to come. With Mohsin Ali Photography you can have gorgeous pictures that you’ll be proud to call your own. Contact us today for more details.