Picking the right venue is probably the most important decision you’ll have to make regarding your wedding (except who you’re going to marry of course!).
No matter how much stuff it feels like you have to sort out, this should be the priority, but there are a lot of different ways you can approach it.
Here’s a quick look at what you need to consider and some of the main options.
How Big Will the Wedding Be?
The first thing to take note of is how many people will be coming? If you’re inviting as many people as possible and having a big wedding, your choice of venue is going to be pretty limited and you’ll need something big such as a hotel or marquee, but for smaller events, you can choose a lot more intimate and varied venues.
Check out this post from The Knot if you’re struggling to get your wedding guest list just right!
How Involved Will You Be?
Some privately hired venues will give you free reign over the space for the duration of your wedding, which is great, but they’ll also just leave you to your own devices for the day.
This is fine if you want to be very hands-on and heavily involved down to the last detail, but if you’d rather your day be as stress-free as possible, look into a hotel or other venue that will have staff and/or a wedding planner on hand to help out.
For example, Broadoaks Country House in the Lake District have a full wedding team on hand to take care of every aspect of your day.
They say: “Your big day should be all about enjoying yourself, so we believe that the less you have to do, the better. That’s why we have an experienced team on hand to organise and cater your whole day.”
Here are some of the most popular options for wedding venues, although technically, you can get married anywhere you want, so let your imagination run wild!
Hotels are one of the most popular places to get married and there’s a good reason for this.
Because they’re so popular, hotels know what they’re doing, and will probably have a dedicated team on hand, as well as special deals and packages for wedding ceremonies and they can recommend suppliers to you as well.
Ultimately, it’s a safe choice which you can trust and it’s handy to have all of the accommodation for your guests sorted out too!
Obviously, this one is dependent on the weather, but if everything comes together, an outdoor/marquee wedding can be truly magical.
Marquee weddings do take a lot more organisation though, so be wary of this (as well as the cost).
However, if you’re willing to put in a little more work organising the day, you’ll wind up with a very personal wedding, and one which you’ll have a lot of control over.
If you’re having a smaller wedding, why not tie the knot in a swanky restaurant or pub?
Of course, you’re going to have top-notch food and drink to look forward to, and the atmosphere can be a lot more relaxed and intimate.
On the other hand, these venues aren’t really designed for weddings, so logistics could be a bit of a challenge and it’s not exactly everyone’s cup of tea either.
These are just some suggestions, but it’s your big day, so don’t worry too much about what other couples do or what you feel like you should be doing and just choose somewhere that feels special for the both of you!
For a bit more ‘out of the box’ suggestions, check out this post from Hitched.