When choosing a location think about how far your wedding ceremony venue will be from your wedding reception venue. If you know you will be hosting a lot of out of town guests you may want to choose a venue that can holds both parts of the day. If this is not an option try and ensure that both venues are in easy commutable distance from each other. On the other hand, if both venues are quite a distance apart you may want to consider hiring a large coach or two for your guests to be transported in after the ceremony. This will ensure they all arrive together and on time. In addition, it will save anyone from getting lost!
There are many places to start your search for a wedding venue. These can include directories, wedding magazines, wedding shows, and word of mouth. The first thing to do is to take into consideration the aesthetic of your wedding. If you want a chic city affair then you’re probably best looking for a sophisticated city hotel, but if you’re wanting a traditionally elegant event then your best bet is to start with a stately home surrounded by gorgeous greenery.
Gather information & Shortlist
Select up to 8 venues that you like, then try to shortlist this to 4 venues. Look through each venue’s website, gather information regarding the cost to hire, capacity, food cost per head, package per person, corkage fees, and transport links etc.
Contact the venues and find out whether they can hold your wedding on your date. If so, schedule a date and time that you can go and visit, so you get a real feel of the layout, size etc. Even if a venue appears perfect, don’t make any rash decisions. Have the venue prepare a proposal and contract that you can take home and read through carefully. Once you’ve read the small print and you’re happy all you need to do is sign on the dotted line.
Do you have any other tips for selecting a reception venue for a wedding? If so, I would love to hear from you!