Venues! Everything You Should Know When Choosing and Booking


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When you start planning a wedding there are so many different things to organise that it can become easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. Don’t worry, it’s completely natural. Many people believe that it may be a good idea to ease into preparations by sorting out the small details. These are often fun and quaint, for example, wedding favours and table arrangements. But instead of focusing early efforts on the little details, you should get the big things out of the way first. Perhaps the most important part of your organising process? Booking a venue. After all, without a venue, you will have nowhere to say your vows and celebrate. So, here’s a quick run through of everything you need to know about choosing and booking the perfect venue for your big day.


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Have an Idea of Your Ideal Venue

There are so many different places that you can get married that you’re not going to have time to look at them all. So have a vague idea of the type of venue that you prefer. Some people will opt for their local church. Others would like a traditional country manor, like Clevedon Hall. You might be interested in something a little more quirky, like a small scale cinema or an event in a forest. Whatever your interests, there will be something out there to suit you perfectly.

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Start Looking Early

Even if you’re planning on having a long engagement, it’s essential that you start scouting out places well in advance of the date. Why? Popular wedding venues tend to have huge waiting lists, often being fully booked up for months in advance. Start your search online or by flicking through glossy wedding magazines. Try not to set your heart on a specific place from the start, as it may not be available or able to accommodate your wedding party. You want all of your loved ones to be there, so it’s not worth cutting attendee numbers just for the sake of a particular venue. Remember, the presence of people is much more important than the quality of the pictures that you will take away from the ceremony. Choose a few different venues, so that you can always fall back on a different one if your favourite isn’t quite right.

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Book Viewings

As we are all well aware in the modern world, pictures can be altered and edited to make the subject look a lot more attractive than it might be in real life. So, to save disappointment on your big day, make sure that you book a tour of the wedding venue that you have in mind. Seeing the location in real life could confirm your wishes to get married there, or it could make you realise that this is definitely not the place that you thought it was. If possible, request to be shown around by someone. They will be able to show you all areas of the building and its grounds and may even have little bits of historical information that add to the atmosphere of the place.

When you’ve viewed a place and you’re absolutely certain that this is the venue of your dreams, place your deposit! This will secure the space and allow you to move onto organising other aspects of the event.


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