Your venue should cost no more than half of your overall budget, this is a basic guide to choosing the venue that is right for you. If you choose a venue that takes up over 50% of your budget then the chances of you getting your dream transport, dress or photographer will be a lot slimmer.
Deciding what type of wedding venue you would like is one of the first things that you should consider when planning your wedding day, you need to decide whether you will have a separate ceremony venue to the reception or whether you would prefer to have it all in one place. Choosing the right venue depends on a few different things, such as budget, location, number of guests and your individual style and personality as a couple.
If you can estimate the amount of guests that you would like at your wedding, that should help with an idea of your budget too which will impact on your venue choices. Most places have a minimum requirement for the amount of guests at your wedding party so you may need a more substantial party for larger venues. For example, if you are hoping for a small and private wedding then a stately home or a castle is not the best or most realistic idea. You can shortlist some of your favourite venues and then go and have a look around a few to allow you to get a feel for the place and judge whether it is the right place for you and your other half.
It is important to take into the account the amount of travel that may be involved with your particular venue choices, it will make a difference to you, your guests and even your photographer and transport provider, who may charge quite a bit extra for the added distance that they may have to travel. This is also something that you should think about if you are planning to have your reception at a different venue to the ceremony. If you have a lot of guests and there is a fair distance between your venues, then why not consider hiring a coach or arrange travel beforehand to ensure that all of your guests are able to travel to your reception venue.
Once you have chosen your venue, that then allows you to start planning the rest of the details, as wherever you choose will have an effect on what you choose for your options regarding catering, flowers, decoration, transport and dress style. The general theme and styling of your wedding day will be directly influenced by the wedding venue that you have chosen.
Converted barn weddings are becoming more popular with the country and rustic feel adding character and quirkiness to your wedding day. This can also be achieved with the use of a marquee, companies hire out marquees especially for weddings and they can be erected in many places including country estates, castles and stately home gardens.
If you have to go for a cheaper venue, then it’s worth thinking more about decorations for the ceremony and the reception. By hiring chair covers, hanging bunting, tissue paper baubles and balloons and adding a bit of sparkle with fairy lights and of course, the classic use of flowers you can add that bit of extra flare to your venue, no matter what the overall cost may be.
The classic fairy tale wedding is perfect in an all-inclusive hotel or ballroom where there is room for hundreds of guests, a traditional wedding breakfast, an extravagant dress and great entertainment. A traditional big wedding could also benefit from a country house or an estate to celebrate your wedding, with plenty of character throughout the old buildings and opportunity for fantastic photographs. Stunning landscapes are especially important for photograph opportunities, so a spa or a golf club is a great place to look for sweeping views that will make your wedding photos capture the day perfectly.