Choosing Wedding Venues – 5 Tips For Finding Your Dream Location

You’ve found ‘the one’, set the big day and started planning your wedding together. Now, all you need is a stunning venue where you and your guests can enjoy the day of a lifetime. With so many wedding venues available, how do you find the one that’s perfect for your big day? Here are five tips to help you reach the right decision.

1. Choose somewhere with beautiful grounds

Country wedding venues with well-kept grounds will give you lots of scope for those unforgettable wedding photos. If children will be present, interesting features such as labyrinths or ponds (always under adult supervision) will delight the youngsters. And because wedding days can be exhausting as well as exciting, extensive grounds give you and your guests somewhere relaxing to retreat for a few minutes during the day.

2. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment

Nothing’s worse than missing out on the perfect venue because you left the booking too late. Do your research in plenty of time, shortlist a couple of possible wedding venues and then book your favourite. Don’t be forced into having to accept second best – you’ll regret it for ever.

3. Size matters…

Make sure the wedding venue is a suitable size for all the guests you want to invite. Visit the venue in advance, meet the team and ask the management for advice. Have a good look around. If lots of children will be celebrating with you, does the venue have space for them to run around and let off steam in safety? And will the staff be sympathetic to energetic youngsters? As with all aspects of wedding planning, attention to detail avoids disappointment on your big day.

4. Friendly and co-operative staff for perfect wedding receptions

Will the staff at your wedding venue share your excitement? Friendly, co-operative staff who are passionate and focused on your needs will ensure that your hotel wedding reception runs smoothly: will they cater for your special requirements; are kids welcome; do they offer discounted rooms for you and your guests and can they provide a free airport transfer if you are flying off on honeymoon. If the answer’s yes to these and other questions, you know you’ve found a winning venue.

5. Ensure there’s plenty of onsite car parking

From an eccentric uncle’s vintage Morris Minor to your Rolls-Royce or Mercedes, make sure your shortlisted wedding venues offer enough onsite parking for wedding cars and guests’ vehicles. And if you’re jetting off on honeymoon, ask if your venue can offer secure parking while you’re away – the best ones will.

Follow these five tips and you’ll be well on the way to finding the perfect venue for your wedding day. Then relax, get on with the rest of your preparations and look forward to those popping Champagne corks and the flutter of confetti…