One of your biggest wedding budget expenses will be your wedding venue, and for good reason too. It’s the backdrop for your whole day and it needs to fulfill a fair few demands from being charming to remaining functional. With it taking up such a huge chunk of your budget, it’s important that you choose the right venue for your wedding. Discover how not to regret splurging on your wedding venue with our practical advice and checklist.
When choosing a venue you won’t regret splurging on, be sure your venue ticks all of these boxes:
1. Is the venue wedding-worthy?
What makes a venue wedding-worthy for one bride may differ for another, but there are some elements that all venues share, applicable to everyone. Your wedding venue should be worthy of your wedding photos. It’s going to be the backdrop for all of your wedding photos and it should be up to the task!
Choose a wedding venue that photographs well; it’ll feature in many of your photos from the day! | Photo courtesy of Larmer Tree
Furthermore, whether you have your wedding in a Georgian manor house with its characteristic tall windows, a grand castle with turrets and moat or a modern art gallery, you’ll want your venue to have the type of charm and wow factor that will render your guests speechless.
The final consideration for ensuring your chosen venue is wedding worthy is to be certain they have all of the appropriate licences. Whether you’re getting married in the UK or abroad, it will be your responsibility to research and ensure your chosen venue is legitimately licenced. For weddings abroad, a good place to start would be either with your wedding planner or at the country’s tourist website.
2. Is the venue functional?
You won’t regret splurging on your wedding venue if you’re confident that it meets all of the requirements you’ll need for a successful, memorable day. Questions to ask yourself before booking:
Is this venue large enough for my intended guests?
Does this venue have indoor and outdoor facilities?
Does this venue hold an outdoor wedding licence? (If you are planning to get married outdoors in the UK.)
Will this venue be accommodating for all of my guests’ needs? (Consider things like food allergies and intolerance, disabled accessibility, baby changing and privacy for infant feeding et cetera.)
Is this venue easily accessible for my guests or does it have good transport links to major roads, airports or train or coach stations?
Does this venue have a late licence? (If you are planning on having a lengthy reception.)
Does this venue offer exclusive use? (If you don’t want to share your day with another wedding or event.)
Just because the trend is to spend a good portion on a wedding venue, it doesn’t mean you have to. Be sure that your wedding venue is affordable and within budget. There’s no sense in going into debt to have the wedding of your dreams. Also, be sure to scope out any hidden costs that might be associated with your chosen venue. For instance, will you be charged corkage? Will you have to pay extra for exclusive use? Does your chosen wedding package cover all of the food you’d like to serve? Will you have to pay to use outside caterers?
4. Does the venue make you happy?
Not to perpetuate any crazy bridezilla-style antics, but your wedding day is about you and your spouse and all of the decisions you make should reflect what makes the two of you happy. Not anyone else. Before you pay a deposit for your venue, be sure that you can see yourself getting married there and be confident that you love the venue and would be happy to have its face in all of your wedding photos. Also be sure that you get along with the wedding planner and have a good vibe from them as this relationship will be vital for pulling off the wedding you want.
Even if you end up spending more than you intended on your wedding venue, you won’t have to regret this decision if you take the time to address any concerns and ensure that the venue is the right fit for your wedding.