Top Tips Tuesday: The Dream Venue…
One of the very first decisions you will make when starting to plan your wedding will most likely to be where you will hold your special day. And, For some of you, this will involve choosing two venues. So double the amount of things to think about! This decision will be influenced by, and therefore will itself influence many things – so it’s a hugely important decision. At The Wedding Affair we have put together a guide to help you with the little but things you need to think about when deciding your wedding venue.
At The Wedding Affair we organise the most luxurious shows, and in the some of the most prestigious venues across Yorkshire and beyond. Venues that we work in range from magnificent stately homes, luxurious 4 & 5 star Hotels, through to charming castles and historic buildings. Take a look at our wedding directory and be truly amazed by the venues that we work with. Alternatively, join us for our luxury Spring Wedding Fairs and get to look around venues that will truly take your breath away, you may even find your dream wedding venue…
Deciding what kind of ceremony you’re going to have is a very important part of deciding the venue. If you want a religious ceremony, you’ll need to decide as a couple which place of worship is the right one for you. Usually, if you’re going to have a religious ceremony, the two of you may already have an idea of where you’ll be holding it – but make sure you take the appropriate steps in making sure you are actually allowed to get married there! This also means that for the sake of easy logistics and super happy guests, you’ll want to consider holding your reception somewhere close by. This will be something that will need to be taken into consideration.
If you would prefer a civil ceremony, then it’s either your local registry office, or a licensed venue. If you’ve got your heart set on getting married and holding the reception in one location, make sure the venue you’ve fallen for can legally marry you.
Luxurious Hotels & Stately Homes
OK, so you can’t go wrong with a luxurious venue. Not only will your photos look stunning, but you can expect the very best service! Generally, these type of venues are great for taking the stress away – if you are seeking an expertly planned wedding, luxurious venues often they have a designated wedding planner who will be your main point of contact throughout your planning process. Not to mention amazing spa facilities… these venues really do have it all.
There is usually plenty of accommodation for guests to stay too, make sure that you check to see whether this is included in your wedding package, and always check if there are any additional costs to this…
Marquees & Tipis
With the rise in humanist and alternative ceremonies, more and more couples are holding their reception in a marquee or a Tipi. This could be a fabulous option if you know of someone or land you can hire to put one up. quite a lot of wedding venues allow for marquee weddings on their own land.
Do bare in mind with this option that you may have to organise a lot more, depending on where the location of the marquee/ Tipi is. And, while there are lots of great marquee, tent and Tipi companies who will set up for you and often offer things like tables and generator hire too (hello The Wedding Affair Approved Suppliers…) – you will also have to think about toilet facilities, furniture, all of the decor, where people will have drinks/eat/dance/relax and somewhere for the caterers to go…
For many Brides however, this is the perfect chance to unleash their inner creative party planner. If this is you, go for it – because the only restrictions on your dreams will be financial ones. You can choose ANY suppliers you want, decorate in exactly the way you want, make noise until you want and ensure that your wedding day is totally private. It is the perfect blank canvas.
You’re serving friends and family food and drink – surely it’s totally logical to hold your reception at a favourite restaurant, right?
If this isn’t something you’ve even thought about before, do give it some consideration. Especially if you’re having a city wedding. Lots of independent pubs and restaurants are more than happy to give you exclusive use and work on a menu with you.
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