How to Kick Start Your Wedding Venue Search
Congratulations, you’re engaged! However, before you start looking at flowers or booking your bridal appointments, your number one priority should be searching for your wedding venue. Finding your dream venue can help so many things fall into place, but if you need a helping hand, here are some helpful tips from wedding directory Guides for Brides to kick start your venue search…
Write your guest list
One of the most important things to decide before you go venue shopping is how many people you want to (and can afford to!) invite to your big day. There’s no point viewing venues that can’t fit your eventual headcount, and equally there’s no point spending the money on a grand venue if you’re having a small number of guests. At least getting a rough idea will help you narrow down your wedding venue search.
Look at your budget
Once you have an idea of your numbers, you can work out how much you can afford to spend on your venue and catering costs (which are often closely linked). Having even a vague idea of how much you can put towards venue hire can stop you from falling in love with venues that are hugely out of budget, or help you to recognise a great price – to give you an idea, our Guides for Brides 2017 survey revealed that on average our couples paid £4,450 towards their venue.
Choose a location
Countryside or city? Home or abroad? Drawing a circle around a rough location is a great way to know whereabouts to start looking, so decide how far from home you’re willing to travel to find the perfect wedding venue.
Decide on your wedding style
Once you have the important bits (size, price, and location) narrowed down, then you can start to think about style. Hopefully you will have already discussed with your other half what kind of wedding you’re thinking about, and your chosen venue can play a big part in that. For example, a grand fairytale wedding will suit a castle or country house; a vintage or rustic wedding would look right at home in a barn; a casual wedding will work well in a village hall or outdoor space. Matching your dream style to your venue will mean less work for you later down the line as you’ll just have to accentuate the space, rather than transform it.
Think about seasons
Bear in mind your chosen wedding season when you’re shopping for a wedding venue. If you’re getting married in autumn or winter, then make sure that the interiors of your venue work well for this – there’s no point relying on a venue’s beautiful garden if it’s going to be dark, wet and cold outside!
Prioritise your checklist
Once you’ve made the big decisions, then you can get down to the nitty gritty. Do you want your venue to have accommodation on site? What about a bridal suite? Are fireworks or live music permitted? Get an idea of your must-haves to really narrow down your search to the perfect place – but be sure to prioritise your deal-breakers. The Guides for Brides venue finder can help you find the perfect wedding venue to match your checklist!