Weddings are so expensive, which is why it’s important to make sure you find your absolute dream venue for the money you’re paying. This can mean months of researching, visiting and humming and haying about whether the venue fits you as a person. I understand how difficult it can be to find a dream venue whilst also sticking to a budget. Below I share some hints and tips to finding that dream wedding venue.
My personal dream wedding venue would have to have an option for an outdoors wedding as well as an indoors wedding as I have always wanted an outdoors wedding under an arch with flowers intertwined (As shown below), or if not flowers then at least greenery, it’s the one decision I’d put my foot down on. The cheap alternative to this is to make it yourself with fake flowers from shops such as Hobbycraft, most venues will let you decorate their arch yourself. Also search for a venue that has exactly what you want in place already.
One of the most important things to consider when looking at venues is whether they deal with the food and drinks as well, because if not you’ll have to outsource for a caterer which can be more costly. and put you way over budget. Also, what are their menu options? Will you eat the food? I would discuss this with them before committing.
Now, for me, it would be convenient to have both the wedding and the reception in the same place. Not only do you not have to worry as much about transport for you as your guests, but it also means that you can relax on the day. A lot of places even offer rooms to stay over in after the wedding for a relaxed, stress free day.
Location is important. You don’t want your guests forking out on a weekend trip if they don’t have to. My advice is to either budget for getting close family hotels for their stay or keep it within 30 miles of your close family so they can get home. I’d also run a bus to and from the main city your guests stay in for after the reception so people can get drunk without needing a designated driver.
If you’re anything like me, then you want a barn-like venue that will hold all of your guests comfortably and give you and enjoyable experience with the freedom to decorate. Combined with nice scenery for photographs and the opportunity for an outdoors wedding. I’d also like my venue to have quite an “oldy worldy” feel to it, because I think the buildings (both exterior and interior) are nicer.
Once you’ve found your locations, everything else will click in to place and your planning will be in full swing and you can get excited about your big day.
The photos provided are from Cain Manor which I couldn’t recommend more as a wedding venue. It has everything you could possibly want in a venue – including an oldy worldy feel. Click here to find out more about the venue.
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