When you announce to friends and family that you are getting married, the second question after when is usually where. For some couples, this can be dictated to them for one reason or another – where they work, where they live and so forth. But for most couples, choosing the wedding venue can be difficult because when it comes to venue hire London brides and grooms to be literally have no end of choice. So how do you find the right one?
Some venues will automatically be knocked off your list when you consider a few of the basics of the wedding. The first one is the biggest issue – how many people will be inviting? All venues have a certain capacity and if you need more than a place can offer, then they are off the list. Once you know the venue can hold the number of people you want to invite, you need to see if they are available on the date you want, if you have selected one.
Civil ceremony or church wedding will be another big factor. If you want to get married at a certain church, then how far is the venue from it and will it be practical for everyone to travel from one to another. If you want a civil ceremony then you need to ensure the venue has the licensing for it as well as the facilities to hold the event – though some places will let you use wedding furniture hire if you want a particular theme when you are saying your vows.
The next step is to look at the venue from the guests point of view to make sure it is going to work. For instance, if people want to drive to the venue, is there going to be plenty of parking for the cars? How many rooms are available if people are travelling further and want to stay with night? Are there local companies that can offer minibus hire or taxis for those travelling locally?
The time of year that you are planning to get married can also affect the choice. If you are going for a winter or autumn wedding, the venue may look great in spring but what is it going to be like when it snows? Or all the leaves have fallen off the trees? Will the weather conditions make getting to and from the venue a nightmare for you and your guests?
On the other hand in spring and summer weddings, are there facilities to enjoy the day no matter what the weather? So if you are planning a garden party style wedding but it rains, can the venue offer a marquee hire instead? Are there any other major events taking place in the area that could spoil your day and make get around difficult such as major sporting events?
Finally, you want to ensure that you feel comfortable with the venue and the people operating it. Talk to the wedding coordinator and the catering staff and ask plenty of questions. Many places will offer a taster meal beforehand so you and your partner can test your food options while most venues will have a portfolio of previous events to see what the place will look like on your big day.