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Wedding Feature

6/12/2012

Secure Your Dream Venue

Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding venue and there is a wealth of locations to choose from.

You can say ‘I do’ in a chic hotel, countryside manor, retro cinema or even a Zoo but before you put that deposit down here are some points to consider:

Create a vision

Sit down with your partner and consider your style. Create an inspiration board with elements you want your big day to include.

This will influence the setting be it elegant, elaborate or laidback. You may find your partner has totally different ideas to you. Be prepared to compromise.

Church or civil ceremony?

If the location of your ceremony is different from your reception try and keep the venues within 30 mins of each other. You could hold your reception in a church hall to cut costs.

Guests

You can use guest numbers to whittle down venue choices. Calculate how many people you wish to attend in order to establish if a venue large enough to accommodate your party.

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Consider the location. Will your guests be able to travel there easily? Will you need to provide a coach?

Budget

The venue price puts a major dent in your wedding budget. It’s important to know what locations are in your price range.

Room hire, catering and alcohol are the main reception expenses. Think outside the box. While a hotel and country pub may seem the obvious choices consider village halls, local sports club and even your friend’s large garden.

Wedding Date

Be flexible about your wedding date. Venues can be booked years in advance during peak season and on popular holidays.

Changing to a weekday or winter wedding can save you a fortune and open up venue choices that were previously out of your price range.

Once you have decided on your venue plan regular visits, and check on quality. Build a friendship with your contact there.

Use this checklist to aid the decision process

• Choose no more than ten venues to visit and evaluate them.

• Outline price packages available.

• What are the catering options?

• How many hours are included in the venue hire?

• Is there an additional cost to have the ceremony at the wedding reception venue?

• Is there a bridal suite for the bridal party?

• Will there be other wedding receptions happening at the same time?

• What is the availability of the venue for the dates you are interested in?

• Does the venue offer any incentives for booking? eg. free spa treatments, gym memberships etc.

• What wedding planning services are available?

• What deposit is required?

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"Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding venue and there is a wealth of locations to choose from."