Wedding Series // Tips On Finding Your Wedding Venue
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As silly and obvious as it sounds finding where and when your getting married is the first thing you need to find and settle on as it will pretty much be the centre of everything planning wise and can affect colour schemes and themes. There are lots of different places you can have the ceremony part of your wedding be it at a church, registry office or venues that have an approved room or area, personally for me i went for a venue and these are a few tips/pointers from my experience.
Finding what's available -I had a few ideas on locations i wanted to look at but where you might look at when your not planning could be completely ruled out when your actually planning your wedding so it's good to have a few in mind. One of the best ways to do this with ease is using Google maps and searching for wedding venues in the area you wish to get married, you'll be surprised what comes up, keep in mind the time of year you've planned on, the look you want and the party amount when your looking through. It's also worth noting that prices of venues can vary greatly depending on the time of year and whether your picked date is in the week or weekend, so if your on a budget these can be ways of saving.
Get in touch -Annoyingly you'll most luckily find that not all the venues you've found will have their wedding brochures on their website and will have a contact number or email address to someone in their wedding team. I find it good to email as this way you have a hard copy of quotes you can later look back on and refer to which makes things a lot less complicated if your talking to more than one venue. In your email to them you should include what services you need whether you want the ceremony and reception at their location with a wedding breakfast and/or buffet, the date you want, rough number of day and night guests, also to save wasting time and repeating yourself you can always save a draft of this. With this information they should send you a rough quote with some information and menus to which you can then further decide whether it's worth arranging a date to be shown around.
Looking around - Leading up to your viewing date it's always worth jotting down some questions you'd like to know so you don't forget them whilst your there and they're giving you a lot of information. Obviously what you need to ask will be different for each person but a few of mine included:
- can we decorate the room and hang decorations from walls, ceilings?
- what exactly is included in your package eg. tables, chair covers, cake stand etc?
- are you allowed bands playing and music and up until what time?
- can we hold rooms for our wedding guests to book?
- do you have a wedding the day before or after?
- how long can you provisionally hold the date for and how much is the deposit?
If you do forget to ask you can always email any questions so don't worry if something pops in your head at a later date. If for what ever reason your fiance can't make it to the viewing i would recommend taking someone with you as they may notice little details you have overlooked and then re-book so you both look around if you feel it's worth it. It's also good to note that in the summer it's wedding season so the majority of places have weddings every single weekend so it might be best to opt for a weekday even if its later in the day, this way you can look at all the rooms you will use.
It might take a little while and looking around a couple of venues but these little pointers will hopefully help make that process a little less stressful and seem not quite so repetitive. I hope this helps and congratulations x