Indeed, in the UK, there are lots and lots of wedding venues for you to choose from. There are classic and elegant hotels, country houses, and other venues which are a bit less traditional, such as museums, art galleries, and even theatres. Of course, if you are aiming for a less formal type of wedding, you can also opt for other kinds of venues, such as pubs, restaurants, and even boats.
With all the options available, however can you decide? The answer is simple: know what you want and what it is you are looking for. To do this, you need to ask yourself some important and essential questions and use these as criteria to help you decide on the perfect wedding venue for your special day.
Decide on your priorities
First of all, you should make a list of your priorities so you can easily decide on the suitability of a particular venue based on what you need and prefer. If the number of guests is important to you, for instance, then you need to find out how many (or how few) the venue can accommodate. Additionally, if you are looking for practicality and convenience, you may also want to find out if you can hold both your ceremony as well as your reception in the venue. Some wedding venues, for instance, such as wedding venues in Doncaster like The Regent Hotel, are actually fully licensed to handle civil wedding ceremonies, so you may want to think about that as well, not only for your convenience, but also for the comfort and convenience of your guests.
You may also want to consider if the venue has on-site accommodation, especially if it is not that near to where you live or reside. Additionally, if your budget is important, you may want to check if the venue pricing is based on the rental of the room or facility, the number of guests, or a set package. Once you have confirmed the pricing and its basis, you may also want to find out what is included in the pricing and what exactly it is that you are getting.
Catering is often provided by most venues, but again, you have to confirm this as well. If you have certain dietary preferences, you should also take note of these if you would like an outside caterer. You should also make it a point to ask the wedding venue coordinator if you can choose your own suppliers, or if they already have a list of recommended suppliers for you.
The accessibility of the venue is important as well. You may need to find a venue which can be easily reached by public transport if necessary. Parking may also be an issue, so check if there is ample parking provided in the venue. You may also want to check your options when it comes to the bar, and take a look at the bar pricelist to have a better idea of the expense.
Your visit to the venue
When you have narrowed down your list of prospective wedding venues, it is time to give them a visit. Have a look at the venue first-hand and take note of the details. These details include the routes to get to the venue, the venue’s bathrooms, the venue’s ventilation or heating and air conditioning, and the venue’s electric sockets, particularly if you will be having a band or DJ or your guests will be making speeches.
Once you find the right wedding venue, you can rest assured that everything will fall into place – the most difficult task is over and done with, and now you can concentrate on everything else!