The new year brought with it the news of lots of engagements and it got me thinking about the excitement of planning our wedding. The first thing we did was to research venues as so many other things were dependent on this decision, from the date of the big day to the theme and food.
We live away from where either of us grew up and have friends and family all over the country, so there was no obvious choice of location for us. This kind of made the decision more difficult as our options weren’t narrowed down at all!
We took to social media to ask for recommendations then set about visiting some venues that we liked the look of that were also within our budget. As we planned our wedding on a relatively short timescale too (just under a year) we were also slightly limited by availability, which we weren’t expecting!
Our main requirements for a venue were somewhere we could hold the ceremony, so our guests who had already travelled the country wouldn’t have to then travel between venues, and somewhere with a relaxed feel to it. We wanted to be able to do lots of the finishing touches ourselves to put our own stamp on the day. A rather random requirement of mine was also nice chairs, as I have a real thing against chair covers and sashes…
The venue can have a huge impact on the theme and feel of your big day, so you either need somewhere that fits with your vision, or somewhere that provides you with a blank canvas to style as you wish. I loved the idea of a barn for that reason and a lot of our research focused around finding a barn venue. In the end we chose Shottle Hall with its barn-style coach house and a large marquee that we could style as we wished.
I personally wanted to be our own ‘wedding planner’ but I know this is not for everyone. Another consideration for a venue might be that they provide a planning service. Bijou Weddings are a family-run business that provide a planning service at their gorgeous venues. Click here to read more about their 6 stunning country-house wedding venues.
Some venues allow you to arrange your own caterers, whilst others insist on providing the catering themselves. This is another thing to consider, especially if you have set ideas about the food you would like on your big day. The rules around alcohol and corkage chargers may also influence your decision.
Due to wanting to style lots of things myself, finding a venue that allowed us access the day before was also important.
How did you chose your wedding venue? What were your main considerations?
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