Making the final decision on your wedding venue.

What do you need to know about a wedding venue before booking?

You need to make sure the things which are important to you are going to be possible. If you’re adamant you want to line your aisle with candles, set off celebratory fireworks, have your guests throw confetti or even bring your own drinks, then these are the types of things which could stop you in your tracks. Barn wedding venues in particular, being mostly Grade Listed buildings located in rural settings, can tend to have some strict rules. To be able to make a wedding your own, in a place where so many people will have wed, it is essential to find a place which won’t keeping telling you, ‘no’.

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We revisited a venue for the second time this weekend, and my list of queries grew. If we decide all is well, we are going to book it (pencils at the ready everyone), but not before we ensure it will cater for all our needs, big or small. From the picky to the profound, I want to ensure I won’t be disappointed down the line.

Before booking your wedding venue, try and have an idea of what your wedding will look like, how you want the day to run, as well as what style and ambience you want. Therefore, these ideas can be discussed before parting with your money – as no one wants to be counting the ‘nos’ once there is no turning back.

It is inevitable that the venue will have a few restrictions, but there is a difference between a straight-up no and an alternative proposal. If something is important to you, make it known as there may be a way around it. The staff will be a huge part of our wedding, from the beginning to the end. They will be your port of call throughout the lead up to the wedding, and your saving grace on the wedding day itself. It is important that they are patient, friendly, understanding and passionate. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – they are selling themselves as much as they are the venue, and are usually part of the package deal.

Weddings are new unchartered territory for most, so make sure you have all the facts first.


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