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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The Long and the Short of it.

How to decide which wedding venues you really want to see

We picked out wedding venues we liked the look of at first glance to build our long list. We decided that once we knew what we wanted in terms of appearance, we could then get down to the nitty gritty of each one. We sat down together and went through the categories that appealed to us on Hitched – small, intimate, all-in-one and so on. I also spent a significant amount of time on my Pinterest app searching for venue types and ‘UK wedding venues’ which caught my eye. We narrowed it down slightly by zoning into a rather broad location, which was anywhere in between Bristol and Manchester, due to where our families are based.

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Types of wedding venues

There are so many kinds of wedding venues available, making choosing one to get married in a rather daunting prospect. It’s really about trying to figure out what would make it special for you, and deciding what represents both your likes and style the most. They say that a couples’ wedding day is a reflection of them, which is why it is important to be true to yourselves when planning each aspect.

From farm houses to castles and stately homes to waterside locations, the breadth of choice is astounding. Depending on who you are as a couple, it is simply a question of what you would feel comfortable in. You certainly wouldn’t want to feel like you didn’t belong somewhere on your wedding day!

Exclusive, all-in-one venues are becoming increasingly popular. They eliminate the need for travel during the day and are ideal for those who are opting for a civil ceremony instead of a church wedding. Less time moving from one location to another means more time celebrating and one less thing to organise.

This post from Bridal Guide breaks down the pros and cons of the most popular venues really well, while this page from Hitched categorises the types of wedding venues available in a simple format for easy browsing.

Old Luxters Barn located near Henley-on-Thames.

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Things I learnt while visiting wedding venues.

You never know where to go or which door to open.

Dan once greeted a wedding guest while they were in their pyjamas, by asking them where we should be heading for our appointment. I am always reluctant to waltz into the venue just in case someone else is in the setting-up stage of their wedding day – it would feel rather intrusive. As exclusive all-in-one venues are an ever-growing choice, it means there is usually lots of doors to incorrectly open. The trick is to hang around awkwardly until you are spotted and waved over.

You don’t always get special treatment.

I find that it varies from place to place. Some will give you all the bells and whistles, while others like to keep it more simple, shall we say. I am rather partial to a freebie, and will therefore accept all teas, coffees, Proseccos and biscuits on offer. Remember to book in some time to pay for food when you have five venue visits in one day, as it seems that a tea and biccy isn’t always on offer.

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Tis’ the season to be married.

How to choose a wedding date

One of the first questions you will be asked when you announce your engagement to the world is when your wedding will be. Those of you who are quick off the mark and have a date pencilled in sharpish won’t have to worry about answering the, ‘Have you set a date?’ question for too long. But my fellow indecisive people will know how tricky it is to come up with a reason as to, ‘Why not?’ Is being busy really a valid point?

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The wedding venue search.

The beginning stages of planning a wedding can be daunting. There are so many guides and online month-by-month planners out there, but if I’m honest, I can find them difficult to read and process due to the amount of information that is crammed into the timelines. I think the key to tackling the planning of a wedding is to take it step by step, one task at a time. I’m calling it bite-sized wedding planning.

Step one: Buy a nice notebook.
Inspiration is everywhere, so make sure you have somewhere to scribble any thoughts down. It goes without saying that the majority of your wedding research will be executed online, but having a notebook means you can jot down notes on the venues you are looking at, as well as the types of venue and decorations you like. When you finally decide to go and visit a venue you are interested in, you can bring along your notebook to ensure you ask all the important questions.

Wedding notebook
Our wedding notebook

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