Your wedding venue plays a massive part in the overall success of the big day – it determines the number of guests that can attend, the theme of your wedding, accessibility for service providers, and so on. But, it is often also the trickiest part to organise, as wedding venues in major towns and cities are frequently booked out well in advance.
top pro tips to booking the venue of your dreams…
Look at venues first, and then decide on a wedding date. By being committed to a particular date, you’ll exclude many venues, which may have been booked for that date months before you began planning your wedding. By being more flexible about your date, you could get your perfect venue a few weeks before or after the date you had in mind.
List a few appropriate venues as options. By having a comprehensive list of venues that you can consider, you will not limit your choices and you will be more likely to find one that suits you and your needs.
Read reviews. The web is a fantastic resource for feedback, and reading online reviews about your potential venues will give you a great insight into how suitable they really are for your wedding.
Visit the wedding venue in person and make a good impression. This establishes a better rapport with the venue and allows you to see whether or not it really is the ideal spot for you. By being respectful, dressing professionally, and having a list of well thought out questions, the venue will likely be more cooperative and willing to accommodate you, and will have a clearer idea of your expectations.
Ask plenty of questions. Be sure that you know as much as possible about the venue; including details about bar facilities, ablutions, access for physically disabled guests, parking, security, catering services, and so on.
Trawl Pinterest for ideas. You may find that, after doing some research, the venue that you had in mind may not cater to your needs quite as well as something a little less obvious. This could open up new ideas for you and increase the number of options available.
Give yourself time. If you have one particular venue in mind for your dream day, you may have to wait for months, perhaps even a year or more, to secure it. Weigh up how important that venue is to you and then be prepared to wait for it.
Put everything in writing. By drawing up a simple contract with the venue you decide on, you can ensure that the details are all in black and white and that there is far less chance of disappointment or misunderstanding.
Above all, try to relax, enjoy the planning process, and focus on your “happily ever after.”
Happy Wedding Planning!