Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so it’s no wonder that many people find planning a wedding rather stressful. Perhaps the most important part of your plans is to choose your perfect venue. Here are some tips for helping you to find your ideal wedding venue and banish that wedding planning stress!
The perfect location
There are many factors to consider when choosing a location for your wedding. You may have people attending who will be travelling on public transport, so are there good transport links close to the venue? It’s also likely that you’ll have guests from out of town, so are there plenty of places for your guests to stay over, perhaps in the venue itself? You’ll want a beautiful setting for your wedding, and so you need to give some thought to the location with regards to your wedding photos. Does the venue have pretty gardens or is there a lovely view?
Is the venue available for your preferred dates?
Choosing a date for your wedding can be tricky, those key friends and family members that you really want to be there need to all be free on the same day. You may need to organise time off work, so it’s really important to get in touch with your chosen venue early to ensure they have availability for your chosen date. If you’re flexible then have a list of suitable dates, in order of preference, so when you get in touch with the venue you can book an available date immediately, before anyone else does!
Check out the space and the facilities
It’s so important to make sure your venue is the right size for your wedding party. Too large for your number of guests and it will feel sparse and too empty. Too small and it will feel overcrowded. If you’re planning on having a band or other entertainment, is there space for this and is the venue geared up for this? Are there plenty of car parking spaces? If you have any guests with disabilities attending, is the venue suitable for their needs?
Ask about the food and drink options
Your wedding guests will certainly want refreshments, so make sure your venue can offer the food and drink you’re looking for. You may want a full sit-down meal, or perhaps you prefer a buffet that people can pick at while they mingle. You may want a full bar available, or bottles of wine on the table. Will your venue be able to supply Champagne for the toast? Can the venue cater to special dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan or gluten free?
Find out the full cost
Make sure you get the final figure for your venue. Prices may be advertised as ‘starting from…’ so ensure you know the price for the room you’re using, the final costs for any food and drink or entertainment the venue is providing, and any other extras. If the venue has rooms, find out if there is any discount available for guests choosing to stay there before or after the ceremony. Don’t be tempted to over-spend to get the day of your dreams. Decide on a budget and stick to it. Your wedding day will be magical and perfect, regardless of how much money you spend on it. It’s much better to book a venue with a slightly lower cost than go into married life with a large debt!
Make sure your venue offers great service
You want everything to go smoothly on your wedding day. It’s important that your venue can ensure everything happens when it should, and solve any issues fast, leaving you free to enjoy your big day. Ajax Hotel organized various wedding events, contact us for a free guided tour on our venue.