Choosing the perfect location for your big day
Finding your dream wedding venue can seem overwhelming, but if you use your head and heart, making the right decision is not as difficult as it seems.
Choosing a venue for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you will make – and it’s also one of the most difficult, particularly as there are so many different options out there. If you’re looking for your dream wedding venue in Essex but are finding it difficult to know where to start, our top tips will help to set you on the right track.
Know what you want
Before you start looking for a wedding venue, take some time to think carefully about the kind of wedding you want. Are you looking for an extravagant and glamorous wedding with hundreds of guests, a small yet elegant affair, or a wedding that’s more laid-back and rustic in style? It’s also worth taking into account your personality as a couple, and whether you have classic tastes or prefer something a little more quirky.
By considering these questions from the outset you can quickly narrow down your search for the perfect venue. Having said that, you may find you’re willing to adjust your plans for a venue that you fall completely in love with, so it’s always worth keeping an open mind.
Find the right location
Finding the right location is key to finding a venue that’s perfect for your wedding. Think about how easy it will be for you and your guests get to the venue, and whether you will need to put on extra transport. Another thing to consider is whether there is sufficient overnight accommodation on site or nearby – particularly if you have friends and family attending from various parts of the country. Last but not least, don’t forget to take the venue’s surroundings into account. Somewhere that is surrounded by scenic countryside will make all the difference to your wedding photographs.
Use your head
Weddings may be all about the romance, but when choosing a venue, it’s important to also have a healthy dose of reality and practicality. First off, you need to pin down your budget and tailor your search accordingly – after all, the last thing you want is to fall in love with a venue only to find out that you can’t afford it. Aside from the cost, there are other practicalities that you need to take into consideration, such as capacity, any accessibility issues, and whether the venue is able to accommodate any special or unusual requirements that you may have for the day. It’s also worth doing your research and looking up some online reviews to find out whether previous clients have had a good experience.
Go with your gut
It’s all well and good using your head but, in reality most wedding venue decisions come down to a matter of the heart. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and you need a venue that gives you ‘the feeling’, with an X factor that even Simon Cowell would be proud of.
If a venue gives you butterflies the size of eagles and you really can’t imagine getting married anywhere else, it’s pretty safe to assume that you have found your dream wedding venue.