As soon as someone gets engaged, it’s inevitable that they are going to be asked the same questions repeatedly: “When and where is the big day?”
Couples can feel a lot of pressure when choosing a wedding venue but it needn’t be as stressful as you’d think.
Earlier in the month, Wales Online asked us to share our many years of experience and knowledge to tell newly-engaged couples what they need to keep in mind when choosing a wedding venue.
Our Head of Commercial, Shakira Obaid, shared her thoughts and you can read the full article here. We thought we’d take our original 12 and cut them down to the top 6 tips for booking your dream wedding venue.
1. Research & Inspiration
How can you know what you want unless you know what’s out there?
Take time to get some inspiration by visiting wedding blogs and checking out Pinterest and Instagram.
Take a look at the social media profiles of the venues that you’re interested in. If they’re active on social media, you’ll get an idea of what to expect and also see what people are saying about them.
As well as researching online, ask family and friends for help and advice.
Try and keep an open mind about what your wedding venue might look like. It’s important to consider everything that’s out there.
2. Shortlists & Themes
Make a shortlist of your favourite venues. Preferably around two or three.
Cover all bases and book a viewing at both a countryside and city-centre wedding venue. You can then make an informed decision on which is best for you.
Make sure you choose the wedding venue before you decide on a theme.
Most venues can adapt to a theme, so choose the place because you fall in love with it and then transform it with the décor that suits you.
3. Wedding Fairs & Showcases
Wedding Fairs will offer plenty of inspiration. Visit as many as you can because you’ll see a wide selection of suppliers.
Many venues put on their own wedding showcase (like we do); this not only gives you plenty of ideas but will show you how the venue looks when it’s dressed up for a wedding.
We hosted our Festive Wedding Showcase on December 4th and 5th but don’t worry if you missed it, you can book a place at one of our upcoming wedding showcases.
4. Be Honest & Open
When you visit a venue, make sure that you are 100% honest with them about what you want.
It’s their job to make your dream wedding come to life. They’ll need to know everything in order to do this.
For this reason, it’s vital that you decide a realistic budget with your partner before choosing a wedding venue
5. Timings & When to Book
Christmas is the most popular time to get engaged, which is why January is the busiest time of year for wedding venues to receive bookings.
While Christmas might not seem like the perfect time for you to book your wedding it’s the best time to potentially receive end-of-year offers on wedding packages and beat the January rush.
As you’d imagine, the summer months are hugely popular when it comes to getting married.
Popular venues are likely to be booked up for every weekend until 2020 so don’t leave it too late
Another benefit of booking now is that you can tell friends and family the date over the Christmas period and then start the real planning for dresses etc. in spring.
You needn’t pay a big fee upfront. We allow a book now, pay in 2019 scheme for Christmas!
6. Forget the Weather & Love the Day
It’s the one thing that you can’t control, so don’t choose a wedding venue based on what you think the weather might be like.
In fact, make sure that your venue can cater for your special day come rain or shine.
Just remember to be true to yourself and choose the wedding venue that you fall in love with.
It’s going to be a vital part of the day, so make sure that you spend time with your loved ones in a setting that is everything you’ve dreamed of and more.