Let Us Guide You – Finding a Venue
Good Evening my Dearies,
We have the next instalment of ‘Let us guide you’ and tonight’s post is all about choosing your venue.
You may now have decided on your colour palette or theme and are in the position to start looking for a wedding and reception venue, or for many the venue might well be the inspiration you need to choose your colours or themes.
Choosing venues will be one of the biggest decisions you will make as it will reflect your whole day, however it is important to remember there are many venues to choose from. There are the more obvious choices such as stately manors or castles and there are the less obvious such as a family member or friend’s garden or a local farmer’s barn.
Here is a selection of them, but believe us the list is endless:
♥ Manor House ♥ Church ♥ Castle ♥ Marquee ♥ Zoo ♥ Hotel ♥ Sky diving ♥ Boat ♥ Town or Village Hall ♥ Golf Course ♥ Hot Air Balloon ♥ Country Club ♥ Public Park or Garden ♥ Giant Tipi, Kata Tent or Bedouin Tents ♥ Wildlife Conservation Area ♥ The Beach
When deciding on a venue you need to take into account your budget and the distance you would be prepared to make your guests travel. For some it’s a simple decision if you and your fiancé are from the same area but for others you may want to find somewhere that is half way between the two locations.
Getting married abroad has also become a popular choice for couples as they decide they would like their wedding to be an experience for everyone. However there are some considerations to bear in mind such as older relatives and friends and those who might not be able to travel as well as the cost for your guests. We recently posted a blog about friends that have decided to marry in Jamaica. They had always known that they wanted to marry abroad but choosing a location was tough as they tried to take into account just how far family and friends were willing to travel and how much they were willing to pay.
If you have decided to not marry in a church, there are a few questions that you need to ensure you have the answers too:
♥ Is the venue licensed?
♥ How many weddings does the venue hold on the same day (We have come across many that can hold up to five at one time – not so bespoke?)
♥ What is the maximum number of people the venue can hold for the ceremony and reception?
♥ What time must the reception end by?
♥ Can you bring your on decoration, flowers, catering etc
♥ If bringing your own decoration what time can the venue be accessed from?
♥ Can you bring your own wine, champagne etc? Is there a corkage fee?
♥ Is confetti allowed to be thrown?
♥ Are candles allowed to be lit at the reception?
♥ Are their parking facilities available
♥ If you have a marquee or tent as a venue are there toilets?
Here are a few tips to remember when considering a venue:
♥ So many websites can now offer huge discounts on venues that have last minute availability. The term ‘last minute’ can mean anything up to six months so isn’t really last minute. We recently had a friend who booked a ‘last minute’ wedding package and it was an absolutely outstanding offer. In fact for them it was the shove they needed to book the wedding date which they had spent so long debating over.
♥ Friday is becoming a popular day to book a wedding so don’t be afraid to book a weekday and they are often much cheaper.
♥ If a family member or friend has a large garden, consider erecting a marquee or giant tipi as the reception venue. If nobody you know has a large enough garden look for green areas such as sports fields or a private field.
We hope this has helped to get you started thinking about your venue. We understand that there is so much to think about so If you need any more advice please contact us, we happy to help.
Much Bespoke Love
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I’m for a rustic barn type wedding venue, but can’t find anything in the San Diego area. Do you guys happen to know of any venues around San Diego?