Choosing a wedding venue is a huge decision, and can seem overwhelming at first. There are so many decisions to make, all tied up in your choice of venue; decoration, guest list, food, and then there’s finding a suitable date, travel and accommodation… You may also want to ‘match’ the style of venue to your wedding dress. But whether you’re getting married in a church, a hotel, on the beach or under a marquee, follow these guidelines to keep wedding organisation panic at bay!
First of all, you need to consider whether you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place. This may not even be an option if you’re getting married in a church or registry office, so in this case you will need to budget for two separate venues, as well as the cost of travelling between them. You will find your ‘perfect’ wedding venue in Kent easily, especially if you want lots of space, character, all-inclusive service, and something unique. Come and see us to get a real feel for our hotel. Don’t forget to ask us lots of questions while you’re here, such as parking, accommodation, when you have to shut down the party, what’s included in the price, what menus are available, and how many people you can invite.
Your guest list is the next item on your checklist. Once you have your venue in mind and have booked the date, you can start sending out “save the date” cards or invitations. Sometimes a small venue is a very good excuse to keep your wedding party intimate and avoid having to invite tenuously linked family members and friends you’d rather not have there! Try to be diplomatic in choosing your guest list and don’t let it worry you both – it’s your day after all. If you have a really restricted guest list, then you might want to consider having a separate event before or after the wedding where uninvited guests can come to celebrate with you.
Next you’ll need to consider food and drink, dancing and music, decorations and the style of your wedding, photos and accommodation. You may want different rooms available for the meal and/or dancing. Or it may be a case of switching things around once the meal and speeches are over. We help you work these things out and help it all run smoothly for you. Read here for more help and information.
The style of your wedding can be a big factor in choosing your wedding venue. A good guide is the style of your wedding dress – a modern style might lead you to a quirky or chic venue, whereas a traditional ball gown wedding dress would look more at home in a more decorative and grand venue. Vintage weddings can look spectacular when placed in an old venue that is full of character. Let your decorations and colour scheme (even your cake!)reflect the style of your wedding dress, your venue and your personality.
Most couples go with their instinct when choosing a wedding venue, finding that they just know a particular place is “the one” as soon as they walk in, it happens here all the time!