Wedding venues ideas - which one is best for you?

Once you have made the decision to get married and you start to plan your special day, the first thing you need to do is choose and book your wedding venue. Popular wedding venues will be booked, certainly months ahead, but very often years ahead.

So if you have your heart set on a particular wedding venue, then you need to get it in the diary fast to avoid disappointment.

So, what type of wedding venue? Well, that depends on the type of wedding you want. You may want a totally laid-back surfers paradise type of wedding dressed in your flip-flops on the beach followed by a barbie. That’s great if that’s what you want, but it’s not necessarily the sort of wedding venue for everyone.

Having decided the type of venue for your wedding, you then need to look at your budget. This will probably be the most expensive part of your wedding, but it does depend largely on the number of guests attending your wedding reception, so it is important to shop around to see how far your money will stretch. Do you want the actual marriage ceremony at the venue or will it be purely for the wedding reception? If you plan to hold the ceremony at the venue, you will need to check that it is licensed to do so.

The most popular type of wedding venue is a Country House Hotel

If the ceremony is to be held at the Hotel, then they should provide luxurious changing facilities so that you can arrive early in the morning to be pampered and have your hair and makeup styled whilst your guests are arriving. Imagine how romantic it is for the bride walk down the sweeping staircase of a large country house, into an elegant oak panelled room where her groom is waiting for her. After the ceremony, the happy couple moved to the ornate ballroom where the tables are decorated with beautiful flowers and the banquet is served by smartly dressed waiters. Large country house hotels generally have beautifully landscaped gardens, which provide a stunning backdrop for your photographs.
Of course you may want an altogether much simpler affair, and again it does depend on your budget and number of guests. An exclusive restaurant maybe more suitable. This is often the perfect solution for a small wedding with just a few close friends who will enjoy exceptional cuisine and the Champagne can flow. Another alternative is a Golf Course. Many Golf Courses are licensed to conduct weddings and will have a first rate banqueting suite. They will also have plenty of parking, which is an important thing to consider.

Some venues may not have room to house the reception if the building is small, but they may have large gardens which would be suitable for a luxury marquee or, for extra wow factor, what about a Tipi or Yurt which can be transformed into a magical and exotic place bedecked with flowers, ribbons and candles.
Then there are the more unusual wedding venues. What about a steam railway inspired wedding day? There are some unique locations where couples can enjoy the romantic bygone era of steam at a heritage railway centre. You may be able to have your wedding breakfast served in the old carriages whilst steaming through the countryside.

There really are so many different types of wedding venues – Romantic Castles, Rustic Barns, River Boats, Historic Houses, fashionable Restaurants, Stately Homes, Football or sports clubs, a Public school even a Racecourse. One of the most unusual weddings I ever attended was a Druids wedding, which was conducted amongst the ancient stones followed by bangers and mash in a pub! It is such an individual thing, you need to decide what is right for you.
When booking your wedding venue it is vital to get an agreement in writing. Make sure that what you get is specified in writing to avoid any mix-ups on the day. You should know exactly what to expect. You need to know which rooms will be available to you on the day. Are there any other events taking place? You really don’t want guests from another event wandering into your wedding reception. Are there quieter areas for older guests and others to talk, away from loud music or a private space for breastfeeding mums? If the wedding venue is decorating the room for you, find out when can you deliver your decorations. Is there a room for the Band to prepare or leave their equipment? Can your wedding presents be collected the next day or does everything have to be cleared by the end of the reception? Ask for a copy of their terms and conditions and check their cancellation policy? Nobody likes to think that a wedding reception might be cancelled, but it does happen. So everything needs to be in writing. It could save a lot of heartache later.


Wherever you decide is the right venue for your wedding, romance is the order of the day.