How to pick your dream wedding venue

16/08/19

No matter where you have your wedding, it’s sure to be an amazing day. Whether you want a large celebration or just an intimate crowd of friends, you’ll never forget it. However, of course, you’ll want to choose a venue which suits your needs and has everything you want for your special day. So, we’ve compiled some tips on how to choose your dream wedding venue.

Budget

The first thing to consider is how much you are able to spend. Draw up a spreadsheet of your budget and what you’re spending on what. Once you’ve sorted out the main aspects, don’t forget there are lots of little bits you might want to get. Ensure you agree with everything with your partner before making any big decision.

View as many as possible

Next is to view as many venues as possible. Leave plenty of time for decisions and allow yourself some thinking time. The more venues you see, the more you will start to understand what works best for you and your partner. If it helps, make a spreadsheet to compare them and visualise their pros and cons. Then you can sit down with your other half and decide.

Does it Fit with Your Theme?

If you want to have a particular theme you want to follow, ensure that the venue will be able to accommodate. Take some plans with you and speak to the venue staff about what they can do. Consider how helpful the venue staff are when you visit. It will be an indication of how they will be during the planning process and on the day. You need a strong team who are dedicated and helpful.

Location

Consider where you want the location of your venue. Perhaps somewhere sentimental like the place you were born or where you and your partner met. Also, think about the ease of location for the other guests. Ideally, somewhere close to motorways and transport links. It will improve turn out if people can get to the venue easily.

Recommendations

The best place to get advice about wedding venues is from people who have already hired them. Speak to friends and family about where they enjoyed their day or other possible options they considered. You can get insider information and chances are, if someone close to you liked a venue, you will too.

Food

If you have a particular menu in mind, make sure your venue will cater for it. Above everything, you want to ensure the food is of high quality regardless of what you eat. If possible, ask to sample some of the food to gauge how nice it will be on the day. Decide whether you want a sit-down meal or a lavish buffet. Different things will suit depending on the style of your day.

Above all, remember this is you and your partners day, so choose somewhere that makes you happy. There’s no point having your wedding in a fancy hotel if you’ve always dreamed of having it in a converted barn. Go with your gut and you can’t go wrong.

If you are looking to tie the knot in Swindon / Wiltshire and are looking for a flexible venue, look no further than Alexandra House. Conveniently located and easily accessible, four miles from Swindon, just minutes from the M4, and on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds. Set in acres of green far-reaching grounds, Alexandra House is ideal for hosting beautiful wedding days that everyone will remember. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team.