There are hundreds of great wedding venues in the UK. When it comes to choosing a venue for your big day, there are many things you need to take into consideration. After all, selecting the perfect wedding venue is a vital part of ensuring your wedding is a success.
Just like when you go house hunting, it can be easy to fall in love with a venue on your first visit and become overexciting without checking the venue is capable of catering to your requirements. The venue you select will determine your decor, the number of wedding guests you can invite, the date of the wedding and your vendors. Furthermore, it is likely to consume the biggest portion of your wedding budget.
There are fortunately lots of websites that allow you to search for venues all over the UK and compare them based on a range of key features. Here are four key factors you need to keep in mind when searching for a venue:
You need to ensure that the venue can accommodate the number of guests you plan to invite your big day. It is good to know how many guests you will host become you being your search for venues as then you can limit your search to suitable venues. There are loads of great intimate wedding venues in the UK, but if you have a large number of guests, they are going to feel stuffy and overcrowded. If you choose a large wedding venue, the space is likely to feel cool unless you have a large wedding guest list.
The location is perhaps one of the most important factors. You should keep in mind where the majority of your guests are arriving from. Is the venue easy to access? Does the venue have accommodation on-site or are there some good hotels nearby. If you have lots of guests coming from overseas, you might want to choose a venue that is close to an international airport.
Making sure the venue fits the desired theme of your wedding is important. Do you want a glamorous wedding, a beach wedding, a traditional classic British wedding, a royal-inspired wedding, a religious wedding, a Gothic-themed wedding or something else? If you want a modern wedding, for example, an art gallery could be a great choice of venue. If you want a glamorous wedding, a mansion or dated country house might be a better option. Those looking to host a Gothic-themed day should check out some of the many medieval castle venues.
It can be disappointing to find a perfect venue only to find out that it can’t accommodate a booking on the day or even month you plan to get married. Some of the most popular venues become fully booked very quickly, so it’s a good idea to begin your search well in advance.
To give you some wedding inspiration for picking the best venue, you might want to begin by checking out some of the most popular choices. Some of the most popular London venues, for example, include Kew Gardens, The Dorchester, Kensignton Roof Gardens, Claridges, Banqueting House and Kensington Palace.