It’s the most important day of your life, so it stands to reason that you want it to be perfect in every way. Once you have locked in your date, your thoughts will soon turn to find the ideal venue. Not much else can be done before securing a venue, and they get booked up quickly, so you don’t want to rest on your laurels when finding the perfect place to get hitched. The wedding venue plays a vital role in the success of your day, and there is so much choice, but before you rush to sign on the dotted line of the first place you see, you should consider the following:

Your Venue Should Suit Both Your Personalities

As a couple, you are one of a kind, and you should look to choose a venue that works for both your tastes. Modern or traditional, indoor or outdoor, beach or woodland, your wedding venue should be reflective of who you are as a couple.

Budget Comes First

Set a budget and stick to it! There are hundreds of wedding budget planning tools available online now, which will help you come to a realistic figure for your ideal venue. Don’t despair if your budget isn’t quite stretching to the castle you had your eye on as some beautiful, quirky venues can make your day truly memorable. Think outside the box and consider things like Windmills, Lighthouses, treehouses, caves, aquariums, museums and even a fantastic Chichester wedding venue The Hole In The Wall for a romantic pub setting.

Location, Location, Location

You want your family and friends to be able to attend your wedding (or maybe you don’t) so consider this when choosing your location. Getting married abroad will often result in a much smaller guest list without offending friends with a lack of invitation. If you would like to include everyone on your big day, then make sure there are great transport links, and places for your guests to stay after the event.

A Squash and a Squeeze

You need a rough idea of the size of your guest list before committing to any venue. Ten guests will look drowned in a large capacity church and equally your guests won’t enjoy standing out in the rain because there wasn’t enough room in the church to accommodate everyone. Make sure your venue is appropriate for the number of people you expect to attend.

Consider Lighting

You may think your woodland wedding is perfect for you but make sure that as the evening draws in, there is plenty to light for people to see by. This is often a forgotten element in weddings and guests are often left stumbling in the dark, although the best man not being able to read his own speech in the dark might be a hidden blessing! Lighting can also help set the mood of the day with soft fairy lights often giving the venue a romantic atmosphere.

Make Sure You Love It

You’ll know when you stumble across the perfect place. You will be able to envision yourself walking down the aisle, and this is often the sign that this is the venue for you.

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