Choosing the right
wedding venue for your big day
You may have had your
wedding planned out since you were a child. The dress... the venue... the
Or you could be going
into it open to suggestions with a completely blank canvas.
If the second option
sounds a little more like you, and the wedding venue is still undecided
upon, here are some factors for you to consider when making that decision.
A Tale of Two
It is important not to
forget that there will be two parts to your wedding, the ceremony and the
reception. If a church is the venue of choice, then you'll still need to find
somewhere different to host the reception, unless your vicar is a liberal type.
Otherwise, you need to think not only of somewhere you'd be happy, but also a
place that is easy enough to get to, with plenty of parking for your guests. If
you're going down the registry office route, then there are often rooms to
undertake both parts in the same building.
This goes without
saying, but if a handful of guests are coming to your bash, plonking them in a
great big hall will make the place seem empty and you could look unpopular. On
the other hand, cramming half a small city into a box room won't look good and
will only encourage people to leave early.
If you're making a
journey between two venues, a cross-country road trip is certainly out of the
question. Bearing in mind most weddings have guests of all ages, from babies to
great-great grandparents, sitting them down for an hour or so for the ceremony,
then again for the drive to the reception won't find anybody in much of a
So you've sorted the
venue and everything looks good on paper, now the fun part can take place. So do
you go for a DJ? Live band? Or Uncle Will and his ukulele? All you have to
consider is a room that can take whatever choice you go for, accounting for all
the instruments, amplifiers, and of course, a dance floor.