How to choose your perfect venue

Planning a wedding is an exciting if time-consuming task. The choice of venues available today is vast, from castles to yurts and everything in between. Here are some useful tips to guide you in the right direction:

  1. Numbers

Whether you’re planning on an intimate gathering or a banquet of epic proportions, this will have a big impact on your choice of venue. Not every venue will be able to accommodate large groups, and some will have a minimum guest number so, do your research and you’ll be able to rule out some venues altogether. Some good advice is to aim low in your numbers because it’s always easier to add in than deduct. You also don’t want to pay for plates that aren’t used.

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  1. Budget

You and your fiancé will need to do some seriously financial calculations in order to establish a workable budget. Working out, in advance, what you can afford will help prevent you from falling in love with a venue that’s way over your price range. A good rule of thumb is not to spend more than half of your wedding budget on your venue choice. Rushing into a contract with a venue before researching all the options could leave you out of pocket, with unexpected expenses and having to make cuts in other areas.

  1. Think Differently

For complete control and flexibility, why not think outside the box and choose a venue with a difference? A marquee is a portable option which you can set up wherever you want. You can choose your size depending on the number of guests, decorate in any theme you desire and choose any catering options without the limitations of an indoor venue. For Marquee Hire Kent, visit Marquee hire experts in Kent like 2intents.

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  1. Social Media

Have a look at all the venues on your shortlist on social media and see what people are saying about it and any photographs people have taken. You should be able to find information on wedding planner blogs which will give you a very good indication of what venues look like when they are not staged.

  1. The date

If you have a specific date in mind, then you might have to go with whatever venue is free on that date. If you can be flexible over the date and season, you’ll get a much better deal with ‘off-season’ wedding packages. This way you can often get the venue of your dreams for a fraction of the normal peak cost. You’ll pay less for a Friday wedding in January for example than you will for a Saturday in June. If you can be flexible, you’ll have much more leverage with wedding vendors.

The author is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on Business, technology, and education. He can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on his blog Communal Business and Your Business Magazine.