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Philadelphiapar   , 27

from Perth Amboy


Choosing the Best Wedding Venues

Where to Start When Searching for a Wedding Venue.

So if you feel planning a wedding minus the aid of a wedding planner, the initial concern should be to find the wedding venue. Philadelphia party halls

Naturally, design for venue directly impacts for the style of wedding for this will shape your entire style, theme and décor in the whole day's proceedings. So after you have set a date as well as a budget (actual or approximate), you should decide what style of wedding you might be after. No doubt some brides (and grooms!) could have been dreaming about their wedding for years before they are engaged and may have an idea about the design of wedding they want. Philadelphia birthday party

However, for some newly engaged couples the job ahead can sometimes seem daunting. For a lot of, the first port of call would be the internet where you can practically lose yourself in a maze of wedding resources. We suggest you spend an hour or two online together and immerse yourselves in this strange new world of weddings. Confetti and Hitched are of help UK resources, among many more, whilst Martha Stewart and The Knot are fantastic sites that focus on the American wedding market where a lot of our trends first originate.

Wedding blogs are another useful website and nowadays, a growing number of couples are looking at blogs such as Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, OnceWed and Rock n Roll Bride for wedding inspiration. They are well worth investigating.

After only a short time online you should have a pretty clear understanding of your preferred style and also the avenues you want to explore. One of the most popular ideas that start to evolve might as an example include classic, vintage, rustic, contemporary, chic, retro, funky or seasonal.

Then, using this position you can start to target your search on wedding venues that befit the overall style or styles(s) you have in mind. For instance classic or vintage would tend to lead you toward old historic venues, for example castles or stately homes. Whereas contemporary might lead you toward venues which might be more of a blank canvas, like art galleries. And if you are considering funky or maybe chic, you might focus your research on appropriately styled boutique hotels.

There are lots of websites dedicated solely for the promotion of wedding venues. Whilst most feature dozens of venues in a wide range of forms of varying quality, 1 or 2 go a step further by assessing the grade of the venues featured.

In terms of selecting the style of venue, your individual and individual personalities, likes and dislikes will dictate to some large extent. As an example, a flamboyant couple will likely be drawn to venues that have an immediate 'Wow Factor' such as a large and elaborate stately home in the country, whereas a more conservative couple may want to consider guest practicalities and go for a country house hotel near a city.

There are a number of different styles to choose from, from restaurants to rustic barns or boutique hotels to former palaces. Quote that unfortunately, as is so often the case, you tend to get what you spend on. Furthermore, peak season Saturdays will most likely be booked up 9 or more months in advance, so so that you can secure the best venues you will need to either be flexible together with the wedding date or start your venue search a year or so in advance. Be warned!

However, if you use an online resource that assesses the grade of the venues featured and provides a wide range of criteria in order to focus your search, your venue search should be reasonably straight forward!

Primary Ways to care for a Wedding Venue Search

Wedding date

The more flexible you happen to be, the greater your choice of venues. Keep in mind that Saturdays in peak season get booked up quickly so consider Sundays or even Fridays. You will benefit from affordable prices too. Note that Bank holiday Sundays also often book up quickly.

Sort of ceremony

Typically your options will as follows:

Civil - 25 minute legal ceremony that can take place in a registry office or perhaps approved premise, like a country house hotel.

Religious - 50 minute religious ceremony in a House of God.

Civil with blessing - civil ceremony as well as a separate religious blessing

Civil with humanist - civil ceremony as well as a separate humanist blessing

Note, if you need a religious ceremony, you need to already have good links together with your local church. Alternatively, if you want to get married outside your personal parish you might be able to register with an alternative church if you are prepared to attend mass regularly before the wedding.

Also note, if opting for a religious ceremony, for convenience your reception venue must be reasonably close by, ideally 5-10 minutes away, to a maximum of 20-25 minutes.

Quantity of guests

Naturally, if you expect 100 guests you'll want to identify venues that could accommodate 100 guests and ideally more to counteract the possibility of squeezing tables together.

Total wedding budget

As indicated, allocate 50% of your total budget on your venue and catering costs. However, this could be from 40%, or up to 60%.

Preferred geographical location(s)

Clearly the broader the geographical area you consider, the greater your choice of venues.

Venue style

You can find a wide range of styles to think about, from boutique hotels to country clubs, or stately homes to livery halls.

Exclusive standby time with the venue

Decide in the beginning if this is essential to you. Many venues just offer exclusive use as standard but others, for example large stately homes and hotels will have the space to accommodate Two or more weddings at the same time. Usually they'll be kept separate but they can it is not always the case. Such venues, exclusive use may be an option, for an additional fee.

Are you needing guest accommodation onsite?

If so, how many guests as well as for how many nights? Note sometimes there's a chance you're expected to take a minimum amount of rooms on the wedding night.

Could you consider a marquee?

Again, keep your options open to be able to maximise your shortlist of venues especially if you expect more than 100 guests. Unfortunately there are numerous, many excellent venues over the UK that can only accommodate around 100 guests internally, inside the walls of the property and therefore a marquee may be the only option for larger weddings. However, the design and style of marquees is here on enormously within the last 5 years and there are some super-modern styles designed for hire.

Would you consider separate rooms to your ceremony, drinks reception, dinner and dancing? Or mind having the ceremony and dinner within the same room?

The venue's room format is definitely an often forgotten consideration when venue searching which enable it to lead to huge disappointment, especially if you have travelled to watch the property unaware of such considerations. It is sometimes the case a venue requires one to have both the ceremony and also the meal in the same room. In these cases the room will be 'turned around' even though the drinks reception takes place in another room, outside or in an annex, so you cannot see the tables laid following the ceremony.

Alternatively, it will be that dancing cannot occur in the same room the meal is served in and this can lead to segregated guests.

Or you have filled the room to its dining capacity, it is usually the case that in order to make space for a party area, 2 or 3 tables have to be removed.

Some Additional Considerations

Fireworks, confetti, candelabras/naked flames/tea lights, garden/outside area, late licence.

Again, all these elements can limit the selection of venues so do put your options open! For instance, do you really want to lose out on what might be the perfect venue that will happen to calls last orders at 11pm, even though you like the idea of celebrating until midnight or 1am?

Or are you going to really reject what might be your ideal property simply because they don't permit fireworks?