The Venue

Finding the ideal venue is crucial to planning your big day. First of all, you’ll have to decide on a rough location for the ceremony and celebrations. There are a number of things you might want to think about when choosing where to get married, such as location. Once you have decided where you want to host your wedding ceremony and reception, it’s wise to consider a range of possible venues before you make your final decision. From hotels and country houses, to church halls and even back gardens, different venues suit different couples, so it can take time to find the right place for you. Each venue will have its own, unique feel, so visit a number of different places to get a sense of which place is right for you, and to find something which works with your tastes and the theme of your wedding. The right venue will be able to accommodate the needs of you and your guests and, if you’re planning on having your party in a hotel or country house which is geared-up for weddings, they should be willing to accommodate your requests.

Once you’ve decided on your venue, then you can begin to think about drawing up your guest list and sorting out your seating plan. It might be tempting to decide who to invite first; of course, there will be family and close friends who will top your guest list, but you’ll also need to have a clear idea of capacity before you can finalise the list of invitees and begin to think about sending out invitations. Don’t panic if you haven’t got space to invite everyone you know to the main wedding reception. Of course it’s lovely to be able to sit down to a meal and listen to the all-important speeches with family and close friends, but it can be better to have a more intimate celebration during the day, followed by a larger after-party, if it means that you can have the reception you want. Separating your guests in this way is likely to save you money on food and drink, and will make your reception particularly special and memorable, whilst giving everyone the opportunity to let their hair down in the evening.

When choosing your venue, find out a little more about the procedure, the staff and the general approach taken by the management. After all, most wedding venues are businesses, and you’ll want to make sure that the various members of staff you’re dealing with understand your preferences, and are committed to making your big day as special as possible. Your wedding day is all about you – the couple – so ensure that you find a discreet and private venue, whether it’s an exclusive hire or venue like The Wordsworth, which offers intimate dining and an exclusive reception space for smaller groups, to ensure that your special day isn’t interrupted by other functions going on in the space. Find a place that will deal with every detail, to take the weight off your mind, and let the venue take the lead. However, it’s important to remember that the staff involved have a tough job attending to the needs of your guests, so remember to show your appreciation and be thankful to all the catering and events staff who help your day to run smoothly.