CHOOSING THE BEST HOTEL VENUE FOR A WEDDING
The task of finding the best hotel venue for a wedding can be a daunting one to say the least. Not only do you want the venue to be everything you have ever dreamt it would be. You also need it to suitably accommodate your guests and dare I say it, also your budget. Your dream day should be nothing less than perfect. From the table decorations to the bridal suite. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, therefore, that some serious planning and research for the big day is often required months in advance.
When it comes to the venue, it’s essential you secure your all important wedding date with the establishment as early as possible. Once you know where and when you plan to tie the knot with your loved one, everything else can follow. It’s becoming more and more common for couples to plan their big day at a country manor house or hotel venue, rather than in a church or registry office. This is because a hotel venue can compile a complete wedding package for you, which includes the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening entertainment as well as accommodate guests overnight. Keeping all your guests together throughout the day in one venue, means everyone can really relax and avoid time consuming taxi rides from A to B.
The best hotel venue for a wedding is quite simply an establishment which ticks all the right boxes for you and your fiance. There is no wrong or right place to hold your big day. However, there are some important aspects you may wish to consider when making your venue enquiries to ensure it’s the right place for you both.
Plan Your Budget
It may seem obvious but knowing what budget you have available to play with will make a big difference to the venue you choose. Sit down with your other half and seriously talk about what cash you’ll have to spend on your big day. There really is no point dreaming about castles and horse-drawn carriages when they’re way out of your price range. It’s a waste of time for the establishment as well as for you. The venue will no doubt swallow up a lot of your budget so it’s really important that you have a clear understanding of what’s realistic and an option right from the start.
Narrowing Down Your Search
It’s quite true what they say. When you find that perfect wedding venue you’ll just know. You’ll get that feeling deep in your gut when you set eyes on it for the very first time. Then, before you know it, you’ll be picturing yourself there on the big day with everyone around. You’ll start visualising the internal and external decorations as well as the room layout. It’s easy to get carried away. That’s why it’s so important to re-visit your expectations and criteria to ensure the venue really is right for you.
The difference between opting for a small, intimate wedding or a large, lavish wedding is key when choosing a venue. Having the right amount of space for you and your guests will impact on their overall enjoyment. Not enough space and your guests will be stuffy and cramp. Too much space and they’ll feel lost and forgotten. The best hotel venue for a wedding is often one which has a variety of different rooms which can accommodate varying numbers through the day.
Since your special day will involve a guest list, consider the location carefully. You want your guests to arrive at the wedding feeling refreshed and excited, not stressed and sweaty. If people are arriving by car, is there enough parking? Might you have guests travelling from afar, or abroad even? If so, is there an airport close by or at least accommodation on site? All these factors should play a part in your decision making.
No wedding day would be complete without some type of food. Whether you opt for a traditional wedding breakfast or a casual evening buffet. Your chosen hotel venue will likely include various catering options within their wedding packages. These are often great value for money and with some gentle persuading there may even be room for negotiating the price even further. Also, consider what complimentary drinks you’d like to offer your guests throughout the day too. We all know how alcohol can bump up the price so careful consideration is needed to ensure you keep to your budget.
There are a few counties where you don’t need to worry about what the weather will be doing on your wedding day. Unfortunately, the UK is not one of them. Even if you’re hoping to enjoy your wedding on a hot summers day, you should have an emergency back up plan in case the weather turns. Also bare this in mind if you’re planning to have any type of firework display or entertainment outside.
It may not be the first thing you think about, but it still plays an important part at any event. Especially when it comes to wedding photos. Natural light and lots of it are the only way forward and a must-have for any bride! The scenery immediately outside the venue is just as important too because this will be captured in your photos. Your guests will gain more enjoyment from a beautiful backdrop too.
Planning your wedding day should be exciting and fun, not stressful and laborious. The first step to ensuring your plans are kick started in the right direction is to find the best hotel venue for a wedding. Find this, and you’ll discover that the wedding schedule, seating plans and catering arrangements follow naturally. Once you’ve fixed a date with the venue and understand what wedding packages they offer, you’ll be able to visualise the big day. Then, before you know it, you’ll be walking down the isle and saying ‘I do’ to your one true love.