Size is an issue
Whoever says size does not matter is wrong. If you have 60 people attended your wedding reception, you want to find a wedding venue that accommodates around 60-80 people. Why get a great venue that holds 150 people then not even half fill it, your wedding guests will be rattling around inside, and all atmosphere will be lost.
Assuming you're planning a DJ or Band for the evening's entertainment for your wedding guests, then ensure they have enough space to set up their equipment, consider where you can visualize the wedding party dancing and see if there is room for the entertainment to set up.
If you are planning a big wedding breakfast at the venue, speak to your wedding venue and ask how they will arrange all the tables, they may accommodate hundreds of wedding guests but if they are sticking tables down the corridor, your guests will feel left out.
In short, when searching for the perfect venue, ensure you visit the venue, do not just choose it from photos or the internet, and try to visualize your wedding party being held there.
Lets face facts, the venue and reception can easily be the most expensive part of your big day, but only if you want it to be.
Depending on what your choice is, whether it's a grand Victorian house you've rented for the day, or the local church hall, ensure you set your budget and stick to it.
Large wedding venues sometimes offer set packages, which include a single price per head for their meal, wine, toast drink and evening buffet. All avenues should provide you with a price list before you book anything, check if there is a cost for hiring the venue, on top of the consumables. Some avenues charge less for Sunday – Thursday weddings, while Fridays and Saturdays are more popular wedding days and may cost more.
If you book a wedding venue that does not arrange your catering needs or is simply a hall hire, consider the costs of what else you may need to make it a perfect venue, food, drinks, crockery & cutlery, decorations, DJ, service staff – they all add up.
Spend time working out your figures and decide what suits your wedding budget.
Once you're happy you've found your perfect wedding venue, pay your deposit, get a receipt and ensure it's fully booked for you on your wedding day.
Try and take a few family members or close friends to see the venue before your big day. Not only does it make them feel more involved you can get their opinions and ideas.
Make sure you visit the wedding venue a month or two before your big day to discuss with the management of the venue what you can and can not do.
Find out the times you can access it from, what time you need to be out by. Speak to the caterers and ensure the dining that you need is properly organized. Check what things the wedding venue will provide, and what you're expected to organize. Things like a large silver knife or cake stand, if these are not provided by the wedding venue, you'll need to organize them yourself of face an awkward moment when it comes to cutting your wedding cake. Find out when your wedding DJ can get it to set up, all the little things need consideration, make a list and ask all the questions of your wedding venue.
Finally, once you've spent time searching for your perfect wedding venue, and you're happy, you've found your dream day, most places. Do not get disappointed, book your wedding venue early, or at least get yourself penciled in their diary and ask that they call you immediately if any other wedding couple inquires about YOUR date!