Choosing The Venue: The biggest mistakes couples make (and how to avoid them!)

Terri Coates of Belle Bridal runs through her top 10 tips on selecting your wedding venue…

By Teri Coates – Belle Bridal Magazine – www.bellebridalmagazine.com – The region’s luxury wedding magazine!

TOO EAGER TO PLEASE

When you start looking for the venue, think about what it is that you really want as a couple – and how you want to spend the day. It’s impossible to please everyone, so go with your gut: pick the place that appeals to you and let everyone else deal with it.

BLENDING IN

Who wants to spend time trying to match the curtains/carpet/chairs? A venue should complement your vision, not command it. Have an idea of your wedding style and stand out – if you try too hard to match the venue, then all of your great ideas could blend into the background.

NO WET WEATHER PLAN

Relying on the weather in this country is just too risky. Make sure the outdoor woodland wedding space you love has an indoor contingency plan, should the heavens open on the day. You can also provide parasols to shade guests from the sun and pashminas to cover cold shoulders.

A LACK OF SPACE

An enclosed venue can get stuffy in the summer and guests will need a garden or terrace to escape. Your photographer can also use the outdoor space for some beautiful shots without the need to go somewhere else for photos.

A DEMANDING DATE

Have a couple of prospective wedding dates in mind when you start to visit venues to avoid disappointment  –  if you won’t budge on your ideal date, then be prepared to wait two or even three years for the most popular venues to have a clear diary.

MAKING CUTS

Make sure you have a rough guest list before you start to view venues. These lists can quickly grow, and your beloved intimate venue may not be able to accommodate your nearest and dearest. Plus, having an idea of the numbers could also help you focus on potential venues based on size.

TOO FAR TO TRAVEL

Make sure the ceremony and reception venues are relatively close to each other. The trip should ideally take no longer than an hour for the guests (especially if you arrange a packed coach in the summer months), and – besides – think about having to sit in your dress for a long time!

UNEXPECTED COSTS

Get a clear list from each venue of exactly what is included on the wedding day to avoid costly surprises nearer to the date. A more unconventional venue may not provide table linen, or you might even need to arrange your own catering, drinks and serving staff.

LOSING IT ALL

We’re sure you’ve seen the headlines where couples have been left in the lurch by their venue closing down suddenly. Wedding insurance is one of the cheapest things you can buy for the big day and could save you from huge monetary losses should the worst happen.

Ready to start the big venue hunt? Buy our latest edition online, for lots of North East venue inspiration.

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IMAGE CREDITS
Confetti image – Jamie Penfold
Chapel image – Scott Spock