When it comes to wedding planning, it can feel like there’s a million and one things to consider.
The dress, the venue, the ceremony, flowers, reception and catering – the list goes on. With so many elements to coordinate, organising your big day can be a daunting and time-consuming task. After all, it’s your special day and you want everything to be absolutely perfect.
At the top of your to-do list will be booking your dream wedding venue. As a wedding venue in Lancashire, we understand how important it is, not only to fall in love with your venue, but to make sure it’s right for you.
Our checklist of essential questions to ask when booking your wedding venue will help make your wedding planning as simple and manageable as possible.
First things first: make sure that the venue is available on your desired dates or during your desired season.
It seems like an obvious one, but wedding venues can be booked up for well over a year in advance and some are closed during the winter months. So it’s important to start looking for your venue as soon as possible.
Also, remember that having a desired season for your wedding in mind is much easier to accommodate than having a specific date.
Be realistic about timescales to avoid disappointment, especially if you would like to book during busy times of the year. Once you’ve found a date that suits, book it immediately so that you can relax knowing it’s yours.
Don’t forget to ask whether exclusive venue hire is available if you and your loved ones would like to have the entire place to yourselves.
Now, we know that budgeting isn’t very romantic, but ensuring that your venue comes in within your allocated wedding budget is vital. Don’t be afraid to ask about costs up front to avoid any nasty surprises.
Top tip: If you are concerned about the price of a venue, inquire about personalised wedding packages. These can be tailored to your exact requirements and are often a more cost-effective solution.
Top Tip 2: being flexible about the day of the week, or the time of year can often be a cost-effective solution.
Answering this question will depend on whether you would like a small, intimate affair or a grander occasion, as well as whether you’re planning on holding both your ceremony and reception at the same venue. Either way, think about how many guests you are inviting and make sure that the venue can comfortably accommodate everyone.
How many function rooms are there and what are the seating arrangements? Is there enough space for entertainment and a DJ? Does the room have access to a terrace or garden if you would like a cocktail reception?
Remember that if space is limited, you could also look into hiring a marquee, but you would need to run this by the venue.
Find out how easy it is to get to the venue. Is it accessible by public transport and what parking options are available? If your venue is in the countryside it will likely require a little extra planning when it comes to transport. But trust us, you will thank yourself on the day when you have already organised the logistics in advance and can focus on enjoying the moment.
If your guests are travelling from far and wide, chances are you will need overnight accommodation. Ask about how many rooms are available and what facilities they offer. Smaller venues are likely to have a limited number of rooms so be prepared to look elsewhere to find enough accommodation for all of your guests.
One of the most enjoyable parts of a wedding is the food, but picking your catering isn’t always a piece of cake. Whether you would like a 3-course fine dining experience, a hearty roast dinner or a more casual buffet, you want the food you serve to be up to scratch. Ask about the on-site caterers or if you would like to bring in caterers, make sure that the venue has the right facilities and equipment. Make it a meal to remember – for all the right reasons.
That concludes our checklist of the most important questions to ask before choosing your wedding venue. We hope they help you to find the perfect place to say ‘I do’.
If you are looking for a stunning wedding venue in Lancashire, then look no further than Eaves Hall. Situated in the breathtaking English countryside, this magnificent Georgian mansion provides everything you need to have the most magical day. We offer fabulous function rooms, seven acres of garden, bespoke wedding packages and much more.
For more information, please get in touch with one of our special wedding planners today. Give us a ring on 01200 425 271 or visit our website.< Back to the blog archive
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