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Christmas and New Year is well and truly over and it’s time to start looking forward to other, more exciting events! Wedding season will be in full swing soon and I have recently been showing Erin pictures from our wedding from back in 2013. She loves seeing pictures of things we’ve done and she especially loves our wedding photos because they’re so beautiful. This, in part, was due to the location of where we got married. We got married abroad and although our choice of venue was not as vast as many others will experience, I still think there are plenty of things to think about when picking somewhere. Here are some ideas of what to look for in your ideal wedding venue.
As you can see from my own wedding photos that I have used in this post, we chose somewhere that had a beautiful backdrop. We got married outside and had our photos taken in the grounds of the estate. You (hopefully) only get married once and I wanted stunning photos to look back on. Photos are something really important to consider when picking a wedding venue and it will save time and money if you do it all in the same place.
Before we had settled on getting married while we were on holiday in Orlando (which we’d booked already) we had been planning on a wedding here in Norfolk. I had stupidly fallen in love with a graded building that was stunning but after all of the costs and external hiring that needed to go with it, it would have blown our budget completely. It’s sensible to not look too far outside of what you can actually afford.
After deciding on Orlando, location wasn’t really something we took into account as we didn’t have any guests. However, if you’re getting married here in the UK then location is a big deal. If you’re inviting a lot of people that it might be worth taking into account where your wedding venue is and how easy it is to get to. As someone who doesn’t drive, we have had to turn down invitations in the past because we weren’t able to get there.
Before you can even really start to think about your venue you first need to choose your guest list. If you are only having a small wedding then a big estate house or country hotel might not be the right choice for you (click here for a gorgeous venue for weddings in Surrey). Many of these larger venues offer packages with a certain amount of guests and there’s no point in paying extra money for a large venue if you don’t have that number of guests. In the same way, there’s no point in looking at small venues if you know that you’re going to have a large guest list.
Your wedding venue should be somewhere that gives you everything you want and need for your wedding. These are just a few tips of what to look for in your ideal wedding venue but hopefully they give you a good place to start.
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