I’ve decided to write a little mini series of posts that will wedge between other content on tips for when planning your wedding. Its becoming that time of year where wedding season booms so these posts will be little snippets of things I’ve learnt in my 5 years of being a wedding planner along with my own thoughts gathered whilst planning my very own wedding nearly 3 years ago. The first subject is tackling the biggy….The venue…The venue is what sets the tone/ theme and feel of the day, it can have limitations or can open up a whole range of ideas for you to explore. In my opinion before you get into the depths of planning the finer details, you need to get the venue pinned down and booked up.
The venue will tell you how many people you can invite and also if they have any restrictions on supplying food or sourcing outside caterers. It will shape exactly how the day will turn out to be.
You may have your heart set on a particular place or you may not have a clue where to start. If you don’t have a clue then I recommend booking a few different places to view, the more variety the better, the barn you discounted may actually be a hidden gem! Plusss you have places to compare and new ideas to take with you.
When visiting a venue I 100% recommend firstly booking an appointment. Make sure you have designated time with the wedding coordinator and can access the space; if you just turn up it will be likely you may not get quality time, feel rushed and leave not seeing all that you needed to see!
Take a list of questions with you, you’ll need to know the capacity, will it fit all your guests in??? What catering packages and menus do they supply? What time does the bar close? Do they have areas for photographs? can you throw confetti? You will know what elements of the day are important to you and your fiancee (no matter how big or small) so make sure these are all agreed before you book and part money with your cash! No question is a silly question and the more random us planners actually really like!
Something I think is important and still surprises me when talking to brides is that with some venues you will meet your coordinator, build a relationship throughout the planning process to find that they actually aren’t there working on your wedding day!! Lots of venues pass over the details to a catering supervisor and I’m sure they are fully qualified but for me I think its so important the person you are emailing for a year, who knows your dream and vision is the one making sure its all running smoothly on the day. This means you don’t have to think of anything other then enjoying yourself and soaking it all in….Being a coordinator myself, I always make sure I am there on the Wedding day, not only to make it the smoothest day ever but to share the joy and make sure all that hard work has pulled together, also having been the bride myself I know that it takes alot of stress away from the day!
There are so many elements to making sure the venue is right for you and of course any extra advice you need please do get in touch but my final piece for this post is the feeling you get somewhere, you’ll know if its the right place, if your vision will come to reality or if perhaps you still need to continue the search..
Happy venue hunting…
Love Harriet x
*Photo credit- Exeter Golf and Country Club, Devon – exetergcc.co.uk