For many newly engaged couples the first step is to decide on a civil ceremony or church wedding . Once that huge decision has been taken the next step is to start on your journey to find the perfect venue on the right day. OK deep breaths!!
Not a decision to be taken lightly. What style of venue are you both favouring, stately home, intimate restaurant, modern contemporary refurb, exclusive hire, hotel with accommodation for your guests? There are so many options out there and more and more venues appearing all the time. With the cost of the reception usually amounting to 15-20% of the total spend then this is probably one of the toughest decisions you will have to make when planning your big day.
You should consider what you want from your venue, great views, gardens for the children to run around in, accommodation, flexibility, and just as importantly what you DON’T want from your venue, small rooms with limited capacity if you intend to host a large wedding, restrictions on services you wish to use….’you have to use our resident DJ’ … for example.
For many couples the reception is the focal point of the day. A time when people can relax and mingle ( ok relax after the speeches, if you are giving one of them!!) The reception is the best vehicle for expressing your personality and stamping your individuality on the day. How you theme the wedding, the methods by which you decorate the room, balloons or flowers…or both etc. all these elements will contribute to the atmosphere of the reception, the fun part of the day. For some couples, details like crockery, cutlery and chair covers are an extravagance, whilst for other they are the icing on the cake and the finishing touches that help add that element of class. After spending 20% of your budget on your dream venue including feeding your guests a hearty meal and having spent the afternoon sipping champagne you wouldn’t want the decor of the room to be compromised by burgundy banqueting chairs when your colour scheme is purple. Typically you can expect to spend a few hundred pounds to perfect the room with quality products.