Picking your wedding venue is one of the first things that you do once he’s popped the question and the wedding planning has begun. But with such a range of venues to choose from, it can be a tricky task! We’ve got 5 ways to make sure you pick your perfect wedding venue right here…

Think about guests

You need to choose a wedding venue that suits your guest list – too big and friends and family will be rattling around. Too small, and there will be no escape! Also think about how your guests will get there. Is there parking? Will you need to provide transport? Can they stay overnight? It might be a beautiful venue but does it accommodate the people who are really important?

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Think about your theme

If you’ve got your heart set on a rustic country wedding theme, a generic hotel reception venue probably isn’t going to get you excited. Your wedding venue will help tie everything together and provides the backdrop to your details. Barns, country houses, hotels, gazebos – choose whatever goes best with your theme.

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Outside or inside?

If you choose your venue based on its ability to host an outdoor wedding, don’t forget to check out the inside too in case of bad weather. It’s essential to have a back-up plan in case of rain, for both your wedding ceremony and your formal photographs.

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Photo opportunities

And speaking of photographs, does you venue boast lots of lovely photo locations? Grand staircases, lakes, gardens and feature windows all make excellent settings. why not ask your photographer to come with you on a recce before the big day? That way, you can work out a bad weather plan at the same time.

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Use the professionals

If you’re not sure on how to negotiate the best deals on your wedding venue, why not use an expert? Venuefinder provide a free venue finding service from their team of experts. The helpful agents specialise in finding the perfect setting for your event and negotiating rates to get you the best deals possible. With 15,000 UK and international venues on their books, you’re bound to find one to suit you. You can search by location, maximum capacities, rates and more. Registration is free and quick, and you can sign up to receive membership benefits, from exclusive deals to wedding offers.

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Find out more at venuefinder.com! And check out some of the absolutely gorgeous venues in our real weddings!

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