10 things to consider before booking your wedding venue
04 Jul 2016
Ensure your wedding venue is the right choice for you, with these tips from Le Strange Arms Hotel in Norfolk
Your wedding venue is one of the most important aspects in your wedding planning process. Get it wrong and it will taint the entire day, get it right and your wedding will be all you had ever hoped for.
Here are 10 things to consider when booking your wedding venue to ensure you make the right decision, courtesy of Best Western’s Le Strange Arms Hotel.
1. What’s your ‘type’?
Some brides-to-be will be able to picture their wedding venue before they’ve even seen it, while others will need a bit more guidance. Castles, stately homes and marquees all offer food for thought, as do hotels which provide a blank canvas and an accommodating set-up which offers comfort and convenience. Whatever your thoughts, the choice is yours and your venue should reflect exactly what you want out of a wedding.
2. Consider the setting
Play to the strengths of your venue by incorporating its setting into your theme. If you’re looking for a coastal location, a seaside venue like Le Strange Arms Hotel on the North Norfolk Coast could be the perfect place – taking it one step further with a marine theme and nautical colour scheme.
3. Check out the packages
All wedding venues will have a host of wedding packages to choose from, which can usually be tailored to the wants and needs of each couple. Pricing should be transparent and communicated to you from the outset, so make sure you’re clear on this before you book.
4. Meet the team
Most venues offer a dedicated events coordinator or wedding planner to help you arrange all aspects of your big day. Ask to meet these team members in the initial meeting so you can be sure that you are going to get on.
5. Sample the menu
Tasting sessions are usually offered to couples once the venue has been booked, but you should be able to gauge an idea of the standard of food from the wedding menu. If you really want to test out the talents of the in-house team, visit the venue’s restaurant (if it has one) to give a good indication of how your menu will taste on the day.
6. Request the rule book
Check that the venue has the correct licensing to host a bar and live music in the evening. It is also worth asking what time the bar can stay open and the live music can remain playing until to ensure that you are fully in the know when posed the question by guests.
7. Décor arrangements
If there is a wedding planning team in place, they will usually help you with venue styling and décor suggestions. Alternatively, if they don’t, you will know to bring in extra recruits to help you set up – just remember to check how far in advance you can begin decorating.
8. Take a tour
Don’t just restrict yourself to the ceremony and reception rooms, take a look at the entire venue. Even if you won’t be using any additional rooms, gardens or accommodation, it will give you a more well-rounded view of the venue and exactly what is on offer. And don’t forget to see the bridal suite.
9. Don’t act on impulse
When visiting the venue, you don’t have to decide there and then. Give yourself some time to think about it and digest all the information before you rush in… just don’t let the opportunity slip away by sitting on it for too long.
10. Read reviews
The deal clincher; read up on reviews before saying “I do” to your chosen venue. Noone will be able to give a more honest and reliable account than the brides who have been there and done it themselves.