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18 Jan 2017

Ask Bijou is back for 2017, advising on whether just settling for a wedding venue is ever acceptable

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Welcome to the January edition of Ask Bijou and big congratulations are in order if you received, or made, a festive or New Year proposal. If you’re new to the idea of planning your wedding then you’ve come to the right place. The Bijou team of experts share their wedding venue and planning advice every month here on WeddingSite and we’d love to answer your own venue related questions in the forthcoming months.

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January Question:

Our dream wedding venue costs more than we can afford. Should we settle for our second choice venue, or should we delay our wedding in order to be able to afford our dream?



Bijou’s Advice:

At Bijou, we always say that when you walk in to your dream wedding venue, you’ll just know that you’ve found ‘the one’. It’s like meeting your partner for the first time, or finding the ultimate wedding dress. The feeling hits you like a warm, fuzzy wave and you won’t be able to get it out of your mind.

Your wedding day will probably be the most memorable day of your life. Not only will you communicate with your chosen wedding venue during the run up to your big day, but your wedding guests will also get to experience the service and style of the venue you end up choosing. Your overall wedding experience will have a huge impact on your married life. You’ll want to talk about your wedding venue with friends and family for years to come and your memories of the day will never fade. You’ll see your wedding venue in the background of your wedding photographs whenever you look at your album, at your photos on Facebook or in the frames around your house. Therefore, loving your chosen wedding venue is a must.



If you’ve found a dream wedding venue that you can afford by delaying your date, we say go for it. It will give you longer to plan and enjoy your engagement, you’ll be able to send out save the date cards in advance, to ensure that everyone will be able to make the special day when it finally arrives, and you may be able to pay for your wedding in instalments during the run up to your ‘I dos’.

If you book a wedding venue that you just don’t love, you may live to regret it. Your wedding day should be perfect and every element of your day will help bring that together.



Perhaps visit both wedding venues again to see how you really feel. You may find that booking your dream wedding venue on an alternative date or sooner, rather than later, may result in a more affordable outcome. You may also find that your shortlist of wedding venues offer a mid-week wedding discount, or something along the lines of a seasonal offer. It’s worth exhausting all options before making your final (and very important) decision.


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