Ask Bijou...

18 Oct 2016

With a multitude of wedding venues to consider, how can you possibly settle on 'the one'? Bijou Wedding Venues answers one reader's burning question...

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Welcome to the October edition of Ask Bijou. Choosing your wedding venue will be one of the most exciting parts of your wedding venue and we hope, that when you’ve chosen ‘the one’ the rest of your day will fall in to place. With over 15 years worth of experience when it comes to throwing fabulous house parties at their collection of exclusive use wedding venues, the Bijou team are experts when it comes to answering any of your wedding venue related questions. 

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October Question:

We have viewed over a dozen wedding venues and even though many of them have their positives, we don’t have one specific venue that stands out to us. We’re not sure that we’ll ever be satisfied…so what should we do?


Bijou’s Advice:

Much like when you met each other, you’ll probably just know when you’ve found ‘the one’ when it comes to your wedding venue. However, some couples find it harder than others to pin-point the ideal venue – especially seeing as wedding venues can offer so many different wonderful options. However, to help you along the way, we’ve come up with five ‘out of the box’ ideas to think about when it comes to considering ‘the one’.


You might not think that this is so important when you initially start visiting venues, but put yourself in the shoes of your wedding guests. Is the venue easy to locate? Is it close to local transport links? If you’re getting married in a different location and just having the reception at your chosen venue, will you be able to easily offer transport between the two? Exhaust every option when it comes to the location of your venue.

Overnight accommodation

Imagine the best day of your lives coming to an end and then having to go no further than a flight of stairs before drifting off to bed. If you’re choosing between a venue that does have accommodation, and one that doesn’t – you’ll be thankful for choosing the venue that does have accommodation when your wedding night arrives. A venue with bedrooms may also mean that you can get ready at the venue ahead of your ceremony – whether it’s a flight of stairs away or in a nearby church.



The food served at your wedding will be enjoyed – and remembered, by everyone. Try and read reviews about the food served at the venue and why not ask to see if you will be offered a food tasting session in advance of your big day?


Outdoor space

The weather in the UK is unpredictable, so even if you book a sunny summer wedding date, prepare for the unexpected. However, regardless of the weather, you’ll more than likely want to take some outdoor photos – even if it means putting up an umbrella. If the weather is on your side then your guests may be able to celebrate your wedding with a glass of fizz on the patio or in the gardens, so the importance of having outdoor space to enjoy at your chosen venue is key.



You’ll want your wedding day to be as stress-free as possible, therefore, being able to trust that the service you’ll receive from your venue, from the moment you book your wedding, until the morning after (if you’re able to stay the night) is none other than perfect. You should get a good feeling about the service when you attend your initial wedding venue visit – so use this as a helpful guide in to finding ‘the one’.



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