06 Nov 2017
Location is everything when choosing your wedding venue, but how do you settle on one that balances convenience with desire? The Bijou Weddings team answers...
Welcome to the November edition of Ask Bijou. This month the team behind Bijou Wedding Venues share their advice on choosing your dream wedding venue, based on location. Do you have a question for the Bijou team? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see the answer featured in a future edition of Ask Bijou…
Our families are from quite different areas of the country, and we are concerned about choosing a wedding venue in a convenient location for both. How can we please everyone?
Location is a huge factor to consider when choosing a wedding venue, regardless of where your family and friends are travelling from. Ultimately you should choose a wedding venue that you both love and if your family and friends want to be there, then we’re sure they’ll find a way to be part of your special day. Below are a few suggestions on how to ensure that your guests are made to feel welcome when it comes to attending your wedding, regardless of location and whether your venue choice be in the UK or abroad.
Inform your guests early
Unless you’re booking a last-minute wedding, the sooner you inform your chosen guest list of your marriage date, the more likely they will be able to attend. Send Save the Date cards early or post a message regarding your forthcoming wedding date on your dedicated wedding website and ask your friends to view it. If the location of your chosen wedding venue means that guests may need to travel and/or stay the night, the earlier they know about your date, the better.
Suggest nearby overnight accommodation
If your wedding venue doesn’t provide accommodation, or it provides some but not for all of your wedding guests, it may be helpful to inform your guests of local hotels and B&Bs close to your chosen wedding venue so that they can get booked in. Suggest a variety of locations so that your guests can choose depending on budget and location from your venue. They may also need to consider the cost of a taxi.
Consider providing transport
If you’re getting married in a remote location then clear directions on your invitations are a must. If you plan on holding your ceremony in a different location than your wedding reception, it might be thoughtful to provide transport for your guests between the two locations.
Make a weekend of it
Depending on exactly how far your guests have to travel, think about maybe extending your wedding celebrations to the morning/day (or two) after. Not only will your guests have longer to celebrate with you, but it will mean that they might not need to take a long journey two days running.
Planning a destination wedding?
If you plan on getting married abroad, plan your day and date as far in advance as you can. However, due to commitments with work, children, budget and more, accept in advance that your entire guest list may not be able to make the trip.