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19 May 2016

Here to answer all your wedding woes and worries, Bijou Wedding Venues are back to answer the question of another bride

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With June just around the corner, the summer wedding season across the UK is just about to get started. However, if you’ve not yet booked your date, or even found the perfect wedding venue, then there’s no better time than now to get cracking!

Bijou Wedding Venues are experts when it comes to answering your wedding planning questions. With their expert knowledge and experience, having thrown amazing weddings at their venues for so many years, the Bijou team are here to support you every month when it comes to venue queries and planning advice for your own special day.

Got a question for the Bijou team? Email to see the answer featured in a future edition of Ask Bijou…

May question:

We can’t decide on the right type of wedding venue. My partner wants an empty shell, something we can decorate and bring in all the tables, linen, staff etc… in order to make our day completely unique. But I’d like a venue where we don’t need to think about anything – although this may cost more. Can you help us reason with one another?

Amanda K, Hook


Bijou’s Advice:

Regardless of what style of wedding venue you choose, you’ll more than likely need to bring in external suppliers to help decorate your celebration; from a florist to a cake designer and possibly even some form of entertainment. We suggest taking a step back and looking at what you really want from your wedding day.

If you’re looking for a (mostly) stress-free option, then hiring a wedding venue that provides you with staff, support and help throughout, could be ideal. If, however, you’re thinking about budget and have the time and patience to take on everything yourselves - from hiring tables, cutlery, a catering team, staff and more, along with doing the set up pre and post-wedding - then an empty shell venue might be the right option. 


Weigh up your budget, timings of your day plus the time you’re giving yourselves to organise and plan your wedding, from booking the date to saying "I do". Bear in mind that if you go for the empty shell style wedding venue, then one (or both) of you will probably have quite a big wedding to-do list to work through. The lead up to a wedding should be an exciting time for you both, so we suggest going to have a look at each style of wedding venue to see how you feel. As with most things, if it feels right then you’ll know straight away.

Most staffed venues should be more than happy to help create your dream wedding – but ultimately you both have to agree in terms of how you’re going to ‘plan and organise’ your big day. We wish you the best of luck in finding the right wedding venue for you as a couple. 



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