Four must read tips for choosing your wedding venue

13 Aug 2014

Setting the scene for your perfect day is one of the biggest decisions within the wedding planning process – a childhood village, a modern hideaway or a quintessential English manor house are popular choices, but are they right for you?

With numerous factors to consider, Siãn Pirone shares her tips for choosing a spectacular location to set the scene for your Big Day. 

1. Get Organised

Before you begin your search, create a list of criteria your venue must have. A great way to work out what is a must, maybe or would like to have is to use a traffic light tick list. All that are must haves, for example capacity, catering, accommodation,categorise in green, amber the less important things and in red the things that are not essential. This will help clarify how you thoughts and decipher venues from one another.

2. One Size Does Not Fit All

Have a rough guest list in mind when searching for a venue. It goes without saying that your chosen venue must be able to accommodate all those who are important to you. But in the same measure, it is essential to avoid somewhere that is overwhelmingly large for your party. Maintaining a sense of intimacy is often the key to a wonderful atmosphere. Having a guest list in mind will also help you bear in mind guests that may have to travel, stay overnight or have children.

3. “I Do” It Yourself

Depending on your chosen location, there will be some degree of DIY effort.

Although a homemade, rustic, vintage wedding may be all that you have dreamed of, it will be highly time consuming to put together and not always a cost effective option. By choosing a more established wedding venue, the pressure will be off and the dirty work handed over to their well-equipped team, leaving you to totally enjoy your day.

4. Well Equipped

When it comes to finally viewing a venue, take a notebook and pen to jot down

details, ideas and questions as you look around. A camera is also an extremely

useful tool. When you look at venue after venue, they can begin to merge into one another, so looking back at pictures can jog your memory of what the venue had to offer.

Siãn is the sales and marketing manager at the hotly-anticipated Kings Head hotel in Cirencester. Named by The Times as one of the ‘Best New Hotels for 2014’, The Kings Head is situated in Cirencester’s picturesque market place, just a minutes walk from the Church of St John the Baptist, and offers a sparkling array of decadent spaces. To be unveiled this summer, The Kings Head will be an exciting addition to the wedding venues on offer in The Cotswolds.

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