Tips to help you pick the perfect wedding venue

Posted on February 14, 2017. Filed under: The Shrigley Hall Hotel, The Imperial Hotel Blackpool, The Billesley Manor Hotel

Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect, and finding the right venue for your special day can be one of the biggest decisions. It’s important to secure your dream location as soon as you can, especially as popular venues can get very busy – with some even booked out as much as 18 months in advance!

So, how do you go about choosing ‘the one’ venue for your special day? With lots to choose from, here’s our top tips for picking the perfect wedding venue…

Can you afford it?

Weddings can be expensive. No surprises there. There’s a chance your finances will help you narrow down your list of potential venues. So before you even start searching, you need to have a clear idea about your budget. Just how much are you willing and able to spend? There’s no point looking at expensive wedding venues when you’re working with a shoestring budget. It’s a waste of your time and will only lead to unnecessary heartbreak. Remember, when you think you’ve found the perfect location, it doesn’t hurt to ask what else the venue can throw in for the fee. You want your budget to stretch as far as possible.

What type of wedding do you want?

Once you’ve settled on a budget, you can begin to focus on the type of wedding venue you have in mind for your big day. Country houses, hotels and castles are some of the most popular types. Looking for inspiration? Pinterest is a great place to start, as well as Instagram and wedding blogs. In the early stages, don’t limit your search to purely one style of venue. For one thing, your dream location might not be fit for purpose if it doesn’t have the capacity to accommodate your guest list. It’s always best to remain open and flexible when you’re searching for wedding venues.

Have a checklist

Go prepared and visit your venue shortlist with a checklist. Just like house hunting, weddings require a level of compromise. So you won’t always be able to tick every box on your list of must-haves. Important questions your checklist should cover include:

• Is the date you want available?
• Does the venue have the capacity to hold all of your guests?
• Will there be any other weddings taking place on the same day?
• Will people be able to stay on site?
• How accessible is it for elderly/disabled guests?
• Is there other suitable accommodation nearby?
• Is there free parking?

When you think you’ve finally found ‘the one’, don’t be afraid to ask lots and lots of questions. And take plenty of notes.

The Hotel Collection has a selection of stunning venues just perfect for you to say ‘I do’, including The Shrigley Hall Hotel in Cheshire, The Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire and The Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

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