Congratulations you’re engaged! You’re on cloud nine, your fiancée has declared his love and asked you to become his wife, you excitedly talk about the future and your wedding day. You dream about the dress, partying with your friends and of course becoming husband and wife.But, then the panic sets in. Just how do you plan a wedding, where should you begin? Originally published in 2009, my planning guide has been updated to set you on the right path!
What Wedding do you want? (part 2)
You might already know where you want your wedding reception. Perhaps you hold romantic visions of a castle or if a country girl at heart then I’m sure the barns will draw you in. There are many factors to consider when choosing a venue. Use the tips below as your guide when selecting venues. Also check our venue series http://www.dream-occasions.co.uk/category/weddings/venues to see if we have typed a report on it before.
- Will the wedding take place where you currently live or where you were bought up? Think about whether you want a city location or would prefer to be surrounded by the countryside. If guests are travelling far then good access would be appreciated. Is it necessary for you to have exclusivity or would the general public wandering around add to the ambience.
- If you are unaware of venues in the area you wish to marry then you need to start the sometimes tedious and time consuming task of researching. To be successful use a range of methods when trying to find the best venue.
- Speak to family and friends in the area for personal recommendations
- Go onto Google and type in ‘wedding barn Suffolk’ or whatever your preference and location is
- Buy the local wedding magazine like those from County Wedding
- Buy wedding venues & services magazine
- If you wish to have a civil ceremony then does the venue have a license and if so which room? What is the maximum number of guests they can accommodate in a ceremony? Most venues charge an additional fee for a ceremony on top of the registrar’s fee.
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