CHOOSING A WEDDING VENUE – THE DECIDING FACTORS
Things to think about when choosing your wedding venue
When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding venue, you’ll be faced with a variety of options; from getting married in the countryside to choosing which month to tie the knot. This article has been designed to break down the different options that you may be faced with, in order to give you a bit of a helping hand, including the best time of year and location.
Countryside vs. city wedding venue
The country vs city argument is as old as the hills and, thus, older than the cities. So much of this comes down to personal taste and the “sort” of wedding that you’re looking for. If you’re already sure of which way you want to go on this then you might not need to worry about this particular decision – some city wedding venues even boast utterly stunning views so you can get an element of the best of both worlds. If you’re not sure, however, then ponder this one for a moment. The quintessentially English country garden wedding is, of course, a wonderful tradition. We at Harper love a good garden for the kids to charge around and the happy couple (and any other couples – whether they came together or just leave together) to enjoy romantic wanders through. But of course there are downsides to such an event – most particularly transport and thus accommodation – which a city venue can help overcome. Being able to get to and from the venue by public transport not only makes life easier for a lot of your guests, but it means you haven’t got any designated drivers to worry about. Some city venues also have the benefit of being quite splendid and high profile – this might tickle your nearest and dearest a bit if they’re into that sort of thing. The potential downside of this to consider, of course, is whether this is the kind of vibe you want at your wedding. Getting your friends and family out of town “away, together, alone” can be a wonderful thing.
Summer wedding vs. winter wedding
The time of year that you’re hoping to tie the knot will have an impact on the type of venue that will be the most appropriate for you. If you’re thinking winter, then the stunning landscape gardens and babbling brook might not be worth the price premium. Conversely, if you’re hoping for a sunny day with Pimm’s on the lawn (or even an outdoor ceremony), you might want to push the outside space up the priority list a bit. Photographs are a big thing to think about here too – bear in mind that with a winter wedding you may find yourselves constrained by the weather and only be able to take wedding photographs indoors. The opportunities that your wedding venue has for varied and attractive indoor shots will thus be an important consideration. That said, of course, the thing we all love most about the UK is the unpredictability of the weather, and it’s often been said that the only way to guarantee that you’re not disappointed by the weather on your wedding day is to plan for driving, freezing rain. It’s thus vitally important to consider how your venue will operate in inhospitable weather, and what impact this might have on your plans.