- The Packages – what’s on offer? These demonstrate how well a venue can cater to the needs of their client and demonstrate the full extent of the facilities for you to choose from. Giving you the option to adopt a more hands on role, or sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.
- Accommodation – it’s important to establish the options for guests who wish to stay nearby. With friends and relatives often travelling from near and far to be there for your special day, it’s essential that you look at possible accommodation for them to kick back and relax after indulging in a few glasses of champagne. You don’t want to leave the party early, so somewhere close by for you to end your day in style is a must.
- Setting – assess where photo opportunities are around your venue to capture those magical moments and keep them forever. A tour of the site is crucial to create a vivid image of how your day will unfold and how it will be caught and remembered through your photography.
- Team – the team on hand are the face of the venue and play a big part in the organisation and running of your day. A helpful member of staff you can rely on, who has a flexible and ‘can-do’ attitude, will ensure smooth running of your day whilst making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Someone who can put you in touch with recommended suppliers is a great advantage as it can relieve some of the pressure of using unknown sources. It’s not a time to take too many risks!
- Taste – a venue which offers a menu taster session for you to sample with your partner once booked is a great advantage. This allows you and your partner to compose the perfect dining experience for your guests on the day, giving the whole menu a personal touch, chosen by you.
- Visit – you should visit your venue at the time of day your wedding will be taking place. This helps in creating an image of how the lighting and atmosphere of the venue will feel on your wedding day. It could be a good idea to visit for dinner or afternoon tea to get a real sense of the setting and personality of your potential venue.
- Facilities – although it’s your special day, weddings often extend through an entire weekend, therefore it’s ideal to find somewhere that your guests are able to keep themselves entertained pre and post wedding day. A venue close to bars, restaurants and shops means that guests will be able to make the most of their break.
- Accessibility – is your venue easily accessible for those travelling by car, train or plane? Making life easy for your guests is essential to allow them more time to focus on you. It will also put your mind at ease knowing that your guests will have a pleasant experience arriving at your venue.
- Weather – unfortunately this is always unpredictable, yet you don’t want it to dictate your day. Whilst it’s great if the sun is shining and guests can enjoy outdoor space, if not so fortunate you don’t want this to ‘dampen your day’. A venue which offers a light and spacious feel inside can create a warm, bright atmosphere without relying on the outside.
- YOU – is the venue you? The venue plays a huge part in setting the scene and ambience of your special day. Is a modern contemporary and stylish setting for you? Or a countryside estate? Do you want a blank canvas you can work your magic on and really make your own or one that is all ready to go? This is something you need to establish prior to searching for your ideal venue and should play a big part as you visit them.
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