Wedding venue selection is the most important thing to consider for a wedding; these tend to get booked out very quickly, so sometimes rather having the chance to have a date of your own selection, it will be the venue that gives you a selection of dates. Therefore once you have decided on a venue you must book it as soon as possible , this can be up to two years ahead or even more sometimes!
30px;">1. Wedding venues may equate to c40-50% of the total budget ( if all the services are provided too as all inclusive); sometimes they may be free if everything else is provided by the venue – so it’s key to determine how the venue operates – But the budget must be defined first ( weekday weddings are becoming more popular – mon/fri/thurs and they are cheaper !!)
VAT may be added to the bill – this is 20% ( there is some legal confusion, so please check with the venue)
3. Is there an event Manager / person dedicated to you to ensure all arrangements are managed properly
30px;">4. Do they have a preferred suppliers list – people who they have checked out and who are reliable.
30px;">5. Style of the venue – is it what you want eg modern, classic, rustic
30px;">6. Capacity – Is it big enough for all my guests
30px;">7. Do they conduct civil ceremonies on site
30px;">8. Is catering provided
30px;">9. Dining staff, chairs, tables
30px;">10. Area for the reception dinner/buffet
30px;">11. Dancing area and space for any other activities like a booth or the new craze – magic mirrors /selfie mirrors/mirror booth!
30px;">12. Adequate parking
30px;">13. If a church wedding – proximity of church to venue
30px;">14. If the wedding is in two different places – can all guests get from one place to the other- you may have to budget for transportation
30px;">15. Restrictions – are there any eg what time can the celebrations go on until
30px;">16. Bar available in the room selected or proximity of bar to room chosen
30px;">17. Can you bring your own alcohol –if so what are corkage costs ( sometimes if you bring in some alcohol, even with corkage its a bit cheaper).
30px;">18. Are there going to be any building works over time (especially if you are booking ahead)
30px;">19. Is there accommodation – if so costings be these should be a bit cheaper if booked in bulk
30px;">20. Are pets allowed – you may want your favourite pooch to come too !
30px;">21. Are the guests allowed to throw confetti ?
30px;">22. Entertainment – do you have to use their preferred suppliers or can you use your own choice – what do they allow /not allow?
So in summary there are load of things to think about. But the venue is the most important element in all the wedding planning process. But once you have found a venue the event manager can probably manage a lot of these for you, so it’s not so scary !
In actual fact, where I mentioned book early for the venue,this applies to everything really. Once a date has been secured you have a target to aim for and can start booking everything else….we at Mimeofun, with our selfie mirror,magic mirror, mirror booth what ever you want to call it have bookings out to 2019 !!
The months of July,August and early September are generally the busiest for weddings and get booked out really quickly.
December may be a bit more pricey, as venues may weigh up Christmas parties v weddings.
Word of advise , time flies so don’t delay !