Want to say 'I do' to your wedding venue? The experts at Country House Wedding Venues share the points you need to consider first...
So the question has been popped, you're planning like crazy on Pinterest, and you've just been to see what could be the perfect wedding venue. You want to book it right now before anyone can swoop in and steal it from you but wait…there are some important questions you and your partner need to ask yourselves first! Have a look at the top five things we think you need to remember before you book your wedding venue.
1. Check you can afford it
You might have been seriously wowed by a venue but before you get your heart set on it, it's best to make sure you can definitely afford it. Be realistic and don't commit to a place that's going to break your budget, you've still got everything else to pay for too remember? It's always a good idea to find out the payment plan that the venue would expect too so that you can get a clear idea of how much is expected and when.
2. Check your dates
So the dream venue is incredibly still available on the date you really want. Let's get booking, right? Wrong! Just because they are free doesn't mean the local church or registrar are at the same time. Always check their availability first before you book and get them to pencil in before you put any kind of deposit down on your venue. Otherwise you could stand to lose a good chunk of money from your wedding budget.
3. Check the guest numbers
You'll need to have a rough idea of how many people you want to attend your wedding before you decide on your venue but remember that your wedding party size can be too small as well as too large. Some venues will stipulate that your wedding party must have a minimum number of guests so make sure you ask the question before any money changes hands. Otherwise, you might have to pay more for fewer guests!
4. Check your insurance
It might not be the most romantic or fun part of the wedding to plan but if you're thinking of taking out wedding insurance, make sure you know exactly what it does and doesn't cover so that you're not left out of pocket should something go wrong. We suggest that you work out roughly how much you will spend (or are willing to spend) before getting your insurance as you will be asked about the cost of your wedding when you take out your policy.
5. Check that the venue caters for all your needs
A venue might look perfect when you have a wander around it but make sure you do a bit of digging so that you know it can cater for all of your needs. If you have specific themes or decorations in mind, it's best to check just how much you're allowed to do to the venue. Planning on celebrating with fireworks? Not every venue will be ok with that. Confetti, entry time to the rooms, bar license, all of these can be contentious issues so make sure you interrogate the venue's events team and get all the answers you need!
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