Top tips for choosing your Wedding Venue

Top tips for choosing your Wedding Venue


There are so many things to consider for your wedding day, it can sometimes feel as if you don’t know where to start – and you don’t want to have to employ a full range of project management skills to get it right … you want to enjoy it!  There will certainly be some decisions to make, and probably the occasional compromise, but the good news is that help is at hand!

As very experienced Lake District Wedding Photographers, we’ve created a check-list to help you along the way.  We hope that you find it useful.  Here goes …

What type of wedding do you want?

A really key question for the couple.  Intimate and low key – just a few very close friends and family – or all your best friends (or as many of them as can make it)?  What about a theme?  What vibe do you want to send out?

How much do you want to spend?

Let’s just get this one out of the way and then say no more about it, shall we?  Weddings can be – and usually are – on the expensive side.  So decide on a budget … and be prepared to exceed it (hopefully not by too much though!)

How many guests do you want?

Clearly this is a major factor in determining the venue.  And remember – although the day is your special day, it’s also about your guests – so think of what works for the majority of them too.  And if children or the elderly are coming, you need to make sure that they can be adequately catered for.

Will the ceremony be a religious one?

Despite a dramatic drop in Church attendances, over half of all couples who get married in the United Kingdom do so in a Church.  If that doesn’t work for you, for any reason, consider other venues like hotels, country houses, Registry Offices, a beach, even a marquee in the garden … you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the options that you have!

How flexible are you on the date or time of year (if at all)?

The date for a significant number of weddings is often determined by the availability of the wedding venue and also the reception venue (if different) – plus of course the people actually carrying out the service for you.  Clearly the more flexible you are, and the earlier you start planning and booking things up, the more likely you are to get exactly what you want.  And if you want to avoid rain, remember how often Wimbledon is rained off!  As we all know there are no guarantees with the British weather …

Make up your own check-list for each venue you consider

Something along the following lines will help:

  1. Name of Venue
  2. Location
  3. Capacity: Make sure the capacity fits your event. If you are doing a cocktail party rather than a sit-down meal, the space can likely fit more people
  4. Availability: If it matters to you
  5. Type: Such as hotel, outdoor, historical, restaurant
  6. Layout: Note if it has space for all aspects of your wedding (ceremony, cocktails, reception). Sometimes this isn’t clear until a site visit
  7. Rates: Enter the rough information that will be available online
  8. Do they offer a full service, or will you have to organise some aspects of the wedding and/or reception?
  9. Website: You can easily go back and remind yourself with photos on the venue’s site
  10. Restrictions: Does the website list any major restrictions, such as a definite end time, that would affect your decision? Also, do they have wheelchair access if necessary for you?
  11. Parking/Transportation: Make any notes regarding free parking, public transit access, or other transportation considerations
  12. Facility Extras: List here any items included with the venue: A/V equipment, chairs, tables, linens, etc.

Visit the venue at the time of day your wedding will be

For obvious reasons Saturday is still the most popular day for couples to go out and visit venues … and since most couples get married on a Saturday it does make sense. But do go back for a second visit at the very time of day your wedding will be held.

If you visit a venue at 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning and you are planning to have your wedding at, say, 5 p.m. in the evening, you won’t be getting the same view of the venue.  It’s well worth checking.

What else?

If you follow the guidelines above, you won’t go far wrong!  It all comes down to planning – and planning in plenty of time.

So it remains for us to mention location – and since the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places on earth, it seems only natural to consider holding your wedding here.  We have every type of venue you can think of – including many you probably wouldn’t think of – and we can do it all against backdrops like this:


So you’ve got the Venue, but what about the rest?

We can’t help you with the catering, the floral arrangements and the many other things that make a wedding, however we can do know one thing we can help with.

You’ll clearly need a Lake District Wedding Photographer to capture moments like these – someone who knows the area intimately and who will ensure that you have wonderful photographs that will remind you of your special day for ever.  You’ve found one!

Simon Anderson Photography is one of Cumbria’s leading photography studios.  We cover the whole of the beautiful Lake District, and have a totally flexible approach tailored to each of our clients.  See how we can work with you to take the perfect photograph by visiting one of our studios, or by calling us on 01768 866899

We will be delighted to help you!

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