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Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue

Selecting the perfect wedding venue is one of the most crucial tasks that needs to be completed before you tie the knot. Not only will it be the location of your wedding ceremony and reception, but it will also be the location of all of your and your guests’ after-party festivities, as well as your first night as husband and wife! While this process can be overwhelming at times, there are certain factors that you need to keep in mind throughout the selection process that will make choosing your venue much easier.

The Tudor Barn, Belstead, Suffolk
The Tudor Barn, Belstead

1) Understand what you want

If you’re just starting to think about your wedding, then it’s a good idea to write out exactly what you want and don’t want. This will help keep you organised and on-task, as well as help determine what venue is best for you. Maybe your dream wedding includes an outdoor ceremony at sunset—and if that’s not possible due to weather conditions, then another venue might work better for you.

2) Get Personal Recommendations

In order to find a good venue, you need to ask your friends for recommendations. Get everyone you know talking about where they had their weddings. Look up local wedding blogs and websites; see if there’s one that’s geared toward people getting married in your area, and leave thoughtful comments on their posts and reviews.

3) Scope Out Alternative Options

Consider alternative venues if you can’t find what you’re looking for within your price range. For example, if you dream of getting married at a fancy hotel, ask yourself: is it really worth it? Could I get married at a cheaper location (say, my own back garden) and use that extra money toward an exciting honeymoon trip? Alternatively, could I get married somewhere slightly more expensive but not in a place where we’d have to pay for lodging?

Jimmys Farm Weddings, Suffolk
Jimmys Farm Weddings, Suffolk

4) Never Skimp on Quality

When you’re searching for your wedding venue, it’s important to remember that what you’re really looking for is not just any old place to hold your wedding—you want a beautiful location. There are a million different factors to consider when finding a venue, but quality should be one of them.

Newland Hall, Chelmsford
Newland Hall, Chelmsford


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