Traditionally, it is the summer in which most weddings take place, but we must not forget it’s the winter when we see the most proposals. Chillisauce, an international event agency, has found that it’s during the festivities in the Christmas period which drum up the most engagements all year, ready for those summer weddings. If you are one of these newly engaged couples, it is likely you will be starting the search for your ultimate wedding venue. There is no doubt you will find the perfect location in our handpicked portfolio of venues, our wedding venue collection includes some of the finest hidden gems across the regions of mainland Britain, from traditional buildings steeped in history to modern, airy, open spaces providing a perfect blank canvas for your own theme.
Sarah Allard, editor of hitched.co.uk, said on their website ‘It’s clear to see that the venue really is the most important part of a bride’s big day, with couples opting to spend 16% of their total budget on their favoured place to say ‘I do’.
With so much venue experience in one place, we at Venuelior have put together some of our top tips for picking your perfect wedding venue:
Look as early as possible
It’s standard for popular venues up and down the country to get booked up a long time in advance and Confetti.co.uk reports Saturday is still the most sought after wedding day of the week. Advice from theknot.co.uk suggests couples should book ‘at least a year to nine months before the wedding.’ We advise that you book as soon as you’ve found ‘the one’, especially if you can’t be flexible on dates or are looking for a Saturday
Consider your guests
Is the venue located in a place that is accessible for guests? If not, is there accommodation readily available? Get married at Nottingham Contemporary for example, and give your guests the choice of 12 hotels within just two miles. Alternatively, focus on the travel links; National Glass Centre is located close to Sunderland’s city centre, with ample free car parking and just 10 minutes walk from St. Peter’s Metro station. Thoroughly think through your guests experience and source some solutions to help determine if the most important people in your lives can make it, and if the location is worth them missing out on your special day.
Visit as much as you can
Visit your venue as much as you can, as close to the set-up as possible for your big day. If you visit a venue at 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning and are planning to have your wedding at 5 p.m. in the evening, you probably won’t be getting the same view of the venue. Everything from how the light floods into the space, to how the traffic builds up on route can help you decide if this is the perfect venue for you.
Connect your vision to your venue
Are you envisioning glitz and glamour, rustic elegance, ultra-modern or a more traditional affair? If you are planning a modern wedding; look at galleries, well-designed spaces and minimalistic architecture such as We The Curious, The Forum or National Glass Centre. On the flip side, a wedding incorporating more natural elements works well with outdoor venues like the beautiful gardens of Osborne House. Knowing what look and feel you want for your wedding day will help you narrow down your search for wedding venues.
Your wedding photos will last a lifetime, so it’s worth bearing in mind photo opportunities. A beautiful outdoor space, a good view and lots of natural light all tick the box, but also think about places where you can set up your own backdrops, any quirky set pieces or sweeping staircases for group photos will all help capture a moment to be treasured forever. From the coveted hospitality box at AJ Bell Stadium to the top of the elegant Royal Institution staircase, surrounded by scientific history, there will always be the perfect picture-perfect moment to be had in the Venuelior portfolio.