Things to consider when choosing your wedding destination
What type of wedding do you opt for? A bohemian wedding on a beach? A traditional church wedding? Or a modern ceremony in a registry office? Whilst the choice of wedding destination is entirely up to the bride and groom, there are certain things that should be considered before committing to a particular destination.
Do you want your wedding to be a religious ceremony?
According to official statistics just one in three wedding in England and Wales are now conducted as religious ceremonies. If you want to get married in a church or another religious establishment you are advised to visit the venue you plan to get married in well in advance as you may be asked to attend the place of worship for a duration of time prior to the wedding. Different churches have different stipulations in place regarding what they require from couples wanting to get married in the church. It is best to enquire well in advance to avoid disappointment.
How many guests are you planning on inviting?
If you are planning on having a small wedding with just a handful of close family and friends, the chances are you’ll be able to venture further afield, as you’ll have less guests to worry about travel and accommodation arrangements. If you envisage having a big wedding with hundreds of guests, choosing a destination that is ‘closer to home’ instead of on some small Caribbean island, might be the safest option if you want all your guests to be able to realistically attend the wedding.
What’s your budget?
We all need to set a wedding budget, which will significantly influence your shortlist of potential wedding destinations. If you’re on a tighter budget you may want to opt for a wedding package, which includes all the wedding essentials, such as the venue, the catering, the decorations, and so on, designed to help prevent couples from going over budget.
Always visit the venue
Once you have drawn up a shortlist of potential wedding venues, now’s the time to go on some site visits. Failing to visit the venue in person could lead to disappointment later when it’s too late to do anything about changing the venue!
While on the venue site visit you should consider various aspects such as parking facilities and whether there will be sufficient space for guests to park. More minor details should also be considered such as are there enough plug sockets for the likes of speakers and microphones for the bands, speeches and the DJ?
You wouldn’t buy the first wedding dress you see and like without have a good look round for others, would you? A similar level of diligence should be applied to when choosing a wedding venue. You might have fallen in love with an elegant registry office in a sophisticated city but that cosy country church could tick all the right boxes too.
The blog was written by Venus Bridal, specialists in diverse collections of bridal wear, offering both brides and bridesmaids a full range of beautiful dresses to cater for different styles of weddings and every type of wedding destination.