You are now engaged! Congratulations, now the next step is usually, “where should we get married”? Over the many years that I have been photographing weddings, I have come across some amazing wedding venues. Some really do tick all the boxes and I would like to share these with you, based on my experience in the wedding industry. Over time I will include more information in each venue, such as the location and some of its features.
First and foremost when looking at and choosing venues, you may want to consider the size of the venue in relation to how many guests you will be inviting. Some couples may want a big and elaborate affair and others find a quieter and intimate wedding more suitable for them. With this in mind, you may find that the style and layout of the venue will also play a big part in what type of wedding you would like.
If you want an outside wedding and dream of guests mingling in the sunshine, which can be beautiful, also consider if the venue has some inside areas in case it rains. It’s always good to have a backup if you are planning a wedding in the UK! I have photographed through storms, bright sunshine, frost and rain – the one thing you don’t have to worry about is the photographer. We will always manage to get great shots; every kind if weather is a new opportunity, we have to be versatile! I have captured some of my most amazing photos after a storm.
When thinking of a venue, think of what is unique for both of you. If you love nature and natural beauty I would pick a venue which reflects this. If you love some of the charming and prestigious hotels of London I would think of more city hotels in a good location. You must put both of your interests first (which is easier said than done, but you won’t regret it).
It’s really good to take your time and not rush this process, once you start asking friends and family, you may be overwhelmed with information and feel utterly confused. Weddings are a celebration bringing friends and family together, but ultimately it’s about the love between the both of you and if you are happy, the whole wedding party will have the most amazing time! So be a little selfish, just this once you are allowed to be.
There is so much more to consider, the food, the staff, the facilities, the rooms, if you are planning on staying over. Some of these details may seem trivial, however you want the very best in everything, and you deserve it. When you are going to a venue open evening, don’t just look out to see how your wedding guides/coordinators are behaving, and pick up on the smaller details. For example, at a hotel, look at how the bar staff talk and treat customers; this can be a good reflection of the venue’s service values.
It’s such a special day, and I will go as far as saying it’s the greatest event in your life! The service and quality of UK venues can be really excellent and I have personally come across so many positive experiences.
I wish you all good luck with your wedding planning and if you ever want pick my brains, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Even if you haven’t booked me I will be happy to help. firstname.lastname@example.org