How to choose your wedding venue

How to choose your wedding venue - Burhill Golf Club in Walton on Thames, Surrey

What will help you choose your wedding venue?  As an engaged couple this is probably the most important and costly decision of your wedding planning journey. So it is vital to get it right. Obviously if you require a venue with a civil wedding licence you will need to ensure that your shortlist of venues are actually licensed to marry you!  Weddings in Surrey has got some top tips to share with you…….

What comes first?

Choose Your Wedding Venue. 

Select a shortlist of wedding venues than can accommodate the number of guests you would like to invite, plus an ideal location.   There are many different types of venues from a stately home to a tipi in a garden.  So there is something to suit every kind of couple and every kind of wedding.

Couples are spoilt for choice as there are so many options out there.  Ranging from a blank canvas village hall or wedding barn, to stately homes and castles.  Consider if you want a town wedding, which is accessible for your guests.  Or an away from it all location, where guests will have to travel and stay in local accommodation?

What type of theme

do you want for your wedding? Is there a particular theme you are following – this may dictate your final choice. Consider your own personality and style, there is no point in booking a stately home, if you are party animals. – You and your guests will feel uncomfortable and not able to let their hair down.

There has never been more choice than today. Keep your minds open to the unusual – your theme may dictate the type of venue such as a museum, old town hall or even a boat. Types of themes could include:

Monochrome Wedding
1920’s Vintage Glamour
Country Hoe Down, Barn Dance
Festival Wedding
Winter Wonderland Wedding
Asian & Indian Themed Wedding
Romantic Wedding
Beach Wedding
Garden Wedding

Once a theme has been decided go back to your shortlist of wedding venues in Surrey.

Where do you want to get married? 

There are several options here, the bride’s hometown, the groom’s hometown, or somewhere entirely different – even abroad. There are lots of options for getting married out of the UK – one of the most popular being a Carribean Wedding. Weddings in Italy and Spain are also proving to be popular. But you will need to check local legalities to be sure you are able to have a legal ceremony.  France for instance has habitation laws for couples getting married.

Size of your venue

Next thing to consider is the size of your venue, type of venue and whether it can accommodate all your guests – day and evening too. You may have found a beautiful country barn but you must ensure that it can comfortably seat your guests and the staff can easily move around between tables to give a good service. All venues give their capacity, of seated, buffet, and standing. we would suggest that you do not fill your venue to its maximum capacity. 80% should make it comfortable for everyone. If you are having wedding entertainment you will need to consider a dance floor and space for your entertainers to set up.

So now you have the criteria for your shortlist:

Type of Venue
Wedding Theme
Location & Size of Venue

Make your shortlist based on these three criteria and make appointments to visit them. Visiting on a weekend can sometimes be an advantage as they have already set up for a wedding take place, and this will really give you a feel for the venue.

Whatever you decide we hope that this guide has helped you choose your wedding venue. Let Weddings in Surrey help you the whole way – from the moment you decide your venue, through to your bridal look for the actual day, and much, much more!

BTW we’ve found some nice wedding venue guides for the South East and as far away as Scotland at Orla James. If your interests are in these areas, the guides tell you the capacity of the venue, an image, address and contact numbers to get in touch.