TOP FIVE TIPS FOR CHOOSING A VENUE
Civil licence – check the venue is approved to carry out civil ceremonies and what options are available within the venue and its grounds for taking vows, be that on a nearby beach, the local church or in the hotel. You need to consider practicalities, such as the weather. What are the options if an outdoor setting is no longer possible on the day? You need a Plan B!
Wedding Suite – if possible view the suite where your wedding and reception will take place in advance, when it has been set up for another wedding. This will help you visualise styling the room, whether it is a completely themed event or simply to reach a decision on flowers and table displays. If you are going to dress the room, confirm when will you have access to do this.
Wedding Package – ensure you are clear regarding what is included within each package a venue offers. Are there additional touches which stand out from the rest and give you one less thing to organise? For example, a traditional Scottish welcome with a piper at the entrance, wedding stationery, menu cards, place cards and table plan.
Scenery – consider your wedding photography when deciding a venue. Think of it as a backdrop to your big day and imagine the possible locations where great photographs could be taken.
Local Suppliers – does the venue have a list of wedding suppliers they can recommend? This is particularly important if you are selecting a destination wedding venue and you are unfamiliar with what is available within the area. These will be tried and tested and will have the added bonus of having supplied their services to the venue previously, so will be familiar with how it operates.
(Courtesy of Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel)