If you’re planning a wedding, one of the biggest decisions to make is where you’re going to have it! With so many options to choose from, how do you make sure you’re making the right choice? Here are our some of our top tips on how to choose your wedding venue in Yorkshire!
Choose a Yorkshire wedding venue that suits you both
This might sound obvious, but there’s no point in booking a big posh castle, if you’re outdoorsy types who love the idea of a festival wedding. Every couple is different, so talk to eachother about what kind of wedding you both want, and find a venue that you both love. Whether it’s something with an urban, industrial vibe like The Arches in Halifax; a woodland wedding venue with a tipi, like Applewood Weddings in Leeds; or a country house hotel like The Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey, it should suit both of your personalities.
Make a budget and stick to it!
Sit down with your partner and decide how much you’d like to spend on a venue. The number of guests you’ll be inviting will play a big role in the cost. Don’t forget to include your ceremony venue, if that will be different to the reception venue. Churches still make a charge to conduct your wedding ceremony, so be aware of that.
If your dream venue is initially out of budget, consider having a winter wedding, or a weekday wedding—many venues will offer a discount for less popular days or months. I remember one bride (at a beautiful venue) telling me they had booked their Tuesday wedding (the day after a Bank Holiday) for half the cost that it would’ve been on the Bank Holiday weekend itself. That’s a huge saving!
Location of your wedding venue in Yorkshire
Unless all your friends and family live locally to you, you’re likely to have guests travelling from different parts of the country (or world!) so a location that’s easy to reach for everyone, could be really important.
If elderly grandparents are invited, think about how easily they can travel and whether your venue has lots of stairs, if they can’t walk far.
Do you need accommodation on site or nearby so you and your guests don’t have to travel far after all that partying?
If you’re planning on separate venues for the ceremony and reception, consider the travel time in between, and how easy they are to find. You don’t want your guests to be in a panic and late if they can’t find either place. Or, will you putting on transport between the venues? If so, you’ll need to budget for that too.
How much space will you need at your Yorkshire wedding venue?
Think about the size of your guest list. Can your venue accommodate everyone? You may be able to have more guests for the evening do, but fewer seated for the wedding breakfast.
On the other hand, if you’re having a small wedding, you don’t want to feel swamped in a huge venue. For intimate ceremonies, some venues have smaller rooms which may be more suited to fewer guests.
Try and view your venue when it’s set up for a wedding. It’s much easier to envisage what your own wedding will look like, instead of an empty room. Most venues have wedding open days or evenings to help with this.
Get recommendations and read reviews
On the actual day, you want everything to run smoothly. Read reviews of the venues you’re considering, and ask other brides for recommendations. There are an endless number of venues in the Yorkshire area, so we haven’t worked at all of them, but we do have a recommended supplier list that includes venues we’ve worked with that tick all the boxes on service and friendliness. If you need advice, we’re happy to help!
Do you want to use your own suppliers?
Particularly applicable to venues that aren’t hotels, check whether you have to use the venue’s own recommended suppliers, or whether you can choose your own (especially catering, if that’s important to you).
You might be happy for a venue to look after everything for you, but if you’d rather make a day exactly the way you want it, you’ll need to check that fits in with what the venue offers.
This is a biggie for us as photographers, of course. If you want to have light, bright, natural looking photos, go for a light, bright venue! If dark and moody is more your thing, that’s fine, but make sure there is appropriate lighting to complement the space. Be aware that your photos may not look light and dreamy if you’re in a darker space.
Rainy day options for a Yorkshire wedding
The weather in Yorkshire isn’t always predictable. If it rains, does the venue have any indoor spaces for your ceremony/reception drinks/photos?
Where will you have your wedding photos?
We always say we can take photos just about anywhere (and we pretty much have!) But if you’re really serious about having some beautiful photos, it’s worth thinking about the surroundings of your venue.
Having lots of outdoor space or grounds is also a bonus for you and your guests to enjoy, so you don’t have to be cooped up inside all day.
Visit your Yorkshire wedding venue more than once
Don’t make a snap decision unless you’re really sure! If you want to go away and think about it, and then go back for a second visit, a good venue will be more than happy to accommodate you.
You’ll just ‘know’
I often say it to couples, because I know we felt it when we found our wedding venue, but I think you just know when you’ve found the right one. It’s a feeling when you walk around the venue, and you can really picture yourselves getting married there.
The customer service and friendliness of staff is a big one too. If a venue doesn’t answer your questions properly, or promptly, don’t be afraid to walk away. You’ll be working with them a lot over the coming months, and you want your wedding day to be perfect, so if there are early warning signs that things aren’t quite right, go with your gut feeling!
Important questions to ask when choosing your wedding venue in Yorkshire
Once you know that the venue is within budget for the number of guests you want to invite, and whether your chosen date is free, here are some other questions you might want to ask.
- Is there an in-house wedding co-ordinator, and will they be there on the day to make sure everything runs smoothly?
- Do you hold more than one wedding per day? (You’ll want one that says no to this, in our opinion!)
- Is the venue available for exclusive use? If so, are there any conditions of booking for this?
- Are you licensed for civil ceremonies? (If you want to have a legal ceremony there).
- What is provided as part of the package?
- Do you decorate the venue for us, or do we have to do it ourselves?
- Do you allow confetti/candles/fireworks? (Or whatever else you may have planned!)
Good luck with your search and once you’ve booked your wedding date, you might want to think about booking the next big thing–your wedding photography! Why not bookmark this page so you can come back and talk to us soon?
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