Your choice of venue is one of the most important wedding decisions you will make so it is essential when gathering wedding venue ideas that you consider what is most important to you and your partner and that the wedding venue you choose, provides this first and foremost.

Here are a few key considerations to get you started.

The basics

Have a good look around the internet and bridal magazines to get a feel for the type of wedding venue that you are looking for. There are so many options available and so many choices to make. Visit wedding open days, these are usually held in the spring and autumn and are a great source of information. Having a rough idea of numbers will help you when making your initial enquiries and if possible try to be open when it comes to dates. Good venues will have less availability, especially through the peak season so it’s a good idea to do your research well in advance to keep your options open.

Visit the venue

It is essential that you visit several venues before you make your choice. From the moment that you are greeted, you will get a feel for the venue. Remember that this is the most important decision that you will make regarding your wedding so take your time. A good venue should spend around an hour with you on your first visit so make the most of it, take a good look and ask lots of questions.

Exclusive use

You should check how many weddings take place at the venue on one day. Not all venues offer exclusive use and some have two or even three weddings taking place at the same time as yours. Some venues are open to the public and have restrictions during certain periods of the day which may affect where you can and can’t go. If you want to be the only bride there and ensure that your guests have the freedom of the entire place, then make sure you book an exclusive use venue.

The team

Do you feel comfortable with the team at the venue? Are you confident that they understand what is important to you and that they are prepared to go the extra mile to help you achieve it? You should be able to ask any team member a question and get it answered, however big or small you may think the question is, it’s your day and you should be encouraged to ask at all times.

Testimonials and Awards

Have a good look at venues testimonials. Couples who have got married there are always the best judges of what a venue is really like. Look out for any wedding awards that they may have. Good venues will be committed to providing the best service year on year.


The cost of a wedding can vary greatly. Make sure that you understand all of the options that a venue can offer. A good venue will be able to give you clear costing based on your numbers and chosen wedding date. Be aware that venues display their prices in different ways so make sure that you are comparing like for like. If you are in any way unsure, just make sure you ask for further information.

Ceremony options

Is the venue licensed for both inside and outside ceremony options? What are these like? The one thing that no venue can guarantee is the weather so you need to feel comfortable with both alternatives. What are the options for the arrival/exit of the bridal party? Can this be altered on the day if the weather changes?

Photographic opportunities

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and people will tell you to savour every moment because the day itself just flies by. Check out the photographic opportunities at your chosen venue, ask to see photo albums and look at the photo galleries on their website too. Your pictures will be treasured reminders of your special day and will last forever so should not be overlooked.

Your day

You will know when you have found the right venue. It may not tick every box, you may have to make compromises on some of your initial ideas that are less important to you but it will however be the right decision for you and your partner. The right venue will enable you to enjoy the planning, the decision making and the day itself. You and your guests will be able to look back with lots of precious memories of a fantastic wedding day.

If you would like to find out more about what the award winning Orangery has to offer then give us a call, we would love to show you around. We can discuss your wedding plans in detail and make sure that you have all the information to make that all important decision.

Call 01622 230065 or email [email protected]

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