Are there adequate facilities for all of our transport needs? Consider whether carparking is easy – and plentiful – for your guests. Or if you’ve always dreamed of arriving by helicopter, is there an appropriate landing spot, and is the venue away from airport spaces?
Do you need accommodation before or after the big day? To maximise your getting ready time ahead of “I do” (and to save any travelling hassle once the festivities are over) consider finding a venue that includes accommodation.
What are the photographic locations like? Once again, the more time you can spend with your guests on the day the better – so if your venue has all the portrait spaces you’ll need, you’ll be able to reclaim valuable mingling time instead of traversing town and country for the perfect shot.
Consider what the light will look like at different points during the day, and whether there is adequate weather protection.
Does the venue match the vibe you have always envisaged? For instance, a country lodge is perfect if you crave a lush feel – think blousy clusters of white roses aplenty, and crisp white linen – while a beachside bach may be better if you’re after a casual atmosphere.
Have you always wanted to get married in a chapel, but don’t like the idea of making your guests travel between venues? There are plenty of venues that can offer the best of both worlds, with quaint chapels nestled across the lawn from from fully equipped catering spaces.
Even if you’re planning on holding festivities outdoors, be sure there is an appropriate indoor option in case of bad weather.
How well-tended are the grounds? This goes great lengths to determining the attention to detail of the operators.
Does the venue have glowing reviews? Check previous clients’ testimonials, as well as, if possible, the opinions of your vendors who may have worked at weddings there in the past.
What time of year are you getting married, and what will your venue and its foliage look like at this time?