Thursday, 3 April 2014

That Perfect Venue

So you've just got engaged? 
Congrats if you have :) 
(If you haven't but like to look at different venues just in case then congrats too - let's face it! We've all done it)

I recently got engaged and have been having so much fun researching, pinning and tweeting all things weddings so I thought that it would be a good idea to create 'Dainty Bride' - A place to show you wedding ideas as well as my own.

The most important part of planning your wedding is finding that perfect venue that you both feel at home in! You don't want to feel like you can't do anything or that you might get shouted at for asking a simple question. For me, this was a rather quick process as my fiancé (still finding saying that a bit weird) was moving to America for work. You may find that you have months & months to research and contact venues which would have been great but you can also find somewhere amazing in a short time frame!

Where to start?

1. Get yourself a little notebook to write down all the millions of ideas that are going to swamp your brain! *

2. Think about what kind of venue you would like. For example; castle 'fairytale wedding', vintage, classic, outdoors or even abroad. This is really important as you don't want to waste time looking around venues that are completely different to the 'theme' that you want - time is definitely of the essence! *

3. Go onto 'google' and see what's available in your area or the country/county/town that you are interested in! (Remember to write them all down in your notebook with pros & cons)

4. Choose your favourite 3 or 4 with your partner to go & have a look around either at a wedding fayre or an individual appointment. *

5. Get in contact with a few available days in mind as they are always SO busy! I had to keep juggling things around as I could never get an appointment on the days that I was free! Bit of a pain but I guess it shows its a good venue if always busy.

6. Once you've seen the venues, think about a ranking order and then try to visit again as there will be many things you've forgotten or questions that you want to ask. (My partner & I were always really quiet until we got back into the car and then would both say "So…. what did you think of that one?" - that turned into a bit of a routine for us :)

7. When you have decided on THE venue, get in contact asap so that you're not disappointed about the dates they have to offer! They will then let you know the process so that you can officially start the planning of your wedding! YAY!

So there you have it - a brief list of the basics that you will need to find a venue. You may walk into the first venue and know that that's the one or you might be the kind of person who wants to see everything and anything to then make a decision - whatever you choose, do what's best for you, after all it is your wedding day.

Hopefully this will help some of you out as I didn't really have a clue what I was doing to begin with and just learned along the way.

I'd love to hear any of your ideas for finding the perfect venue!

Thank you for reading

 Dainty Bride xx

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