When it comes to wedding planning decisions, choosing the perfect wedding venue to suit your tastes and budget is just as crucial as finding the dress and the photographer itself. But, we reckon that wedding venues are the most challenging out of the three. Not only do you have to consider the venue location and size, the catering and accommodation for your guests, you need to research, visit countless venues and consider whether they are just right for the wedding of your dreams – not an easy task is it really?
The search for wedding places can be whittled down if you know just what kind of wedding venue you want. If you’re hitting the road to ‘I do’, with no idea of what kind of wedding venue would suit your tastes, this guide can help. We have compiled together some of the most popular wedding venue types and who it would be suitable for. Time is of the essence when it comes to wedding planning, so with no further delays – let’s get to it!
Outdoor wedding venues:
When it comes to outdoor wedding venues, the possibilities are endless. Ranging from a garden wedding to beach and barn weddings, if you’re a bride that’s at one with nature, this type of wedding venue is for you. Hear the birds singing in the midst of floral aroma or listen to the sound of waves crashing on the beach as you tie the knot, followed by dancing the night away under the stars or next to a camp fire. So, swap your wedding shoes for cowboy boots or flip-flops and get hitched in the great outdoors.
Outdoor wedding venues are perfect for you if:
You love nature and the outdoors.
You are keen to do whatever is needed in case of bad weather.
You’re not fussy about decor.
You want more freedom in customising your wedding venue.
Hotel wedding venues:
Hotel wedding venues are for the glitzy and glamorous brides. Not surprising when hotels come with romantic opulence – boasting luxurious rooms, on-site catering and acres of breathtaking grounds, with expert staff on hand catering to your every whim and desire. Begin the celebrations with a cocktail party and chic wedding reception with all the trimmings (canapés?) in the splendour of the hotel grounds, followed by an exquisite meal in the ballroom.
Hotel wedding venues are perfect for you if:
You love sophistication and glamour.
You want a wedding that lasts the entire weekend.
You want on-site catering.
You desire a big wedding with a ritzy reception.
You want to easily provide your guests with accommodation.
Unique wedding venues:
When it comes to unique weddings, the world is your oyster. From treehouse weddings, zoos and museums, to castles, football grounds and botanical gardens, the sky truly is the limit. These weddings are for the gutsy brides. The brides that want to defy the norm and go against the grain. Non-traditional weddings are a great way to switch things up and ensure that your guests will buzz about your wedding for the years to come.
Unique wedding venues are perfect for you if:
You want something different and memorable.
You have a creative and quirky personality.
You don’t mind pulling out all the stops.
You want that wow factor.
Destination wedding venues:
If you want to say ‘hasta la vista’, as you jet away somewhere exotic for the biggest day of your life, destination weddings are for you. From the magnificent gold temples of Thailand and the sun-kissed beaches of Mexico, to the natural beauty of the Seychelles and Mauritius, these weddings are for the adventurous brides. From safari weddings and underwater vows, you will feel like you’re in a fairytale.
Destination wedding venues are perfect for you if:
You love travelling.
You have a real thirst for adventure.
You’re a hopeless romantic.
You don’t mind having a smaller wedding.
You want intimacy and luxury.
You’re on a budget – weddings abroad are cheaper than weddings in the UK.
Now, that you have an idea of what kind of wedding would suit your tastes, use our venue finder to search for venues near you, add your favourites to a shortlist with our wedding planner, and arrange a time to have a look round. Do make sure that you go prepared and ask lots of questions about the accommodation, number of guests, catering, the evening reception and wedding breakfast, to name a few.
Happy wedding planning! We wish you the best of luck!
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