Things to consider when choosing your wedding venue:
Will the venue be yours exclusively on the day?
Is there sufficient room for any entertainment such as a band which you may be having for the evening ‘do?
If you are inviting any guests which are disabled or if you have lots of younger children attending can the venue accommodate their needs too?
Is it easy to get to and are there plenty of parking spaces for your guests?
Natural light makes for the best photographs so are there lots of options for having some of your wedding photos taken outside?
Are there places for your guests to be outside if the weather is good?
Can you have fireworks to finish off the evening reception?
Many places will have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator who should be able to answer all your questions and advise you on your options for the day. Make sure you are aware of all the costs involved and exactly what is, and what is not included before you sign any contracts or enter into any agreement. See if the venue can provide any extras such as use of a cake stand or knife to save you time and money.
Check with your venue about any restrictions which may be imposed
Remember also to check with your wedding venue about any restrictions which they may impose on the day to check you are happy with these. Many places do not allow candles (for obvious reasons) and may charge a hefty fee for removal of confetti if it is thrown. Others may impose a certain time by which loud music is not allowed.
Check out www.weddingvenues.com for a comprehensive list of civil wedding venues in the UK. Compare facilities and view photos on their site. They also have a late availability search facility and ideas for more unusual venues. Or try www.confetti.co.uk for another wedding venues directory.