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Top Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Venue:

Celebrate Your Love in Style

Wedding planning
Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most special and cherished days of your life. It's the day you and your partner come together to celebrate your love and commitment in front of your closest friends and family. Joy and excitement fill wedding planning, and everyone should enjoy finding the perfect venue together. Here are key tips to help you choose the ideal wedding venue that suits your style and makes your dream day come true.
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1. Start Early and Establish Your Wedding Budget

Before you dive into the exciting world of wedding venues, sit down with your partner and establish a clear budget. Knowing how much you can afford to spend on the venue will help narrow down your options and prevent disappointment later on. Start looking for your venue early, since the best ones book up fast, especially in the busy wedding season.

“Choosing the perfect venue should be a delightful and collaborative experience
Karen Colyer, Solton Manor Chief Wedding Planner

2. Consider Your Wedding Style

Talk with your partner and possibly your wedding planners about the wedding style you both love during your planning phase. Do you envision a romantic beach wedding, a modern industrial loft celebration, or a timeless countryside manor affair? Sharing the same vision simplifies the venue search and ensures both of you are excited about the chosen location.

“It's essential to feel genuinely excited about the place where you'll exchange your vows and celebrate your love with those closest to you
Jackie, Solton Manor Wedding Planner
Front view of Solton Manor wedding venue in Kent.

3. Think About Guest Count and Location

Determine your estimated guest list count before starting your venue search for potential venues. A venue that’s too small will leave your guests feeling cramped, while a venue that’s too large might feel overwhelming and impersonal. Additionally, consider the location of the venue and how accessible it is for your guests. If a lot of guests are coming from afar, pick a venue close to hotels and transport for their convenience.

4. Visit Multiple Venues

While the convenience of online research is clear, don’t solely rely on photos and virtual tours. Visit the venues on your list, including the games room if they have one. This way, you can really get a sense of the space and make sure it’s right for your big day. Explore the venue, imagine your ceremony and reception settings, and check if the venue meets your style and needs.

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5. Inquire About In-House Services

Some venues offer comprehensive wedding packages that include catering, decor, and other essential services. Finding out what services the venue offers and asking questions can save you time and help you perfect your choice. If you already have favourite suppliers, see if the venue lets you use them, as some only work with certain companies.

At Solton Manor, we have a list of wedding suppliers who we have worked with over the years and can pass on any recommendations to you. And our highly experienced wedding team is always on hand to help you plan the perfect day, down to every last detail.

6. Trust Your Instincts

Trust your gut when choosing a venue. Pick one that you and your partner love, like a special historic building. You should be excited about the place where you’ll marry and celebrate.

Remember, choosing your wedding venue should be a joyful experience. Take it slow, talk clearly with your partner, and let your common dreams lead you to the ideal place to start your marriage. Whether it’s a country house like Solton Manor, a modern loft, or a beach. The right place will make your wedding memorable. Happy planning!

Did you find these tips helpful? Start your search for the perfect wedding venue today and bring your dream wedding to life. Reach out to our team of experienced wedding planners, ask the right questions, and ensure your day is as beautiful as your love story. Begin your journey to saying ‘I do’ in the perfect setting. Happy venue hunting!