Some tips for choosing a venue for a wedding, party or event

I love singing. I love performing. I love travelling and getting to see a lot of the world doing what I enjoy! Having performed at well over 500 weddings & 300 events over the years , I have seen more than my share of wedding and party venues. There is so much to consider when choosing somewhere for your party, event or wedding.

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Firstly, there’s the obvious, does it tick the main boxes for you: do you like it? Is it easy to get to? Can you park there? Can you stay overnight? And of course, the big question, how much is it?

It’s always good to think about what you’re planning for your evening reception. If you are thinking about having a live band at your wedding or event, is there space for a band? Is it upstairs? Is there a sound limiter?

None of these are deal breakers but it’s good to find out the information so you can plan your evening exactly as you want it.

Here are a few tips for choosing your venue:

1. Visit the venue in the bad weather if you can. Most venues are absolutely beautiful when the sun is shining but can look completely different if the weather turns. It could also mean that the space you were counting on outdoors may not be available if it rains, it’s always good to have an alternative option.

2. I would suggest viewing the venue when there is another event taking place, this will give you a real idea as to what it is like on the night.  The venue can look very different to the day. We performed at one event where there was no outdoor lighting whatsoever…someone even fell into the pond!

3. Ask other people who have had their party or wedding at your venue, for a recommendation or advice. Is there anything they would do differently? What was the food like? Were the toilets kept clean throughout the day?

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4. It’s always good to find out if there be someone from your venue there on the day and throughout the evening overseeing your event? These people are invaluable, but aren’t always included so it’s a good idea to check

5. Does the venue have a sound limiter? This could affect the type of entertainment you would like for the evenings reception. If you having a band, it’s a good idea to see a band perform at the venue beforehand.

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6. Does the venue offer seasonals or midweek discounts? There are substantial savings to be made for some suppliers having your wedding day in the winter or midweek.

7. Consider the practicalities of the venue and how it will be for all your guests. What will they be doing while you are having your photos taken? Will they have enough to eat? Will there be tea and coffee available?

8. Accessibility. Does the venue have accessibility for disabled and elderly guests? Is there a good choice of accommodation close by for all budgets?

9. Sample! Sample! Sample! The food, the wine, the puddings! And remember to enjoy the experience!

10. It’s your day. It should be everything you want it to be! Do it your way! This is your mantra.

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Jess and Olly’s wedding in 2011

I hope this helps and if you ever need any help choosing a venue, please let me know, I’d be happy to help.

Thank you for reading.

Jamie Goddard, Jamie and the first class