Once you have a rough idea of when you’d like to get married, the next stage is to spend time visiting different wedding venues to see which of them suits your wedding plans and most importantly your wedding budget. The idea of finding the most romantic castle to hold your wedding may be everyone’s dream, but if it is well and truly out of your price range, then you need to think again. There are more then enough wedding venues for you to find the perfect one for you, so don’t rush, take your time and find somewhere that you can both agree on.
When you visit a wedding venue, don’t just turn up unannounced, not only may there be a wedding or another function already on, but the staff won’t be prepared to show you around properly. Telephone them first, make a proper appointment for one of their staff to meet you, they can then show you around the venue, answer all the questions you have and discuss your wedding plans. They will also be able to tell you whether or not the wedding venue is available for your chosen wedding date.
Unless you’re planning a wedding in a hurry, then take your time to visit a few different venues, ask them how many guests they can seat for the wedding ceremony, ensure this fits with your plans. There is little point looking at a venue that can only sit 40 people for the ceremony if you are planning on inviting 150 guests to your special day. The other thing to check is whether or not the wedding venue is yours solely for the day, or whether other weddings are planned. You may not want to have your photos rushed because the next bride is arriving any moment. A lot of wedding venues in offer either the entire venue or an area where no other visitors will be able to access – determine what you want on your wedding day and make sure you plan this accordingly.
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Most wedding venues in Essex not only hold the wedding ceremony, but also allow you to hold your wedding breakfast and of course your evening reception. Again, consider how many guests you will be inviting, and check with the wedding venue how many people they can comfortably seat for the meal. You certainly don’t want your wedding guests crammed in, nor do you want guests shoved somewhere at the back of the venue too far away from the top table. Check with the wedding venue if they have their own caterers or whether you need to look for wedding caterers yourself. This will have a significant impact on the costs of hiring the wedding venue.
When it comes to the evening reception, ask the venue if they provide any entertainment, many wedding venues in Essex have their own resident DJ. Check whether this means you have to use their DJ or whether you can hire your own. Again this may make a difference in the cost of hiring the particular venue.
Once you’re happy you’ve found the right choice for you, place a provisional booking with them, and if necessary pay a small deposit to secure the date. You’ll want to ensure your key family members can make it to Essex for your special day, so phone around and make sure everyone is available, there is nothing worse then booking your wedding only to find someone special is away on holiday and will miss your big day.