Your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most important and exciting days of your life. A celebration of yourself and your partner’s relationship surrounded by your closest friends and family, what’s not to like. The lead up to the big day is inevitably a string of choices, from colour palette to food and transport. Perhaps one of the biggest and most important decisions for you both will be the wedding venue.
The setting for the day and the backdrop to all those timeless photos. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with options, particularly if you aren’t quite sure what you want. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our guide on how to choose a wedding reception venue will ensure you find a location you will fall in love with. The team at Kettering Conference Centre have planned and hosted many memorable days and have all the expertise to ensure you will have an incredible experience.
Deciding on your wedding budgets before you start the planning process is essential. Remember that you don’t have to break the bank to have an amazing day. At Kettering Conference Centre, we work with you to create a package which includes everything you need for a memorable day. We go above and beyond to ensure your wedding is everything you want it to be from the decor through to the catering.
Make a decision on how much you’ll spend on your dream venue and stick to it. Going over the budget may seem reasonable at the time but can lead to stress in the future. Remember the wedding date and time of year will affect the price of a venue. A winter weekday wedding will inevitably be less expensive than a summer weekend. See if the venue costs include anything extra, such as catering, before you visit. You don’t want to discover any hidden costs when you’ve already set your heart on somewhere.
How to find the perfect wedding venue
If you have recently got engaged and have plenty of time to plan, start thinking about the sort of location you’d love to get married in. Pinterest boards and wedding magazines are your friend! Even if the big day is a long way off, start keeping a note of places you like the look of. This will be a great starting off point for hunting in your location. Kettering is located in the heart of England which means we are easily accessible to guests throughout the country.
Chat to friends and family members who have recently got married to see if they have any recommendations. This also means you will have a completely honest account of the day from someone you trust. Don’t forget that this is a two-way street. Have a discussion with your partner about what they’re envisioning. It’s a good idea to create a list of ‘non-negotiables’ which will be key things you both require in the venue. This could be anything from a location to catering being a part of the budget. Anything not included in this list can be adjusted if needed.
If you are ready to start shortlisting venues, you first need to know roughly the number of guests who are attending. A large venue which is barely filled will create an odd atmosphere and you don’t want to squeeze a large guest list into an intimate location, so be aware of numbers. Our team at Kettering Conference Centre have experience in both small and larger scale weddings. We can host large Asian Weddings of up to 2,000 people, with space for 600 in our car park to ensure all your loved ones can attend.
Spend time venue searching in your chosen location and record any you are interested in. To create a shortlist, pros and cons lists are always useful, referring back to your non-negotiables. We would recommend a maximum of 5 venues which you plan on visiting. This gives you some wiggle room without having too many options to think. Call the venues for a chat before making any bookings. Prepare a list of any important queries you have in mind, such as in house catering options and any special features they may offer.
You also need to find out if there is anything which can’t happen at the venue, such as live music. If you have your heart set on something, it means you can avoid any disappointment. Our gorgeous lake is one of the elements which attracts our guests, as it sets the scene for a day of romance and is perfect for photo opts and sunset cocktail hours. Unique features like this will really make or break a venue and is something you and your partner will remember forever.
How to choose the right wedding venue
During your visit, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need. The staff at the venues will be more than experienced with answering queries about even the smallest details. Take a note pad to record information which you can look back at later. Ask them about their typical structure for the day, including how long a wedding lasts and any backup procedures. If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding, ensure they have space inside in case of adverse weather.
Don’t forget you will be working with the team for the duration of your wedding planning, so ensure they are helpful and friendly. If you are unsure, feel free to visit your choices several times. It is a big decision and it’s certainly worth getting it right. Having hosted so many weddings, our dedicated team have experience in a variety of different occasions and are always on hand to ensure your day is perfect.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, so make sure you take time out for yourself and your partner to relax. You don’t need to make every decision all at once. After you have viewed the venues, take some time out to consider your choices. Spend plenty of time chatting with your partner to ensure your decision reflects both of your personalities. It can be beneficial to speak to friends and family members who can give you their impartial decision or to see things from a new perspective.
However, don’t allow anyone to pressure you into a decision or into doing something you don’t want to do. Remember that this is your day, and although the guest’s experience is important, the most crucial thing is yourself and your partner have your dream wedding.
Our top tips on to choose between two wedding venues
If you have come to the end of your venue hunt and find yourself stuck on two venues, don’t worry, this is very common. There are so many gorgeous country house venues out there that deciding on just one can be tough. The most important piece of advice our team can give to you is to be authentic to yourselves.
It can be so easy to allow others opinions to confuse you, but when it comes down to it you need somewhere which represents your relationship and that you will cherish forever. It’s all about the feeling you get when you first see your potential venue. If you walk in and it takes your breath away, then you know you’ve found the one, and this is how to choose a venue for your wedding with a wow factor.
How to choose a wedding venue conclusion
Our team at Kettering Conference Centre could not be more thrilled and excited for you on this journey. Your wedding day is a memory that you will cherish forever and we hope we’ve helped you on one of the many exciting decisions you will make on the lead up to your big day. If you are still looking for your dream venue, look no further than Kettering Conference Centre. Our gorgeous Lakeside suite looks over our impressive lake, allowing you to tie the knot with a stunning natural view, ideal for photos.
Our Fair Isle suite is perfect for those with a larger guest list, and our expert team are here to make the experience perfect from the first viewing, all the way to the end of the night. We go above and beyond to make your wedding magical. For further information or to speak to our team, don’t hesitate to get in contact. We wish you the best of luck in your venue hunting and a very happy wedding day!