a guest post by Country House Wedding Venues

Today we’re sharing a wedding venue masterclass, brought to you by the lovely people at Country House Wedding Venues, who have kindly offered to share a few tips and tricks in a post written especially for our readers. It’s full of great advice and important considerations that will put you in great stead for making what is arguably the biggest decision on your wedding to-do list.

So, without further ado, it’s over to Country House Wedding Venues

Ardington House - photography by Graham Nixon Photography

 How to choose a wedding venue

With so many things to think about, choosing a wedding venue can sometimes feel like an endless task rather than an exciting, fun part of planning your wedding. To help you get started, write a list of things that are important for your wedding day. This will help you choose the right venue and make the whole process seem less daunting. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

Wedding date

If your wedding date is set in stone, it’s best to check the venue is available before visiting to avoid a wasted journey. If you can be flexible with your date, you’ll have more wedding venues to choose from and be able to take advantage of special rates for out-of-season and mid-week weddings.

Gaynes Park

Style of venue

Have a think about the type of wedding venue you are looking for. There are so many venues available to choose from – hotels, stately homes, beautiful barns, castles, marquees and more – so save time by trying to narrow the list down. If, for example, you’re planning a December wedding you probably won’t need to look at marquee venues!

Curradine Barns - photography by Steve Gerrard Photography

Ceremony

Decide whether you would like a church wedding or civil ceremony at your chosen wedding venue. Curradine Barns in Worcestershire is located next to a pretty sandstone church, making this barn venue the ideal choice for a church ceremony. If you’re looking for a civil ceremony outside, then Ardington House or Lains Barn in Oxfordshire are spot on. Most wedding venues are licensed for ceremonies, so why not exchange vows in front of the huge cathedral style windows at Rivervale Barn or in the beautiful Orangery at Gaynes Park?

Lains Barn - photography by Neale James Photography

Rivervale Barn - photography by Senior Mac Photography

Guest numbers

The number of people you’ll be inviting to your big day has a massive effect on the wedding venues you can consider. If you want an intimate wedding with only a few guests, you may like to look for a smaller wedding venue like Barton House in Oxfordshire. The house has nine en-suite bedrooms and is available for exclusive weekend hire, making it the perfect home away from home.

Barton House - photography by Richie Mason Photography

Onsite accommodation

If having accommodation at your wedding venue is a must, then Wasing Park is a great choice; the venue’s boutique hotel has 10 luxurious en-suite bedrooms and a honeymoon suite for the wedding couple. If you’ve found a venue that you love but it doesn’t have accommodation for you or your guests, ask about local hotels – you may find something perfect nearby.

Wasing Park - photography by Studio Rouge Photography

Beautiful gardens

In the excitement of visiting a wedding venue, it’s easy to forget about outdoor space. Manicured lawns and beautiful gardens will not only provide additional areas for your guests to socialise and children to play, but can also provide excellent photographic opportunities. The Barn at Bury Court is renowned for its award-winning gardens, filled with carefully selected plants and bursting with colour, creating the perfect backdrop for stunning wedding photos.

The Barn at Bury Court - photography by Capture It Photography

Thank you so much to the team at Country House Wedding Venues, for their expert advice that we’re sure will help you find the perfect venue for your big day. If you have any venue recommendations or tips that you’d like to share, leave a comment below – we’d love to hear from you.

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