If you’re newly engaged, first things first, congratulations! Now you’ve popped the champagne and celebrated with family and friends, it’s time for the exciting task of planning your big day. And to ensure you get the perfect wedding of your dreams, you have to find your dream wedding venue.
To give you a helping hand as you're planning your wedding, read our wedding venue checklist below. We cover all the wedding items your venue needs as well as the venue requirements to look out for. So, without further ado, before you say ‘I do’, delve into our wedding venue checklist below today.
10 Things Your Wedding Venue Should Have
- Think Location
- Check Capacity
- Can You Make A Private Booking?
- Are They Licenced For Ceremonies?
- Catering Choices
- Wine & Drinks Options
- Match Your Theme
- Ask About Exclusive Packages
- Bridal Accommodation
- Cancellation Options
Once you’ve set your budget, it’s time to think about the location of your wedding venue. Do you want to get married in your hometown or where you live now? Always consider where your wedding venue is in the country, are there transport links for all your guests? What about accommodation nearby? As well as a dream decor and style, consider the practical options such as travel requirements.
The last thing you want is to book your dream wedding venue only to discover they don’t have enough capacity for all your guests. Of course, on your special day, there are people you want to be there. Confirm the venue’s capacity before making anything official to ensure you can invite the people who are most important to you.
Can You Make A Private Booking?
For your special day, you may want to book out the entire venue for your wedding. If you want privacy and the venue to yourself, check if you can make an exclusive booking of your wedding venue.
Are They Licensed For Ceremonies?
If you want your step straight off the aisle into your wedding reception, check if the wedding venue is licensed for ceremonies.
Depending on the food choices you want for your special day, you may choose the in-house catering options at your wedding venue. If you want something different, check before booking if they allow outside caterers to work on-site. When choosing your wedding venue explore their catering choices as they may offer delicious, special treats alongside a three-course wedding breakfast.
Wine & Drinks Options
On your special day, we’re sure you want the drinks to flow and be regularly topped up. Check the wine choices and how much, if any, wine, champagne, tea, and coffee are provided per person. You should also ask about any corkage fees to avoid any surprise costs.
Match Your Theme
When you’re planning your wedding, one of the most exciting things to think about is the theme. The décor and styling are what make the dream wedding in your imagination a reality. Check with your wedding venue whether you can hang decorations and lights, different décor options are available, and if you can move things around to fit your theme.
Ask About Exclusive Packages
Many of the best wedding venues will offer exclusive event packages for your special day. This includes deals on catering, drinks options, and different locations in the wedding venue. These packages may also include deals on pricing that allow you to organise your dream wedding without going over your budget.
If you’re getting married at your wedding venue, ask if there is a bridal suite available. You should also ask about complimentary rooms for anyone at the wedding party.
Most wedding venues will require you to put down a deposit to confirm a booking. Unfortunately, however, life throws up surprises that may mean you need to postpone the day. Check if there is a limit for rescheduling and how far in advance the wedding venue requires notices of a postponement or cancellation.
cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens Wedding Venue
Northampton's cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue. Our events team offers a variety of wedding packages, rooms, and outdoor spaces for you to choose from when planning your special day. We’re here to help and answer any questions you may have before, during, and after your wedding day.