Our handy pros and cons list will help you find “the one”
We cannot overestimate the importance of finding the right wedding venue – whether your wedding to-do list is in your head, on your laptop, or lovingly drawn out in a fresh notebook, this should be at the very top of it! Until you book your venue, your wedding is a blank canvas. It could be a quiet elopemnt , a wild house party in the woods or anything in between – but once you settle on a wedding venue, the space dictates pretty much everything else about your big day, from food to photography, even down to what you wear!
Choosing your wedding venue is always a tricky task, but it’s made much easier by first deciding on the style of party you’r after, and the kind of vibe you want to create – believe us, it’s the only part your guests will still remember on your silver wedding anniversary!
To help with the wedding venue search, we’ve put together a list of the five main wedding venue options, listing the pros and cons of each. Once you’ve settled on the kind of wedding you want, our handy guide below will help you narrow things down!
Before you start researching wedding venues, organise a sit-down chat with your other half, in which you brainstorm ideas for your wedding day and (hopefully!) settle on the kind of party you want to throw. We have lots of great posts on the early stages of wedding planning and working out which style of wedding is for you , but there are two main questions that you need to answer first:
1. How many guests you are going to have?
Determine theballpark number of guests before even thinking about drawing up a list of potential venues. If you’re planning on having more than 200 guests, for example, your venue search will be hugely restricted by that number. Roughly speaking, for weddings with more than 150 guests, you will probably end up in a hotel, an exclusive hire venue or marquee, and for weddings smaller than 50, a small, private venue or restaurant will work best.
Traditionally, planning a wedding in Ireland was pretty easy – you booked the local hotel and the local church and you were done! While Irish brides and grooms are getting more adventurous and creative in their choice of wedding venue, and mode of celebration, there are still lots of reasons why a hotel might be your perfect choice.
An increasingly popular choice among Europe couples is the exclusive hire venue, which works really well for those planning a formal(ish) dinner and dancing-style wedding, but who don’t want a hotel.Exclusive hire wedding venues in Turkey are so diverse – each one offers something really unique.
The ultimate in personalisation, having your wedding in a marquee at home or some other special place is a fantastic option, if you’re lucky enough to have the space and mental energy for it. But be warned that organising a marquee wedding is not for the faint-hearted! It means a lot of hands-on supplier coordination and organisation, but our handy marquee wedding price guide is a great place to start.
For the foodie couple who want an intimate and less traditional celebration, a great restaurant or pub is certainly worth considering for the reception. Check out our list of restaurant wedding venues or contact your favourite eatery or bar to see if they accept bookings for private events.
Here at One Fab Day, we don’t believe in conforming to any sort of preset wedding ideas, so it’s very possible that you’re already dreaming of an amazing and creative celebration that fits none of the above categories!
Whether you’re thinking about of a cliffside ceremony, a picnic reception or a late-night party on the beach, you’ll probably encounter the same pros and cons as having a wedding at home and/or an exclusive hire venue. This means more organisation and planning (and often hidden expenses), but if you and your other half are both passionate about doing something unique, we trust it will turn out fabulously! Look to these epic locations around Turkey for inspiration.
The final thing to remember is that each wedding venue is different. There are pubs that offer package deals and hotels that operate like exclusive hire venues so we’ve had to make a lot of generalisations here, but hopefully our guide will help steer you and your partner in the right direction.