Choosing your wedding venue is arguably the most important decision you will make after actually deciding to get married. It will probably take up the largest proportion of your budget and may determine the theme your wedding takes.
Here at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club we are very experienced in helping couples to organise their perfect wedding day. We are conveniently located in the stunning Shropshire countryside between Telford and Wolverhampton and our grounds offer many opportunities for beautiful wedding photographs. (See our Wedding Photography blog for more details).
We asked our highly experienced Wedding Coordinator Jo Guest for some tips on how to choose your ideal wedding venue.
What should you consider when choosing a wedding venue?
Number of Guests
Do you want a large or a small wedding? It is important to decide this before starting to look for venues. Each venue will have its own limit on guest numbers. If you want a huge wedding, a small, intimate venue won’t be much use to you. You don’t need to have a definite figure at this stage but a rough idea will definitely help you to rule venues in or out. At Patshull Park, because we are a large hotel, we can offer a great deal of flexibility. We are able to cater for elegant, intimate gatherings right up to large, grand wedding parties of up to 250 guests.
What is the theme of your wedding?
Couples want their wedding to reflect them. Whether you want your wedding to feel like a period drama or a music festival you need to make sure your chosen venue can accommodate your ideas. Some venues will only be able to offer one type of wedding – for example a venue of Teepee’s may struggle to offer you an elegant, country house style wedding but would be perfect for a vintage, rustic wedding.
This is really where your head needs to take the lead over your heart. If you are planning a church wedding you need to consider how you and your guests will get to your venue? What is the distance between the two? Do all of your guests have their own transport?
If you aren’t having a church wedding, does your chosen venue offer civil weddings? This will reduce the need for considering transport issues.
If you are planning to invite any elderly or disabled guests you also need to consider if there is appropriate disability access for them.
When do you want to get married? Popular venues will book up a long way in advance for summer weekend weddings. Allow 12-18 months or more to get the date of your choice or be prepared to be a little flexible.
What is your budget?
You need to set yourself a realistic budget for your wedding. What can you really afford? If you choose your dream venue does this leave you enough in your budget for your dream dress or honeymoon?
Many venues will offer a variety of packages to suit different budgets. If you have a small budget these can be very useful, as you know exactly what you’re getting from the start rather than having to individually source items. At Patshull Park we offer a range of wedding packages to suit all needs.
- Visit your venue at the time of year you plan to marry to see what it looks like. Are there any alternatives if the weather is bad?
- Visit the venue at the time of day you plan to marry. What is the light like? Does it still have the same feel?
- Visit your venue during a wedding fair to see the venue dressed for a wedding (20th September for our next one).
- Ask your chosen venue about late availability offers or packages. If you are organised you might bag a bargain dream wedding.
At Patshull Park we love to make sure that your special day is just that. Please give Jo Guest, Wedding Coordinator, a call on 01902 709855 to discuss your ideas for your wedding or to arrange to visit us.
Please also come along to our Autumn Wedding Fair on Sunday 20th September from 11am-3pm. Look around the venue and gather information from our exhibitors.