Before you sign your name on the dotted sheet, take a look below at the key considerations that you should consider when choosing your wedding venue
It is important to choose the ideal wedding venue. You need to make sure you have the right choice because the venue will play a major role in the success or failure of your day. There are many options.
Like when you view a new property, it’s easy to fall in love and be too excited. You don’t need to make sure the venue is able to accommodate your needs. The choice of venue can have a huge impact on the number of people you can invite and your decor. They also affect your budget.
We have the answer to your big question, “How do I choose my wedding venue Singapore?” We have the top questions to ask your wedding venue, regardless of whether you have a vision for your perfect venue or are just beginning to research your options.
Refine Your Search
Like finding your wedding gown, some brides find that once you have found it, you will know it. It’ll be easy for you to visualize yourself there, and the exterior and interior design of the building will fit in with your theme. When looking for venues, there are some things you should keep in your mind.
1. Is the Capacity Right for You?
You must decide whether you prefer a large wedding venue or a small, intimate venue. This is the first step towards narrowing down your selection of wedding venues. The size of the venue will influence your budget and the enjoyment and satisfaction of your guests. Too large for the number of guests or the space will feel crowded, and it will feel stuffy. But too big and your guests will feel lost.
To eliminate guests that are too small or too large, create a rough list. Don’t underestimate how many people you (or the parents) are inviting. You could end up having too many RSVPs to your space and invite people you don’t know.
It can be hard to envision how the venue will look when it is full of tables. When a venue is being set up for weddings, we recommend viewing it. If it is impossible to view the venue, ask for photographs. Most venues will have a slideshow of photos.
Another tip: Ask for a seating map of the room at capacity. This will allow you to see how much space there’s and how many guests can fit into it.
2. Is this the Right Location?
Where are your guests from? If your guests are not from the area, it is important that they can reach you easily, have accommodations nearby, and stay at the venue. Is it possible to find an international airport that is close to your guests if they are from abroad? These are important factors to consider when making decisions.
3. Does it match your theme?
Look at whether the venue fits with or enhances what you want for your wedding. An impressive country home or magnificent mansion like Pembroke Lodge may work if your vision is glamorous. Are you looking for something modern? For those who want modern, a warehouse and art gallery may be the right choice. You and your partner both love the outdoors. A garden marquee, castles with large grounds, and venues connected to sports are some ideas.
You can even choose your wedding dress based on the venue. Consider the venue’s formality, the weather and the facilities. In a field, it might not make sense to wear a meringue gown or drag your bag through the mud.
Make a list with your non-negotiables
Most likely, you already have an idea what your wedding day will look like. However, the venue needs to be able meet your expectations. These could include:
Budget – Can the venue provide all you need within your budget? Does VAT include in the price? If so, are staff gratuities optional?
Catering – What kind of cuisine would you prefer? What can the venue do to provide this type of cuisine?
Suppliers – Are you friends with talented artists who want to bake the cakes or take the pictures? If so check if the venue will allow this. Or do you need to use their recommended suppliers.
Live music – Does the venue permit live music? Is the venue allowed to play outside music during reception drinks if you want a string band?
Fireworks, sparklers, flame eaters etc. Ensure that your venue allows you to entertain with other entertainment ideas.
Questions to Ask Your Venue
It is important to get answers from your wedding venue when planning your big day. You need to learn what is allowed, and most importantly, what’s not permitted at the venue you choose.
1. Ask about the Day’s Water Flow
It is important that the representative from the venue walks you through a typical day. Your guests will get bored if you have long pauses and delays.
How long does it take for the ceremony and the reception to be completed? What are the best places to be? This is especially important between the reception and the evening dancing.
Weather in the UK is unpredictable, to say the worst! Are there indoor spaces available at the venue for reception drinks in the event it rains?
Is there a manager or master of ceremonies? This reduces stress and makes sure that your guests are exactly where they need to be.
2. Please refer to the Timings
It’s a huge decision to plan the timings of your ceremony. While it is difficult to determine the exact time each element will take, an expert venue should be able advise. Be mindful of the experience of your wedding guests when planning your day.
What can the venue tell you? Our experience shows that a wedding lasting 8-9 hours works well. Your wedding should end on a high note. Any longer than that and the atmosphere begins to deflate.
Be aware of where the majority will be arriving on the day. Leave plenty of time so people can get ready and arrive. Many people will be returning home by public transport. What time is it?
Ask what the set-up cost is, when your suppliers can access the room, and when they need to be collected.
3. Consider Lighting
Lighting is an essential part of any event. This is especially true for wedding photos. Take into consideration whether they can be taken outside or inside.
Does the space have plenty of natural light, especially if your ceremony takes place during the day? They allow candles to be brought in during the evening.
Cameras will play a major role in your day, so practice your smiles! With this in mind, where is the closest area to your venue? Where will your photos be taken? What are your outdoor photos if you are in a central townhall?
Views from the venue and outdoor spaces are a big plus for guests enjoyment as well as for photography. Do you have ample outdoor space or grounds at the venue. This is helpful if children are present or if guests want to stretch their legs after the reception.
4. See the Detail
While you won’t be able to know everything about your day on the venue viewing platform, it is important that you ask the venue for any restrictions. This is crucial to be informed early on in the planning process before you make your booking.
Consider a candlelit winter wedding. Check to make sure that candles are allowed at the venue. Is it possible to throw confetti in a ceremony held at the exact same venue?
Finding the venue is an important milestone in your wedding plan. It will help you choose your date and determine where it will be located. This decision will also impact many other aspects of your wedding plans.
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