Choosing Your Wedding Venue: Part Two

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Moving on from our last blog post, “Choosing your wedding venue: Part one”, we thought we’d discuss a few final and might we add, important details that are worth noting when making your decision. Our last blog post saw us focus on wedding styles and themes, how far in advance you should consider booking as well as ensuring you enjoy your day exactly how you’d like to. In this blog post, we’ll be looking at the final two details that can have a real influence on your wedding venue and those are location and spending. Let’s face it, if money and travel were no option, we’d all be getting married on Richard Branson’s dessert islands. Sadly, reality faces us all but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a dream wedding now does it? So first things first, let’s look at a hugely important aspect…location!

Location, location – regardless of whether you wish to marry in a church, a hotel, or even a football stadium, location will always be a deciding factor. Why? If you plan on marrying in a church then you must choose a location that either the bride or groom (or both) has grown up in. There aren’t many churches that would allow a couple who’ve not attended their parish to marry or at least have some sort of family connection with the church. It’s also worth keeping in mind how long it takes for you and your guests to get to the venue. This can actually have a huge impact on your day. If you have guests travelling from far and wide, then at the very least you’re going to need a venue with great access links. Here at Marygreen Manor, we happen to be one such venue that can rather easily be accessed by road, train, bus and quite possibly any other form of transport you can think of. This makes us incredibly easy to reach for not only yourselves but for all of your guests too. Opting for venues that are slightly off of the beaten track, while super tranquil can often pose problems when it comes to finding it. The last thing you need on your big day are stressed and/or lost guests. You also need to consider transport for guests if the ceremony venue and the evening venue are separate. This not only adds to cost but will also take up a significant amount of time. Have you budgeted for this? Last but not least, if you opt for a super rural location, you’ll need to consider accommodation for your guests. Are there enough rooms in your evening venue for all guests to stay or will they need to find somewhere else, in which case, is there anywhere else?

Stay clever with the spending – budget is a key factor for absolutely everyone, especially when it comes to the venues you’re looking at. Before putting down deposits, it’s worth talking to the in-house co-ordinators to see what deals or gifts they can offer. It’s also important to find out just what’s included. This ensures absolutely no nasty surprises.

On a final note, we highly advise you visit your potential venue at least once, especially if they’re hosting a wedding show. You’ll get to see it dressed up as if it were your wedding day, giving you not only a great glimpse into the future but also a good idea as to what you may want to add yourself to give it that real personal touch. Here at the Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant, we’d like to invite you to take a look at what we’d like to consider one of the best wedding venues in Essex. For more information, contact us today or better still, why not attend our next Wedding Open Day on Saturday 17th September? That’s less than 2 weeks away!!

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