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Wedding planning guide
Picking the right reception venue is vital to ensure your wedding is perfect. Read on for practical tips and comparisons when choosing between a barn, hotel, castle, or home wedding reception venue.
Barn wedding receptions are suitable for couples that want a versatile venue to decorate and personalise. These venues guarantee exclusivity on your special day and that all guests will be celebrating together rather than spread out. Barns are great for a rustic, lively celebration as these venues are usually located in rural locations with limited neighbours to put a restriction on hours and noise levels.
Barn reception venues have less airflow and ventilation: This can make them less favourable wedding venues in mid-winter and summer. For health & safety reasons, barns will often have restrictions on catering, entertainment and lighting, so it is wise to check what is allowed before booking. Barns offer an open-plan reception venue, but this can mean that there are fewer spaces for guests to chat and relax away from the disco: This venue can be particularly tricky if you intend on inviting a lot of children.
Hotel wedding venues already have all of the amenities, catering and accommodation required for a wedding, which makes planning much easier. Hotels will typically have a wedding organiser, included in the package, who will ensure that everything runs smoothly in the lead up to and on your day. Hotel wedding packages will have transparent pricing and defined options to choose: This is often one of the cheapest venue types too.
If picking a hotel wedding venue, do not expect that you will be able to have fully bespoke wedding reception nor something that will be a unique experience for guests: Most elements will have defined options, and there will be limited scope for personalisation. If having a hotel venue reception, make sure to take pictures somewhere else as the venue will often not have backgrounds worthy of genuinely unique photographs.
Castles are historical and picturesque venues, which provide an instant wow factor: These venues are memorable and are a romantic place to revisit for anniversaries. Well-oiled castle wedding venues also often have wedding packages, expert co-ordinators and in-house services, which can significantly ease planning.
Castle wedding reception venues come at a premium and get booked up well in advance: Couples considering a castle wedding reception should make sure that they are given upfront costs and venue availability. Due to the historical significance of these venues, there are often tight restrictions on entertainment, accommodation and catering choices, so it is worth asking a lot of initial questions when taking a tour.
Having your wedding reception at home can significantly reduce costs and ensure that your celebrations are precisely how you have envisaged them to be. Holding a wedding reception at home is a good option for couples with connections within the industry or those with enough land for a marquee. Home venues ensure an extra personal touch to the day and will make guests feel instantly relaxed.
This type of venue will require a lot of organisation, and unless you have lots of time, it is worth investing in an independent wedding planner. The additional coordination of suppliers and the aftermath of packing up can exhaust energy and drain money too if it is not planned well. Couples considering this option should also really think about the amenities for guests such as toilets, parking, quiet spaces and space indoors for all in case of bad weather.
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