Wedding Venue Types

Choosing your perfect wedding venue.

Like so many wedding related questions there is so much choice out there that it can become a little overwhelming.
To help with at least one area I have been looking at wedding venues, I have been lucky enough to have photographed weddings in many places and will offer my thoughts on some places you might be thinking about.
This might at least help you narrow down the type of wedding venue you are looking for and take away some of the overwhelming choice.

 

Hotel Wedding Venues.

The Prince of Wales wedding venueA very popular choice mainly I think because they can offer the “one stop shop” approach to your wedding day.

Not only the obvious option of having accommodation for the couple and their wedding guests but they have  things like onsite catering, wedding planners/coordinators and most of the facilities you could ever think of.  If not they will have partners and recommended suppliers for everything from room dressing and florists to photographers and djs.

There is also a hotel out there to suit every budget and style. Many offer some of the unique add ons that the rest of the choices have as their main selling feature.

Some hotels are very specialised in weddings, catering to a few hundred each year while others will only host a handful, there is both good and bad sides to both and your choice of hotel wedding venue will be as unique as you.

 

Barn Conversion wedding venues.

Kingscote barn wedding venueThese have been so popular that there are many newly built versions of the traditional barn conversions built specifically to host weddings.
The new builds generally benefit from being better designed to cope with wedding parties while still retaining the feel of a traditional converted barn. That said  some people who want the barn experience insist on the authentic over the manufactured.

Couples choosing a ban wedding venue almost always choose a civil ceremony held at the venue and these barns make for beautiful images even if as a photographer you have to fight with the lack of light.

 

Beach & destination wedding venues.

Beach wedding venueThe idea of skipping out on all the hassle, stress and general fuss involved in organising a big UK wedding is very appealing and would probably be my choice if I were to get married again……

Combining a holiday,  wedding and  your honeymoon with all suppliers in one neat package arranged by somebody else and waiting for you when you arrive, all somewhere more likely to have the sun shining than good old Blighty is a very powerful lure.

As a wedding photographer these are the ‘cherry on the top bookings’, I had one not that long ago in California (such a hardship…..). walking down to the beach with the bride and her bridesmaids to get a few extra photographs was amazing and the couple of weeks I spend over there wasn’t too bad either.

They’re not that practical if you want the to do the big friends and family church wedding but I have photographed quite a few of these where the couple have been married abroad then come home to have the full church wedding a few weeks later in the UK.

You will need to look into local laws and visas but the reputable companies organising this kind of wedding will take care of all that for you.

 

Country Wedding venues.

Barnsley house wedding venueIf you are not lucky enough to live in the beautiful UK countryside the idea of a rustic country wedding might be a very appealing one.

While I was living in the Somerset area I photographed many wedding in the Cotswolds, working with couples who lived in and around London.

It is a fantastic escape and change of scenery, I know I’m a northern lad but I have to admit the Southwest does have some of the most beautiful landscapes and stunning wedding venues.

If you are travelling from the big city don’t expect to be able to get 4G, 3G or any G’s in the Cotswolds and you might need a local to translate for you 😉

 

Marquee weddings.

I’ve seen Marquee weddings done in three ways:

marquee-wedding-photographers-southport-34Venues using them as addition usable spaces in places like in hotels where they have limited or even just need another room to hold additional weddings.

Venues that have no real facilities, one of the nicest examples of this I’ve photographed at was a castle, or what was left of the castle, the old building made for a fantastic backdrop for the pictures but the lack of walls and open air aspect in the Uk didn’t lend its self to late night partying.

wedding-photographers-southport-109Home weddings, if you are lucky enough to have a spare paddock or a few spare acres then this might be the way to go.
I’ve photographed lots of weddings in peoples “back garden” some have felt as big as the village I grew up in and others a little more modest but all big enough to support the marquee, lots of outside space and somewhere for all the guests vehicles.

Generally this in only in use for part of the day and I’ve found it is normally part of a large church wedding with guests coming back to the family house for the reception and evenings festivities.

I enjoy photographing weddings in a marquee, there are some issues but they are great for bouncing light about and the large white walls and low ceiling make for a fantastic soft box that gives beautiful flattering light.

 

Castle & Manor House weddings.

castle-wedding-photographers-southport-43Have a look at marquee weddings too because there is a good chance you are going to need one here.
Castles especially really old ruins make for a spectacular backdrop to any wedding, in some cases you will need permits and special permission but what an amazing venue and for me some spectacular photo opportunities.

On the same kind of theme there are many stately homes that have either been converted to cater for weddings or host a handful a year, The national trust has quite a few, as well as many privately owned venues. These make for a real feel good fairytale wedding, imaging yourself as lord and lady of the manor.

 

Pub wedding venues.

Pub wedding venueIn stark contrast to stately homes and castle wedding venues you might want to choose the cosy intimate setting of a quaint country pub wedding. I have photographed quite a few weddings in these settings and they always feel like family. Sometimes I wonder how everybody will fit in but they always manage if a little cosy.

As a photographer they offer up a few interesting challengers but are always so much fun and very much worth considering, especially if you want that intermit setting and good quality locally brewed ales.

 

Town hall weddings.

Town hall wedding venueOnce thought of as the cheap option but more people are just shifting their budget around a little and putting more into the evening and other elements of their wedding day so they can focus on the things that are really important to them.

With more wedding venues having licences to perform civil ceremonies I am seeing less booking town hall venues and that is a shame, there are some beautiful town halls around and it is good to see them put to good use.

I guess like many things it will be a cycle and they will become more popular again.

 

School or University Wedding venues.

These venues seam to be getting more popular (maybe they are taking some of the town hall weddings) and with so many beautiful historic venues now catering to wedding parties there is lots of choice out there.

barnsley-house-wedding-photographers-gloucestershire-10The first few times I was approached to photograph a wedding at an old school I thought it didn’t really fit but after seeing some of the venues I can see why.

They also have the added benefit of generally being closed during the peak wedding season so the chances of a few students photobombing your wedding photographs is probably less likely to happen than if you were at the town hall.

Selecting you own wedding venue is very important and I hope that my thoughts will at least help you narrow down your search a little, I would love to hear your views and experiences on how and why you chose your wedding venue so I can make this as relevant and helpful as possible to couples planning their special day.

 

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  1. Shortly after a couple gets engaged not only do they get a million well-wishes but they also get the inevitable questions of when and where. The question of where and when a wedding will take place are not always as easy to answer as a couple would like them to be. Gone are the days where a couple would select the one wedding venue in their hometown and then check that task off the wedding planning list. Since the number of wedding venue options are infinite now, couples need to think about a wide variety of questions before the go ahead and select their space. Choosing a wedding venue might seem like a task consisting only of liking a space or not, but in reality there is way more to consider than that.

    I was fielding hundreds of emails a week in the Ask Maggie section of the Rustic Wedding Chic blog relating to just the venue, which lead me to believe couples are not finding the process of choosing a venue as easy as they thought it would be. Here, my five simple rules for booking the right wedding venue.

    Rule #1- Understand The Logistics

    With all the emotion and excitement that comes with the early stages of wedding planning it is very easy for couples to see a venue, get excited and sign the contract. While it may seem ho-hum, remembering to consider the logistics of the venue can actually save you big headaches later on. Everything from how many guest you will need the venue to fit, the season and time of day you want to have your wedding and any special accommodations your guests might need.

    Here’s a big question: should a couple pick the venue before having a guest list or should they get a guest count and then pick the venue? It is not easy to have a guest count two weeks into the wedding planning process but if you don’t have an idea of what size wedding you are going to have you will not be able to pick a venue confidently. No firm count is needed to look at venues, but one of the first questions the venue will ask a couple is how many guest you’ll be hosting. Having a rough idea of your wedding size — whether it be 60, 125 or 300 guests — will allow you to cross venues off your list without having to go look at them in person since almost every venue lists their facility size online. Searching an onine venue datatbase like RusticWeddingGuide.com will allow you to save time and not have to call, email or track down basic information about a venue.

    Couples probably have a good idea of the season they want to tie the knot, which can also help to shape the wedding venue search. But don’t forget: many venues might showcase images from a beautiful season like summer on their websites, so make sure you ask to see pictures from the season you intend to get married. If the venue holds weddings in all seasons, make sure you ask questions such as, “Is there heat and air conditioning? Is there a ‘backup’ space if all of a sudden it starts to rain? If there is a good lighting so that our guests will be able to see as the evening goes on?”

    While getting married might be one of the most self-absorbed times in a person’s life, you take into account any special accommodations your guests might need when selecting a venue. While any established wedding venue will have proper accessibility for people with disabilities, a venue that is not typically rented out as a business might not have full wheelchair access.

    Rule #2 – Visit The Venue At The Time Of Day Your Wedding Will Be

    Saturday is still the most popular day for couples to go out and visit venues and since most couples get married on a Saturday it only makes sense. But one of my most important rules is to go back for a second visit at the very time of day your wedding will be held. If you visit a venue at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning and you are planning to have your wedding at 5 p.m. in the evening, you probably won’t be getting the same view of the venue. It only seems logical to be able to see the venue at the very time of day you will be hosting your wedding but it is something that, most of the time, you will need to ask for. Everything from how the light floods into the space, to if a cold draft sweeps through the hallway can help you figure out if this is the venue you want to spend your money on. Visiting the venue is also the perfect time to bring with you your wedding planner or coordinator and have them take a look. Oftentimes those wedding professionals have a different take of a venue and might offer some good advice.

    Rule # 3 – Find Out If The Venue Is Full Service Or Not

    There really are two very different types of wedding venues, full service and not full service. A full service wedding venue most of the time offers everything from table and chair rentals, to linens and catering supplies, while a non-full service venue most of the time only offers you the space and it is up to you to fill in the rest. This means you will be responsible for booking all of the vendors for the wedding day. Either way, some venues have required vendors that they want you to work with, so that is something to figure out before you the book space. Working with venue-required vendors such as caters, rental companies, and event designers does not give you the option of “shopping” around and finding a quote that meets your budget.

    Rule #4 – Decide On Your Wedding Style & Feel

    A romantic vineyard, an urban industrial loft, an elegant barn, all of these spaces sound appealing when planning a wedding. But just like its not easy to fit a square peg into a round hole, it is not easy to plan a style-specific wedding at all venues. Taking into account what style wedding you want will help you choose the venues you need to visit. If a modern minimalist wedding is what you have your sights set on, you might want stay clear of any country charm venues. Many couples think that they don’t need to decide on a wedding style early on, but I think it is one of the most important decisions because you might be able to save on decorations and decor if you select a venue that suits your wedding day style.

    Rule # 5 – Ask, Ask & Ask Again

    Making a list and asking all the questions you have about a venue is important but not as important as asking that same question to multiple people associated with the venue. Depending on who you are dealing with and what their role is at the venue you might get different answers, so make sure you ask your questions to everyone — from the catering manager, to the business manager, to the day-of coordinator. Important questions that you might not think to ask are, “How many weddings are held here in one a day? Who will be here helping me the actual day of the wedding? Do you have any construction or landscape changes coming up before my wedding? Do you anticipate any changes to the venue before the wedding day?” Just when you think you have asked enough questions, ask again and then of course get everything in writing!

  2. Besides your dress, flowers, and venue, there’s one other other very important aspect of wedding planning: The booze! If you’re looking to have a really good time at your wedding reception, the type of bar you choose is crucial. Here, the different types of bar options available and what they entail!

    The type of bar you’ll recognise first? Open bar. Open bar is exactly what it implies: the hosts pay a flat fee and then the guests can drink until they’re well and merry. If you want, you can designate the open bar that lasts for a period of time (like the cocktail hour) or for the entire reception. Consumption bars are very similar to open bars except for the fact that the hosts, rather than pay a flat fee, pay per drink — think of it as a rolling open tab for all guests at the party.

    Instead of offering unlimited options you can also do a white bar, which, like it says, only offers white beverages such as vodka, gin, white rum, white wine, etc. There’s also the cost-cutting option of a soft bar, which only offers champagne, beer, red and white wine. Last but not least, there’s the very budget-friendly of a cash bar, but beware: You may ruffle some guests’s feathers by offering a cash bar. Instead of asking your guests to open their wallet, offer just a signature cocktail and wine. That way you’ll still save money and your guests will stay happy.

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  4. THE BEST WEDDING VENUES IN THE U.S.
    Stop dreaming about your fantasy wedding and start making it happen by tying the knot at one of the best venues across the country.
    With seemingly endless venue options to choose from for your wedding reception, it’s hard to narrow done your choices and select “the one.” Luckily, we did the legwork and scoured the country state by state to compile a list of wedding destinations you should give some serious consideration when it comes to planning your big day. From sweeping mountain-view locales and quaint country retreats to big-city venues and hometown spaces, we’ve got a venue for every single type of couple.

    If you consider yourself a rustic bride, give Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colordao a look — with gorgeous mountain vistas and a jaw-dropping barn, it’s the perfect site to host your laid-back celebration. Eclectic couples will go crazy for the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. It’s elegant and refined, yet has a whimsical appeal thanks to the close-up views of dinosaurs and stuffed elephants. Prefer a more classic vibe? The ballroom at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont is a gorgeous pick, especially when blanketed in snow for a wintry bash.

    Beach brides, we haven’t forgotten about you! Consider jetsetting to Hawaii for a wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House in Maui. You can exchange vows on the beach, then host a seaside reception on the estate’s lawn. And if you’re just a garden-party-girl at heart, the famed San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California is the venue for you (plus, if it’s good enough for JFK and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon, it’s good enough for your wedding!).

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  5. If we had to pick just three wedding planning decisions that are highest in importance and difficulty, finding the dress, hiring the perfect wedding photographer, and choosing a wedding venue would instantly fall from our lips. But, arguably, the most challenging task from among those three is the last — researching, viewing, and finally booking just one wedding venue that fits your needs, budget, and what you envision for your big day. What complicates matters even further is when you have absolutely no idea which type of wedding venue you want or would be right for your upcoming celebration.

    Often in the wedding world, the search for the wedding venue is presented as an easy choice and it always is made to appear that every bride knows exactly what kind of venue she wants. But this isn’t true. Not every bride has been dreaming of her wedding day since she began playing with Barbies and not every bride can easily fit her style into a nicely wrapped box. So if you’re starting out on your road to “I do” with not an inkling of an idea about what you want or need in a venue, don’t think you’re alone. We’re here to help. We’ll go ahead and say it: we don’t have a magic answer for you because choosing your wedding venue is a very, very personal choice. However, we have put together a few statements for a few of the most popular wedding venue types that describe general characteristics of brides that might find themselves drawn to a venue of that style. If you find yourself nodding in agreement to most or all of the statements in a given set, then the corresponding venue is probably right for you! So without further ado, let’s get to it.

    Hotel Wedding Venues

    Hotel wedding venues were made for the glamorous brides of the world. You can’t convince us otherwise, especially when they often feature floor-to-ceiling luxury, delectable in-house catering, and a staff of helpful, knowledgeable experts who really know how to pull of an event with style. Then, throw in the fact that many hotel venues feature a ballroom and various other facilities to host soirees of any size and we’re more than convinced that hotels are the perfect backdrops for brides who want it all — beautiful surroundings (hotels, inns, & resorts often have gorgeous grounds, so there’s non-stop pretty indoors and out), convenient guest accommodations, and rentals, experts, and stunning ceremony/reception spaces all in one place!

    If the statements below speak to you, we’d bet a pretty penny that a hotel venue is just right for your glamorous, luxury-filled fête!

    You might be a hotel bride if…

    you love modern and/or glamorous style wedding decor.
    you want catering done on-site and in-house.
    you love the idea of having an all-inclusive event.
    you want to have a wedding that lasts all weekend long.
    you want to easily supply guests with accommodations.
    you are having a really big wedding.
    you have your heart set on having a top-notch, ritzy reception.
    Country clubs are a close cousin to hotel wedding venues (minus the accommodations), so if you just can’t seem to find a hotel that catches your eye, you can’t go wrong with a magical celebration at a prestigious club! They often have the same special offers — on-site catering, personal coordinator, grand ballroom, etc. — and the rolling hills of the golf courses are spectacular for gorgeous outdoor photos, too.

    Barn Wedding Venues

    Usually set out in wide-open, rural areas, barn wedding venues are loved by rustic brides for many reasons. For starters, the views are often amazing and the barn gives a celebration a more laid-back feel that many brides enjoy. On top of that, there are so many options to choose from — whether the bride-to-be swoons for historic, fully-restored barns or brand-spanking-new barns full of fabulous amenities, such as built-in bars, plenty of restrooms, chandeliers, etc. Similar in terms of style to barn venues, ranches and farms also make fabulous choices for brides who dream of rustic weddings and the idea of having a celebration tucked away in the quiet countryside!

    So, if you’re a gal who would rather throw on cowgirl boots rather than heels on any day of the week and who adores a backdrop that’s a got some serious rustic flair, then check out this list below.

    You might be a barn bride if…

    you love rustic/country/southern style wedding decor.
    you appreciate “off-the-beaten-path” and natural environments.
    you are willing to do whatever is needed to prepare for the weather.
    you don’t mind maybe having to book rentals, such as extra bathrooms, heaters or A/C units, etc.

    Modern Wedding Venues

    Brides come in many different packages — some brides can’t imagine having a wedding day that lacks glamorous details while others feel sparkly decor is totally meant for someone else. And, either way, that’s totally okay. A wedding day is all about honoring love and showing off the personality of the bride and groom. Modern wedding venues are one of our favorites because they can offer an interesting glimpse into the unique style of the couple. Like brides, they come in all different shapes and have many different styles! Whether a stunning art gallery in the middle of a bustling city or a converted cotton mill loft tucked away in an alley, these wedding venues are great for brides who love pretty-with-a-twist aesthetics, such as exposed brick walls or surrealist sculptures.

    If you’re the sort of bride who often finds herself on the hunt for originality and wedding details that feel like “a breath of fresh air,” then the average, run-of-the-mill venue probably isn’t right for you. But, if you’re looking for a backdrop that shines with creativity and non-standard beauty, then modern wedding venues were made with you in mind!

    You might be a modern bride if…

    you love offbeat or “pretty with a twist” style wedding decor.
    you love modern/urban/unique wedding decor.
    you would rather spend a day in the city than a day in the country on most occasions.
    you daydream about having wedding photos with amazing architectural backdrops.
    you have your heart set on a more unique ceremony and reception setting.

    Estate Wedding Venues

    Big, grand homes (often filled with antiques and vintage decor) set amongst miles and miles of vibrant green lawns, gorgeous gardens, and countless picturesque views, historic estate venues are truly beautiful places to tie the knot. In the south, estate venues often come in the form of elegant antebellum homes and former plantations — perfect for a southern affair that’s less rustic and more regal. However, in New England and northern states, you’re more likely to find castles and historic mansions rather than the white, columned houses typical of the south. Either way, estate wedding venues are ideal for brides who love history and times past as much as they love breathtaking outdoor scenery. And did we mention that they create an amazing atmosphere for many wedding day styles? With so many gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces, there are plenty of ways to make your vision come to life with architectural details of the estate home and the natural beauty of the great outdoors all around it.

    If you find yourself smiling, you should probably start booking estate tours today!

    You might be a historic estate bride if…

    you love luxurious, glamorous style wedding decor.
    you have your heart set on having pretty indoor AND outdoor landscapes at your wedding.
    you adore antiques and vintage homes.
    you appreciate history.
    you want access to indoor comforts (bathrooms, bridal suite, etc.) and outdoor backdrops.

    Backyard Wedding Venues

    There are definitely many ways you can add touches of personality to your wedding day, but one of our personal favorites for really showing off your uniqueness is by having your day at a truly one-of-a-kind place — your (or a friend or family member’s) very own backyard. Great for setting a tone that’s intimate and all about sharing really sweet, genuine memories with your friends and family, backyard weddings are perfect for brides who want their weddings to a be laid-back extension of themselves. When you host your big day at your home, you literally get the chance to open your doors and welcome your guests into your lives, into your love, and into your coming together. Plus, what could be more relaxing and special than getting ready in your own bedroom and creating special moments in a place where you can relive the memories without making a move?

    If you’re looking for a causal, “we’re-all-family-here” style wedding day, then you truly cannot have your day at a better spot than in your own backyard. If you think a magical, at-home wedding might be just the thing for you, browse the list we’ve put together below. Like we said in the intro, if you find yourself nodding your head in agreement with pretty much every item, then a cozy backyard celebration could be calling your name!

    You might be a backyard bride if…

    you’re dying to DIY.
    you love the idea of having an intimate, family-oriented wedding day.
    you are having a small wedding.
    you are more of a laid-back, casual bride.
    you love the outdoors.
    you are okay with having to tent/book rentals for your celebration.
    you are willing to do whatever is needed to prepare for the weather.

    Okay, so we’re dying to know — which set of statements really made your heart go pitter-patter? Are you a glamour girl who is head over heels for hotel wedding venues? A rustic gal who fawns for barn weddings? A casual backyard wedding lover? Tell us below, and feel free to share your own experience choosing a wedding venue type that was right for you!

  6. Choosing the Right Type of Wedding Venue

    Choosing a place for your wedding needs thorough canvassing and gathering of ideas. Today, there are more and more choices, making it a harder task. Luckily, there are also ways to make it easier. Think of the theme of your wedding and then search for a venue that will match it.

    To help you choose the right setting, look at these different types of wedding venue.

    Ballroom

    Hotels and restaurants have beautiful halls and rooms that cater to weddings. You can choose from small intimate rooms to the grandest ballroom you can find. Just make sure you reserve the venue as early as possible as there are many other people who might also book the same place and date you’ve chosen. You can also review the menu to determine whether it is fit for your special day.

    Church hall

    This is a good choice if you want to have your wedding rite at church and want to make it accessible and convenient for you and the guests. This is also ideal if you want to keep things simple and if there are only a few guests. Keep in mind that there may be many limitations when using this venue like alcohol restriction and setup. If you and your guests think that these don’t matter, then go for this one.

    Garden

    Many couples choose this type of venue because of the special ambience nature can bring for this sentimental ceremony. You might not have cover to protect you from the heat of the sun or rain, so you will have to take note of solutions, such as putting up a huge tent. Choose a season when plants and flowers look their most beautiful. Imagine fresh roses and lush oak trees that contribute to the event’s feel and the wedding photo shoot.

    Private house

    This place encourages more creativity. It is also more convenient as it can cater for both the ceremony and reception. Additionally, you can only spend less or, even, none for the rent if it is of a family member or a close friend. One important thing to consider is the neighbours if you will have a lively event with loud music. The setup may be a huge task, but you can always hire a wedding planner or at least a professional decorator to make it easier.

  7. Size

    Browse venues once you have a rough idea of how many guests you’re going to be inviting. There’s no point in visiting venues that are going to be too small, or so big that your guests may feel lost.

    Budget

    What can you afford? Have a figure in mind before you look for the perfect wedding venue. It may be a waste of time to look at venues that are out of your price league, but you may be able to compromise on guest figures or something else in order to be able to afford the dream.

    Location

    Choosing a venue where your guests have to travel miles or even book a hotel room may not be so attractive, so be sure that your venue is in a reasonable location depending on where your guests are travelling from.

    Accommodation

    Does your chosen venue have accommodation so that you and your guests can stay the night? If not, can the hotel recommend a list of hotels near by?

    Catering

    Is the catering included in the overall package at the venue? If not, you may have to include catering into your budget as a separate item.

  8. Barnsley House is an intimate wedding location for up to 100 guests.
    One of the most important elements of any wedding is the capturing of memories through photography, and the historic Barnsley House ornamental gardens designed by Rosemary Verey offer a variety of perfect backdrops.

    The main house, with 18 luxurious bedrooms (available for exclusive hire), has been designed to exceptional standards with a blend of contemporary and traditional features. If we were put on the spot and asked to provide one word to describe the hotel, spa and gardens, we think it would probably be ‘charming’.

    If we were allowed a few more words, we might say that it’s the most charming, perfectly equipped and complete Cotswold location for small and intimate weddings, celebrations and events.

    We’re flexible in our approach and will work with you on the finer detail, either directly, through your own Wedding Planner or with our Events Manager – every small detail will be considered, agreed and perfectly delivered on the day.

  9. Choosing your wedding venue is usually one of the most difficult decisions, especially if you’re picky like me! To make it easier, it’s best, before making a shortlist, to think about the kind of wedding you want to have and what venue options will suit that type of celebration.

    To help with the big wedding venue search this morning we’ve put together a list of the main wedding venue options and the pros and cons of each. From experience, and talking to lots of couples, weddings are plenty of work and what might seem like the perfect venue at first, mightn’t be quite right really, so it’s worth weighing up your options…
    The Two Big Wedding Venue Questions
    Before you think about the options it’s worth having a sit down together and thinking through your overall vision, we have a post about the very beginning of planning, but there are two main questions that will help you shortlist your venues immediately.
    1. How many guests you are going to have? For weddings with more than 150 guests you are talking a hotel or marquee; for weddings smaller than 50, a private venue or restaurant will work best; Determine the ballpark number of guests before even thinking about drawing up a list of potential venues.
    2. How “hands on” do you want/intend to be?
    If you want to minimise the stress and hassle, then a marquee wedding or private rental are probably not right for you, a hotel wedding where things have been worked out to a tee, is going to make life much easier for you.

    Hotel Wedding Venue

    The traditional choice for most weddings in Ireland involve booking the local hotel and church and done. While Irish brides and grooms are getting more adventurous and creative in their choice of wedding venue, and mode of celebration, there are very good reasons why a hotel is the perfect choice. If you’ve got a large wedding guest list, are time-poor or just simply want a location with on-site accomodation, facilities and an experienced and professional team to look after your day, then choosing a hotel with a great reputation
    Pros:
    Package Deals: Hotels that cater for lots of weddings usually offer good packages making budgeting so much easier.
    In-house wedding coordinator: organising all the nitty gritty of the day
    Trust: A respected venue with a great reputation, means you can be confident you are in good hands
    Accomodation: available on site
    Recommendations: Most venues can provide recommendations for trusted suppliers
    Cons:
    Less flexibility: some venues are restrictive about decor and changes to menu, wine etc
    Packages: can be expensive and extras or changes can really add up
    Same old, same old: hotel function rooms can be very bland, so more effort is required to make it personal
    Restrictions: some venues insistent on couples only using certain suppliers

    Exclusive Rental/Private Wedding Venue

    An increasingly popular choice among Irish couples is the private venue or exclusive rental property. This really works for those planning a formal(ish) dinner and dancing style wedding, but who don’t want a hotel. Exclusive rental wedding venues in Ireland are so diverse, but the common theme is that they offer something different and spectacular.
    Pros:
    Privacy: As you are the only group of guests, you have the intimacy of a private event
    Wow Factor: Private venues are often beautiful and unusual places with true character
    Personal touch: As a private venue is usually operated by the owner directly, and only hosts a few weddings a year, you have a much more personal relationship with the place and people and they will invest time and energy in your wedding
    Cons:
    Small: Most private venues are really only suitable for smaller wedding parties within the house itself
    Expense: For larger wedding parties marquee hire is usually extra
    Planning: Private parties involve more coordination of suppliers so a wedding planner is often necessary
    Restrictions: A private rental wedding venue is someone else’s property and often their home, so most times you don’t have complete run of the place

    Wedding At Home/Marquee

    The ultimate in personalisation, having your wedding at home in a marquee is a fantastic option if you’re lucky enough to have the space and mental energy for it Not for the faint-hearted (trust me) organising a marquee wedding at home means a lot more hands on supplier coordination and organisation
    Pros:
    More Personal: celebrating at home means your guests are truly ‘at home’ with you
    Control: you are completely in control of every aspect of your day from decor to suppliers
    No Restrictions: Have an open bar, party until 6am, and nobody will tell you to turn off the music
    Budgeting: a marquee wedding is far from cheap, but there is more scope to save money in certain areas and to do deals
    Cons:
    Hidden Costs: unlike a package from a hotel, the costs of a marquee wedding are not clear cut, and often surprising
    Weather: marquees these days are weather proof, but a rainy day can ruin the look and feel of your garden wedding
    Intrusion: your personal space will be invaded for days ahead of the wedding, with suppliers over-running the place
    Coordinating and Organising: a wedding at home means a lot more work for you as the planner, and you will definitely require a day coordinator to assist with the wedding planning

    Restaurant Wedding Venues

    For the foodie couple who want an intimate, less traditional celebration, then a great restaurant might be worth considering for the reception. More and more restaurants are opening up for private hire for wedding parties. When we published a list of 8 fabulous restaurant wedding venues around Ireland recently, we were immediately contacted by lots more to let us know they were open for weddings too, so we’ll be following it up soon with more restaurant wedding venue options.
    Pros:
    The Food!
    Atmosphere: Usually more intimate atmosphere
    Decor: Choosing a beautiful restaurant means wedding decor can be kept to a minimum
    Wider range of options: More and more restaurants are offering weddings as a service
    Cons:
    No Accomodation: Guest accomodation is not usually available on site
    Location: Good restaurants are usually located in urban centres, so a country wedding might be difficult
    Early Night: Late licences can be trickier for restaurants
    No Dance Floor: Space for dancing could be restrictive or not available at all
    Separate ceremony venue is usually necessary (some restaurants will have a suitable space or room, but not all)

    DIY Weddings aka Whatever You Want

    As a reader of One Fab Day, you probably know that we don’t believe in conforming to any sort of pre-set wedding ideas, so no doubt lots of you are thinking up amazing and creative celebrations in none of the above suggested venue types. Whatever your other ideas – choosing to have your wedding in a garden with a picnic reception, or on a beach, or drinks in the pub, or having a barbeque at the rugby club – these are all brilliant options and carry most of the same pros and cons as having a wedding at home combined with an private venue rental. You will have to work harder on the organisation yourself but if you’re the kind of couple who does their own thing, you’ve probably got lots of experience and it will turn out fabulously!
    So we hope this has been of some use for those of you considering your wedding venue choices. Like all such lists it is based on generalities, each wedding venue is different and will have its own individual set up, pricing structure and way of working, so each has its own pros and cons, but hopefully this should point you in the right direction.
    We’d love to hear any other pointers or issues you come across that we may have missed… drop us a comment below.

  10. There are many factors that may affect your choice of wedding venue. The size of your guest list is one; the range of venues available in the region you want to get married is another. Before you start making a list of possible venues to visit, however, think about the type of venue that would suit you best. It may be that there is an unusual venue type you haven’t thought of that would suit your wedding perfectly. Try to visit a good range of wedding venue types before you make a final booking.

    Here are eight common venue types, along with some of their pros and cons:

    Hotels
    Generally very popular wedding venues as they usually have a touch of elegance, combined with practicality and convenience. Some couples find it is difficult to host a unique wedding at a hotel where you may be restricted by predetermined wedding packages.

    Golf clubs
    Becoming ever more popular wedding venues; many are now licensed for civil ceremonies and come complete with wedding planners and wedding packages. Golf clubs offer a mixture of beautiful grounds and exclusive facilities, although few offer accommodation so you and your guests will need to arrange transport and local hotels.

    Beaches
    Provide the perfect setting for relaxed and informal wedding ceremonies, and as long as you don’t mind putting a lot of effort into the planning, you could even have your reception on the sands. Try to find a venue with direct access to the coast, and make sure you visit the beach yourself before making a booking to check that it is private and fairly sheltered.

    Vineyards
    Make very romantic and picturesque wedding venues, and you can add local flavour by serving wines made on site. You could arrange wine tasting for your guests to keep them entertained between the ceremony and reception. Many vineyards make a sizeable additional income from wedding receptions, and offer wedding packages including their own caterers.

    Water view wedding venues
    Very popular, whether you are overlooking the ocean, a river, lake or harbour. The view adds a certain something to your wedding day, not to mention a perfect backdrop for your photos, but do be aware that many venues can charge higher rates based purely on their location.

    Formal gardens
    Perfect for summer weddings, and if the garden is in full bloom you won’t need to do too much in the way of decorating. You can use the garden as inspiration for your wedding theme, using wrought iron furniture, rustic containers for your flowers, and key shades from the garden in your wedding colour scheme. Just make sure your guests have somewhere to shelter if the weather is unseasonable, and have plenty of sun cream and insect repellent to hand.

    Parents’ houses
    Regaining their popularity as wedding venues, with many couples looking for a small intimate wedding on a tight budget. If your parents have a large enough garden you can hire a marquee, making a home based wedding possible in any season. You may need to hire extra facilities such as portable toilets or catering facilities to supplement those in the house.

    Community halls
    May not seem like the most glamorous of wedding venues, but they do allow you to have a large number of guests without spending a fortune, and to have completely free reign over the suppliers, the catering, and the decorations. The facilities for entertainment and catering are great at community halls, and there is usually an outside area. You may have to do a lot of work to get a community hall looking like your dream wedding venue, but it can be worth it for the reduced cost.

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    It is our privilege to find you the perfect place to say ‘I do’ so let us help you search for the wedding venue that takes your breath away and is exclusively yours, for the day.

    If you have a particular venue in mind, use our Quick Venue Search on the right. Simply type in the name of the venue and press search and we’ll take you straight to that venue’s individual page where you can download the look book, check availability and arrange a visit.

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    Available to talk seven days a week, our wedding venue specialists can help you select a stunning wedding venue that reflects your style.

  12. When envisioning your wedding reception, do you see the beauty of early morning light dancing through the trees or an all night, all-out party? There are so many different types of wedding receptions, there’s going to be one right for your style, AND your budget.
    Breakfast or Brunch Reception If you’re having a sunrise wedding, or just envision getting married bright and early in the morning, then you’ll want to have a breakfast or brunch reception. Traditionally, menus include breakfast classics like quiche, frittata, and eggs benedict. It’s great to have stations where guests can get food like omelets, and French toast made to order. For a touch of luxury, consider adding smoked salmon, caviar, or a carving station with ham, turkey or roast beef. Spice things up with Bloody Mary’s, Bellinis, and Mimosas. And don’t forget the coffee!

    Pros: It’s inexpensive; people will drink considerably less alcohol, and the types of food served are typically cheaper as well. If you want to get a jump-start on your honeymoon, a brunch reception perfectly allows you to leave the same day.

    Cons: Consider your guests, especially those who live two hours away. They’ll have to get up very early to make it to your wedding. Also, you won’t have as long to get ready in the morning.

    A New Twist: A cocktail-style brunch. Have your caterer reinvent breakfast classics into hors d’oeuvres such as mini-eggs benedict, bite sized French toast, and scrambled egg bites topped with caviar. Keep those Mimosas and Bellini’s flowing!

    A Lunch Reception If you want a morning wedding, but need a little bit more time to get ready than a breakfast reception would allow, consider a lunch reception.

    Pros: It allows you to serve some of the same favorite dishes that you would at a dinner reception, for a cheaper price. You still may be able to leave for your honeymoon the same day.

    Cons: If you don’t leave for your honeymoon that same day, you’ll have to figure out what else to do with the rest of your wedding day! Your reception might also be more staid than it would be later in the evening.

    A New Twist: A picnic reception! Have your caterer (or a favorite restaurant) package individual meals in disposable cardboard picnic boxes. Spread out big pieces of colorful cloth and offer pitchers of basil lemonade and raspberry iced tea. Be sure to have some tables and chairs available for those who prefer not to sit on the ground.

    Afternoon Tea If you’ve ever been to an old-fashioned high tea, you know that it’s an indulgent fun time. It’s not every day that we get to gobble tea sandwiches and cute desserts in the middle of the afternoon. Serve a variety of hot teas, champagne, finger sandwiches, tartlets, petit fours, éclairs, and of course, wedding cake. Be sure to plan your reception for the middle of the afternoon so that guests aren’t expecting a full meal.

    Pros: Again, it’s cheaper than having a dinner reception. It’s also a little different, and it’s perfect for adding hand-crafted and vintage touches.

    Cons: Afternoon tea is a little girly, and so your male guests may not feel entirely comfortable.

    A New Twist Be a bit cheeky, and serve Long Island Iced Teas (a potent cocktail) along with the other tea offerings.

    Champagne and Cake Reception This is probably the least expensive type of reception, and it’s what was once the norm for most weddings. Gather everyone after the ceremony for a bit of cake and a few toasts. But don’t ask your guests to get in their cars again. Have your reception in the garden of your ceremony venue, or even right in the same room. I also suggest that you put on your invitation “champagne and cake to follow” so that guests will know there isn’t a meal.

    Pros: Did I mention already that it’s cheap? If you’re not a fan of big crowds or lots of mingling, a champagne and cake reception is often short and sweet.

    Cons: Some guests might expect more. You might find that it’s over far too fast for your liking! And you’ll have to skip out on some of the traditional aspects of a wedding reception.

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    Cocktail Wedding Reception Cocktail receptions can be elegant and stylish, and allow your guests to really mingle and meet each other. They tend to be a bit more relaxed than a sit-down meal, and often feel like a great party.

    Pros: If your venue is small, cocktail receptions allow you to have more people. They’re typically shorter than a sit-down meal, and they allow you to really circulate and enjoy the party.

    Cons: While you might anticipate that a cocktail reception would be cheaper, your guests will likely drink more than at a dinner reception. Since most people won’t be seated, some guests will have trouble seeing events like the first dance.

    Dinner Wedding Reception The most classic and formal type of wedding reception, a sit-down or buffet dinner allows you time to really celebrate your wedding, treat your guests, and still have everyone up on the dance floor afterwards. You’ll start with a cocktail hour, then proceed into an adjoining room for dinner, followed by dancing, cake cutting, bouquet tossing and more.

    Pros: Your guests will feel like you really went all out, and feel special. You won’t feel rushed or hurried.

    Cons: Typically, this is the most expensive type of wedding reception. You might also feel a little sad that your wedding night in the hotel room is starting so late! (wink).

    A New Twist: After an hour or two of dancing, your guests might have worked up an appetite again. Serve a “surprise” treat at midnight of packages of donuts, an early breakfast, or even fast food.

  13. After you set your budget and nail down your wedding style, then it’s time to figure out what type of reception is right for you. While evening receptions are the most common choice amongst to-be-weds, if you’re not a night owl or you have a tight budget, that kind of reception might not work for you. But fear not, Loverlies, there are plenty of other ways to party. Here are seven styles to consider…

    1. Early bird special: Breakfast or brunch weddings are a great idea for early risers, pancake enthusiasts, and couples on a tight budget. Offer up a custom omelet station, a waffle bar with toppings galore, a pour-over coffee bar, a build-your-own Bloody Mary station, and free-flowing mimosas. Plus, Sundays were made for brunching (even at a wedding), which means you’ll probably be able to score a good deal on the venue of your dreams.

    2. Let them eat lunch: If saying your vows with the sunrise isn’t your cup of tea, but you still like the idea of a daytime reception, consider a mid-day marriage. Set your nuptials for noon and then serve lunch shortly thereafter. It’s a great excuse to have picnic in your favorite local park complete with champagne cocktails and lobster rolls or microbrews and barbecue.

    3. Time for tea: A high-tea reception is perfect for couples looking to celebrate their big day in a low-key but elegant way. Plan to say “I do” in the late afternoon and then greet your guests with a variety of aromatic teas, freshly baked scones, and tasty finger sandwiches. Add a surprising twist to your tea party by spiking the tea with vodka! Bring in a string quartet for some classy entertainment.

    4. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere: Cocktail receptions are a fun way to keep things festive without the formality of a traditional reception. Instead of a sit-down dinner, set up food stations around the venue or have butler-style service. Consider a unique venue, like a museum or botanical garden, so your guests can take in the scene while enjoying some small bites and delicious drinks. But keep in mind that cocktail receptions tend to be shorter than traditional ones, so you’ll want to make your way around the reception more quickly to ensure you talk to every guest!

    5. Gather ’round the table: A full meal may be the most traditional reception option out there, but there’s still some room for personalization. Go for family-style if you’re looking for a cost-effective way to feed your guests, a sit-down meal for a more formal affair, or opt for the buffet if you want to keep things casual. No matter which style you choose, keep the bar open and the dance floor rocking for a party that lasts all night long.

    6. BYO: The potluck part may be the most unconventional reception style we’ve seen, but it will definitely make your wedding stand out from all the rest. When you send out your invitations, include a note asking guests to contribute a dish to a communal celebratory meal. This reception style is perfect for families with storied culinary traditions or those craving a relaxed but festive atmosphere. Ask your guests to bring the recipe to the wedding…and make a cookbook guestbook!

    7. Always eat dessert: A cake and punch reception — aka a Champagne and Cakes reception or a Drinks and Desserts reception — is all about the sweets. These types of parties tend to take place later in the evening after guests have had a chance to eat dinner on their own, and can be a bit more budget-friendly. Serve up a signature cocktail or your favorite bubbly alongside a slew of delicious treats…and don’t just stop at cake; bring on the brownies, the cookies, the pies, and all of the baked goods you can imagine. Make time for plenty of speeches and dancing till dawn.

  14. Types of Wedding Ceremonies in the UK
    You’ve said “I do” but what next? There are so many things to consider when planning your wedding but surely the top of the list needs to be the decision as to which kind of wedding ceremony you would like.

    In this post, Christine Yarnell, Marketing Assistant at AmaZing Venues gives an informative and detailed view on the various types of wedding ceremonies available in the UK.

    Background

    The number of marriages in the UK is back on the increase with the number of civil ceremonies increasing by 12% in 2013. There is an increase in the popularity for couples getting married in licensed premises out-performing traditional registry office, church and religious ceremonies.

    Non-Religious Wedding Ceremonies

    Civil Ceremonies

    A civil ceremony is conducted by a district registrar at a registrar’s office or another approved location such as a wedding venue. This can by anywhere that holds a marriage license – your local council will be able to provide you with a list of these as well as a list of registrars in your area.

    You can also search independently for approved venues in your area – these may include castles, abbeys, stately homes, hotels and even zoos and football grounds!

    If you want to have a civil wedding in a particular location, you’ll need to apply for a license for those premises. In 1995 the law changed so that civil marriages could take place anywhere but they do have to be “indoors” or at least be a covered area to have a licence so no gardens or beaches are allowed.
    The ceremony itself will include the statutory declarations, but you can personalise the proceedings with your own music, readings, poetry, etc.

    The Registry Office Ceremony

    Getting married in a registry office is the cheapest and fastest way to get married (taking between only ten and twenty minutes). The ceremony is usually held in a room within a civic building and was once the only option open to divorcees, those who had no religious beliefs, those wanting a quick ceremony with minimal fuss or couples marrying someone from a different faith. However, thanks to the 1994 Marriage Act which allows civil ceremonies to take place at licensed venues, the register office has lessened in popularity and many couples who choose to marry is this way often want a simple, legal wedding prior to a more personal blessing, wedding abroad or Humanist ceremony. Such weddings can often be personalised with music, poetry, flowers, etc. but any amends to the standard ceremony are at the discretion of the individual registrar and must be agreed beforehand.

    Sometimes time restraints and the registrar’s personal opinion will restrict attempts to create a more personal service and for this reason you may prefer a civil ceremony in a licensed venue.

    Religious Ceremonies

    The most common venue for this type of ceremony is a religious building, although a religious ceremony can take place anywhere as long as it’s solemnised by a minister, pastor, priest or other person entitled to do so. Bear in mind that the minister, pastor, etc. may not be willing or able to approve a particular location if they deem it inappropriate or if they feel that the location doesn’t reflect the meaning of the ceremony.

    Catholic and Christian Wedding Ceremonies

    Speak to your local priest and he will be able to advise you on the requirements for a traditional Catholic wedding. You will need to check if the priest is willing to perform your ceremony, find out if the church is free on the date you have chosen, pay an initial deposit (this goes towards the church service, the heating and lighting on the day and the choir if you choose to have them there) and fill out a few forms giving your names and addresses for the legal publication of your wedding ‘banns’.

    This simply means that your intended marriage will be announced and the banns are published by being read aloud during the service on three successive Sundays preceding the ceremony. The congregation is invited to register objections, if they have any. You will usually be expected to be in attendance on at least one of the three occasions when the banns are published.

    If only one of you is Catholic, banns are not published, so the priest of the Catholic partner will have to give permission for the marriage to take place in a Catholic Church. Your parish priest will also consider whether to apply for a Dispensation to Marry. This is a permit issued by the Catholic Church giving permission for a Catholic to marry someone who isn’t a Catholic.

    Although similar to the details outlined above other Christian wedding ceremony requirements and specifics vary depending on belief systems, the church and the couple. Often, Catholic weddings will include a full mass consisting of readings, prayers and communion. The order of the church service depends on the officiant and the couple.

    A Muslim Wedding Ceremony

    Firstly you should speak to the Imam of your mosque or your local cleric. The format of the ceremony will vary depending on your cultural background. Although mosques are places of worship, the majority of them in the UK have not yet been officially registered as such. This means that any wedding that takes place at a mosque has to be registered legally with the UK law as well, in order to be seen as valid in the UK. In addition, if the person conducting the ceremony is not authorised individually by the Registrar General then you may need to have an officiating ceremony at a registrar’s office.

    A Hindu Wedding Ceremony

    Hindu weddings are steeped in important rituals and customs. Some couples choose to have the typical Hindu ceremony that spans several days, while others have a condensed version that lasts only a few hours.

    Often the proposal is arranged in a way that makes the whole family feel included in the event. This way, you will receive approval from elders, and the family will also be able to determine whether they think you and your partner are compatible for marriage. Select an auspicious date and location for your ceremony and decide if you wish to include all 15 rituals that traditionally make up a Hindu wedding ceremony. Alternatively, you can select only those that have special meaning for you as a couple.

    Remember that a Hindu wedding is more of a community gathering or party and you’ll need a large venue capable of holding many people.

    A Jewish Wedding Ceremony

    Traditionally, Jewish ceremonies occurred outdoors, but nowadays it is more common for the ceremony to be held indoors to avoid any problems with the weather. More often than not the ceremony takes place in a synagogue, but there is no rule saying that it must be held in a synagogue – as long as the chupa (a special canopy which symbolises the home that you will share) is present and the ceremony is under a rabbi’s supervision it can be held anywhere – these days it is increasingly common to hold Jewish weddings in hotels and unusual wedding venues. Prior to the wedding ceremony, the ‘ketubah’, or marriage contract, will need to be signed in the presence of two witnesses.

    Humanist Wedding Ceremony

    Humanist ceremonies are continuing to grow in popularity. The ceremonies are entirely non-religious, leaving you free to make all the important choices about locations, readings, music and the wording of your promises to each other. Fees range from £300 – £400 and there is no obligation to join the Humanist organisation.

    Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies

    With a civil or Humanist ceremony, you can’t normally use any words or elements that could be defined as religious or spiritual, but with a ceremony conducted by an Interfaith Minister there are no such restrictions. You have the freedom to create a ceremony in a location of your choice, using the words that are most meaningful to you. If you’re from different religious backgrounds, this type of ceremony is well worth considering as the minister can honour different faiths with appropriate rituals and words, so that the ceremony reflects both your beliefs.

    The Marriage Blessing

    If you really want a truly personal wedding ceremony and have your choice of venue regardless of license then you’ll need to have a blessing. They’re also ideal for inter-faith or inter-cultural weddings. However, you will also need to have a civil ceremony in a registry office to officially wed but this doesn’t have to be on the same day.

    A blessing is particularly appropriate if you want to wed outside, in your garden, on a beach or even in a foreign country where the marriage restrictions prevent an “official” marriage taking place.

    Search out a professional celebrant who has the knowledge and skills to help you build the ceremony just the way you want it. You’ll be free to write your own vows, have your own music and readings. Many celebrants will allow these to be religious if you like too and even include symbolic ceremonies such as unity candles and ribbon cutting.

    Same Sex Marriage (Not CoE or Wales)

    From 29th March 2014 it became legal for same sex couples to marry in England and Wales. Any religious building which isn’t run by the Church of England or Church in Wales can opt in to celebrating same-sex marriage. This means that you might be able to get married in a Quaker Meeting House or a Reform Synagogue if permission is applied for. There are many other places in England and Wales which have been approved for civil marriage including beautiful venues and gorgeous stately homes. Once you’ve decided on a venue, contact the registration service to check they have the registrars available. Once this has been agreed, you need to book an appointment with your local register office as you will both need to give a formal declaration to the registrar called a “notice of marriage”. Once you’ve given this notice, you’ll be able to get married after a minimum of sixteen days.

    The actual service will consist of a minimum of you making two declarations in front of the registrar and two witnesses, after which you sign the marriage register. How elaborate the theming is totally up to you. Speak to your venue and see if they can cater to your requirements.

  15. Catholic Ceremony
    A Catholic ceremony will need to be performed in a church with a priest. You will have to complete your wedding banns which will be read out during a service on three successive Sundays before your ceremony. We welcome couples wishing to hold a Catholic ceremony, and after you can enjoy your reception at one of our venues.

    Christian Weddings
    We are happy to help you celebrate your big day just the way you have always wanted. We have an array of stunning event spaces which can be perfectly tailored for your wedding reception and allow you to party with you friends in style.

    Civil Weddings
    A civil ceremony is a non-religious marriage ceremony presided over by a legal official instead of a religious one, and there are many reasons you may choose to have a civil ceremony. Civil weddings can be held in a variety of locations including outside areas.

    Hindu Wedding Venues
    Hindu weddings are steeped in rituals and customs. Some couples choose the typical ceremony that spans several days, while others have a condensed version. Our venues welcome Hindu ceremonies and can also hold any non religious aspects.

    Humanistic Weddings
    A humanist wedding is a non-religious ceremony that gives couples the opportunity to marry where they want and how they want. Besides the ‘I dos’ there are no official requirements, allowing you to customise your ceremony however you wish.

    Intercultural Wedding
    Intercultural weddings are becoming increasingly popular as people spend more time travelling around the world and become more prone to cross-cultural relationships. Whatever you are planning or dreaming about for your big day we can accommodate and make your dreams a reality. We welcome all multicultural weddings into all of our venues.

    Interfaith Wedding
    There are no restrictions on using religious language or songs at an interfaith wedding, you have the freedom to create the ceremony of your choice. If you’re from different religious backgrounds the minister can honour different faiths with appropriate rituals. We welcome interfaith receptions and can hold any non religious aspects of the day.

    Jewish Weddings
    We have beautiful grounds with wonderful views, ideal if you want to hold your ceremony outside under a chappah. Alternatively, we have an array of stunning indoor spaces which can perfectly accommodate your special day and reception.

    Marriage Blessing
    A marriage blessing is a ceremony that takes place after the ceremony and usually involves a reading, a hymn or prayer. Blessings traditionally follow on from the actual weeding and provides the opportunity to celebrate your commitment to one another.

    Muslim Weddings
    At AmaZing Venues we understand that each Muslim wedding ceremony is unique and needs to perfectly untwine your cultures, beliefs and wishes. We have an array of beautiful spaces all of which can be tailored to suit your needs.

    Same-Sex Wedding
    Same sex weddings have been legal in England, Wales and Scotland since 2014. We welcome same sex couples and can accommodate any individual elements you wish to include, ensuring that your special day is just the way you dreamed it would be.

  16. Decorating Different Types of Wedding Venue

    When deciding on the decorations for your wedding venue, a lot will depend on the type of wedding venue you have chosen. Here is my guide to decorating different types of wedding venue.

    Decorating a Marquee Wedding Venue

    A marquee provides you with a great blank space to create whatever you want. The thing that I enjoy about designing a marquee is that I can create different ‘areas’. A cocktail reception, the dining area and then the dancing area and bar. With 3 or 4 different areas within the marquee, you can create 3 or 4 looks that complement one another.

    Nowadays, more and more marquee companies are able to provide ready built ‘mezzanine’ levels so you can even have two floors within the marquee. This adds interest and is a good use of space if the site for the marquee is smaller than you require.

    Reveals are popular, where the dining and dancing areas are hidden behind curtains and can be dropped or opened at the appropriate time to reveal the next stage of your wedding.

    An advantage of marquees is that trusses and hanging points can be installed so you have the option of hanging décor from the ceiling. This can be lighting, buntings, pom poms or unusual floral displays. I recently discovered laser cut bunting from http://www.hummingbirdcards.co.uk

    Decorating a Country House Wedding Venue

    If you have chosen a country house for your wedding then you probably want to embrace the charm of this setting and enhance it with your décor.

    One tends to think of country houses as warm and rustic with pretty gardens. I also think they are generally a more intimate setting. If the room allows, you may want to consider long dining tables or ‘sprigs’ as they are termed. This type of table layout makes the room feel like a banquet. Décor runs the length of the table and can have varying heights to add interest.

    In summer, you will hopefully be able to make use of the gardens and have your drinks reception outside. Occasional tables draped in pretty linen with attractive chairs can create a garden party feel to your reception.

    Decorating a Modern Hotel Wedding Venue

    The advent of the ‘boutique’ hotel has provided a chic and stylish location for your wedding reception.

    The décor is usually quite bold: large pattern wallpapers, interesting objet d’arts and statement furniture are most commonly found in these hotels. My advice is to not compete with these, but complement them with striking floral designs, big candelabra and stylish linen and glassware.

    Coloured linen that blends with the setting adds interest to a room and looks chic.

    Decorating an Outdoor Area for a Wedding

    An outdoor ceremony and/or reception provide you with an already beautiful setting and décor can be kept to the minimum.

    When designing the décor for an outdoor area, I like to use displays with movement. Hanging displays from trees or purpose-built poles that move in the breeze enhance an atmospheric setting.

    Rings of flowers with ribbons draped from them, placement cards hung from trees and tulle wrapped boxwood trees tied with big floppy ribbons are all appropriate to the setting. Your arrangements need to be big or they will be lost in the large setting.

    A central display of gorgeous chocolate berries from http://www.berryscrumptious.co.uk for guests to pick from as they mingle is a delicious and pretty decoration.

  17. Middle Coombe Farm is a unique venue. It combines historic charm and hundreds of years of tradition with informality and a joyous atmosphere to provide the perfect natural setting for a wedding.
    As a self-catering venue every couple can put their own unique take on their wedding day so every wedding is completely personalised. It is one of many great attributes you experience when celebrating your union at Middle Coombe Farm.
    The farm and woodlands rest in a beautiful valley, this makes Middle Coombe Farm superb for outdoor weddings. The restored cider barn is used all year round for formal and very relaxed weddings and events in combination with the outside spaces and marquee (the marquee is used from Spring through to the Autumn). We have hosted weddings for seven years and there is one thing we hear again and again… our guests love the professional approach of our experienced Middle Coombe Farm team together with the special and relaxed attitude of the Grade II* listed venue. We want you to feel Middle Coombe Farm is totally yours for your celebration and stay here.
    We cater for a number of wedding types and ensure they are all as environmentally sustainable as is possible. As well as a wedding venue we are also a woodland trust. This means ecology and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do. All weddings are weekend based from Friday through to Monday as we have proven that wedding couples get the best value for money and time being able to spend those special moments with all your family and friends for set up, wedding celebrations and wrapping up, having fun all the way. The farmhouse and newly restored Allensdown Barn combined sleep up to 20 people for accommodation for the wedding weekend.
    Below are some typical wedding examples.
    Winter Weddings:

    winter weddings devonWinter wedding are very small and intimate usually up to 40 guests. The thatched Cider Barn and adjacent bar are available for your wedding celebration. Weather permitting you can choose to use the beautiful ancient woodlands ceremonial site. Delicious, locally sourced, warm winter food for your wedding feast can be arranged using our recommended caterer. Included in your package is accommodation for up to 20 guests for the weekend making this a truly special family and friends gathering.
    Small Weddings:

    small-weddings-devonSmall weddings are becoming increasingly popular for a large number of reasons. They are more intimate, and relaxed which can be very attractive for busy couples or those looking for a more personal event. Couples with children find this particularly attractive as the children are really included. Mature couples and couples who don’t want a big “do” love the small intimate affair. They are less stressful to organise and are less expensive than a larger wedding. Many couples find that a small wedding gives them more time, money, and opportunity to get their big day perfect and exactly right for them. Lots of couples love the idea of a family/friends weekend “away” with a wedding included making it very special weekend for all concerned.
    Civil Partnerships & Same Sex Weddings

    same sex wedding venueWe are very happy to welcome civil partnerships ceremonies and same sex weddings. We have always been described as a “haven” where guests feel very comfortable with the openness of all the staff at Middle Coombe Farm. Whether it is a small wedding or large wedding you are considering, we are a licensed, residential venue so your whole event can take place at Middle Coombe farm. The details to refine and tailor your wedding can be talked through well in advance to ensure you get the best out of your special day and weekend with family and friends.
    Alternative Weddings:

    alternative weddingsFor some couples a conventional wedding isn’t suitable. This can be for various reasons to do with taste, religion, culture or simply a desire for something novel. Whether you have a specific religious need or you are looking for something different we have a wealth of experience and resources to help. If you have a browse of our website you’ll see that Middle Coombe Farm is much more than a traditional wedding venue. Along with our woodland, working organic farm and expansive grounds we also have a large network people who can offer a variety of skills and services.
    Woodland Weddings, Outdoor Weddings, Natural Weddings

    woodland weddings devonWhilst the ‘legal’ marriage service must be held indoors by law, weather permitting there’s a beautiful glade under the oldest oak tree in the forest where more personalised ceremonies are held. We are in contact with /experts in ancient marriage rites, humanists, celebrants, interfaith etc. who are happy to advise on and/or perform the ceremony – please see our ceremony page. Some wedding couples write their own vows and conduct the ceremony themselves and other wedding couples have opted for a “friend” to do it for them. Any of these ceremonies are truly magical in such a natural site, please take the time check out our Facebook page to see photographs of our recent glorious brides and grooms and to see the venue. Do read the testimonials for the woodland weddings – they are really magical. It is a ten minute walk up through the woods to the oak tree, sometimes with treasure hunts set up for the children on the way. Being out in nature helps everyone to be in the same spirit and it brings a lovely sense of excitement to such an important occasion.
    There is another area where you can have an outdoor ceremony which is adjacent to the barn, “The Stone circle” with a fire in the center is a great alternative– space for an outdoor ceremony; the back doors of the barn lead down to the Stone circle.

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