Getting engaged and planning your wedding is such a special time in your life, but it can also be quite stressful. There’s a lot of planning that needs to go into your big day, and the first thing you should look to book is your venue. This will let you know “when and where” so you can start booking all of your other vendors. But how can you be sure to choose the right place?
We spoke with the experts at Canterbury Castle and the Banquet Center to get their advice on what you should consider before securing your venue.
How big is your wedding? You want to have a general idea of how many people you plan to invite to your wedding so that you can find a place that suits everyone. You also want to be sure to book a place that isn’t too big either. If you want to organize an intimate wedding with less than 50 people, a large banquet hall that can accommodate 450 people will seem a little empty. You want the venue to match the size of the wedding you want.
Sensation. The venue often sets the tone for your entire wedding. Do you want to feel like a fairy tale princess? Then a place like Canterbury Castle, where you can dance the night away in a literal castle, might be the perfect fit. If you like a more modern approach, you might want to go with something else.
The cost. One way to manage the stress of planning your wedding is to make a budget and stick to it. Figure out how much you can spend on a place before you start looking for places. Also keep in mind that prices may include other elements. Some sites charge a flat rate to use the space for a certain number of hours. Other places require you to go through them for catering and just have a minimum of food and drink which will be charged per guest. While some locations will have a combination of the two. It’s good to analyze the numbers and get an idea of the total cost of the wedding for each venue before making a decision.
Other amenities. The places offer different amenities. Some come with a daily coordinator and a collection of decorations that you are free to use. A garden, for example, can be beautiful as is and require little or no decorations. You also want to consider what your customer experience looks like. Will people be coming from out of town and need things to do? Canterbury Castle, for example, hosts festivals and fun activities most weekends in Canterbury Village, which will be perfect for entertaining your guests when they’re not enjoying your big day.
At the end of the day, think about your options and pick the one that makes you feel special.
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