Posts

Love My Dress, Sansom Photography

Wedding Venues – Questions To Ask Before Booking

Love My Dress, Sansom PhotographySource: Love My Dress, images by Sansom Photography

The beauty of a celebrant ceremony is that it can conducted anywhere.

There so many hidden gems, stunning private estates, beautiful outdoor locations, unlicensed and alternative venues out there to suit every style and taste.  And if you or your family have a large garden, then your perfect wedding venue may be closer to home than you think-you don’t get more personal than that!

One fabulous thing about what I do, is that I get to work at incredible venues that host all types of celebrations. And , in my opinion, some of the best weddings have been at places that aren’t “traditional” wedding venues.

Deciding on the best wedding venue for you can be an overwhelming and challenging task.  Think outside the box but make sure the venue you choose ticks all (or most) of your requirements. Here are the questions that you should perhaps ask yourself to ensure your venue is meeting your needs:

  • Do we want an indoor or outdoor ceremony and/or reception?
  • Do we want a city or country feel?
  • Are we fixed on a date, or are we flexible with our wedding date?
  • Do we want our ceremony and reception to be in the same place?
  • Is there a plan B in case of bad weather and does the venue have shaded areas?
  • How many guests do we expect, and can this venue cater for that amount of bodies?
  • Is the venue too big for the number of guests we are having?  (This can impact on atmosphere)
  • Where are we going to get our photos taken?  Onsite, or close by?
  • Is there accommodation available locally for the guests who have come from afar? Or does the venue have space for camping?
  • Is the venue easy to find and get to, by those wishing to arrive by taxi or other forms of public transport?
  • Does the venue reflect us as a couple?
  • Is the venue willing to let us decorate it in the style we want?
  • Are there any restrictions? Some venues will require heel protectors due to the type of flooring; some may have noise restrictions due to the proximity of local residents; some may not allow fireworks due to neighbouring farmland.
  • What does the venue include in its fees?  Bar service, PA system, electricity hook ups for outdoor caterers, cake table etc.
  • What type of atmosphere are we trying to create?  Relaxed, upmarket, black tie, rustic, traditional, vintage?
  • Does the venue have an event planner? Or do we want to organise it all ourselves?
  • What type of food do we want at our reception?  Sit down, share platters, canapés, buffet?
  • Do we have to use the venues suppliers, or can we select our own to provide services?  Caterer, Celebrants, Photographers, DJs?

If you are getting married in Devon, then here are a selection of venues that you might want to take a look at. They are ran by very lovely, accommodating people, all with a passion for weddings and all ready to meet you and chat through your wedding ideas.

Devon wedding venues, alternative wedding venues, Devon weddings, wedding celebrantsSource: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Image from Boho Weddings.

Ten Awesome Wedding Venue Ideas

The beauty of using a celebrant, like me, for your wedding, is that you can get married absolutely anywhere! And your choice of wedding venue can say a lot about you.

Once you have sorted all the legal side of things at your local registry office, unless you want to get married there of course, you are then free to choose a wedding setting that truly reflects you and your partner’s character, or a place that has sentimental meaning, or even your family home.

Here are 10 alternative wedding settings to give you inspiration for your big day. I’d love to hear your ideas for the perfect celebration setting for you!

THE OTHER COUNTRY

Weddings abroad, weddings in other countries, elopmentsSource: Mountain, Palm Trees, Floral Arch, Church, Crowd

THE BARN

barn weddingsSource: A&K, K&N, Reception

 THE BEACH

weddings on the beach, beachside weddings, Source: Boys, Message, Bride & Groom

THE CINEMA, MUSIC HALL, THEATRE

weddings in cinema, music hall, theatreSource: Cinema front, Centre stage, Down the aisle, Balcony, Front and centre

 THE GARDEN

garden weddings, weddings outdoors, al fresco weddingsSource: Paper lanterns, Canoe, Couple, Metal chairs, Striped aisle

THE PUB

pub weddingsSource: Left, Middle, Right

THE POOL

swimming pool weddings, weddings by the poolSource: Green stripes, Bride & groom, Lanterns, Girls poolside, Wedding vows

THE VILLAGE HALL

Village hall weddingsSource: Syrup, Dance, Reception

THE WAREHOUSE

weddings in warehouses Source: Stained glass, Fairy lights, BAR, Red chair, Bride & groom

THE WOODLAND

weddings in the woodsSource: Teepee, Mutual weirdness, Hand fasting, Wedding table, Bridal party

Music at Weddings is the Food of Love

Here at Fanfare Ceremonies we are passionate about music and dancing and are always looking for entertaining ways to include both into our ceremonies, wedding, baby naming or vow renewal.  This video cannot help but put a smile on your face.  It’s a wonderful example of how to make your wedding inclusive, happy and just darn good fun.

It epitomises the ethos of Fanfare Ceremonies.

Watch this space for some more ideas and help spread some love and happiness around Devon.