So you're putting in the hours trying to find the perfect wedding venue, poring over countless brochures and clicking your way through website after website until something catches your eye. It's easy to get put off a place by the words on the screen or drawn in by some fancy photography when really, the only way to determine if this place is for you or not is to get out there and see it for yourself.
With open days, tasting events and private viewings all on offer, most venues are more than happy to show you first-hand what they have to offer, so we take a look at just some of the benefits of visiting wedding venues and seeing them with your own eyes!
You can only learn so much from photos
While they might look stunning and show some amazing moments from other weddings, a photo can't show you everything that you need to know about a wedding venue. When you visit a venue, you can see every inch of it, not just a few key features. There might be a secluded part of the garden or secret feature in the honeymoon suite that makes the venue special which the images could have completely left out!
Image courtesy of HBA Photography at Mythe Barn
You can experience the feel of the venue
Just as important as the delightful ceremony room and luxurious honeymoon suite is the way the venue feels, and it's something that words and photos can only allude to. Each venue has its own unique character and charm, and finding out whether or not it is right for you is crucial! A wedding venue could look perfect online, but when you get there you might find that it just doesn't feel like ‘the one', and it's definitely better to find that out before you book than after!
Image courtesy of Tony Hart Photo
You can start picturing your perfect wedding
When you visit a venue, it gives you an opportunity to start imaging and planning your special day. Walk down the aisle, take a seat where your wedding breakfast will be held and explore the grounds and rooms to see exactly what lies in store for you on your wedding day. It gives you a good idea of how you can decorate the venue too, which means you can start thinking about the personal touches you might add to make the place really feel like your own.
Image courtesy of Fairclough Photography at Curradine Barns
You can meet the team and see what's possible
One thing that you won't learn about from a venue website or a photo album is the team of staff that are responsible for making your wedding day perfect. When you arrange your visits, you'll most likely be in the capable hands of a wedding planner or venue owner and they will make sure that there are no questions left unanswered when it comes to your big day. If you want to do things a bit differently, then this is the perfect time to make sure it's possible, and rest assured that the team will do everything they can to make it happen for you. As an extra incentive, visit an open day or a tasting event, and you'll be able to try some of the mouth-watering food and drink that will be on offer during your wedding day!
Image courtesy of Ed Brown Photography at Mythe Barn
You can create your own memories
After looking through so many websites and brochures, it's very easy to find yourself suffering from ‘wedding blindness'. It becomes increasingly more and more difficult to remember which venue you like and what photos came from where! Once you've made a shortlist of venues, pay them a visit and experience everything that they have, first-hand. Once you've done this, you'll find that each place is much clearer in your head and you won't have to keep flicking through the online gallery to refresh your memory. With each show-round, you'll soon discover whether you could picture yourself tying the knot at each venue or not, so you will find your list getting shorter and shorter until you have your heart set on just one. Then, your work is complete and you'll have found the perfect place to say ‘I do'!
Image courtesy of Jackson & Co Photography at Clock Barn
We have loads of wonderful wedding venues across the country and our team of Wedding Venue Specialists are available seven days a week to help you book those all-important venue visits. That way, you can find the perfect place for your unforgettable day. Why not give them a call on 01244 571208 and find your dream venue today?