Top Tips on Choosing your Wedding venue | Coochicoo Cards

10 TopTips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Knowing where to start looking or ‘if it’s the one’ is a dilemma that lots of engaged couples face when choosing their wedding venue. Well worry not, as here are 10 helpful questions you can ask to help you decide if it’s the right one for you……

1. Can it accommodate your numbers?
If you have a guest list of 100’s that you absolutely cannot cut, but the venue is a small boutique hotel that only has room for 50 people, then it’s not for you.

2.What exactly is included in the package and/or price you have been quoted?
Always get a full list in writing of what is and is not included before you book, so there are no unwelcome surprises of hidden ‘extras’ charges.

3.What are the menu options?
Find out what the menu options are and make sure the venue offers you a tasting session so you can be confident that the food is up to standard.

4.Does the venue have a designated wedding coordinator and will they be there on the day?
You need to have confidence that there is one person in charge of arranging and coordinating your wedding from start to finish who fully understands your requirements.

5.Will there be any other weddings on the same day?
Some larger venues can host multiple weddings on the same day, so find out if you will have sole use of the venue and facilities or if you will be sharing it with another wedding party.

6.How many bedrooms are available for guests and can they be reserved in advance?
If there are not sufficient bedrooms for all your guests, find out if there is alternative accommodation nearby. If not you may need to provide transport for your guests.

7.Does the venue have a list of preferred/recommended suppliers and do you have to use them?
Some couples prefer to have a helping hand from their venue and use the wedding suppliers they recommend (e.g. stationers, florists, room styling etc). Other couples may already have chosen their own suppliers and want to use them instead.

8.Are there restrictions on the type of music that can be played and what time must it end?
Some venues, particularly those close to residential areas, may have limitations imposed on them regarding the type of music, how loud it can be and what time it must be turned off.

9.Is there adequate parking on site for guests?
You want your guests to relax and enjoy your day and not have to worry about parking.

10.Is there a backup plan in case of bad weather?
If you are having an outdoor ceremony make sure the venue has a contingency plan in place. Find out where the ceremony will be moved to and will there be sufficient time to turn the room around for the Reception?

Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing some of the best wedding venues in the North East who we are proud to work with. So please keep checking our blog.

10 Top Tips on planning your wedding guest list | Coochicoo Cards

10 Top Tips On Planning Your Guest List

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and having the right people there to share it with you is essential. Couples often tell us that deciding who to invite can be stressful as they feel pressured into inviting family or friends they have not seen in years. Well worry not, as here are 10 tips to help you choose who do and do not make the cut……

Choose Your Venue
Before you think about your guest list find and book your wedding venue and see how many people it accommodates. If your perfect venue is a small boutique hotel that only has room for 50 people then you cannot have a guest list of 100’s.

Be Realistic
It is not possible to invite everyone you know. Accept that some people are going to be disappointed for not being invited. Remember it is YOUR day so do what is best for you.

Make The List 50/50
Split the guest list in half – the first half will go to you and the other half to your partner and remember to account for mutual friends.

It Is Your Wedding, Not Your Parents
Some parents can get overly excited, after all the apple of their eye is getting married, and they may start inviting all their friends and family. Make sure they know how many people they can actually invite (and you still have the final say on who they are).

The One Year Rule
As a guide, do not invite anyone you have not spoken to in more than a year. This is a good idea for cutting those you are not 100% sure about.

No Plus Ones
Everyone has that friend or family member who has a new partner every few weeks and it is hard to keep up with their love life. So a good rule to have is if they are not a long-term partner they don’t make the list.

No Children
Not allowing children is a good way to cut down numbers. Make sure your guests know this so they have plenty of time to sort childcare. Word it in your invitations in a fun way (e.g. that they can have a night off from the kids) so they are not offended.

The Co-Worker Dilemma
Only invite co-worker that you see outside of work and socialise with. Just because you work 8 hours a day with someone, it does not necessarily make them your friend.

Do Not Feel Guilty
Look at your list again, is there anyone who is only on it because you feel guilty about leaving them off? Then take them off. Just because you were invited to their wedding does not mean they should be at yours.

Stick To Your Rules
Once you set the list, stick to it. Some of these tips may seem harsh but be strong as they will help you reign in your budget. There are always going to be people who are upset or offended for not being invited but it is your day and you should have the people there who mean the most to you.

For help on organising your seating plan please see our earlier Blog article ‘Strategic Seating Planning’