After getting engaged, one of the first and most important things you will decide on is your wedding venue.There are so many things to consider that it can get a touch overwhelming. This is the hard part.


Meanwhile, here are six thing you should know before you make that booking.

1. Budget
As you may have gathered by now, weddings are expensive. There are ways to cut costs, and your venue is a good place to start. Do lots of research and compare as many venues as you can.

Also, keep an eye out for deals on voucher websites (yes, really) as you could get somewhere lovely at the fraction of the cost. Money was one of the deciding factors for my fiance and I choosing to get married abroad. 

Weirdly, hiring the venue can be loads cheaper so don’t rule it out. But you’ll need to work out the size of your wedding at this point because 300 people aren’t realistically going to hop on a plane to Greece for your wedding.

2. Do you want somewhere near home or abroad?
If you want a big ol’ knees up, you’re going to need to stay near home. But you will of course be the British weather’s bitch. Apparently it’s tradition to have the wedding in the parish (I don’t know either) where the bride is from. We decided to disregard tradition like the anarchists that we are.

3. What kind of venue?
From barns to manor houses, there is a plethora of venues at your disposal. The only thing that will stand in your way is the legality. Say you want to get married in a beautiful field – you can, but it’s unlikely to be licensed. You can get around this by having a small legal ceremony the day before and then a ‘blessing’ on the big day.

4. What kind of ceremony?
This is the part that might be a bit tricky with the in-laws. If they are religious and you’re very not, you could hit a bit of a roadblock.

If they are religious and you’re very not, you could hit a bit of a roadblock. But just because his mum has dreamed of a church wedding, doesn’t mean it’s your dream. 

It is massively awks, but you may have to put your foot down at this point. This day is about you two as a couple, not appeasing relatives. Remember this.