Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue

The Midland Hotel's Wedding Coordinator, Nina Rodriguez shares her Top Tips for finding your perfect wedding venue.

  • Firstly you need to discuss with your partner what you both want for your Wedding day. You may already know this but if not, don't worry, have an open chat between yourselves. Try not to involve others at this stage; it's about what you both want. 
  • Location is very important. You must consider guests getting to the venue, day and night. Are there sufficient bedrooms to offer to guests travelling from afar at a fair rate?
  • Decide if you'd prefer a ceremony at a place of worship such as a church, or if you'd prefer a civil ceremony at a hotel, perhaps? Remember, some hotel's function rooms can be delightful in d├ęcor. If you decide a place of worship, speak to the priest first, to ensure you are able to marry there.
  • Now do a guest list for day guests and night guests, who you wish to invite. Do not feel you have to invite everyone; invite your family and the friends you love and care about, the people who are a part of your life.
  • Budget! This is the hard part. Once you have worked out how much you want to spend, you will need to break it down for the venue and other items such as a wedding dress and rings. See for a great budget planner.
  • Now you can start looking at venues. Do your research on venues before contacting them; Tripadvisor & are the best tools for this.
  • Contact the venues of your choice, ask for their brochures and take time to look through them, making sure the venue can offer exactly what you are looking for.
  • Next make appointments to view the venues. I would suggest maximum two to three viewings a day or you will confuse yourself. Ask questions, take notes and don't be afraid to take photographs for you to revisit afterwards.
  • Never book a venue until you have the registrar or church booked to balance the date of the venue. Venues can hold dates provisional and should give you the time to sort out the ceremony.
  • Finding a Venue is like house hunting; sometimes you will walk into the property and just know its right for you, sometimes you have to go back and take a second look.

Happy searching.

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