There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding, but one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make as a couple is where exactly the ceremony is going to be held.
Heading out to the country remains an ever popular option, with so many grand stately homes and other venues offering spectacular views and gorgeous settings.
The venue is one of the most important aspects of the big day and should be one of the first things you decide, so we’ve put together some of our top tips when it comes to choosing a country wedding venue.
Set a budget early
While you don’t want to limit yourself, it is important that you set out your budget for the venue early on.
Otherwise, you’re likely to find yourself falling in love with your dream venue only to find out further down the line that it’s just not a financially viable option.
Of course, large country venues are likely to be more expensive, so you might have to divert funds from elsewhere in the wedding budget, or perhaps even postpone the wedding a little until you’ve got a little more in the kitty!
Make sure to book early
As we’ve pointed out, country wedding venues are among the most popular, and as such, they get booked up pretty far in advance!
This is especially true during the summer months which are obviously the most popular time for country weddings.
We spoke to Lake District Country Hotels who said: “We find that during peak months, our venues get snapped up incredibly quickly, so we’d recommend booking at least somewhere between 12 and 18 months in advance.”
However, if you consider yourself to be a bit of a risk-taker, you might wish to try and grab yourself a last minute deal.
This is obviously a risky tactic but if you can find some cancellations you can sometimes save yourself a lot of money!
Consider the location
The appeal of a country wedding lies in getting away from the hustle and bustle of your city or town, but do bear in mind the logistics of the day, not just for yourselves, but for the guests as well.
If you pick somewhere that truly is in the middle of nowhere, your guests are going to find it difficult to get there and back, and you might have to arrange transport or even accommodation so that everyone can attend.
This article from A Practical Wedding looks at how best to navigate the issue of wedding transportation.
Make sure the venue matches your guest list
While it’s all well and good finding a beautiful expansive country house to get hitched in, take a second to make sure that you can actually fill it!
Country weddings are generally larger in scale than your average ceremony and take place in much bigger venues, but if you don’t have that many guests coming, it may wind up being a bit of a waste of money!
On the other hand, if you still want a country wedding but with a more intimate guest list, then perhaps a smaller event in a marquee might be more suitable?
Don’t let the location overrule your theme
If you have a set theme in mind for your wedding, then it’s important to make sure that the venue fits into it.
Country houses are perfect for a rustic themed wedding or something with more of a Jane Austen-era feel.
On the other hand, if you’re dead set on a glamorous, modern and contemporary day, you simply might not be able to match this up with your country wedding venue.
For some inspiration, check out this article from Country Living on ’10 Stunning Rustic Wedding Ideas’.