Choosing a venue is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions you have to make during your wedding planning journey – there are so many out there and you’re going to want one which is perfect for your needs.

Luckily, there are some tips and tricks which can really help you out when you’re choosing your venue and we’ve detailed a few of them in our quick guide.

 Involve a wedding planner

If you’re going to have a wedding planner, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to not involve them from the very beginning; bringing in your wedding planner before you’ve chosen your date and venue is always the best way to go.

We spoke to Broakoaks Country House who said: “Wedding planners know how to select great venues and, in many cases, they’ll know which venue is perfect for your specific needs.”

“Your planner is also likely to know exactly how to turn a space into your dream wedding, so consulting them from the beginning will do you some favours.”

 Think of the lighting

Although often overlooked, lighting should actually be a really important consideration when you’re choosing your wedding venue and, as it’s a crucial part of your wedding pictures, try to ensure that your photographer is happy with it, too.

Pay close attention to the lighting when you visit a venue; does it have lots of natural lighting or is it quite dark in there? Before you sign any contract, ask them whether they will provide you with or allow you to use any form of additional lighting such as accent lighting or uplighting.

Lighting can make a huge difference when it comes to your wedding pictures and even the overall mood and ambiance of the day. If you want some inspiration for some innovative ways to light your wedding, have a look at these ideas.

 Consider your guest list

You don’t need to have your guest list set in stone before you view venues, but it would be helpful to have a rough idea of how many people you’ll be hosting before you start looking.

You may plan to have a small wedding but, by the time extended family, family friends, and neighbours creep onto the list, you could be hosting a lot more people than you originally planned.

This could leave you in a nightmare situation with a small venue and too many guests! Choosing your guest list can be really difficult so, if you need some help, have a look through these tips.

 Know how you want to use the space

It’s best to have a clear idea of how you want to use the space available before you begin to look at wedding venues. This helps you to avoid disappointment – if you know that you’re going to need space for a cocktail reception or a hog roast, you can ensure that each venue you look at has enough space for you to do so.