Christmas is a time for family, friends, drinking and copious amounts of food. It also brings a flurry of engagements, so if you're the lucky bride or groom to be (congrats!) and you can't wait to get planning, then you're in the right place.
Our very own "Dr. Love", Joe Summerhayes has shared his pearls of wisdom so you'll know exactly where to start when looking for your perfect wedding venue and dream day.
And, if you want to push the boat out and feel like royalty, there's always a fairytale castle.
Get an idea of your wedding budget, this obviously doesn't need to be an itemised list at this point but a rough guide will help refine your search. There's nothing worse than finding your perfect venue and realising it's too small or too expensive.
Have a good idea of guests before you begin your venue search, a lot of venues do per-head packages, so work out how much you'd like to spend on each of your nearest and dearest to get a rough estimate.
Whether you want to bring external catering, have the venue provide it or go 'off-piste' with some street food, choosing your catering is a pretty fun part of wedding planning. Think of all the tastings!
Have the BEST first dance song, and the dance moves prepared to accompany it!
Ok, admittedly this isn't the first thing you need to think about but rehearsal time is precious...
Don’t be afraid to ask questions at any point, remember this is YOUR big day. It's a good idea to have a checklist of things you want to find out when you go and see a venue. When are they licensed until? Are you allowed to bring in outside caterers? Are you allowed that live band you had in mind?
Give yourself plenty of time to get organised. But, remember you can't plan for everything...
Let Us Help
If you need a helping hand along the way, we can help with options, knowing what to ask venues and negotiating on prices, so you can stick to the fun stuff.
Nada Al Ansari used Hire Space with her venue search in 2016:
"[Hire Space] looked at potential options and found one that fit my budget and (rather specific!!) requirements...They followed up regularly and will follow up with you if the venue hasn't been in touch...their customer service on the phone was awesome as well! Thanks guys, I am very impressed"
And once you've found the perfect place to say 'I do' you can start to get creative, we love Pinterest for all its inspiration. We've also got 19 (yes, 19!) hacks for saving money on your reception (they involve doughnut cakes, need we say more?)