So, you’ve got engaged, celebrated the news with your friends and family and now your thoughts are turning towards choosing your wedding venue. But where do you begin?
The most important thing you must decide on before you book an appointment to go and look at any of the wedding venues is whether you want a venue which will be available to you on an exclusive use basis on your big day or whether you don’t mind sharing the venue with other couples and guests.
WHAT DOES EXCLUSIVE USE MEAN?
It means that the venue will be exclusively yours for your wedding day with exclusive use normally stretching to a full 24 hours. You won’t bump into another wedding party on the day and the venue will be exclusively open only to you and your guests. Some exclusive use venues will hire you the venue on a dry hire basis which means that you will have to provide all the wedding day supplies including food, drink, tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery and flowers. Other exclusive use venues, such as Brympton House, a magical, exclusive use wedding venue in Somerset operate a ‘must have’ or preferred supplier list – so they will have preselected the best of the best in terms of supplies for you.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN EXCLUSIVE USE VENUE?
1. Easy Pricing Structure. One of the best things about an exclusive use venue is that most of the time, you won’t find a complicated range of packages and prices to wade through. What you see is what you get! No paying extra for more space. You can relax in the knowledge that everything you’ve seen when you’ve visited will be included in the price you pay.
2. You have total privacy. Venues like hotels and golf clubs can be great for wedding receptions and after parties, but you do run the risk of having gate crashers. When you have an exclusive use venue, the venue will be all yours for the day; you and your wedding guests will be subject to boundless privacy, giving you all the chance to properly bond when two become one. There won’t be any strangers roaming around the venue gawping whilst you’re all in your finery and you won’t find any strangers in the background when you’re flicking through your wedding photo album. You will be able to choose exactly who you’ll be spending your day in the company of, giving your wedding the ultimate sense of intimacy.
3. Stay the night before. You can often stay the night before or get ready at the venue on the morning of the wedding at most exclusive use venues. If you opt to hire an exclusive use wedding venue when you tie the knot, it can truly feel like your home for the day as, in many cases, it can be yours for a whole 24 hours and you can often stay the night before too, to really relax in to the house.
4. All attention is on you. Most couple’s worst nightmare would be having to share their day with another couple, but that’s not as uncommon as you’d think when people book non-exclusive use wedding venues.
At many non-exclusive use wedding venues, wedding parties, although in separate rooms, share the same venue. This means that there are two or more sets of newlyweds sharing their day with other wedding parties. When opting for an exclusive use venue, you can rest assured that you and your partner will be the centre of attention all day, without having to compete with other couples. As you can see, there is much more to selecting a wedding venue than simply price and location. Choosing an exclusive use wedding venue could add the perfect touch to your big day, with a homely feel and endless privacy and security for an intimate atmosphere. Many couples find that hosting their wedding at an exclusive use venue takes off much of the pressure on their day, so it’s definitely worth considering and, because exclusive venues and all of their bonuses usually come as a package, there are no hidden costs involved! 5. A different space for every part of the day. A lot of the time, an exclusive use wedding venue will have everything you need to celebrate your day in style. That will include a choice of ceremony spaces, wedding breakfast spaces, accommodation for you and your guests and maybe even a private dressing room to start it all off. Some incredible venues even have churches within their grounds so you could choose to tie the knot with a religious ceremony on-site! The bonus of having accommodation onsite means that your guests won’t have very far to travel at the end of a very exciting day.
A huge thank you to Liz Baker Photography for these beautiful photos