Choosing your perfect venue

Choosing your perfect venue

It doesn’t matter what your plans are, what ideas you have or other bookings you may have made, booking your venue lifts a huge weight from your shoulders and other aspects generally seem to fall right into place. But how do you choose? There are so many options, especially here in South Wales, it can be difficult to really know which venue is your venue.

It’s important to focus on what you value most.  Take the below pointers as a place to start with your planning and search for the perfect venue for you.

That Unique Feel
It’s harder to come across now, as everybody looks for something different for their wedding day. From a dry hire barn, to a country estate or in your family home. But on the other hand – you may just be content with a beautifully decorated hotel wedding, splashing more cash on your dress, photographer or (more importantly) food! We have plenty of venues on our website that fit that unique criterion. Check out Penarth Pier Pavilion for one – Imagine marrying your loved one to the most spectacular view.

That Stunning Backdrop
Wales has some of the most beautiful landscapes and views; it would be a shame not to incorporate that element to your wedding day. We’re lucky enough to be able to visit some beautiful venues, such as Pencoed House (below), which have amazing backdrops for your special photographs as well as some garden space for your guests to enjoy a glass of fizz.

Pencoed House, Cardiff

This is something that is moving higher on people’s lists when looking for their perfect venue. Online dating means people from different backgrounds and parts of the country (and world) are coming together, meaning their family and friends from back home will be travelling and needing a room to stay in. The majority of our partnered venues have some beautiful accommodation to provide your guests with a fabulous night sleep and often a tasty breakfast in the morning too. Being able to offer accommodation to your guests can mean you have your nearest and dearest in one place, and even better you can get together the morning after to chat about whose dancing was worse.

St Tewdrics Accommodation

Ample Bar Facilities and Drink Choices
Whether you’re opening a free bar, giving everyone drinks tokens or simply want your guests to have a great choice on the day – you’ll need a bar to get the fun flowing. Venue doesn’t have a bar? No fear, we can help you with that! We’re not just about the food, we love our wine and gin as much as the next person, check out our drinks menus on our website or get in touch for a quote on our bar and pricing.

Decoration Flexibility and Ease
Is it a blank canvas? Is it a specific style you’ll need to fit in with? A lot of people are opting for venues with neutral colours and design so they can have more freedom on how they decorate and what theme they choose. Some of our beautiful venues like Pencoed House, St Tewdrics and Penarth Pier Pavilion have beautiful decor but are so easy to add your own touch to. When you visit a venue, really try and envisage how you would make it look for your big day.

Ridiculously Tasty Catering Options (and tasting opportunity)
So we’re a little biased, but catering can make or break the day. Food is the soul of the party and when choosing your venue you need to know they have the best catering options. Some venues offer packages and have specific caterers, some are happy for you to choose your own caterer – either way be sure to do your research, read those reviews and talk to the events team. Most importantly, book yourself a taster! What better excuse to have a beautiful meal?

Stunning canapés served at one of our tasters for a summer wedding

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