After the excitement of the ‘big question, the proposal and of course that sparkling bit of bling on your finger, the next thing you need to do is find your venue. For some couples the venue is an obvious choice but for some couples they just don’t know where to begin and this is where The Liverpool & North West Wedding Show can help, because from country house weddings to city chic venues and everything in-between we have them at the show.
Crowne Plaza, John Lennon Airport – Image by Keyhole Studios
Location, budget and style of venue all have a huge role to play but there is a lot to think about!
Do you have a specific date in mind? Saturdays between May – September tend to be the ‘key dates’ and are the first to get booked up 18 months to 2 years in advance so if you have your heart set on a certain date then you might need to have an extended engagement.
The Venue at the Royal Live Building – Image by Andy J Photography
Type of Venue
There is now so much choice that picking the right venue can be one of the hardest decisions to make. Do you want a stately home affair or an intimate country house style wedding. Are you a city-girl or guy, or do you want something as unique as a tipi or a woodland wedding?
Elite Marquees Woodland Wedding Venue
Church or Venue
With so many venues now being licensed for civil ceremonies, you also need to decide if you want the whole day in one venue or do you prefer a religious ceremony followed by a reception at the wedding venue.
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If you are having a religious ceremony, then most couples pick their local church for sentimental reasons so you then need to decide how far you want to travel to the wedding reception venue…. or do you head abroad?
Exclusive Yacht Weddings, Cyprus
What do you pick first, the venue that holds the number of guests you want or the which guests do you not invite to fit into the venue … tricky decision! Most venues hold up to 150 guests comfortably but if you really do want a really big wedding then you might be restricted to venues.
Doubletree Liverpool by Hilton – Image by Keyhole Studio
Every wedding venue will present the cost of the wedding in different ways and this can be tricky to understand. Some give a price for the day time and a separate cost for the evening per person, whereas other venues put together packages.
West Tower Exclusive Wedding Venue, Lancashire – Image by Keyhole Studios
Don’t be put off by what you think the venue will cost, if you have your heart set on venue but think it’s way out of your reach, visit the venue anyway and talk to the team. Be honest with your budget and if you are open-minded about dates and numbers then the impossible just might be achievable.
Our Event Director got an amazing deal for her wedding because when she went to view the venue, not only did she fall in love with it straight away but a cancellation has just happened for a wedding 3 months away (and as no-one in their right mind would book a wedding within 3 months) she filled the booking and paid a fraction of what it should have been… so just talk to the venue staff.
Knowsley Hall – Image by Stack Photography
Visit The Liverpool & North West Wedding Show
Visiting venues can be a costly affair so come along to The Liverpool & North West Wedding Show where you can get a flavour of the venue from the way they dress their stands. You can pick up a brochure to give you an idea of costs and special offers and most importantly you can meet the Wedding Co-ordinators of each venue, these are the people who will plan your big day with you so you have to feel confident with them and you need to get on so meeting such a wide choice of venues, all under one roof is a win-win for everyone!
Register for your FREE ticket
So not only are we saving you petrol money by bringing 20 of the most amazing venues all under one roof, we are also giving either the bride or groom a free ticket as well (terms apply and are listed on the ticket page) … so what are you waiting for, register today!