What to consider when choosing your wedding venue

When getting married one of the first things to decide on is your wedding venue choice. After all, other details such as your final guest list and sending out invitations can’t be finalised until you’ve decided where your big day will be held.

Budget and cost?

Your venue hire, food and drink will take up a large portion of your budget, and therefore it’s important that you search for somewhere that you can afford that will leave enough for outfits, entertainment, cars and flowers. You might want to get married in a grand castle, but if your budget is more local village hall, then be realistic to avoid spending a lot of time chasing something you simply can’t have.


Location is important, as it’s likely to influence who will attend. If you’re choosing a wedding venue miles from where your family and friends live, does it have overnight accommodation or are there hotels nearby – not everyone will want to drive home after the reception.

Ceremony and reception separate or in one place?

With many wedding venues licensed to hold the ceremony as well as the reception, you’ll need to decide whether or not you want your entire day in one place. It certainly would be convenient, however, if you’ve set your mind on particular church or registry office, you’ll need to make sure everything will be available on the same day. When holding your wedding in one place it means a lot of the pressure is taken off as the venue will arrange and coordinate everything on your behalf leaving you free to enjoy the day.

Ambience and mood?

When choosing a wedding venue, think of what kind of atmosphere you want to create. Does the space easily lend itself to the kind of wedding you’d like? For example, if you’re looking to have a ceremony outside for a country feel is this an option? If you’re looking to create an intimate and romantic wedding are the room layouts going to work? The type of venue you choose will very much impact the type of wedding you’ll be able to create.

Capacity and size?

Now it’s obvious to say but size and capacity is a major component in a venue’s suitability, after all, no point trying to fit 100 people into a place that can accommodate 50. In the reverse, there’s no point in trying to recreate an intimate feel for 50 in a room that accommodates 150 as you’ll end up feeling like a pea in a drum. Before sending out invitations, make sure your preferred wedding venue can legally and comfortably accommodate your guest list. With the room layout and your number of guests will it feel cosy and comfortable or open and spacious?

Food and drink

Here cost may be a factor, so check with your chosen venue if they offer any special food or drinks packages. Think about whether you want a buffet or sit-down meal and check with your venue what they can do. Are there any special dishes you’d like to choose that would make your day even more personal, do you need to factor in any special dietary requirements, and finally will it be an open bar or will your guests be asked to pay? All these are things to discuss with your wedding venue prior to booking.

Holding your wedding at the Cheshire wedding venue of choice.

At Dunham Forest Golf & CC, we are a fully licensed luxury wedding venue set in stunning parkland just 15 miles from Manchester. Whether you are looking for a grand affair or intimate celebration, our wedding team are here to help you plan the perfect day.

Our wedding packages include:

  • exclusive wedding venue hire
  • a bespoke wedding planning service
  • exciting and exceptional cuisine

To arrange a time to meet our team please telephone 0161 928 2605 or email kate@dunhamforest.com