Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Wedding Venues

Pros and Cons of the Most Popular Wedding Venues

When you are planning your wedding, there are so many factors to consider. The major things are the things that you need to think about first. So things like the date, location, and venue are the first thing to plan. Everything else works around them really. So you need to have decided those things before you can plan much else. The venue or location determines much about the rest of the wedding. So taking some time to think about the location is a such a good idea. You want to know that you will have the wedding of your dreams. So being informed of the pros and cons of each location is a must. Here are some possible locations for a wedding, with the pluses and minuses of each.


You might like to explore the idea of an outdoor wedding. The obvious plus with it is that you are surrounded by the natural decor. Other than a few lanterns or lights, you won’t really need to decorate it. It could be set at sunset, on a beach or in the woods. There is also plenty of room when it comes to using outdoor space. If you want to have a large wedding, then it makes it much easier. You’ll need more chairs and things for guests, but it will never be a squeeze to fit them all in.

The obvious downside to an outdoor wedding is the weather. Unless you live in a climate that is pretty much sunny all year round, it can be a gamble with the weather. It isn’t the end of the world, as you can make arrangements. Nearer the time when you know the forecast, you could look into umbrellas or gazebos to cover guests. The time of year is a big consideration when it comes to outdoor weddings. Temperature control can be hard. If you luck out and get a super sunny day, will it become too warm for you and the guests? Should you offer something like a handheld fan? So just something to bear in mind if you are thinking about an outdoor wedding.

Hotel or Manor House

If you are thinking about your wedding at a hotel or in a country house venue, what are the pros and cons? To start with, a hotel or country house will have experienced staff. Quite often they have specific planners or coordinators for weddings. So you know that right from the start you have someone taking care of it all for you. There are experienced waiting staff as well. So for the reception, you know the catering and staff will be of good quality. This type of location can prove easier for planning a wedding. The cost might be higher than doing it yourself, but you don’t have the stress of hiring chairs, tables, glassware or crockery, for example. It is also handy if you have guests traveling from afar; accommodation is built-in.

The cons of this kind of venue are that there might be a lack of flexibility. They might offer a certain menu or wedding package. But often, there isn’t much deviating from that. They may also only let you use vendors for the cake or flowers that they approve. This isn’t true of everywhere, but it is worth checking. There may also be some add-on costs, like the hire of a cake stand, or valet services, for example.


Destination Wedding

Many people are choosing to have a destination wedding abroad. Quite often it means that fewer people can come. So it is a good idea if you want smaller and more intimate wedding. As fewer guests will be there, it will mean quality time with the guests that do make it. No doubt you will all be staying in a similar location. So you can all enjoy plenty of time together in the few days before the wedding. One other fantastic thing about this kind of wedding is that it will be one of a kind. It will be in a location unlike any other; a real break from the norm. You will get some stunning pictures for sure.

The downside is that the cost for the guests goes up. Some might make it their holiday abroad for the year. Whereas others just won’t be able to make it. So you will need to think about who you want there and if it is going to work for them. It does make it trickier to plan, as you’ll have to put your trust in reviews or wedding planners abroad. As you’ll be planning from afar, it might mean a couple of frantic days checking everything once you have arrived.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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