How to Choose Your Wedding Venue and Bring It To Life!!

Hi guys!! This episode of Get Wedding Ready with Wura Manola shows you how to choose your wedding venue, the questions to bear in mind when choosing your wedding venue and I also share some quick tips on some decor ideas you could use to bring your wedding venue to life!

Types of wedding venues – most popular
1. Hotels – good for small to medium intimate weddings with privacy and control but be careful with hotels because they tend to be strict about bringing in your own food, drinks and some decor ideas are prohibited like lighting candles or sparkles due to fire and safetyg
2. Halls – great for big weddings, the weddings with guest count into the thousands. Super flexible, can create the type of wedding you want but can be a bit overwhelming and might not have too much control and privacy
3. Beach venues – easy, simple and super intimate. For memorable weddings but be sure to get a beach you can get privacy and this comes with a cost, also bear in mind the weather and have a plan B!
4. Marquees – for big and intimate weddings with an outdoor feel. Super elegant and classy but location might be a problem, you need a lot of space for a marquee, again this comes with a cost
5. Castle and town houses – for the cinderella/fairytale bride. Super memorable and chic, but for small to medium weddings and usually not flexible on brining in your own food and drink

Factors to consider when choosing your wedding venue
1. Size – your venue has to be big enough to accommodate the number of guests you are expecting
2. Location and accessibility – your wedding venue should be located close to your church or wherever you are coming from, also it should be easily accessible, people should not get lost looking for your venue
3. Timing – know how long you have your venue from, it can be very expensive to over stay. Also make sure you factor in time for your turn up!
4. Privacy and control – you should have privacy and control of your venue, you paid for it!

Ideas to bring your wedding venue to life!
1. Stage – your wedding stage is the focal point for you and your husband/wife make sure you invest in a nice wedding stage
2. Drapings – drape your wedding venue if you are using a conference room in a hotel or a simple hall, draping makes your venue more intimate and beautiful
3. Mood light – super romantic and exclusive, let your guests step into a different world with super cool lighting
4. Candles – light candles if your venue allows you -fire and safety- for a very romantic feel
5. Dancefloor LED Llight/ Initials – make your wedding dancefloor more colourful with LED lights or elegant and personable with your and your spouse’s initial
6. Centrepieces – invest in centrepieces, whether it be real flowers, fake flowers, chandeliers, fish bowl or a simple structure, it makes a difference and brings you venue to life
7. Cake table – make your cake table stand out, use a nice table cloth, flowers or have it suspended
8. Sweet and dessert table – some guests have sweet tooth why not cater to their needs, also for children! it is a colourful addition to your wedding venue
9.LOVE lights/Initial lights – Super cool and personable, absolute must have!
10. Photobooth – Not mentioned in the video but a must have at your wedding! Super fun and creates memories to last a life time!

I hope you have enjoyed this video and it has helped someone choose the right wedding venue and decorate it to the T! Wish you all the best and remember not to spend all your money on your wedding venue, you are still going to decorate it and get food and drinks.

*Pictures not mine unless stated. Music instrumentals by CASHBUZZ

If you have any questions, i am happy to answer them, send me an email: wuramanola@gmail.com

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Wura Manola is an International Wedding & Events Planner/Wedding blogger based in London, UK. She uses her blog Get Wedding Ready to inspire and educate couples about wedding planning. She has planned and coordinated more than a dozen weddings and events in London and has worked with the most renowned wedding vendors in Nigeria and the UK. She set up her own Events Management company, Manola Luxe offering world class unique event planning services. Wura Manola has recently started her Youtube channel which features videos on wedding planning tips, advice and information.

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