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Choosing the right Isle of Wight wedding venue for your day ~ it's not easy, we know

 

 

Searching for all the wedding venues available to you on the Isle of Wight isn't easy yet it is one of the first things you need to do when planning a wedding here. It can be a stressful start to the whole experience and it can be a good chunk of your wedding budget to spend early on. So we thought we would offer a little advice to get you started finding the right venue for your wedding day. 

 

Your ceremony -

Firstly, where do you plan on getting married? Are you considering a church wedding or a civil ceremony? If you choose to get married in the church you will need to get in touch with your local church to discuss your potential wedding date and any attendance of services that is required. If you are thinking about a church that isn't local to you then you need to have one of seven connections with it. These can be found at www.yourchurchwedding.org with lots of other helpful advice. 

If a civil ceremony is the way you would like to be married then there are two options available to you on the Isle of Wight. You can either choose to marry at the register office based at Seaclose, Newport or choose one of 36 approved venues across the Island. A full list is available in the ceremonies guide sent out to all enquiries into a civil ceremony. You can request one by emailing The Isle of Wight Register office via their profile in the directory, and there is a link to the online version you can view straight away. 

Photo by Silk Wedding Photography

Just the reception - 

You've chosen to get married in a church, at the registry office or the ceremony will be held at an approved venue, but now you're looking for where to head for the reception to accommodate all your day and evening guests. There is so much choice on the Isle of Wight that there is sure to be a wedding reception venue to suit you and the celebration you both want. There are some decisions you should make and some points to be thinking of when choosing so you can make best use of your time when it comes to visiting them.

We are working to get more wedding venues into our directory but if you have specific questions, just get in touch because although they aren't all on here yet we know about most of them. 

 

Wedding transport - getting your guests there

How will your guests get to your reception venue and once they are there where will they park? Is it easy and if it's not obviously easy what do the venue suggest? 

It could be nice to ferry your guests to the ceremony and then onto the reception so that vehicles aren't a problem or a second thought. This could add to the experience, and a ride on a vintage bus or a private charter coach will get everyone to the venue together and on time. 

You may look to hire a vintage or classic wedding car to get to your wedding reception venue once you are married, but always make sure you have good directions and instructions to give your wedding guests because getting lost is always a bit of a dampener to the mood. 

Photo by Emma Watts Photography

 

Number of guests - day and evening

When you call a venue for more information, have a good idea of how many people you will be inviting for the daytime event and the evening. They will be able to tell you if they can accommodate your numbers and it can quickly eliminate the venues that won't be suited. These guest numbers should realistic and that your budget can cater for as you'll have a lot of other parts to pay for but this will be one of your first decisions and will set the size of your wedding.

 

Are Off peak dates available?

If you are willing to be flexible in order to save some money for you and your guests staying on the Island then you can always ask for an off-peak price. Sunday to thursday and even friday wedings can normally be secured at a preferential rate in comparison to the average Saturday night summer months wedding. The winter offers another opportunity to enquire into a better rate as many venues will be keen to sell their space all year round, while your guests travelling over will get better rates in their accommodation, and the friends and family you want at your wedding will come out wahtever the weather and at any time of the year. 

 

Catering available - does it fit your style

Check which catering options you have at the venues so you can decide if there is an option that will fit with the style and theme of your wedding.Oh and your budget. Everything from canapes, finger food, a buffet or full seated meal of numerous courses are all possibilities with many Isle of Wight venues, however, can you afford it and is it what you want? Then there is the toast and wine with dinner to decide on. 

Photo by Chris Cowley Photography

Wedding co-ordinator/manager - do you get one?

Most venues will have an in-house wedding co-ordinator or catering manager who will either be available on the day to ensure everything goes smoothly or you may have a dedicated planner who will work wiht you every step of the way with almost all aspects of your wedding. It is worth asking as it might be the deal clincher for you. Sharing the planning or at least having a professional to rant to or ask the opinion of when things are getting tough may be a life saver! 

 

Licencing - drinks and music

All venues will need a licence to sell alcohol and have live music or even recorded played music. There are time limits on these licences and this may decide if a venue is for you when the drinks and dancing must stop at 11.30pm and you have the energy to go on until the small hours of the morning. Some will see that curfew as a welcome reason to call what has been a long day, a day and head to bed for some much needed rest. It's a question you should ask and then there are no nasty surprises when they say it is time to go home. 

 

What added extras do they offer?

Many venues have started to cater for certain requests in-house e.g. hog roasts, sweet carts, mobile bars so it time well spent ensuring you have asked if there are any added extras you can choose from for your day. They may have good connections with certain suppliers that give them preferential rates, or make the booking and delivery much easier through the venue.

 

There is so much to think about when booking your wedding venue and you may decide to throw that to the wind and say that you will fit your wedding around your dream venue, and that is fine too. Just think about some of the above points when working out the logictics and budget at a later date. 

We will have more on choosing wedding venues as there is so much to think about before deciding, but hopefully for now that is a little taster and starter. We don't want to bombard you, you are probably doing that to yourself at times. 

 

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