Choosing the Right Wedding Venue

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There was a time not too long ago when choosing a venue for a wedding and reception was a decidedly simpler task than it is today. The wedding was held at a local church, and afterward the guests all moved to hall or private residence for the reception.

That all has changed over the course of the past few decades though, as a new trend in private estate wedding venues has developed. Off the top there are several key elements that draw people to this option, and the first one is that they can hold both the wedding and reception at the same venue.

Now beyond that what each estate of this type has to offer can vary greatly, so it's imperative that you do your homework before you sign on the dotted line with any one of them. So then what are some of the specifics that you might want to keep an eye out for when you're sorting through all your options?

Well to start out with, in that you are having a wedding, it sure would be nice of an estate venue had a private chapel on its grounds. Now this may at first glance sound like a long shot, but the fact is that some in fact do have just that. A small cozy chapel that you can conduct the ceremony in.

Now they all are going to have some type of dining area, and kitchen facilities. Even so, you'll want to make sure that their menu is up to par, and that they also have full time service staff to handle all the particulars when it's time to dine. They need to have a track record in this area that you can verify.

Do yourself a favour, and procure an estate venue that has a fully stocked liquor and wine cellar. In the end it's going to be better for your guests as it pertains to their personal preferences in libations, better for you, in that you don't have to be tied up with a bar, and in fact less costly in the long run.

Another item to consider is the décor of the main residence. Now many of these estate halls are up to, and in many instances over a century old. Now old can mean run down, so check to see if renovations have taken place, and if so, who was the architect who oversaw the work.

Logistics are very important. Don't forget that in the end your guests have to get to your wedding event, and then they have to drive back after it is through. You want a venue that only schedules one event per weekend, and isn't too much trouble to get to. If you have both of these you have a day to prepare, and getting there will be a joy.

Chris Tyrrell writes for Prestwold Hall who offer a fantastic stately home setting for couples looking to get married in the Midlands. Wedding Venue Leicester

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