Planning your wedding is an exciting time, and believe it or not, it doesn’t have to be overly stressful! Finding the perfect venue is by far one of the biggest choices to make for your special day and sometimes it’s difficult to know what to look for. Where you want to have your official ceremony as well as your reception will help shape your perfect day into something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
There are many things to take into consideration when choosing your perfect venue, luckily for you we’ve compiled them into one handy list!
Think carefully about the setting
Do you want a cosy intimate setting, or a setting with open wow-factor views? Discuss with your partner what’s most important to each other and what you are looking for before putting together a list of London venues to contact and visit.
At Grange Hotels we have a range of reception venue styles to suit your tastes, from banqueting halls to al fresco spaces to Rooftop London skyline views! Selected hotels of ours are also licensed to conduct marriage ceremonies.
Consider your colour-scheme
Dead set on a particular colour scheme for your London wedding? If so, you’ll need to consider how it works with the venue’s own décor and colour scheme. A venue with a neutral palette means you have more flexibility to play around with the colour schemes you want, otherwise you may have to compromise depending on its importance. Without taking this into consideration, you could find the colours you select clash.
Luckily, our Grange St Paul’s Hotel has the ideal neutral colour scheme and décor, allowing you to use the colour scheme you want.
Look into capacity
We’re not just talking about how many guests your venue can seat, but the size and space as well. If a venue is too large, you risk it feeling empty and vast, however you don’t want everyone squeezing around each other. The best way to avoid this from happening is to try and view the venue when it’s set up for a wedding rather than empty. This gives you an idea of the space and how the seating works within the set up.
How long do you want to celebrate?
How long do you want your wedding celebrations to last? An afternoon, a day or a weekend? Looking to have all the celebration in one place? All of our hotels can be booked for wedding celebrations longer than a day, so you can make sure the party continues as long as you want it.
We also offer pre-wedding pamper packages at three of our hotels for those looking for a luxury pre-wedding celebration!
Weather – ensure you have a backup plan!
If you’re certain you want your reception or ceremony outside, it’s important to have a backup plan in case the UK’s weather decides to be typically unpredictable! Therefore, when looking for the perfect outdoor London space, make sure there’s an indoor option in addition in case of weather emergencies! Importantly, make sure you like the backup plan!
Remember to think about the small details!
If you want candles but the venue has health and safety rules against them, this could go against what you envisaged for your special day – so make sure to ask lots of questions, and take time to think about them.
At Grange Hotels, our team is made up of event planners, wedding creatives, chefs, waiters, concierge personnel and guest services who are all here to make sure every last detail is covered for your perfect day.
Think about accommodation
If you’re getting married further afield from your home town, you’ll need to consider accommodation availability for your guests and of course, yourselves! Make sure you’ve looked into the available places to stay near to the venue depending on the amount of people invited. Guests won’t necessarily want to travel all the way home after long celebrations.
Celebrating at a hotel means accommodation is a no-brainer! At Grange Hotels we have a range of spectacular guest rooms, honeymoon suites and group booking options.
Still Looking for the Perfect Venue?
Our collection of luxury hotels in the centre of London offer the perfect location for your wedding celebrations, from hen parties to ceremonies and receptions. Take a look at our weddings brochure to find out more about our stunning hotel venues.
Interested in booking? Visit our contact page and get in touch.