Hello everyone! Have you chosen your wedding venue? I wonder – how did you choose your perfect location? Sometimes practicality comes first: is it convenient to get to, close to home, near a motorway or miles away from anywhere? Sometimes couples make a shortlist but end up falling head over heels in love with a quirky little place they didn’t consider at first! It can be a little like buying a house: a wedding venue can feel just right, or you suddenly imagine yourselves there and you know it’s “the one”.
Today’s blog post / bridal shoot will help you whether you’ve found your wedding venue or not: if you’re still looking it gives a little more to think about. If you’ve found the perfect venue, it will help you see it in a new light. Images are by my very creative and talented friend Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography, and are from a bridal shoot at The Fisherman’s Retreat in Lancashire.
1. Discover your wedding venue
It’s important to explore your venue and find out all about it before the big day. You’ll have meetings with your wedding co-ordinator and they’ll usually be able to advise on anything you’re not sure of, from catering to rainy weather contingencies, loos, corkage and car parking. That’s the practical stuff sorted – but don’t leave it all in your co-ordinator’s hands: explore for yourselves! Wander around the grounds, get lost on your way to the toilet, peek into a bedroom or two to see what the place is really like!
2. Turn your wedding venue into a magical place
Try and picture yourselves there on the day. Where will you have your photos taken? Don’t just look at the obvious spots (bridges, swings, fountains!) but see if there are any interesting features which will make for good pictures. If your wedding photographer offers a free engagement or pre-wedding shoot, consider going to your venue together for the day. You might discover more creative places than you first thought! Look beyond the surface of your wedding venue for exciting locations you can escape to for a private moment or two together!
3. Make your wedding venue a memory to treasure
If you choose a very popular venue it’s likely most of the photo opportunities will have been done before – and if that doesn’t float your boat then either find a very creative photographer or consider a more unusual venue. Look at the surroundings too: perhaps you could pop around the block or head down to the river / beach / gatehouse for more interesting photos. Most couples spend a big chunk of their budget on venue hire, so it’s worth finding a place you can really make the most of. Be sure your venue’s going to be a big part of your wedding album – and of your memories!
The Fisherman’s Retreat shows just how many opportunities you might find for magical wedding photography. Take your time to really explore: find a quirky venue with atmosphere inside and out, and choose your favourite locations for photos to remember your wedding day by!
More images from the bridal shoot, with Vickerstaff Photography
Find out more about…
- Images: Vickerstaff Photography, Cheshire
- Dresses: Glamour Bridal and Prom, Bolton
- Venue: The Fisherman’s Retreat, Ramsbottom