Updated: Sep 15
Congratulations! You are #engaged!! Now it is time to find your dream #wedding #venue. Finding a venue is probably the biggest logistical decision that you will make for your wedding. Narrowing down your search into three categories can help determine which type of venue you are looking for. What is the capacity of the venue? What is the location of the venue? Does the venue fit with your theme?
Finding a #venue is a huge milestone for your wedding and gives you a date to save! Choosing how hands on you want to be with your wedding can also be a huge help with finding a venue. Once you have a venue, you can begin to source other suppliers and bring your wedding dreams to life. A blank canvas venue, such as Pollokshields Burgh Hall, can allow you to be as creative as you like with your theme and style the venue that is unique.
Deciding on the Guestlist
Firstly, drawing up a rough guestlist with your partner can help decide the size of your wedding. If you are considering getting married abroad, have a guestlist for both away and home so that you can research venues for both before deciding what you want to do. Remember, a bigger guestlist means that you will have to invest in a bigger venue which can be costly. Once deciding on a rough guest number, choose an affordable budget for your wedding. Your budget for your venue should be roughly 25% of your overall budget and should include catering, bar, cake and evening entertainment. Choosing your venue capacity means that you can be realistic with your budget. The last thing that you want to do is choose a lower budget and then discovering that no venue can accommodate your numbers.
If you are having your wedding at home, you must take into consideration where most of your guests are based. If your guests are from Highlands or oversees and you would like to get married in Glasgow, it is unrealistic that your guests will be able to travel up and back in a day and therefore, you should offer hotel suggestions on your invitations and on your website. Alternatively, you could hire a coach and have your guests gather at the one pick up and drop off place. Pollokshields Burgh Hall is located 20 minutes from Glasgow City Centre, meaning that you can arrange a coach from the City Centre and back, making it easy for transport links and hotels accommodation.
If you are getting married in a different venue to the reception, you need to plan travelling time to get from the ceremony to reception. Remember, guests mingle after ceremonies before heading to the reception venue so choosing somewhere close is wise. It is important to look after your guests on the day of your wedding and to ensure that they are not bored or stressed from travelling between venues!
Choosing a blank canvas venue
A blank canvas venue, like Pollokshields Burgh Hall, means that you can decorate the venue to pretty much exactly how you want it! Depending on availability, you may also be allowed to come the night before your wedding and set up yourself – making your wedding experience extra special. A venue like ours allows your creativity to shine through and makes you feel even more satisfied knowing that you have created the style yourself. It also means that the venue has been styled for you and no other couple will be able to replicate exactly how your wedding day looked, making it unique to you and your partner.
You also have the opportunity to pick your own suppliers meaning that you get to work with the people that you want to for your wedding! This means that you can hire the people that you have seen at wedding shows or even vendors that have been recommended to you – blank canvas venues are much more flexible than other venues when it comes to décor and other wedding suppliers. Pollokshields Burgh Hall have a range of recommended suppliers for florists to cake makers that can help make your wedding dreams come true. By being able to choose your own suppliers, including your own caterer, you are more in control of your costs and are able to budget your wedding accordingly. At Pollokshields Burgh Hall, the stain glass windows and interior design make up a lot of the venue style which means that you do not have to add much décor to the venue to make your wedding day ‘pop’.
If you do require an extra hand on the day of your wedding, you can hire your own wedding planner to help you! This means that you are not forced to work with someone that does not share the same goals and visions for your wedding and can choose a person to suit you. Operations Manager, Lauren, has a side hustle in wedding planning and would be delighted to help you with additional planning. Having a wedding planner also means that all of your vendors will be on the same page with timings and execution of your wedding day.
Pollokshields Burgh Hall also has limited accommodation, including a bridal suite onsite which is a feature that not many other blank canvas venues can offer. You can hire this lodge for your wedding night.
Choosing a #Theme
Choosing the theme is the focal point of your wedding. Would you like a modern or vintage setting? Would you like a glamourous wedding or a simple wedding? These will determine not only the venue that you choose but will also influence your wedding dress, entertainment and décor. Pollokshields Burgh Hall can be tailored to suit your theme – the venue have had Winter Wonderlands, Boho Style, Halloween Weddings, Gothic and simple, classic white wedding themes. All of these themes have been so personalised to the couple of have been created by different suppliers in order to bring the vision to life. Choosing a theme will also depend on the time of year you would like to get married. Every part of a theme will influence the type of venue that you choose.
Make a list of ‘venue must haves’ and ask the venue!
Here is an example of a list of must have questions that are asked by Pollokshields Burgh Hall Clients:
· Are you available in *insert month and year*?
· Do you allow fireworks or sparklers?
· Can I bring my own alcohol?
· Do you provide a coordinator?
· Are there accommodation at the venue?
· Where can my guests park?
Other questions to consider asking may be:
· My sister loves to bake cakes. Is she allowed to make my wedding cake?
· Am I allowed real candles?
· Can I have confetti?
· Is there a PA for music?
· Do you provide tables, chairs and linen?
Checking the finer details before visiting the venue can help decide on whether you want to arrange a viewing or not. It can also give you a sense of understanding about what most venues allow so you can have a reality check with your wedding plans. Ask the venue what is included in the venue hire and what you have to source for yourself. Do they have tables and chairs? Do they provide these for an added cost? Pollokshields Burgh Hall can provide you with TWO different seating options as well as providing you the option of having round or trestle tables for no additional cost, so you can decide how you wish your tables to be set up. These are important questions to ask before booking a venue to ensure that you stay within your budget. Furthermore, by finding out what is not permitted or included in the package before booking, you save yourself disappointment further down the planning timeline when you suddenly have a eureka moment in the middle of the night to discover the venue doesn’t allow what you have planned.
Visit the venue
Visiting a venue before booking can ensure that it gives you the right feeling for your wedding day. Some venues look spectacular online but when you visit, you find it lacks atmosphere that you desire. Book a summer visit or day time visit to the venue so you can see what is looks like in the light. You can book an evening or winter visit after this, especially if you plan to have a winter wedding. If you manage to book a viewing for the weekend, you may get to see the venue set up for a wedding which can help you decide if it is the venue for you – and gives you the opportunity to see some wedding inspiration! If you are struggling to imagine the venue set up – ask the venue what usually happens and if they have any pictures of this.
On your visit it is important to ask yourself, can you envisage YOU getting #married at this venue? It may be a stunning venue and it may tick the right boxes on paper, but if you cannot image yourself walking down the aisle, or celebrating your marriage in this place then it is pretty safe to say that this venue is not ‘the’ venue for you.
10 Benefits of Choosing a Blank Canvas #Weddingvenue
1. You will likely have more freedom in catering options
2. No other wedding will look exactly the same as yours
3. You can be as creative as possible with blank canvas wedding venues
4. You have complete control over your wedding budget
5. You can decide how hands on you want to be with wedding planning
6. It can be personalised to you
7. You can choose how much décor you want
8. Exclusive Hire of the venue
9. It is usually cheaper than hiring a packaged venue
10. May have a list of recommended suppliers which sometimes give discounts on venues