It’s your special day and you want everything to be perfect. You want your guests to be comfortable, happy and well fed, you want everything to look fabulous, and you want the proceedings to run like clockwork. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to hold your happy event, but the choice can seem a bit overwhelming.

Read our guide to choosing a wedding venue – when that’s arranged, you can breathe that bit easier!

1. Originality

You want your wedding venue to stand out, and to be memorable for you and all your guests. Not only that, many couples want their venue to have a sense of history, which will create a great talking point as well as giving the day that extra ‘something’ in terms of atmosphere and creating unique and lasting photographs. Look out for unique features and unusual tales and let this inspire you when you’re deciding on your theme.

2. Location

First and foremost, you’re likely to choose a venue for its aesthetic appeal, and you would be right to do so. However, there are a few other factors to consider. Can your wedding and reception be held in the same place? Is transport convenient for you and your guests, is there adequate parking? Is there the opportunity for a Plan B if proceedings are affected by the weather? Is there accommodation nearby for guests who have travelled the distance?

3. Practicality

Of course, your wedding should be a romantic, magical day, but consideration of a few practical factors will make everything run smoothly. For this, you need to consider what is important to you – do you need enough space for a sit down meal for 200? Or is it intimate enough for a small party of 40? Do you want WiFi? Is there a well-stocked bar serving drinks at reasonable prices? If in doubt, discuss this with your Wedding Planner.

4. Catering

The food you serve on your big day is very important, both to you as a couple, and to your guests – nothing makes people happier than delicious, plentiful food! Whether you’re going for a traditional dinner or having a hot finger buffet (or both!), getting the best caterer is essential and will allow you to create a personalised menu that reflects your tastes and prevents the rumbling of stomachs! For example, Hickory Food created a Polish-Scottish menu for a recent wedding – a unique set of dishes that were personal to the bride and groom and paid homage to their culture and history and provided all of the guests with something a bit different from traditional fare.

5. Value

Surely one of the most crucial factors in choosing where you hold your wedding. Perhaps you need to run your day on a modest budget, or perhaps you’d prefer to book a venue that has catering packages included to avoid hidden costs. Of course, value can also mean making your money stretch further, or paying that little bit extra for spectacular scenery or a particularly memorable location. Make sure you ask all of the right questions when discussing this with your wedding planner – getting the right answers will give you the chance to make decisions suited to you, your partner and your budget.

Planning an wedding near Edinburgh? Discuss all these options with us on 0131 273 5243.