How to Choose Your Wedding Venue

Here at Social Pantry, we cater to plenty of marriages each year so we certainly know a thing or two when it comes to finding the ideal location for a wedding reception to remember.  We’ve highlighted a few of our top tips for when it comes to picking your perfect wedding venue to give a helping hand when it comes to making one of the most important decisions when tying the knot.

What should I look for in a wedding venue?

From traditional halls and countryside barns to luxury yurts and manor house gardens, there is certainly no shortage of wedding venue ideas out there, so it’s not surprising it can feel overwhelming when beginning to look at the endless options for your big day.

Get inspired with wedding venue ideas online

A quick google of ‘wedding venue ideas’ can bring up a plethora of suggestions of places to get married you may never have considered before now. You may have a definite idea of how you want your wedding to be from the outset, or perhaps your dream wedding venue is something you’ve never considered; either way, be open to what you may find. Just like a wedding dress, a style you had always envisaged may not turn out to be ‘the one’. Consider all of the elements that need to come together to make everything that extra special. Begin your search with an open mind and remember, it’s a joint decision so a willingness to compromise with your fiancé to find a venue that ticks both your boxes is key!

Consider your budget

It is possible to be clever with a budget and turn something that doesn’t appear to be much into the perfect wedding reception (we’ve witnessed the most incredible transformations with the help of just simple tealights and beautiful blooms) but think about how much time and effort you want to put in. The lead up to a wedding can be a hectic time. Do you want the added element of DIY wedding venue tasks? When deciding upon your budget not only do you need to consider how much money you want to spend but also how much time you can afford.

Find your wedding caterers

Each wedding venue will have its own rules when it comes to the food and drink options and it’s really important you confirm their policy from the beginning. You could potentially save a lot of money in the long run by considering places to get married that allow couples to provide their own catering and it could also allow you to add those extra special details that otherwise wouldn’t be permitted. You’re also allowed a lot more freedom of choice by opting for a wedding venue that is flexible with catering options. Perhaps you have a friend that could make the most wonderful wedding cake, is there a catering company you’ve always wanted to use or a special winery you had in mind? Weigh up what it is you want to be included in your dream day, you’ll then be able to confirm if a wedding venue that allows outside caterers is a vital requirement.

When should I pick my wedding venue?

Regardless of how perfect the place appears there are many factors that will impact the suitability of every wedding venue and should be decided upon before you begin to view potential locations. Make a list of your requirements before you begin your search and decide on what it is you’re not willing to compromise on. There are plenty of places to get married, which will all have particular features, and there may be some more suited to your style more than others. The earlier you look, the more scope you’ll have.


A browse of the venue’s website and a quick scroll through their Instagram posts may be enough to have your heart set on what appears to be one of the most perfect places to get married but don’t underestimate the importance of visiting the venue in person. Just as you wouldn’t buy a house without a viewing, it’s the only way you can truly get a feel for the place and should be first on your priorities before deposits are paid and plans are made.


You should have a rough date in mind when you begin to view wedding venues. The time of year will have a huge impact on all elements of your wedding reception but for the venue it is vital. The weather can never be depended on, as we know all too well in the UK, but a marquee wedding in December is pretty much guaranteed to be a bit on the cold side! Once you have your season decided upon you will be able to make a much more educated decision on which type of wedding venue will suit the time of year and the overall feel you want for your special day.

Here at Social Pantry we have been providing wedding catering services for over nine years and are always happy to discuss how we could potentially work together to bring your dream wedding to life. Whichever stage of the planning you may be at please find more info on our bespoke wedding catering services here or feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to chat over in more detail: