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Choosing a wedding party venue is an exciting process – it’s also one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when it comes to your big day. Here at #tagvenue you can explore our collection of London’s most beautiful wedding reception venues, enquire online in minutes and compare quotes from your preferred spaces.

Popular options for wedding reception venues:

  • gardens – pretty outdoor spaces make picture-perfect backdrops

  • hotels – elegant ballrooms, grand banquet halls and stylish bistros are fantastic, especially because many hotels offer wedding packages that include free honeymoon stays

  • alternative venues – unique spaces like museums, warehouses and tipis give your big day a tonne of personality

  • charming country-style venues – rustic barns and stately homes are both popular choices

  • luxury wedding venues – impressive or lavish spaces give wedding receptions a real sense of occasion

  • restaurants and pubs – fine dining restaurants, intimate private dining rooms and traditional English pubs are all great options

  • dry hire venues – these are perfect for budget weddings (think village halls, function rooms and outdoor venues)

  • tents and marquees – these blank canvases can be styled however you want

  • boats – what could be better than a stylish celebration on the Thames?

 

Your wedding party venue sets the stage for your entire celebration, so it’s important to choose carefully. The perfect space should comfortably accommodate your guest list, fall within your budget and reflect who you are as a couple. So what do you need to know before you start your search?

 

Things to consider when looking for a wedding reception venue:

  • your budget – are you searching for a cheap wedding reception venue, something mid-range or are you looking to splash out?

  • the style of venue you’d like (modern, traditional, vintage, funky, etc.)

  • the time of year your wedding reception will be held – do you need a cosy venue for a winter wedding, an outdoor wedding venue for a large Asian wedding, etc.?

  • what part of the city you’d like your venue to be located (Blackheath, Battersea, Chelsea, Camden, near St Paul’s Cathedral, etc.)

  • whether the space has adequate on-site parking and/or public transport connections

  • whether the space is large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list

  • whether the lighting is satisfactory – good lighting makes for better photos

  • whether the space has good acoustics, a sound system and plenty of power outlets

  • what seating layout would work best (banquet, family style, U-shape, etc.)

  • your catering options – do you have to use the venue’s in-house catering team and what kind of food and drink are you looking to serve (sit-down meal, buffet, just hors-d'oeuvres, etc.)?

It’s always a good idea to arrange a viewing at a handful of wedding reception venues, as this will give you a true feel for the setting. Before you set your heart on a space, there are a few key details you should consider.

What to ask when viewing a wedding party venue:

  • who will be your go-to person at the venue on the day of your wedding reception

  • if you’ll have exclusive use of the venue (and if not, how many other weddings are booked for that day)

  • who will be responsible for the decorations

  • how long you’ll have to set up and pack up

  • whether there are noise or photography restrictions

  • how the venue prices alcohol (minimum spend, per head, open bar, etc.)

  • what the hire fee includes – check what furniture and equipment you can use, as well as who’ll supply the linen, cutlery and service staff

  • whether there are any additional costs (corkage fee, cake-cutting fee, late licence fee, cleaning fee, etc.) and whether VAT is included

 

Planning a wedding reception to remember is no mean feat, so take the time to envision the type of celebration you want. After all, a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event and it’s those little details that will make all the difference on the day.

 

 

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Every bride-to-be dreams of an unforgettable wedding day. Here at #tagvenue we know it’s not always easy to bring your vision to life – that’s why our round up of London’s most sought after wedding reception venues is sure to come in handy. Whether you’re after something hopelessly romantic, effortlessly glam or one-of-a-kind, you’ll be amazed at what you can find here in the capital. On the lookout for a lush rooftop garden, atmospheric vaulted cellar or elegant historic home? #tagvenue is sure to have something that’ll wow your nearest and dearest. And the best part? It’s quick and easy to search, so you can find a stunning wedding reception venue in a snap.