There are lots of different wedding venues you can look at all over the country and even further afield if you fancy it. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for exactly, you should make a list of your requirements. Obviously you will need somewhere for you guests to stay, catering, somewhere for the reception and somewhere for the service to be held. All this adds up quickly, and within each of these categories there are choices you will need to make as well.
For starters, with the venue should you pick somewhere with its own accommodation? In answer to this we would always recommend that you do. While your guests will of course be able to chose where they stay, the nearer to the reception they’re staying the easier it will be for everyone – especially those with young children or those who are less able physically. Many elderly people will benefit from being able to duck out a little bit earlier or to have a mid afternoon nap so they’re not exhausted by the end of the night. If they will have to get a taxi to return to their hotel or bed and breakfast then this simply won’t be a viable option.
So many venues will come with many of the services you will need, and yet you won’t necessarily be obliged to use them all. You will need to check with the venue about how this will work, but usually you will find that the more services you get from the same vendor, the more discount you will be able to get as well. Any cheaper ways you can find of getting your dream day will be for the best because all the little details will add up, and you’ll end up with much more to spend on the details (or to save for the honeymoon when all this faff is out of the way).
A barn wedding venue with accommodation is a good thing for your guests, and can be a good thing for you as well. If you all stay in the same place then you can continue the celebrations throughout the weekend and have another meal with friends and family who you don’t often get to catch up with. There’s nothing worse than not being able to see everyone on your big day, and really the chances are there will be at least a few people who you would have wanted to see for longer than you had a chance to during the ceremony.