Viewing a Wedding Venue? Here’s What to Look Out For

Choosing a wedding venue might be one of the most important things to do when planning your special day. With so many factors to consider, from location to catering, the decision can feel overwhelming. We’ve put together a checklist of things to look out for and ask about when attending a  viewing, so that you can feel confident and find out exactly what you need.

  1. Accessibility

As you make your way to the venue for the viewing, take note of how easy it is to get there.

If you struggle to find the place, it’s likely that your guests will too on the day itself. A venue with great accessibility means a good start to the day as guests won’t arrive frustrated or late. 

Beautiful wedding venues are highly sought after, but the catch is that these rural locations are usually hard to get to. Conveniently located off to the left of the A12 highway in Essex, Old Essex Barn is a perfect fit for those looking for a stunning countryside wedding venue in an accessible location. 

  1. Exclusivity

Rather than sharing the venue with strangers, having it exclusively to yourselves will create a more intimate atmosphere, allowing you to spend your special day with only your family and friends.

Hosting only one wedding per day at Old Essex Barn, we ensure a romantic and intimate venue exclusive to you for your special day. No request is too much bother for our team as we will strive to meet your needs, no matter how tiny the detail is.

  1. Venue Space

Although you can now invite any number of guests to your wedding, the venue must still comply with social distancing rules. This means it is important to check if the wedding venue is large enough to facilitate social distancing and safely accommodate everyone on your guestlist for a Covid-safe wedding.

  1. Outdoor Space

And with that, keep an eye out for outdoor space when viewing a wedding venue.

Beyond considering the need for social distancing and depending on your plans for the reception, outdoor space could be essential.

A large outdoor space means more opportunities for more activities like hiring a live band, lawn games or taking photographs. Old Essex Barn is perfect for such activities, featuring breath-taking grounds and an intimate courtyard complete with an outside bar for refreshing drinks to cool off from the summer heat.

  1. Décor

Decorations are the next important thing on the to-do list, so keep your chosen theme in mind during the viewing.

Here are some topics on specific décor you may want to ask about:

  • fireworks, confetti, naked flames (for candles)
  • hanging lights, drapery
  • crockery
  • tablecloths, table sizes and shapes

Theme versatility may also differ depending on the venue. Manor houses and hotels are limited to more luxurious themes whereas barns can accommodate a wider range of themes.

The 15th Century Old Essex Barn exudes charm and character with its historic oak timbers and vaulted ceilings, while also sporting a neutral colour scheme that provides a blank canvas for your perfect and unique wedding theme. 

  1. A Place to Get Ready

Are you having panic dreams about your wedding morning? Or about getting stuck in traffic on the way to your ceremony? Having a dedicated space to get ready onsite will reduce that pre-ceremony anxiety. Reduced travel time between venues means a lesser chance of something going wrong on the day.

Start your day in style at Old Essex Barn, in our well-thought out, private, luxury bridal dressing room. This space will ensure that you and your wedding party start the day off relaxed and calm. 

  1. Accommodation

With a venue that provides accommodation for both guests and newlyweds, you can keep the party going into the night.

Old Essex Barn offers a stunning bridal suite for the newlyweds and further accommodation for guests so you can be surrounded by all your loved ones on your special day. In addition, you can enjoy a fantastic breakfast handcrafted by our catering team the very next morning.  

  1. Catering Options

Speaking of catering, think about the food you’re planning to offer to your guests. Check with the catering team partnered with the venue for options or ask if you will be allowed to hire outside caterers.

At Old Essex Barn we take pride in our flawless service and delicious food made using only the finest and freshest produce. You will be spoilt for choice with our delicious options on offer.

  1. Planning Support

Having a main point of contact can help ease stress should there be any hiccups running up to the wedding, or on the day itself. At Old Essex Barn we have an experienced team of coordinators on hand that are always right by your side to provide exceptional service. Enjoy  peace of mind knowing your wedding is in good hands.

  1. Payment

Lastly, it is important to check payment plans with the owner. Getting the most value out of such a big part of your wedding will help set up the next stage of your life.

We at Old Essex Barn are currently offering a £250 deposit offer if you book now between July and September.

If you’d like to skip the stress of organising your big day, we also offer all-inclusive wedding packages. Contact us here for more information and book a viewing with us today.