Choosing the right venue for a particular event or celebration can often prove difficult and time consuming.
However if you want to create that picture-perfect moment that all your guests will remember for years to come, picking the right venue is crucial. With a huge selection of venues across the country to choose from, you need to be picky about what each venue can offer you.
A lot of consideration is given to the location of the venue. Urban venues can be spectacular on occasions, however countryside venues also have their fair share of beautiful landscapes making for a perfect celebration – it all depends on what you want out of your venue.
We will have a look at the pros and cons of booking a countryside venue, to see if booking a countryside venue is right for your style of celebration.
Pro – Beautiful Scenery
Booking a countryside venue can give you some truly breathtaking views.
Imagine eating nibbles from a veranda overlooking rolling hills and sparkling green countryside, or taking wedding photos with a backdrop such as the South Downs.
The scenery is a major selling point for countryside venues as the clear air and natural aspect of the event can appeal to any theme of celebration.
With an urban venue, you will often be limited to the interior space you have booked out, whereas on country club or countryside venue, you may have the whole grounds to work with, including gardens, terraces and more.
Con – Accomodation
Due to their size, country clubs are not best known for masses of accommodation, which can be a shame for close personal guests of the event.
While most countryside venues will be in close communication with local hostels, hotels and B&Bss, it loses part of the magic somewhat, if all of your guests have to hail taxis to take them up to twenty minutes away at the end of the night.
Larger country clubs will provide a bridal suite to accompany the hire of the venue and some venues will also provide a limited number of suites to close family members of the bridal party. However this can come at a bit of a stretch and if you’re planning on having a large event with lots of people, they will need to book a nearby hotel.
Pro – Personal Photographs
Some countryside venues will provide a project manager who will be able to book a professional photographer for a reasonable price.
Photographers love natural scenes and natural light, so a countryside venue is perfect for creating memories to last forever.
Due to the location of the event, the photographer will most likely be on call for most of the day, therefore they can take time to set up each shot without distractions, giving you some truly memorable shots that you can treasure.
Con – Accessibility
If you have relatives that are travelling from afar to attend the event, you will want to consider the accessibility of the venue.
Some countryside venues are located surrounded by rolling hills and while this is a picturesque scene, it can be troublesome for guests coming from abroad or for guests who cannot drive or do not have access to a car.
Make sure to scout out taxi prices or local coach hire groups to see if you can get a discount for your less ‘travel wise’ guests. It is also important – depending on the needs of your guests – to check out disabled access at the venue.
Pro – Bespoke Themes
While urban venues will be able to provide a certain tailored theme to your event, throughout the countryside there are droves of beautiful local halls, castles, large barns and more all ready to be moulded into your perfect venue.
Whether you are looking to set up a fairytale wedding, you want a small, personal do in the middle of nowhere, or you are trying to book out an ancient castle for a graduation celebration, there is so much more choice when looking at a countryside venue.
All in all, you need to weigh up the pros and cons yourself, looking at the feasibility of each location before you settle down on any one venue. Taking advice from friends and family is recommended, however you should not let them make the final decision for you.
If there is something out of place, this will certainly nag at you throughout the whole event! The bottom line is, it is completely up to you as the event organiser, and you need to choose the best venue for your needs and the needs of your event.
Article provided by Sarah Pearson of www.stylemarquee.co.uk, a marquee and event entertainment specialist based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.