What to look for in your dream wedding venue
With so many things to consider when choosing a reception venue, we’ve separated the main factors out and we’ll go through them individually:
Location is probably the single most important factor to consider when choosing a wedding venue. Not only do you want a venue that speaks to your vision, but you also want to find somewhere that’s easily accessible for your guests (unless of course you’re planning a destination wedding). The last thing you want is for your loved ones struggling to actually find the venue (and risk missing your big day). And if guests are travelling from overseas, asking them to travel even further once they’ve landed in the UK could put out-of-town guests off coming altogether.
Southdowns Manor, for example, is a country house that occupies a prime location in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Not only is it easily accessible from major cities such as London, Southampton, and Brighton, but it’s also a stunning location. The South Downs National Park is after all known for its breathtaking vistas and unparalleled beauty, making it the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. From the sweeping hills to the lush woodlands, we provide a truly spectacular setting for your special day, offering a unique and unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
The next key consideration is capacity. You want to make sure the venue you choose can comfortably accommodate all of your guests, without feeling too cramped or too empty. A general rule of thumb is to allow at least 25-30 square feet per guest for indoor weddings.
At Southdowns Manor, we offer a flexible capacity to accommodate weddings of various sizes. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a grand celebration, we can work with you to create the perfect setting. We can comfortably accommodate up to 150 guests, and with exclusive use of the beautiful gardens and outdoor terrace, your dream wedding can become a reality.
So, to figure out how much space you need, have a think about how many guests you’d like to attend. Are you envisioning an intimate gathering with just your nearest and dearest? Or are you wanting a huge blowout party with everyone you know? Once you know your guest list and what kind of wedding party you’re after, you can narrow down venues based on their capacity.
Side note – choosing a venue with a flexible capacity, like Southdowns Manor, can offer several advantages. It not only allows you to create a more personalised wedding experience for friends and family that truly reflects your love story, without feeling limited by venue restrictions. It also means you can work with a wider range of vendors, which then opens up more options for catering, decor, and other services, helping you bring your dream wedding to life.