I shoot more than 30 weddings a year, alongside my wife, so I’m fortunate enough to shoot at a very wide variety of weddings across the whole of the UK, from weddings on boats, through to inner-city warehouses and medieval castles. As a result I have a good insight into what makes for a really great venue.
Of course one of the most important things to consider is how the venue will photograph. You need to consider not only the aesthetic appeal of the venue’s buildings but also the attractiveness and conditions of their gardens or grounds. Ask yourself whether certain perspectives will look good as a potential backdrop for a portrait of you and your betrothed. It’s also worth considering what the light levels are like inside your venue. If your ceremony room is particularly dark you must absolutely make sure that your wedding photographers have very fast lenses that will cope with the situation.
Another really important consideration is the attitude of the venue staff. These are the people that will look after you on your wedding day, and ensure that things run smoothly. Make sure that the venue you choose has very responsive, friendly and organized co-ordinators.
One of the best venues we have shot at is Northbrook Park, in Surrey (UK). This stunning venue has it all- a light and airy ceremony room, absolutely stunning buildings, and grounds that are simply beautiful. It also helps that the staff are incredibly helpful and approachable too!
Of course ultimately it’s difficult to be too prescriptive about your choice of wedding venue. As human beings we do end up making a lot of decisions based upon gut instinct. When it comes to selecting your venue I would definitely say that your instincts play a very important role too. If you aren’t getting the right feeling from a venue, even if it ticks all the right boxes logically, then listen to your feelings!
Matt is part of wedding photography team Foden Photography. Along with his wife Brenda they shoot weddings across the whole of the UK. You can see their site at: