The essential guide to choosing a wedding venue in Devon

Congratulations on your engagement! It's such an exciting time in your life, but let's face it; planning a wedding can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions to make, but one of the most critical choices is your wedding venue. Your wedding venue sets the mood for your entire special day, and it's one of the most important decisions you'll make as a couple. If a beautiful countryside wedding in Devon sounds ideal, keep reading! In this ultimate guide, we'll give you some tips and tricks to choose the ideal Devon wedding venue for your big day.

Determine your budget

Before you start looking at wedding venues, it's essential to establish your budget. Your budget will determine what kind of venue you can afford, how many guests you can invite, and what else you can do on your special day. Devon offers a variety of wedding venues, from affordable to high-end. Therefore, it's essential to know exactly how much you have to spend.

Explore your wedding style

When choosing a wedding venue, it's important to explore and decide on your wedding style. Are you planning to have a traditional, modern or rustic wedding? Are you more interested in a more relaxed or formal setting. What sort of food would you like to offer. A sit-down wedding breakfast or more informal options like a Hog Roast or barbecue?  Once you have decided on your wedding style, you can narrow down your search to venues that fit your theme. Devon is known for its beautiful countryside and coastal scenery, which makes it suitable for rustic and outdoor weddings.

"Bickley Mill Inn is designed with elegance in mind - featuring exposed beams, whitewashed walls, and cosy furniture pieces that lend an inviting atmosphere to the room. Our talented staff can help customise the space to create a look that reflects your personal style while still maintaining its signature rustic charm." -- Vanessa Woodleigh-Smith, Owner, Bickley Mill Inn

Research venues

Devon has an array of wedding venues for all styles and tastes, including rustic country barns, elegant manor houses, and picturesque gardens. Start researching venues online and check out reviews and ratings from past couples and check out their Instagram profile. We recommend making a wish list of what you want from your venue and then narrow it down to a list of three or four places that tick all the boxes.

Guest list and accommodation

Consider the number of guests you’re expecting so that you can choose a venue that can accommodate them comfortably. You don’t want your guests to be cramped in a small space or have to travel too far between venues. Also, consider accommodation options for guests who may need somewhere to stay overnight, does your venue have accommodation? This can make things so much easier.  You can always have an overflow of guests staying in nearby hotels or B&Bs.

"When it comes time to get ready for the ceremony, you'll be doing so in style in our bridal suite. This spacious room makes it easy to gather with friends and family while still having plenty of privacy as you prepare yourself for one of life's most memorable moments." -- Vanessa Woodleigh-Smith, Owner, Bickley Mill Inn

Venue amenities

When choosing a Devon wedding venue, consider the amenities the venue offers. Does it have enough restrooms for your guests? Does it have an offer catering on site? Does the venue provide tables, chairs, and linens, or do you need to rent them separately?

Location and accessibility

Consider the venue’s location and accessibility. Is the venue easily accessible by car or public transport? Is it in a convenient location for your guests, or will they have to travel too far to get there? Some Devon wedding venues offer beautiful coastal views, but they may be located in secluded areas that may be challenging for some guests to get to. Also, consider parking options and whether the venue can accommodate your guests’ vehicles.

Visit venues in person

A venue might look great online, but it's important to see it in person before you make any decisions. Schedule appointments to visit the venues on your shortlist, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Remember to take your partner or a trusted friend so they can help you make an informed decision.

Contact the Events Team at Bickley Mill Inn to book your tour today at info@bickleymill.co.uk

Consider your guest list

It's crucial to know your guest list before you decide on a venue. If you're having a small, intimate wedding, you might want to go for something cosy and romantic like an old-fashioned pub. Alternatively, if you're planning a large-scale event, you'll need a venue with plenty of space to accommodate everyone.

Think about the season

We recommend choosing a wedding venue that's suitable for the season you're getting married in. A barn wedding works great in autumn and winter, as does a rustic country pub.  Come Spring and Summer, venues with stunning gardens and suitable outdoor space offer brilliant backdrops for photographs or drone footage.

"In the autumn and winter months, our wood-fired stoves keep you warm and cosy while twinkling lights create an intimate atmosphere. The surrounding countryside is breath taking in its beauty during this time of year - wonderful for unforgettable wedding photographs. When spring and summer arrive, our tiered gardens provide lush green surroundings to enjoy and relax with your wedding guests. If outdoor photography is what you’re after - our rustic barn doors will be sure to make any photograph pop." -- Vanessa Woodleigh-Smith, Owner, Bickley Mill Inn

Select a unique Devon wedding venue

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but choosing the best wedding venue for you doesn't have to be. Devon offers various options to ensure your wedding is as unique as you are. By following this guide, you'll be one step closer to walking down the aisle at the venue of your dreams.

Interested to learn more?

Book your venue tour and menu tasting today. Contact the Events Team at Bickley Mill at info@bickleymill.co.uk


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