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I was taken with the idea of an elegant relaxed affair, so we needed somewhere special that could do three, rather different things.
1) Create a stunning atmosphere
2) Be able to host both the ceremony and reception so we could spend more time with guests
3) Have amazing food that could be served in a more cocktail setting.
I literally visited 16 different venues. Yes, I have been told that I was crazy. I entered them all into a magical excel spreadsheet which made all the different pricing options 100% comparable, removing a lot of confusion. It worked by taking all the different elements we would need for each venue, and breaking it down to a per head cost.
The venue hunt helped shaped the kind of wedding we wanted. I thought I wanted something like an old character house, but we've decided on a really elegant modern venue that specialises in events. Because of this,m we now have a different stylistic theme and most importantly we know really want from the day, which is spending as much time with our wonderful friends and family.