There are lots of decisions to be made when you are getting married but one of the most challenging can be choosing the right venue. There are literally hundreds of places to get married in Gloucestershire so how do you go about choosing one? And what if you want something a little different?

The process of choosing

How you choose your wedding venue is entirely up to you but there are some good tips to help you along the way. It is important to have an idea about how many guests you will be inviting before you start your search.   Any room will have a capacity for guests, even marquees or other outdoor venues – it is a health and safety thing.   So, you need to know how many people will be attending to start your search. The figure doesn’t need to be confirmed but should be roughly accurate.

Don’t feel that you have to take everything a venue offers when you are talking to them. For example, you may have a specific idea of what you want the reception room to look like in terms of colours or themed decorations. And there’s no reason why you can’t use a furniture hire company to get this look if the venue themselves can’t manage it.

Different locations for a wedding

While hotels, stately homes and other historic buildings are popular venues for weddings and with good reason, sometimes you might like to consider somewhere a little different.   So here are three ideas to suit different tastes and inspire you on your hunt.

Cripps Barn, Cirencester

Cripps Barn is an 18th century stone barn in the middle of the Coln Valley that has been offering itself for weddings for over 25 years. This authentic Cotswold stone barn has a stunning fireplace to get married in front of and the flagstone floors add to the authentic feel. The venue can hold parties of almost all sizes as there is a wooden ceremony shelter in the garden glade outside if the numbers are too large for the barn or you prefer an outdoor ceremony.

Matara Centre

The Matara Centre offers both a centre and 28 acres of garden across which to hold your wedding and is located in Kingscote Park, near Tetbury. The location can hold civil marriages and commitment ceremonies and has a stunning glass domed banquet room to seat up to 150 people as well as interconnected smaller rooms. There is also accommodation for up to 26 people on site.

Perrygrove Railway

For railway fans, getting married at Perrygrove Railway would be perfect with its unique, DIY wedding reception venue. Located on a farm near Coleford there is mixed woodland and farmland around the site as well as a narrow gauge railway with working locomotives. There are two reception areas to choose from. The marquee can hold up to 200 guests and there is also indoor wedding area. Venue hire includes the use of one of the steam trains for the most memorable wedding photos!