Top table view of the rest of the reception area at Manor Barn in Cambridge

Now and then I have couples approach me and the conversation goes like this:

Client: “We would LOVE to have you be our wedding photographer!

Me: “GREAT! Where and when is your wedding?”

Client: “Oh, we haven’t actually decided yet.”

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this! I can only book you in my diary if I have a date though, so once that is sorted – come chat to me.

A picture of the reception area set up at Winters Barns in Canterbury.

(venue: Winters Barns)

So for the time being, you’re venue searching.

It’s pretty fun. Consider doing a google search of the best wedding venues in Kent or the best wedding venues in Cambridge and you may get some helpful results. For Kent, check out “A Kentish Ceremony” for a comprehensive list of venues of all sorts of styles. I wouldn’t fully recommend all of the suppliers mentioned there just as they often pay to be featured and I’m unsure of the quality control there (that doesn’t mean that they’re unreliable, but it’s just something to consider).

Top table view of the rest of the reception area at Manor Barn in Cambridge

(venue: Manor Barn)

The Welcome at your Wedding Venue

If the venue is good, they will treat you like royalty.

And with a venue, it’s all about the warm welcome. Do you feel at home when you’re there? Or do you feel out of place?

Things like capacity, finishing times, cost of caterer, decor, are all things to consider.

But for me the most important thing is if you feel comfortable there.

It might look super Instagram-able but if you feel like you’re walking in somebody else’s shoes and it lacks authenticity, then don’t pick it purely on the Pinterest value.

Empty reception area all set up ready for a wedding at The Old Kent Barn

(venue The Old Kent Barn)

Also, something to ask your venue is do they require your photographer to pay for food and drink? Usually venues are super keen to look after their suppliers however I have had an incident where the venue required me to pay for my drinks – it wasn’t ideal.

It’s a small thing, but it reinforces the point that you want everybody to feel at home at your wedding venue.

Round tables at the Trafalgar Tavern Wedding Venue in London

(venue: Trafalgar Tavern)

Also, PSA – investment details are on my website with simple packages created for you, with the option of bespoke, tailor-made packages. To get an accurate quote fit to your budget, simply fill in the contact form on my website to enquire and always remember to always check your junk/spam because my replies can sometimes end up there.

Enjoy searching for your wedding venue, be it in Kent, Cambridge or London.

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