Hello In need of opinions in regards to changing my wedding day venue. I have put down a £300 deposit to secure a venue for our evening. I also have booked my church. However I am having second thoughts on both. Due to the simple fact of the lack of spaces to take pictures. Our evening venue is right on the beach but the thought of dragging my wedding party down there feels like a nightmare. Plus if it’s raining evening worse. And our venues function room is in the basement so no natural light for pictures. My question is do I hold the ceremony somewhere else and still keep the evening venue or see if the place I am talking too for the ceremony can do a deal for the evening? But would lose £300 of our budget which is only £5000? I just think if I pay £5000 for my day and not happy with the venues or pay for my photographer and not have very good pictures. Or pay some extra and be happy with venue and have good pictures. (I feel like a bridezilla)
Have you looked at any places between the church and the venue? You might be able to do a photo stop off on the way!
Remember that there are more to wedding photos than just the formal ones, personally my favourites are of the bride getting ready, and special candid moments with your family. It will probably be dark by the evening anyway, so a basement party reception won't make to much of a difference if you've booked a photographer then have a chat with them too!
You just need to make sure you have a good photographer, they will make any venue work. And you could aways put 45 mins to an hour aside for you two and the photographer to go off in a car to a nice place nearby for some memorable photos
Research your alternatives first, you may find that there are different compromises to be made with them too, or that there's nothing that takes your fancy within your budget, in which case just make the best of what you've already booked :)
I got married in a registry office. Then our reception was near a canal. We walked up a few minutes away from the venue for our outdoor photos near the canal
This picture was taken in a car park. Get good photographers and you’ll be fine.
Definitely speak to photographers for ideas for good photos. Look on portfolios to see if they've worked there before - even if you don't hire them you can use the ideas and pass them onto the photographer you do use! If you're happy with the look, feel and cost of the venue don't give them up over the photos.
I don't think your being bride-zilla, pictures can capture moments of the day you might not see or could forget, they are important. Maybe you could talk to your photographer and see what they think of the space, you might be surprised. Hope it works out.
Can you take your photographer to your venue and do some test shots? If you feel it's not going to be right then choose another venue. £300 is not alot of it means you get what you want. Don't feel like your settling z
Nothing like deciding on booking a particular sacred place of worship for your big day for the 'photo opportunities'...