When it comes to organising a wedding the venue is right up there with the most important pieces in the puzzle. Get it right and the day can flow seemlessly. Get it wrong and guests get lost, travel between the service and the reception can be tortuous and the day can fall apart before it has got going. Now there are a huge amount of options when it comes to choosing a wedding venue, but one of the most popular ones in England is that of one in the countryside. So what are the advantages, and dare I say it, the disadvantages of choosing the countryside over the city?
Privacy. Cities are full of people, that is a given. So who wants crowds of people stopping on the pavement to have a look at what should be a private day with close friends and family? Clearly you will not be having the whole wedding on the pavement, but nonetheless there will no doubt be a time during the day when you are moving from the church to the reception venue or vice versa and the public will get in your way. The countryside is obviously more spacious with less people, resulting in a far more intimate setting for the congregation to enjoy.
More idyllic. When little girls are busy sketching out wedding plans in their youth, I highly doubt many of them will be drawing pictures of small churches tucked away in a dirty part of London. Nope. They draw fairytale settings with big castles. Now I am fully aware that this might be a huge generalisation but at the same time I am confident that most of those little girls (once grown up and engaged) will initially look at this type of option. Sandon Hall in Staffordshire is a prime example of the type of setting that would be drawn on notepads in primary school. A large country manor with all the history associated with a traditional wedding setting. The countryside offers many many opportunities to get married in a place that you might only dream about. Not only do cities offer far less opportunities for this type of wedding…it is also far more expensive.
Finally, organisation. This really harks back to the fact that cities have a large populous. The countryside tends not to. When getting married in a city it is highly likely that you will have to organise transport from the location of the service, to the reception and this can be frantic in the city. Too much traffic, too many people, too much stress. In the countryside you may still have to worry about traffic – but nowhere near as much as the city. If you find a large enough country estate you may even be able to have the service and reception in the same grounds and therefore not have to travel on any country roads!
The dreaded disadvantages (mainly transport related).
Depending on where your friends and family live, if they all live in the city then it clearly has its advantages for the congregation when the day ends. Hop in a cab and go home. In the country you may have to organise hotels and transport to said hotel. Not a huge disadvantage but a disadvantage nonetheless. Although some might view staying in a hotel as making the whole event a little more special!
Options. People like to have options. Whether that be a pub to visit before the wedding or places to go after after the days end. Most cities will have more options for those looking to carry on the festivities than the countryside.
To be honest, these are all pretty trivial disadvantages. A wedding is a very special event, and I am of the view that the although the cities can offer a special venue – the countryside trumps the city for an idyllic setting. Some may disagree, and they will no doubt have very valid reasons. But if you are organising a wedding, just imagine the reception on the lawn of a country manor overlooking a beautiful valley with the sun shining on your friends and family. A polluted and busy city doesn’t really compare…