You have a gorgeous ring on your finger and you have drunk champagne throughout the engagement party − now it is time to make some decisions, set a date and get down that aisle!

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Researching venues can be really overwhelming. A good tip is to check out a wedding photographer in Hampshire, or a caterer or a florist you know you like, and see which venues they recommend. Browsing websites will give you a better idea of what a venue looks like in action; however, if you are starting from scratch, here are four idyllic venues to get you started – and don’t forget to book your ceremony registrar.

Audleys Wood

This hotel venue has a choice of rooms for a civil ceremony and can accommodate 20 to 100 guests for the ceremony. It also has a great choice of dining options, from the stunning period Simonds Room to the gorgeous Victorian-style Garden Pavilion. This venue is perfect if you want everything in one location.

Oakley Hall Hotel

Another hotel venue, this one has 300 acres of beautiful grounds offering some exceptional photo opportunities. There is a choice of six different rooms, which are licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, and set packages include a choice of menus to make planning your day that bit easier.

Clock Barn

Barn weddings are still a leading trend for 2016 and Clock Barn, with its rustic charm and exclusive hire, shows us why. With a capacity of up to 192 guests, this is a large venue; however, the space is versatile enough to create a much more intimate setting for smaller wedding parties. It also provides Michelin-starred, AA rosette-standard food to make your day extra indulgent. A photographer such as http://www.lemontree-photography.co.uk/ will take some great pictures at such a gorgeous venue.

Penton Park Country House

This venue offers a choice of the Drawing Room or the Ballroom for civil ceremonies, or the 14th-century village church is just moments away. Penton Park is a grand country residence set in beautifully kept grounds, perfect for that country wedding charm. Hire is exclusive to you and your guests, meaning that your privacy is guaranteed, and there is the option of a marquee in the summer months − ideal for larger wedding parties.

Happy hunting!

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