FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding


The perfect day

The perfect day

Q. What should we take into consideration before booking a venue for our wedding?

A. Kate Deeks says: Here are five essential things to take into consideration before you book a wedding venue...

- Understand the logistics and budget by having a rough idea of how many guests you would like to invite. Many venues will be crossed off your list at this stage before you go and look at them.

- An important factor to consider when choosing your venue is availability.

- Take into account the setting and decide what style you're looking for such as elegant, vintage or modern to help find venues that match your theme.

- Make a list of questions to ask at show- rounds to help narrow down which venues are right for you. You can then confidently make a shortlist of two to three places and hold provisional bookings whilst you check the registrar has your preferred date and time available.

- Get to know the team behind the venue; the more confidence you have in the team, the smoother the planning process will be.

Kate Deeks, Dyrham Park Country Club


Say 'I do'

Say 'I do'

Q. We're looking for a wedding venue, what advice can you share with us? 

A. Taylor Morphew says: The most important consideration when choosing where to get married is to find a venue that reflects your personality as a couple. A few good questions to ask yourself would be; where would you feel most comfortable being the centre of attention, and what kind of event you'd like to share with friends and family? Maybe one of the important aspects is good food and wine, live music, a perfect backdrop for your pictures or all these things. You may be drawn to a formal, glamorous affair or something more intimate. Visit a few different spaces and meet the wedding coordinators. It's also important to sample menus and wine to make sure you like what's on offer. 

You'll soon get a feel for what feels right for you both. Whatever your budget there's something special out there that has your name on it. This could be exclusive hire of a cosy pub with amazing food, a barn in the countryside or a manor house oozing with elegance.

A good venue will want to make your wedding day perfect, so make sure you form a good rapport with the staff so that together, you can create a day to remember. Good luck and above all, have fun in the process!

Taylor Morphew, The White Horse, Hertingfordbury


The perfect day

The perfect day

Q. I'm looking for a wedding venue for our big day, what advice can you share with us to make the process easier?

A. Jane Price says: Choosing a wedding venue is so exciting and there's lots to choose from. We'd recommend checking out wedding venues online first, and exploring the style you might like for the big day. Be open-minded as there are so many options out there!

Don't forget to check out the venue's social media too as there will be lots of photos and insight to give you a feel of the venue. 

Make a shortlist of the places you'd like to visit and contact them for a chat about your plans and make an appointment to look around. It's really important to see a venue in person if you can. We recommend you visit as many as possible to find a space that's a perfect fit for your day and gives you a good comparison of what's on offer at different places.  

It's a good time to think about whether you want to hold both your ceremony and reception at your chosen location or whether you want to get married at a church or registry office first. Check out the venue's different ceremony options and ask if they offer ceremonies inside and outside depending on the weather and the time of year.

Finally, think about what's most important to you! Is that the style of the venue, the choice of indoor and outdoor spaces, gorgeous gardens for photos, the wedding food or the ceremony options? With a little research, you'll be sure to find a venue that's perfect for you and ticks all your boxes!

Jane Price, South Farm


Your day, your way

Your day, your way

Q. My wife-to-be and I are looking for the perfect romantic venue for our wedding day but we're not sure where to start. What questions should we ask venues to see if they're right for us?

A. Anna and Jamie Rankin says: Everything about your wedding venue needs to be absolutely perfect both inside and out – especially if you're thinking about getting married in the summer! You need to ensure the following when selecting the property: that the views and the gardens are beautiful and well maintained, and that the ceremony and wedding breakfast areas are both stunning and romantic. Make sure you check if there's an opportunity to decorate the buliding to match your chosen theme and think about if there's a nice dancefloor and stage for your DJ or band. The most important part is do the staff at the venue really care? Will they listen to you and what you want – not just doing what's easiest for them?

You do not want to be just another bride and groom, it's important to remember that you don't get a second chance with your wedding!

Anna and Jamie Rankin