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


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


The perfect setting

The perfect setting

Q. We're on the search for our venue and don't know where to start. I'd love somewhere with a romantic ambience. Can you help?

A. Darren Smith says: Venues with a history and a story to tell are ideal for setting the scene. You're lucky in our region as there are many around to choose from. Putteridge Bury is recorded in the Domesday Book and dates back to 1908 when Captain Thomas Clutterbuck purchased the site. Prior to this he lived in Chequers, which is now the country house of the prime minister. He was so fond of Chequers, he decided to build a near replica and in 1911 Putteridge Bury was complete.

In the 1920s King George V and Queen Mary frequently visited for pheasant shoots and banquets and on 1st December, 1926, the King planted an oak tree that still stands today opposite the clock tower.

Your day is a defining moment in your family history so why not host it at a stunning venue that's years old and become part of its historical tapestry?

Darren Smith

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