FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian 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

Choices, Choices

Choices, Choices

Q We've narrowed down our venue choices but can't seem to make up our minds. What questions should we ask to help us decide?
A The Expert says: A lot of people will give recommendations, which are helpful, but keep in your mind what you both want. Visit your narrowed-down venues multiple times. Every time you visit, you will notice more about the space. Are there enough plug sockets where you want them? You don't want to be tripping over extension leads just so you can have the photo booth you've been dreaming of.

Set a budget. It isn't always easy, but you will be able to find a beautiful venue that fits in with how much you want to spend. Location. Do you have many friends and family coming from a distance? Is on-site or nearby accommodation important? Are the travel connections reasonable?

Confirm the decorating and supplier options for the venue. Some have a list of recommended suppliers they allow on-site, which may not include the one you have your eye on. It may also not have the space for the four-piece band you have in mind, or their music cut-off time may be earlier than you had hoped.

How much involvement do you hope to have in the setting up? Would you prefer to be the one to put the favours on each place setting for the wedding breakfast or would you like to minimise the stress with a wedding planner to do this for you? This may not be an option with barn-style venues, whereas typically with hotel weddings, an in-house wedding planner can reduce the workload and assist with the planning process, as well as the hands-on aspects of the day.

The Expert, The Orwell Hotel

What's hot

What's hot

Q We're getting married next summer and are excited to get cracking with the wedding planning. What would you suggest to add an extra seasonal touch to our dream day?
A Tracy Cole says: First and foremost it's important to choose the right venue to meet your needs. If you're hoping to spend time outdoors, look for one with beautiful gardens and great indoor spaces too – just in case it rains! It's often the little things and personal touches that make all the difference and for summer weddings there are many ways to add a seasonal flavour to your celebration.

- Outdoor ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular, particularly since Covid.

- Celebrate post-vows with refreshing al fresco drinks on the lawn like Pimms or Prosecco rosé.

- An ice cream van is a nice touch too – great for fun photos.

- Keep your guests entertained with garden games during the drinks reception while you slip away for romantic, just-wed photographs.

- Fans are a great addition to the day, either in a basket to grab during the ceremony or as favours at the reception to keep your guests cool.

- Sage green is one of this year's popular shades but for summer weddings you can get away with any bright and beautiful colour.

Tracy Cole, Hintlesham Hall

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