FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset 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@yourhampshiredorset.wedding


The perfect setting

The perfect setting

Q. We're just starting our big day journey; what should we look for when booking a venue?

A. Ruth Mundy says: If you're considering a venue not close to home, check if the property has accommodation for your guests and even yourself if you need to stay the night before the big day. If not, ask the venue for a list of recommended accommodations nearby and if they offer discounted rates for your guests.

Some venues will have a minimum amount of guests needed, which is difficult if you have limited numbers. A better option would then be to find a flexible property with a minimum spend regardless of numbers.

Ask for a full breakdown of what's included in the price so there are no unexpected additional fees at a later date! Packages with supplier services included can save you so much time and make your planning process less stressful.

Consider the type of cuisine you'd like to offer and see what venue caterers provide this. Check to see if you can have a menu tasting session to preview what will be offered on the day.

It's essential to check if you're held to the venue's suppliers or if you may enlist your own. Some venues have a list of recommended suppliers that are often familiar with the property – they'll know what works well and are the most reliable.

Ruth Mundy, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa


The perfect setting

The perfect setting

Q. We're about to start searching for a wedding venue, what advice can you share with us to help the process?

A. Annabel Oman says: Booking viewings with your shortlisted venues is a great starting point. Each tour will allow you to fully appreciate the spaces and get a good idea of the type of service offered.

You can then discuss the options available to personalise your day with the event organiser. The team will want to learn all about you both and the special day. Take this opportunity to share your vision as much as possible, including likes, dislikes, must-haves and more. The experienced team will discuss what can be achieved and may inspire you with further suggestions.

Here are some essential questions to ask when visiting venues...

- What catering options are available, and can special dietaries be catered for?

- What's the venue's maximum capacity, and do minimum numbers apply?

- Are there any additional services on offer, such as a DJ?

Annabel Oman, The Novotel Southampton