Expert advice about venues

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Your day, your way

Your day, your way

Q. I'm looking to find the perfect wedding venue, I love the idea of a tipi wedding but what sorts of things will I need to keep into consideration?

A. Michelle Woodward says: Tipis create a natural rustic feel but its important to understand what your tipis provide for you. Some venues offer you just land hire, others like Overgrown Acres provide an inclusive package, including three giant styled tipis with fairylights and ivy decorations inside, a red carpet and small trees externally.

For a DIY package you'll need to consider the extras: generator, heating, toilets, tipi erection and dismantling, hire of tables and chairs, external furniture, plus catering and bar facilities. Or you may decide to go with a venue where everything is supplied as an inclusive package. This takes away a huge part of the wedding planning and coordination.

Tipi weddings are normally held in the summer months (May to September), but our English weather can never be guaranteed. Look for tipis that have an optional panoramic window to ensure the rain doesn't spoil your day and the scenic views are retained. With panoramic windows in place, it can provide the same comfort as any hotel option. Think about how much space is offered, at Overgrown Acres, we have seven acres of meadows and woodlands for your parties enjoyment – many couples optimize the space with outdoor games; crazy golf and or a bouncy castle.

Check how long your booking is for; one day or longer. Overgrown Acres like many offer the venue from the day before to the day after, giving you an opportunity to add your personal touches and spend some special quiet time maybe over a barbecue the night before with guests staying on-site as well as a brunch the day after as you say goodbye to your guests.

Michelle Woodward,Overgrown Acres