FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Midlands 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@youreastmidlands.wedding


Location, location, location!

Location, location, location!

Q. What top tips can you share for finding the perfect wedding venue?

A. Donna Newman says: Start by considering the location! It makes sense for the venue to be accessible to the majority of your guests. You might love a venue, but if it's far from home that can make viewings and menu tastings tricky. We'd recommend researching the type of venue you'd like; we're a barn wedding venue and always check that's what the couples are looking for before they come to look around. 

For venues that you like the look of, visit their website and social media to get a good feel for what they offer and whether they're in budget and if they vibe with you – trust your gut on this! 

Don't view too many venues; three to four is a good number. Pick a couple that you love the look of then throw in a wildcard, sometimes you don't know what you want until you see it. 

Donna Newman, The Granary Hotel


Say 'I do'

Say 'I do'

Q. There are so many venues to choose from. What factors should I consider to help narrow down the search?

A. Sir Andrew Walker-Okeover says: Your wedding is really all about you, so ideally you should compromise on as little as possible. The primary consideration when choosing your venue is its flexibility to suit your wishes. Take into consideration if you have a choice of caterers and provide your own alcohol without corkage. Can you use any other suppliers and decorate the venue however you want? Make sure you can bring along as many guests as you need and check if you have exclusivity of the venue for the day to allow more privacy.

There are also a couple of other questions that need to be answered; these are more about feelings but are no less important. Does being at the venue make you happy and do you trust this venue to behave decently in these uncertain times? Can you picture your wedding at this venue and does that picture fit with what you always dreamed of?

Sir Andrew Walker-Okeover, Osmaston Park


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

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