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

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

Q What advice can you share when it comes to planning our winter wedding?
A Emmie Ide says: Ultimately, choosing a winter wedding allows you to create a unique and memorable celebration that reflects your love story in a distinctly different way from weddings held during other seasons. Here's a guide to help you plan an memorable winter wedding!

•Send your save-the-dates early: Winter is a busy time with holidays, so send your save-the-dates well in advance to ensure your guests can plan accordingly.

•Embrace the season: Use the winter theme to your advantage. Incorporate seasonal elements like evergreen branches, pinecones and candles into your décor. Consider a colour scheme that complements the winter atmosphere, such as deep burgundy, forest green or icy blue and silver.

•Stay warm and cosy: Provide amenities like blankets and warm beverages for your guests.

•Dress accordingly: Choose a wedding dress that suits the season. Long sleeves, heavier fabric and faux fur wraps can be both practical and stylish. Don't forget to pick appropriate footwear!

•Plan for an early sunset: The days are shorter in winter, so plan your ceremony and important photographs accordingly to make the most of the natural light.

•Insurance: Consider wedding insurance. It can protect your investment in case of extreme weather or unforeseen circumstances.

•Plan your honeymoon: Winter is a great time to travel to certain destinations. Consider warm, tropical locations to contrast the winter theme of your wedding.

Emmie Ide, Stapleford Park Hotel

The perfect setting

The perfect setting

Q We're just starting planning our big-day, but neither of us have a clue what we should look for when booking a venue. Can you help?
A Natalie Bircher and Caroline Holloway says: When initially looking at venues, it's essential to find somewhere you both love – all the smaller details can be worked out at a later date. Pick a property that you'll look back on for years to come and love every time you visit or view the wedding photos.

Think about what's important to you when looking around venues, whether it be a gorgeous room for the ceremony, lovely grounds for pictures or plenty of accommodation for loved ones. Each couple has different priorities, so finding yours will help when searching for the perfect location.

Natalie Bircher and Caroline Holloway, Kilworth House Hotel

Setting the tone

Setting the tone

Q With so many wedding properties out there, we're finding it hard to pick a venue for our wedding. What advice can you share to make the process easier?
A Carolyn Hutchison says: When the wedding planning begins, decide if you'd like a religious or civil ceremony. For those opting for civil service, start to think about what type of venue you're looking for; this could be a barn, a hotel or a stately home, to name a few.

After finding a few local venues, book some appointments to see them in person. You might fall in love with one, or it could narrow down your search.

You might like a certain barn venue, but realise you'd need to book the caterers, entertainment and a wedding planner to keep everything organised – this might be difficult if you have limited time to plan everything.

Or you might find a property that has bedrooms on-site, a wedding planner as part of the venue's team, a resident DJ and menus all prepared, which would be a less stressful option.

Think about what's important to you both. A venue with character and charm might top something more modern and lends itself better to those all-important photographic moments.

The Dower House Hotel is a hidden gem nestled in the woods in Woodhall Spa. This Edwardian hotel is full of period features with an in-house culinary team, a dedicated wedding planner, 21 spacious bedrooms and a beautiful new dressing room for weddings.

Carolyn Hutchison, The Dower House Hotel

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