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Fur babies welcome
Q. I'd love to bring my fur baby, a golden cockapoo, to our wedding but I just don't know how to broach the subject with the venues. Is this a common ask?
A. Angie Roberts says: Don't be nervous, this is becoming a standard question at viewings lately, as more and more couples want their dogs to be involved in their weddings. At That Amazing Place we love dogs and are totally dog friendly. They can even stay overnight, so you won't have the worry of who will look after them whilst all your family and friends are celebrating with you.
Angie Roberts, That Amazing Place
Q. What kind of questions should we ask wedding venues when being shown around?
A. Nicola Denny says: The most obvious is to check capacity, making sure the rooms you want to use can hold all the guests you need them to. Ceremony licensing is another key question if you're looking for a legal ceremony on site. You should therefore check this is something a prospective venue can offer, as not all have a ceremony license. However, this doesn't mean you can't use the venue, but you may have to sign the legal documents on another occasion, or have a celebrant conduct a ceremony for you at the venue.
It's also worth asking if there are any additional costs, as some venues charge clean up or rubbish disposal fees. You don't want to be sweeping up or taking rubbish home after your wedding day! Finally, be sure to ask if there's a coordinator/manager on the day to make sure everything happens smoothly, as worrying about timings on your wedding day shouldn't be your concern.
Nicola Denny, St Osyth Priory
Something old - or something new?
Q. I've got my heart set on a wedding venue packed with history, while my wife-to-be wants something contemporary in style. How can we both get what we want?
A. Melissa Dickinson says: We all have a vision of what the perfect celebration looks like, and striking the right balance between what you both like can be difficult when you have different tastes. The key is to find a venue that can cater to both of you – and is willing to be flexible and creative in their approach. At Wivenhoe House we work closely with all our couples throughout the process to ensure we strike a balance between vision, practicality and budget. Our 18th century, red brick manor house is steeped in history, and we have bedrooms with exposed beams and traditional décor. However, we also have our Garden Wing, offering contemporary and modern luxury bedrooms, many with balconies overlooking the gardens. The same goes for our venue spaces – we can utilise our historic spaces together with contemporary and modern touches to create something that would suit you both. It's all about being creative and working together to ensure you both get a day you will never forget.
Melissa Dickinson, Wivenhoe House Hotel
Q. Our first wedding date got cancelled due to COVID-19, and we're now apprehensive about booking another venue. What do you suggest we ask in case of future complications?
A. Charley Pickett says: The industry was hugely affected by the pandemic and venues had to reschedule many celebrations, so it's no surprise that most wedding venues will now have a policy in place should anything like this ever happen again. When looking for your dream venue, one of the questions I would recommend asking is what the venue's COVID policy is – for example, will you be able to move your date, should it be affected by government restrictions? Will there be any charges to move the date? Will you be offered a selection of new dates – or will the venue decide on a new date for you? Also be sure to check with your wedding insurance and other suppliers to find out what their policies are, too.
Charley Pickett, Fennes