Expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East 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@yournortheast.wedding

 

Say 'I do'

Say 'I do'

Q. We're looking for a perfect venue for our wedding, but we have no idea where to start. What top tips and advice can you share with us?

A. Aline Hay says: When it comes to finding the perfect venue, I'd suggest looking for something very personal where all of your concerns and queries will be listened to and met. Every event at Duns Castle gets tailored to the individual, and all guests are made to feel totally at home for the duration of their stay, which is essential to us. Each guest will experience a warm welcome and timeless experience.

The venue has survived many historical crises and remains calm about coronavirus, each room has a hand wash, and there's plenty of space in all main areas to stand apart!

Aline Hay,Duns Castle
www.dunscastle.co.uk

 

Whatever the weather

Whatever the weather

Q. We're opting for a boho-themed big day and wanted to know how we could make the most of it at our venue. What tips do you have for us?

A. Phil Hornsey says: We're so excited that boho weddings are still a key trend going into 2020 because as far as festival weddings and boho vibes go, we've got you covered!

We love a festival-style celebration but be prepared for the British weather! Our top tip for outdoor weddings is to make sure there's a seamless rain plan in place. At The Barn on The Bay, we can bring those music festival vibes to our converted barn. Couples can get married on the dunes overlooking the beautiful Druridge Bay coastline, or under a star tent in our paddock.

Bands can be brought inside to get the barn rocking to the sound of live music as well as catering vans to give guests a less formal meal and decorations can be used to bring your personality to the barn.

Phil Hornsey
www.barnonthebay.com

 

A grand affair

A grand affair

Q. The guest list my parents have given us for our Asian wedding is far more than we expected. Is it really possible to host a reception in the North East for over 600 friends and family?

A. Rebecca Whitehead says: Rebecca says: You're in luck – Wynyard Hall is the perfect venue to host a wedding of this size! Our stunning Grand Marquee has been perfectly designed for large-scale Asian weddings, spaciously seating up to 650 guests. Styled in a modern, neutral colour palette, it's Wynyard Hall's most contemporary wedding offering – consider it a blank canvas to make your own. This versatile venue has a reception area for arrival drinks and greeting guests, plus plenty of space for dining and evening celebrations. Asian wedding parties wishing to use their own external caterers can also make use of the highspec kitchens, which are included in the venue hire. Furthermore, the marquee also offers a beautiful adjoining garden, providing further space for guests to enjoy the celebrations. You will find vivid flowerbeds, carefully placed between lush, velvety lawns and a patio area to enjoy drinks outdoors.

Rebecca Whitehead
www.wynyardhall.co.uk

 

Smaller scale

Smaller scale

Q. We're looking for an exclusive wedding venue with history behind it but don't have the budget (or guest list!) to hire out a massive stately home. What do you suggest?

A. Dave Milbourne says: The idea of creating you own personal wedding is something that adds even more to your special day. Luckily, there are a number of smaller venues around that offer the opportunity for you to have a totally bespoke event. The refurbished Old Town Hall Newburn is a beautiful Grade II listed property built in 1904. Our main room boasts oak-panelled walls, an oak floor and corniced ceilings and can accommodate up to 60 guests for a formal meal (and 100 for a less formal event). What's more, we allow you to create a unique and personal event, letting you decorate and personalise the rooms yourself for a wedding you will always remember.

Dave Milbourne
www.facebook.com/newburnoldtownhall

 

City chic

City chic

Q. I've lived in Newcastle City Centre since uni and can't imagine marrying anywhere else. However, my parents want me to wed in my hometown of Morpeth. How can I prove that a city wedding can be just as fabulous as one in the country?

A. Nicole Wardle says: Can you have it all in the city? The style, the glamour and the incredible photographs? Of course you can!

There are so many stunning venues out in the countryside. However, the diversity and architecture of Newcastle gives us more photograph opportunities than you have time to get around on your big day! Alongside the magnificent bridges stretching over the River Tyne, we have the dramatic backdrop of Central Station, with its incredible arches and lively atmosphere right opposite the County Hotel. Our wedding venue also has newly refurbished suites, while the brand-new Aparthotels have just been completed, allowing your guests to enjoy a full weekend in the city. The Black Gate is also only minutes away – a medieval snapshot in time, perfect for pictures. Or take a quick trip through town to Jesmond Dene, where you can capture the full outdoor fantasy.

Nicole Wardle
www.countyhotel.co.uk