FAQs and 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


The perfect day

The perfect day

Q. What questions are important to ask wedding venues before we book anywhere?

A. Sarah Allison says: Ensure to ask any questions in advance when searching for a wedding venue, no matter how trivial it may seem. Start by finding out the capacities for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception spaces.

Make sure what's included in the cost is clear from the start as you won't want any extras added onto the bill nearer the time. Check that features such as tables, chairs, PA system are included or listed in the quote.

Don't be shy to ask what other couples have done with the spaces; the staff will know what has worked well or not in the past with decorations, music and order of the day.

Get a feel from the team about how the wedding will run on the day; will they take care of your set-up or will you be doing it yourself, and will they make the wedding announcements? It's important to build a trustworthy relationship with the staff as they're there to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Sarah Allison, St Mary's Heritage Centre


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

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