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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