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


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


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