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Hot topic: Venues

 
From décor to finding the perfect setting, our panel of experts are here to help
 

 
Setting the scene

Setting the scene

 

Q. My fiancé and I have only recently got engaged and have just started discussing venues. Our priority is to have really good photos to remember our day by. From a photographer's point of view, what should we bear in mind when looking for the right venue?

 

A. Rebecca Douglas says: I love my images to tell a story so I need to understand what connects you as a couple with your big-day setting. My advice is to think about how you want to feel, for example, are you a lover of the great outdoors and imagine fields and woodland in your photos? Or do you crave an urban scene with quirky architecture and the bustle of a busy environment? Reflecting on what you want as your backdrop will help you come to a decision.

 

The finer details

The finer details

 

Q. My fiancé and I have arranged to have our cake made. However, we're unsure as to what the designer and our venue will supply when it comes to setting it up. Can you help?

 

A. Floriana Reynolds says: Normally, the venue will provide a knife and a stand; however, it may not have the right style for your chosen design. I suggest you speak to both suppliers first and see what they can offer. For example, your cake maker may have a more contemporary display for hire, more suited to your chosen cake. Although a knife should be supplied by the venue, consider buying or asking for an engraved one as a memento of your first task together as a married couple; after all, that's the symbolic meaning of what cutting the cake is all about.

 

Blooms on the go

Blooms on the go

 

Q. We're getting married in our local church and want to decorate it with plenty of flowers. As we're planning to spend quite a lot of money, am I right to assume that we can bring the displays with us to our reception venue after the ceremony?

 

A. Rachel Goldsack says: This shouldn't be a problem for most florists, but make sure you check first. You'll also need to run it by the church as some may ask you to leave the larger displays behind. When you have the all-clear, delegate the task to the ushers, best man and bridesmaids and let them know where you want them placed. As the evening draws to a close, you could give the blooms to your nearest and dearest so they can enjoy them while you're away on honeymoon.

 

West End girl

West End girl

 

Q. My fiancé and I would like to theme our wedding around musicals with a big band and lots of dancing. What type of local venues do you think would suit our big-day celebrations?

 

A. Sabrina Cohen says: This is an exciting theme to bring to life and is perfect for a wedding as it will inject fun and sophistication in bucket loads. You have plenty of venue choices across the county, but here are a few I'd recommend:

  • The Dray function room at The Hop Farm. Conveniently located between Maidstone and Tonbridge, the space is versatile and has a 40ft bar and an expansive dance area, so is ideal for what you're looking for. Visit www.thehopfarmvenue.co.uk
  • Glow at Bluewater. Now available for weddings, it comprises two main event halls varying in size and is easy for guests to find. You can decorate it how you wish, and there is definitely enough room for all your loved ones. Go to www.glowbluewater.co.uk

 

Decoration matters

Decoration matters

 

Q. My husband-to-be and I are getting married al fresco next July and want to bring the outside in to our marquee reception venue. How can we do this?

 

A. Sabrina Cohen says: Marquees are great as they provide you with a blank canvas – perfect for putting a personal stamp on your big day. I suggest you use plenty of flowers for decoration, hang bunting throughout and string lanterns from the canopy. You could also hang foliage or entwine it around lighting. Collect jam jars in the run-up to your nuptials and fill them with English country blooms including lavender and daisies to bring the outside in.

 

Contact our experts...

 

Floriana Reynolds, Cake maker

 

Floriana Reynolds

Cake maker

www.letthemeatcakesuk.com

Rachel Goldsack, Florist

 

Rachel Goldsack

Florist

www.contemporar
yflowers.co.uk

Rebecca Douglas, Photographer

 

Rebecca Douglas

Photographer

www.rebeccadouglas.co.uk

Sabrina Cohen, Wedding planner

 

Sabrina Cohen

Wedding planner

www.veryimportan
tplanning.co.uk

This week, the editor loves...

this beautiful heart-shaped tea light holder from Swanky Maison. It looks fab as a centrepiece to any table, indoor or out, and made from driftwood its perfect for a seaside-inspired big day. Priced £22.99, buy from www.swankymaison.com

Francesca Lee
Francesca Lee, Editor of Your Kent Wedding magazine



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