FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London 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@yourlondon.wedding

 

The perfect setting

The perfect setting

Q. We've been saving for a few years and have a decent budget for our wedding. When looking for a wedding venue what do you suggest we look for to maximise our budget and to make our day more than just the wedding itself?

A. Ed White says: It all depends on what setting you're looking for, but I'd always suggest that you opt for one with beautiful surroundings as a starting point. We're very fortunate that St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is steeped in British heritage but also provides a selection of diverse and dynamic spaces – providing options for weddings big and small. From Victorian grandeur and the world-renowned grand staircase where you can officially tie the knot to intricately carved arches, and grand French doors leading to an exclusive private terrace. There are backdrops here for all types of weddings, which is important to look for when looking at potential venues.

Some couples choose to spread their celebration over a few days and why not? At our venue, guests are invited to relax and unwind before the big day and enjoy a luxury Chambers Suite, pampering session in the spa and pre-wedding dinner in the Booking Office 1869.

Ed White, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/lonpr-st-pancras-renaissance-hotel-london/overview

 

The perfect setting

The perfect setting

Q. There are so many venues to choose from. How can we narrow down the search and find the one that's right for us?

A. Daniel Hunt Cortes says: - The setting.
Firstly, decide on the location and style of venue you're looking for. Draper's Hall is found deep in the heart of the City, and its elegant rooms and tranquil outdoor spaces make a very special exclusive-use setting for weddings.

- Packages.
Every couple is unique and your wedding should be too. We offer complete flexibility, with bespoke catering options and inclusive wedding packages that can be tailored to your taste.

- The little extras.
Find out what's included in your wedding – sometimes the small details are what make the day. Our couples benefit from a simple planning process with all the essentials included, from elegant table centrepieces and a dancefloor to a Steinway grand piano. Our team will help you at each stage to ensure that every last detail is perfect for you.

- Size.
Decide on your guest list so that you can find the most suitable setting for your numbers. Whether you choose a small, intimate wedding breakfast or the grandest of celebrations, our venue is available for just you and your loved ones.

Daniel Hunt Cortes, Draper's Hall
www.thedrapers.co.uk

 

Finding the perfect setting

Finding the perfect setting

Q. What questions should I ask a venue before booking?

A. Kate Southall says: - Check if the venue offers exclusive use so that you're not disappointed on the day.

- Ask if the venue has an event manager to run your wedding. If not, this is something to arrange yourself as it's crucial to the flow and timings of the day.

- If you're planning a summer wedding, always check what the back-up plan is if the weather is bad.

- Ask what the minimum and maximum number of guests are. Guest lists can change over time and you may wish to add a few more people on.

Kate Southall, Morden Hall
www.mordenhall.com

 

Your ideal setting

Your ideal setting

Q. What questions should I ask before booking my wedding venue?

A. Megan Taylor says: The first question I would ask is what hire options are available, so you can find out how the venue can work best for you. Venues often offer a whole range of options, for example, we can host all-day weddings on Saturdays or you could opt for a weekday evening.

Next up, find out about the suppliers your venue works with. Venues trade on reputation and word-of-mouth, so tend to only work with suppliers that they trust. This means you get the benefit of pre-vetted companies so you can spend less time researching.

A great final question to ask, especially if your venue is outdoors, is if you can get legally married at the venue as well as holding your reception there. A lot of people don't realise that you can't get married outside. At Chelsea Physic Garden, you can be legally wed in our gallery space and enjoy a humanist ceremony al fresco, before beginning your unforgettable party. With all your guests in one place, you can have more time together to enjoy your special day.

Megan Taylor, Chelsea Physic Garden
www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk