FAQs and expert advice about venues

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The search is on

The search is on

Q We're just starting out on our big-day journey and neither of us have a clue what we should look for when booking a venue or what we should be asking. Can you help?
A John Blake says: Before you start looking for a venue, think about what sort of wedding celebration you want to have – traditional or relaxed, festival-style; country mansion or village hall; band or disco; sit-down meal or buffet and so on. Budget will also partly determine what you can plan for your guests. Think too about how much you want to be involved in the planning and set up of the venue. Once you're confident of all of this in your own minds, then you can look for a venue that can deliver on your key points. We see couples who increasingly feel restricted by being forced to use in-house caterers or approved photographers and florists where they'd prefer to think outside the box and do what feel best and most comfortable. Old Bridge offers considerable flexibility, as our couples can choose their own caterers, decorate our beautiful marquee to their liking and bring their own personal flair to their special day. We don't even offer packages, so you can do as you please. We realise this doesn't suit everyone, but if you know what sort of day you want, it helps before you start your search for your perfect venue.

John Blake, Old Bridge

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