FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Yorkshire 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@youryorkshire.wedding


The perfect place

The perfect place

Q. There are so many venues to choose from. What factors should I consider to help narrow down the search?

A. Louise Bramley-Ward says: The first step is to decide your priorities and what you want from your venue. Many couples like the convenience of having the ceremony, meal, evening reception and accommodation in one place. If this is you, then a hotel is probably the best option.

Next, think about the days around your wedding. Would you like to be able to stay in luxury with your girl gang the night before, after a spa treatment and a gorgeous dinner? We find brides are so much more relaxed when they've stayed at the venue the night before and simply have to walk downstairs to get married – bliss!

Trust your gut feeling and go with it. If you love a setting as soon as you walk in, whether it's the first or the 100th you've viewed, book it!

Louise Bramley-Ward,The Parsonage Hotel & Spa




Q. What factors do we need to consider when planning an outdoor wedding?

A. Samantha Robinson says: Here are our top tips for planning an al fresco celebration:

- Suppliers. You have more flexibility with this type of wedding, so choose wisely. Always check out reviews and testimonials to help you create the ultimate dream team.
- Food. There are less restrictions with outdoor weddings, so you can have exactly what you want – whether that’s fish and chips, pizzas, burgers or a three-course meal. We work with
some great caterers so can point you in the right direction. And don’t forget to take advantage of the tasting sessions!
- Decorations. A tent or tipi is a blank canvas to be styled any way you choose. If you love DIY, you’ll be in your element. If you’re not so creative, like me, then we have some amazing stylists on board who will take the stress away from you.
- Weather. This is one thing that’s out of our control, but I can honestly say that some of our best wedding stories and photographs involve rain! In fact, the sound of raindrops on canvas is very romantic and gives a lovely ambience. Our authentic Scandinavian tipis are made to withstand all
temperatures and we have open fires and heaters to make them nice and cosy.
- The serious stuff. You may have found your dream setting, but you need to make sure it’s suitable. We provide a site visit to ensure it’s appropriate for your big day and to look for things
you may not have thought of, such as underground cables. It’s also important to see where you would like the tipis placed to help you visualise and turn your dream into reality.
- Don’t forget. Not as exciting as food or decor, but possibly two of the biggest necessities are electricity and toilet facilities. Lots of venues now have these on site, but if not, we can source these for you.

Samantha Robinson