The Herald Business - - Venues -

Civil li­cence – check the venue is ap­proved to carry out civil cer­e­monies and what op­tions are avail­able within the venue and its grounds for tak­ing vows, be that on a nearby beach, the lo­cal church or in the ho­tel. You need to con­sider prac­ti­cal­i­ties, such as the weather. What are the op­tions if an out­door set­ting is no longer pos­si­ble on the day? You need a Plan B!

Wed­ding Suite – if pos­si­ble view the suite where your wed­ding and re­cep­tion will take place in ad­vance, when it has been set up for an­other wed­ding. This will help you vi­su­alise styling the room, whether it is a com­pletely themed event or sim­ply to reach a de­ci­sion on flow­ers and ta­ble dis­plays. If you are go­ing to dress the room, con­firm when will you have ac­cess to do this.

Wed­ding Pack­age – en­sure you are clear re­gard­ing what is in­cluded within each pack­age a venue of­fers. Are there ad­di­tional touches which stand out from the rest and give you one less thing to or­gan­ise? For ex­am­ple, a tra­di­tional Scot­tish wel­come with a piper at the en­trance, wed­ding sta­tionery, menu cards, place cards and ta­ble plan.

Scenery – con­sider your wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy when de­cid­ing a venue. Think of it as a back­drop to your big day and imag­ine the pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions where great pho­to­graphs could be taken.

Lo­cal Sup­pli­ers – does the venue have a list of wed­ding sup­pli­ers they can rec­om­mend? This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant if you are se­lect­ing a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding venue and you are unfamiliar with what is avail­able within the area. Th­ese will be tried and tested and will have the added bonus of hav­ing sup­plied their ser­vices to the venue pre­vi­ously, so will be familiar with how it op­er­ates.

(Cour­tesy of Lodge on Loch Lomond Ho­tel)

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