FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Sussex 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@your-sussex.wedding


The search is on

The search is on

Q. We're about to start looking for venues. What questions do we need to ask before we book?

A. Matilda Reid says: Planning a wedding is fun and exciting, but there are many things to consider in the run up to the big day. We'd suggest you ask as many questions as possible to make sure you find the perfect venue for you. If you include the following in your checklist you won't go far wrong!

- Is the venue exclusive use?

- What are the access times?

- Where are you licensed for the ceremony? (You may want to get married outside for example. We've seen an upsurge in interest in our beautiful Walled Garden set against the backdrop of Cowdray Ruins).

- How many people can you accommodate?

- Are there any décor restrictions? (Think confetti, candles etc)

- Where are the best photo spots?

- Can you accommodate a live band or DJ?

- Is there any accommodation nearby? Finally, even with restrictions lifted it's still important to ask about the details of the venue's cancellation policy as well as finding out what the team is doing to make weddings Covid-safe.

Matilda Reid, Cowdray Estate


Rain or shine

Rain or shine

Q. We love the idea of a springtime al fresco wedding, but are concerned about the unpredictability of the weather. What would you suggest?

A. Stephanie Bone says: We'd recommend you always have a plan B in place with your venue and wedding coordinator. That way, if the weather does take a turn, there's no stress about where you'll be saying “I do.” At The Ravenswood, for example, we give you an hour before your wedding to decide if you want to get married outside or indoors, and once you've given the go ahead we'll have the ceremony area set up and ready.

Another great idea is to ask your venue if they have any umbrellas you can have on standby, then if it does rain mid-vows, you and your guests won't get wet – it also makes for a great photo opportunity! Speaking of photos, ask your photographer before the day to make sure they have ideas for wet weather. We've found some of the most stunning pictures here have been taken in the rain.

Stephanie Bone, The Ravenswood