Five Things to Ask During a Wedding Showcase

Wedding fairs in Dorset and the surrounding areas are the perfect opportunity to stroll around a luxurious venue and ask experts their opinion. You can discuss your dream day arm in arm with your loved one imagining your special day unfolding. As one of the finest wedding venues in Dorset, you can trust our guidance for the 5 questions you must ask during a wedding showcase or fair: 


Five things to ask during a wedding showcase


First and foremost, what are the legalities of getting married in your desired location? Make sure that the venue is a local authority approved premises, and if they aren’t you need to ask what needs to be done to get married there. If that isn’t possible, enquire as to where the nearest church is so you can factor in the venue after you are legal pronounced married.


You need to make sure that the venue can accommodate everyone you wish to attend your wedding. If the numbers don’t add up, you’re going to have to host your special day elsewhere and that’s not ideal. Enquire as to the minimum and maximum number of guests you are allowed and see if there is any movement or supplements you can pay if your guest list doesn’t suit. It’s also worth asking if the venue has any special offers available or customisable wedding packages. These can be a great way to indulge in a lavish wedding without any excessive costs. Don’t forget to ask if these offers include an overnight room for the bride and groom, or additional suites for loved ones who want to stay over.

Food & Drink

From canapés and wedding breakfasts to evening buffets, you need to ask the venue about what food and drink options they have available. It’s always better to offer your guests choice, as everyone’s palate is different. Remember to ask questions about vegetarian, vegan or coeliac menus if any of your guests need one. And if you and your partner simply must have a dish on the menu, now is the time to see if special requests are considered!


We’re brought up to believe that it is rude to discuss money, however a wedding showcase is one of the rare places that this is fully expected and encouraged. Take notes about the price per person, costs for room hire and any additional fees for canapes, sparkling wine on arrival or corkage charges. Don’t forget to ask if they charge for DJ or marquee set up, too.


The celebrations usually end when the bride and groom decide to retire to their sumptuous rooms. Some venues have a cut off time when noise must be kept to a minimum, although exclusive hire can bypass this issue. Ask your venue what time the festivities need to wind down so that you can plan your day and evening accordingly.

Now that you have the top five questions you need to ask, why not download our wedding brochure and see for yourself what St Giles House has to offer in the world of luxury weddings?


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