Expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos & Wilts 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@yourgloswilts.wedding

 

Home-from-home

Home-from-home

Q. We want to book a micro wedding at a venue where the team can help us with the majority of the planning. Where do you suggest?

A. Catherine Barker says: Meet the expert: Catherine Barker manages wedding venue Purton House located in Wiltshire, a family-owned-and-run Georgian home.

Catherine says: We're seeing an upsurge in micro wedding enquiries and bookings lately. The advantage of being a smaller, family-run venue is that we're able to adapt quickly, a skill that has recently been put to good test! Small, intimate weddings have become very popular, especially those with 30 guests or less. While some couples have altered their plans and reduced numbers, others are delighted that smaller weddings are fast becoming accepted as the social norm so that they can justify a smaller guest list - an early indicator that the micro wedding is here to stay.

Behind the scenes at Purton House is one big happy family each with their role to play in hosting weddings, meaning that we can take the worry and stress out of the planning for couples. The owner's daughter, Talia, is the caterer and talent behind Cotswold Cooks (www.cotswoldcooks.co.uk). She takes care of the menus, inspired by the food choices important to each couple. Her sister, Rowie, runs the Organic Farm at Purton House, providing the eggs, meat and vegetables from the Walled Garden that Talia uses in her dishes, (www.purtonhouseorganics.co.uk). Daughter Ibby handmakes the finest quality chocolates which she can personalise for each couple (www.ibbyschocolatekitchen.co.uk).

Catherine Barker,Purton House
www.purtonhouse.co.uk

 

Through the lens

Through the lens

Q. Please can you give us some advice about booking a wedding ceremony during the winter months?

A. Clem Stevens says: Clem says: As we all know, living in England has its advantages and disadvantages. The last two years have given us a long and fruitful summer, however if you decide to get married during the autumn and winter months, there are things you'll need to consider. An overcast sky and short evenings don't tend to make exciting photographs. However, there are a few things that you can look out for when searching for your photographer that might make your choice a little easier.

Firstly, are they competent in using off-camera flash? This technique can completely change the dynamic of an image by creating exciting and vibrant light that otherwise can't be achieved naturally. Don't be afraid to ask any potential photographers whether they are familiar with it when you meet with them.

Secondly, can they think creatively when there is no option for venturing outside? Unfortunately, this is sometimes the case so your photographer will need to work with what's already at the venue to create something truly special.

Your wedding is about you both as a couple so finding the perfect photographer to capture your wedding how you want is so important. Don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you like to make sure that they are the ideal match for you.

Clem Stevens
www.clemstevensphotography.co.uk

When it's time for you look for local businesses to help you with your wedding, take a look at our advertisements below. Most will have links to their own websites. These advertisements are updated regularly so please revisit often and mention Your Glos & Wilts Wedding when making any enquiries.

Outdoor 365 Group
The Cotswold Wedding Company (UK) Ltd
Outdoor 365 Group
The Cotswold Wedding Company (UK) Ltd