Expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Cheshire & Merseyside 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


Outside the box

Outside the box

Q. We're looking for a wedding venue to reflect our funloving personalities. What can you suggest?

A. Nick Fountain says: We're seeing a huge rise in the popularity of unconventional weddings, with brides and grooms seeking out-of-theordinary receptions that ooze social media appeal. Quirky bars, and even crazy golf venues, like Ghetto Golf, offer some great options for couples looking to break from the norm and do things a little differently.

The great thing about choosing a venue that isn't designed specifically for weddings is that it gives you the flexibility to create a day that works for you, and you may have more options than you think. For example, we offer facilities to host live music, with plenty of space for an epic danceloor and a fantastic selection of cocktails. We can even work with you to create a drinks menu based on the things you love. There's also the opportunity to bring the fun to your wedding breakfast with burgers and loaded fries followed by Nutella-filled churros.

Many people are daunted by the thought of an expensive, traditional wedding with so many elements to think about, from the venue décor to the menu and seating plans. A reception at a leisure venue eliminates all of that stress allowing you and your guests to really let your hair down and above all have fun. We'd always recommend going to see a venue first to really visualise how the space will work for you, which is a great excuse to try out the activities on offer.

For those planning on a budget, exclusive use booking isn't always necessary at this type of venue. For example, here at Ghetto Golf, as long as you and your guests are booked onto the course, then a night out after you've tied the knot could be the stress-free alternative to planning a reception.

Nick Fountain


Venue checklist

Venue checklist

Q. We're poised to start our venue search. What should we check before making any final decisions?

A. Alison Lockhart says: Choosing the location for the biggest day of your life is an important decision and one that often requires a lot of thought and detailed research. Before finalising any contracts the venue's dedicated events team should take the time to get to know you so that they can create a tailored day to suit you. To get the most out of this meeting there are a number of points you should carefully consider...

- How many guests would you like to attend the celebrations?
- Do you have confidence in your event organisers to handle everything in the lead up to the day, so that the process becomes as enjoyable and stress-free as possible?
- Is there a package to suit your all-important budget? Is there a staggered payment system to help you manage it?
- What facilities are offered? For example, is there a honeymoon suite and accommodation for your out of town guests, a wedding rehearsal dinner the evening before, hair and make-up studios for getting ready in the morning or even a spa in which to unwind following the wedding?

Alison Lockhart