FAQs and expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon 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@yourberksbucksoxon.wedding


Suite dreams

Suite dreams

Q. We want a chic city wedding venue in a central location that's easy for guests travelling from afar to get to. We also want them to be able to stay the night and have one venue for everything – where do you suggest?

A. Claire Ridley says: Meet the expert: Claire Ridley is the editor of Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wedding magazine.

Claire says: Discover the fully refurbished, AA Rosette-awarded Crowne Plaza Marlow in Buckinghamshire offering a magnificent new venue for your city celebrations. Even though it's centrally located, it's set in five acres of landscaped gardens with a private lake.

This luxurious property combines traditional elegance with contemporary style. Choose from the spacious banqueting suites, including the Winterlake Suite, accommodating up to 320 guests. The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies allowing you to house all of your celebrations in a single location.

The talented chefs have earned an AA Rosette in recognition of their exceptional culinary skills, and are pleased to offer a variety of different options for the wedding breakfast. In addition to the traditional British dishes and flexible menus, there's a speciality Indian kitchen on-site if you'd prefer authentic Indian cuisine.

A luxury suite with breakfast in bed is provided for the newlyweds and guests will be offered discounted rates on accommodation plus use of the Quad Wellness & Spa, home to an 18-metre pool, gym, sauna, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, steam room and a wide selection of spa treatments.

Alternatively, the new Crowne Plaza Reading East is set in landscaped grounds offering a magnificent new wedding venue. This luxurious four-Silver Star, two AA Rosette-awarded hotel offers immaculate attention to detail. Choose from the elegant and spacious banqueting suites, including the Buckingham Suite that can accommodate up to 220 guests. There's also the Frogmore Suite, accommodating up to 110 loved ones. The property is licensed for civil ceremonies allowing couples to host their celebrations under one roof.

As well as a complimentary suite for the couple on the night of the wedding, guests will benefit from discounted rates on overnight accommodation and have use of the Esprit Wellness & Spa offering an extensive treatment menu.

Claire Ridley,County Wedding Magazines


This must be the place

This must be the place

Q. We know exactly where we want to have our ceremony, and it's a gorgeous venue. One problem – it's not licensed for ceremonies! What can we do?

A. Rachel Vine says: Rachel says: As a bride-to-be myself, I can totally relate to this. I recommend having a legal ceremony at your local register office before your planned wedding at your chosen unlicensed venue. Doing this means you can have a personal ceremony on your actual wedding day in front of your closest family and friends.

I've heard some gorgeous (and often very funny!) wedding vows that the couple have written themselves. It also means you aren't restricted at all when planning your ceremony. During a civil ceremony, there are lots of rules that couples often aren't aware of. For religious ceremonies, there are obviously formalities and specific words that have to be said.

If you've got your heart set on your ceremony location and you want the freedom to have a more personal ceremony, then having a legal ceremony before your wedding day is a great solution. You don't have to exchange rings during the formal legal ceremony, either - just say the legal vows and sign the paperwork. Have a wonderful wedding day!

Rachel Vine

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