In these uncertain times, it feels in many ways like our lives are on hold. And, while everyone’s top priority is to stay safe and well, and look out for those around them, it’s understandable that many newlyweds-to-be are concerned about how they’re going to manage to plan their big day.
But the good news is, you don’t have to put your wedding planning on hold! Even if you can’t get out to visit venues, meet suppliers and catch up with your wedding planner, there are still plenty of ways to stay busy planning your wedding online.
What is remote wedding planning?
Remote planning is just like traditional wedding planning, only you take care of everything online. From hunting for venues, through to ordering flowers, invitations and more, virtual wedding planning allows you to plan every aspect of your special day without getting up off the sofa!
And, with so many cool, quirky and unexpected wedding service providers online, you’re only a quick search away from uncovering a whole host of exciting wedding ideas.
What does a remote wedding planner do?
A remote wedding planner will help you with your online wedding preparation.
Just like a traditional wedding planner, a remote wedding planner will help ensure that everything is in order for your big day. Whether you want them to take charge of the planning process or you just need some support for the more demanding tasks, your virtual wedding planner will be at your side – without either of you needing to leave home!
So, rather than meeting up face to face, you’ll communicate with your wedding planner via call, video call and email. You’ll get the same level of service and the same results, you just won’t have physical meetings with your planner.
Remote wedding planning at The Brewery
Here at The Brewery, we pride ourselves on offering an incredible wedding venue, and an outstanding service to match. We want to ensure that our happy couples find the process as simple, straight forward and stress-free as possible. So, in these challenging times, we’re working hard to ensure you can still plan your big day.
Virtual venue tours
Choosing a wedding venue is a big part of the planning process – and it’s a decision you need to get right. If you aren’t able to visit your potential venues in person, either due to the current situation or because you’re getting married somewhere far away, a virtual venue tour could provide the perfect solution. A virtual wedding tour allows you to experience the venue, walk down the aisle and even wait at the altar, without leaving the house.
If you’re considering holding your wedding at The Brewery, our dedicated wedding planners will be happy to arrange a virtual tour so you can experience the venue in all its glory.
Take a virtual tour
In-house wedding planning
Our in-house wedding planner, Milena Gorska, can work with you remotely to plan your big day, assisting you in deciding which of our many venue spaces you’d prefer, through to the menu, flowers and evening entertainment. We’ll take care of everything virtually, so your planning doesn’t have to come to a halt during the current crisis.
The benefits of remote wedding planning
Remote wedding planning offers a whole host of benefits to couples planning their big day. It’s convenient; you don’t need to be in the same place as your wedding planner or suppliers in order to make the necessary arrangements. It’s flexible; you can work on your wedding planning at any hour of the day, so it’s easy to fit it around your other commitments. It also makes it possible to keep planning your wedding during lockdown, when face-to-face plans have been stopped.
Here at The Brewery, we are committed to helping you plan your perfect day, online or offline. Our remote wedding planners can help you plan your big day from the comfort of your home, or why not pop in and explore our venue virtually?
Trade shows are a great opportunity to connect and engage with your target market, boost exposure and generate sales.
And, with increased levels of competition in all areas of business, it’s more important than ever before to ensure your organisation is seen in the best possible light.
When you attend a trade show as representative of your business, the most important goal is likely to be reaching potential new clients and customers. A trade show booth is like a shop window, so it pays to make it eye-catching and inviting, so that people can’t help but stop and find out more about the products or services you offer.
We’ve gathered some of the best ideas we’ve seen at recent trade shows to help your booth stand out from the crowd – we hope you find them helpful.
Trade show booth ideas
One of the key things that will bring people to your booth is a level of interactivity. So, find an engaging way for people to get involved with your stall, and if it’s linked to demonstrating your business, even better!
To capitalise on the draw of interactivity, make sure that the touch screens you use – whether it’s iPads or TV sized screens – are visible and easily accessible by attendees. This way, they can interact actively with your content, instead of purely receiving information as they walk past.
Gamification can be a fantastic way to promote your brand and get people in your booth excited about learning about your products or services. The experience of being involved in a game will leave a lasting impression beyond the end of the event and will allow you to connect your brand with the game.
Games could include prize wheels, gaming apps, quiz shows, social media content and interactive activities. Making the prize linked to your business – even if it’s just through branding – can also help ensure you leave a lasting impact.
3. Video walls
Few things catch the eye more than a video wall, especially since it creates movement in a relatively static environment. Using a video wall is a great way to stand out from the other booths around you and showcase your company from a distance.
Video walls are far more visible from further away than text on a board, so even if you’re showing a slideshow of product images or a graphic using your business’s branding colours, you’ll be more noticeable than other companies.
4. AR and VR
Who says trade shows can’t be fun as well as informative? Embracing new technologies is a really effective way to bring some entertainment into your booth. AR and VR are particularly popular right now, and are becoming a lot more accessible.
Why not consider a virtual scavenger hunt around the exhibition space or VR experiences including demonstrations of your products? At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018, for example, Siemens gave attendees the opportunity to travel in an autonomous car using a VR headset.
5. Promotional gifts
Everybody loves freebies. However, giving away freebies that have no value or are likely to be discarded, can actually work against your brand.
With this in mind, make sure the items you’re planning on giving away are useful and something that people will actually want. For example, capitalise on the idea of staying hydrated at a trade event by giving away reusable water bottles. People will not only be thankful for them on the day, but they’ll be likely to use them in the future too.
Or you could give away something that will make a statement, as long as it connects with your brand. Google Cloud demonstrated this effectively by giving away candy floss at their recent trade event, capitalising on the cloud-like nature of the sweet treat.
6. Booth design
While it’s important to make sure your space is eye-catching and original, it should also be tailored to reflect your company and branding.
Sustainability is a trailblazing concept that has started to seep into the trade show world – some companies are branching out to show their commitment to sustainability by building their booths out of cardboard. If there’s a concept or a movement that your company is involved in, embrace it and create something that reflects it.
7. Work with the space you have
Trade show booths aren’t always the largest of spaces to work with, so it can often feel a little limiting when designing the space. However, don’t let size restrictions limit your creativity – sometimes the most eye-catching booths are the ones that use the space they have most effectively, instead of the ones that fill their space completely.
For example, maximise the space you have by using an open plan concept. Do away with the chairs, tables, dividers and stands at the entrance of your booth that stop attendees exploring further into your space. Instead, keep the front of your booth open, allowing people to explore at their leisure, without feeling blocked or trapped by your décor.
8. Add some mystery
If your company is announcing something new at a trade show or event, why not consider employing techniques to keep it an intriguing mystery? The best way to do this could be making your booth fully enclosed with a single entrance to allow attendees in.
Secrecy is a great incentive for people to visit your booth since they won’t be able to see what it’s about from the outside. You will have to employ some incentives inside the booth when people visit so that they can spread the word about what’s really inside.
9. Set up a creative stunt
One way to capture the attention of your customers is to set up a creative stunt to ensure everyone remembers your stand. A great way to round up the crowds, an effective and relevant stunt will make an instant impression and keep your customers interested in your brand.
10. Light up your stand
To ensure that your product or service can be seen, it’s always a good idea to bring along your own lights to a trade show. Lights already at the show are not always reliable and can be dull.
11. Decrease sign-up time
Trade shows move at a quick pace, with talks and presentations happening throughout the day. Due to that, it can often be quite difficult for attendees to spend long amounts of time at the booths they’re interested in.
If you’d like to ensure more sign-ups at your booth but can’t incentivise people to stay and chat for long, why not employ a different technique? Put a jar at the entrance of your booth, with a sign that tells attendees to put their business cards in the jar if they want to find out more – incentivise this by letting them know that one business card will be selected at the end of the day as the winner of a prize.
This way, people who are interested in your company but don’t have time to talk, can easily give you their contact information to find out more and could possibly even win something too.
12. Photobooths or photo walls
Everybody loves taking photographs to remember an event and, if you create the best place for them to take their photos, then they may be more willing to chat to your team while they’re there. Creating a photo wall on one side of your booth is a great way to maximise visibility and also engage with people in a fun and creative way.
Theming the wall around the event, with some subtle links to your brand as well, will allow for you to appear in social media posts as people share their attendance at the event.
Finally, a great way to generate sales is to offer a special trade show deal such as a discount, a package deal or offer, or even a free gift with every purchase or sign up.
No matter your budget, there are plenty of engaging trade show booth ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd. And if you’re struggling to juggle your business budget, there are still lots of ways that you can take part in various trade shows and pull in crowds without breaking the bank.
13. Pop up trade show displays
Pop up trade show displays are one of the most cost-effective ways to exhibit. Allowing exhibitors to enjoy a large display area, as well as incredibly versatility when it comes to framing and accessories, this type of display can also be easily stored and packed away into areas with limited space. They are also great for displaying large graphics and are built to stand the test of time.
14. Renting flooring
Another money saving option is renting flooring covering for your show booth. A number of companies offer great floor covering options on a rental basis.
A great way to boost footfall and grab the attention of your target market is to engage with your customers using fun and exciting activities. From demo sessions and games, through to quiz contests and tombola, there are a whole host of ways you can stop your customers in their tracks and get them interested in your product or service.
And don’t forget to give out some prizes to your winners – branded merchandise is always a great idea!
16. Folding bookcases
Ideal for displaying and distributing your merchandise, folding bookcases are an easy way to showcase marketing materials and promotional content for your brand. Easy to transport, they are a great, high impact addition to any trade show.
And remember, if you’re working with a limited budget, you could always think about renting a trade show display instead.
Bringing together a special team of talented experts in the fields of venue management, event production, fine dining and customer service, we are proud to offer a unique and flexible environment for every type of event, including trade shows.
So, if you’re looking for a venue that can host your trade show, look no further than London’s The Brewery. We have a number of different venue spaces in varying sizes that can be tailored to showcase each of the businesses attending. Find out more information about our venue here, take a virtual tour, or contact us to talk about your event.
This article was originally published in October 2019 and has been updated on May 7th 2020.
Choosing your DJ and the right music for your wedding is not an easy thing, that’s why we’ve asked one of our preferred suppliers @thedjtp to send us some music tips to help you with your wedding planning! Tony has been working with the Brewery as a DJ for years but also in an event management capacity with @perrysweddingco over the last 20 years to create magnificent Mediterranean weddings in The Porter Tun! Read below his Top 5 music tips or download the PDF by clicking on the following link: Music and DJ Tips from DJ TP
Getting peace of mind from your DJ
Its always a good idea for your DJ to get familiar with the venue well in advance of the big day, whether it’s a site visit or a discussion with the event manager. At the Brewery, this is always straightforward due to the in house sound technicians who make life super easy for us DJs!
Don’t be afraid to ask them for song suggestions
Many couples don’t have ‘a song’ as such, so your DJ should be more than happy to help with suggestions for your first dance, cake cutting, bridal party entrance etc. Also, its important for your DJ to be open and honest on whether they feel a particular song will have the right impact.
Remember your Audience
Whilst I am sure your favourite tunes from Glasto, or that summer in Ibiza are what you want to hear, its vital to win the crowd over first, given there’s likely to be a variety of ages and tastes to cater for. Its always best to start with more known music, such as Motown, Disco, Pop hits (you don’t have to be cheesy all the time), to make sure you don’t alienate certain parts of your crowd. For example, if you have a contingent from broad, it might be nice to acknowledge them with a song from their homeland (may be over dinner), or for the oldies, something from their heyday will make them feel included. But then as the night progresses, your DJ can increase the party atmosphere as the night progresses for the younger guests (and cooler parents!).
Check it’s the right version!
You’d be surprised at how many different version of ‘that Ed Sheeran’ song there might be. To be sure, send a weblink of the specific version you want in advance of the big day, so that the DJ can get this right for you.
Leave them on a high
As the wedding day goes by so quickly, there is a temptation for ‘more song’. Whilst its important to get the most from your wedding day, its key for your DJ to slowly wind things down, rather than a sudden stop. Getting your DJ to jump on the mic, letting the guests know there is a slower song coming to end the night, is always a nice touch.
During lockdown we’ve taken the opportunity to speak to some of our favourite suppliers and quiz them about working at The Brewery. Rick Bronks of Satureyes is one of the best known and most widely respected photographers in the events industry. His work has been featured in many publications, and there is more than a fair chance you’ve attended an event that Rick was shooting.
We have been lucky to work with Rick since 2009 and have collaborated on many photo and video projects with him. In the knowledge that Rick has thousands of photos taken at The Brewery, we wanted to give him the challenge of choosing his favourite 3, with the reason why they stand out for him.
Here is what he had to say:
For me a photo is not just about how it ‘looks’ that’s always open to interpretation, regardless of what the subject is. As the creator of the image I can usually remember the time and place and exactly how I felt when I pressed the shutter button. I probably have over 100k images in my library and I could probably get the location and event for most of them.
It’s incredibly hard to find 3 images from the collection I have from over the years of shooting at The Brewery. It’s a fantastic venue space, not just where it is but also because of the atmosphere and the ambience that is created there. From the security guy who shouts ’shalom’ and high-fives me every single time I walk in, to the fact that they are attentive not only to their guests but the people who work there too and the effort that goes into creating some incredible ideas.
The images I’ve chosen encapsulate all this- after all, they play as much a part in my work as I do.
So here we go..
It might seem odd that I’ve picked a photo of a plastic cup, but this was the first major event I shot for a magazine – and the first event I shot at The Brewery. It was pretty much at the start of my photography career after I left working in broadcast TV. It has a place in my life-timeline, and also shows the attention to detail that goes into all the events that I’ve shot there. This was a fantastic transformation of the interior, creating a festival indoors.
The second photo is of course the iconic welcome and ‘man with the hat’ who greets guests at the entrance. I like the photo as a portrait, the colours work in the surrounding night time darkness. It’s like he’s welcoming you to your next adventure or experience and this for me is what it’s all about – I can try and capture that but it’s the people who make the experience.
This leads me to my third photo and possibly one of my all time favourite images – for so many reasons. It looks like a painting. The clown is a real person, the background is part of the ’set’ at the event. I have added no lighting and there is very little post-production work. It’s both scary and humorous. What the photo can’t show is how he was interacting with the crowd – taking food off their plates and feeding it to the doll he is holding. Taking icing off cupcakes and rubbing it over the doll in an incredibly sinister way.
It also happens to have been shot at (so far) my all time favourite event – a Halloween party but done in the way only The Brewery can. It was utterly spectacular.
Like I said at the start, when you have the foundations it makes my life as a photographer and videographer a heck of a lot easier to get some of my most memorable shots.
Our Food Director, Tom Gore, arrived at The Brewery in 2012 with a vision to bring high end restaurant quality food to the world of events. In the next seven years, we believe this goal has largely been achieved with The Brewery being widely recognised as the go to venue for a delicious dinner. Our three course menus are seasonal and changed twice a year. In the tasting room clients get to choose from five starters, mains and desserts, with the often tricky task of getting down to one of each. So in the time Tom has been overseeing all things food, this adds up to 210 unique dishes having been created.
As we currently have a bit of unexpected downtime, we thought it would be fun to dig out the old menus from the archives. We then set Tom the challenge of picking his favourite dish for each course, to create The Brewery’s all star dinner menu. This is what he had to say.
‘I had a great time doing this, my memory isn’t great so I had forgotten about some of the earlier dishes that we had created. It was really interesting mapping the journey that we have made over the years and the changes in style and ingredients. You can also see how trends have come and gone and how people’s tastes have developed. We have definitely been able to be more ambitious with ingredients and flavours in recent times as we have started to become a nation of foodies that is more open to trying new things.’
‘I have been very lucky to work alongside a number of talented head chefs and the dishes that I have chosen, were heavily influenced by them. I have always encouraged everyone to get involved when we are planning our next set of dishes. We have lots of amazing customers who have been with us for years and I’m sure they will remember serving some of these at their events.’
Starter – Cauliflower and Bass
Ways of cauliflower, soft quail egg, apple tapioca, crushed parsnips, polonaise sauce and roasted bass.
‘I loved the look of the dish and it ate really well. You don’t often see cauliflower and bass on the same plate but the subtle caramelization of the fish helped to bring them together. We then used the apple tapioca to add some acidity and extra punch to the dish. I’m a huge fan of challenging guests pallets with more complex combinations of flavours than what would normally be expected at a large scale event ‘
Main – Koren Lamb
Korean pepper spiced lamb, BBQ rice cake, blackened cucumber, sesame with sauce, aniseed reduction and spinach.
‘This was a really difficult one to choose, we had a beautiful summer dish that paired pork with rhubarb, that was pretty crazy and extremely popular but in the end I had to go with this one. The real stand out on this plate was the rice cakes. I used to make these when I worked at Zuma and I absolutely loved them. I had always wanted to get them on the menu and then one day had the eureka moment to pair them with a chunky rack of lamb. This dish actually changed massively how we work in the kitchen. I didn’t feel we could do the dish justice unless we actually used a BBQ to get authentic smokiness. So I went out and bought 2 Green Egg BBQ’s that we still use now to sear all our meat and seal in all the flavour. I’ve always been very proud of what we did with this dish, it was packed full of strong flavours and you won’t find a better dish to go with a bold red wine.’
Dessert – ‘Fab’ulous Lolly
Strawberry and mint sorbet, vanilla parfait, dipped in chocolate, coated in colourful sugar strands.
‘My favourite dessert is from our most recent bank of menus, but sadly due to the lock down I haven’t been able to serve it yet. However it did make it into the tasting room and was chosen by most of the clients that saw it. I really wanted to push the boundaries with this and my pastry team did an amazing job. Quite often we found that guests don’t eat their dessert, as they want to go and talk to the friends on other tables or go for a smoke. So I thought it would be fun to give them a dessert they could take with them. I can’t wait to see the reaction in the room when this comes out and there are 700 people in black tie walking around eating it. I really feel like we have done something different with this dish and pushed the boundaries. I’ve certainly never seen anything like it served as part of a 3 course banquet.’
We hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane, if you like the look of any of these dishes we are sure Tom can be persuaded to cook them again for your next event at The Brewery! Fingers crossed we are back up and running soon and serving delicious, mouth watering food to you all once again.
As we are currently doing all our wine drinking at home, we wanted to find out what we should be looking for when heading to the shops to pick up our social distanced vino. The wine section of supermarkets can be an intimidating place, with so much to choose from, we often find ourselves going for the same tried and tested bottle. However now is the perfect opportunity to get adventurous with the wines we are drinking at home and take the extra time to try something new. So we asked our beverage manager, and resident wine expert, Will, for his buying tips and recommendations that you can buy today from your local supermarket.
Here is what he had to say.
Ever since the Australian Chardonnay revolution in the late 1980’s, supermarkets have been the go-to for affordable, easy drinking and reliable wine, for wine drinkers across the country. This still stands today, with many now offering their own brand wines in a variety of grapes and regions, alongside the well-known bigger brands that have come to slightly homogenise the supermarket shelves.
We’ve all drunk cheap, horrible wine (and woken up the next day regretting it!) but this doesn’t mean we have to break the bank to find a decent bottle. The good news is that the majority of supermarket sold wines are under £10 and, with the huge advances in wine making techniques over the last twenty or so years, the majority of these will be perfectly quaffable (I do exclude the bottom shelf, sub £4 a bottle – sorry!).
My tip would be, if you can afford it, look around the £7-9 bracket as below this, after duty (currently £2.27), VAT, and the supermarket mark up, there isn’t much left for what’s in the bottle!
For me, New World wine (Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and USA) still offer better value for money than the same priced French or Italian equivalent, particularly the well know French areas such as Bordeaux or Burgundy.
I often get asked what I think people should be drinking – my answer always is that we drink wine for pleasure and with friends. Whatever the price point, if it flows down the throat and brings a smile to the face it’s a winner.
Top tip: Lidl and Aldi wines are (mostly) fantastic value. For those with deeper pockets, Waitrose has an extensive range with some excellent Old and New World examples at a competitive price.
Here are some of my favourite supermarket wines for you to pick up and try over the next few weeks:
Lidl Cimarosa Malborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – Seeing the price tag of £5.99 I was initially sceptical, however this zippy NZ Sauvignon Blanc really over-delivers with pungent grapefruit and elderflower flavours.
Aldi Exquisite Claire Valley Riesling 2018 – Incredible value at £6.99, this made it into Decanter’s Most Exciting White Wines of 2019. If you think you don’t like Riesling, try this – it’s bone dry, citrusy and delicious.
Graham Beck Brut Sparkling NV from Waitrose. At £14.99 this is cheaper than Champagne and better than most! Graham Beck is considered the top sparkling wine maker in South Africa – absolutely incredible value.
We’re getting some great inspiration from everyone working from home.
We understand it’s far from business as usual, but we’re optimistic, and want to look forward with you, as planning for the autumn season begins and for many it’s time to catch up on your product knowledge. The Brewery has long been known for its sense of welcome. While face-to-face may be off limits for the foreseeable, we don’t feel it would be right for you to go virtually roaming around the venue un-accompanied!
So, from a very safe distance, we will be holding the door open for you and showing you our spaces online using Zoom. You’ll be given a dedicated sales contact who’ll use a combination of our virtual tour, planning/capacity app and photos to walk and talk you through the spaces at The Brewery, and illustrate how they could work for your event. If you want to chat food we’ll bring chef in from his virtual kitchen and if you want to get creative with your AV and set we will stream in the tech department from their home. If you’re keen to see how others have used the spaces, we’ve case studies galore.
We’ve set up a dedicated email address so we can bring the magic together and replicate our well known welcome in your own home. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get the ball rolling by assigning a date and time that works for you’re virtual site visit – if it’s home schooling your own product knowledge, looking for a venue to re-engage your team later in the year, or you just want to be nosey – we’re here to show and tell!
This service is also available to anyone who is interested in our sister venue The Grubstreet Author, or if you are looking for a wedding venue we can arrange for your virtual site visit to be with our wedding manager, Milena.
Last week, The Brewery celebrated success as they took home the award for Best Business Venue at the London Tourism Awards, hosted by London & Partners.
Awarded for their excellent level of staff service and impeccable events spaces, judges said they were particularly impressed by the venue’s quirky additional touches and their new Grubstreet Author spaces, the latest of The Brewery’s venues.
The team are delighted that their hard work has been recognised, and look forward to welcoming guests to events at the venue in the future.
Looking for the perfect wedding venue? Here’s 20 important questions that you should ask before booking
Booking your dream wedding venue is not only one of the first priorities when planning a wedding, it’s also the most significant decision you’ll make. With so much to consider, and with most venues requiring a deposit when booking, you’ll need to know you’re making the right decision for your big day.
It’s so easy to get carried away with excitement when looking at wedding venues. Be prepared with a list of questions to ask when you visit potential locations.
Here are some essential questions to ask your wedding venue before signing on the dotted line. Happy venue hunting!
Wedding venue booking basics
Is the venue available on the date?
If you have a particular date in mind for your wedding, make this your first question! It may seem a little obvious, but sometimes the date is just as important as the venue itself. Weekend dates in the warmer months get booked up early, sometimes years in advance, so enquire with the venue before you even visit to avoid disappointment.
What’s included in the price?
Finding out exactly what’s included in the price is essential for your wedding budget and means you won’t get stung with any unexpected costs further down the line. Ask about the usual suspects – VAT, tables and chairs, staffing costs and the fee for the civil ceremony.
What’s the capacity?
Before sending out your save the dates, it’s important to know how many your venue can seat. Your guest list will be hugely dependant on the size of the venue, so get this information as early in the process as possible.
Is there accommodation available for the bride, groom and wedding party to change before the ceremony?
Although many wedding venues have suitable accommodation, rooms or dedicated areas for the bride, groom and wedding party to get ready prior to the ceremony, not all of them do.
With this in mind, make sure you ask if there are any changing areas available before booking.
How much is the deposit for the venue and when is it due?
The majority of wedding venues will require a deposit to be paid if you decide to go ahead and book. The deposit you’ll be expected to pay will vary from venue to venue, however as a general rule of thumb, across the industry the deposit is usually 50% of the total bill.
Remember, the vast majority of wedding venue deposits are non-refundable, so make sure you’re 100% happy with the venue before committing to booking it. At the same time, you should also ask when the final payment is due so you can manage your budget effectively in the lead up to the wedding.
Does the venue have liability insurance?
This is probably one of the last things on your mind when it comes to planning your big day, but asking whether wedding venues have liability insurance should be one of the first questions you ask.
After all… if the worst was to happen, and a member of your wedding party got hurt or injured (even accidentally), if the venue did not have liability insurance, you would be held accountable for any claims made.
Of course, these instances are few and far between, but it’s always worthwhile covering your back, just in case.
How much rehearsal time is allocated?
Your wedding day is one of the biggest and most important days of your life. And with many of us only doing it once, it’s important that every detail is perfect. This starts with thorough planning.
All venues should allocate a set rehearsal time for you to run through the ceremony, ensure that everyone knows their role and how the day will run. Of course, this time also allows you to ensure that you are happy with the scheduling and running order of your special day.
Check how much time is allocated to your rehearsal prior when deciding whether to book a venue or not.
Which rooms are licenced to hold the ceremony?
Having your ceremony and reception at the same location is convenient for both you and your guests, and it can save some money too. When you visit the venue, consider whether this is an option. Make sure you ask exactly which rooms you can get married in, so you can envisage the all-important ceremony.
Does the venue accommodate civil ceremonies?
Many wedding venues now offer the option to conduct a civil ceremony, which is great if you want a venue where you can get married and enjoy the celebrations after, without having to move to a different venue.
Are there any restrictions?
From areas off-limits for photography, to sound limiters for DJs and bands, ask what restrictions your venue has in place. This could mean that you’re unable to decorate the venue just how you imagined, or party until the hour you want, so it’s an important question to ask at the outset.
Can the venue provide equipment?
If you’re planning on getting your guests on the dance floor in the evening, make sure you enquire about the equipment that’s available at the venue. Consider the audio-visual equipment, electrical outputs and the lighting.
Does the venue have a dedicated wedding team and/or coordinator?
Choosing a venue with a wedding coordinator means that the planning process is as stress-free as possible. An in-house member of staff will not only know the venue inside out, but what works well too. Enlisting their help will undoubtedly be priceless!
Is there parking available at the venue?
Weddings often see guests travelling from far and wide to join in the celebrations. And, although many couples organise transport to take their guests to their wedding, some guests will drive to the venue.
With this in mind, you should check what car parking facilities your venue offers, especially if you’re getting married in London.
Does the venue use an in-house caterer?
Some venues may charge you an extra fee to use your own caterers, so make sure you have an idea of the catering you’re after before booking the venue. Many venues offer their own excellent in-house caterers, which are certainly worth looking at. If not, ask if they have a list of preferred suppliers.
How flexible is the menu?
Many couples choose to reflect their individuality through their menu choices, so it’s worth asking whether there is any flexibility with the food choices or if creating a bespoke menu is an option.
Do you offer a food tasting service?
Whether you’re looking to celebrate your special day with a three-course dinner, a delicious wedding buffet or canapés between proceedings, you should always test the food menu you choose before your big day.
The majority of venues offer a food tasting service in with the price, so you can sample the food on offer before your wedding.
If you hire a private caterer, are there facilities they can use?
If you decide to hire a private caterer rather than using the venue’s catering services, you should make sure there are suitable facilities they can use, and of course, that they are insured to do so.
Are there additional charges for bar staff?
Depending on the size of your wedding, it might be necessary for your venue to increase their staffing levels. If this is the case, make sure you check if extra costs will be added on.
And everything in between…
Is there a plan for bad weather?
You can plan everything to the finest detail, but there’s just no predicting what the weather will do! Make sure your venue has a backup plan for rain and bad weather, and take a close look at any alternative space. You’ll need to love the backup plan just as much as you do the rest of the venue.
Is there nearby accommodation?
It’s always useful to find out if the venue has any nearby accommodation for both you and your guests. If the venue is in a remote area, you’ll need to do some research to ensure the closest accommodation is convenient for your guests and available on your wedding date.
Are you able to bring your own decorations?
Many venues will dress your venue for you in line with your theme and requirements, however many couples like to add a personal dimension by bringing along their own decorations.
Just check that the venue is happy with this before you start buying or making your decorations.
Why choose The Brewery for your wedding venue?
In the heart of London, The Brewery is a wedding venue like no other. Our wedding licence includes every one of our unique rooms within the venue and allows us to host your wedding ceremony and reception on-site for between 40 and 1,000 guests.
Our dedicated wedding planner is on hand to guide you through the entire process, taking care of everything from the budget to the dietary requirements, meaning you can relax and enjoy the build up to your big day. And from the moment you get in touch, your allocated wedding planner will become your single point of contact.
Each room includes everything you need to create the wedding you envisage – from LED lighting, PA systems and Wi-Fi.
To find out more about having your wedding at The Brewery, get in touch. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have.