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Confessions of a Suffolk Photographer – The Wedding Venue

f107Tina Impett is the special events manager for Finborough Hall, she has a wealth of experience to help you organise your perfect wedding day.  Finborough Hall is set in 40 acres of Suffolk countryside with a river, woodland and gardens. A magnificent Hall nestled in beautiful parkland; it is an idyllic setting for your wedding day. As you travel along the sweeping driveway up to the Hall you pass the landscaped gardens offering you privacy and the perfect photographic backdrop for your big day.

Top ten Tips when booking your Wedding Venue

1 We recommend that you book your venue at least 12 months before your wedding day.

2. Be mindful about the distance between the church and venue, especially if you have invited a lot of guests. Travelling to and from different locations can become a logistical nightmare.  At Finborough Hall we have the advantage of the church being in walking distance of the reception area or if you would rather have a civil ceremony our beautiful Georgian building is licensed for weddings.

3. When choosing your venue, be sure to ask where you are permitted to use the grounds surrounding the building.  Some venues may only give you access to a restricted area. The grounds will be the background to your wedding pictures which can enhance your pictures beautifully.

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4. Check with your venue about who supplies the catering and ask to sample their dishes. If you are bringing in outside catering make sure they can access the kitchens in plenty of time and come before hand to get aquainted with the equipment and layout of the kitchens.

5. Most venues will  have an alcohol licence but you may want to bring your own, check for corkage and that they have the necessary documentation to serve alcohol.

6. Some venues run more than one event at the same time. You may prefer to have the venue exclusively, make sure you check that the whole venue will be booked for just you. Finborough Hall only hold one wedding per weekend, so it is exclusively yours.

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7. From time to time venues need to be updated or maintenance carried out, check with the venue that no work is happening on or around your wedding day. The last thing you would want is a digger or scaffolding in the wedding pictures!

8. Build a good relationship with your venue organiser, they should know lots of wedding suppliers in the area and recommend the best ones.

9. Check there is somewhere the brides and bridesmaids can get ready before the ceremony.

10. Some venues can only continue the celebrations until 12pm, if you would like to party the whole night through, check if there are any limits to closing time.

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3 Quick Questions

Tina’s favourite………

1 Layout for your wedding day – open all the doors for the wedding breakfast so you have the feel of being outside (give a flavour of what you can do with the venue and it’s versatility)
We are a light contemporary venue with stunning grounds. Perfect for someone who loves the outside. Enjoy walking to and from the church followed by a champagne reception on the lawn with the stunning Finborough Hall as a backdrop for some fabulous photographs.

2 Season to get married and why. Finborough Hall is perfect for Summer weddings due to the lovely grounds and gardens.

3 Your personal favourite wedding picture

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