Expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Surrey 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


Keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on

Q. Our wedding has been postponed due to COVID-19, and we're having to re-book our venue. What do you suggest we ask before booking?

A. Rebecca Uden says: Firstly, I'm sorry to hear your wedding has been postponed, but when your special day comes around it will be worth the wait! I've put together a few of my top tips to help you along the way.

- Read the venue's terms and conditions with regards to cancelling due to COVID-19 and ensure you understand their flexibility.

- Check available dates and ask if they can hold your chosen one for two weeks.

- If you're re-booking the same venue, check what their payment expectations are and if there are increases to the rates or changes to your contract.

- During the two weeks that your date is on hold, check with your previously booked suppliers to see if they can accommodate it and pencil you in.

- If you have suppliers that may not be able to accommodate, confirm if there will be any charges if you need to cancel their services.

- Once everyone have confirmed, let your venue know and check all the paperwork thoroughly.

- Most importantly, sit back, relax and look forward to celebrating your special day.

Rebecca Uden,Selsdon Park


Festive barns

Festive barns

Q. I had my heart set on a barn venue, however, will it be a warm enough setting should the weather be chilly/snowing?

A. Vicki Lamont says: For the perfect winter wedding, look no further than a barn venue. You'll need a location with atmosphere, beauty and year-round charm, and barns have this in abundance.

Long Furlong Barn has underfloor heating and insulation – something to bear in mind when visiting prospective venues – meaning guests will be toasty whilst enjoying mulled wine or a hot chocolate with a Baileys kick.

Most barn venues offer an outdoor area with outdoor heating, furniture and a bar – what better way to enjoy a warm drink snuggled up with blankets whilst taking in the beautiful views?

At Long Furlong Barn we have a beautiful fairylit courtyard with an Open Barn which offers outdoor heating and seating for you and your guests to enjoy. The rural setting and rustic flare of a barn venue, mixed in with some winter wedding décor, makes for the ultimate romantic, cosy wedding backdrop.

Vicki Lamont