Why Visit a Wedding Venue Open Day?

Why Visit a Wedding Venue Open Day?

Rebecca Price reveals why she would recommend attending an open day and gives her 10 top venue tips for couples planning their big day.

Viewing the wedding venue set up for an event:

A great reason to attend a venue’s open day rather than a first visit, is you get to see the venue dressed to impress – you won’t get to see the venue looking as beautiful until your wedding day.

This is a great opportunity for you to come along and view the Marquee which will be dressed by talented local suppliers, allowing you to view all areas in full design & detail.

Viewing the wedding venue informally with your partner, family & friends: 

You will have the chance to walk around in your own time, not being rushed, allowing you to explore all areas with your partner, family and friends.

When you visit a venue for the first time, you are shown around by the wedding coordinator or owners, and this can sometimes be a little overwhelming, because there are so many things to consider and process!

The wedding coordinator will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, but the informal approach of an open day ensures you make unpressured decisions and you can make valuable assessments in your own time.

To meet with the wedding venue’s preferred suppliers:

Most venues will have their preferred suppliers showcasing their work during an open day. This is your chance to meet with florists, photographers, stylists and others who share the same values as the venue.

The preferred suppliers are also familiar with the venue, so they can offer valuable suggestions and assist in developing your ideas.

The venue will have people in it:

When viewing a venue, it’s usually just you and your partner along with a member of the venues team, so it can be hard to visualise the venue with guests in it.

By attending an open day, it gives you a feel of the marquee with other people in it, allowing you to visualise spaces, listen to the acoustics, and experience what the flow is like for mingling guests within the designated areas.

With the venue being set up for an event, it can prompt questions you may not have thought of: 

When you visit a venue during an open day, walking around can prompt some questions that you may not have originally thought about, such as;

“is there is PA system available for the speeches?”

“what is the wet-weather plan for the drink reception?”

“how can you hang items from the Marquee ceiling?”

“is there a BBQ at the house?” (so we can do a BBQ the night before)

Attending an open day gives you the opportunity to address these types of questions.

Top 10 Tips to ask at a wedding venue open day: 


  • Is the Venue Exclusive?
  • Is there a wedding coordinator on the wedding day?
  • Are there mandatory suppliers that we have to use?
  • Are you Licensed for Civil Ceremonies? Outdoor/indoor spaces.
  • What is the capacity?
  • Accommodation on site? Are there recommended local hotels & B&B’s?
  • Wet weather plans
  • Catering options for day & evening food?
  • Corkage/Drinks packages?
  • Best places within the grounds for Photography’s?


Contact Us

Drakestone House invites you to our Spring Open Day Afternoon on Sunday 24th of March 2019 from Noon – 4pm.

Drakestone House
GL11 6AS

For more information please email info@drakestonehouse.co.uk or call 07853613810.

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