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help pick the perfect venue other venue items. The great thing about the all-inclusive package is that it saves on time and cost. Also ask if there are any hidden costs! Your wedding coordinator is very important, as he or she plays a huge role in your wedding experience, as the more experienced, professional and approachable the wedding coordinator is, the better you will feel throughout the whole experience. When it comes to food, make sure to select something that appeals to the majority of your guests. Also check that the venue can cater for vegetarians, children and all dietary requirements.

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‘The Baskin Suite has recently launched an all-inclusive package that includes everything that you will need on your day’

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Don’t forget that, for beverages, if you decide to have wine during your meal – try and taste it, first! Have a think about your choice of toast drink; you can let each guest choose their own

drink, or do a set drink, such as champagne or sparkling wine. For entertainment, when you are selecting a band or DJ, I always recommend going and viewing them. Make contact with them, and get a list of their upcoming gigs, before the big day. Don’t forget to check for restrictions at the venue, such as: Is there a late bar? Are children allowed. Lastly, consider your deposit and contract, noting that most deposits are non-refundable. For anything that you have agreed – get it in writing! Other than that, enjoy every minute of your wedding planning!

Caroline Miller: “When it comes to deposits and contracts, for anything that you have agreed – get it in writing!”

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