So, the meteorological boffins have predicted the hottest summer on record (yeah, we’re still looking forward to it too) and now we’re into July, summer is officially in full swing. That also means it is Wedding Season. The point in the year when wedding venues up and down the land have back to back bookings and the hospitality industry is at full tilt making couples’ days the most special of their lives.
If seeing all these happy couples take the plunge is making you feel like popping the question, what will you have to think about as you plan for a summer wedding? We’ve had a helpful delve…
The Venue and Registrar
Choosing a venue and booking the registrar is the most fundamental part of planning any wedding day. If you don’t have these you can’t get married, so get those dates firmly booked and in the diary first. Locations to get married come in all shapes and sizes and you may choose more than one location – a church, followed by a hospitality venue for example.
A large part of the fun is getting out and seeing what’s available and we’ll be taking a look at the best wedding venues around our three stores later in the month. Also – don’t forget – the Registrar will need to come from the District you are getting married in. So if it is a distance from your family home, you’ll need to factor in a trip for you and your fiancé to go and see them.
Whether you go for a licensed single premises that can lay on everything you need, split the locations between the Church and a reception venue – or even go for a completely private wedding (perhaps you’ve got family with a handy field for a Marquee) you’ll need to think about the logistics for your guests.
Nearby accommodation is critical for your wedding guests. You don’t want them having to stay a long drive away from the part venue. So make sure when you choose a venue that you’re also choosing somewhere with plenty of hotels or guest houses nearby – and that they’ve got vacancies.
If you’re going for a Hotel as the reception venue you can usually reserve a number of rooms for the core wedding party when you make the booking. Plus, of course, unless you’re jetting off on honeymoon in the small hours of the morning, you’ll probably want a bridal suite for your first night as a married couple.
Second to the ceremony itself, the ‘Wedding Breakfast’ is the most intimate and fun part of any wedding day. Close friends and family get to share their love for the happy couple from the heart – through the speeches – and everyone gets to catch up with people they perhaps haven’t seen for ages.
A large part of that is the Wedding Breakfast and choosing the food has become another huge part of wedding preparation. Tastings are now the norm (although sometimes there is a charge) so approach your caterers and ask them to put together a menu and sample it before the big day.
Outfits, Decoration and Floral Display
You’ll almost certainly want your room decor, flowers and the bridal party outfits to match. Maybe you’re going for a wedding theme? Perhaps it’ll just be seasonal colours, or maybe something more creative themed around your favourite film or possibly even a sports team – it has been known. You’ll need to work with the dress/suit supplier, linen provider and florist to make sure the Boys’ buttonholes don’t clash with the bridesmaid’s dresses and the table decor.
Entertainment is one of the essentials of any wedding. Get it wrong and it can kill the atmosphere, get it right and it will make your wedding memorable for all the right reasons. But will you plump for a DJ/Disco or a Live Band? Discos are generally more reliable – as you can be sure of the quality of recorded music, but find a decent live act and your Whichever you choose we’re sure your party will be all over social media as friends and family want to show of how much fun they are having.
You could think outside the box and go for some additional entertainment. Maybe a magician – to keep people amused at their tables, or even a comedian to do 20minutes of marriage related stand-up.
The Guest List
As soon as you’ve got the venue booked you’ll need to organise the invitations to give everyone fair warning of the event. Which means beginning to plan the guest list. Getting the invitations out in good time means that all the important people will be able to get the date in their diary and ensure they’ve got accommodation booked. If you’re feeling really helpful you can include details of
Other Treats and Extras
These days there are all sorts of extras you can have to wow your guests. From Chocolate Fountains to Sweet Carts and ‘stop me and buy one’ Ice Cream Cycles – even a goody bag to take away. All kinds of traditional (and not so traditional) treats are on offer to tempt your guests and ensure a celebration they won’t forget.