This is a busy time of year for brides to be. So many decisions to make. Where do you start? Here’s a few suggestions…..
1. Do you want to hold the reception and the ceremony in the same place?
There are two parts of your wedding to organise, the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. A church wedding is still the favourite choice for many couples but a civil wedding gives you more options. If you choose a church wedding, consider how far the church is from the reception and how you’re going to transport grannie! Speak to Brides’ Cars and with our experience we can give you lots of advice. If you’re considering a civil wedding, you have the option of choosing a venue that will host you’re your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception. There’s lots to choose from. A current list of venues in Cambridgeshire is available on line. Don’t worry if you still want to have the pleasure in riding in a special wedding car, Brides’ Cars have a special package for one venue weddings….
2. How many guests will you invite?
Like all things when you’re thinking of getting married the comment will always be “well it depends”. If you’ve set you heart on a church wedding following by a reception then find out how many the church holds and how many the venue can cater for. If you have a set budget in mind then the number of guests will be dictated by the cost of catering for them.
3. Do you want to celebrate close to home?
Is it important that your friends attend your wedding or would you prefer that your elderly relatives don’t have to travel far? If you find a venue of your dreams on the internet you will probably find that your friends and family will make the trip especially if you can negotiate a good deal for their accommodation.
4. What time of the year would you like to get married?
If you have a particular venue in mind, is it available when you want to hold your wedding? Would you consider a winter wedding? A fur lined wedding hood for your dress? Pictures in the snow? Or would you prefer the probability of sunshine for your photographs? The weather in the UK is unpredictable and you can’t guarantee that it won’t rain but with good planning it won’t spoil your day. Don’t worry about the weather if you’re hiring Brides’ Cars wedding cars as we have lots of umbrellas available.
5. What’s the theme of your wedding?
An intimate wedding can keep the costs down and a princess wedding can cost thousands but it’s fun deciding upon the theme of your wedding. John Lewis have some great suggestions:
Homespun charm: Look for pretty local churches and village halls that can be hired for relatively little money but adorned with flowers, bunting and decorations to reflect your theme.
Rural romance: Weatherworn barns can be made to look incredible with wreaths and fairy-lights. Lofty ceilings and wooden rafters will give the celebration a warm, historical feeling and ensure photos look stunning.
Stately glamour: If your budget will run to it many stately homes and castles tend to offer themselves as wedding venues. Obviously these come in all shapes, sizes and styles but most will add a fairytale atmosphere to your special day.
Contemporary chic: Brides and grooms may choose to shun all things vintage in favour of sleek hotels and contemporary venues. Modern-feeling weddings can now be held in all manner of locations from football clubs to permanently docked ships.
6. How many rooms does the venue have available to the guests?
You might think it a good idea that more rooms mean more fun but if everyone is spread over a number of rooms, who is going to see you dancing your first dance that you’ve been practicing for months? On the other hand if you’d like to have a games theme for your wedding then lots of rooms means more flexibility and possibilities.
7. What time is the venue allowed to play music until?
If you are planning on a late night for your guests then ask when the music needs to be turned off. Some out of town venues will allow music until 1.00am but some will ask you to pull the plug at 11.00pm. Make sure you ask if this is important to your plans.
8. Are there going to be other weddings at the same time as yours?
Even if you are in the main room you might find that if the venue is licensed for weddings that they may be holding a second event in another room. This might not be a problem if you know about it in advance but it might not be your preference to share the venue with another bride.
It can be very convenient for you and your guests to stay in the wedding venue but be aware that some of your guests may wish to retire early. As if there are rooms away from the disco and consider a venue where the accommodation is in another part of the complex. Consider arranging accommodation at a nearby hotel and laying on transport.
Make sure that you don’t take this decision on your own. Talk to your other half and be prepared to compromise if you have different ideas. Are you looking for a summer wedding in a marquee, a relaxed and contemporary barn wedding venue or a formal and elegant country house or hotel?
Most important – book your wedding car well in advance! We look forward to hearing from you. http://www.bridescars.co.uk/contact/