Top 10 tips for planning a wedding in LondonBy Angelica Malin
Weddings are joyous occasions, bringing friends and family together to celebrate the love between two people.
It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that weddings can also be expensive, especially when you are looking to hold your wedding in London! After all, London is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
If you are planning a wedding in London, why not take a few minutes to read our top 10 tips below, which may help you along the way.
The whole wedding planning process is supposed to be enjoyable, and whilst there are many elements of a wedding that need to be brought together, it should never be a stressful experience. Whether you are planning a London wedding or, indeed, anywhere else, just relax!
Take your time
Of course, it’s easier to relax and enjoy the wedding planning process if you’ve given yourself enough time to organise things. Many couples take months – and, sometimes, years – to plan their wedding. Generally speaking, the more time you give yourself, the more relaxed you’ll be, as the more options there will be available to you. If you leave everything until the last minute, then choices will be limited and the pressure will be on!
One of the great things about having plenty of time, of course, is that you can spend this time getting inspired. Whether it’s browsing the websites of some luxury London hotels, or checking out the latest wedding trends in bridal magazines, you can find inspiration for your own wedding. That said, it’s often the case that the most memorable weddings are those with the most though-out, personalised touches, and so don’t fall into the trap of just trying to replicate what you see online or in magazines – always try to include ideas and concepts that are personal to you as a couple.
Look out for London wedding special offers
The London wedding venue market is a competitive one, with lots of venues all vying for your business. After COVID-19, they are all looking to recoup some losses, and so will often be running offers or incentives to couples looking to get married. Keep an eye out online for these offers – it might be that they are discounting the price of the venue hire, or maybe throwing in the price of the wedding furniture hire, for example. One of these wedding venues might be perfect for you!
Has your venue got enough accommodation?
And when it comes to choosing your wedding venue, always check to ensure that it is conveniently located, and has accommodation to be able to house all your guests. Of course, the number of rooms you need will be dictated by where your guests are coming from.
With the millions of people in London, car parking is always at a premium, and so make sure that when you choose your venue, this is a major consideration. Either the venue needs free parking for your wedding guests, or it needs to be conveniently located on a tube line, or at least within an Uber distance of other public transport links.
Have a budget, and stick to it!
Wherever you are planning a wedding, perhaps THE most important thing is that you formulate a budget, and stick to it. It’s very easy to get carried away with a little overspend here and there, but that all adds up to a big overspend at the end. Whether you want to do it on a spreadsheet or simply on a big whiteboard at home, why not detail everything that you need for your wedding and put an approximate budget alongside it. This will help to keep you on track, so that there are no nasty surprises at the end!
Book well in advance
London being London, you can be sure that demand will be high for whatever element of your wedding you are trying to organise. Whether it is the wedding cars, the cake, the wedding dress, wedding table favours, wedding furniture hire London or, indeed, anything else, get in there early and place your order. After all, it’s always going to be easier to tweak your requirements with a supplier nearer your wedding date, rather than leave it all until the last minute in the hope that they will be able to service your requirements.
Try and keep within your budget by negotiating. OK, so this isn’t something that everyone likes doing, but it’s well worth asking, to try and save some money. After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get! Ask the venue if that is the best price they can offer, negotiate on your wedding rings by asking what the best price is for two, and why not work with a company who can provide wedding furniture hire near you, to save on transport costs. It’s easy to estimate wedding furniture cost online, so use the internet to your advantage! All these are examples of where you can negotiate to save a few quid.
Enjoy the process!
And ultimately, remember to enjoy the process. It’s (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Savour every moment.
Hopefully our top 10 tips for planning a wedding in London will be useful to you when the time comes. All that’s left for us to say – in advance – is congratulations!