As one of the most special days of your life – and one of the few you’ll have the chance to plan yourself – you’re sure to want everything to be perfect when it comes to your wedding. However, planning the big day itself is no mean feat, especially if you’re hoping to make sure it will be a day to remember. Organising your wedding can seem even more stressful if you know you’re going to be holding it away from home but don’t worry, just remind yourself that by having your wedding somewhere else you’ll be able to enjoy a fabulous getaway for you and your guests as well as all of the joys a wedding normally brings.
While many people choose to travel abroad when they decide to have their wedding elsewhere, there are many excellent destinations here in the UK and you could find that planning to travel overseas could have a detrimental effect on the number of wedding guests you are expecting. Not only does travelling abroad tend to be more expensive, it also represents a lot more hassle for your guests. They may have to renew passports or invest in luggage suitable for a flight, and this could put them off attending.
Choosing the venue for your wedding is one of the biggest and most difficult decisions you’ll have to make, but you’ll find that once you have a venue in mind, many of the other details will fall into place. Check around hotels and you’re sure to find that many offer excellent wedding packages, with many featuring gorgeous ballrooms perfect for your reception. You could also find that hotels will be willing to offer you a special discount for you and your guests when you book rooms for yourself and your wedding party.
You don’t need a wedding planner to create a wonderful day for you and your partner; you just need to know who to turn to for help. The majority of hotels will be happy to answer any and all of your questions concerning catering, room sizes or local services – such as reliable hairdressers or lovely flower sellers. If you choose to hold your reception in a luxurious hotel, you’ll also be able to relax safe in the knowledge that when the party draws to a close your guests will be taken care of – as if they need a room for the night, there will be one already booked and on hand for them.
If you’re planning on having your wedding somewhere far from home, make sure you travel down a couple of nights early. This means you’ll have the chance to iron out any problems long before your guests start to arrive, although it’s advisable to bring some support with you, preferably in the shape of your partner, a parent or your chief bridesmaid or best man.
Whether you’ve decided to take the trip overseas or you’ve chosen one of the many lovely luxury hotels in the UK, there comes a point where you have to stop planning and start enjoying – you want to make the most of your special day after all.