Ten Tips For Planning a London Wedding
I am a HUGE fan of a city wedding, and London, home to myself and and millions of other couples, is a wonderful place to get married. Many of us met here, fell in love here and live out the story of our lives here. So what better location to celebrate our love?
That’s not to say a beautiful British country wedding or cool destination nuptials aren’t as amazing, they really are. But those who know me, also know that I am a big advocate of creating a wedding that is authentic to the couple getting married and for some of you that might be a stylish London wedding.
If a slick city art gallery, local London restaurant or cool urban space is more your vibe than a country barn or rural castle then these ten tips are for you.
Top London Wedding Planning Tips
Consider a Town Hall wedding ceremony
One thing London has in abundance is beautiful town halls. The stunning Art Deco building that is Hackney Town Hall with it’s breathtaking new Atria, or modern decor meets period features in the recently restored Old Marylebone Town Hall. And that’s just for starters! Check out the council managed buildings in your vicinity.
Discover unique wedding venue options
One of the great perks of a city wedding is the variety of amazing buildings and unique spaces that are available for wedding hire. There are more than just your traditional wedding venues and stylish hotels, do your research and you’ll discover so many London gems. Think about spaces you love; galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, community spaces, public buildings and see if they offer wedding hire. And if a stylish industrial wedding is totally you there are some awesome warehouses, industrial conversions, railway arch spaces, photography studios etc.
Attend London’s wedding fairs
The wedding industry in London is made up of a whole host of small business owners passionate about London weddings and the best place to find them is at one of London’s dedicated wedding fairs. Shows such as the Most Curious Wedding Fair for the style-savvy couple, and Bridelux Atelier for couples planning a luxury city wedding get bigger and better every year. And look out for the cool new Un-Wedding Show, coming to East London in 2019.
Work with local wedding suppliers
One thing I am really passionate about is the phenomenal talent we have here in the London wedding industry. To date I have met and worked with some amazing wedding professionals who put so much love and energy into each and every wedding. Many of us shop local and support small businesses in our day to day lives so why wouldn’t we do the same for our wedding. I am constantly adding to my little black book of suppliers so I can recommend the best London professionals to my clients.
Consider city travel
Let’s be honest one of the downsides of big city living is the mass of vehicles and the slow moving traffic. Make sure you factor this into your wedding planning, especially if you are hosting your reception in a different part of London to your ceremony. Check potential road closures in advance, put realistic travel time into the wedding schedule and think about putting on group transport for your guests, such as hiring an iconic London bus.
Make the most of the city backdrop
The London skyline is one of the most spectacular cityscapes in the world. From the historic iconic buildings of Big Ben, Tower Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral, to the sculptural modern structures of The Shard, The Gherkin and The London Eye. You can make London the perfect backdrop to your wedding by hosting your celebrations in an iconic location or selecting a venue with a view.
Work with London designers
The pool of talent doesn’t just extend to your on the day wedding suppliers. London is a huge hub for fashion and design in the UK and a home for many great forward-thinking creatives. Exciting jewellery designers are popping up all over London not just in traditional Hatton Garden, and modern tailors are shaking up Savile Row. And don’t even get me started on the AMAZING bridalwear and accessories designers!
Source great accommodation
One of the great things about hosting a city wedding is the great variety of accommodation options for you and your guests. Treat yourself to the wedding night in one of London’s best hotels. And for your guests...they can Air BnB a beautiful London Townhouse, treat themselves to a luxury spa hotel or perhaps check in to one of the UK’s coolest boutique hotels. Be sure to provide your guests with recommendations to suit a variety of price points.
Early doors or party until the small hours
When planning any wedding you want to make sure you’ve considered the timings of your event. In London, reception venues in more residential areas or public buildings may have restrictions on how late the celebrations can run until so be sure to check. If partying until the early hours is a priority then you will want to look at venues with late licences and no after hours noise restrictions. Also take note of access hours, buildings that have multiple uses may have less flexible hours that will affect your timings for set up and break down.
Make it a weekend city break
Weekend long celebrations aren’t solely suited to those exclusive use rural venues and destination holiday weddings. Turn your London wedding into a weekend experience that makes the most of all the city has to offer. Consider hosting a welcome dinner and/or drinks in your favourite restaurant/bar, organise activities for out of town guests and finish of the celebrations with one of the cities famous brunches or Sunday roasts.
If you are planning a London wedding and you’d like support from a professional who is as passionate about your London wedding as you are check out my services page. There you can find out more about how I can help you pull off the perfect city celebration!