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HOW TO PLAN A UK WEDDING WEEKEND - THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION

UK WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE BY EMILY 11TH FEBRUARY 2022

Weekend weddings give you the perfect opportunity to make the most of precious time together with all your loved ones and epitomise a wow-factor wedding. They are perfect for couples who love entertaining and socialising but come with an even bigger demand for design and logistical planning than a UK wedding that lasts one day. 

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LOCATION

Discovering The Perfect UK Wedding Venue To Host Your Wedding Weekend 

I adore weekend weddings and the license they bring to planning and designing more than one event that truly reflects your personality. For such a big event location is everything, whether you're looking to host an extravagant affair on a private country estate or use a number of locations to entertain your guests in the centre of London.  

The 3 things I would always look to include when researching for your venue are to ensure there are plenty of opportunities to plan a range of activities on-site or nearby. It's important to consider how guests may travel around a larger site, especially when everyone is drinking too! For a luxury wedding that spans multiple days, I would consider a venue that has numerous spaces to host different events in, that way you have a huge scope for design and can keep guests engaged and excited when they enter each area. Lastly, consider where your guests will be staying, is there enough accommodation on-site? It's really important guests have their own space where they can relax and feel at home in between activities. 

GUEST EXPERIENCE 

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It's important to think about every eventuality of your guest's needs, it's all about striking that fine balance of giving them enough to do without throwing too much their way and allowing guests time to relax, without them becoming bored. 

I always like to include an icebreaker event to introduce everyone. Standing cocktails and roaming catering work best for this as guests can mingle and speak to numerous other guests in one night. Make sure you have a talking point for the evening too, whether this is some exciting entertainment or a bigger wow such as a firework display to kick off the wedding. 

Your food and drink should be woven into or as part of your exciting activities at a weekend wedding. For example, if you're at one of my favourite wedding venues Wilderness Reserve you can organise a group picnic by the lake where there are rowing boats, or at Heckfield Place sit down to a private dinner before a private movie screening. Strike a balance of providing ample food without being wasteful, and keep the drinks flowing without getting all your guests too drunk within the first few hours! 

Personalised details are a huge part of what I do as a luxury wedding planner and it's the thoughtful unexpected little things that will impress the most. A handwritten note in each guests hotel room, a nod to a family member who is no longer with us, or stories of your adventures woven into your wedding stationery. I take every opportunity when mapping the guest experience to include as many of these authentic details as possible.

PLANNING THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION

Make Your Wedding The Party Of All Parties 

This is all about making the party last! Entertainment can make or break an atmosphere and is key to getting the party started. Hangover brunches are my favourite events to plan and weave in the most outrageous entertainment into, drag queens, live singers, house DJ's you name it, it's the big finale to the weekend and an opportunity to go all out. Everyone's usually a little jaded from the night before but always in high spirits, guests have got a lot more comfortable with each other and have fewer inhibitions which makes for a brilliant party.

HIRE A UK WEDDING PLANNER

Get Support To Plan Your Wedding Weekend

A wedding is one of the most intricate events to plan and invloves 10's of suppliers, venues, and is especially logistically challenging when the fun is to last over a number of days. Having the support of an experienced luxury wedding planner is invaluable when there are so many elements to consider over one day!

 

Hiring an expert ensures you feel reassured, have access to unlimited professional knowledge, and the luxury of an uncomplicated process. The time consuming administrative tasks associated with planning such a complex event are organised for you so you can indulge in the possibilities and relax having complete confidence throughout the process.

During the wedding weekend itself it is so important that there is a point of contact for all your suppliers, to have that someone there who can set everything up, read the crowd and adapt to the atmosphere, implement plan b's/c's, and solve problems discreetly so you can relax. You may feel like it’s manageable and that everyone will get stuck in, but do you really want your family and guests to have things to do, or to enjoy their time with you? 

Our full wedding planning and design service covers every avenue of organisation under the remit of planning and styling an entire wedding, collaborating to create an event and experience you never thought possible.

To download my Full Wedding Planning & Design Service Brochure click here, or you have any questions email me on hello@inaweweddings.co.uk 

 

I would love to help you design an incredible wedding weekend!

Emily x

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