Happy New Year lovelies!
The dust and sparkle of Christmas has now settled, and we’re super excited to get to know all our couples for 2019 and beyond.
Now is the time so many couples begin their wedding planning journey, and along with the elation, we know that starting to plan a wedding can be a daunting experience for many, so Team E are here to help, and share a few of our top wedding planning tips to help you on your way...
You've found your perfect venue, but weekend dates are going fast! Don't panic, weekend-only weddings are by no means the only option, anything goes these days. With incredible discounts on midweek dates, it's well worth looking into a week day wedding...
At Elmore we’ve just introduced ‘Long Thursdays’... The beautiful thing about a Long Thursday at Elmore is that you and your friends and family can make yourselves at home the night before the wedding, (enjoying a candelit dinner in the Dining Room perhaps) and wake on your wedding morning to a delicious breakfast before the celebrations really begin.
Feel free to call or email the team to find out more... You could even get married this year!
Guest list and bridal party
One of the first things you should do when planning your wedding is decide who will be supporting you through the planning process, and be a big part of making your day special. Make an initial guest list and choose your bride squad and groomsmen – choose the friends and family you know have your back and you can trust implicitly to delegate important wedding tasks too.
Your Wedding Style
Once you’ve settled on a venue and booked a date you can really start having fun with the details. This usually starts with much scrolling of Pinterest and Instagram, but you could also make a beautiful real life vision board to keep by cutting up magazines and using paint, photos and pressed flowers.
Choose a wedding theme or colour palette that reflects you both as a couple and feels true to you. Try not to get too swayed by others opinions, this is your day, and it should be really personal to you... Our chefs are happy to work with you on creating a bespoke menu to complement your wedding style.
Book wedding suppliers
Make sure you choose wedding suppliers that have a similar vibe to the style you are trying to create. For instance, if you want a relaxed, bohemian wedding bouquet, don't choose a florist who only shares photos of traditional bridal bouquets.
We’ve worked with some of the industries best; check out our newly improved wedding suppliers section on our website for our favourites.
Choose your menu
Once you know where and when your wedding will be, the all important guests who'll make it special and what your day will look and feel like, next on your list is food!
At Elmore we’ve got some exciting new menus on the horizon, and with a plan to build up our kitchen garden you can guarantee you’ll be enjoying fresh, seasonal ingredients. Watch this space!
We also offer you a food tasting a few months before the big day, a lovely chance to relax and enjoy the fruits of your wedding planning labour, one of the highlights for all our couples!
Post save the dates/invites
Send invites a few months before the big day, or if you want to make sure everyone has the date in their diary well in advance you could also send save the date cards as soon as you've secured your date . We loved these postcards sent by one of our lovely couples last year...
At Elmore we create a wedding website personal to you, so don’t forget to include this on your invites for local taxi and accommodation info. You can personalise this with a photo of yourselves and details of the day.
Get your dress/suits/bridesmaid dresses...
It’s best to source these locally so you can pop back for regular fittings. Bridesmaids could source their own outfits if you’re happy to send them off with a colour scheme – many couples choose mix and match bridesmaids dresses, it looks great, and they'll feel comfortable and confident in their own choice.
We all love an accessory (men included!); go on and purchase those dreamy shoes! And let's not forget the wedding rings...
It’s not an uncommon occurance now to have a mini-moon, and then jet away on a mega-moon a few months later. Start to think about what you would like to do, and where you'd like to explore as a couple. We think two honeymoons will help to beat the post wedding blues.
We hope this has helped you find your bearings, and we wish you all the luck and love on your wedding planning journey.
Don't forget to plan in lots of time for yourselves individually and as a couple in the build up to your wedding day, and ask for help and delegate lots; when it comes to wedding planning stress, prevention is better than cure (we helped with a brilliant feature for Love my Dress on this subject, it's here if you'd like to read more)
Do feel free to drop us a line any time for any advice you need, we're always happy to help.
Get the flags out... we’ve been shortlisted for an award!
Whilst you're here, we thought we'd spill the beans... We’ve recently been shortlisted by Hitched for 'Best Country Venue' in the UK Wedding Awards 2019... Wish us luck, and feel free to vote if you feel so inclined!
Lots of love as always from Team E