Your wedding is the most special day of your life, filled with happiness, family and laughter. With the joy of weddings comes the wedding planning build up and choosing a style of wedding that suits you both.
So, what are the main considerations when planning a wedding, and how do you make this day a dream come true?
The venue is probably the most crucial part of the wedding plan. It could be a place you’ve never set foot in or a venue that is meaningful to you both, either way, you need to ensure it has everything you want for your dream wedding.
There are many things to decide before choosing a venue. You must think about the number of guests attending both the ceremony and the reception, whether you’re into old-fashioned elegance or urban design, and if you’re an outdoor or indoor person. Once you’ve decided on these things, you’ll be able to get a clear picture of your ideal venue.
If you and your beloved are city dwellers with most of your friends and family living in town, then find an urban venue right in the city you love!
It’ll be easy for your guests to get to and from and an elegant, cosmopolitan setting really does bring an air of sophistication and style to your whole day.
A city centre wedding venue like Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent oozes urban chic as a boutique hotel set in a Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion, located within easy reach of the motorway and central London.
Country House Wedding
This is a popular wedding venue choice and for good reason. Getting away to the countryside to marry the love of your life at a country house amongst your nearest and dearest is a pretty picture indeed!
A countryside haven like a stately home will provide a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photos and is the perfect place to have a big party for your guests. In fact, if many of your guests decide to stay the night, your wedding turns into a mini-break for your whole party, meaning great memories that will last a lifetime.
Our breath-taking, historic Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor is a dream wedding venue, offering extensive grounds, stunning views and elegant surroundings for your celebration.
If you have a large budget and really want a proper fairy-tale wedding day, then a castle type venue will be perfect for you. This is a dramatic setting, with gorgeous opulent furnishings and large gardens, all perfect for stunning wedding photos.
Of course, hiring a whole castle for your wedding necessitates a pretty large budget but you can source an equally magical venue that offers a stunning setting without the six-figure cost.
Our Hallmark Hotel Stratford-upon-Avon The Welcome is a romantic, fairy-tale manor house equipped with beautiful surroundings, elegant accommodation and a team of meticulous wedding planners!
Tying the knot by the sea is a very romantic concept and it also provides the perfect tropical backdrop for a great party! The sea is a symbol of adventure and you can plan your theme around this concept, which will thrill your guests.
A seaside wedding venue can mean stunning sea views, a beach theme (lots of serene blues and greens, pebbles and palm trees, and beach hut centrepieces), lots of lovely fresh fish and seafood on the menu, and a holiday-feel to your reception!
The Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton is a favourite for those in love with the ocean, with the availability of a sea-view ceremony in our gazebo for up to 50 guests.
The Wedding Ceremony
Whether you’re going for a civil or religious ceremony, the waiting lists can sometimes be a killer, especially in the summer. If you’ve got your heart set on a summer wedding but have both left it a bit late to book your favourite venues, maybe it’s time to look at other options.
It is important to exchange your vows in a place that not only fits your guests, but reflects both you and your partner, and so that’s why it is important to offer a wide range of function suites and areas for your ceremony.
If you’re nervous about taking a chance on the weather, then having your wedding ceremony indoors is a safe bet.
Getting your indoor venue set up and decorated is usually straightforward – no chairs etc to carry outside.
If you have the ceremony ‘on-site’ (AKA in the same place as you have your reception) then you have very little fuss and stress on the day.
There’s nothing lovelier than a summer wedding outdoors, basking in sunshine, and surrounded by the scent of flowers.
If the risk of rain is too great then you can still marry out of doors but under the safe shelter of a marquee, tipi, or similar temporary structure.
A marquee wedding is an ideal choice if you want a large space to accommodate your party, and you can decorate how you wish!
Consider a daylight wedding set in sensational gardens at Hallmark Hotel Flitwick Manor if you have a large number of guests and would prefer to have your do outside but under shelter, with easy access to the gardens. Or say ‘I Do’ in a beautiful Italian terrace garden at Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen, a Grade 1 listed hotel with elegant and theatrical décor, perfect for photos!
To make the day even more special, why not consider a wedding package and let someone else organise your wedding for you, under your guidance of course! Packages allow you to enjoy the best parts of the day, whilst the rest is taken care of with your best wishes in mind. With packages including wedding organisers, a three-course wedding breakfast, exclusive hotel access, a drinks reception and even more, you can sit back and relax with our great leisure facilities.
There are even packages available that offer a complimentary stay for the wedding couple for the first wedding anniversary, allowing you to relive the memories of your special day. All of our packages are dependent on the hotel of your choice, so have a look at our list of wedding venue hotels here. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact one of our wedding planners.
So, prepare to be treated like royalty with your own Hallmark Hotel wedding, whether for the ceremony, reception or an evening do. For a great wedding activity ahead of the day, why not find out which Royal Family member you and each of your guests are by playing our quiz and sharing the results on Facebook.
To find out more about how we can help you create your dream wedding, just contact one of our team by making an enquiry or by talking to one of our wedding angels at 0330 028 3411.