What do you do next?
Christmas is the time for engagements, with Google seeing over a 350% increase in searches for ‘wedding venue’. But we just searched ‘wedding venue’ and got nearly 5 million results!
Use a dedicated wedding planning site.
There are loads of brilliant wedding sites out there. They break down your wedding into easy to understand categories – venue, dress, transport etc.
Hitched is one of our favourites – it’s perfect for you, and it’s great for us! Hitched allows us to upload everything you need to know, including lots of photos to help you choose. It then lets you to browse through venues and suppliers in a location of your choice, meaning you’re not left with 5 million websites to flick through! It also allows you to submit an enquiry, and share your plans (guest lists, table plans etc.) with your suppliers later down the line. It’s also a very handy way of keeping tabs on your budget and your guest list.
Set a budget.
It’s a tough conversation but an important one. Be realistic. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue or a dress which is too much and then have to let yourself down.
If you think you may not be able to get married for several years, hold off on getting quotes as those prices may be entirely different then.
You also may want to discuss budgets with those contributing to your wedding, or decide if actually you may need to save for a couple of years before getting married.
Go to a wedding show.
Lots of venues will have Wedding Open Days or Wedding Fairs soon after Christmas to give you some wedding inspo!
The National Wedding Show takes place at the NEC Birmingham in February and is a great place to see lots of suppliers and venues in one go – including us!
We’ve also got a Wedding Open Day on 14th January. We set up our Great Hall and State Rooms for a wedding to give you a great idea of how it could look on your big day!
Give yourself some time to enjoy your engagement! Have a party, book a photoshoot, do something to help you remember this moment. Soon enough, you’ll be knee-deep in wedding planning and you’ll want something to look back on to remind yourself why you’re doing this!