Wedding Planning Tips – Amanda Wheal; Post-Brexit & Small Weddings
We understand that planning a wedding at the minute, can still feel like a bit of a mission. Brexit, coupled with post pandemic rules and regulations, is enough to make any couple feel well and truly frazzled!
We believe that at this time, the best thing for you to do is accept the things you can’t change and prepare with all the information you can, so you can make decisions on the things you can change.
To help with your queries about weddings post pandemic, and Brexit, we’ve put together some wedding advice, with contributions from Amanda Wheal, a celebrant based in Essex, who believes in helping couples have the ceremony they deserve with real freedom of choice and personalisation.
Weddings Post Brexit
If you’re marrying in the UK, the cost of importing goods from abroad will be more expensive for wedding businesses. As a result, brides and grooms may end up paying for the modifications.
Florists, Food and Drink
Florists, for example, import some, if not most of their flowers, and food and drink suppliers may have to pay more too, because they import goods from abroad.
TIP: When considering your venue, caterer, and florist, ask them if Brexit has affected the way they work and their prices. Even if your wedding is 2 years away, it is important to find out if prices you are looking at are correct for your wedding date.
Spain and Italy are incredibly popular wedding destinations, and we doubt that this will change any time soon, however, be aware, having your wedding here could be more complicated because of changes with passports, visas, budgets, paperwork, and documentation.
TIP: Check and double check - Amanda says, ‘destination weddings will still be very popular for all sorts of good reasons but if you are planning one, make sure you do the research thoroughly. Be wary of the small changes such as data roaming charges.’
With all the paperwork changes, we recommend checking out the official government website for comprehensive details when planning and before you travel.
Also, consider using a travel agent such as @luxurylondonguy. He will be able to give you lots of advice and will also be up to date on all current travel restrictions and trends.
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How To Inform Wedding Guests Of Changes - Wedding Websites
Brexit and the pandemic have brought about many changes, which are constantly being modified. A relatively new trend to inform your guest of alterations, is to have your own wedding website.
Amanda says that a website is a great way for having everything in one place for you and your guests. It will enable you to move dates if needs be, and let your guests know quickly and easily what is happening. It will also allow you to include all your wedding information from present lists, menu choices, a map of the venues, details of accommodation, taxi companies etc…
Small Weddings - Micro and Elopement
Despite the news that weddings could return to some sort of normality in June, many couples getting married this year and next are still opting for a smaller wedding.
Amanda says that this is terrific for celebrants as they love creating unique ceremonies which are totally personalised for each couple.
A micro wedding is a small wedding, often with immediate family and close friends only. It became a go to during the pandemic and is becoming a popular choice post Covid, for many reasons.
A micro wedding is generally with less than 30 guests. Being smaller in size, it’s usually cheaper, more relaxed, and shorter in length than a traditional wedding day.
The Little Channels at the Channels Estate is an ideal venue for a micro wedding. This beautiful spot is complete with a private flagstone courtyard, which is simply perfect for any dream day.
Here’s some tips to consider if you're planning a small wedding:
1. Ask your venue if it is exclusive hire
Many of couples don’t want to have to share their wedding with another couple or the general public. We personally couldn’t think of anything worse than Jo Blogs being in the background of our wedding photos.
If it’s important to you to have exclusive use, make sure this is top on your list to ask when considering your venue.
2. Consider your invites
If you are having a small wedding, you need to be very careful who you invite. Your guests will understand this, so don’t be afraid to say no to inviting your great Aunt that your Mum is insisting needs to be included.
Also, venues still have limits on numbers, and this may continue post June. The numbers more likely than not, will include you and your suppliers so be aware of this when you are writing your invite list.
3. Ditch tradition
A lot of traditions have gone since covid due to restrictions on numbers and what we can and can’t do, therefore it’s perfectly fine if you don’t want groomsmen or bridesmaids. Perhaps have a few special people included such as a family member instead?
4. Consider a weekday wedding
Less guests means less commitments to consider and it’s more likely you and your guest will be able to have a weekday off work!
Having your wedding on a weekday means your costs will be cheaper which will allow you to spend more money on your guest’s experience.
An elopement wedding is attended only by the couple and two witnesses and often performed in secret, although not always.
Amanda says, ‘It’s quicker, more informal and in my opinion very romantic, but be prepared it isn’t quite as easy as it looks!’
Here are some tips to consider if you are thinking about an elopement wedding:
1. Legal Requirements
Unfortunately, the romantic idea that an Elopement wedding is wonderfully spontaneous, isn’t quite correct. Regardless of where you are marrying in the UK, you must always give notice at your local registry office at least 29 days before, which includes details of your final venue.
To get your marriage certificate you’ll need to know where you're marrying so the destination part of your elopement is settled. You don't have to go to a different part of the country to elope, you can do it in your local registry office if you want.
You need two witnesses to legally marry in the UK. These can be strangers and of course they can also be people you know. They could even be staff at the registry office or venue.
TIP: It will make it less hectic if you have your witnesses planned in advance rather than trying to find two people off the street on the day you want to get wed! If you want this sense of anticipation – it’s your wedding! The choice is yours!
4. How will you celebrate
Once you are officially married, you'll want to continue the celebrations so think about where you would like to celebrate. Would you like it to be at a restaurant, just the two of you, a big reception in the future, with all your friends and family, or a small celebration at home, with some of your closest loved ones?
It's completely up to you and how secret you want to keep your wedding but to ease the stress and avoid anti-climax, we suggest making sure you have an idea on how you want to celebrate, before you marry.
We hope this was helpful for you all. Thank you, Amanda, for your contributions. To find out more about Amanda, please visit here: https://bit.ly/3twFM3r.
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Debbie and Becca x