London is one of the most incredible cities to plan a wedding in, with romance, splendour and history around every corner. With some great London hotel packages available all year round, it’s always a perfect time to get married in the city.
But if you’re planning to hold the big day in the capital, it’s a good idea to think ahead and make sure you have everything covered ahead of time. Read on for some top tips to help you plan the perfect wedding day.
While it’s possible to plan an impromptu wedding in London at short notice, if you’re hoping to have a luxurious big day, then you will probably need to allow plenty of time to work out the details and secure the spot of your dreams on your ideal date. One minor tweak that can make a big difference to both cost and availability is opting for a weekday wedding – weekends tend to be the most popular dates, while weekdays may often be available far sooner, and usually at a lower price.
Most popular venues in the city will often have lengthy waiting lists and limited availability overall, so it’s worth taking time to explore and consider what feels right, before making a decision on your dates. With some excellent hotel packages available, you can easily spend a few days in the city to consider the options.
Take time to find the right venue
There are countless wedding venues across the city, so it’s essential to do your research before choosing a place to host your wedding. The Montcalm luxury hotel London is a perfect place for a stylish, understated touch of elegance, with a fantastic central city location and a feel of modern luxury.
You’ll also find other locations that range from the historical to the quirky and unusual. If you’re having trouble deciding, it’s a good idea to think about the practical side of your wedding, such as considering how many people you may plan to invite, or what time of year you want to hold it, as well as more personal factors such as the mood and vibe you may want for your special day.
Plan a perfect menu
With plenty of great restaurants near Finsbury Square, you’re never short on culinary inspiration when you’re staying in the city. Your wedding meal is certainly going to be one of the key events on the day, so no detail should be left overlooked. The Montcalm luxury hotel offers wedding clients the chance to choose a tempting menu with the guidance of their own chefs, or you may want to come up with your own.
If you’re thinking of working out the details of the wedding menu yourself, make sure you take into account a few key factors. The number of guests and budget will greatly determine your options, so it’s wise to have this clear from the outset. You may also want to take dietary considerations into account, especially if you, or any key family members, have specific needs to cater to. Always make sure that you’ve been able to sample the dishes you plan to serve before you give your final seal of approval. Finally, it often helps to choose a specific type of cuisine and design a menu around that, as it can be easier to choose wines and drinks with specific dishes in mind.
Don’t scrimp on the cake
A wedding cake is an essential part of your wedding day, but there are countless unique options for cakes available for modern couples. As well as traditional tiered cakes with plenty of buttercream and pretty decorations, you’ll also find specialist cake makers, who can create a more individual look and taste for you. As with your dinner menu, make sure you have the chance to sample the cake before you make a final choice.
From understated “naked” wedding cakes that are ideal for a more minimalist approach to dramatic, colourful cakes created in all kinds of fanciful shapes, there are plenty of styles to consider. And if a sweet cake isn’t your thing, you might also want to consider a tiered cheese wedding cake instead, allowing you to showcase a variety of sumptuous, gourmet cheeses and accompaniments.
Find your dream wedding outfit
As a global fashion capital, you won’t find it hard to find the perfect outfit in the city, to capture the spirit of style and luxury. Whether you’re looking for something ready to wear or want something tailor-made just for you, there’s a plethora of fantastic designers, tailors and dressmakers across the city, to suit all budgets.
When it comes to choosing the perfect outfit for the big day, make sure that it feels good as well as looks stylish. You’ll expect to move much more than you think on the day, from moving around the venue and posing for photos, to the all-important first dance. A bespoke dressmaker or tailor will be able to create the perfect custom fit to meet your needs, but if you opt for something ready to wear, it’s always worth making any additional tweaks necessary, for the perfect fit and style.
Remember to relax
Wedding planning can easily become a complex and highly stressful task; after all, most people want everything about it to be perfect. But the ideal luxury wedding in the city doesn’t need everything to run like clockwork, and what is ultimately most important is ensuring that everyone has a fantastic time.
Make sure you leave time in the run-up to the event to take time for yourself to relax – a spa day with your closest friends is the perfect way to get in gear before preparations start. Keep a sense of humour whilst planning and enjoying the big day. Small things are often likely to go beyond your control, but it’s those little impromptu moments of surprise that can often end up making the most special memories.