My name is Chloe and I am so excited to be at the start of my 4-month internship with Dominique at Stylish Events.
Today I wanted to chat about the growing trend of UK couples choosing to have a “destination” wedding in our amazing country – ENGLAND!
Now you might be thinking, if I want a destination wedding why not go abroad?
Well, there are many advantages to having a destination wedding in England and here are some ideas and tips if you’re thinking about it.
Cost for your Guests to Attend
Travelling by train or car is easier and probably less expensive for the majority of people rather than flying to another country (this might differ for family and friends already abroad). This means that more of your guests might be able to attend the wedding.
It also becomes a lovely extended weekend for your guests, compared to a five or six-day mini holiday some guests just might not be able to do.
Transport of your Decor Items
Decorations can travel safely on the ground rather than in the air or on the sea, leading to less worry about whether they will arrive in one piece or arrive at all!
Having a wedding abroad might mean you will need to have a Civil Ceremony in the UK before your wedding day, depending on which country you choose.
In England, we feel that we are spoilt for choice for licensed venues, and if you choose to have a Civil Ceremony at one of these venues then you will be legally married on the day of your wedding.
Now of course, there is the weather factor……
Having a beach wedding or a party by the pool are huge factors as to why couples want a wedding abroad. Our English weather can be unpredictable but you might be lucky enough for the sun to shine beautifully on your big day.
England has some lovely beaches in places like Brighton, Bournemouth or Cornwall and your wedding weekend could start off here!
I really love the idea of having a destination wedding in the UK, with 3 days of celebrations!
Day 1 – The Party the Night Before
Having a UK destination wedding allows you to have a party the night before your big day.
Keep things casual by having a selection of your favourite food and drinks. Hiring food and drink carts are very popular for parties and are making their way into the wedding world too.
If you want to be fresh (no hangovers!) for your wedding then you could hire a coffee cart, or if you like a drink or two you can hire cocktail, prosecco, wine or beer vans.
For those with a sweet tooth, like me, then you can hire dessert carts with ice cream and doughnuts!
There are so many varieties to choose from so I have listed a few of my favourites from 2019’s best food vans in London according to Add to Event.
- Pizza Di Prato
- Uncle G’s Gourmet Fried Chicken Co
- Mac to the Future
- Rice Guys
- Get Wurst
- Humble Crumble
- Cripes It’s Crepes
Having a get together the day before the wedding is a great idea as it gives you the chance to catch up with friends and family. This then takes the pressure off mingling with everyone on the wedding day and you can really just relax and enjoy it without worrying if you have spoken to everyone!
Day 2 – The Wedding Day
Of course the big day of your destination wedding will be your Wedding Day – a day you have always dreamed of and hopefully exceeds all of your expectations.
To make this feel like a destination wedding, why not celebrate some parts of the day outside?
Your drinks reception could be based in a beautiful garden with your favourite cocktails you would usually have on holiday (for cocktail inspiration read our blog on Choosing a Signature Cocktail to Perfectly Match Your Wedding Style).
After the ceremony you could head outside again for more drinks and have fun for all ages with life size games such as Jenga, Chess or Connect Four!
In the evening you could have a BBQ and enjoy a display of fireworks, before heading back inside to dance the night away! There will be no feeling of sadness as the day comes to an end because you will have the “After Wedding” celebrations to look forward to the next day.
Day 3 – Brunch the Day After the Wedding
To extend your celebrations a little longer enjoy a well-earned brunch with your close friends and family.
If you are still looking to party then make it a bottomless brunch with unlimited prosecco or once again a selection of cocktails!
Long banquet tables with low florals are a trend for 2019 and seen on a lot of social media recently, so you won’t be short of ideas!
Bring the inside out with some sofas and casual tables in the garden area to really make you feel like you are abroad! Pop up a gazebo with a grazing table for a selection of nibbles – it could involve an antipasti style to make you feel like you are in Italy, or a selection of wine and cheese boards to replicate France.
This chilled day will be a lovely time to reminisce about the weekend and thank everyone for coming to your English destination wedding!
Who would not want their wedding to last as long as possible? I know I would!
I hope these little tips and ideas inspire you in some way to make your wedding everything you have always dreamed it would be.