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Weddings Without The Lead Time

Weddings Without The Lead Time

20 March 2018

We know there are many people who, for various reasons, don’t want to plan a wedding with a lead time of over a year. For some the idea of planning a wedding so far in advance isn’t something that they want; and for others, who are recently engaged, they are keen to tie the knot sooner rather than later.

So you may be asking, can you plan a wedding with a shorter lead time? The answer, quite simply, is yes!

Here are some top tips to help you plan a short lead time wedding:

Firstly, have an idea of the number of guests you’ll be inviting, and whether you’re looking for a small private celebration with a select few special guests; or an event for larger numbers.

Then choose your venue. Your venue choices are likely to include location, accessibility, parking, and even whether there’s overnight accommodation for those travelling from further afield. Check available dates with your chosen venue.

Choose your food options, for some this will be a sit down formal meal, and for others a more informal buffet style event. You’ll want your wedding to reflect your choices, and your venue should be happy to discuss your personal preferences. If there are dietary requirements you need to take into consideration, discuss these with your venue too.

Once you’ve chosen your venue, ensure the registrar is booked. The venue is likely to be able to provide contact details for you to get in touch with the registrar.

Then the fun really begins; time to send out your invitations. Choose your best man and bridesmaids if you’re having them. Select your dress and suits, many stores have a range of formal wear to choose from; and don’t forget to buy your wedding rings.

You’ll want to consider transportation to and from your venue, and whether you’ll be spending the night.

At the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel, we have a number of bride and grooms who want to get married sooner rather than later; in fact we’ve helped a couple plan a wedding in just three months. There are a choice of event rooms catering for numbers from 20 to 200, delicious menu options, drinks packages, car parking for 150 cars, overnight accommodation, and stunning grounds for memorable photos. The hotel is the ideal choice to celebrate your special day, whenever you’re looking to get married.

If you are looking for a longer lead up to your big day we can help here too.

Just call Alice Wynn, Wedding Co-ordinator, on 01452 255 012, or email