Modern Wedding Styles
There's a relaxed feel to modern weddings now from vintage inspired celebrations and outdoor hand fastings to less formal weddings in a private country house or castle. Many couples have revised their priorities about what they want to spend their money on, typically invite fewer guests and opt for mid week celebrations and longer wedding weekends to spend more time with their guests and family. During 2020, restrictions forced many couples to re-think their wedding plans and whether it should go ahead with fewer people than would be considered normal. Being allowed from 30 then to just 15 guests, the 'rule' which applied throughout the UK was unpalatable for many. There are so many options to think about and whilst some couples might decide to hold the legal ceremony in front of a small number of family and friends, most will move their dates into 2021/22 to celebrate their marriage. The options are numerous and whether your guest list is just 2 or 100, here are a few ideas to think about.
Wedding venues that have been approved for marriage tick all the boxes of hosting the wedding ceremony, reception and overnight accommodation, and are favoured by couples looking for a long weekend followed by a mini moon to make the most of time with family and friends.
Civil marriage ceremonies and same sex weddings in either a Register Office or Approved Premises now account for 2/3rds of all marriages in England and Wales.
Planning a wedding with a mini moon couldn't be easier in the idyllic Exmoor village of Dunster where there are three wedding and reception venues including a fairy tale castle, an award winning hotel and a Tithe Barn approved for the civil ceremony. And a church, bridal shop, beauticians, hotels, guest houses and local wedding services, are all close at hand. If you want to explore, you won't need to look far for beaches, nature, miles of stunning Somerset coastline, Exmoor National Park and West Somerset Steam Railway for romantic days out, walks and celebrations.
Eco/green weddings that reduce the impact of the wedding on the environment may include, planning to find a wedding venue that is a convenient distance for all the guests to travel to, sourcing locally produced organic food and drink, recycling items such as jewellery, veils and table decorations, rather than buying new (remember, something old!) finding a supplier of British garden flowers and naturally grown confetti for wedding bouquets and decorations, and taking a honeymoon in the UK rather than jetting off abroad, which right now is a tad difficult to plan.
Late availability offers are everywhere and with a huge variety of wedding venues all over the UK and plenty of dates to go round you can get just about anything you want. Just decide to be flexible and if you have to plan your wedding at short notice then it can be done.
Village Halls are popular and cheap to hire but check the access and finishing times as there are often restrictions which may curtail the fun at 11pm. You have to take charge of the set up and clearing down afterwards but if you have plenty of willing helpers it is achievable. Hard work but fun!
Late afternoon weddings are popular and you can now have a civil ceremony or same sex wedding anytime up to midnight in the UK. We think up to 4pm is great because then you can go straight into reception drinks and food and party the night away!
Outdoor weddings are in vogue too (despite the unpredictable British weather) and especially when conducted by a Civil Celebrant or Officiant. This way you can personalise your ceremony, choose hymns and religious references that aren't permitted in a Civil Ceremony. The most popular outdoor ceremonies are blessings and hand fastings but you will need to be legally married by a Registrar which can be done before or after at a venue offering suitable facilities for you and your guests.
Civil Ceremonies and same sex weddings account for more than 2/3rds of all marriages in the UK. And there's a fantastic variety of beautiful wedding venues and so there is a lot of choice for every style and budget.
We have produced a useful checklist to help you organise your wedding. Read the wedding checklist here