Did you say yes this Christmas? Here’s what to do next

Have you gone from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘engaged’ this Christmas? Well, first of all, congratulations from the whole team at West Lodge Park Hotel.  And once you’ve shown off your engagement ring to all and sundry and basked in your new status for a few days, here are the first three steps you should take to turn that ‘yes’ into an ‘I do’ to remember…

Get that venue booked

It’s no secret that many of the most popular venues tend to get booked years in advance, so viewing your favourites as soon as possible is vital. Even if you’re looking to get married sooner rather than later, it’s still worth calling your favourite venue about their availability. Sudden cancellations do happen, and you might be in luck. And if you’re considering a mid-week or even winter wedding, there’s every chance you can bag a date much sooner than you would for a peak-season wedding. But getting that venue booked means having a date in the diary, and that’s when the serious planning can begin…

Draw up your guest list

Start with your key players. Who will be the best man? Who are your bridesmaids? Who will be in the wedding party? At that point, you can start estimating numbers, and determining a ball-park figure for how many family members and friends you wish to invite to your wedding. Unless you’re getting married asap you don’t have to working out the table plan or send out save the dates just yet, but this information will help you do that later.

Firm up your budget

Whether you’ve been saving for years, plan to start saving now, or have a set amount provided by your family, it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the numbers available to you. This will dictate the amount of guests you can comfortably accommodate, what you will provide for them, and what extras and luxuries you can add into the mix of your planning.

Don’t forget to visit West Lodge Park Hotel

Contacting our friendly wedding planning team and arranging a private viewing or attending our wedding open day are the perfect ways to see how we can give you the wedding of your dreams. Your wedding will be the only one taking place at our hotel, meaning you get our full attention during your stay. And with plenty of accommodate available, including your own complementary bridal suite, it’ll be a stay to remember. Add in our fantastic catering team, as well as a dedicated wedding organiser, and you’ve got everything you need to ensure your time here is magical.

Our next wedding open day is on Sunday 19th February 11am to 3pm. Come down and explore the venue or give our friendly team a call on 020 8216 3943 or via Email: wlpweddings@bealeshotels.co.uk to arrange a private tour.

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