Planning a Wedding in Surrey:Venues, Tips, and Insights from Your Surrey Wedding Planner

Planning a wedding in Surrey, with its stunning landscapes and elegant venues, is a dream come true for many couples.

Hi, I am Lucia, I’m a wedding planner based in Surrey, working across the UK. My goal is to curate special celebrations that transcend the ordinary creating unforgettable moments for busy couples integrating meticulous planning with artistic flair and intimate knowledge of the country’s venues and cultural vibrancy.

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Hotels & Manor Houses in Surrey

Surrey has many beautiful hotels that can host your dream wedding. Coworth Park and Fairmont Windsor Park are perfect for traditional weddings with full-service packages. Both located near Windsor Great Park offers a variety of indoor and outdoor outdoor spaces with stunning countryside views, ideal for those who appreciate a rural backdrop.

Another great venue is Beaverbrook Hotel which provides a historical yet exclusive setting, perfect for those seeking a private and highly personalised wedding experience. Such venues not only enhance your ceremony and provide exquisite photo opportunities but also infuse your celebration with an unmistakable air of elegance and distinctiveness. The ultimate luxury wedding is a celebration that is distinctly yours, down to every last detail creating once in a life time experience.

If the idea of a hotel setting is not attractive to you, perhaps a manor house like Froyle Park or Botley’s Mansion could be the perfect venue for you. Both offering a blend of history and exclusivity, stunning surroundings and countless photo opportunities, weddings here feels both grand and intimate, a perfect start to your happily ever after.

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Marquee Weddings In Surrey

A personal favourite of mine, marquee weddings at home. Only because there are less restrictions and endless design opportunities. The flexibility of marquee weddings means every aspect of the venue, from the layout to styling, can be tailored to your preferences. Whether you opt for a traditional pole marquee or a modern clear-span marquee, it’s essential to work with an experienced wedding planner who specialises in bespoke marquee weddings to help you navigate the complexities of such a unique setup and ensure a smooth, memorable event. This collaboration will help mitigate any potential logistical issues, making your special day as seamless as it is stunning.

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Which one is the right venue for you?

Take a moment as a couple and make a list of what is important to you both. Is it the guest experience? Then a hotel would be perfect, giving your guests the integration of accommodations and festivities under one roof is an invaluable gift. They are afforded the luxury of convenience- no shuttling between venues, no navigating unfamiliar cities.

Having exclusive use of the hotel not only ensures privacy but also offers you the freedom to tailor every corner of the venue to reflect your vision and taste. It’s not just a wedding day, it’s a private, intimate affair that mirrors your unique love story, designed to share that story in the most spectacular fashion with your loved ones.

Is it important to you to party until early hours and have a completely bespoke design? Then is a no brainer that a marquee wedding is the one for you. So, have a glass of wine and please make that list, you can always circle back to it whenever you feel lost in the wedding planning chaos.

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The Budget

Planning the budget for a wedding means making sure you allocate enough money for high-end details while still keeping track of expenses. Start by deciding the total amount you can spend and list out the key areas like the venue, catering, and decorations, which often take up the largest parts of the budget. It’s helpful to set aside about 10% of your budget for unexpected costs to avoid surprises. For luxury weddings, focusing on top-quality suppliers and exclusive services is important, but remember to discuss your budget with them as many can offer bespoke services tailored to your financial limits.

Wedding Suppliers

Choosing the right suppliers for your wedding can make your big day truly magical. Start by looking for local vendors who have experience with Surrey venues- they’ll know what works best in those spaces. Always check reviews to hear from other couples about their experiences. It’s also a good idea to meet suppliers in person or have a video chat to see if you click with them—after all, they will play a big part in your wedding. Don’t rush your decisions. Take your time to compare prices and services to find the best match for your vision and budget. And remember, the cheapest option isn’t always the best – quality is key to avoiding any wedding day disappointments.

A wedding planner can be incredibly helpful in finding the right suppliers for your special celebration. They often have a list of trusted vendors they’ve worked with before, from florists and caterers to photographers and musicians. This means they can match you with suppliers who not only fit your style and budget but also have a proven track record. Wedding planners also handle the communication and negotiations, saving you a lot of time and stress and sometimes get you better deals or extras through their industry connections. Plus, they can spot any red flags or issues with suppliers that you might not notice, ensuring everything runs smoothly on your wedding day.

Sustainability in luxury events

Integration of sustainability into luxury event planning is not just a trend but a necessity, enhancing both sophistication and environmental responsibility. Venues in Surrey are adopting green technologies, while caterers focus on local and organic ingredients, reducing the carbon footprint and supporting the local economy. Suppliers opt for reusable or recyclable materials and source flowers from sustainable farms. Transportation is streamlined by utilising Surrey’s robust transport network, encouraging the use of public transport or eco-friendly shuttles. Effective waste management strategies are crucial, including recycling initiatives and food donation post-event. By advocating for and implementing these sustainable practices, as a luxury event planner I can ensure that events are both opulent and environmentally conscious, promoting a significant shift towards sustainability in the wedding industry.

Wedding Planners vs Wedding Coordinators

When planning your wedding, understanding the difference between a venue coordinator provided by the wedding venue and hiring a wedding planner is crucial – it could be the best decision you make in the entire planning process.

Venue coordinators are skilled professionals who know their venue intimately, however, they are primarily focused on the operations and logistics specific to the venue itself. On the other hand, a wedding planner is your partner throughout the entire journey, deeply passionate about crafting a celebration that reflects your unique story and vision. They come prepared with industry knowledge, a vast network of vendor contacts, and a commitment to making your day flawless. This passionate involvement ensures that every aspect of your wedding is harmonised with your desires, from family accommodations to guest entertainment.

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Choosing to work with a professional wedding planner means entrusting someone who shares your passion and is dedicated to turning your dreams into reality, offering a truly personalised wedding experience.

Do you need support planning your wedding?

Whether you’re just beginning your planning journey or need help with the final touches, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us now to schedule a consultation and see how we can bring your wedding vision to life! We have a personal approach to each and every one of our events and we specialise in creating bespoke celebrations that are as unique each couple’s love story.

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