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8 Wedding Planning Tips from the Experts

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It’s your special day, the day you have dreamed of for years and now it is almost here. No pressure then…

So where do you start? With so much to arrange, how can you make sure your wedding day is perfect? Well, sit back, relax and pick up some top tips from the professionals, here to make sure getting hitched goes off without a hitch!

1. Make your day stand out with a unique venue

The most important aspect of every event is getting the right venue and weddings are no exception. Your special day demands a special venue so think about looking for something unique. Make sure you choose somewhere that gives you plenty of choice, with a team of experts who can help guide you on those all-important decisions.

Look for venues which offer added extras. Here at The Deck, venue hire includes the use of LED and theatrical lighting which can be customised to your wedding’s colours, as well as a 65-inch plasma screen which you can use to display photos of you and your fiancé, messages from guests who are unable to attend, or anything else you can think of. Little touches like these can really add to the occasion.

2. Don’t get tied down with traditions

Wedding ceremonies across the globe are steeped in centuries of cultural traditions but don’t be afraid to break away and embrace current trends or throw caution to the wind and go for something entirely different. Why not have an elegant afternoon tea wedding reception or throw a relaxed, summery barbecue reception? Live food stations and ‘DIY’ Prosecco bars are also a great way idea to create an interactive, memorable and delicious wedding reception.

3. When it comes to photos – go pro!

Although it is tempting to take up the offer from your artistic friend with an SLR, so many couples end up regretting not booking a professional photographer. Your wedding photos capture memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.

Photo booths are a craze sweeping the wedding scene at the moment. They give your guests a memento to take away and you can ask your venue to send you every snap digitally the next day – the good, the bad and the ugly! At The Deck we can even add a customised logo with your and your partner’s names to make your quirky keepsakes even more personal.

4. Ask your guests to go unplugged

Time flies at the best of times and your wedding day will feel as if it’s gone in the blink of an eye. So get your guests to put down their phones and cameras, switch off from the rest of the world and live in the moment with you as you take your vows. Your photographer is there being paid to capture these precious moments so your family and friends can just enjoy them.

5. Lay on transport for your guests

If you are having your ceremony and reception in two separate places why not provide transport between the two locations? A double-decker bus is a really popular solution but if you’re in London the best way to transport your guests and see the sites at the same time has got to be by boat. If you have a waterside venue, the Thames Clipper can charter a private boat for an elegant ride for your guests.

6. Plan ahead for the great British weather

Weather is always a consideration whether you opt for a summer or winter wedding. Outside space provides you with great photo opportunities and is perfect when the weather is nice, but you don’t want to rely on the highly changeable climate. Play it safe by asking your event manager to have umbrellas on hand and by choosing a venue where if you do have to move the party inside you don’t have to compromise on the quality of your surroundings. Always ask what the wet weather option is. Whilst it may not be as idyllic as when there is glorious sunshine, you need to know all your options.

7. Keep it simple!

Anyone who has ever been a bride, met a bride or heard of a bride will have heard horror stories of complex table plans, floristry nightmares and other pre-marital disasters. This is supposed to be the most wonderful day of your life and planning it should be exciting and fun, not a strenuous chore. Pick a venue with a team of experts that offer pre-made packages. Opting for a package means that the hard work is done for you so you can leave it in the capable hands of your event manager and celebrate your day in style

8. Isn’t it iconic?

Your wedding is a momentous occasion for you and your family and when you choose to host it in an iconic location you borrow a little piece of culture and history to mark this special moment. The Deck sits on the roof of the National Theatre and for one day this London icon can be yours. Every event hosted at The Deck contributes to the continuation of the National Theatre and last year The Deck raised enough money to fund three of the big shows. Hosting your wedding here gives you not only a fantastic location and beautiful surroundings, but also a chance to contribute to that legacy.

Our experienced team of dedicated event managers can help craft your perfect day and make your vision into a reality. For more information on our packages and availability get in touch with our team on 0207 452 3796 or at hospitalityevents@nationaltheatre.org.uk.

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This entry was posted on December 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized, Wedding, Wedding Planner, Wedding venue and tagged , , , .

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