Wedding fever!

Did you know the average cost of a wedding in the UK is now estimated to be £27,000?

Some of the newer wedding trends we have come across for 2018 venues include open spaces and industrialised architecture and according to Hitched.co.uk the look is for “stripping things back to basics … a minimalistic look where natural light and polished details are key”.

Many couples, though, want a wedding that is memorable but at the same time more personal to them and Suffolk is a great place not only for locations of different styles but also for different styles of food.

Here in Suffolk we have so many venues for the simple and rustic village wedding with a reception in one of the many delightful barn conversions, such as Sproughton, or at Leiston Abbey.

If you want formal and elegant there are any number of classy hotels or stately homes licensed for weddings to choose from across the county.

For food, a favourite alternative to a formal sit-down meal is the buffet, or why not try a hog roast or barbecue, especially for summer weddings. There are any number of incredibly gifted small cake-making businesses in the area – so how about afternoon tea and cupcakes for a change?

Another innovation we have come across is to do all wedding invitations online. Create a free wedding website and send out e-invites. This is also useful for keeping track of who is coming.

It’s increasingly common to suggest guests contribute money towards the honeymoon, instead of a gift, but you can take it all a step further.

If you want a small and intimate wedding with only close family and friends a combined wedding and honeymoon overseas might be an ideal solution. It is estimated that the cost of a wedding can be cut by up to £12,000 simply by moving the big day somewhere warm and sunny.

Favourite destinations for weddings overseas have generally been Indonesia, South Africa, Mauritius, and the Caribbean but now places like Iceland, Savannah (USA) and Ireland are just a few that have crept into the 2018 top 10 charts. Wherever you choose, if you are going to use this option make sure you know what paperwork and permissions you need and get them organised well ahead.

Whether you’re planning to get married at home or abroad, you will need transport and you want it to be stylish, comfortable and affordable.

It’s a good idea to book this as soon as you have finalised the dates, it’s one less thing to worry about if you book early.