London is a city where so many people – even non-residents – dream of tying the knot, and why wouldn’t they? After all, it is one of the great global cities, with a variety of inspiring backdrops and plenty more to stimulate couples and their guests. It’s also as well-connected from a transport perspective as any of the world’s major capitals, with the iconic and convenient London Underground system and major airports including Gatwick and Heathrow.
Even on a tight budget, it’s not necessarily impossible to hold a dream London wedding. You will, though, need to be savvy with your money, which is where the following tips may come in useful.
- Weigh up the quality of the wedding photographer against the cost
We all want to be able to afford the photographer who can take the most remarkable and memorable snaps of our wedding – but spending more on one can be a false economy. If there seems to be negligible difference in the quality of photographers’ portfolios, you may need to opt for the cheaper one if you are to make your budget-conscious wedding in London a reality.
- Don’t be overly swayed by social media ‘inspiration’
It can so easily happen to all of us who are looking to get married. As soon as we’re engaged, we peruse Pinterest or Instagram for ideas, and before long, there are three or four things that we ‘must have’ for our big day that will be ludicrously expensive. In fact, you may be best off staying away from social media altogether when trying to put together an affordable London wedding.
- Schedule the wedding for later in the day
This way, the celebrations – by which we mean, dining – can also take place later on, when you can simply serve your guests bowl food. This doesn’t mean the dining at your wedding reception won’t be elegant – it simply means it will have more of a ‘party’ vibe. You could save further money on the wedding dining by using canapés as starters and wedding cake as dessert.
- Send invitations online rather than by post
Yes, the ‘homemade’ look of traditional wedding invitations sent through the mail can be very romantic, but when you are attempting to organise an affordable London wedding, you will want to have as much money as possible to plough into the big day itself. After all, you will be in London, which will make for a much more spectacular experience than paper and card invitations.
- Hire a venue that can do it all
A true all-in-one venue – one that can serve as both the wedding venue itself and accommodation for your guests, while also exuding sophisticated style and being situated close to the obvious major transport connections – can be tricky to find in London for an affordable price. These are all boxes that we are delighted to tick here at the Atrium, which is one of the premier modern wedding venues in London, located mere minutes away from Heathrow Airport.
The wedding in London that you have always wanted may also be much more feasible than you imagine. Allow our team here at the Atrium to take the stress off your hands of searching for and comparing wedding venues in London, by giving you the complete service and an experience that you’ll never forget – for all of the right reasons.