Ah, cottage weddings – is any type of wedding more 0808serenely beautiful? If you are planning on having a lovely cottage wedding, you probably already know what to expect, and that is something a million miles away from the complications, the stresses, and the planning of minutiae that you would get when preparing a major event of a wedding.
If you have decided on having a cottage wedding yourself, there are a few things you should know when you’re doing your planning. Forewarned is forearmed, after all, so be prepared by reading our comprehensive guide!
Work out What You Need
What you need is always going to be more important than what you want, so think about every last thing that you will need at your venue. To make sure your cottage wedding runs smoothly and to plan, you will have to visualise the event from start to finish; this will help you determine what’s needed.
From the setting up to the next day clean-up, picture every last thing that you’ll need; you will have to get specific. Think about things like extension cables to help you wire up the PA system, or even signposting directions to the venue to ensure your guests don’t get lost along the way.
Fix up the Flora
If you’ve got a cottage venue, it would be fairly safe to assume your wedding is taking place with a countryside backdrop. If this is the case, the very best thing to complement that aesthetic is lots and lots of plants and flowers!
Remember – if you bring in a lot of cultivated blooms, the more delicate ones (like tulips) can be easily damaged by adverse weather conditions; wind and rain can rip off the gorgeous petals with ease.
Also, consider opting for loose flowers instead of bouquets – they take up much less space! If you go for wildflowers, pick them somewhere between 24 and 48 hours before the ceremony, as they won’t wilt as quickly.
Pitch a Tent
You might not want a tent (or a marquee!), but we would suggest you get one anyway – as we’ve seen lately, the British summer weather is not exactly… predictable. You will, of course, need a large, flat area for this; make sure you plan in advance!
If you need a particularly large tent, you may need to apply for a structural permit, so check with the local council beforehand.
Renting Your Cottage
If you want a cottage wedding, one of the most important things you’ll need is, of course, the cottage! Some of our favourite cottages are down in the lovely coastal village of Portmeirion, in North Wales. If this sounds appealing to you, you should visit www.portmeirion-village.com/en/weddings for more information.
Most cottage wedding companies will only offer you the basics; if you want some luxury extras, you will often have to go to a specialist firm. We would suggest that, if you have any specific requests, you should run them by your chosen company before you book with them. That way, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting!