Wedding in essex THE ULTIMATE CHECKLIST TO PLAN YOUR SPECIAL DAY <3
As one of the leading wedding venues in Essex, at Orsett Hall, we are frequently asked what goes into a good day. The answer is planning and that's why we have produced this checklist which will not only help you to remember all of the things you might want to include to make your big day go with a swing but when to get them done. The best wedding packages Essex has to offer mean getting things ready from about a year before the marriage ceremony. Read on to discover what you ought to be considering and when.
12 Months before
Book your dream venue as early as possible. Popular wedding venues in Essex, like Orsett Hall, get booked up in advance so avoid disappointment be securing your preferred date sooner rather than later.
Book registrars or a church or other place of worship for a religious service. Bear in mind that Orsett Hall has a chapel at your disposal among its other facilities.
Take out wedding insurance. What if something goes wrong like you or your partner suffer an injury or an illness in the run-up to the big day? Sadly, too few brides-to-be take out any form of insurance which protects you financially even if it can't protect you from disappointment.
Book a photographer and a videographer. Good ones, like great wedding venues, get booked up early so don't hang around with this important job!
Choose your wedding dress. Getting the right dress for you makes the whole day come to life and can be as much fun as the day itself. Why not take a look at Pasha Bridal Boutique which has supplied Orsett Hall successfully in the past?
Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen. This is important so you can organise garments and tailoring as well as getting them to help you with other key tasks in the planning stage.
6 Months Before
Send out your invitations. You don't want people to start booking holidays that clash with your big day, after all.
Attend a wedding menu tasting. This way, you can start to think about the details and plan your budget accordingly. Contact the Orsett Planning Team for help in this area.
Book any additional extras or suppliers that you might need for one-off things that will make your wedding stand out. Orsett Hall has some recommended suppliers for you to read about.
Start planning your honeymoon. It is great to have something to focus on other than the actual wedding day itself.
Book ceremony musicians. Live music means securing your preferred ensemble in advance and less than six months out is leaving it a bit tight.
3 months before
Finalise your menu and drink choices so that the catering team are fully prepared.
Confirm any extras that you might want to be booked and check the details of every supplier so that no mix-ups occur at the last minute.
Conduct a fitting for your dress and the wedding rings so that any adjustments can be made if necessary.
Purchase gifts for parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen and each other.
Buy any accessories you might want to wear plus a pair of shoes to go with your dress.
Organise the outfits your flower girls and page boys will wear.
Confirm the number of guests from your respondents.
Go to the spa! Relaxing in the run-up to a wedding cannot be underestimated. Fortunately, Orsett Hall has a superb spa you can pamper yourself in.
1 month before
Do one final wedding dress fitting.
Create your table plan from your final list of guests to create the right ambience.
2 weeks before
Check for any last minute change in the number of guests.
Plan what you will pack for your honeymoon.
1 week before
Have a manicure, a massage, a waxing and all the preening you need to feel fully prepared.
Lastly, have a full wedding dress rehearsal in your complete outfit from your underwear to your veil.
If you regularly use Essex as a base, but carry out all your business and leisure activities in London, perhaps it’s time to break from routine. Add some local time to your itinerary, and have a look at the varied and appealing things to do in Essex. If you’re already thinking about a change, and considering what to do in Essex for a day, here are five suggestions to whet the appetite.
1. A Little Retail Therapy
Lakeside Shopping Centre is not just any shopping centre. With its extensive retail park and 26 acre ornamental lake, it is one of the largest retail and leisure complexes in Europe. Browse the hundreds of designer and high-street stores. Relax on the terrace of a café or restaurant overlooking the lake. Or treat the kids to a matinée performance on one of the Vue cinema’s nine screens.
2. Get into the Swing of Things
If your thing is golf, the impressive Orsett Golf Club is just a few minutes from the Orsett Hall Hotel. Arrange a little company team building, entertain your important clients, or take the ladies. While you enjoy a round or two on this fabulous 6,600 yard, par 72 course, the girls can get pampered in the hotel’s spa and leisure facilities.
3. Cruising from Tilbury
Cruising is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK leisure industry, and you can cruise almost anywhere in the world from Tilbury. If you’ve never tried cruising, or have never set foot on a cruise liner, now you can. Try a one night taster, and see for yourself whether your sea legs are stuck firmly on terra-firma. Book an overnight stay at the Orsett Hall Hotel, and you are just a 15 minute drive from Tilbury Docks, and your first cruise ship experience.
4. A Nature Break with the Kids
With so much emphasis placed on reducing the damage we do to our countryside and oceans, there has never been a better time to get the kids involved in a little nature watch. Langdon Hills Country Park stretches over 400 acres. There are foot and cycle paths, bridleways for horse owners, and numerous picnic areas. Thurrock Thameside Nature Park comprises an impressive visitor centre, with great views across the estuary. Footpaths and cycle-ways criss-cross the 120 acres of parkland, which is soon to be extended to a massive 845 acres.
5. A Day for the Kids
Marsh Farm, at South Woodham Ferrers, is dedicated to children from 6 months to 65 years – and older. In this Petting Zoo, the kids can get up close to every type of domestic animal imaginable. With so many animals, inside and outside play areas, bouncy pillows and cafes, boredom will definitely not be a problem.
Next time you have to visit London on business or pleasure, think of what to do in Essex during your time off, and avoid the hassle and frustration of commuting into town. Booking your stay at the Orsett Hall Hotel, you will be within easy reach of so many of the great things to do in Essex.