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The Lake District, Cumbria Wedding guide

Newly engaged or just looking for some inspiration for that special day & want to see what the Lake District, Cumbria has to offer? Well you’ve come to the right place. We will run through everything you’ll need to do before you get married, so sit back, grab a cuppa and try not to panic.

24-12 Months before the big day

• Decide on a budget (and stick to it!)

• Decide what type of wedding you want (Religious or Civil)

• Estimate a likely number of guests to determine what size of venue to shortlist

• Get out there and view some venues! (they book up early in the Lake District, Cumbria as it’s such a popular wedding destination)

• Book your Church & Registrar

• Decide on a theme
Carlisle Castle

12-9 Months before the big day

• Book your wedding entertainment

• Book your wedding photographer & videographer

• Book your hair & makeup artist

• Book your wedding transport

• Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid shopping!

• Discuss menus & book caterers

• Finalise the guest list

9-6 Months before the big day

• Make sure you’ve ordered the dress!

• Order your wedding cake (you might even get some free samples while you’re at it)

• Send out your 'save the date' invitations

• Don’t forget the shoes & veil! (or any other accessories you might need)

• Book the wedding florist


6-3 Months before the big day

• Purchase those bridesmaid dresses

• Don’t forget the wedding rings!

• Book your Honeymoon/Minimoon

• Shopping for Groomswear

• Set up your wedding gift list (free stuff WOO!)

• Book accommodation (if not in a hotel) and any accommodation for guests

3 Months before the big day

• Buy or make your wedding favours

• Hen & Stag parties

• Tasting menu from caterers

• Send out the wedding invitations

• Write the speeches (good luck!)

• Buy thank you gifts for members of the bridal party (not the flowers just yet…)

• Have a wedding dress fitting & break in those shoes

• Arrange the table plan (I wonder if my great aunt wouldn’t mind sitting with Gary from accounts)

• Choose the first dance

• Choose any hymns, music and readings for the ceremony

Wedding Dresses

1 week before the big day

• Confirm bookings & times with all the suppliers/caterers/venues (almost a military operation if we’re honest)

• Settle any remaining balances

• Collect hired Groomswear

• Collect any props for venues

• Panic (we don’t recommend this)

• Have a wedding rehearsal

• Confirm guest numbers

• Relax & enjoy the day

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