July 2017

Conisder teh advantages of getting married on SundayThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Is a Sunday wedding for you? Typically, when couples begin their venue search they are planning for a Saturday wedding. It’s convenient, traditional and what most wedding guests are accustomed to.

However, sometimes you may fall in love with a venue that doesn’t have a Saturday available or the venue is just over your budget. In some cases, Sunday may be all that your venue has available in your dream wedding month.

That leaves you deciding whether or not a Sunday wedding can work for you and your loved one. When tackling this decision, here are some things we’d recommend considering. There are a lot of benefits and challenges to think about, and while some Sunday wedding details may pose a challenge to you, other couples may find them to be a benefit!

Overall, your decision should be based on what is best for you and your partner. Just remember- it’s YOUR big day so despite the opinions of friends and family, if Sunday is best for you, choose Sunday!

Enjoy the benefits of a Sunday wedding

Why Choose a Sunday Wedding

The Discount

Often, even during peak season, venues offer a 10% discount on their packages for both Friday and Sunday weddings.

  • If you are having a 175 person wedding, this adds up!
  • With a per plate cost of $150 for your 175 person wedding, you save $2,625 in price and that is just on your venue.
  • Some venues may even throw in incentives in order for you to book a Sunday. Maybe a raw bar for your cocktail hour or an extra dessert will be added to your package free of charge!
  • Other vendors may offer discounts as well- an extra $2,000 can get you that photo booth you’ve been wanting plus more!

 Your Guests’ Schedules

If you have a lot of guests who are traveling in for your wedding, you may want to consider how it will affect their plans.

  • Some guests may consider a Sunday wedding challenging because they need to be at work Monday morning. However, others may be very excited to take a Monday off from work!
  • Your close friends and family do not have to rush out of work on Friday to make a rehearsal dinner if you hold it on Saturday instead.
  • If you are having your wedding in any kind of destination spot, like a beach area, traveling in on a Sunday puts traffic going in the opposite direction of your guests.
  • Some people view Sunday as a time to spend with their significant others and children and may not want to attend a wedding because of this.

Make your wedding weekend one long partyOne Long Party

Having a Sunday wedding allows you to start the festivities on Saturday, giving you two full days to celebrate.

  • While your rehearsal dinner may only be for close friends and family, you may want to add a day time activity for guests to participate in during the day.
  • After your rehearsal, you can invite a larger group out for welcome drinks
  • Often Sunday weddings start a little earlier in the day, allowing you to continue your wedding into an after party with a more manageable time.
  • Given that many people are returning to work on Monday, you likely wouldn’t have many people attending a post wedding brunch.

A Casual Affair

A Sunday wedding tends to be viewed as a little more casual and often occurs earlier in the day- as a late lunch or even brunch affair.

  • If you are looking for something a little more casual, a Sunday wedding can allow for that more relaxed less formal feeling.
  • Guests who have to go to work on Monday might be a little more reserved with their drinking, leading to a less energetic atmosphere.

Planning for a Sunday wedding

Timing Things Out

It’s important to put some thought behind how your day’s schedule would look with a Sunday wedding in place.

  • If your venue has a Saturday wedding, you may need to have your actual rehearsal on Friday or right before your actual ceremony.
  • Depending on the venue, if a wedding took place on Saturday night, you and your wedding party may not be able to get into the venue until a little later in the day
  • An earlier start to your wedding means an earlier start to your day. If you are thinking about doing a first look, you and your wedding party better be morning people!
  • Appointments for things like hair and makeup may have more availability on a Sunday than Friday or Saturday

In the end after you and your fiancé weight the pros and cons, decide if a Sunday wedding is right for you! No matter what day it is your friends and family will be excited to share in such a special moment and memory alongside you.

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Bio: Shore to Please Wedding & Event Planning is an affordable, full-service wedding and event planning company based at the Jersey Shore. STP specializes in providing couples with assistance months in advance up to the very last minute! The goal is to minimize the work and stress for couples, allowing them to focus on the things that really matter and enjoy the time they have at their wedding, party or event! Jen & Kelly have been best friends for over 20 years and love that they get to help so many couples have the wedding of their dreams.

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Book your wedding in in Surrey

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

With its rolling hills, sleepy river banks, and enchanting woodlands, it’s no wonder stunning Surrey is one of England’s most popular wedding destinations. You’ve got the best of the beautiful British countryside and a host of historic venues – all just an hour outside of London. What could be better?

Surrey’s wedding venues include grand country houses, rustic barns, majestic castles, spectacular gardens and even picturesque vineyards. There’s something for all tastes, budgets, and seasons.

Let’s kick things off with the best 10 wedding venues in Surrey:

Ten Great Wedding Venues In Surrey

1. Great Fosters

Great Fosters 16th century royal hunting lodge?


Fancy having your special day in a 16th century royal hunting lodge? Great Fosters, near Egham, is a venue fit for a queen with its historic red brick manor house, manicured gardens and dramatic Saxon moat.

Choose from a number of atmospheric rooms for your ceremony and reception, as well as some beautiful outdoor options. Will it be the spacious Tithe Barn with its oak beams and private bar, the sophisticated Orangery with its lofty windows and garden views, or the intimate Garden Room, accommodating 20-30 guests around its cosy fireplace? Sunny summer weddings can be held in the outdoor Archery Pavilion, with post-ceremony drinks served in the romantic gardens. And you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to photo opportunities, there’s everything from elegant fountains to dreamy lily ponds.

Add in a complimentary four-poster room for your wedding night and you couldn’t ask for much more!

2. Wotton House

Wotton House 17th century manor house

If you’re looking for a venue with serious wow factor, look no further than this amazing 17th century manor house. Long, sweeping driveways lead up to an elegant manor surrounded by no less than 13 acres of breath-taking gardens. Perfect for capturing stunning wedding photos, the gardens boast everything from a Romanesque temple and ornamental bridges to ancient trees and exotic blooms.

Wotton House offers a choice of ceremony venues, including the wood-panelled Old Library, the quintessentially English walled garden, the lively Orangery and the contemporary Evelyn Suite. You can easily accommodate up to 250 guests and they offer special room rates for guests.

Don’t miss a visit to the fairy grotto for a magical moment with your groom.

3. Gate Street Barn

Gate Street Barn working barn with licensed wedding venue

For something a little more rustic, you’ll love the relaxed vibe at Gate Street Barn near Guildford. Nestled among picturesque fields of organic cattle, this secluded working farm is home to a fully licensed barn that can hold up to 130 guests. It’s the ideal place for brides who want to bring their own unique style to their big day as you can enjoy free reign when it comes to decorating the barn. Think of it as a blank canvas and let your imagination run wild!

You’ll also find fantastic accommodation on site. Indulge in some luxury in the comfortable Farmhouse or give glamping a try in the unique Hayloft and Shepherd’s Hut.

4. Botleys Mansion

Botley Mansion magnificent Palladian mansion

Impress your guests by choosing this magnificent Palladian mansion as the setting for your wedding. With more than a hint of the Mr. Darcy about it, this grand venue can accommodate up to 380 guests within its 56 acres. From the opulent chandeliers to the impressive fountains, Botleys Mansion is all about elegance and luxury.

Choose from a selection of beautiful rooms. Dine under the stars in the Atrium with its gorgeous glass roof, dance up a storm in the Fountain Wing with its sparkling dance floor, or keep things intimate in the Green Room with its gleaming wooden floors and tall windows. Outside, you’ll find pampered lawns, romantic gardens, and parkland as far as the eye can see. When the sun goes down, round things off with a fireworks display to really make your day go with a bang!

5. Barnett Hill

Barnett Hill tranquil Surrey manor house

If you’re planning a small wedding where you can really treat your guests, Grade II-listed Barnett Hill could be the Surrey venue for you. Offering luxurious weddings for up to 80 guests, this tranquil manor house is set among 26 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. While not far from Guildford, you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in your own little piece of English country heaven. The venue is renowned for its fine dining, making it a hit with foodie couples.

When the festivities are over, the manor has 59 luxurious rooms for your guests, as well as an indulgent bridal suite for you newlyweds!

6. Cain Manor

Cain Manor with Elizabethan charm

For a wedding venue with stunning views, look no further than historic Cain Manor. Packed with Elizabethan charm, it boasts jaw-dropping views out across the North Downs National Park. The manor perfectly blends period character, such as stained glass windows and oak beams, with contemporary interior design and those amazing woodland surroundings.

Choose between the tasteful Music Room, which can seat up to 120 guests, and the more intimate Library with its open log fires. If the sun shines, take your guests out to the Courtyard Garden to admire the views with their champagne. And for the icing on your (wedding) cake, the bridal suite is out of this world.

7. Farnham Castle

Farnham Castle fairy-tale castle that has hosted royals

Fulfill your childhood dreams with a wedding in a fairy-tale castle used to host many a royal party. Farnham Castle dates all the way back to the 12th century, bringing a captivating sense of history to your day.

Step back in time with a ceremony in one of the castle’s two serene chapels or the romantic Lantern Hall. Then celebrate your nuptials in the lavish Great Hall with its opulent décor and spacious dance floor. There’s plenty of contemporary style and comfort alongside your historic charm here.

8. Hartsfield Manor

Hartsfield Manor

Stately Hartsfield Manor provides a picture-perfect wedding backdrop. Think 19th-century Victorian grandeur, mature gardens, and 16 acres of gorgeous countryside surroundings. Crammed with period features from imposing fireplaces to elegant chandeliers, it brings an authentic historic touch to your special day.

Accommodating up to 120 guests in a choice of rooms, this glorious manor is known for laying on special extras. Expect red carpet entrances, bespoke menus and your own Master of Ceremonies.

9. Ramster Hall

Ramster Hall with English country garden

If you’re dreaming of an English country garden theme, idyllic Ramster Hall is home to some of Surrey’s most magical gardens. Manicured lawns and spectacular award-winning flowerbeds come together to create an unbeatable wedding setting. Inside, you can choose from a variety of 17th-century function rooms, from the Long Room with its wooden beams and spacious dining area to the Drawing Room with its cozy seats and roaring fires.

Whatever the weather (this is the UK after all!), make sure you get plenty of photos in those unbelievable gardens.

10. Northbrook Park

Northbrook Park palatial ivy-clad 18th-century manor

Embrace your noble side with a wedding in this majestic manor house. Northbrook Park boasts a palatial ivy-clad 18th-century manor set amongst a whopping 120 acres of Surrey countryside. Peacocks wander the sublime gardens, while inside it’s all dazzling chandeliers and marble floors.

Choose between the stunning Vine Room, which seats up to 120 guests, or the enormous glass-roofed Orangery, which can happily accommodate 250 guests. Rooms open out onto shady terraces and those gorgeous gardens. You’ll also find ten upmarket self-catering cottages, the Mews, on-site to accommodate your guests.

Filled with inspiration for your Surrey wedding? Who’d have thought such glorious countryside was sitting pretty just outside of London!

Looking for creative ways to make your Surrey wedding a reality? Consider a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

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All other images courtesy of Murray Clarke

Bio: An award-winning wedding photographer, Murray Clarke shoots weddings across Surrey, the UK, and abroad. His goal is to combine artistic reportage with the natural and contemporary style of portraiture that captures the emotion of a beautiful wedding. He prides himself on telling a couple’s stories through the lens.

Recognized among the UK’s Top 50 Wedding Photographers for both 2016 and 2017, his work regularly appears in national magazines and numerous international wedding blogs across the web,

Please get in touch with Murray Clarke after viewing his website portfolio.

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