(Closed) Tips for NYCers planning London, UK wedding??

posted 6 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 3
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28 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hiya,

 

First of all congrats! And as a londoner I think that you have made a great choice of location! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you are looking at June/ August 2013 then yes I would look at booking now as that is peak wedding season and things do get booked up pretty early. Do you have a preference as to parts of London? If you are looking for an area with great and quirky restaurants I would suggest Notting Hill. Although Greenwich is just gorgeous (and where I am from) with lots of historic sites and great restaurants. Also worth bearing in mind that if you decide for any reason to go for a civil ceremony rather than a church then venues have to be licenced. And obviously bear in mind the legalities of church weddings (might be wrong but don’t you have to attend for x number of wprior before the wedding). 

 

What I would suggest is visiting http://www.hitched.co.uk/ it’s great forlooking up venues and suppliers. Also if you can get over here in February time there will be the national wedding show in London where there will be hundreds of suppliers/ dresses/ etc all under one roof ready to book and usually give you a discount. 

 

Sorry it’s quite general advice and probably not hugely helpful but if you want to know more about anything please feel free to message me. 

 

Good luck with your planning!

Post # 5
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80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not getting married in London, but I live here, and am getting married in a Catholic church. I think the first couple of things you need to do are:

a) look into the legal formalities — check the Directgov and UK Border Agency websites to see what the requirements are for getting married in the UK when neither of you is a resident. We had to give 15 days’ notice to the local authority in order to get married legally and there might be some notice/residency requirement for you as well? That’s only if you’re planning to get the legal marriage sorted here, of course. It may well be easier for you to take a trip to town hall in New York and just have the celebration here.

b) once you’ve decided on an area in London where you want to get married, start looking into Catholic churches and contacting them to see what needs to be done for you to get married in them. If I’m not mistaken it’s a requirement for everyone who gets married in a Catholic church to attend a premarital day-long course, and we’ve also had to have a few meetings with the priest. A bit of a faff since I’ve had to travel out of town several weekends to do this!

Post # 6
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80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

And good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ As for a reception venue, I once read of someone having their wedding reception at Samuel Johnson’s house and I’ve always thought that very cool! It’s central, though not good for a sit-down dinner type reception.

Post # 8
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7 posts
Newbee

Bump!

Please keep me posted with how everything works out.  I ADORE London and have spent a ton of time there.  It would be a dream to have a Destination Wedding taking place somewhere in the city.  Let me know how things go and anything else you find out!  I’m sure it will be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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