Planning a wedding is, perhaps, one of the most stressful endeavours that some of us will undertake. It can be difficult to have to juggle so many varying aspects of one day, and there is often a lot of behind-the-scenes groundwork that takes place to make the special day truly special.
Here at Jaspers Event Hire, we have experience in servicing weddings throughout St Albans, so we have put together some recommendations for weddings in the area in our latest blog below.
The church or ceremony venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding to get right, so it’s important to think about this at the beginning. When it comes to a St Albans wedding, there really is only one choice of church that stands out to us all: St Albans Cathedral.
The venue is grandiose, extraordinary, and a true site of (generally) Norman architecture to behold, but it is expensive and popular so you need to book very far in advance and be prepared to pay for its beauty.
Another one of the key factors of your wedding is the reception venue. As is true with the venue of your ceremony, the place you hold your reception will have to hold all of your guests and cater to their enjoyment.
With the reception venue, there is more wiggle-room for choosing something that perhaps reflects the personality of the happy couple, as receptions are often less steeped in tradition than the ceremony. We have, therefore, shortlisted three different venues to fit in with the personalities of a wide range of marriages:
Arguably the boldest choice of the three is The Tipi at Beaumont Hall. The Tipi, provided by The Natural Tent Company, is a ‘tent-like’ structure based on the traditional dwellings of the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. The charm in this venue idea is the versatility and originality, with it being able to cater to up to 300 people and is constructed of solid spruce poles.
A more contemporary and traditional wedding option, the Noke Hotel, is a Mercure hotel on the outskirts of St Albans and boasts the option of indoor and outdoor receptions dependant on your preference (and perhaps the weather).
There is also Rothamsted Manor in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, which is enveloped in a historical allure that is perfect for a sophisticated and secluded reception. This venue is ornate and also boasts impressive grounds and picturesque gardens.
Next is the matter of the bride’s dress, which has to be perfect and therefore prepared well in advance. There are plenty of amazing bridal boutiques in St Albans, but our pick is the aptly named ‘The Bride’. They have an incredible array of designer dresses that can help you feel at your best on the big day.
When it comes to putting together all of the nitty-gritty aspects that make a wedding special, we must consider the different suppliers for all of the things that can (quite often) fall into the background of the hustle and bustle, but cannot be forgotten. Here are some great recommendations for furniture, flowers, and catering:
Here at Jaspers Event Hire, we provide a range of catering equipment and furniture that is available to hire for events of all kinds. Our range is impressive and extensive and has the capacity to accommodate all of your guests whilst maintaining your chosen aesthetic throughout. If you would like to peruse our range, please visit our products page.
To complement this furniture, you’re likely going to want to have some appetising food to place upon it. Two of the most impressive caterers in St Albans are Hansons and Kingfisher. Hansons specialises in food that is comforting, cozy, and recognisable to us all, whereas Kingfisher manages to create food of a certain elegance that is perfect for lavish weddings.
If you’re looking for elegant flowers of all shapes, colours, and sizes, you should consider contacting either Kendalls Flowers or Flower Box. These two companies stock an intense range of blossoms at two different price points that means there is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a bridal bouquet, table decorations, or otherwise.
You will be wearing your wedding ring for the rest of your life, so it’s important to find the right one and this involves finding the right jewellers. One of the best jewellers we have come across in St Albans is Kings Hill Jewellery as they stock an enviable collection of modern, traditional, and vintage jewellery perfect for just about everyone.
You’ve chosen an idyllic location, the perfect outfit, and your guests are all bound to be awaiting your arrival: it’s time to ensure you arrive in style. Premier Carriage are a company with an incredible range of vehicles that you can hire for your St Albans wedding with options available for everything from classic, to very classic, and modern luxury to completely unique.
When we are putting all of this work into a day that is likely going to fly by too quickly, having the right person to capture your memories is an important investment. There are thousands of wedding photographers out there that are skilled in making things a little uncomfortable, but we have seen the work of Hannah Mia and it’s clear she has a keen eye for capturing the candid moments that we will look back on with the most fondness.
You may well have organised a band or DJ for your wedding reception, and it is often the music that many guests look forward to when this part of the day arrives. We have heard great things about One Night Band, so you could maybe look into their capability of catering to your evening. Dancing and letting loose is something weddings were made for, so that is already sorted, but are you going to do anything else?
It’s becoming very popular in the modern era of weddings to add another dimension of entertainment to a wedding, and we have a few good ideas for you to take into consideration:
Fireburst Fireworks can help you cap off an incredible evening with a bang, thanks to a display of explosions (fireworks) that are truly a glorious encore.
At this point of your planning and preparation, almost everything for your wedding is in place (please remember: we haven’t detailed everything you need for wedding, only the main aspects), so now you get the chance to start making the venue truly yours with some of the best decorators in St Albans:
Wedding Venue Decorators are a team that can help create a whole host of decorations and decorated spaces that fall in line with the traditional sense of a wedding (with your decision being as to whether the decor itself is modern, traditional, etcetera). On the other hand, there is Curious PR & Events, who specialise in creating wacky and wonderful spaces with a little more of an avant-garde approach. It’s your choice, but you can’t go wrong with either of these companies.
Bound to Succeed
If you’re looking to hold a wedding in St Albans, you are pretty well covered with a myriad of amazing people, companies, and venues to work with that can help make your wedding one to remember, not just for you but also all of your guests. If you follow our guidance with all of the aforementioned, as well as handling all of the aspects of the day we haven’t covered, you are sure to create a day that you and your guests will look back on fondly for years to come.
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