Planning your wedding in Berkshire

Known for famous schools such as Eton, famous castles such as Windsor and famous racecourses including Ascot and Newbury, Berkshire really does pack a punch for what is a rather small county geographically. There is so much variety on offer and as it's a rather wealthy county, the average cost of a wedding is higher than most of the other home counties. With that price tag though comes great quality and there is plenty of choice on offer too. Always worth assessing your options in the neighbouring counties of Buckinghamshire and Surrey. Follow our handy guide below from start to finish to help you plan the ultimate wedding in Berkshire.

Where to start?

1 You can't get far without first working out your wedding budget. Try and get a rough idea of what you can afford. Put this number into our handy, free budget calculator to get a guide on how this might be split.
2 Now that you're all set with your budget, it's time to get an idea of the guest numbers. You may need to go back and revisit your budget depending on numbers. Our free guest tracker in the planning tools section will help you store all names and details.
3 Next, it's time to find your dream venue. There's plenty of choice across Berkshire. From rustic barns to country houses there's something for everyone. You may need to book a separate venue for the ceremony.
4 Finding the dream wedding dress can take a while and there's no need to feel rushed. Check out our wedding dress section to browse 1000s of designers and styles. Get an idea for what you like and then see which boutiques near you stock the designs you like.

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Ufton court is a beautiful venue, perfect for any couples looking for a barn wedding.
Lauren Norbury

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First things you need to do when planning a wedding

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5 Now that you've booked your venue it's time to find your other suppliers. We recommend starting with local, Berkshire-based photographers. They might be a bit pricier than you'd expect but they're well worth it!
6 If food and drink is not in the venue package and this is something you need to source separately then it's worth getting your catering sorted. Plus, you get to enjoy all the tasting. Fortunately, Berkshire has plenty of great culinary options for you to choose from.
7 Now it's time to send save the dates to all your guests for your big Berkshire wedding. If you're sending physical save the dates then check out our fantastic stationery section for some great suppliers and designs.
8 Entertainment! Want to have the ultimate party? 82% of our couples say they are most looking forward to the band and the dancing at the wedding. This is often the most memorable part of the wedding for your guests and there are plenty of great musicians across Berkshire and nearby London.


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Christiane is amazing, such a talented make up artist and is so flexible to whatever you want/need. She did my make up in the morning and I was still recieving compliments on my make up at 1am!
Kathryn Pringle

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9 Berkshire has an abundance of fantastic local florists. Can you get them to incorporate some locally grown summer snowflakes of the valley in the flower arrangements? It's always fun to include something that's sourced nearby.
10 Hair and makeup just for the bride or your bridesmaids too? Get your trial booked in so you've got an idea of the whole look on the big day. Hair and makeup artists are usually willing to travel so may worth looking at suppliers in Bucks or Herts too.
11 Lots of yummy cake makers in Berkshire and just like the catering before, this is your chance to get stuck in with the tastings. Find a local Berkshire-based supplier to ensure your cake doesn't have to travel too far.
12 While we've only picked a handful of supplier categories above, we recommend you use our checklist planning tool to make sure you have everything ticked off. Remember, you'll also need to look at attire for the groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids along with Venue styling decor and favours.


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For a further breakdown of local suppliers, we suggest that you search the venues and suppliers in the following regions:

Reading, Maidenhead, Oakley Green, Windsor, Ascot, Thatcham, Sonning, Slough, Bracknell, Bray, Wokingham, Newbury, Caversham, Hurley, Hungerford

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