Only 20 minutes by train from the centre of London, Hertfordshire boasts some of the most beautiful, green and scenic views and countryside in the UK. With such a myriad of small towns, cute villages and gorgeous parkland, it's not surprising that this county plays host to plenty of fantastic wedding venues and is home to many wonderful wedding suppliers. Follow our handy guide below if you're looking to plan a Hertfordshire wedding.
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. Hotel in Hatfield or golf course at the local country club? From converted barns tomanor houses there's something for everyone in Herts. 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 those designs.
We work directly with our designers to ensure every dress is made to order specifically for you, and also offer a fully bespoke service should you not find "the one" from our collection.
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5 Now that you've booked your venue it's time to find your other suppliers. We recommend starting with some Herts-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, Hertfordshire has plenty of great culinary options for you to choose from.
7 So you know the date of your hearty Herts wedding! It's time to send save the dates to all your guests. If you're sending physical save the dates then check out our fantastic stationery section for some great suppliers and designs.
8 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. Often the most memorable part of the wedding for your guests and there are plenty of great musicians in Herts and nearby London.
9 Hertfordshire has plenty great, local florists. Can you get them to incorporate some locally grown roses into 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 (you'll have to pay for this) 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 Essex and London too.
11 Cake! Lots of yummy cake makers in Hertfordshire and just like the catering before, this is your chance to get stuck in with the tastings. Find a local Herts-based supplier to ensure your cake doesn't have to travel too far on the day.
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.
For a further breakdown of local suppliers, we suggest that you search the venues and suppliers in the following regions:
St Albans, Elstree, Chalfont St Peter, Barnet, Tring, Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin, Watford, Berkhamsted, Hertford, Hatfield, Enfield, Borehamwood, Welwyn, Ware, Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City, Hemel Hempstead, Stanmore, Rickmansworth