Planning your wedding in Leicestershire

One of the most resolute counties in the UK, Leicestershire has been through a lot! Now, a true cosmopolitan melting pot, it boasts sporting teams which punch well above their weight and a large variety of wedding venues and suppliers that are ready to provide you with a wedding day that will be second to none. From trendy hotels to classy castles there's plenty of choice. If you're getting married in Leicestershire or are considering it then let our guide below help you with your planning. recommendations, tips and advice from local suppliers and some local, real wedding inspiration.

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. Leicestershire has plenty of choice including many magnificent castles. 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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We had a fantastic time and spectacular wedding at Belvoir and every did a wonderful job on our daughter’s special day. Our wedding co-ordinator even said how much she enjoyed working with the Belvoir team.
Beverley Scott Huppenthal

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Real weddings in Leicestershire

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, Leicestershire-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, Leicestershire has plenty of choice.
7 So you know the date of your 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 Are you have a band or DJ? 82% of our couples say they are most looking forward to the party part of the wedding. This is often the most memorable part of the wedding for your guests.


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I prefer watching and documenting situations as they happen instead of interfering. Sometimes I gently guide people as long as they need help :)
Timrill Photography

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9 Leicestershire has an abundance of fantastic local florists. Can you get them to incorporate local flowers into the floral arrangements? It's always fun to include flowers that grow locally.
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 Nottinghamshire too.
11 Cake! Lots of yummy cake makers in Leicestershire and just like the catering before, this is your chance to get stuck in with the tastings. Find a local 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.


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

Leicester, Castle Donington, Woodhouse, Thurlaston, Coalville, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Eaton, Kegworth, Melton Mowbray, Quorn, Ulesthorpe, Knossington, Markfield, Hinckley, Rothley, Market Bosworth, Melbourne

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