As most of you will know if you follow me on Instagram or read this blog regularly, I’m a bridal makeup artist alongside being a full time blogger.
There’s nothing I love more than arriving at a wedding venue to make the bridal party look beautiful for the brides big day. There’s just something special about being part of the big day, with all the wedding excitement, the nerves, the popping of the champagne at 9 am (yes, bridal parties know how to celebrate!) and seeing a group of ladies feeling confident.
Since moving closer to Cheshire, I only enjoy weddings more, as I’m literally on the doorstep of so many fabulous wedding venues. The Mere, Shrigley Hall, Mottram Hall, Capesthorne Hall, Sand Hole Oak Barn… the list goes on.
With this is mind, I wanted to put together a few tips I’ve picked up along the way when it comes to planning a Cheshire wedding. Cheshire is an absolute beauty spot for weddings, so I thought it would be useful to share some insight, from someone who regularly works at Cheshire weddings!
1. Find a local photographer, videographer and makeup artist
Even if you’re not from the Cheshire area, and you’re travelling from up North or down South to come here for your wedding, it’s super handy that your professional team are based local to Cheshire. It might sound tempting to find someone local to you, and sure, if you have a pre-wedding photoshoot or makeup trial beforehand, it may make sense.
But there is nothing worse than your photographer, makeup artist or videographer being caught up in horrendous traffic on the morning of the wedding, and failing to make it on time.
There are lots of amazing creatives around the Cheshire area, and I promise you, they will know everything about you’re venue. A Cheshire based photographer will have shot at your venue many times before and will know all the secret spots to capture the best shots.
One of my favourite venues in Cheshire is a lovely Shrigley Hall wedding, and an ideal photographer to look at for this venue and the surrounding ones is Leonardo Photography Studios. The place has stunning grounds and a fabulous interior, perfect for capturing the loveliest couple shots.
The photographs used in this article are a combination of shots captured from Leonardo Photography, and some are also my own, from the weddings I have worked in and around Cheshire.
2. Assess the nearby area
Cheshire is one the leafiest suburbs, with many breathtaking wedding venues situated around the area. However, be careful, as some are located in the middle of nowhere, where you’ll struggle to find a local town for miles. I say this because it’s important to think of your guests, who may want to find a cheaper place to stay on the night of your wedding other than your venue.
Lets be blunt here: Cheshire wedding venues can be pricey. But towns like Macclesfield, Congleton, Hale and Knutsford are all main towns within Cheshire which are bustling towns themselves. These places play home to many gorgeous venues, but offer local B&B’s, hotels and even travelodges and Premier Inns where your guests can book at lower costs.
3. Remember the Northern weather!
We all know the stories about Manchester weather: it’s grey and it’s dismal. We may have had a sunny Summertime for 2018, but it doesn’t mean that 2019 will follow. Cheshire is literally on the border of Manchester, and 90% of the time it rains, so don’t get caught up in the whimsical dream of sunshiney skies and warm temperatures.
Hopefully, you’ll fall lucky if you book between May-September, but just a warning!
4. Consider a flower style that suits your venue
So many people opt for a vintage themed venue, and then go all modern and classic when they meet with their florist to discuss the flowers. Try to visit your venue on various occasions before the actual wedding, and assess each room you know you’ll be using throughout the wedding. And then assess your floral situation.
You may want a minimalist, new age flower display, but if your venue is a listed building, or a cosy cottage style venue, are they really going to go hand in hand?
Research properly so that everything matches, and again, make sure your florist is Cheshire based too!
All in all – Cheshire is a wonderful place to hold your wedding. Yes, it spans a massive area, but with it being one of the prettiest, affluent areas of the UK, you can’t go wrong no matter which corner of Cheshire you go for.