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UKbride Member Request 1 Jun 2020

Long distance wedding

Can I ask how people handled logistics with planning a wedding at a distance from where you live? We have fallen in love with a venue that's almost a 5 hour drive away. I'm not worried about the actual venue as they made us feel very confident with their abilities - more people we need to find ourselves such as hair, makeup, cake, bands etc. We, ideally, wouldn't have to travel there too often (i.e. every month).

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UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Ask the venue if they have a regular supplier list rather than a recommended supplier list. Or type in # and the venue name onto insta and and see what photos come up. Check out their websites and social media, read reviews. But most of all make sure you have a good rapport with them. Good luck! X

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

We just did everything by email then we arranged to meet florist, cake and jewellers on the same weekend to do things that needed done in person. It was all pretty easy to be honest! Found local people via Facebook, Google etc.

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Organized meets on the same day or weekend. Found suppliers from recommendations on Facebook sites local to the place. X

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Ive done all mine at a distance and just organised all meet ups for the same day so I only have to travel once, it means you have a busy day but saves the hassle of constantly going up and down

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Planning the wedding has been pretty simple (until Coronavirus). We would make a day of going to visit the venue and local suppliers every 3-6 months, and a lot of the logistics can be done online. They’re also more open to using video calls now. We did give ourselves two years to plan the wedding so we could do it at a steady pace

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

We tried to schedule our visits to have multiple meetings. One trip we had our engagement shoot, wedding tasting and meeting with the florist. Try to make a weekend of it when you do go

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

We’re the same, we’re marrying 300 miles from where we currently live in my childhood town! We go quite often anyway (before lockdown that was) to see family and just try and fit in as much wedding stuff where we’re there

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

I’m using venue-recommended suppliers, but they’re also businesses I had searched for on social media to check the product/images and reviews were in line with what I want for the day. I also emailed first to get a feel for them. Most of them I haven’t met yet! One I had met at a wedding open day at my venue, but the rest I will organise to meet in person over one weekend when we’re able to travel down. We’ll have our taster wedding breakfast then too. Our cake lady was very lovely and had offered to sent postal samples of the cake flavours!

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Rock my wedding have great supplier lists and you could use Instagram to search for hair and makeup in the local area

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

I organised mine in a different country via email and WhatsApp/fb. Just do a lot of review searching etc. When I was there I met the people prior. Had a trial for make up etc. All went well. Just try and read up where possible. Ask for recommendations but you want more than one and then select based on your own research

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

We got married over 6 hours away...I joined the local facebook page of the town and asked for recommendations then went up and booked appointments for one weekend so we only went up once zz

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Our wedding was last year, I was in Glasgow and the wedding was in north Devon. We kept in regular contact with the venue- they had everything running on rails anyway. We visited once a month before the wedding to visualise everything. We used all suppliers that were local to the venue and recommended by the venue (hair, flowers, band etc), fortunately the catering was provided by the venue anyway. We made our own decorations.. and set it up the morning of the wedding, we didn’t need much as the venue is stunning anyway. Dress was local to me at the time and anything else was ordered online! X

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

I’m in a similar position we where meant to get Married in May but obviously it didn’t go ahead so now postponed until April next year. We are getting married in Yorkshire but live about 2 hours away. So I just postponed in some of the local selling groups and asked for recommendations and that with some of my own research and some cleverly scheduled meetings it all went really smoothly 😊 you tend to find they can be really accomendating as long as your willing to have some flex. I travelled to the makeup artist and hairdresser in Yorkshire for my trials and so happy I did!

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

If it makes you feel better I am planning a wedding in the UK in settle which is about 2 hours away from my hometown but I live in Dubai... Its had its challenges but it is manageable.

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Im marrying in North Devon but live in North Bristol. I joined local wedding buy and sale groups down there, got recommendations and went from there

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

planning a wedding in Ireland from England - we’re using mostly recommended suppliers, but both for those and suppliers that aren’t linked to the venue we’ve checked reviews and their portfolios etc, just make sure you’re doing your research on who you’re booking. we communicate a lot via email, make plans, ask questions etc and then we go over probably roughly once every 6 months and see a load of the suppliers face to face over a few days. some people like the venue I write down any questions I have and then ask them all in one go when we see them in person. it’s been really quite easy and I can’t imagine particularly more difficult than somewhere close by, although we haven’t needed particularly to have any face to face follow ups as due to covid everything’s been email contact & we’re probably postponing, so don’t know if it’ll feel more stressful as we get closer 😂 xx

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

I live in the Midlands and I am getting married in the Lake District (about 4 hours away) and the venue has been fab with recommending suppliers and then when suppliers haven't been available they have recommended others. We have had no problems organising hair, make up, flowers etc. Ask the venue for a list of recommended suppliers and start from there ( don't forget to check social media as you get a good impression from people's Facebook and Instagram pages)

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

You would only really need go travel there once for make up and hair trials everything else can be done online via emails photos ect xx

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

I planned my whole wedding for last October in the UK, we got married in Orlando! So easy to do - just do your research on suppliers and ideally go with what your venue suggests as they have good working relationships with them all. Good luck!

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

We live in Birmingham and got married in Cornwall so 4 hours away. We booked two years in advance and as we holiday there at least once a year we would sort a lot out from home, then meet and finalise plans when we visited. We probably went about 5 times in the two years but they were usually for holidays so we could kill two birds with one stone. We went down there 3 times in the final months leading up to the wedding to speak to the owner of the hotel/wedding planner then had a week before the actual wedding day to get everything in order. We brought the decorations, suits, dresses etc down with us and the photographer travelled down too. Everything else was sorted down there. I searched lots of services and just looked at reviews and spoke to them to get prices etc. Good luck if you do go ahead with it, it doesn’t have to be stressful 😊.

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

I’m a wedding florist and am recommended by a number of venues; the venue you have chosen should be able to recommend some great suppliers they trust and who have worked at the venue before. Even before lockdown, I carried out phone/zoom consultations for clients organising their day from a distance 🙂

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

We got married 3.5 hours from where we live. We got recommendations from the venue but also joined a couple of local FB groups and asked for recommendations that way. We spent 2 years planning and whenever we travelled to Kent, it was for a week at a time and it was a full on time meeting, trialling etc. We also went to a wedding fayre near the venue as there were loads of local suppliers there.

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

I organised my wedding in Palma, Majorca from my home in Leeds. It was challenging, especially as I don't speak Spanish!
It's amazing what you can do online. Find local Facebook groups to the area. There are lots of wedding forums - google wedding forums in uk. There is usually some great information on there x

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

Find a buy and sell group on Facebook local to where you're getting married and join. You can then ask for recommendations for hair, makeup, catering, flowers etc. You'll get plenty of recommendations to filter through. People are so helpful when you explain you don't know the area and that it's for your wedding. Was a brilliant help to us xx

UKbride Member 2 Jun 2020

The venue can recommend all these things. Ours is 7 hours away xxx

UKbride Member 3 Jun 2020

When looking for Vendors in Solihull (I live near birmingham city centre) I've been putting the postcode of my venue into my searches/queries etc so it cuts down costs on travelling etc. I've had some quotes from suggested vendors directly with my venue but I've found even cheaper but still quality options! I found my photographer & cake maker through websites like bidvine etc. My magician has been recommended by my photographer & my hair stylist, make up artist have been found by my cake maker!
I found a LOT of great ideas by going to multiple different wedding shows.

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