After all the uncertainty over the last couple of years, many couples are choosing not to delay before tying the knot, and why should you make love wait? The pure joy and excitement that builds with a shorter engagement is a special feeling that many couples should enjoy.
There is no need to feel overwhelmed with the task of planning a wedding this year, particularly as our Memory Maker Claire is on hand from the Northampton Marriott to tell you it is still possible. She even has some expert tips and advice on how you can create an unforgettable celebration, even in a shorter time frame!
Why Thursday is the new Sunday
With the excitement of the upcoming nuptials fast approaching, you shouldn't procrastinate on deciding on a wedding date. With the rise in popularity of mid-week weddings, Claire suggests being open to embracing this option, as many weekend dates will already be taken up. The wedding venue of your dreams is more likely to be available if you choose to get married in the week and may potentially cost less. This leaves room in your budget for some of those special added extras to transform your wedding, like our bubbly bar or dessert tables from our inspirational wedding Wish List.
Food for thought
Choosing a venue that has its own in-house catering team may be a great option if you're short of time and worried that external caterers may already be booked up. Luckily, at the Northampton Marriott you don't just have to stick to the traditional wedding breakfast. From hors-d'oeuvres to delectable desserts, tantalising your guests' taste buds and planning a standout menu is one of Claire's favourite parts of the job. This year has seen couples choose a far more adventurous and interactive menu, our Make It Your Own! Carvery Theatre is a true showstopper and a chance to get your guests involved. Couples also love to make use of the patio, a perfect setting for aperitifs and canapés.
Finding the right suppliers for your wedding no matter how long (or short) you have to plan is key to a successful day. Often tapping into your venue's existing relationships with trusted local suppliers will help make the day run smoothly.
Claire explains more: "At the Northampton Marriott, we have the only octagonal-shaped room in Northamptonshire, the large windows that wrap around this elegant space offer panoramic views of the grounds. The hotel is also situated adjacent to Delapre Lake for beautiful lakeside pictures - perfect for capturing those special moments. Our recommended suppliers are already familiar with the location and the nuances of the rooms and the hotel, helping avoid hours on the phone arranging logistical details. You can trust the suppliers to transform the space, and you also have me! Your dedicated Memory Maker, on hand to meticulously plan and coordinate your every wish to bring your wedding dreams to life."
If you decide the Northampton Marriott Hotel would be the perfect backdrop to your big day, then they have some fantastic late availability dates for this year. Start planning your dream wedding now!