Its fair to say that 2020 has not been the year we were all hoping it would be, particularly for those planning a wedding. With so many couples having to delay their nuptial celebrations until 2021 and beyond we look at what we can expect from wedding venues and what trends we see forming for post lockdown celebrations moving forward.
Flexibility with wedding dates
Traditionally weddings have taken place on a Saturday, sometimes a Friday, but now we are seeing enquiries for every day of the week and every season of the year. The benefit of this is that there is better availability at venues and often a cost saving as the weekdays can be a cheaper option for couples. Guests are becoming used to the idea of a wedding in the week too and happy to take time off to celebrate with friends and family.
Many venues are also being as flexible as possible allowing dates to be moved and changed without incurring amendment fees and helping couples to find the best alternatives for their wedding day.
This means that couples booking weddings, and the wedding venues themselves, can be more reactive to Government announcements and changes to social distancing policies and rules on large gatherings.
Whilst many are hanging out for when restrictions are lifted and we can celebrate a wedding with all the friends and family around us as planned, some are looking at downsizing and hosting a smaller ceremony with an intimate group allowing them to splash out a bit and treat their guests to something really special.
We have all been reminded of the value of friends and family over the course of this year. Being separated from those we love has left a lasting impression on us all and couples will want to show their appreciation of their guests on the day with some tokens of appreciation from thanks to little gifts and moments of the day that make people smile.
Lockdown has made us all cherish the experiences we love and we can’t wait to get back to trying new things and enjoying what the world has to offer, whether it is being in a new restaurant or sampling a new culture on holiday. Weddings are a great chance to host your guests in some incredible venues that they may not ever have been to or have the chance to experience.
At PV&E we have a host of really interesting wedding venues from the traditional to the quirkier choices that will give both the wedding couple and their guests an experience of a lifetime.
Traditional wedding venues
Dundas Castle Scottish Wedding Venue of the Year by Vows in 2018. A medieval fairytale tower set magnificent grounds, a true fine dining experience.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Celebrating 350 years in 2020 this vibrant garden setting is both a romantic and idyllic wedding location for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and celebrations.
Perth Racecourse A wonderfully romantic setting within the breathtaking parklands of Scone Palace boasts manicured lawns and stunning scenery it even has a barn for wedding parties and BBQs.
Hamilton Park Racecourse Set in 20 acres of secluded grounds with magnificent views, a fabulous marquee and now a new hotel on site so guests can roll to bed easily at the end of celebrations.
Hopetoun House One of Scotland’s finest stately homes that never fails to impress, classical, elegant and prestigious.
Signet Library The epitome of prestigious Georgian elegance described by King George IV as the finest drawing room in Europe.
Mansfield Traquair Nothing short of extraordinary, one of Edinburgh’s most spectacular wedding venues restored to its full glory.
For something a bit different
Bateaux London Celebrate your marriage with a cruise through the magnificent sites of central London embarking from a central London pier of your choice. Why not hire a London Routemaster bus to bring your guests from your wedding venue to the pier for a bit of fun!
Or even a sports stadium! Whether you and your partner are rugby, cricket or football fans there is a venue for all with the opportunity for a pitch view and wedding party photos in the stands.
Stadium venues include – The Amex, Brighton, Newcastle United Football Club, National Football Stadium Windsor Park, Everton FC, Hampden Park Stadium, Swansea FC, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United, Blackburn Rovers, Emerald Headingley Stadium, Cricket Club, Sussex County Cricket Club; Gloucester County Cricket Club
All our football and cricket grounds have bespoke wedding packages designed for avid fans looking to tie the knot at their favourite club
Wherever your choice our expert planning and culinary team will ensure we create something special for you and your guests to remember long after the partying is over.