Just got engaged? Here’s five things you MUST do in January

Follow these steps after you get engaged to ensure you wedding planning goes smoothly.


Just got engaged? Here’s five things you MUST do in January

Follow these steps after you get engaged to ensure you wedding planning goes smoothly.
DATE 5 January 2024
VENUE Brinkburn

Have you just been asked the big question and now you don't know where to start with your wedding planning? Heres a simple guide to start planning your big day!

1. View a venue

Here’s a list of some of our favourites…

  1. BRINKBURN- A luxury, unforgettable venue consisting of a 12th century priory church and manor house wedding venue with a luxury tipi, renovated stables block, country house cottages, looping river and an ancient woodland.  Open day on the 6 & 7th or 20 & 21st January 2024. Doors open 11AM-3PM. Receive a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival and meet some wonderful suppliers.
  2. THE CROFT- A stunning hotel and wedding venue with a delicious restaurant and stylish rooms. Featuring its enchanting secret garden chapel and a botanical garden suite perfect for a wedding day.
  3. DOXFORD HALL- A beautiful Georgian mansion house, sweeping lawns, gardens, romantic rooms. perfect locations for your big day. Join them for a wedding open day on Sunday 28th January 2024, from 12 noon to 3 pm-Enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz and some delicious canapés whilst you find inspiration for your big day. All weddings booked on the day will qualify for a £500 discount
  4. ELLINGHAM HALL- A picturesque northumberland countryside wedding venue featuring 8 acres of grounds, a choice from 5 breathtaking ceremony spaces, a secret underground after dark chamber for the after party, luxury accommodation with 2 wedding suites offering a exclusive 2 night wedding experience.
  5. LARTINGTON HALL- An enchanting, unique wedding venue located in the county Durham set in 72 acres of idyllic parkland, this Grade II listed building will make the most magical wedding venue.


2. Insure your wedding

Although we all hope for that big day to go smoothly unfortunately things can go wrong and you don't want to be left out of pocket if things do. Wedding insurance is often overlooked and it’s actually super important especially post-covid. Wedinsure  offer 10 levels of cover from £5,000 to £50,000 for situation such as weather, loss, theft of damage of key items, illnesses and more. To find out more about the various cover levels available and their prices please visit Wedinsure website. 


3. Draft a shortlist of suppliers and make sure they’re ON-TREND!

There has been an influx of new trends in weddings over the past year so make sure your day is as progressive and relevant as possible and factor in some fun, cool new supplier ideas. Here are some of our favourite on-trend suppliers...

  1. TONE- An audio guestbook is a fun and creative way to capture messages from your guests using their timeless rotary and trim style telephones available in a range of colours.
  2. GEMMA JAY - Specialising in creating a ceremony personal to you, your partner. Offering wedding ceremonies, vow renewal ceremonies and naming ceremonies, Gemma Jay will assist you on telling your story just how you want it to be told.
  3. LUXURY LITTLE PLAY COMPANY - An on trend way to keep your little ones entertained. With Aesthetically-pleasing playgrounds that can be picked to suit your theme.
  4. JANET GLENWRIGHT- a North East based wedding officiant who will make your ceremony one to remember.  Laid-back, empathetic, emotive and always adding that touch of humour when needed, celebrating each love story individually and personal to you.
  5. JUST PRESS PLAY FILMS- Capture real moving moments for couples who love authenticity.You can trust that your wedding day will be documented with creativity, and an unyielding dedication to capturing the emotions that make your love story completely unique.



Start a wedding day saving fund and pay into it each month.

You might not be surprised to hear that search demand for ‘budget weddings’ is up 306%, with hundreds of nearlyweds typing that into Google every month.

Everything is getting more expensive, and so getting creative with your wedding budget, looking for wedding deals and finding ways to save will be a key part of 2024 planning.


5. Buy tickets to the Northern Wedding Show Feb 3+4th

Need more inspiration for your wedding day the Northern Wedding show features Iconic bridal catwalks, 130+ renowned suppliers, special guests, £10,000+ of prizes to be won. taking place at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle it is the ultimate inspiration for couples.

Grab your tickets here!