Hello!! First thread/post so bit of background..
Me and my fiance have been together 5 and a half years and for the last year and a half have been talking seriously about marriage. We finally moved in together by ourselves August last year and I had been waiting for him to pop the question. After what seems like an age, he asked me on Easter Sunday, put the ring box in an Easter Egg box, gave it to me to eat and as I got the egg out the box fell out
I had been unofficially sorting my wedding out beforehand anyway so I already had a list of venues that I liked. After enquiries it turned out only 1 was suitable, I found another 2 through a friend so I now have a shortlist of 3 which I will be viewing shortly.
Originally we were planning for a September 2014 wedding as we were hoping to go to Singapore for a few days for the Grand Prix and then onto Thailand to keep me happy. However, I now wonder if its actually cheaper to get married off season since September seems to be peak season.
I am currently thinking of October 2013 as we both have birthdays in that month, mine at the beginning, his at the end so it would be nice to do it midway. We have pretty much decided we want a weekday because it seems prices are cheaper. We know having a weekday is a bit of a risk because some people may not be able to attend but I am 100% certain that those most important will be there come rain or shine. If others arent then fair enough, understandable and it saves us money..
I have looked into other Honeymoons for what I foreacasted the original one to be and you can get a 2 week caribbean holiday for less that what we were going to pay. We could ask for excursions for our wedding presents so that my fiance doesnt get bored with me laying around doing nothing. I am thinking of 6 excursions in total so 3 a week, roughly costing around £50 each, give or take. I am confident we can achieve that between our wedding guests and family since it only takes 6 couples @ £50 between them to pay for these. I dont know how much people generally spend on wedding presents but £50 between a couple seems sensible. It also gives manouvre for those wanting to give a tangible present. Our current guest lists sits at 59 including 6 children..2 will definately attend since they are under 2 so not in school and my little sister will definately be there. The 3 other kids are my fiances nephews, his sister might not want to take them out of school so they will either make babysitter arrangements for the whole day or just the evening. We are anticipating to have around 20 extra evening guests but this may go up if we lack in day guests. We cant really do anything until we have a final guest list like 2 months before the wedding.
What I want to know is, am I likely to get a great deal doing a midweek October wedding? It seems to me that if the wedding and the honeymoon is cheaper it makes more sense to do it next year and go to Singapore the following year to mark our anniversary. Im not one for scrimping too much but compromises need to be made, whilst we maybe can afford to spend 16K on everything, it seems silly to do that if we could spend less and still do what we want to do, just a year later.
Has anybody bagged themselves a great midweek deal at a venue?