London has just been named as the best-rated destination in the world for 2019 by TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations. And it’s no real surprise – it’s one of the best cities in the world! There’s something to offer all of its residents and visitors, and it’s also becoming a bit of a hot spot for those lucky in love.
Destination weddings in London have soared in popularity in recent years, perhaps thanks to the city’s great hotels, attractions and all round romantic vibes for brides and grooms. If you’re on the fence, let us fully confirm why you should have your wedding in London.
Sightseeing and things to do
London has a million and one different things to see and do that will delight both you and your new husband or wife, but also your guests. If your guests need to travel far (and therefore need a bit of gentle convincing) London is a super easy sell thanks to its world famous attractions. From icons of the city’s skyline, such as Big Ben, the Tower of London and the London Eye, to fun and fabulous attractions such as world renowned Madame Tussauds, the London Dungeons and the National Portrait Gallery, there is something for everyone to do as they wait for the ‘I dos’. There are loads of great London hotels special offers with breakfast, to fuel you all up for a day of exploring, too.
Accommodation for yourself and your guests
Regardless of what part of the city you’re getting hitched in, there are countless hotels across each borough meaning there is literally something for each taste and budget. If your guests book early enough, they can take advantage of London hotel deals special offers, too, making it more affordable than you’d originally think.
The city is so well connected
Travel options for family and friends visiting from both within the UK and further afield are endless. The city boasts UK wide train links; the Eurostar connecting London and Europe alongside five international airports making it an accessible location for guests no matter where they’re jetting off from. Whilst the wedding is in full swing, your friends and relatives can get to the ceremony and to their hotel with ease thanks to the city’s great underground system, buses and taxis. Keep an eye on TFL travel updates and keep your guests informed. It will also make escaping off on your honeymoon a lot easier, too! Honeymoons, mini-moons and romantic breaks all should be super-special, whether you’re travelling to a far-flung destination or looking for something fabulous that’s a little closer to home, after all!
which also means there are diverse suppliers at your disposal
Up to 300 languages are spoken in London, with people from over 280 nations calling the city their home. That means that there are endless suppliers at your disposal from across the globe, offering London brides and grooms something a bit different and special. You can easily take care of things like photography, invite design, music, catering and dress making all at just a few clicks online. Top tip: do not book any vendor or sign any contracts until you check with the wedding venue, and have sampled the cake and the dishes to be served on the big day.
A plethora of venue options
Choosing the perfect wedding venue is a thrilling part of your wedding planning; it will be the place you and your partner say your vows or head to after the ceremony and will be remembered forever by you both and your loved ones. London has a vast selection of stunning large, medium or small venues that cater for weddings. Couples can choose from old concert halls, historic sites or from a great range of hotels with venue spaces. The benefits of choosing a hotel as the venue for your big day, perhaps at the Chilworth Hotel, for example, is it gives you and your guests the option of staying overnight on site, having access to all of the useful facilities you’d know and enjoy at your favourite hotel. Think carefully about the space you choose and how best to maximise your venue within your budget, too.
Brimming with transport options
So, you’ve chosen your venue and now you’re looking at transport options. Well, look no further. Traditional red Routemaster buses were unfortunately taken out of service last year, but they are available for hire and make a novel and entertaining form of wedding transport. Check out exclusivecar.co.uk or confidencebus.co.uk. If a stretched limousine is more your thing, check out stretched-4-u.co.uk or hirelimos.com for limo hire in London. No matter where you’re staying, there are ways to get your guests there and back, so don’t panic!
Retail therapy before the big day
London is undoubtedly one of the best cities in the world for shopping. From world famous markets, department stores brimming with designer goods, and streets bustling with amazing shops#, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it. This also makes it super handy if you’re planning a wedding, as you won’t need to leave the city to get everything you need. For groomsmen, Savile Row offers top class bespoke tailoring and for blushing brides there is an abundance of high-end bridal stores including Jenny Packham, Temperley London, Caroline Castigliano and Sassi Holford, and many, many more. Plus, if you end up forgetting anything on your big day, you can easily dash out and grab it!
Escape to nature
Whether you need a rest from the planning and preparations, or simply want some wedding photos with a beautiful, natural back drop, London is the destination for you. There are countless green spaces in the city, with eight Royal Parks that are especially beautiful, and will make for some incredible snaps on your big day. From Victoria Park to Hyde Park, some of the city’s best hotels and restaurants are nearby the big eight too, with best restaurants in Paddington a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park, as an example.