The beauty of living and working in such a stunning location is that there is an absence of a “wedding season.” Loving couples are constantly tying the knot at the many exquisite hotels in the Lake District. A majority of my happy couples do not hail from Cumbria and are travelling with their nearest and dearest to enjoy a wonderful day celebrating their relationship. This is a glorious treat for everyone involved to spend time in the picturesque Lakes, however planning for what is the most magical day of your life is made extremely hard when dealing with so many unknowns. Who is the best supplier for cakes, hair, makeup, flowers etc. ? This is a huge issue as unreliable or unsatisfactory service in these areas threatens to ruin your big day.
Many Hotels do have dedicated wedding coordinators who are often a great source of information. Many hotels offer recommendations in their brochures. I would urge you to discuss your requirements with the staff as well as read the marketing material and always bear in mind that the bigger the marketing advert does not always correlate to the best service for you!
My advice is ask the suppliers you find first to recommend other professionals. I have worked this area for over twelve years and last year completed over 120 weddings! For this reason I always am brutally honest about who I will vouch for with regards other suppliers as I want the best for my customers. Also it always creates a much more relaxed friendly atmosphere if the suppliers are familiar with each other,used to working together and compliment each other. For example I work with many photographers and can recommend them based on your personality. I even know how each like to arrange the room and can save them having to do it when they get there. Makeup artists and myself work well together and with many we have a system that works well and keeps everything ticking away in a relaxed manner! All of the suppliers have seen it all and are aware of each others strengths and can help guide you to find a “fit” for your requirements.
Planning is such a major part of the process and I can’t stress enough the importance of drawing on the “locals” knowledge. Plus, if you get all the pieces in the right place, the suppliers are all professionals in their field and the day will run smoothly!