Helpful advice for planning & organising your big day
Hello and welcome to all things weddings!
This little corner of the website is dedicated to all our lovely couples and those at all stages of their wedding planning.
I’m Ruth, the Events Manager at SIREN. Here for advice, guidance and helping to organise the best day ever, with you! A little about me – 11 years in hospitality, 5 of which working in the wedding industry, 3 years married myself and I LOVE being organised. I have been at SIREN since Summer 2018, helping manage, run and plan weddings alongside the 2 lovely owners. Imparting wisdom may not be something I would consider myself good at, but here I am!
So, where to begin? Once you are engaged, the next thing to consider is WHERE and WHEN you want to get married.
So, in Liverpool there are a whole host of amazing ceremony venues to choose from. Most couples who come to SIREN have chosen to tie the knot at the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site that is Saint Georges Hall. If you are looking to stay central and for somewhere with bags of character, this is a super choice (and where I got married myself). Keep an eye out – I will dedicate a future post to ceremony venues in Liverpool.
I would also use this time to begin more thorough research by attending open days, wedding open evenings and wedding shows to get a better idea of what you like (and don’t!). The next one at SIREN is on Sunday 19th January from 3pm-5pm and is such a good opportunity to come have a look at our venue set up for a wedding and a chat with myself or another of our lovely team.
The ‘when’ part is all you – on your anniversary date, in December for a winter wonderland, a Saturday in June because you want peonies to be in season, it’s totally up to you – just make sure you ask your venue for availability around your preferred date. SIREN is happy to host your wedding at any time of year. Although, those summer months are still of course the most requested.
Next, begin to think ahead. Popular places can book up well in advance. Also, take your time to plan and pay for such a huge life event and have it how you want it. You’ll have those photographs forever. If you are having the ceremony and reception at different venues, you need the dates to line up. When you have a clearer idea of when the ceremony might be, begin your enquiries with venues, (like SIREN) and see how many guests they can hold. This will also become a deciding factor in where you choose. You don’t want a massive venue if your wedding is an intimate 25 and you don’t want to be cramped if its a full 200 guest list. SIREN can comfortably seat up to 60 guests for a sit down meal and hold up to 100 for the evening celebrations.
choosing your venue
So you’ve made a decision. There is no such thing as ‘too early’ in this case. Not that there is anything wrong with a last minute wedding!
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why you want to choose a place. it might just be location or capacity. It might be a special venue to you and your fiancé. Maybe you just like it and it fits your theme. For a lot of weddings, my best advice would be guests always remember the food and the fun. Whilst on this note, make sure you choose what YOU want as a couple. It’s YOUR day and no ones else’s. Get the band you want. Have cheese instead of sponge cake. Put a bouncy castle in the garden. Have donuts as favours. You’re allowed. Choose things that you both love and make your wedding unique to you.
Whatever the reason, booking your venue is a chunk of the hard work done. So, say you’ve picked SIREN. Most weddings tend to have about 12 months lead time, which is coordinator talk for a year to plan. At SIREN our diary is open up to 2 years in advance so you can secure the date and relax for a while.
On booking, we will ask a few open questions to make sure we are on the same page and give us a rough idea of the day and what you have in mind. This will include guest numbers at this stage and if you have a ceremony booked. Securing a venue also means you can start booking in other suppliers as you have a date, but more on this later…
the big one
The real planning starts about 6 months before your big day.
We will invite you and your fiancé for a detailed planning appointment. In this, we will power through about 4 coffees, pick your brains about anything and everything wedding related whilst quizzing you for possible choices on food and table layouts. This means if you still have no idea, you have another few months to decide!
Don’t worry, we send over a list of things we will ask so you can prepare (no, not like a test!). If we can cover all the bases, it will make it much easier for us to discuss and then to run on the day.
Tables & seating options – will you be having a top table, a seating plan, round tables or square?
Decorations and centrepieces
Wedding cake and favours – is the cake being served?
Entertainment – are you having a band/DJ/magician etc?
Formalities- will you be having speeches/a first dance/need an MC/cut the cake?
Food & drink – choice of menu/drinks packages/dietary requirements/children’s food etc
Suppliers – photographer/florist/photo booth and their access times/collection times
- Timings – the order of the day, beginning to end
As you can see, it’s a lot to think about!
We try our best to think of everything and every wedding we coordinate brings new experiences, ideas and obstacles. It is our job to help figure it all out and make sure that your day goes without a hitch and you enjoy each and every treasured moment of it.
Please feel free to send us your comments, feedback and ideas of things you would like us to blog about!
Title Photograph Credit – Madison Picture