Wedding in a Quaint English Pub.
Katie and Dave’s quirky pub wedding day was one of my favourite weddings. They are such a lovely couple and had some fun ideas for their wedding day.
The day started pretty much as usual with the bridal preparation and the service all just like any other wedding day. The reception was held in a quaint little pub in the middle of nowhere.
It was like the wedding party had crashed and taken over this beautiful “out of the way” little local. It made such a close friendly atmosphere that everybody felt they were part of the day.
A little tight.
I found it was a little tricky weaving my way around everybody capturing the candid images but I managed it and one of the guests commented that I was like a ninja popping up and snapping then disappearing out of sight.
It made my job as their wedding photographer interesting and a whole lot of fun and I’d love to photograph this way again.
The night climaxed with a masquerade ball, with all guests wearing a verity of masks and outfits. A beautiful wedding and I am so grateful they decided. In the end, to book me to photograph their amazing pub wedding day.
My best wished and love to you both, I know you live long and happy lives together x.
Pub Wedding Gallery.
Couples looking for a more informal and laidback wedding often opt for a pub wedding. As well as often saving some money on your budget it gives a much more relaxed feel to your wedding day.
There are many options out there. Many pubs specialise in this or maybe you can use your local. Maybe you will return to the pub you first met in or even the pub where your groom proposed to you.
Where ever you chose to be married, make it your own. You don’t have to follow in tradition. A wedding is your day, so pick a venue that suits your personality.
Top Tips When Planning Your Pub Wedding.
1. Work with the decor of the venue, not against it.
“Work with the décor within the pub and don’t try to turn the venue into something it’s not. Look at the colours of the walls and the décor already there and see how you can add to it and make it pop,” Nina explained.
“It’s about not doing too much if you already have a characterful pub venue. Take The Counting House in Bank for example – it’s already so grand and detailed, so all it needs is candles, foliage and simple flowers.”
2. Consider your guests.
“Make sure your guests are well fed and watered. What makes the best wedding is when your guests are well looked after, which means they have plenty of good food to eat, a drink in their hand, and can dance the night away. It’s all your guests want.”
3. Make it personal.
“Bring something different and unique to the wedding that people haven’t seen before. For example, Charles Burns makes silhouette cut-outs of your guests on the spot. Dimitria Jordon designs bespoke stationery to fit your style and venue. You could have a pub quiz with questions about yourselves for your guests to answer. Think of something to make it personal to you and your venue, that will be memorable for your guests.”
4. Think about the ceremony you want.
Nina said: “Most pub wedding venues aren’t licensed to hold civil ceremonies, so couples will either need to get married elsewhere before going to the pub for their reception, or they can opt for a humanist ceremony instead.
“Humanist ceremonies are with a celebrant and are more personalised. Many couples have their civil ceremony a few days before the wedding to sign the registrar, then have a humanist ceremony at their wedding. Not having a civil ceremony and having a humanist celebrant at your wedding instead means you aren’t restricted as to where you get married and you can include lots of traditions from all backgrounds as well as make up your own!”
5. Hire a wedding coordinator.
“What you need to remember is you are hiring a pub, not a venue that specialises explicitly in weddings. The pub’s event’s team will help to coordinate the venue, food and drinks on the day, but everything else needs to be brought together by the couple. A lot of people put their heart and soul into planning but only a few think about how it will come together. Having a wedding coordinator to ensure everything comes together smoothly on the day makes all the difference,” Nina explained.
“We’re not wedding planners, we’re wedding day coordinators that ensure everything is exactly how you hoped and dreamed it would be. We’re stress relievers, insurance and reassurance that everything you planned will be executed perfectly.”
Finding your perfect wedding venue
Now that you know why pub weddings are so popular in the UK, and the key things you need to consider when you start planning, it’s time to choose your perfect venue!
Fuller’s has a great number of beautiful wedding venues across the south of England perfect for every season. From rustic to contemporary, quaint to quirky, each of our venues offer a unique and special backdrop for your special day.
Whether you’re looking for a ceremony-licensed venue to hold your entire day, or a stunning place to enjoy your wedding breakfast and after-party, we have a dream wedding venue for all, with first-class hospitality and premium food and drinks.
Pub Wedding Ideas.
We had one but it’d be even more suited to your wedding! if they have a regular quiz night you could even ask their quizmaster if they’d organise it for you?
Baby photo quiz
You could do the old bring a baby photo quiz and get people to guess who is who on the photos – always good fun and a talking point!
Passing the balloon.
A game like passing the balloon up and down a row without hands might be fun if people are up for it – gets the dancefloor being used, a few drinks to be consumed and for people to laugh!
If you add a bit of competition/mini prizes to fun games I think it would help add the fun and more would make the effort :-).