Lake District wedding checklist

The Complete Checklist for Planning a Lake District Wedding 

Planning a wedding is an exciting but often daunting task. When choosing a stunning location like the Lake District, the natural beauty and serene ambience can make your big day truly magical. However, to ensure everything runs smoothly, meticulous planning is essential. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to help you plan the perfect day at a Lake District wedding venue. 

1. Budgeting 

Start by establishing a realistic budget. Consider costs for the venue, catering, attire, photography, entertainment, and decorations. Allocate a portion for unexpected expenses. The Lake District offers a range of options from luxurious hotels to quaint countryside inns, catering to various budget sizes. 

2. Choose the right date

The Lake District is breathtaking year-round, but the weather can be unpredictable. Consider the season and what it means for your wedding day. Summer offers longer days and better weather, while autumn provides a beautiful backdrop of changing leaves. Winter weddings can be cosy and intimate, especially with a snow-covered landscape. 

3. Picking the right Lake District wedding venue

The Lake District boasts plenty of beautiful venues, from historic castles and grand hotels to rustic barns and lakeside lodges. Popular choices include our country hotel wedding venues in Windermere: 

  • Merewood Country Housel: Overlooking Lake Windermere from an elevated position, Merewood is perfect for an elegant, lakeside wedding. 

  • Cragwood Country House: The Cragwood Hotel is an Edwardian country house that’s perfect for weddings, with its sprawling 20 acres of gardens and woodland.  

  • Briery Wood Country House: With seven acres of gardens and woodland surrounding it, Briery Wood Hotel offers a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere perfect for a Lake District wedding venue. It was even voted as one of the most picturesque and romantic destinations in the UK. 

Book your Lake District wedding venue well in advance, as popular spots tend to fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons. 

4. Hiring a local wedding planner

Consider hiring a wedding planner familiar with Lake District wedding venues and the surrounding area. Their local knowledge and connections can be invaluable, ensuring you have access to the best vendors and hidden gems. They can also help navigate any logistical challenges that come with a remote location. 

5. Arrange accommodation 

With guests travelling from afar, accommodation is crucial. Block book rooms at hotels or suggest nearby B&Bs. Some venues offer on-site lodging, which can simplify logistics. Provide a range of options to suit different budgets and preferences. 

6. Book your suppliers in advance

Key suppliers include: 

  • Photographer/Videographer: Choose someone experienced in capturing outdoor weddings. 

  • Florist: Local florists will know what’s in season and can incorporate the natural beauty of the area into your arrangements. 

  • Entertainment: Whether it’s a live band, DJ, or string quartet, book early to ensure availability. 

7. Plan the ceremony

Decide whether you’ll have a religious, civil, or humanist ceremony. Lake District wedding venues offer beautiful churches and picturesque outdoor spots for a memorable ceremony. Ensure you have the necessary legal documentation and permits, especially for outdoor ceremonies. 

8. Transport arrangements

Consider how you and your guests will get to the venue. The Lake District’s winding roads and remote locations can be challenging. Arrange for coaches or shuttle services if necessary. Classic cars, horse-drawn carriages, or even boats can add a unique touch to your arrival. 

9. Create a detailed timeline

From the ceremony to the reception, a well-planned timeline is essential. Include key events like the first dance, cake cutting, and speeches. Share this schedule with your vendors and wedding party to ensure everyone is on the same page. 

10. Have a weather contingency plan

The Lake District is known for its unpredictable weather. Have a backup plan in case of rain or other adverse conditions. Ensure your venue can accommodate an indoor ceremony if necessary and consider hiring tents or marquees for outdoor receptions. 

11. Personalise your wedding

Add personal touches to make your wedding unique. Incorporate local traditions, such as a fell walking excursion the day before the wedding or a boat ride on one of the lakes. Personalised favours, custom signage, and a curated playlist can make your day truly special. 

12. Legal requirements

Ensure all legal requirements are met, including giving notice of your marriage and obtaining the necessary licences. If you’re planning a religious ceremony, check any additional requirements with your chosen officiant. 

13. Plan pre-wedding and post-wedding activities

Extend the celebration with pre-wedding activities like hiking, lake cruises, or a visit to a local pub. Post-wedding, consider a farewell brunch or a relaxed picnic. The Lake District offers numerous activities to entertain your guests and make your wedding weekend unforgettable. 

14. Send out your invitations

Once the major details are set, send out your invitations. Include information on accommodation, transport, and local attractions. An RSVP deadline will help you finalise numbers for catering and seating arrangements. 

15. Finalise details and confirm bookings 

In the weeks leading up to the wedding, confirm all bookings and details with your vendors. Have a final meeting with your wedding planner to ensure everything is in place. Create an emergency kit with items like sewing supplies, safety pins, and pain relievers for any last-minute issues. 

For three of the most picturesque wedding venues in the Lake District and the whole UK, Lake District Country Hotels offers indoor and outdoor ceremonies for a perfect day. We have packages for food and service to make sure your celebration is personalised just for you. Make an enquiry today and we’ll be in touch!