Congratulations! Planning your 2018 wedding

Candlelight, mistletoe and snow (hopefully) falling softly in the background: Christmas Eve is officially the most romantic day of the year to get engaged, according to society and lifestyle magazine Harpers Bazaar.

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Photo by Will Patrick Photography

With an estimated 100,000 engagements to be announced over Christmas, wedding planning app Bridebook have number-crunched 2017 data to predict the ten most popular dates for tying the knot in 2018

There's a huge spike in internet searches for venues, caterers, cake-makers and wedding flowers between Christmas Day evening and 8th January as excited couples start planning themes, venues and stag and hen do's: Check out Bride’s Magazine bridal party planning tips (we’re number one!)

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Photo by Bloomsbury Films 

If you're planning a 2018 wedding, our Weddings & Events Managers Ava Sangster and Rebecca Hammond have these words of wisdom: “Make sure the key members of the bridal party can attend before sending out a 'save the date'. Keep it efficient by running a Doodle poll for essential guests to help narrow down a date.

“If you’ve got a very clear idea of what you want in terms of venue, guestlist, theme, flowers and catering, start booking in consultations immediately. We have emails from newly engaged couples waiting for us on the 27th December when we come back into work for the few days between Christmas and New Year.

 “If you have no idea what you want… Start booking consultations immediately! Talking to professionals will help give you ideas, direction and assist with budgeting. All good florists, caterers and venues will offer no-obligation consultations and are always happy to discuss options, even if your plans consist of just a few Pinterest boards."

Whilst most people were planning Halloween and then Christmas, our team of expert florists were already researching wedding trends for 2018. We look to all the creative industries for inspiration: Interior design, fashion and fine art all influence our work. 

 Click here to download our step-by-step wedding timeline

Author: Joanna Rhodes

Joanna Rhodes is the Managing Director of Hayford & Rhodes

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