10 Things you need to know about planning your dream wedding in 2018

From Christmas Eve (the most popular time of the year to get engaged), to Valentine’s Day, love is in the air as newly engaged couples start planning.

Three friends of Hayford & Rhodes – The Proposers, Quintessentially Weddings and Southern Cross Travel – who are experts in their field give you their tips for 2018 weddings, and some insider information on planning the day of your dreams.

Wedding_CS_closeup_syon-park-resize.jpg Photo: Will Patrick Photography 

“The magic is in the uniqueness of each engagement”

Providing the most creative and romantic proposals – all over the world! – The Proposers know how to ensure your engagement is perfect, whether it’s at The View from The Shard (where Hayford & Rhodes provide bouquets for proposals!) or a bespoke treasure hunt around a location special to you as a couple. Spokesperson Sophie Cooper offers the following advice:

  • Make your engagement very personal and relatable to your relationship. Boutique, bespoke proposals are increasingly popular in 2018. When it’s totally specific to the couple, it’s so much more romantic.
  • You don’t need that much time… We’ve planned events in a day, but the more time you have to plan, the better.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have any ideas: Just think about your other half and what it is about them means the most to you. The romantic side of you is there; it may just need a little encouragement!
  • In over 1,000 proposals, we’ve never experienced a ‘no’, so having your loved ones ready and waiting for an instant engagement party simply adds to the magic of the moment.


Wedding reception 2018 Photo: Lilly Sells 

“Think quirky and wonderfully weird for 2018”

No one knows more about wedding planning than Quintessentially. From an intimate family ceremony to a huge three-day party, they’ve been there, done that and are more than willing to share advice:

  • With big, party-style events, consider the amount of printing: Save the dates, invitations, orders of service, menus… To manage the costs associated with printing, embrace technology and create a bespoke ‘save the date’ video. Going paperless is quicker, cheaper, more environmentally friendly and more fun.
  • Even with smaller, more intimate ceremonies and receptions, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of the day without spending quality time with your guests. Take a moment (during the ceremony, perhaps) to pause and look back at all your loved ones, and appreciate the awesomeness of having those closest to you right there supporting every moment. It’s a very cool feeling, and one that you’ll never forget.
  • 2018 weddings are going to take on an element of subtle, slightly whacky and wonderful fun. For example, on the day, guests pick their seating place out of a hat. This idea is a great talking point, allows friends and family to mingle, and saves you spending hours getting stressed over seating plans.


Wedding couple Jewish weddingPhoto: Scott at Boutque Wedding Films

“Forget hours trawling online: Leave the stress to a professional!”

 Anneka Bones, Consultant from tailor-made travel specialists Southern Cross, offers the following advice:

  • Discuss together your hopes for your honeymoon, and then book a face-to-face consultation with a Travel Consultant. A good Consultant will be able to grasp quickly what you like, whether it’s adventure in Machu Picchu, a Caribbean beach or watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat.
  • The options are almost endless for a bespoke itinerary, which can make honeymoon planning very time-consuming, not to mention confusing when you’re trying to compare different options. Trust your Travel Consultant to take care of the honeymoon, alleviating some of your stress and freeing up a lot of your time.
  • Our top five honeymoon destinations for 2018 include:


Botswana: A safari, staying in a tented room with plunge pool at Eagle Island Camp in the Delta.

Canada: Take a luxury scenic train through the Rocky Mountains, enjoy fine dining in Vancouver and stay at the wonderful Sonora Resort.

Maldives: Take a private speedboat to a “no shoes, no news” island. The most luxurious fly and flop honeymoon available, all you have to do is lose track of the days as you lie in the sun on your private deck.

Australia: Think cocktails over-looking Sydney Harbour and surfing on Manly Beach before travelling to the ultra-luxury conservation-based Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in the Blue Mountains.

St. Lucia: The BodyHoliday is the place to rejuvenate together after a wedding. A bespoke programme can include scuba diving, hiking, yoga, muscle-soothing massages and so much more. 


Wedding 2018 wedding partyPhoto: Will Patrick Photography


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Author: Joanna Rhodes

Joanna Rhodes is the Managing Director of Hayford & Rhodes

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