The UK is in yet another lockdown, but this doesn’t mean you have to pause your wedding planning. We’ve rounded up the best virtual wedding events that are taking place during Lockdown 3.0 so you can still get involved and get on with your wedding planning virtually, whilst staying safe at home.
The Best Virtual Wedding Events for Wedding Planning Couples
The Midlands Online Wedding Fayre
Couples looking to find wedding suppliers in the Midlands need to add the Midlands Online Wedding Fayre to their diary. Around 60 or so suppliers are taking place and each one will present a five minute showcase on their services. Suppliers such as Caviar & Chips (who contributed to our 2021 wedding trends report) and new wedding venue Stockton House are taking part.
Date: Sunday 31st January
Cheshire wedding venue Combermere Abbey has adapted to suit the current climate – they are now offering virtual wedding show-rounds via Zoom. Each show-round is tailored to the couple, highlighting the applicable aspects of the neutrally decorated venue and explaining how it can be decorated to suit your day.
There’s also a first person video available, showing what it’s like to walk around the abbey and the grounds available to watch at a time that suits you, before you book your virtual consultation with the team.
When: At a time that works for you!
Where: Combermere Abbey
Wasing Park’s Winter Wonderland Offer
Couples searching for the perfect wedding venue in Berkshire will be able to partake in virtual show-rounds of this beautiful venue, and take advantage of a very special offer, which includes:
- £1000+ VAT off the catering for all weddings booked during Winter Wonderland 2021.
- £500 deposit for the venue fee to be paid by 31st January to secure the date
Once venue visits are permitted, Wasing will require the Terms and Conditions to be signed and returned within 48 hours of the visit. If, after visiting, couples change their mind Wasing will refund the £500 venue deposit in full. The balance of the 50% venue fee deposit will be due three months from the date of the signed terms and conditions.
When: Throughout January
Where: Wasing Park
Courtyard Bridal Boutique
Lubenham-based wedding dress shop Courtyard Bridal Boutique is offering a lovely online service for brides-to-be during lockdown. You’ll get to join a Zoom meeting with the team, which consists of sisters Rhiannon and Bethan and their mum, Anne, and cups of tea, wine or gin are encouraged!
They’ll use the virtual appointment to hear all about your big day plans, including the venue, colour scheme and flowers. Through the magic of screen sharing, they’ll find out what you like and dislike, as well as getting to know you and that way, when you’re allowed to attend a face-to-face appointment, they’ll have a much better idea of what you want.
They’ll also follow up with a personalised PDF of your ‘Courtyard Edit’ which is a document of the gowns they think you’ll fall in love with when you visit in person so you’ll know what to expect when you arrive and you can start imagining what you’ll look like in your dream dress.
You can also schedule a follow up appointment online to go through your virtual edit in more detail, if you want.
When: At a time that suits you!
Where: Courtyard Bridal Boutique
A Virtual Evening at the Museum
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is holding a virtual wedding fair at the end of January, which will be streamed on Facebook.
You can experience a virtual tour, interactive games, live music and even a fashion show all from the comfort and safety of your own home. The venue’s dedicated Event Manager, Asia Yaqub, will host proceedings, including chats with selected suppliers.
If you’re looking to plan a wedding in the Oxford area, this show case is not to be missed!
When: Sunday 31st January
VIP Virtual Consultations with Bromley Brides
Bromley Brides has launched their VIP Platinum Appointments with the doyen of wedding dresses David Emanuel to help brides find the dress of their dreams.
Having originally planned to conduct these as physical appointments with brides, the shop quickly adapted to Covid-safety regulations in December by setting up virtual appointments.
Brides were delighted to connect with David via a video call live on a wide TV screen, which enabled each entourage member to view their thoughts before David advised on best silhouette, shape and fabric choice – to ensure the bride feels beautiful with her final choice!
Due to the success of these hourly virtual appointments, Bromley Brides will be continuing to offer bespoke consultations to help brides decide between their head and their heart and ultimately Say Yes to the Dress!
When: At a time that suits you
Where: Bromley Brides
The Manor Rooms
The Manor rooms in East Yorkshire are doing Zoom show rounds for prospective couples, and they also have a virtual tour on their Facebook page that you can view at a time that works for you.
From the 9th January until the 17th, they will be hosting a virtual wedding fayre on their Instagram stories too, so you can learn more about some of their trusted suppliers.
When: Throughout January
Virtual Wedding Fair by Magpie Wedding
View potential suppliers from the comfort of your sofa with the Virtual Wedding Fair. The Virtual Wedding Fair has been running since 2019, making them a pro at virtual events. You can view products, discover hints and tips and take part in competitions, all from the safety of your home.
The next event takes place the week commencing 15th February and consists of one hour long show a day – you’ll experience everything from cool indie wedding dresses to creative styling ideas across Facebook and YouTube.
When: W/C 15th February
Where: The Virtual Wedding Fair
Virtual Jamaica Bridal Expo
Are you dreaming of a blissful wedding abroad? If so, make sure you add the virtual Jamaica Bridal Expo to your diary. Taking place on 4th February at 3pm, you’ll get to learn more about the top destinations, hotels and services for a wedding in Jamaica. It’s free to attend and will help you start to envision your dream destination wedding, at a time when it might seem hard to know where to start.
When: 3pm on 4th February
Where: Jamaica Bridal Expo
Hylands Wedding Fest
Hylands Wedding Fest is taking place on their Facebook page on Sunday 24th January, to replace the in-person event they had originally planned to host. Between 11am and 3pm you’ll get to learn more about weddings at Hylands Estate, and see first-hand inspiring ideas and tips from the team. You can also ask the Weddings & Events team questions via Facebook and Instagram.
When: Sunday 24th January, 11am-3pm
We’ll keep this list updated as we find more amazing virtual events for you, so keep checking back! In the meantime though, make sure you check out the wedding tasks you can still do in lockdown.