WHAT TYPES OF WEDDINGS DO YOU DO?
All types! From completely DIY weddings at dry-hire venues or marquees, through to weddings held at beautiful grand wedding venues. LAW caters for Civil, Destination, Same sex Weddings/LGBTQ, Express and Elopement.
WHAT WEDDING SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?
LAW specialises in Partial Wedding Planning, On The Day Coordination, Supplier & Venue Sourcing, Design & Styling, Whole Weekend Weddings as well as Virtual Wedding Planning. Each wedding service we offer is rather broad, but then we funnel it down after we have spoken. I like to work with my couples to create something bespoke, rather than just your standard cookie-cutter wedding package.
DO YOU CHARGE FOR AN INITIAL CONSULTATION?
Our initial conversation is completely free and you always get a lovely scone and cuppa too! This is an ideal chance for us to get to know each other to see if we’re a good fit to work together.
HOW MANY WEDDINGS OR EVENTS DO YOU COORDINATE A YEAR?
At Lauren Alexander Weddings we only take a limited number of weddings every year - this means that we only do one wedding or event per day. More often than not we also organise it so that it is only one wedding per weekend so you have me totally for yourselves.
IF WE HAVE BOOKED YOU FOR ONE THING BUT REALISE WE NEED MORE HELP, CAN WE UPGRADE?
Of course! If you were to book for example On the Day Coordination, but decided nearer the time you also needed help with your styling we can certainly add this at a later date. However we wouldn't be able to scale it back because as soon as I am taken on by my couples I get to work!
HOW DO YOU CHARGE?
For some of my services we have a session rate or a flat rate. Other services such as the Full or Partial Planning, Design and Style, Weekend Wedding and On the Day all charge a % of your budget. This will also be tailored to your needs, and your budget and a fee schedule will be agreed in the contract.
MY VENUE ALREADY HAS A COORDINATOR, WHY DO I NEED AN EXTERNAL WEDDING PLANNER?
It is totally understandable to have this query. There is a large difference between the two however. The Venue Coordinators are very knowledgeable about their venue but they will not be that involved in the run up to the day. They will be in touch about suppliers to make sure they are safe for the venue, but won't be asking all those niggly questions that are dotting around your head, or ones you don't even know to ask!
Venue Coordinators are usually able to tell you or show you what has looked and worked well in the past, but often don't have the time to help you think outside the box. They can recommend suppliers who have worked at the venue previously, but they may not work for you, or be within budget.
The biggest difference is that venue coordinators are working for their venue and not for you which an external planner is. While it is true that a venues event coordinator and wedding planner will have some overlap there is still a big added value to having both professionals working together. One for you. One for the venue.
I'M THINKING OF A PRE OR POST WEDDING CELEBRATION, CAN YOU HELP?
Absolutely! The Whole Weekend Package is for that very reason - it doesn't have to be held on the weekend too! The Whole Weekend Package is for couples who want perhaps a smaller event before or after their wedding. From a delicious meal the night before, to a post-wedding brunch with bloody mary's, this is something I love to do.
WILL YOU BE THERE ON THE DAY?
Apart from the Virtual Wedding Planner package, I will be there on the day to make sure it all goes like clockwork. I will have got to know your suppliers, your family and friends and you both, I will have worked with your timeline making sure it works and you can then just relax!
WHAT TIME DO YOU FINISH?
This depends on the day however usually a package ends either just after the first dance and cake cut, or just before the evening food is served. If needed though, I can stay longer!
HOW FAR AHEAD DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR OUR MARRIAGE LICENCE? HOW MUCH IS A MARRIAGE LICENCE?
You must decide where to have your marriage or civil partnership ceremony before ‘giving notice’.
To give notice, you’ll sign a legal statement at your local register office saying you intend to get married or form a civil partnership. This must include details of the final venue for your ceremony.
You must hold your ceremony within 12 months of ‘giving notice’.
A religious wedding can take place at any registered religious building. Same-sex couples can get married in a religious building if it has been registered for the marriage of same-sex couples. An authorised person, such as a religious minister, must attend the ceremony and register the marriage. Check with the venue if there is an authorised person. If not, you’ll need to book a registrar. This costs £86.
You can have a civil ceremony at:
a register office
any venue approved by the local council, for example a stately home or hotel
You must have at least 2 witnesses at the ceremony. A registrar must carry out, or be present at, your ceremony. You can book a registrar yourself or the venue may do this for you.
The cost of a registrar is:£46 at a register office
£86 at a registered religious building
Costs may be different at other approved premises.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GIVE NOTCE?
You must sign a legal statement at your local register office to say you intend to get married or form a civil partnership. This is known as ‘giving notice’. You must give notice at least 29 days before your ceremony. For example, if you give notice on 1 May, the earliest date you can get married or form a civil partnership is 30 May. You must hold your ceremony within 12 months of ‘giving notice’.
Fees for giving notice You need to pay a fee to give notice at the register office. It’s usually £35 per person.
Where to give notice:
You usually need to make an appointment to give notice at your local register office. You must have lived in that registration district for the past 7 days.You and your partner will need to give notice separately if you live in different registration districts. You do not have to do this on the same day.
I'M GETTING MARRIED IN A CHURCH, WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?
These are the main legal points to consider before you begin planning:-
Marrying away from where you live
It’s possible to get married in a church that’s away from where you live if you have a certain kind of connection with it. You may be legally connected to a number of churches in different ways.
Time of wedding
The wedding must take place between 8am and 6pm on any day.
Guidelines for divorcees:
There are special guidelines on marriage in the church if you are divorced. There may well be a way forward, but you will need to talk your Vicar about your situation to explore the possibilities for you.
Reading of Banns
Most Church of England marriages will require banns to be published before the wedding can take place. You won’t need to arrange banns until about four months before your wedding date. If there is not enough notice given for the banns to be read before the marriage is due to take place, or in the case of the marriage of people who are not nationals of a country within the European Economic Area, or if one or both of you does not live in England or Wales, it is recommended that the Licence procedure be used rather than banns.
There are some circumstances in which you may need a Special Licence, Common Licence or a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate to marry in church. Your vicar will let you know if these apply to you.
Documents you’ll need
All couples will need to show the vicar their passport as proof of nationality. If you don’t have a passport, there are other documents which would be acceptable, so ask your vicar about this.If either or both of you are divorced, you will need to bring your decree absolute for the vicar to see.You may also be asked to provide evidence of your connection to the church, such as utility bills which show you live or have lived in the parish, or your parents’ marriage certificate if they were married there, for example. Your vicar will guide you on acceptable documents for your particular connection.