Getting married on a budget



Country Life magazine has issued some tips for a perfect wedding day as they urge people to resist the temptation to spend big.

“The whole thing has got rather out of hand,” says editor Mark Hedges. “Everyone sees what everyone else has done and feels they have to do something better.

“They don’t need to do better, they just need to get married and have a very special, sometimes simple, day. It should be fun, it should be delightful.”

Country Life put forward half a dozen pointers to ensure an elegant and tasteful wedding

  • A reliable best man
  • Small canapes: you shouldn’t have to struggle to eat them
  • Morning dress for men, hats for women
  • Subsidising the costs of a lavish hen-do/stag party
  • Always ask a father’s permission
  • Not royal? Then more than six bridesmaids is “excessive”.

Wivenhoe House’s conference and events manager Sarah Bowman agrees: “Don’t ever think that a less expensive wedding will look cheap. With the help of a good wedding planner, you can fulfil your dreams and make it a memorable day for your guests.

“Always look for a venue with a clear pricing structure and be upfront about your budget. No one at Wivenhoe House wants you to overspend – that’s an unnecessary stress on what should be a carefree day.”

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By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.