Everything you need to know about Wedding Planning Wednesday meetings…

Whether you’re new to Harper or in the middle of planning your big day at one of our country house venues, you will certainly hear about Wedding Planning Wednesdays. This article gives you the information you need with advice on when to book in.

What is a 'Wedding Planning Wednesday'?

Well, you’d think it is pretty much what it says on the tin, but there is a lot more to it…

What is a ‘Wedding Planning Wednesday’?

Well, you’d think it is pretty much what it says on the tin, but there is a lot more to it…

Once you’ve booked your venue, one of the huge benefits you’ll receive is the first-class support from a central, dedicated wedding planning department. These are the girls (and guys!) who will be answering your every question in the run-up to your day and making your wedding planning process as easy and stress-free as possible. But rather than just a voice at the end of the phone or a person hiding behind a computer screen, Wedding Planning Wednesday (or ‘WPW’ as we like to call it) provides the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting. There are two meetings in particular – these are referred to as a ‘Timeline’ meeting and the ‘Final Planner’ meeting.

The Timeline meeting will happen fairly soon after booking. You’ll be discussing the ‘planning of your wedding planning’, and by the end of the meeting, you’ll most likely have a draft timetable for the day which will allow you to power through and confirm the rest of your plans in the coming weeks.

Skip ahead to the second meeting, the Final Planner meeting, and you will find yourself if the last few weeks of wedding preparation. This is most likely the last time you visit the venue before the big day, and will be the point you pretty much wrap everything up! One of the wedding planning managers will talk you through your online Planner, which you would have been religiously filling in, making sure it accurately reflects the vision of your dream day.

But that’s not all…

Unless you’re an incredibly trusting kind of person, you’re going to need and want to taste the banquet that you’ll be serving your wedding guests. This can take place on the same day as your Timeline meeting or Final Planner meeting with your planning manager OR you can book in for a separate WPW, if it’s more convenient.

Menu tasting experience is one of the most exciting parts of the day and as you may also want to sample some of our wines, we’ll give you a selection to take home with you to try at your leisure.

So… you’ve got your ‘planning plan’ sorted, your food and drink covered, what else?

As you would have seen from our website, we’re incredibly proud of the relationship that we have with our Harper Partners. We have with some of the leading wedding suppliers in the industry; some of which attend the WPWs on a regular basis. As you’ve probably taken the day off work to make the most of your planning day, why not book a consultation with the photographer, florist and/or any others that may take your fancy? All of which will know your chosen wedding venue like the back of their hand and add to the convenience of having your wedding planning sorted all under one roof!

Why a Wednesday?

We often get asked this question, but it’s quite a simple one to answer – we’re committed to our promise of offering couples the best possible service and an exclusive-use venue to hold their big day. We can book couples in for their Wedding Planning Wednesday months in advance, giving them enough time to plan the day as efficiently as possible.

Towards the end of the week, the operations and catering teams are likely to be running weddings at the venues, so we wouldn’t be able to give you the care and attention you deserve if we held our WPWs on any other day.

And finally…

Use these days to your full advantage; practice walking down the aisle, have an engagement photoshoot, and relax in the environment where you’ll be spending your special day!