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Planning Your Wedding

,   Saturday, 03 January 2015
Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel & Wedding Venue would like to congratulate you on your engagement and forthcoming wedding. We hope this sample wedding plan will help guide you through the difficulties of planning your wedding. 


Planning your wedding can be one of the most stressful yet exciting times in your life, but it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the different options out there. Knowing where to start is actually quite a big challenge. 

Here are some sample timings for you to consider (this is not an exhaustive list and timings should be decided by yourselves) 

12 Months or More

Announce your engagement. It's important to let family know first. Some couples just don’t feel right if anyone knows their big news before their parents and other close family members.

Choose your engagement ring

Determine the style and theme of your wedding, whether it is to be formal, semi-formal or informal

Discuss the wedding budget and who will pay for what. If parents are not paying, then the budget may need to be smaller. Make a list of what is important to you and where the budget will be spent.

Decide on a wedding date and start searching wedding venues

Things to consider when choosing your wedding venue

Do you want the ceremony, reception and evening celebrations at the same venue - Ox Pasture Hall is licenced for civil weddings, so your whole day can be held at the same wedding venue.

Photographic opportunities. The choice of location is important, as you will treasure your wedding photographs long after your wedding day - Ox Pasture Hall Hotel set in 17 acres of gardens and grounds in the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors National Park and has views that are second to none.

Quality of food - Ox Pasture Hall Hotel's restaurant is widely regarded as the finest restaurant in Scarborough and on the Yorkshire coast, so the quality of food is unsurpassed in the area.

Ambience - Ox Pasture Hall is widely regarded as one of the most romantic hotels in Yorkshire, which makes the hotel the perfect destination for a romantic fairy tale wedding.

Day of the week - At Ox Pasture Hall you can get married on any day of the week and significant discounts are available for certain days.

Time of year (Winter, Spring, Summer) - Ox Pasture Hall Country House Hotel has wedding discounts at most times of the year.

Do you want an Exclusive Use Wedding Venue, so that the only people at the hotel, are those you have invited - At Ox Pasture Hall you can hire the whole hotel and grounds for your exclusive wedding. Perfect for a grand luxury wedding in North Yorkshire.

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is the perfect wedding venue in Yorkshire to hold your wedding. With its unusual rustic style and charm, we believe we offer a unique wedding venue, which can be tailored to provide your perfect wedding, no matter how elaborate or exclusive you want your wedding to be. 

It is difficult to imagine a more romantic wedding location than Ox Pasture Hall, set in 17 acres of picturesque and secluded grounds in North Yorkshire. The venues stunning panoramic views of the Yorkshire Moors, will provide the perfect setting for your wedding celebrations.

Ox Pasture Hall is perfect for both large weddings and small intimate weddings.

If you decide to choose Ox Pasture Hall for your wedding, it is important to book the Registrar or Church straight away.


9 To 12 Months Before

Advise your out of town guests who do not live in the area, to book their accommodation as soon as possible - Ox Pasture Hall Hotel has a good selection of room types to suit most budgets and recommends that wedding guests  book their accommodation as soon as possible, as bedrooms may not be available nearer the time. Some weddings book their guests accommodation at the time of booking their wedding, so that they guarantee their guests are booked in at Ox Pasture Hall.

Begin your search for wedding suppliers (can be started as soon as you have booked your venue).

Please see a selection of the different types of suppliers you may be using Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses




Chair Covers

Venue Decoration

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cars

Hair and Beauty

Formal Suit Hire

Shoes and Accessories

Music, Disco or Live Entertainment (bands, harpists, musicians etc)

We always recommend Wedding Insurance. Often overlooked, but is important for your peace of mind, particularly with the high cost of a wedding

If your chosen wedding supplier is available on your wedding date, we recommend that you book them immediately, as they may not be available nearer the time.

Compile a preliminary guest list

Look through bridal magazines, visit wedding fayres and search online for ideas for your big day

Finalise your wedding colours and theme for your wedding

Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girl and best man for your big day

Choose and purchase your wedding rings


6 To 9 Months Before

Start planning ceremony and reception music choices

Start looking at invitation design

Book and finalise any suppliers you have not already done

Begin looking at honeymoon options


3 To 6 Months Before

Contact your suppliers and finalise your arrangements

Order Wedding stationery

Book you wedding cars and transport (if using)

Choose your wedding cake and order

Decide on your wedding decorations including favours

Finalise wedding presents list

Sign up for your chosen gift suppliers, if you want guests to buy presents from a certain shop or department store


3 Months Before

Finalise your guest list

Meet with the registrar or person who will conduct your wedding ceremony, to discuss details

Choose gifts for your attendants and parents

Groom and male members of the wedding party to arrange for a suit fitting

Start writing your wedding vows, if you are doing them yourself

Send out your invitations


2 Months Before

Meet with wedding suppliers to finalise arrangements

Schedule a hair and makeup trial with chosen hair and beauty professionals

Finalise music selections for the ceremony and reception

Meet with registrar or officiant to finalise ceremony details

Start working on your seating plan

Buy wedding favours

Contact any guests you have not received an acceptance from before confirming numbers  


1 Month Before

Meet with your photographer and provide a list of required photographs. Take photographer around venue

Decide and confirm your wedding vows and ensure your officiant has been sent copies

Final payments with suppliers

Confirm dates and timings with suppliers

Collect marriage licence

Arrange for a final wedding dress fitting

Give final guest numbers to your chosen venue


2 Weeks Before 

Finalise Seating chart

Confirm delivery time and locations with all wedding suppliers


1 Week Before

Collect wedding gown, bridesmaid, flower girl dresses and accessories

Final suit fitting

Check everything with suppliers again

Wedding rehearsal Beauty treatments if having (manicure, pedicure, haircut etc)

Confirm wedding day transportation (if using)

Reconfirm hair and make-up appointments for the wedding day

Confirm all duties required with the wedding party


Your Wedding Day

Try to relax, eat and not stress out

Have your hair and makeup done

Begin dressing two hours before ceremony is scheduled to begin (allow longer time if travelling a distance to wedding venue)

At Ox Pasture Hall we work hard to take some of the stress, so take a deep breath, try to relax and enjoy your big day!