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Weddings in a Marquee

We’ve designed several Cute Maps for marquee weddings over the years. This week we’re busting any pre-conceptions and showing you the beauty and endless possibilities, they offer.

Style of marquee

1. Traditional The traditional style marquee is suitable to many wedding styles. The canvas sides and king poles not only help the shape and stability but also give it that distinctive classic feel. The poles, floors and versatile ceiling spaces give you a great canvas to build a stunning environment to fit your style. Canvas, bunting, pom poms, balloons, lanterns, fairy lights, branches & foliage can all be used in impressing inventive ways to create magical results.
2. Pagoda/Canopy These are great if you’re having a destination wedding with reliable weather. For a UK wedding, these are more of a practical but pretty feature than a venue, but as they stand alone without the need for poles they can be placed in almost any location and can be used for chill out lounges, kids areas, bandstands, bars or for the catering.
3. Yurt A vintage or bohemian theme wedding is perfectly placed in a yurt. Its traditional circle shape can be useful for all types of wedding needs from the ceremony area to the main reception, you’re only limited by your own imagination! The trellis walls and ceilings give you a great backdrop to dress and in themselves give a really rustic and authentic atmosphere.
4. Stretch/Capri This style of marquee is a statement piece, suited to contemporary airy summer weddings, but beware the UK weather! Additionally, you are again limited to erecting these in a grassy area but if you’re brave and have the appetite for a fully outdoor day these are a stunning element to your day.
5. Tipi The tipi has taken weddings by storm over the past 5 years. Bohemian, rustic and popular due to its festival feel. As they’re normally modular large or small gatherings are nicely accommodated and they’re also great for all weather types, so there is no need to worry about the changeable UK climate.

Here are some top companies in the U.K to hire wedding/event marquees: https://www.burgoynes-marquees.co.uk/
http://www.marqueeswithpryde.co.uk/
https://www.yorkshireyurts.co.uk/
https://caprimarquees.com/
https://www.weddingtipi.co.uk/
https://www.countymarquees.com/

Alternatively, you can buy your own second hand from places like eBay which may work out cheaper than a hire for traditional and canopy styles depending on the size and material. Shop around the hire sites, local companies and second hand options  before making a decision, to ensure you’re getting the one that ticks all your boxes at the fairest price.

Practicalities
Things to consider are access for guests and suppliers, toilet facilities for your guests, running water for guests and catering. Is there access to power or do you need a generator? Is there parking for your guests? These are just a few things to consider before you commit. Fortunately many venues that offer marquees as an option in their grounds have thought of these already, but its always worth asking these questions and if any other practical elements may yield hidden costs. A wedding planner can help take a lot of the stress away from the couple when it comes to planning a marquee wedding. They are often held on private land or at a cross purpose venue such as gardens, farmland or grass etc. If you’re looking for this type of venue local to us at Cute Maps in Bucks or South Northants check out our previous blog story which includes venues Flaxbourne gardens, Stoke Park Pavilions and Crockwell farm.

Photo Credits:
Collage 1, pic 1- http://www.thewildebunch.co.uk/venue-gallery/marquees/
Collage 1, pic 2- http://thesecretgardenatduffrynmawr.co.uk/
Collage 1, pic 3- https://memphite.com/eXVydCB0ZW50cyB1aw/
Traditional- https://www.absolutecanvas.co.uk/
Pagoda- http://www.classic-marquees.co.uk/
Yurt- https://www.theweddingsecret.co.uk/cheltenham-yurt-hire-wedding-marquees-cheltenham-gloucester.html
Capri- https://www.tentickle-stretchtents.com/de/stretch-tent-gallery/
Tipi- https://kempandkempcatering.co.uk/marquee-weddings/
Collage 3, pic 1- https://thetipicompany.com/tag/tipi-hire
Collage 3, pic 2- http://www.reallygoodmarquees.co.uk/2017/02/28/marquee-hire-top-10-tips/

Local Wedding Venues- Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire

For this post we’d thought we’d give a helping hand to Brides and Grooms local to us searching for their ideal wedding venue. Milton Keynes & Northampton are strewn with beautiful green pockets and quaint villages so there are many beautiful locations and areas to explore. A good rule of thumb when planning your wedding is to expect to spend 45% of your budget on your venue including food, drink and incidentals like decoration, linen, chairs, corkage etc. Here we’ve detailed some great organised wedding venues, but if you’re up for the ‘dry-hire’ challenge and really want to get some bang-for-your-buck and the freedom to plan every aspect your way, there are some wonderful village halls and community centres that you can hire for your special day. www.hallshire.com/ is a great place to start hunting.

All price ranges below are a guide and are dependent on time of the year and day of the week.

Top value venues

(picture clockwise from top left: The Walnut Tree Inn, The Saracen’s Head Hotel, The Sofitel Woughton House Hotel, Hilton MK Stadium)

The Walnut Tree Inn
Set in the idyllic village of Blisworth, this quaint ex station-house inn is a cute foodie-loving venue. It is only a short walk from the Grand Union Canal so is perfect for those picturesque photo shoots!
Capacity: 60 ceremony, up to 120 reception
Hire: from £650 for ceremony & reception
21 Station Rd, Blisworth, Northampton NN7 3DS
https://www.walnut-tree.co.uk/

The Saracens Head Hotel
Nestled in the the historic town of Towcester, this venue dates back over 400 years and even features in Charles Dickens’ first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Perfect place for a country inn wedding. 
Capacity: up to 75
Venue hire from £200
219 Watling St, Towcester NN12 6BX
https://www.silverlinings.co.uk/wedding-suppliers/wedding-venue-saracens-head-towcester

Sofitel Woughton House Hotel
A beautiful country house set in the ancient village of Woughton on the Green inside the Milton Keynes grid, surrounded by the beautiful Ouzel Valley. You wouldn’t even know you were in the city.
Capacity: up to 160
Hire: £250 – £850
Newport Rd, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes MK6 3LR
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6627-woughton-house-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml

The Hilton, Milton Keynes Stadium
This stunning indoor venue can cater for a lavish party or a small gathering. Perfect for urbanites who’d like a contemporary feel to their day or sports fans who can’t get enough of that stadium atmosphere as most function rooms overlook the pitch.
Capacity: 40-750
Fee for ceremony applies. From £40 per head for evening reception. If you are only having your reception here then a room hire charge applies.
Stadium Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
https://doubletree3.hilton.com/Milton_Keynes

Mid price range venues

(picture left to right The Barns at Hunsbury Hill, Silverstone Golf Club & Hotel)

The Barns at Hunsbury Hill
This 18th century barn comes complete with farm buildings, courtyard and landscaped lawns, oozing country charm and rustic elegance.
Capacity: 40 – 180
Hire fee: £1395 – 2495
Harksome Hill, Northampton NN4 9QX
https://hunsburyhillcentre.co.uk/

Silverstone Golf Club & Hotel
This beautiful location, surrounded by forest and countryside also offers very quaint and colourful private cottage accommodation for wedding guests.
Capacity: up to 160
Hire fee: £800 – £1500
Silverstone Road, Buckingham MK18 5LH
http://www.silverstonegolfclub.co.uk/weddings.html


(picture left to right The Safari Lodge, Dodmoor House)

The Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park
This is the perfect venue for animal and nature lovers! Set in Woburn Safari Park it is also the perfect location for something unusual and quirky.
Capacity: 80-220
Hire fee: £1950 – £2150
Woburn Park, Milton Keynes MK17 9QN
https://www.woburnweddings.co.uk/luxury-wedding-venues/safari/

Dodmoor House
This dedicated rural Northamptonshire wedding venue offers 2 barns, 4 acres of grounds a licensed bar and a courtyard garden.
Packages:  £2,750 – £7,250 including overnight stay for the newlyweds, dining equipment, toy box and tv for children, lighting decoration and no corkage charge for the daytime.
Dodmoor House, Weedon Lane, Northampton NN7 4TA
https://www.dodmoorhouse.co.uk/


(picture left to right Furtho Manor Farm, Plum Park)

Furtho Manor Farm
This popular dry hire wedding venue just above Milton Keynes is situated in a stunning countryside location with a beautiful waterside ceremony option and contemporary rustic barns.
Capacity: up to 150
Hire: £2,000 – £4000
Northampton Rd, Milton Keynes MK19 6NR
https://www.furthomanorfarm.co.uk/

Plum Park Hotel
This restored Victorian Manor House has a beautiful courtyard, gardens, terraces and a picturesque outdoor space.
Packages from £2,499 – £5,799 including the use of marquee, terraces and gardens, one drink per guest, dining equipment, stage and dance floor, cash bar, use of a bridal dressing room, overnight accommodation and  breakfast for the newly-weds.
Plum Park, Watling St, Towcester NN12 6LG
http://www.plumpark.co.uk/

Generous budget venues

(picture left to right Chicheley Hall, Flaxbourne Gardens)

Chicheley Hall
If you’re looking for the tree-lined driveway leading to an impressive stately façade then Chicheley Hall will tick your boxes. This beautiful 18th century Hall is set in 80 acres of kept grounds and is one of the most popular venues in Milton Keynes.
Capacity: Indoors 100 Ceremony, 150 reception. Marquee for up to 600
Packages including food and drink: from £6,999+ (for 60)
Chicheley Rd, Newport Pagnell MK16 9JJ
https://www.chicheleymiltonkeynes.co.uk/partner/chicheley-hall/

Flaxbourne Gardens
This unique venue in Aspley Guise offers a blank canvas for every bride and grooms dream wedding. You can choose from marquees in the gardens, arches amongst the flowers, candles in the waterfall grotto and much more.
Capacity: 40 – 200+
Packages from £3,590 (for 40) to £6350+ (for 100) including food and table drink, marquee, dining equipment, dance floor, outdoor furniture, facilities, cash & card bar, children’s treehouse, helicopter arrival area.
Salford Rd, Aspley Guise, Milton Keynes MK17 8HZ
https://www.flaxbournegardens.com/

(picture left to right: Holdenby House, The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey)

Holdenby House
This 20-acre private estate dates back to the Elizabethan era and emanates old-school, aristocratic luxury. Their grand state rooms all overlook the stunning gardens which offer the perfect dreamy backdrop to your big day.
Capacity: up to 110
Hire: £4,750+
Holdenby House ,Northampton, NN6 8DJ
https://www.holdenby.com/weddings

The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey
Truly a statement venue, the Sculpture Gallery set in the grand Wobrun Abbey estate offers a stunning palatial backdrop to your wedding day and even has its own private rose gardens overlooking a small lake.
Capacity: up to 250
Packages including food and drink from £145 – £188 per person
Woburn Abbey, MK17 9WA
https://www.woburnweddings.co.uk/


(picture left to right: Stoke Park Pavillions, Brampton Grange)

Stoke Park Pavilions
This 1630 Italian Palladian style park is set amid handsome grass and woodlands of Northamptonshire.
Capacity: 250+
Hire: £3,590 – £3,850
Stoke Park House, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7RZ
http://www.stokeparkpavilions.co.uk/weddings/your-wedding-at-stoke-park-pavilions/

Brampton Grange
This  historic venue set in 25 acres of private estate offers 3 character barns for ceremonies and receptions.
Capacity: up to 260
Hire: £2,750 – £7,250
Sandy Ln, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8AD
http://www.bramptongrange.co.uk/top-navigation/weddings-and-celebrations/weddings-celebrations.html

 

Photo credits- left to right:

https://www.ukbride.co.uk/wedding-venues/the-walnut-tree-inn

https://www.weddingwire.co.uk/hotel-wedding/saracens-head-hotel–e111223

https://www.woughtonhousehotel.co.uk/

http://www.asianvenueguide.co.uk/item/stadiummk

https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/the-barns-at-hunsbury-hill_6467.htm

https://www.theweddingsecret.co.uk/silverstone-golf-club-wedding-venues-buckinghamshire.html

https://hirespace.com/Spaces/South-East/166433/Woburn-Safari-Lodge/The-Lodge/Weddings

https://www.wedding-venues.co.uk/wedding-ideas/2013/venue-spotlight-dodmoor-house

https://www.boho-weddings.com/2016/02/25/furtho-manor-farm-wedding-in-buckinghamshire-by-will-reddaway-photography/

https://brillpix.com/plum-park-wedding-photographer-beth-chris/

https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/chicheley-hall_5912.htm

https://www.weddingwire.co.uk/unique-wedding-venues/flaxbourne-gardens–e114039

https://www.holdenby.com/

https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/crockwell-farm_3213.htm

https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/stoke-park-pavilions_4124.htm

http://www.bramptongrange.co.uk/

Cost saving wedding tips

The average wedding costs a shocking £30,000 so many couples like to find ways to cut back. As Martin Lewis (from moneysavingexpert.com) says “While a wedding is a wonderful dream day, it’s important to remember that one of the biggest causes of divorce is debt and financial worries. If the cost of your wedding leaves you financially crippled and in debt for most of your married life, it’s a pointless waste.” Budgeting your wedding couldn’t be any easier with modern technology so there is no reason to worry about finance and debt once the magical day is over if you plan carefully and be honest with yourselves about what you can afford. Here’s some tips:
  1. Have a long engagement. Take as much time as necessary to save money for the magical day. Additionally, some suppliers allow you to book your wedding venue years in advance which can help save a lot.
  2. Have a weekday wedding. Tying the knot on a week day is much cheaper than at the weekend, sometimes saving you thousands of pounds.
  3. Get married at home. Now the government has lifting the rules on where you can legally marry this is something to consider if you have the space. This liberates all the decisions often imposed on you by venues such as food and booze spending as well as closing time!
  4. Get married very local… If you’d like a wedding day with a long guest list on a budget, sticking local is the best idea as you’ll be able to easily find all the village halls, community centres, small hotels and less advertised venues that are affordable diamonds-in-the-dust. If you’re time-poor we’d still recommend an appointed wedding venue (such as a hotel) as you’ll end up very stressed out trying to compensate for the job their events department will do.
  5. …or get married very far away! When you’re on a budget the guest list is the most stressful part of the wedding planning and the more weddings you go to, the more you notice the grumpy few who are just there out of obligation – why should you spend on average £150/head on these people?! Marrying abroad often solves your guest list problem in one swoop as those that come are those that really want to be there for your special day and a perfect excuse to keep it more intimate in numbers. You’ll also find in many countries your pennies go further, so double-savings are to be made.
  6. Only have the essentials. Make a list of the essentials and the optional things for the wedding. DO NOT attempt to plan any wedding without an ongoing budget list and yes log every receipt. Many brides start with one then ignore it as they go along as it stresses them out, but the reality is if you can manage this well you’ll feel far more satisfied in the long run!
  7. Buy a budget wedding dress. The high street and vintage stores have some hidden gems that can be perfect for any fashion type. More and more high street stores are offering a wider and more beautiful range of budget wedding dresses and for some brands the quality isn’t much compromised. Vintage or second-hand wedding dresses can be half the price and can look just as new. If you’re buying sizes up or down always get a quote from a seamstress sending them photos before money changes hands, as you don’t want to be stung with a huge dressmaking bill after you’ve made a good saving.
  8. Save money on alcohol. A ‘dry hire’ is stressful and rewarding in equal measures but savings on food and drink are the big draw. Its rare to find all-inclusive venues without corkage fees nowadays but they are out there and if you’re fortunate to find one you can make savings of hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds on your booze. Ask your serving staff to mention ‘saving some drink for the toast’ and you’ll save hundreds on champagne for the toast after the food. If you’re having speeches before food, ask the waiting staff to do the same during your champagne reception and canapes.
  9. Skip the photographer! A brave move, but surprisingly becoming a trend. With the modern day, most people have smart phones who can take some snaps for you on your special day and there are always a few guests if asked to bring their SLRs will get very excited. Setting up a photo station also ensures you’ll get a lot of snaps to look back on.
  10. Make the most of your talented friends. Guests often love to get involved and so asking them to be part of your planning can save pennies and shed some tears of joy. Rule of thumb is if its their profession/main income don’t ask for freebies (instead keep your fingers crossed for an offer!) but if its their hobby then ask away. However your friends can help it will save you more money than you realise, be it playing an instrument, singing, taking pictures, making crafts and decorations or baking your wedding cake.
  11. DIY! Being creative and making your own wedding essentials can save you money immensely. You cant do everything yourself but pick things you’re good at and make some time to incorporate it into the wedding planning. DIY wedding ideas are plentiful – browse YouTube, Pinterest, blogs and Instagram where you’ll find tutorials on how to do almost anything wedding related. Depending on what you can create, you can sell on your creations after the big day, making some money back and a possible contribution towards the honeyfund.
  12. Don’t let traditions and superstitions you don’t care about cost you money. Traditional weddings can be the most expensive because that is where the demand is. If you scrap the things you secretly don’t care about or do things differently it can be a big cost saving: If you don’t like cake, don’t have cake – no one will notice until the bus journey home! If you don’t like starters, scrap them from the menu, wear whatever outfit you like and if you want to get ready with your betrothed and cab it to the venue that morning so be it!
Photo Credits: Wedding dress- https://bellebridal.co.uk/can-find-wedding-dress-1000/ Selfie station- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/258253359863430424/?lp=true Wedding Ring- https://www.perfectweddingguide.com/wedding-blog/index.php/2015/09/11/pros-and-cons-to-having-a-long-engagement/

Celebrity Weddings

Since Kate Middleton and Prince William married in 2011 the British public and the world have fallen in love with the Royals all over again and inspired other celebrity weddings. From Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (2014), to Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer(1954) celebrity weddings have been the talk of brides, grooms and the wedding industry for over 60 years and will continue to be inspirational.

2018 Weddings:

Taking a look back at 2018, we witnessed the wedding of the year between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. In November fans discovered that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin also married, but announced to the world in a less conventional and cute way by changing their Instagram names. Both had a huge influence on 2018 weddings and fans of the royals and celebrities. Other celebrities who wed in 2018 were Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard, Chanel Iman and Sterling Shephard.

 

Celebrity Wedding Designers:

Jenny Packham
A very elegant wedding dress designer who has her own collection of bridal & bridesmaids outfits, red carpet gowns, jewellery and even her own line of candles (interesting fact: she is also sister to BBC nature presenter Chris Packham!). Her pieces have been worn by some of the most famous female celebrities: Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Kate Middleton, Kate Winslet, Blake Lively and Adele. http://www.jennypackham.com/

Sassi Holford
All of her work is handmade in England and isn’t limited to bridal gowns –  occasion and evening wear are also a huge part of her craftsmanship. Her collections are what brides dreams are made of – often simple, elegant and elements for many tastes in fashion. Celebrities who have wed in her beautiful gowns are Emily Andre, Autumn Phillips, Helen Skelton and Shirlie Kemp.  https://sassiholford.com/

Charlie Brear
Bohemian brides beware, this designer has the vintage wedding dress of your dreams! She has a huge following of modern brides who love her unique style. Her 2019 collection has modern flare and challenges the classical take on a wedding dress, with popular jumpsuit and two piece sets and different colours such as greys, pinks, blues and floral patterns. http://www.charliebrear.com/

Vera Wang
Known for designing traditional dresses with a modern edge, her gowns are unmistakeably identifiable. Her iconic bridal designs range from feathered tulle flower embroidery to a floating organza petal skirt with pleated tulle. Her pieces are so well designed they can pull off all colours, including ivory, nude, charcoal, black, reds and pinks. Celebrities wearing Vera Wang on their wedding days include, Alicia Keys, Kim Kardashian, Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton and Khloe Kardashian. https://www.verawang.com/

Celebrity wedding venues:

A wedding venue can be the defining element of a wedding and many have chosen some awe-inspiring places. Even if they are outside the budget, they’re a great source of inspiration!

Amberley Castle, West Sussex is a stunning venue with 12 acres of gardens and historic architecture for a steep price of £15,000 to £28,000. It was also home to ‘This Mornings’ presenter Holly Willoughby’s wedding to Dan Baldwin.

Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin is well-known wedding venue with a 567-acre private estate with panoramic views of Wicklow mountains. Packages for the estate start at around £110 per person. This location is most famous for housing David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding.

Borgo Egnazia Resort, Fasano, Italy wed the celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. The stunning 40 acre resort overlooks the Adriatic Sea and has beautiful views. A wedding here starts at £140 and can range to £943 per person.

The historic Hotel in Venice’s Canal Grande was a fitting location for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. The Hotel Aman is a 16th century palazzo where wedding prices start from £1,000 a night to £5,106.

Winter Wedding Inspiration

Winter Weddings can be the most romantic time of the year to tie the knot. The icy cold backdrop is ideal for both deep and pale colour schemes and wintery- like snowflakes, holly and rose petals. Here are some frosty wedding ideas for the perfect winter wedding.

Snow!

Even though we can’t predict the weather we can still make snow happen! Snow can fall as you walk down the aisle, as you say your vows or during your first dance. Whenever snow falls you’re guaranteed that magical effect that everyone will love.

Hot Chocolate!

To keep guests warm and cosy a hot chocolate bar could be the answer. Make your own hot chocolate and add in extras like cream, marshmallows, cinnamon sticks and chocolate chips. Adults can be top them off with some alcohol liqueurs.

Colour schemes!

Traditional white and silver will never go out of fashion for winter nuptials. For a more contemporary feel ice blue with peaches or pinks give that playful winter wonderland feel. Grey and blue really complement each other and any shade of blue goes – ice blue, aqua or a teal.

Attire!

Crystal embellished or glitter covered shoes, bags or even bridesmaid dresses elegantly reflect the winter theme. For the bride, plush capes or fur wraps to keep warm in the outdoor photos. Double up your guests’ favours and the winter theme by supplying cosy slippers for your guests to change into to keep their feet toasty.

Reception Décor!

Your reception can reflect an icy forest with icicles and snow sprayed twigs centrepieces. If falling snow is a bit extravagant, snowflakes can be projected onto the walls of the reception with changing colours or just an ice blue for that wintery feel. Motion projectors can be found for a good price at many retailers at the moment. For that cosy romantic feel drape fairy lights over the reception tables and windows.

Go Rustic!

Rustic winter elements add a cosy and warm feel and are great for tithe barns and tipis. Wooden place settings and wintery centrepieces with pinecones or berries can be a different route to a winter wonderland sensation. Elegant lace, fairy lights, flowers, and candles are an obvious must in your décor wish list. And don’t forget to keep the theme flowing through your stationery. Check out the Christmas themed Cute Maps we previously designed.

Cake!

Think frosted berry garnishes, snowflake edibles, marble patterns or even theming the tiers in a wintery forest design. Just remember to check on prices and styles available local to your venue before falling in love with a cake design.

Food!

Whether you’re serving meals or a buffet, warm, feel good food is probably the best route to go down and to make sure there is plenty of it! The cold weather is a perfect opportunity to bring everyone together with food and can be accomplished very easily. Classic wintery foods can be simply and cheaply made but pulled off with flair if done right. Classic soups can be served in small portions accompanied with a hearty cheese on toast, or maybe macaroni and cheese bites puts a fun twist on a classic. Anything with warm chocolate will go down a treat (allergy allowing!): chocolate cake, brownies, melt in the middle puddings and three flavoured warm chocolate pots are my personal favourite with churros dipped in chocolate!

Photo Credits:

1.https://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/5-things-you-can-only-do-winter-wedding

  1. http://www.venidair.com/how-to-build-a-winter-wedding-reception-decoration-ideas/winter-wedding-reception-decoration-ideas-with-recessed-lighting-also-flower-arrangement-and-round-dining-table-with-dining-chairs-also-pendant-lights-for-contemporary-great-hall/
  2. https://www.weddingomania.com/21-hot-chocolate-bar-ideas-for-your-winter-wedding/
  3. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/458170962066506094/?lp=true
  4. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/263742121905618846/?lp=true
  5. https://www.theknot.com/content/winter-wedding-cakes
  6. https://www.deerpearlflowers.com/
  7. https://www.theknot.com/content/fun-winter-foods-youll-love-for-your-wedding-or-any-party

Keeping The Kids Entertained

After naturally being excited to receive a wedding invitation, many parents second thought will be the subject of if they can bring the kids. We’ve found some top ways to keeping the little angels entertained.

  • A simple and cost-effective way to keep the younger ones busy is to have a children’s table stocked full of paper, crayons, pencils, pens and colouring books. To accompany the little artists, you could also have sweet and chocolate bowls on the table for them to snack on while they make their masterpieces! Download some wedding related colouring-in sheets here, https://www.theknot.com/content/printable-wedding-activities-for-kids
  • A top way to entertain all ages and keep children focused for hours is a Lego centrepiece.
  • To wind the children down in the evening a movie room is the perfect idea. Set the room up with comfy pillows, blankets, bean bags and maybe even some popcorn.
  • A professional entertainer could be considered if the budget allows for it – clowns, magicians, princesses and balloon makers can keep an eye on the kids whilst parents can relax and enjoy their evening.

  • If your venue has  lots of outdoor space or extra rooms garden games are always a hit like splat the rat, giant Jenga and giant Connect Four and a treasure hunt can be fantastic way to keep the children active and bonding with others. The hidden surprises can be simple things like chocolate coins and toys. You can purchase scavenger hunt printables here https://lovelyplanner.com/wedding-scavenger-hunt-free-printable/
  • Table football, arcade games and video games can be great for those older aged children and the young adults. These can be hired or take a look on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree where you may be lucky to land one at a small price, that you can re vamp to Brides Vs Grooms as our featured picture above.
  • Bouncy castles can be a great addition to any wedding with an outside venue, just try to keep the drunk adults as far away from it as possible! You can purchase one here, https://www.ajluk.com/bouncy-castles-for-sale/wedding-inflatables

  • A popular trend at the moment is including furry animals at the wedding. It could range from having a petting zoo to lovable alpacas. This keeps the children entertained and probably most of the adults too.
  • When its time for desert invite the children and adults to a smore station. This is a great opportunity for the children and adults to mix and get to know one another. Nothing brings people together more than chocolate does!
  • Ice cream probably comes a close second to chocolate, so why not accompany the smore station with an ice cream one. Here children can pick their favourite flavours and toppings and can always go back for more.

Here are just a few ideas for keeping children entertained at weddings. Everything depends on budget, but even if the cost is low DIY and simple activities can be just as much fun as an entertainer or bouncy castles!

Photo credits:

1.https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.addtoevent.co.uk%2Flistings%2Fchildrens-entertainers&psig=AOvVaw3eNAa7DtGkrscjXFFLaznd&ust=1547212276328070

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Disney Inspired Weddings

 

Fairy tale weddings can appear ambitious however, having a Disney themed wedding can make dreams come true. Whether its small finishing touches that add the Disney magic or every aspect around the Disney theme, you can be sure that the special day will bring a smile to the guests faces.

Small details:

To achieve that Disney sparkle, inspiration can be pulled from any attribute from the world of Disney, from classic movies to the modern, the beloved characters or maybe to honour Walt Disney himself. This can be achieved with subtle details ensuring it doesn’t overshadow the special day. An enchanting way to inject Disney charm is to style each table on different films or different scenes from your favourite film. To top it off table centrepieces can be an important aspect of the film- for example, the magic rose from ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Cinderella’s glass slippers from ‘Cinderella’ or the magic lamp from ‘Aladdin’.

More subtle approaches to the Disney theme can be tags on the food and drink – ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ from the 1951 classic ‘Alice in Wonderland, Mickey ears and using the Disney font all add a little extra magic.

Big Accents:

The key parts of a wedding such as the bride’s dress and the cake can make a big Disney statement.

The wedding cake is a canvas for you to go wild with your Disney ideas. Characters or accents such as Mickey & Minnie Mouse ears, the Disneyland castle or the Mad Hatters hat.

Believe it or not infamous Disney-inspired princess dresses can be refreshingly tasteful! For those with bottomless budgets, Paolo Sebastian has launched a truly stunning, fashion forward Disney collection of gowns representing modernised versions of your favourite character, including cursive embroidery and flawless embellishment. A particular favourite of ours is the boho subtle aqua boho take on Ariel (see pic). An alternatively way to really throw that theme out there is to invite guests to dress up as Disney characters or, even just encourage that in the younger guests.

 

 

Drink ‘eat me’- https://www.womangettingmarried.com/10-ideas-disney-wedding/  

Wedding reception- https://www.elasdress.com/wedding-reception-ideas/

‘Aladdin’ centre piece- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/422001427572928893/?lp=true

Wedding dress bottom left (Ariel) and bottom right (Rapunzel)- https://www.weddingchicks.com/blog/new-disney-wedding-dresses-by-paolo-sebastian-l-15122-l-38.html

Wedding dress bottom middle (Cinderella)- https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4925968/Disney-inspired-gowns-let-brides-princess-day.html

Wedding dress top right (Belle inspired)- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/462956036688510368/?lp=true

Wedding dress top left – https://nerdist.com/disney-princess-wedding-dresses/

 

The Best ‘Groomzilla’ and ‘Bridezilla’ Stories You’ll Ever Read

‘Bridezillas’ and ever more common ‘Groomzillas’ are a force to be reckoned with for anyone who gets too close. Since that taboo word came into our vocab, couples planning their weddings have become sensitive to avoiding these labels, but they’re still out there and lets face it, always very entertaining to read about! Take a look at the links below for some real life irrational wedding reads:

A Bride who called off her wedding and outraged due to the lack of guests willing to pay $1500 each to attend:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6101095/Canadian-Susan-cancels-extravagant-60-000-wedding-guests-refused-fork-1-500.html -Mail online

A Bride that demanded one of her bridesmaids had to dye her hair brown for the wedding day:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/bride-tells-her-bridesmaid-to-dye-ginger-hair-brown-for-wedding-a7068791.html – The Independent

A bride who sent out an email of harsh rules and regulations for all guests to her wedding

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/bridezilla-mocked-after-strict-wedding-rules-go-viral – Fox News

A bride who controlled the grooms entire involvement in the wedding and even cancels his bachelor party in fear he will meet other women.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6175013/She-demanding-brat-Selfish-bridezilla-slammed-grooms-family.html – Mail online

Groomzilla who arrives late and drunk to the ceremony starts demanding to change the entire set up of the wedding.

https://www.brides.com/story/funny-groomzilla-stories

2018 Wedding Trends

2018 has been a revolutionary year for fashion and acceptance. The fashion world has taken on how diverse we are becoming and that is reflected greatly in the wedding community as people’s personalities mirror their wedding styles. Ever thought about a weekend long wedding, a pet friendly wedding or even starting the planning with a vibe, like Geometric & Retro, rather than a colour?

Colour trends:

Trying to think of a wedding scheme can be one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. However this year has given us many good ideas for how to pull this off well. Pinks, greys, purples and black are a huge hit at the moment. Using neutral shades for most of the wedding really heightens the simple colour scheme of one bold colour for the big accents. Furnishings, flowers, cake and stationary can all be bright colours set against a background of neutral undertones.

Food and Drink:

Pleasing all your guests can be difficult when it comes to food so switch to serving buffet style and save some pennies like 54% of 2018 weddings. Food themes are a huge hit this year: Indian, brunch, Mexican or even daring vegan menus. Taco and ice cream food trucks get people involved with food and have fun mixing dish flavours, or switch it up to a cute prosecco or cocktail truck which are making increasing appearances at events and festivals. Great Gatsby themes are very on trend right now including delicate finger sandwiches, macaroons, bitesize burgers and fruit.

Bubblys always add class to the table at weddings so having a bottle of champagne or prosecco for your guests to drink will go down a treat. Maybe local craft beers, spirits and gins might also fit your theme? Cocktails are always popular, so a make-your-own cocktail stand will be a sure hit with your guests. Whatever you choose to serve, ice cubes with berries and herbs infused into them will put a smile on everyone’s face! As with all ideas involving alcohol, remember to discuss beforehand with your venue or negotiate it into your package so you don’t get vetoed by them on the setup day or stung with large corkage bills.

Wedding Cake:

Sleek and modern twists were a big favourite in 2018 cake designs. Geometric patterns radiate modern art deco and metallics like bronze and silver really compliment these themes. A simple wedding cake structure with marble and textured patterns bring subtle contemporary touches to 2018 weddings. Floral touches, be they real or sugar flowers, remain a timeless and versatile way to dress cakes this year.

Wedding dresses:

Stepping away from the traditional wedding dresses can be hard for some brides.However, in 2018 brides can pretty much wear whatever they like from princess style dresses to white tuxedos. Lace has stepped up a notch this year as bohemian style dresses have taken centre stage. Floaty and elegant silhouettes, incorporating fluted sleeves, open backs, drop waists and embellished mesh ooze sophisticated style on the catwalk. Coloured dresses are no longer an unseen thing with subtle pale pinks and even bold reds and black popping up. A new dress trend this year is personalised embroidered embellishments – coloured or white, flowers, birds, butterflies, leaves and petals – executed right can really be quite impressive.

Tasteful Tiaras

 

Some brides think that tiaras are going or have gone out of fashion with only footballer’s wives or real royalty sporting them these days. However, I believe that a tiara can add the most incredible drama to your wedding look and can turn even the simplest of dresses into something completely unforgettable.

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Samantha Walden

The first designer I wanted to focus on is Samantha Walden who has only been selling crowns and tiaras on Notonthehighstreet.com since March 2017. These tiaras have a particularly fantastical edge; they wouldn’t look out of place on the head of Belle or Cinderella. The gold leaf and floral details “compliment the classic fashion of days gone by; the simple elegance of the Georgian age, the glitz of the Roaring Twenties and the delicate beauty of the Victorian period.

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Hermione Harbutt

You will never see as dramatic and impactful designs as those of Hermione Harbutt and she if often the designer of choice for prestigious bridal dress designers. Although they have the same vintage appeal as Samantha Walden, they have a more modern twist with a more individual and personal service. These pieces or made by hand and are made by freshwater pearls, gemstones and Swarovski crystals with each piece being completely unique.

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The Real Princess Company

For something which is a lot more whimsical and is made of more glass or with more Avant guard colours, The Real Princess Company will be perfect for you. These are more traditional and what you would imagine a bridal crown would look like. They would suit a simple or a spectacularly bejewelled dress.

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Holly Young Millinery

For something truly unique, the beautiful accessories hand made by Holly in her Cornish studio will be perfect for your big day. She takes inspiration from traditional British heritage and nature to produce elegant and classic designs with an amazing modern twist. Her love of lace pearls and anything shiny or delicate, particularly feathers, makes every piece unique and personal.

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Cherished

Cherished focussed on the creation of luxury bridal accessories. The designer is called Abby Gadd and founded the brand as an extension of her love of craftsmanship and a range of inspiration, from nature to vintage style. These tiaras and hair adornments are for the quirkier bride or for the bride who would like a more nature inspired look.