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Brides on their Wedding Day

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The meaning behind what brides wear on their wedding day:

Why the Bride Wears a White Dress:

Although it may not seem like it today, brides wearing a white dress on their wedding day was not always the tradition. In fact, wearing white was frowned upon as some people believed this colour symbolised mourning, not love or unity. Therefore over 150 years ago, most brides wore red wedding gowns as it symbolised roses which have connotations of love and romance. It was actually Queen Victoria who inspired the idea of wearing white wedding dresses in 1840 when she wore a lacy white gown with an orange blossom wreath. Today, whilst people may choose to wear white on their wedding day because it’s tradition and they haven’t known otherwise, many people believe that white encapsulates purity and innocence.

Why the Bride Wears Her Wedding Ring On Her Left Hand:

Just like how a bride carrying a bouquet of flowers down the aisle dates back to ancient times, so does wearing a wedding ring on the left hand. Romans, specifically, believed that the vein in the fourth finger on the left hand (ring finger) led straight through to someone’s heart. Consequently, this vein became known as the “vena amoris” which is vein of love in Latin. Therefore it only made sense to put a ring on this finger as marriage epitomised the idea of love and romance between two souls and Romans believed this idea would be most prevalent if the wedding ring was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand.

Why Brides’ Wedding Dresses Have Trains:

Wedding dress trains were important hundreds of years ago because it symbolised the bride’s families’ wealth and showed that they were able to afford more costly materials. In this case, the more extravagant and longer the train, the wealthier the family was demonstrating themselves to be and most likely the higher their position in society was. It was also a case of the longer the brides’ train was the more formal her wedding was. However today, brides choose their train based on fashion trend and whichever one best suits them and the type of wedding they are having.

Why the Bride Carries Flowers Down the Aisle:

A lot of wedding traditions we have date back to hundreds of years and therefore have deeper and much more sophisticated meaning behind them than we may believe.  An example of this is when a bride carries a bouquet of flowers down the aisle as she walks towards the altar. Dating back to Ancient Rome, these flowers used to symbolise new beginnings and hope of fertility.  Greeks and Romans believed that the smell of these flowers would hopefully keep evil spirits away from the bride which then assured happiness and loyalty in their upcoming marriage. This idea became more modernised when Queen Victoria carried a bouquet of flowers filled with moss and orange blossom.  Different types of flowers have different meanings and are viewed as an expression of their love towards one another.  For example, Cornflower exemplifies prosperity and friendship which are two examples of things people wish to carry with them throughout their marriage.


Written by Angelena Randhawa | Wolverhampton Girls High School Year 10 student | Work Experience


10 things to do in Wolverhampton

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Wolverhampton is a vibrant, metropolitan borough within the West Midlands and regularly attracts tourists and people simply looking for a great day or night out.

Once considered part of Staffordshire, Wolverhampton’s roots lay principally in the industrial revolution, when it was known for steel production, lock making and the manufacture of vehicles.

Beyond it’s vibrant economy, Wolverhampton also benefits from considerable investment and on-going improvements to the city, with projects such as ‘Interchange’ promising redeveloped leisure and retail space.

If you’re heading to Wolverhampton, there’s so much you can do, but we’ve saved you some time hunting around for the best tourist spots and activities by listing our favourite ten things to do in this wonderful city.

1. Wolverhampton Speedway

Home to the Wolverhampton Wolves British Speedway team, this represents a brilliant day or night out, for motorbike fans and racing fanatics alike.

To be honest, it’s great fun for anyone, no matter how partial you are to loud, exciting motorsport (you’ll soon come around – trust us!).

With a packed fixture list that typically runs from March to October, you’ll get to see the best riders tussle with one another around the huge track, purchase merchandise and enjoy great food and refreshments.

Address: 14 Sutherland Ave, Wolverhampton WV2 2JJ

Website: http://www.wolverhamptonwolves.co/

2. Wightwick Manor and Gardens

Located in Wightwick Bank, this is a somewhat more serene day out than the time you’ll spend at Wolverhampton Speedway, but a great way to explore a beautiful piece of architectural history.

Pronounced ‘Wittick’, Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house that is one of only a few surviving houses built under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.

It’s gardens are particularly spectacular, but look deeper at this family house and you’ll spot influences from William Morris, the famed English Textile designer.

A wonderful day out and the perfect place in Wolverhampton to get some culture under your belt!

Address: Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton WV6 8EE

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wightwick-manor-and-gardens

3. Banks’s Park Brewery

If you’re partial to a real ale or two, Banks’s Park Brewery will demonstrate the best of the vibrant brewing scene in Wolverhampton.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, beer aficionados and anyone who is curious as to how Banks’s makes its popular beers can go on a brewery tour. You’ll discover the 100% natural ingredients they use and find out how the brewing process works, from mashing to fermentation.

There’s even a free drink to be had at the end of the tour to cap off a memorable trip out in Wolverhampton.

Address: Wolverhampton WV1 4JT

Website: http://www.bankssbeer.co.uk/age-gate/

4. Grand Theatre


A grade II listed building, Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is located conveniently on Lichfield Street.

Designed in 1894, ‘The Grand’ (as it is more commonly referred to) is a classic example of architecture from that era which is still immaculately maintained today.


The Grand will soon be undergoing a major refurbishment (one of many throughout it’s lifetime) as part of the Black Country Growth Deal, but you can still book tickets at the time of writing to a whole host of shows, including music events, comedy gigs, panto and dance shows.

Address: Lichfield St, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE

Website: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/

5. Clockwork Escapes

If you’re yet to try out an escape game, you’re missing out on a craze that is fast sweeping the nation.

The premise is simple; you and a bunch of mates are placed in a locked room and told to escape. At Clockwork, you’re given just sixty minutes (the time flies – trust us) to work out how to open the door by assessing the strategically placed clues within the room.

This venue also houses the ‘Alleyway’, whose tagline (“One body. One killer. One hour to solve the case.”) tells you all you need to know about what is destined to be an awesome day out.

Address: 19 Clarence Rd, Wolverhampton WV1 4HZ

Website: http://www.clockworkescapes.co.uk/

6. Wild Zoological Park

Kids and adults alike will love Wolverhamptons’ Wild Zoological Park. As it states on its website, this is a small zoo, but one that makes a ‘big impact’, and we’d have to agree.

The mission of Wild is a little different to lots of zoos, because they aim to “teach, educate and conserve wildlife”, therefore a visit to this fantastic attraction will prove fascinating with both the amazing animals you’ll get to see first-hand and the brilliant insights you’re given by the team.

Within its four walls, you’ll find meerkats, lemurs, giant tortoises and even a kookaburra sanctuary.

There’s a bush-trekker-trail, too, which you’ll be glad to hear is nothing like the similarly named task on a well-known ITV show.

Wild is open most of the year round, enabling you to experience the wonders of wildlife, no matter the weather.

Address: WILD Zoological Park, Upper Whittimere Farm, Tom Ln, Halfpenny Green, , Bobbington DY7 5EP

Website: http://www.wildzoo.co.uk/

7. West Park

Fancy a quiet weekend stroll? West Park is one of Wolverhamptons prettiest locations in which to do so.

Formerly known as the ‘People’s Park’, West Park was opened in 1981 and it has been tirelessly looked after and curated ever since.

With over seventeen hectares of land to explore and a beautiful lake to wander round, West Park is the perfect place to make the most of a sunny summer day or blustery autumn stroll.

Address: West Park, Park Road West, Wolverhampton, WV1 4PH

Website: http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/article/1875/West-Park

8. Wolverhampton Art Gallery

If Wightwick Manor doesn’t fully quench your thirst for Wolverhampton-based culture, the art gallery is definitely worth a visit.


Originally opened in 1984, this stunning building is located conveniently in the city centre, and features a two story design sporting sculptures that represent the arts and crafts, such as painting, glassblowing, pottery and more.

There’s some stunning artwork to be admired, including the Peace and Plenty Binding the Arrows of War by Flemish Baroque painter Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen, but there are also signifiant collections of Bilston enamels and japanned ware.


There are around 12,000 artifacts to see in total, making this a great day out for anyone who loves indulging in classic and contemporary art.

Address: Lichfield St Wolverhampton West Midlands WV1 1DU

Website: http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/

9. Wolves Museum

Football fans are advised to check out the Wolverhampton Wanderers museum for a fascinating look back at one of England’s longest-standing clubs.

Featuring interactive games, a cinema experience and selection of memorabilia from countless seasons in the English football leagues, the museum isn’t just for Wolves fans. If you have even a passing interesting the the beautiful game, you’ll love taking the journey all the way back to 1877 to see how life as a footballer was back then.

Address: Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Rd, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR

Website: https://www.wolvestickets.co.uk/en-GB/categories/museum

10. Wolverhampton Civic Hall

One of the most popular music venues in Wolverhampton, the Civic Halls plays host to countless artists (big and small) throughout the year.


Some huge names from the music biz have graced its stage, from Morrissey to The Specials, while it’s love of comedy gigs has seen Peter Kay, Jim Davidson and Ken Dodd appear within this fabulous venue.

Those looking for something slightly different may be able to book tickets to see the Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra play or take a Friday afternoon off to see one of the largest ballroom and sequence dances in the UK.

Address: North Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1RQ

Website: http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk/

Wrapping up

As we’ve proved above, Wolverhampton is brimming with opportunities for couples, families and anyone who is looking for an awesome day out in the West Midlands to explore one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the UK.

Have we inspired you to get out and explore?


10 reasons to book a UK hotel staycation this summer

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So, you’ve had enough. Work is manic; life is just non-stop; it feels like forever since you last properly put your feet up.

Clearly, you need to book a holiday!

But where to stay? At this point, you might be inclined to reach for your iPad, head to your favourite travel price comparison website and find a week or two’s break in a far-flung country.

But what about the UK? Why not look a little closer to home than something that requires flights, passports and the frustration of baggage reclaim?

According to reports, British holidaymakers are increasingly opting to take vacations within their own country. The rise of the staycation is happening for a reason, but if you’re still unsure about taking your holiday in these isles, here’s ten reasons it could be the best holidaying decision you make this year:

1. Traveling is so much easier

When holidaying in the UK as a UK resident, you need only one method of transport: your car.

Take a holiday abroad, and you’ll need your car to get to the airport, airport parking, a transfer bus to the airport, a flight (sometimes a long flight), and public transport (or a hire car) to your eventual destination.

Feel tired just reading that? So do we. But you won’t, if you take a staycation.

2. No need to learn a new language

There’s nothing quite like expanding your horizons and learning a new language, and, if truth be told, learning a bit of the local lingo is certainly courteous.

But you may not have the time to do that, or feel comfortable enough practising your new linguistic skills for real. And, if that’s the case, a UK staycation will remove any worries you might have about having to learn a new language.

3. No jetlag!

What’s the worst thing about a long haul flight? Jet lag!

No matter how fantastic the place might be you’re visiting, if you’re looking for real relaxation and maximising your time while on holiday, dealing with chronic jet lag removes a significant amount of fun from each day until it dissipates.

If you’re simply travelling a few hundred miles along a motorway in the same country, there’s no such thing as jet lag. And that’s a very good thing indeed.

4. You’re supporting the economy

The UK economy is still in recovery mode, and by holidaying in this country, you’re supporting the countless hospitality businesses that rely on income generated by holidaymakers.


The hotel you stay at, restaurants you eat in, pubs in which you drink and the shops you visit all need your support, and what better way to offer it than by spending your holiday in the UK?

5. The whole family will love it

Holidays are a time for all, and whether you’re bringing your kids, grandparents or perhaps a much wider group of family members, the UK will offer something for them all.

Finding a hotel and bunch of activities to suit the whole groups is so easy, thanks to the UK’s versatility as a holiday hotspot.

6. The dog can come, too!

No one takes their dogs on foreign holidays, which means the poor pooch ends up either in kennels or with relatives.

And why should they miss out on the fun? Dogs are, after all, a part of the family, and if you decide to take a family holiday this summer, choosing the UK as your destination will mean your four-legged companion can join you.

7. You can make it a quick break, if desired

As we established at the start of this post, life in the modern world is incredibly busy, and if you can only fit in a few days’ holiday each year in one go, the UK probably offers the best option.

What’s more, you can do this several times throughout the year in order to stretch your holiday entitlement cost-effectively, and without having to book lots of flights to foreign destinations.

There’s nothing wrong with holidaying in chunks if the UK is your destination of choice.

8. The weather needn’t be an issue

Ok, so at this stage you’re probably wondering how you can make a UK holiday a fantastic time to remember if you only have the British weather to rely on.

The answer is simple: you don’t need perfect weather to have a great time. If Mother Nature decides to open the heavens during your UK holiday, you can head indoors to one of the many indoor activities designed for the whole family.

Or there’s always the pub, of course!

9. Travelling with kids is much easier

Any parent who has tried to take their kids abroad will know the challenges associated with doing so.

From the flight to the hot weather, travelling far with young children doesn’t always result in much of a holiday.

If the only method of transport you need to worry about is your own car, and the kids are accustomed to the weather and culture, you have lots of holidaying concerns removed from your shoulders, and that will make a huge difference.

10. You’re never far from home

In an ideal world, you should be able to enjoy your annual holiday without worrying about your home, but things do go wrong.

Chances are, nothing bad will happen at home when you’re not there, but if anything does go wrong at home while you’re on holiday in the UK, you’re never far from your front door, which means you can head back without too much trouble – and possibly go back on holiday once you’ve fixed whatever it is that needs fixing!

Wrapping up

The UK remains one of the best holiday destinations for people across the world, but as a resident in this country, you’d be forgiven for neglecting it as an option for your own holiday.

However, as we’ve hopefully proved in this post, there are a whole host of reasons the UK might just be the perfect destination for your next holiday.

The takeaway today is pleasingly simple, too. If you’re after a proper break, where you can put work to the back of your mind, spend quality time with the whole family and gain some much needed R&R, the UK really is hard to beat.

So, before you head immediately for those far-flung options, take some time to check out the wonderful holiday spots this country has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.

Wedding Open Day

Wedding Open Day

Posted in Announcements, General News, Weddings

Join us on Thursday 14th June, from 4pm – 9pm, to view one of the most elegant wedding venues in the West Midlands. The Ramada Park Hall Hotel and Spa is a Grade II listed Georgian hotel set amongst five acres of landscaped gardens.

• Conference & Events Team available to discuss your requirements
• Various wedding layouts in all our rooms including the Park & Dudley Suite, The Orangery, and The Ballroom
• Capacity for up to 550 guests
• License for indoor & outdoor Civil Ceremonies
• 74 Guest bedrooms
• Newly refurbished reception and lounge area
• New Mirrors Bar
• Landscaped gardens
• Free parking

Minimum spend of £6000 applies

Call our Events Team on 01902 349549 for more details