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Which season should we choose for our wedding?

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When planning your wedding, choosing the best season can be a challenge if you’re based in the UK.

First and foremost, there is always going to be that risk of inclement weather whichever season you choose.

Even at the height of a summer heatwave, you may be unlucky enough to pick that one day the heavens open. It pays to be prepared with a few good-quality brollies all year round – after all, if they’re not needed to combat the rain, they may well be useful for shielding people from the sun if it is very bright and hot.

Although temperatures are usually much lower during the winter months, this is not always the case – in fact, as I write this in February, it is currently 20 degrees Celsius outside. Admittedly, this is highly unusual but, whether due to climate change or other reasons, many would agree that the seasons are becoming less clearly defined, weather-wise.

However, there are many distinct seasonal factors other than the weather that should be taken into account when deciding on which time of year to tie the knot.

For example, if you are considering either a summer or a December wedding, then it is particularly important to note that entertainment such as live music needs to be booked well in advance – 12 months or more to be on the safe side – since the festival season and the festive period are the busiest times of year for bands and other entertainers. Be aware that the best ones get booked up really fast!

Another aspect of your wedding that will be affected by the season you choose is photography. As all photographers will be aware, the best time of the day to get those all-important wedding photos taken is what is known as “the golden hour”. This takes place an hour before sunset and offers photographers the soft, warm light they crave to get the most beautiful, stunning shots. It’s when natural light is at its softest and most golden if the sun is out.

The timing of the golden hour varies greatly depending on the season. It takes place much later during the summer (around 8.30pm) and much earlier in the winter (around 3pm). However, if you intend to programme a photo shoot after your ceremony and reception but before any evening entertainment begins, then the timing is good during the Spring (around 6.30pm) and almost perfect during the Autumn (around 5pm).

Other key factors to take into account when considering seasons are: availability, cost, colours, flowers, outfits, food and travel / transport.

Take a look at our rundown below as we consider the pros and cons of how all four seasons impact differently on each of these factors.

Spring

The most romantic time of the year, Spring announces its arrival with a cacophony of colour through its vibrant floral displays and tree blossoms.

Weather

Pro: More hours of daylight and warmer temperatures.

Con: High possibility of showers and/or strong winds. Pollen can also be a nightmare for allergy sufferers.

Attendance

Pro: People tend to feel more like venturing out once the clocks go back and winter is behind us.

Con: Some people are likely to be away during the Easter holidays.

Availability

Pro: You should find it easier to book venues and other wedding services than during the summer months.

Con: Spring is still one of the most popular seasons for bookings, so it may be difficult to find your preferred options with short notice bookings.

Cost

Pro: Wedding service providers often offer Spring discounts.

Con: A robust back-up plan will be needed for any outdoor activities due to the higher risk of inclement weather. This can add to the cost if you need to provisionally book two spaces.

Colours

Pastel yellows, pinks and peaches, lavender, mint green and pale blues.

Photography

Pro: The golden hour arrives conveniently during the spring; it isn’t too late or too early so photo shoots are unlikely to clash with any of the other festivities.

Con: Spring can be challenging, with harsh afternoon light sometimes interfering with lenses and sensors.

Flowers

Pro: The gardens of your venue in full Spring bloom should provide the perfect backdrop for some stunning photographs.

Con: Windy weather or sudden Spring cold snaps can hinder outdoor floral displays.

Venue

Pro: It should be suitably warm enough by the Spring to go for a marquee and/or an outdoor ceremony. Outdoor weddings offer great scope for photo opportunities too.

Con: Inclement weather is more likely in the Spring than the Summer, so a robust back-up plan will be needed.

Outfits

Pro: Whether you want to wear sleeves or go sleeveless, both options are usually a safe bet in the Spring.

Con: Unpredictable heavy rain showers and strong winds can leave your perfect gown or suit looking soggy and dishevelled.

Food

Pro: There are many traditional seasonal dishes – such as lamb, new potatoes and spring greens – that will go down a treat with guests.

Con: Be aware that British Springs can sometimes be hotter than the summer months; temperatures frequently reached 25 degrees in April 2011, for example. Choose a wedding menu that will be suitable whatever the weather to avoid potential food spoilage.

Transport

Pro: A convertible vehicle will give you an open-top option if the weather is warm and fine. If the weather is not so fine, you can always keep the hood up!

Con: As the weather is often so unpredictable in the Spring, you will probably not feel confident enough to opt for an open-top mode of transport with no back-up cover.

 

Summer

The most leisurely time of the year, Summer appeals to our inner child and invites us outdoors to play and frolic in its long and lazy days.

Weather

Pro: The days and evenings are long and (usually) warm.

Con: Potential for major disruption to outdoor weddings should there be heavy rain on the day. Plus, warmer temperatures brings out the mosquitos and other bothersome biting insects.

Attendance

Pro: People may be less busy with work and more able to take time off to attend.

Con: People may already have holidays away booked.

Availability

Pro: More potential options when it comes to indoor vs outdoor weddings.

Con: Fewer dates to choose from for everything (over a third of all weddings take place in summer).

Cost

Pro: Taking advantage of the warm summer weather by booking your honeymoon in the UK can save money.

Con: Many service providers charge more as the summer is considered peak wedding season.

Colours

Orange, yellow, gold, fuschia, aqua, sand.

Photography

Pro: More hours of daylight to choose from for photo sessions.

Con: Squinting in bright sun can ruin photos.

Flowers

Pro: A huge range and wider variety of blooms and colours to choose from.

Con: Flowers need more water and can wilt quickly in hot weather.

Venue

Pro: Option to host the ceremony outside in beautiful gardens (more romantic than a registry office) – perhaps in a garden pagoda – if you feel that way inclined.

Con: The venues with the best gardens get booked up way in advance for summer weddings.

Outfits

Pro: A wider choice of dress options due to warmer weather – e.g. more scope for backless / strapless / sleeveless dresses and strappy shoes, etc.

Con: Brides can feel pressure to look “summer perfect” – i.e. a perfect tan and a lithe figure – and this can cause considerable stress if not easily achievable.

Food

Pro: People tend to eat lighter in summer, and dishes such as salads and finger buffet options can work out less expensive than multi-course set meals.

Con: The summer heat and creepy-crawlies can play havoc with your food if you plan to eat outside.

Transport

Pro: It is more feasible to consider open-top modes of transport, such as a horse-drawn carriage or convertible sports car.

Con: The cost of hiring many classic wedding vehicles tends to skyrocket in the summer months.

 

Autumn

The most magical time of the year, Autumn offers up a rich natural tapestry of colour and an abundance of comforting, wholesome crops – a time for gathering before retreating with loved ones.

Weather

Pro: The vibrant colours of Autumn are particularly stunning when the sun is shining and the air is crisp, and this can provide spectacular photo opportunities. We often get a bit of an “Indian Summer” in September, which can be a bonus.

Con: Although slightly more dependable than Spring, Autumn weather can still be quite difficult to predict. It is often quite chilly after sunset, even in the earlier part of the season.

Attendance

Pro: Fewer people tend to go on holiday in the Autumn.

Con: Weddings that clash with seasonal festivities such as Halloween and Bonfire Night can be stressful for families with children to prepare for.

Availability

Pro: Availability of venues and other wedding service providers increases greatly once the peak summer season is over.

Con: Autumn weddings – particularly September weddings – are becoming more popular in the UK, so you will still need to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cost

Pro: Although not guaranteed, you might find that certain suppliers are more willing to negotiate,  and will often lower their prices a little for an autumn wedding.

Con: You may find you will need to spend more on outfits and food than in the summer months when it is easier to keep things light.

Colours

Try soft blushes and nudes against warm, classic autumn palettes of rustic oranges, bronzes, plums and burgundies.

Photography

Pro: There’s no backdrop quite like that of an autumn scene with its changing of the leaves and abundance of yellows, oranges and reds. It’s why so many stock wedding photographs have that ‘autumn glow’ to them. Plus, it’s the best season to catch that “golden hour” at the most convenient time.

Con: As the weather changes, our hair and skin tends to dry out and lose its summer shine and glow. Blemishes, spots and dry patches can suddenly appear, which can affect confidence during the photo shoot.

Flowers

Pro: When it comes to gorgeous flowers and captivating textures for a wedding venue, Autumn takes some beating with its burnt oranges, stunning reds and deep purples. You can also add some additional interest with seasonal foliage, berries, seed heads, acorns, chestnuts and wildflowers. A decent florist should be able to help you with the perfect autumn arrangement.

Con: Flowers tend to drop their petals and leaves earlier in the Autumn, so you may not be able to admire them for quite so long after the event – but they will be just fine for the day itself, so this shouldn’t put you off.

Venue

Pro: Rustic-themed weddings are a popular option for the Autumn months. The spectacular colours and foliage of the season offer tons of inspiration for some stunning DIY décor when it comes to dressing your chosen venue, whether it be a barn or a country house.

Con: You may need to discount country venues that are primarily set up for alfresco weddings, due to the risk of cold / wet / windy weather. The ground can become muddy very quickly in the Autumn, due to damper mornings and evenings and more farm vehicles driving on country lanes.

Outfits

Pro: Autumn offers the opportunity to indulge in some lush seasonal colour schemes for your bridesmaids, ushers and page boys.

Con: Heels and open-toe shoes and sandals may seem like a bad idea if the grounds around your venue become muddy – there is usually more mud around in the Autumn than in any other season.

Food

Pro: Hearty, spicy autumn dishes with comforting scents such as pumpkin soups and flavourful stews always tend to go down well with guests. Pair with root veggies and complement with a range of colourful seasonal fruits.

Con: It can be more difficult to source foods which are out of season, and this can bump up the price if you opt for salads or summer fruits, for instance.

Transport

Pro: Wedding transport bookings in off-peak seasons can be up to 50% cheaper than peak seasons.

Con: Tractors and other farm vehicles abound in rural areas during the Autumn. Getting stuck behind one for any length of time can cause seriously delays, so allow extra time if your wedding is taking place in the countryside.

 

Winter

The most enchanting time of the year, Winter is the time for roaring fires, comforting food, and cosy times with family and friends – a time to renew and reflect before the Spring rebirth.

Weather

Pro: Winter landscapes can look beautiful, especially when covered in a blanket of snow.

Con: Many wedding venues are located inside large, old, draughty buildings with high ceilings which can be beneficial during the summer, but can feel uncomfortable when winter temperatures plunge. To keep your guests warm and happy, make hot drinks readily available and come to an agreement with the venue that the heating will be maintained at an optimal temperature.

Attendance

Pro: With the exception of the Christmas period, most of your guests are unlikely to be off on holiday at this time of year.

Con: December can be a difficult month as everyone is preoccupied with Christmas. January can also present a challenge as many people are financially strapped after the festive season, meaning they may not be able to easily afford presents, wedding outfits, or drinks at the afterparty.

Availability

Pro: As winter is considered off-peak for weddings, you should find you have an excellent range of options for your chosen date when it comes to that all-important venue.

Con: The exception to this is the month of December, as most venues and caterers will be fully booked well in advance for the Christmas period.

Cost

Pro: You tend to get the most for your money in the Winter, as it is generally considered off-peak season for weddings. From photographers to venues, you should have the pick of the bunch.

Con: You may find you will spend more on outfits and food, given the need for thicker fabrics, cover-up garments, and hot dishes.

Colours

Dark, warm tones such as burgundy, red, black, gold and tartans against crisp white will add a rich feel to your big day. Try adding a hint of natural evergreen for a festive winter touch. Candles can also enhance colours with a warm, romantic glow perfect for those dark winter evenings.

Photography

Pro: The golden hour light in Winter is often spectacular.

Con: You may be restricted to an indoor photo shoot as the weather is more likely to be unsuitable for an outdoor shoot. If an outdoor shoot is possible, you will most likely need to get this in as early as possible due to fewer hours of daylight.

Flowers

Pro: The interesting textures and classic colours of Winter flowers can exude style, class and glamour.

Con: There is likely to be less choice than in the Spring or Summer, particularly when it comes to certain colours.

Venue

Pro: Many wedding venues are particularly enchanting and magical during Winter, especially those with good atmospheric lighting.

Con: You may be restricted to a venue in which you can both get married and celebrate afterwards, to avoid your guests having to travel between the two in potentially bad weather.

Outfits

Pro: Winter presents a great opportunity to indulge in fabulous accessories such as faux fur veils, chic shawls, elegant elbow-length gloves, tweed waistcoats and velvet blazers. Long-sleeved wedding gowns are also a popular choice for the winter months. And when it comes to the afterparty, bear in mind that winter is the season for sequins and glitter too!

Con: If your preference is for a short-sleeved or sleeveless outfit, or garments made from thinner, lightweight fabrics, you’re in for a challenge! To stop your teeth chattering and your body shivering consider taking along a pashmina to keep out those winter chills. Also, if you decide to opt for heels on the day, make sure you keep a pair of boots handy in case you encounter any mud during the photo shoot.

Food

Pro: A Winter wedding offers a great opportunity to serve up warming dinner dishes, complete with seasonal roasted vegetables. Your guests are bound to appreciate mulled wine, complementary Baileys and hot drinks too.

Con: If you have your heart set on a cold finger buffet, this may not warm people up enough if the weather is very cold on the day.

Transport

Pro: The roads are likely to be less busy outside of the peak holiday periods, meaning fewer potential delays.

Con: You will, however, still need to allow for extra travel time in case of difficult driving conditions and disruptions due to the winter weather. For guests who don’t have their own transport, travelling a considerable distance in the middle of winter can be a challenge. If you have a number of guests travelling from the same place, you could always suggest that they hire a minibus. In most cases, it is possible to drive a minibus with a regular car licence.


Wrapping Up

As you will no doubt already be aware, there are pros and cons for each season when it comes to deciding on that all-important wedding date. Perhaps the best place to start is to hone in on what is most important to you.

Is it that as many of your intended guests as possible will be available to attend? Do you want to maximise the chance of fine weather, first and foremost – perhaps because you have your heart set on an alfresco wedding? Are you strictly limited by cost when it comes to booking your venue? Or do you have a particular colour scheme, food menu, or dress style in mind that will only really work well in a specific season?

Once you have decided on your priorities, you will be able to weigh up the pros and cons for each season to ensure that your big day meets your expectations.

 

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9 Things You Cannot Forget at a Wedding Fayre

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What are the nine things you cannot forget at a wedding fayre? Visiting a wedding fayre may very well be one of the most exciting, awe-inspiring things you’ll do between the proposal and the wedding day. It’s a day that you’ll probably think back to because many of the things that come together on your wedding day will have been borne from the inspiration you gained at a wedding fayre.

The most important thing is that you enjoy the day, do your research, collect lots of information and talk to the people around you.

Do not forget…

1. To take your best friends

You might ask yourself who you should take to a wedding fayre and many people who have been there as the bride-to-be would recommend taking those who know you better than you do. Your best friends aren’t just there to make the whole day a lot more fun, they’re there to help you make good decisions and they’ll even tell you what to wear at a wedding fayre (because you may be trying on a dress at some point during the day).

When you arrive at a wedding fayre, you may want to delegate things to the people you bring with you and then talk about what you’ve seen over a spot of lunch or coffee. That’s a great way to have people involved in the planning without giving away the responsibility of decision making.

Making a day out of the wedding fayre is becoming more and more common and many wedding fayre venues have restaurants, coffee shops and places to sit down and relax.

2. To bring the people helping fund it

Good wedding planning requires good financial planning. It’s common for weddings to be a joint venture between several parties such as the parents of the bride and groom and other relatives. Bringing the people who need to look at the wedding from a practical point of view can be a great way to ensure you stay on track for making things a reality.

This is good advice if you know the people helping you pay for your wedding but certainly not if you’re crowdfunding it..yes, people do this: https://www.theknot.com/content/crowdfunding-weddings-okay-or-not-okay

But seriously, it’s very easy to allow a wedding to grow in scope when you see all of the wonderful things available at a fayre.

3. Your plans and expectations

At a wedding fayre, you’ll find yourself in the midst of many new ideas that you didn’t consider yourself just because you didn’t know they were there. That means the ice sculpture of a dolphin perhaps isn’t the right thing to commit to even if it does look amazing at the venue.

Bringing a written timeline of your wedding planning can be really useful in understanding how much time you have before you have to make a decision on certain purchases as some things need to be ordered a long time before the wedding day to ensure on-time delivery.

You may also want to bring examples of things you already have such as invitations that allow you to colour match and ensure the styles fit with something you see at the wedding fayre. It’s much easier to have a discussion with a supplier when you can be specific about your requirements. Details can then be considered ensuring you don’t set your heart on something you can’t have for whatever practical reason.

4. Comfortable shoes

You’ll be on your feet all day and there will be a lot of walking around. There’s nothing stopping you bringing a change of shoes if you’re interested in trying on dresses when you’re there. A small bag will be fine or you could just leave them in the car until you need them, but you’ll certainly be glad you chose those flats when you left the house.

5. Your contact details for suppliers

Ah, of course they’ll have a pen. Yes, they will, but after giving out all of your details including your address for the seventeenth time in an hour, you’ll wish you had a simpler way of giving people your information. Why not consider writing down your details on paper before you leave and arm yourself some DIY business cards with your name and email address that you can just hand to suppliers when you’re happy to share your details. This will save a lot of time and avoid mistakes being made that lose you that valuable information.

6. Your fully charged phone

You’ll be collecting a lot of information throughout the day and whilst there will be brochures and leaflets you can pick up, you may have an in-depth conversation with some suppliers who will share specific details or give you further information about complimentary services you may want to look into in the future. Your phone will be all you need to write down this information so make sure you turn up fully charged.

If you keep your calendar and diary on your phone, that’s another reason to have it available throughout the day.

7. The handouts and free things

Wedding fayre freebies that are given out are great opportunities to take information away with you so you can have a good think in your own time afterwards. The companies that come to wedding fayres want your day to be perfect too and they want you to choose the right options for you.

They’re also sometimes very delicious as you find yourself lucky enough to stumble across chocolates, sweets and more common recently, cheese.

8. The fact that you’ll be emotional

It’s an emotional day. It’s planning for one of the most memorable days of your life and the thought of it not being perfect can put a lot of pressure on you. Emotions will run high and you’ll have conflicting thoughts throughout the day. As long as you acknowledge this, you’ll make good decisions.

According to https://www.hitched.co.uk/, there are 39 emotional stages you go through when planning a wedding. So it’s certainly worth acknowledging this when you’re at the wedding fayre.

9. The groom

Perhaps you don’t want him to arrive by helicopter and maybe you can’t foresee yourself spending your life with somebody who thought purple was a great colour for his suit, but nonetheless, it’s important that both the bride and groom are aware of everything that goes into the special day.

Yes, there are TV shows that put all of the emphasis on the groom to plan the wedding and there’s a lot of humour in the decisions that are made, but the only real way to plan a successful wedding is to ensure both of you are involved.

Picking entertainment for your wedding: Dos and Don’ts

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There’s so much to get right – and wrong – when planning a wedding. It’s easily the biggest day of your life, and because almost all of the planning falls on your shoulders, the pressure is on.

However, there’s one element of your big day that will live long in the memory for most guests. The ceremony and exchanging of the rings are a given, of course, but the evening’s entertainment is often the thing that elevates a wedding to legendary status.

Think about the last wedding you really, really enjoyed – it’s almost certain the entertainment played a significant role in those memories.

So, you definitely need to get this bit right, and without further ado – here’s the most important dos and don’ts when picking wedding entertainment.

 

Do …

 

… find the right mix

You may just want a piano player during the wedding breakfast and a band for the evening – and that’s cool, but whatever mix you decide to have, make sure it suits the day.

If you go more elaborate, try not to stuff too much into one day. While it might feel like a great idea to have a juggler during the meal, close-hand magic before the speeches, and a candy store, string quartet and fireworks before the main band take to the stage, are you really going to fit that all in, and will it simply be too exhausting for everyone?

 

… remember that you’re in charge

You’ll need to relinquish a certain amount of control to the entertainment you book, but it’s important to remember that you’re the one in charge.

They will have valuable input on timings and may have specific requests that enable them to perform, but the day is yours. As soon as you start letting them dictate how the day runs, you’ve lost control and it’ll become more about them than you.

 

… keep in mind the guest demographics

This is an important one. Although you both love your Drum ’n’ Bass, choosing to have a DJ from that world fill the entire evening’s entertainment probably isn’t going to go down particularly well with the older generation.

Most people expect weddings to be pretty eclectic, music-wise, but it’s important there’s something for everyone, so before you settle on a DJ, band or other form of entertainment, consider whether or not they can fulfil the dancing needs of everyone in the room.

 

… devote a decent portion of your budget

Wedding entertainment isn’t cheap – so, let’s get that disappointment out of the way immediately.

You could, of course ‘go cheap’, but that won’t result in a particularly memorable night, so make sure you reserve a decent portion of your budget to the entertainment – it’s some of the best money you’ll spend.

 

… meet the entertainment face-to-face beforehand

A brilliant band you’ve heard of might be an absolute nightmare to work with, and if they’re not your kind of people that could leave a bit of a dark cloud hanging over your big day.

Make sure you meet any entertainment face-to-face before you book them, firstly to ensure you’ll get along but also to discuss the finer details of the day.

 

… go and listen to the band or DJ before you book

Have you heard the band you’re planning to book, or have you just heard on the grapevine that they can rock the house?

If possible, always go and listen to the band you want to book before you do so. The same goes for DJs – they all approach the craft differently, and experiencing it first hand is really important to get a feel for how they could impact your big day.

 

… share the day’s schedule with all entertainment

An easy one, this – make sure all the entertainment you’ve booked has the day’s schedule to hand and knows when they’re needed.

 

 

Don’t …
 

… focus solely on the stuff you like

Remember your love of Drum ’n’ Bass? Indulge in it a little for the day, of course (make it your first dance, if that floats your boat), but don’t make it all about you as a couple. As daft as that might sound, the day is about celebrating with the people you love, and entertainment will play a key role in enabling that to happen.

 

… think your playlist will cut the mustard

If it’s tempting to cut this particular budgetary corner and opt for a couple of your own speakers, an iPod and your Spotify playlist – don’t.

Firstly, you probably haven’t got the kit to fill a room adequately with music, and secondly, your playlist really won’t cut it. You’ll also be DJ for the night, and that will quickly become a burden.

 

… tell the DJ or band exactly what to play

There’s nothing wrong with giving the DJ or band a list of some of your favourite songs, but it’s always best to caveat it by reminding them they don’t have to play those songs.

If you go one step further and demand they play an exact list of songs in a particular order, you’ll probably lose the booking or inadvertently create a night of music that simply doesn’t work. They’re pros – let them get on with it.

 

… leave the booking until the last minute

Wedding entertainment gets booked up super-fast, so make sure you shove this particular to-do to the top of the list. You might even need twelve months to source the best bands.

 

… expect everything to work perfectly to the clock

Having a wedding schedule is entirely normal and a great idea, but it’s important to remember that days like this rarely run to time.

With that in mind, and as important as it is to share the schedule with the entertainment, build in plenty of flexibility and don’t worry on the day if the first dance is an hour late – it really doesn’t matter.

 

… forget to ask your closest family and friends what they want

So many soon-to-be-weds forget to do this. Why not ask those closest to you what they’d like to be entertained by on the night?

By doing this, you’ll alleviate some of the pressure from you both but also ensure you create a night that is uniquely tuned to the desires of the people who matter the most in your lives.

 

Final thought

This should be one of the most enjoyable parts of planning your wedding, and with our tips above, it’ll be just that. Go and find the entertainment that will turn your big day into the most memorable event of your lives!

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When should you start planning your wedding?

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This is it – you’re getting married! But, after that last bottle of champagne has been polished off and you’ve received the inevitable truckload of well-wishing cards, when should you start planning your wedding? As you’re about to find out – 12 months before the intended date is the answer.

Which means you’d better get cracking! So, stop asking yourself how long after getting engaged should you start planning your wedding, and get that to-do list created!

Let’s get straight to the point – planning your wedding, not matter how big or small you intend it to be, can be a stressful affair. You’ll worry about every tiny detail, toil over the guest list, fall out aplenty with your soon to be wife or husband and, on at least one occasion, wonder whether it’s all really worth it.

Well, of course it is. In this blog post, we’re going to provide the definitive guide to planning your wedding. So, if you’ve ever wondered how long after getting engaged should you start planning the wedding, or have asked yourself “where do I start when planning a wedding?” – we’ve got the answers!

12 months before the wedding

When should you start planning your wedding? After all, it seems like a long time before you’ll be walking down that isle, doesn’t it? Only, it’ll be here before you know it, and with that in mind, there’s one thing you’ll need to nail pretty quickly – the venue.

How far in advance do you have to book a wedding venue? The answer to that question is as far out as possible. Thousands of people get married every year, and wedding venues remain in high demand. You may have one in mind already, or are yet to scout them out, but it really is time to get on the phone and make a reservation if you’re to avoid a last minute panic.

Don’t bog yourself down with too many choices for the venue; shortlist two or three and start talking dates as soon as possible.

It’s at this early stage that you also need to start thinking about bridesmaids, ushers and the best man. The earlier you can confirm their role in your big day, the less worry you’ll have about telling people further down the line.

How long before the wedding should you buy your dress? Well, you can start your wedding dress research at this time, too. With twelve months ahead, you’ve got loads of time to pick the perfect one and start saving a little bit extra if you happen to find ‘the one’ which is slightly out of your budget.

When should you book your wedding photographer? Now. Just like the venue, the best wedding photographers will be in very high demand, and these are some of the most important photos you’ll ever have taken. The last thing you want to do is draft in your mates at the last minute because you forgot to organise a professional in time.

You can spend these early months of wedding planning deciding the type of entertainment you want for the big day, too. Providing you have the wedding venue booked, you’ll have a good idea of the type of entertainment you can bring in – be it a band, DJ or some other form of evening festivities.

Lastly, this is the time to start sending out Save the Date cards. The earlier you can get them out, the more chance you have of ensuring the people who are the most important in your lives get to come; you want to grab that date in their diary before their summer holiday or their own wedding gets booked, after all!

10 months before the wedding

You’ve got your venue sorted and the big stuff is well underway in terms of planning and preparation. Now, you can look to refine some of the details and make some more bookings.

When thinking about how far in advance should I book my wedding, you’ll soon realise that certain elements need fairly quick attention. The DJ or/and band are classic examples. If you’re set on the type of entertainment you want, now is the time to get those bookings made. Ten months out should do it, but the sooner the better if you want to guarantee the perfect soundtrack to your reception.

When should you buy wedding rings? Now is as good a time as any. Although it’s unlikely you’ll have to wait for a significant period of time for them to be sized, the sooner you find the perfect wedding bands for the two of you, the sooner you can tick that particularly important box.

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It’s important to remember this wedding is for the two of you, and a big part of it is the honeymoon. Depending on what you plan on doing for your honeymoon, ten months out is about right when it comes to ensuring you guarantee the booking you want. If you’re heading abroad, it’s best to treat the booking like a holiday, which most people would probably do this far in advance, anyway!

Back to the day itself, and at this stage of your wedding planning process, it’s sensible to get the cake booked and begin contacting decor hire companies who will be tasked with kitting out the place in which the ceremony will be taking place and the reception venue.

6 months before the wedding

Wow – those first six months of wedding planning literally flew by, didn’t they? This is what tends to happen; time moves at an ungodly pace when you’re planning the biggest day of your life. Thankfully, though, you’ve already nailed a lot of the most crucial details.

Remember when you were asking yourself when should you start planning your wedding? Well, with just half a year to go, you can start tying down some of the key elements that you’ve simply been researching up until now.

If you’re yet to do it, get that wedding dress ordered now; six months really is about the limit for a lot of bridal shops, who often view orders after that time as ‘rush orders’, and an additional fee may apply.

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Check those passports! If you’re heading abroad for your honeymoon (or the wedding itself), the last thing you want is a last minute panic when you realise one or both of your passports has run out. You could also use this time to begin planning some excursions and activities while you’re there – that’ll be yet another box ticked that you may have otherwise forgotten.

It’s time to have some fun, too, therefore if you haven’t started yet, now is the time to begin planning the stag and hen parties. Or, more accurately, time to ask your best man and bride of honour to start planning them for you! Just make sure the dates for the dos are sufficiently far from the wedding day itself to aid recovery!

4 months before the wedding

When should you start planning your wedding? Gosh – it already seems like an age ago since you asked yourself that question, doesn’t it?

Gulp. It really is getting near now. But don’t fear – you’ve still got plenty of time to sort out the last few items on that great, big to-do list!

Bridesmaids dresses are a little easier to source than wedding dresses, thankfully, which means you can leave it until about now to get them sorted. And, regardless, it’s an excuse for a day out with the girls and some much needed retail therapy.

The men should get onto their attire at this stage, too. Whether you’ve decided on morning suits, three pieces, two pieces or even casual attire (hey, why not?!), four months out from the big day should ensure that you get the pick of the bunch at the hire shop.

Florists will happily talk to you at this stage, too – it shouldn’t be any trouble for them to have four months to prepare for your wedding; any sooner than now and there will probably have been a more urgent task that was forgotten, after all.

The wedding party needs to get to the venue, obviously, and with just a few months to go, it’s a good idea to start organising the transport. You should find plenty of options for car hire if that’s the route you’re going down, but if you’d rather use the services of a family member who has a nice motor, tap them up now to ensure they know how much time they need to set aside on the day to get you to the venue on time.

A trial trip to the hairdressers is a good idea at this stage of your wedding planning. This will give the bridal party the chance to ensure they’re happy with the style and the stylist the opportunity to try out some different options well in advance.

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Lastly, now really is the time to sort out any legalities surrounding the wedding. This might be the boring stuff, but it’s vital, because you’ll need to give at least three months notice to the registrar, and the church will have similar requirements for reading your weddings banns, if that’s the route you’re going down.

2 months before the wedding

Thankfully, you’ll already have guaranteed the attendances of the most important people, but with two months to go, you can start sending out invitations to the evening do. Your wedding will have a limit on the number of people who can attend, so make sure you pay attention to whatever that is, and ready yourself to be let down by a portion of those who say “yes, we’ll come”.

If you didn’t order your wedding rings when we suggested, don’t worry – there’s still time. Get yourself to a jewellers, and explain the need for a quick order. Most will happily oblige, and it shouldn’t take long for you to find the perfect wedding bands for you both.

It’s time to buy the smaller, more easily attainable pieces of clothing, too. So, get shoe shopping and start hunting down those important accessories, bow ties and hair pieces. Just remember to allow a little longer for delivery if you’re ordering online.

Two months out is also about the time most people will head to the venue to try out the menu. There’s still room for manoeuvre if you’re not happy with it, and this is yet another excuse to get yourselves out of the house and enjoy a night of being spoilt by a great chef.

2-3 weeks before the wedding

Time to cap off some of the finer details!

Get your first dance request (plus any others) sent off to the DJ, and make a list of must-have photographs for the photographer. Both will really value being given these in advance, rather than on the day.

You can also make some last-minute adjustments to table layouts and room decor at this stage if you need to, while also reviewing the final RSVP list to get a feel for exact numbers on the day.

A wedding rehearsal will also usually take place at around this time. If you’re in church, this is vital, but most venues will also suggest that a dry run-through of the ceremony is also required. Just keep those tissues at the ready!

1 day before the wedding

Here we are; one day to go. This is it. You’ve nailed your planning and preparation and nothing – bar the weather – has been left to chance.

Today, you’ll need to drop off the table place cards, favours, table plan and any other smaller details at the reception venue, while sorting out payment for anything that is outstanding and ensuring the cake is ready to be delivered.

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The last task? Relax! Use your last evening as an unmarried couple to enjoy a drink or two separately with friends and get a good, solid night’s rest.

You’re done!

When should you start planning your wedding? As you’ll have noted, twelve months out is ample time – providing you follow our advice above. The trick lies in keeping yourselves organised and working from a solid to-do list.

Most importantly, enjoy your wedding planning. This is the biggest day of your life and it will be over in a heartbeat. Plan it strategically, however, and it really will be a day whose memory will never leave your side.

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Top Tips For a Spring Wedding

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Spring remains one of the most beautiful times of the year to have your wedding. Not as hot as summer, certainly not as cold as the winter and every bit as pretty as the autumn, it’s the season during which you’re (almost) guaranteed a perfect big day.

However, just like any wedding, planning a spring wedding isn’t easy – unless you know the tricks of the trade. And, luckily for you, we do!
In this blog post, we’re going to list the most important tips for arranging a spring wedding that will make the very most of your big day during this wonderful time of the year.

Be prepared for rubbish weather

Ok, so we might have got your hopes up during the first paragraph and we’d forgive you for assuming you should expect great weather if you book your wedding in the spring. Unfortunately – and as you’ll know all too well if you’re a UK resident – that isn’t really the case. Chances are, Mother Nature will smile down on you on your big day, but it’s always best to prepare for the worst.

Make sure you’re ready if showers make an appearance, and don’t assume the temperature will be approaching summer heights; you may still need to wrap up warm.
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Dry skies permitting, the idea of arriving in a soft top vintage or sports car at your wedding as the bride (or groom!) is a dream for many, and spring offers the perfect excuse to indulge
in this form of transport.

Better still, why not go for a horse and carriage? During the spring, you can pretty much go for any wedding transport you’ve dreamed of previously!
Spring flower table decorations

To really bring your spring wedding alive, it’s a great idea to decorate the tables with spring flowers, polished metal and clear glass. This subtle, classic look will work perfectly during spring time, and the foliage will be a constant reminder of how lovely it (hopefully) is outside.

Colourful food

Food plays such an important role at weddings, and if you choose to have yours in the spring, you’ve got a wealth of options to pick from. Chiefly, you can focus on beautiful, colourful food that reflects the amazing colours generated by spring. Fresh fish, strawberries and cream and lighter garden greens are perfect spring wedding culinary delights that will look the part and taste delicious.

You can do the same with the drinks. Even though it won’t quite be summer just yet, why not go wild with cocktails and mocktails that feature the colours of spring? A chat with the bar manager at your venue will reveal just how creative you can get, beverage-wise.

Golden hour photography

One of the best and most underrated things about springtime weddings is the light on offer for photographers.

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They’ll of course know all about the golden hour, but if you don’t, it’s actually the most beautiful time of the day to get those all-important wedding photos taken. The golden hour takes place an hour before sunset and offers photographers the soft, warm light they crave to get the best shots. What’s more, this time of the day arrives conveniently during the spring; it isn’t too late or too early and the photography sessions can therefore be timed perfectly not to clash with any of the other festivities. You photographer should be more than adept at choosing the best location, but given that you’ve decided to get married in the spring, a nearby field in full bloom or the gardens of
your venue should provide the perfect backdrop for photos you’ll cherish.

The Stationery

Often one of the hardest and most arduous things to get right and arrange for a wedding, the stationery is sometimes put to the bottom of the list. However, if you’re booking your wedding in the spring, we’ve got some good news: you’ve got loads of choice and inspiration when it comes to wedding stationery! This includes your wedding theme (floral is a great choice for spring), the invites (get creative with the colours of the season), table plan (ditto) and the more mundane things like the photography list (so guests know where they need to be come that time).

A great photographer

We’ve spoken a fair bit about photography in this post, but that’s because we believe spring offers the best opportunity for stunning wedding photography.

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Put simply, it’s too good an opportunity to miss out on! For that reason, it pays to spend as much as you can on a photographer. While you might have friends chomping at the bit to do some snapping during the big day (they’ll do this regardless, after all), diverting a good chunk of your budget to a pro will pay dividends. Spring undoubtedly offers some stunning options for shots (see ‘golden hour photography’ above), but it’s also challenging, with harsh afternoon light playing havoc with lenses and sensors. That is, unless you know what you’re doing! Staging group shots is also hard work unless you’re an experienced photographer, and, similarly, capturing the more subtle moments that often turn into the most memorable photos is only really possible if you’ve spent a significant amount of time behind the lens.

The venue

You can’t really have a great wedding without a great venue, can you?

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And that’s why we’ve left this last tip until last. The choice here will very much be up to you. Whether you want a small affair in a local village hall or a more lavish spectacle in a large hotel, choosing the right venue for you spring wedding won’t be easy, but you’ll know when you’ve found it. Just think about the photo opportunities and the scope offered by the venue for outdoor entertainment if the weather does its job for you. It should also be suitably warm enough to go for a marquee if you feel that way inclined.

That’s it (sort of!)

We’re under no illusion; the above isn’t an exhaustive wedding planning list, but it will get you started and ensure your spring wedding planning doesn’t miss any of the essentials. Happy planning!

Why it’s a great idea to have an autumn wedding

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Hands up if you’ve been a guest at a hot, sweaty wedding during this summer heatwave?

There’s no getting away from the fact that summer weddings are magical – particularly when the weather is as good as it has been in the UK during 2018. But do you have to get married at this time of the year?

Of course not! In fact, if you’re planning on getting married, why not go against the grain and choose a different time of they year?

Autumn is fast becoming one of the most popular wedding seasons, and the reasons why are endless. Booking an autumn wedding in West Midlands hotels is a very smart idea indeed.

However, you might need a little more convincing, which is why we thought we’d list the key reasons it’s a great idea to have an autumn wedding, and offer some insight into how you can plan the perfect day at this stunning time of the year.

“Why an autumn wedding?” we hear you ask. Here’s a few reasons:

The weather

Let’s start with the obvious – the weather.

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No matter what time of the year you choose to get married in the UK, you’ll be taking a risk with the weather. Even during a summer heatwave, you might be unlucky enough to pick the one day when the heavens open.

So, why pick Autumn instead? For a start, you probably won’t have to worry about an unexpected heatwave sweating out the guests, but it still won’t be too cold to spend some time outdoors for photos and canapés, either.

Autumn weather isn’t any more predictable than summer or winter, but it usually sets the temperature pretty much perfectly for weddings.

The best light

Ask any photographer which time of the year they prefer for wedding images, and they’ll probably say autumn.

There’s a period called the ‘golden hour’ which exists – you guessed it – an hour before sunset, and it’s when natural light is at it’s softest and most golden if the sun is out. That hour takes place much later during the summer and earlier come winter, but the timing is almost perfect in the Autumn.

It’s why so many stock wedding photographs have that ‘autumn glow’ to them, and because these images are ones you’ll want to treasure for the rest of your life, why not pick the time of the year that’s likely to give you the best possible setting?

The backdrop

While we’re on the subject of photographs, there’s no backdrop quite like that of an autumn scene. Autumnal colours are popular in all walks of life, and they can add magic and romance to any wedding.

The changing of the leaves and abundance of yellows and reds everywhere you look makes for the perfect wedding scene, no matter where you’re staging your big day.

Fewer people are on holiday

The wedding guest list is one of the hardest things to get right, but it’s made all the more difficult when certain guests can’t make it due to pre-planned holidays.

Couple holding hands while walking in park during autumn

Go for a summer wedding, and you’ll probably find that several key people simply can’t make it. The autumn is far more likely to result in less negative RSVPs, because most people will have had their summer holiday and be ready to settle in for the rest of the year.

What’s more, the long, hot summer will provide the perfect conversation buzz between guests as they all catch-up on their holiday movements and break the ice.

Flowers

Why have an autumn wedding? Along with beautiful autumnal colours comes some stunning flower options for weddings.

You’ll have more to choose from at this time of the year, from rustic oranges, reds and purples to deep plums and burgundies. You can add some additional interest too, with seasonal foliage, berries and seed heads.

When it comes to gorgeous flowers and captivating textures for a wedding venue, Autumn takes some beating.

No wardrobe headaches for you or the guests

What do you wear for a wedding when it’s boiling hot outside? Or, if you’re due to get married in January, how will you keep warm when it’s time to go outside for the photos?

How to dress for an autumn wedding is one of the simplest questions to answer!

Because autumn weather is relatively consistent in terms of temperature, you won’t be as restricted with outfits for the bridal party or groom. What’s more, guests can rest safe in the knowledge that they won’t have to bring a change of clothes to free themselves of their sweaty daywear, or numerous hats, coats and scarves to keep themselves free from frostbite.

Lower cost

Although not guaranteed, you might find that certain wedding suppliers will lower their prices a little if you decide to have an autumn wedding in UK. From photographers to suppliers of autumn wedding table decorations, you should have the pick of the bunch.

This is still an up-and-coming season for weddings, therefore if you jump in early and be one of the early adopters, you might just save a penny or two on key elements for your wedding due to suppliers considering it ‘off peak’.

How to plan an autumn wedding

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Now we’ve hopefully convinced you that an autumn wedding is an awesome idea, here’s some quick-fire tips for planning the perfect big day:

1) Flowers. Go for burnt oranges, deep reds, and add in some acorns, chestnuts and wildflowers. Florists should be able to help you with the perfect autumn arrangement.
2) Food. Hearty food is usually the menu to go for at this time of the year, but it’s still pleasant enough outside to have a hog roast or BBQ if you fancy something a little more rustic.
3) Dress. There’s loads of choices for autumn wedding dresses, from classic turtle necks to cut-outs, but remember that you probably won’t need too much wrapping up due to the relatively mild weather. Autumn wedding bridesmaids dresses can follow a similar theme.
4) Groom outfit. Three piece suits made from wool or tweed are a great option for autumn, but the colours are down to you (you can’t really go wrong)!
5) Weather. Although you’ll probably be ok temperature-wise, still plan for the worst – i.e. rain!
6) Colour scheme. This is where you can tap into all that lovely autumn colour palette to really make your wedding venue come alive. Soft blushes and nudes for autumn wedding decorations against warm, classic autumn colours will work a treat.

Who says you have to get married in the summer or that winter weddings are the most romantic? Get planning your autumn wedding today and create a day you’ll never forget at the West Midlands’ most beautiful wedding venue!

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How to create a wedding day schedule that actually works

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Ask anyone who has organised their own wedding day how it panned out on the big day, and they’re likely to tell you what an amazing time they had – despite the schedule quickly falling apart.

Late guests (and, sometimes, brides!), delayed food, unexpectedly drawn-out speeches and a desperate search for the groom minutes before the first dance is supposed to start are classic examples of how wedding day schedules can be so easily disrupted.

With that in mind, you’d be forgiven for thinking that creating your own is hardly worth it, but as with anything in life, if you plan properly and in good time, you’ll stand a much better chance of success.

Wedding schedules are no different – with one important caveat.

It won’t go completely to plan

Weddings are complex days that require all manner of key elements to happen at specific times.

Here’s just a few of the things you’ll have to schedule in:

  • Morning preparations (dresses, suits, make-up)
  • Pre-ceremony drinks at the pub
  • The ceremony itself
  • The photographer
  • The band and/or DJ
  • The photographer, again
  • The speeches
  • The first dance…

The list goes on, and we’ve only scratched the surface above.

So, how do you keep all this in check?

You start by accepting the fact that whatever type of schedule you end up putting together, it will only be a rough guide. For this reason, you should avoid timing things by the minute or expecting everything to happen bang-on time; it just won’t happen.

Instead, focus on the following brilliant strategies for wedding day scheduling, and you won’t go far wrong.

Start early

If you’re reading this post with just a couple of months to go until your wedding, all is not lost, but it really is best to start planning the schedule right at the start of the process.

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Do it as early as possible. A good six months out or more should work wonders in terms of giving you breathing space and ensuring all the constituent elements and peopl can be allocated their own time and plan ahead themselves.

Think logistics and map the day out

Probably the biggest factor when considering your wedding timeline is the logistics of the day itself.

There are a few things to bear in mind:

  • Where will the key people (bride, groom, etc) be getting ready – at someone’s house, the venue or a hotel?
  • Is the marriage ceremony and evening reception taking place in separate or the same locations?
  • Are you providing transport for everyone or just the main two people and father of the bride?
  • How long is the ceremony likely to take?
  • What time are you able to access the reception venue if separate?
  • If the ceremony and reception venue are the same, how long will the staff need to convert it from daytime to evening duties?
  • How long does the band need to set up?
  • What time are guests arriving in the evening and how many are coming?
  • How long will you need for photos?

Map the whole day out on a piece of paper and you’ll quickly start to see how it should pan out and the key things for which you’ll need to account and allocate time to.

Talk to the venue

It’s amazing how many wedding couples fail to have long enough conversations with the venue about how the day should pan out.

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Remember – the venue plays a massive role in your big day, and it’s therefore imperative that you find out all of the variables, potential complications and logistics they have to work on in order to make the wedding a success.

Ask about access, clean up time and how long they need to clear the wedding breakfast tables to make room for the evening’s entertainment – it might be longer than you think.

Build in some ‘you’ time

There’s no two ways about it – your wedding day will flash by, but it’s important that you schedule some time for just the two of you to get away from the madness, people and constant smiling and shaking hands to take it all in.

Book an hour’s ‘freshening up’ time after the speeches where you can retreat to your room, head out into the gardens or simply ask the wedding car driver to take you out for a spin in the countryside.

It’s your day, which means you have every right to want to get away for a bit and experience the day on your own for a time.

Don’t dictate the DJ

There will doubtless be a number of key songs that you and possibly some of the guests will want the DJ to play on the big day, but try not to dictate their night.

The best wedding DJs know how to work the crowd, and while they’ll be happy to accept requests before the day itself, they’re usually best left to their own devices.

You’d be surprised by how big an effect music can have on the schedule of your wedding. By trying to cram in too many personal favourites, the night might be drawn out and key party classics left out, or played beyond your designated finishing time at the end of the night (although, that’s not always a bad thing!).

Don’t shortchange guests on food

One of the worst mistakes you can make when scheduling your wedding day is not allocating enough time to the food.

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Don’t make your guests wait to eat; food will be high on their agenda after the ceremony, and in order to keep them all capable of lasting the night, a lining of the stomach can’t be ignored.

Food should play an important role in your day, therefore no matter what type of eating experience you’re planning, make sure it gets ample time during the day (and for evening guests, if you’re feeding them, too).

Send your agenda far and wide

Once you’ve penned your wedding agenda and you’re happy it’s 99% there, send it onto all of the important people.

That means the best man, bridesmaids, mothers and fathers, venue, DJ, caterers, and anyone else who is likely to play a major role in your big day.

The more people who have the agenda, the less chance you’ll have of things going wrong. And you might find that some of them will comment on certain timings; listen, if that’s the case – they might have a point!

Enjoy planning your wedding!

This is the biggest and one of the most important days of your life, but it’s also supposed to be one that puts a massive smile on your face for the duration.

By starting to plan your schedule now, and accepting that things might not go 100% to plan, you’ll be assured of a day without any major hick-ups, and one which everyone in attendance will remember for the rest of their lives.

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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

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Summer weddings: 8 reasons it’s best to tie the knot during the summer

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With the summer finally approaching, you probably have a wedding or two to attend.

You may also be planning your own wedding, and if you’re wondering whether or not you too should opt for one during the summer months, here’s ten reasons it might be the best decision you make:

1. The days are long (and, usually, warm)

You have a lot to pack into a wedding day, and if the day is short, you’ll miss the best light for those all important photos.

Equally, there’s nothing worse than shivering guests, and at least they’ll be able to stay out longer partying if the day stays warm long into the night.

2. More people can probably attend

Pick the right date during the summer, and you should be able to avoid losing too many people from the guest list.

Weddings that are held during school terms or when people are particularly busy at work can be troublesome for the people you invite, which is why most prefer to attend a summer wedding.

3. You can host it outside (if you’re feeling brave)

Although the British weather isn’t what you’d call predictable, you do at least have a greater chance of staging your big day outdoors if you hold it during the summer.

That opens up a wealth of options, including marquees or ceremonies that take place without any cover whatsoever, and the results can be far more romantic than being cooped up in a registry office.

4. You’ll get a better selection of flowers

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This one is pretty simple; if you hold your wedding during the summer months (i.e. between June and August), you’ll get your pick of the best flowers.

5. Brides have a wider choice of dress options

Get married in the winter and the wedding dress choice will need to take into account lower temperatures.

Get married in the summer, and you don’t need to worry about this at all. A dress without sleeves or straps, and no need for emergency coats or scarves suddenly become real options.

6. You’re blessed with colour

Summer is full of beautiful colours, which makes your choice of flowers and decorations eminently easier.

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Whether you hold your summer wedding indoors or outdoors, the abundance of colour will make for a bright, cheerful backdrop.

7. You’ll have plenty of time to plan

Before summer comes long winter months, when you’ll be stuck inside during the evening with little more to do than plan your wedding.

With no summer sun to tempt you outside, that means you’ll have a boat load of time to plan the perfect summer wedding.

8. Home honeymoons become an option

Sure, there’s nothing better than the thought of flying off to a far-flung honeymoon destination, but if you fancy something closer to your doorstep, a summer wedding opens up the possibility of taking yours in the UK.

This can save big time on the overall cost of the wedding, and with so many wonderful, romantic places to explore in this country, why not?

Wrapping up

Have we convinced you to have your wedding during the summer? If you’ve enjoyed reading the reasons above, it could be the perfect season to tie the knot!