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First Steps to Easy Wedding Planning

Bride to be

I’m a wedding tasker, but I’ve been through the wedding process personally (my own wedding, and as a bridesmaid three times), so I know the ups and downs and the stresses – as well as a lot of the tricks.  

Planning can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not the planning type.  What works for Karen in accounts won’t necessarily work for you.  Spreadsheets are great, but if you don’t already use them in your day job they can often be more of a hindrance – one wrong cell and its game over for your overdraft.  Similarly, just buying wedding magazines won’t facilitate your planning process.  Start with my first steps to easy wedding planning to help, no spreadsheets required.  

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First Steps to Easy Wedding Planning

Bride to be

I’m a wedding tasker, but I’ve been through the wedding process personally (my own wedding, and as a bridesmaid three times), so I know the ups and downs and the stresses – as well as a lot of the tricks.  

Planning can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not the planning type.  What works for Karen in accounts won’t necessarily work for you.  Spreadsheets are great, but if you don’t already use them in your day job they can often be more of a hindrance – one wrong cell and its game over for your overdraft.  Similarly, just buying wedding magazines won’t facilitate your planning process.  Start with my first steps to easy wedding planning to help, no spreadsheets required.  

Set Up a Wedding Email 

What should you wear to a winter wedding?

Winter

While it’s never particularly easy to pick out a wedding guest outfit, it’s definitely more of a challenge in the colder months. In summer, clothing shops are full of pretty dresses and barely-there sandals, which are perfect for a wedding in the sun. But, as winter comes around, the high street becomes flooded with big coats and knitwear — things that wouldn’t make the most sophisticated of wedding ensembles. 

However, it is possible to put together a winter wedding outfit that is both stylish and practical. Here are some pieces you should consider wearing. 

A faux fur jacket

What should you wear to a winter wedding?

Winter

While it’s never particularly easy to pick out a wedding guest outfit, it’s definitely more of a challenge in the colder months. In summer, clothing shops are full of pretty dresses and barely-there sandals, which are perfect for a wedding in the sun. But, as winter comes around, the high street becomes flooded with big coats and knitwear — things that wouldn’t make the most sophisticated of wedding ensembles. 

However, it is possible to put together a winter wedding outfit that is both stylish and practical. Here are some pieces you should consider wearing. 

A faux fur jacket

What should you wear to a winter wedding?

Winter

While it’s never particularly easy to pick out a wedding guest outfit, it’s definitely more of a challenge in the colder months. In summer, clothing shops are full of pretty dresses and barely-there sandals, which are perfect for a wedding in the sun. But, as winter comes around, the high street becomes flooded with big coats and knitwear — things that wouldn’t make the most sophisticated of wedding ensembles. 

However, it is possible to put together a winter wedding outfit that is both stylish and practical. Here are some pieces you should consider wearing. 

A faux fur jacket

The soundtrack of a moment: choosing music for your wedding

The dress. The cake. The venue, the rings, the menu.

What’s the most important component of a wedding?

Every bride is different. But it’s the music that controls the ebb and flow of a long day of drinking, dancing and celebrating. From the entrance to the first dance to the small hours of partying; choosing the right music for your special day might be one of the most important decisions you ever make.

The soundtrack of a moment: choosing music for your wedding

The dress. The cake. The venue, the rings, the menu.

What’s the most important component of a wedding?

Every bride is different. But it’s the music that controls the ebb and flow of a long day of drinking, dancing and celebrating. From the entrance to the first dance to the small hours of partying; choosing the right music for your special day might be one of the most important decisions you ever make.

Why Food Plays Such a Warming Part of Winter Weddings

Beef

A winter wedding is special for many reasons. The frost on the grass, the chill in the air, the icy branches of winter trees; there is a fairy-tale element at this time of year that can really set the scene for a magical day. 

But aside from the weather, one of the major differences between a winter and a summer wedding is the choice of food. Catering specialists Elior UK work with a number of venues under the Amgueddfa Cymru - ~National Museum Wales umbrellato provide mouth-watering and unique catering for weddings held at the museums. Elior have long been committed to the importance of using both local and seasonalproduce, as such their menu evolves year-round to use the freshest and tastiest ingredients available.

Why Food Plays Such a Warming Part of Winter Weddings

Beef

A winter wedding is special for many reasons. The frost on the grass, the chill in the air, the icy branches of winter trees; there is a fairy-tale element at this time of year that can really set the scene for a magical day. 

But aside from the weather, one of the major differences between a winter and a summer wedding is the choice of food. Catering specialists Elior UK work with a number of venues under the Amgueddfa Cymru - ~National Museum Wales umbrellato provide mouth-watering and unique catering for weddings held at the museums. Elior have long been committed to the importance of using both local and seasonalproduce, as such their menu evolves year-round to use the freshest and tastiest ingredients available.

Top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

Hampton Court

Jo Jennings, Events Manager at Hampton Court Palace – cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces – offers brides-to-be some top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

1. Utilise the early sunset to enhance your venue with lighting – this can be so effective and can really create an atmosphere for your guests to enjoy 

2. Enhance the seasonality of winter with your choice of flowers and décor. Using Christmas trees as your table plan is a fun alternative to a sensible easel – simply hang the different table names off the branches 

Top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

Hampton Court

Jo Jennings, Events Manager at Hampton Court Palace – cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces – offers brides-to-be some top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

1. Utilise the early sunset to enhance your venue with lighting – this can be so effective and can really create an atmosphere for your guests to enjoy 

2. Enhance the seasonality of winter with your choice of flowers and décor. Using Christmas trees as your table plan is a fun alternative to a sensible easel – simply hang the different table names off the branches 

The Strangest Places You Met Your Partner

The Strangest Places You Met Your Partner

As part of Bride & Groom Direct's recent competition, we asked our customers where they met their future spouses. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we found that the top four places to meet ‘the one’ were on a night out (24%), at work (21%), in school (12%), or online (11%), respectively.

 

There’s nothing abnormal about meeting your future loved one at, say, the other end of a bar, or sitting next to you in Biology class. However, what we didn’t expect was such an influx of answers regarding some very unusual places and situations…

 

Wonderful Winter Wedding Décor

confetti

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so naturally, it’s one of the most magical times to tie the knot. However, there’s a fine line between decorating your big day like an enchanting winter wonderland and it resembling Santa’s grotto. But don’t fear; with Bubblegum Balloons’ top tips, your wonderful winter wedding will look super-stylish and chic, without a Santa in sight. 

All white

Are you dreaming of a white wedding? An all-white colour scheme is clean, classy and timeless – especially for a magical Christmas ‘do. Balloons like our Innocence Tassel Tail giant balloon in a choice of either white feather-filled, pearly white or sophisticated silver add a simple yet stunning look to festive proceedings.  

Let it snow  

Wonderful Winter Wedding Décor

confetti

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so naturally, it’s one of the most magical times to tie the knot. However, there’s a fine line between decorating your big day like an enchanting winter wonderland and it resembling Santa’s grotto. But don’t fear; with Bubblegum Balloons’ top tips, your wonderful winter wedding will look super-stylish and chic, without a Santa in sight. 

All white

Are you dreaming of a white wedding? An all-white colour scheme is clean, classy and timeless – especially for a magical Christmas ‘do. Balloons like our Innocence Tassel Tail giant balloon in a choice of either white feather-filled, pearly white or sophisticated silver add a simple yet stunning look to festive proceedings.  

Let it snow  

Insiders Guide To Wedding Photography Styles

Artistic

You’ve found your dream partner to spend the rest of your life with, now for the next major decision, who to capture your big day? Good wedding photographers can get booked up months and even years in advance so it’s a great thing to get ticked off the list after you’ve chosen your venue. 

Before looking for your photographer you may want to decide whether you want film or digitalphotography. Choosing film can add a beautiful finish to your photos that is often difficult to match with digital, but it also adds to the photographers costs and can up your spend by around an extra £1000.

classicCREDIT: Elen Studio Photography

 

 

Insiders Guide To Wedding Photography Styles

Artistic

You’ve found your dream partner to spend the rest of your life with, now for the next major decision, who to capture your big day? Good wedding photographers can get booked up months and even years in advance so it’s a great thing to get ticked off the list after you’ve chosen your venue. 

Before looking for your photographer you may want to decide whether you want film or digitalphotography. Choosing film can add a beautiful finish to your photos that is often difficult to match with digital, but it also adds to the photographers costs and can up your spend by around an extra £1000.

classicCREDIT: Elen Studio Photography

 

 

The nine most unusual places to get married

The nine most unusual places to get married

Weddings are all about garnering memories that can be remembered and cherished forever. Getting married in a venue that’s a little less ‘run of the mill’ than traditional church and registry office venues can certainly help craft a magical and memorable wedding. If you’re looking to tie the knot in a quirky location, the following nine most unusual places to get married might give you the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

1. Themed castle weddings

The nine most unusual places to get married

The nine most unusual places to get married

Weddings are all about garnering memories that can be remembered and cherished forever. Getting married in a venue that’s a little less ‘run of the mill’ than traditional church and registry office venues can certainly help craft a magical and memorable wedding. If you’re looking to tie the knot in a quirky location, the following nine most unusual places to get married might give you the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

1. Themed castle weddings

The nine most unusual places to get married

The nine most unusual places to get married

Weddings are all about garnering memories that can be remembered and cherished forever. Getting married in a venue that’s a little less ‘run of the mill’ than traditional church and registry office venues can certainly help craft a magical and memorable wedding. If you’re looking to tie the knot in a quirky location, the following nine most unusual places to get married might give you the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

1. Themed castle weddings

The nine most unusual places to get married

The nine most unusual places to get married

Weddings are all about garnering memories that can be remembered and cherished forever. Getting married in a venue that’s a little less ‘run of the mill’ than traditional church and registry office venues can certainly help craft a magical and memorable wedding. If you’re looking to tie the knot in a quirky location, the following nine most unusual places to get married might give you the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

1. Themed castle weddings