Lynn and Steven Connolly have long had a love affair with the New Forest. They are regular visitors to the national park for day trips and short breaks at the 4-star Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa in Brockenhurst from their home in Oakley, Nr Basingstoke. When they had their son Benjamin, they decided to host his summer christening at the hotel, and hired the entertainment industry go-to special effects company ‘Snow Business’ to transform a area of the gardens into a winter wonderland - It was a phenomenal success.
Tori and Steven have a very good reason to organise a vow renewal ceremony this year – a heartbreaking start to their marriage meant that life as newlyweds wasn’t all plain sailing.
They happened to book their vow renewal service for the same date as Harry and Meghan and Tori explains, “We chose the date as it is the same as our original wedding day, just five years later.
“We chose Las Vegas as the place to do it as it is one of our favourite places in the world. We got engaged in Las Vegas back in 2012. Actually, I really wanted to get married while we were there but Steven was being deployed on a six-month tour in Afghanistan with the British Army a few months later.”
Sometimes money can be tight, but you still want the perfect wedding, booking the venue, photographer and everything else that goes into a wedding can be very expensive. That's why we have spoke to Gemma Spinks from Spinkdot to get her top tips on planning your wedding on a budget. You will see that you don't need to spend a fortune to have your perfect wedding.
If you are planning a wedding you will know that it is a daunting, stressful and exciting time. So when you have all the planning and a strict budget to manage, it can be even harder.
Our monthly blog from Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan is here, this month she talks to us what wedding cut backs you could make for your wedding that nobody will notice.
Add the word ‘wedding’ to any sentence and it feels like everything goes up ten-fold!
Honestly, it’s not because you’re being ripped off, it’s actually because it’s an event that’s massively important to all involved and it takes extra time on the suppliers’ behalf to ensure that everything is perfect for you...but how can you make cut backs – cut backs that won’t jeopardise the day?
The sudden downpour of snow and extreme weather in early March had a catastrophic impact on roads, businesses and schools almost everywhere, but one area that didn’t seem to grind to a halt was the wedding sector. Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire reported its biggest and most vibrant wedding inspiration show yet, according to industry specialist Kelly Chandler from www.kellychandlerconsulting.co.uk who was one of the lead organisers. Here Kelly talks to Vows and Venues about her experience of organising the event and her top tips for planning your wedding event.
Our next blog is in from Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan. This time she's telling us all about Pinterest and how it can both help and hinder your wedding plans.
Pinterest is an amazing tool for getting ideas, finding what you love and coming across ideas to enhance your wedding colour scheme / theme, but I personally have a love : hate relationship with it as sadly a lot of what you see is either not available in the UK, is a styled shoot and has been put together as a one-off, or if it’s flowers, sometimes they’re simply not available at the time of year that your wedding takes place...very disappointing!
Vows and Venues would like to introduce you to our new guest blogger Milena Gorska, wedding and private events planner at The Brewery. Her first blog with us is all about Intimate weddings.
Milena works alongside senior members of The Brewery’s team, managing and overseeing the delivery of all weddings and private events held at the venue, from new enquiries and conversions to supporting throughout the event planning process.
Wedding lighting is essential to transforming your reception into an enchanted fairytale. From stringing fairy lights and festoon lighting from the beams in your venue, to incorporating the wedding trend of gobo lights - you must consider all aspects. While Instagram and Pinterest provide drool-worth pictures of special days, Projected Image - leading suppliers of gobos in the UK and Europe - are sharing their tips to perfectly illuminating your big day.
First, you must understand the particular wedding light you desire and consider the costs. Festoon lights and, especially, outdoor hanging lights are experiencing significant popularity and are, relatively, budget-friendly.
Weddings, they’re an expensive business – but the key is to spend your money wisely and be open to savvy cost-saving tricks. That is why our latest column from Natalie Lovett of Love to plan this time is her top money saving tips when planning your wedding.
Money saving tips from Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan
Lose the favours
Macdonald Hotels invited Vows & Venues to review one of their prime wedding venues, which has seen a surge in wedding bookings over the last year. The luxury four-star Linden Hall is one of the North East’s most prestigious country house wedding destinations, catering for weddings with up to 200 guests in idyllic countryside surroundings. Here’s how our journalist Victoria Galligan found her stay and why she thinks it's ideal for a winter wedding...