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Lucky couple say ‘I do’ to return to wedding venue

Lucky couple say ‘I do’ to return to wedding venue

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club has invited a couple who wed at the hotel in 2014, back to relive the memories of their special day. 

Gemma and Garry Watson, who said their ‘I dos’ at the luxury four-star hotel, located in the heart of Northumberland, are one of more than 200 couples who took part in the nationwide search to celebrate those who tied the knot at a Macdonald Hotels & Resorts venue over the last 50 years.

After submitting photographs from their wedding, they were selected at random and rewarded with a luxurious overnight stay in the wedding suite, complete with champagne on arrival, and a three-course dinner. 

Inviting children to a wedding – Double Tree Sheffield have it covered!

Double Tree Sheffield

Children can really make a wedding very special.   Whether it’s the couple getting married who have children that will feature in the day, or family and friends who want to bring along their kiddies, having children around can really add to the atmosphere of the wedding.  

But, if you are inviting children, it’s important to ensure that they are catered for and looked after during the day. Invest in planning something for them now will ensure parents and children both have a great time!  Our team are experts in organising weddings that include children, and here’s our top tips to help keep children of all ages, amused and entertained all day!

Cresta Court Hotel's Ultimate Twilight Wedding Guide

Cresta Court, Twilight Weddings

There’s a growing trend amongst couples to opt for a truly romantic twilight wedding.  The setting of the sun combined with atmospheric lighting and music gives the whole ceremony a beautiful feel.  And it’s not specific to a certain time of the year either.  Twilight weddings are gathering a pace all year round, and here are Cresta Court Hotel's top tips to making it a romantic wedding day.

1 – Book a venue that has access to natural light. You and your guests will want to see the change from late afternoon to night time.  It will help create a romantic setting and add to the excitement of the day.  Also consider the lighting in the room.  You want to create an intimate atmosphere so need to be able to adjust lighting.

The BIG 7 Questions for your Wedding Venue

The BIG 7 Questions for your Wedding Venue

Planning a wedding can be a stressful period for even the most organised of couples, but it doesn’t always have to be the case. A little forward thinking and flexibility will go a long way, but there are also a few tools that can help keep you on track. To make things a little easier and ensure your day goes off without a hitch, here are the top 7 questions you need to ask your wedding venue before booking…

1.Is the venue available on the day we’d like it?

Booking the venue is one of the first items on any soon-to-be-wed couple’s to-do list, so make sure you contact them well in advance. Popular venues may have a waiting list months long so the further in advance you enquire, the better.

BRITISH MEN REVEALED AS THE VAINER OF THE SEXES

Furniture123.co.uk release new survey

BOTH MEN and women invest time and money into their appearance, but new research has revealed that men are indeed the vainer of the sexes.  

A survey of 1,021 UK adults carried out by interiors etailer, Furniture123.co.uk, found that men are the vainer sex, as men confess to admiring their reflection 28 times each day, whilst women did so 21 times each day.

Despite men looking in the mirror more often, the research data found it was women who look in the mirror for longer on each occasion, as they confess to spend an average 42 minutes each day, which equates to more than 10 days (10.65) per year.

In comparison to women, men spend an average of 31 minutes per day gazing in the mirror which equates to almost eight days (7.79) per year.

Lynn and Steve - Balmer Lawn Wedding

Lynn and Steve - Balmer Lawn Wedding

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.

'Our vow renewal in Las Vegas is a fresh start'

vow renewal Tori and Steven engagement in Vegas

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.”

Planning your perfect wedding on a budget

Budget wedding

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.

Natalie Lovett shares her 3 wedding cut backs

Wedding bouquet

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?

Planning your wedding event despite extreme weather 

Kelly Chandler, Wedding event organiser

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.

Will Pinterest help or hinder your wedding plans?

Table wedding plan

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!

Intimate weddings: Why bigger is not always better

Milena Gorska

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 Basics to Transforming your Reception

Wedding Lighting Basics to Transforming your Reception

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.