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Why a blank canvas venue is ideal for creative couples

Blank canvas venue with a view of london

Every soon to be wed couple will have a vision in their minds of what they expect their big day to be like. Whether it’s an intimate family celebration, or a lavish soiree with hundreds of guests, its important to go with what works for you as a couple. While there are always small touches which you can use to personalise your big day, nothing works better for creative couples, than a blank canvas venue.

Top Ten Tips to De-stress Your Wedding

Couple De-stress For Their Wedding

Nobody wants to be a bridezilla, or a groomzilla, yet so often, the mammoth task of organising the perfect wedding day can get the better of even the most cool-headed couple. 

Perhaps it’s the event being called ‘the big day’, the knowledge that all eyes will be on you, or the idea of your in-laws dissecting each aspect of your hospitality that makes you want to hide under the duvet/elope/eat a tub of ice cream (delete as appropriate!). 

The tips below, compiled by wedding venue Newbury Racecourse, will help de-stress in the run up to the big day, making the countdown till you cut the cake, a piece of cake!

 

2019 Confetti Trends

Shropshire Petals Confetti

2018 has been a year for stylish wedding trends and colour, which is why we are certainly looking forward to 2019. With not one but two stunning royal weddings, 2019 wedding trends will be taking inspiration from both. Following in Eugenie and Jack’s footsteps, many 2019 couples will be opting for more eco-friendly weddings in a variety of ways, especially when it comes to confetti. Natural petal confetti specialists, Shropshire Petals share their top choices for confetti in line with some of the hottest predicted trends for 2019.

Kirkley Hall wedding day winners are floating on cloud nine

Kirkley Hall wedding day winners

A Gateshead couple are on cloud nine after winning a competition of a lifetime, where the stunning star prize was an exclusive all-expenses paid wedding day at Kirkley Hall near Ponteland in Northumberland.

The lucky names of Chris Laws and Gemma Wilson were drawn from a hat during a special ceremony hosted at the rural 17th-century Grade II building. 

Chris, aged 32, works as a courier and Gemma, aged 30, is a stay at home mum. They unknowingly grew up together and attended the same secondary school.  Their relationship has blossomed over the past eight years ever since they got chatting over a drink in a local pub.  Chris popped the question last Christmas by jokingly going down on one knee and proposing using a Haribo wedding ring.

How to deliver quirky dining

Quirky dining

When putting on a wedding breakfast, the layout and décor must be every bit as memorable as the food itself. From taking things al fresco to getting imaginative with table shapes and layouts, there are plenty of options to wow your guests aside from just the menu. 

Our variety of historic spaces (including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Banqueting House) leave plenty of scope for creative concepts, and our teams are well-versed in delivering wow-factor receptions guaranteed to stand out in guests’ memories. So whether you’re planning for a heritage space or pared-back blank canvas setting, here are our top tips to help you deliver awe-inspiring, quirky dining…

Take things outside 

Vow renewals are not just for celebrities

Vow renewals at the Chester Hotel

Jay Z and Beyonce; David and Victoria Beckham; Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – just some of the celebrity couples who have celebrated their love by renewing their marriage vows. But if you think that having a second wedding is the realm the rich and famous, think again.

A survey* showed that almost a fifth of UK couples plan to renew the vows they made on their wedding day – or have already done so. 

Around a third of couples who plan to have the happiest day of their life again do so to coincide with a milestone anniversary, while around a quarter see it as an opportunity to have the wedding they always wanted but could not afford the first time around.

Vow renewals are not just for celebrities

Vow renewals catering at Chester Hotel

Vow renewals are not just for celebrities – The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen welcomes couples saying I do, I do, I do

Jay Z and Beyonce; David and Victoria Beckham; Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne – just some of the celebrity couples who have celebrated their love by renewing their marriage vows. But if you think that having a second wedding is the realm the rich and famous, think again.

A survey* showed that almost a fifth of UK couples plan to renew the vows they made on their wedding day – or have already done so. 

Around a third of couples who plan to have the happiest day of their life again do so to coincide with a milestone anniversary, while around a quarter see it as an opportunity to have the wedding they always wanted but could not afford the first time around.

Halloween inspired weddings

Halloween inspired wedding

The season of scares is upon us! As the nights grow longer, darker and colder, London’s cobbled streets and winding alleyways become the ideal setting for a celebration of all things spooky. If you’re looking to add a scarily good touch of terror to your big day, check out these top tips.

Colour scheme

While Halloween may typically call for black, it doesn’t need to be the only shade that you have at your disposal. Add splashes of rich red and deep burgundy as well as dashes of silver to add a little colour while staying true to the theme. A red rose centre piece tied together with silver string is a great trick that works a treat!

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Survey shows an unlimited bar is most important factor for perfect wedding

Bride & Groom enjoying unlimited bar

Nearly one third of Brits see an unlimited bar as the ultimate requirement for their perfect wedding, a recent survey has revealed. In fact, 30 per cent of the British public just wouldn’t feel the same about the big day without an unlimited bar. 

Commissioned by Newbury Racecourse, the survey also revealed that women were more eager to keep the drink flowing than men, with 31 per cent agreeing that this was the most important factor for their perfect wedding. Men were marginally behind, with 28 per cent agreeing. 

Respondents under the age of 24 were thirstiest, with 41 per cent stating that the free bar was the most important factor. Only 19 per cent of those aged 55+ agreed – the lowest percentage of any age group. 

Top 10 Tips for having your wedding at home  

Homemade sign from wedding at home  

Top 10 Tips for having your wedding at home by Georgie Evans, Web & Marketing Manager at The Wedding Present Co.

Georgie and Doug tied the knot on the 3rdJune 2017 at a rural countryside church in West Clandon, Surrey followed by their wedding reception at her parent’s country house next door.

Georgie shares her tips on having your wedding at home and what advice she gives to others looking to do the very same. 

Where shall we get married?One of the very first questions that will cross a newly engaged couple’s minds. Abroad, at a venue, in a field or at home? For us it was a no brainer to get married at home. In fact I’m pretty sure my father had been prepping the garden for years, in anticipation of this day finally arriving. 

How To Find Your Perfect Fragrance Match

Bride spraying wedding fragrance

You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, but have you thought about your wedding fragrance? Here’s how to find your perfect match…

There is so much to organise when planning the big day: the venue, the dress, the cars, the flowers etc., so it’s little wonder that many brides forget something that will last in their memories forever – the perfume they wear when they say, ‘I do’.

Weddings Go To The Dogs As Puppy Love Grips The Nation

Weddings Go To The Dogs As Puppy Love Grips The Nation

In the past, all you needed for a fairy tale wedding was something old, new, borrowed and blue. However, now it seems pet pooches have been added to the list of must-haves, as half (46%) of British dog owners profess their dog is key for the paw-fect celebrations, which begs the question, has man’s best friend become man’s best man, too? According to a new survey from EUKANUBA1, the advanced pet nutrition brand, this is the case for one in eight (13%) British dog owners who hope to have their dogs as their best man. 

Britain’s top superstitions revealed - over 51 million people in the UK are superstitious

Britain’s top superstitions revealed - over 51 million people in the UK are superstitious

Whether it’s touching wood, avoiding the number 13 or crossing your fingers for luck you are not alone, over 51 million (78%) Brits believe in superstitions.

New research* carried out by Ladbrokes Casino, found that 30% of us cross our fingers for luck and 32% believe finding a penny is also lucky.

More than two out of five Brits (41%) believe walking under a ladder will bring bad luck and over a third (35%) believe that touching wood will prevent something bad happening to them.

The same research also found that a quarter (25%) of Brits believe that burning ears is a sign that someone is talking about you.

Women proved to be more superstitious with 83% saying they believed in superstitions compared to 70% of men.

Which celebrity nuptials are coming up and predictions of the day

Which celebrity nuptials are coming up and predictions of the day

After thoroughly enjoying the wedding of Meghan and Harry in May, we can’t wait to see Princess Eugenie marry her beau, Jack Brooksbank in October...and in the same chapel too, how lovely. It will be great to see all the Royals together once again, and with Princess Eugenie’s parents being the best divorced couple she knows, let’s hope no rifts show themselves on the big day itself as Fergie will be taking centre stage too!  That said, they’ll all be on their best behaviour I’m sure!

Her ‘Tiara Debut’

How to get better sleep before your big day

Woman asleep on bed

Sleep: we all need it but, sometimes, we just can’t seem to get enough of it. It affects your long-term health and energy levels, but also has an impact on your physical appearance – probably one of the biggest concerns for brides-to-be before their big day. 

In general, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep but the exact amount varies from person to person. A good night’s sleep won’t rid you of your problems in the run up to your wedding day, but it can mean that you’re able to deal with difficult or stressful situations more easily.