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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 

Geeky wedding cakes from Debbie Gillespie Cake Design

Geeky wedding cake from Debbie Gillespie Cake Design

Debbie Gillespie Cake Design (formerly Farnley Fayre) was established in 2014 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  Comprising of just its founder, Debbie Gillespie, the company aims to provide unique and innovative wedding cake designs for creative couples.  

Inspiration for her designs are taken from her beautiful Yorkshire surroundings so woodland influences with natural textures and bold sugar florals feature heavily.   There is also a strong use of art and sculpture, using watercolour-style handpainting, modelling and different stacking techniques to build alternative design ideas. 

Wedding Day Skincare Routine Steps

Wedding Day Skincare

Joyce Connor is a make up artist,  beauty expert and owner of Joyce Connor Make Up. She has been in the cosmetics industry for 22 years and loves everything about skin!  There are so many skincare products on the market that it can be daunting which product to use first. Joyce Connor recommends using water based products on your skin first then oil based products last. Then let the final skincare product absorb into your skin before applying make up. 

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.

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue

A hotel and golf club which offers choice and flexibility against a stunning countryside backdrop – what more could you want in a venue? Our editor Victoria Galligan stayed the night to experience the relaxing vibe at Wychwood Park…

Imagine getting married in lush green surroundings, with the rolling countryside peering up above the sprawling golf course in front of you and your guests as you gather in the sun on a beautiful veranda. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Florida at one of Tiger Woods’s old haunts – but this is the reality of a wedding at Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, right here in the north west of England.  

Save £500 on your catering bill with Tapenade

Tapenade evening menu offer

Tapenade, celebration specialist caterer, is offering an extraordinary gift to couples planning to marry next year. All wedding reception bookings made before 31 December 2018 will include a complimentary evening menu for all guests. 

The offer translates to an average saving of approximately £500 based on 50 guests, allowing the happy couple to put the extra budget towards their special day. 

Engaged couples are always offered a complimentary sampling session of Tapenade’s award-winning wedding breakfast menu before committing to a booking. During the consultation, they will also be invited to trial their complimentary evening menu, a culmination of easy-to-eat favourites that offers a choice of four different cuisines.

Sparkling Day Events - Upcoming Wedding Fayres

Sparkling Day Events - Upcoming Wedding Fayres

Check out these fantastic wedding fayres and events from Sparkling Day Events: 

Wedding Fair

Greswold Arms Hotel 

1657 High St, Knowle, Solihull B93 0LL

Sunday 25th November 2019

11am till 2.30pm

Free Entry Free Parking

Free Goody Bag including Vows and Venues Magazines

Plus Free Beauty Products

This is a sought after venue for weddings and must be seen to be appreciated

We have 20 Wedding Suppliers on the day, eager to discuss their products and services

Pop along on the day events staff will be present to show you around the venue.

Pre register on our facebook page and click going to get your free Goody Bag on arrival.

Tel Jane  07878565699

A different kind of flower on your wedding day - the poppy!

Poppy flower fascinator

Roses may be the most popular wedding flowers, but why not include some poppies in the mix and add that extra bit of ‘feel good factor’ to your special day… The Royal British Legion have launched a unique range of wedding favours and a fascinator to enable you and your guests to help support the important work they carry out, providing care and support to members of the British Armed Forces, veterans and their families. 

Each wedding favour includes a keepsake silver tone Poppy Pin on a stylish white name card, which you can personalize as appropriate. Each pack contains 10 cards and pins and costs just £17.99. 

The White Impact Wedding Atelier 2019

Always dreamed of having a destination wedding in Portugal but haven’t got a clue where to start?  The leading Portuguese event management group is presenting a unique and highly exclusive bridal showcase event The White Impact Wedding Atelier. 

The happy couples from around the UK looking to marry in Portugal are invited to come and experience first-hand the renowned Portuguese hospitality, warmth and exceptional service in London and Manchester, in one on one appointments with the very finest Portuguese wedding planners and artisans suppliers.

Landed Weddings: top country house venues in the UK

Landed Weddings - Springkell

Landed Weddings offer an impressively luxurious portfolio of country house venues. You will find country house venues to suit all budgets, from large moated manor houses to country cottages.

Also, many properties offer flexibility and allow couple to host their wedding indoors or in a marquee. 

So all you'll have to do after you've chosen your venue is polish your tiara and tell the butler to pop the Champagne on ice!

We take a look at a selection of venues from across the UK  – prices start from the below and are based on bookings for an entire weekend.

 

Get The Party Started With Pinky Goat!

Pinky Goat Eyelashes

Pinky Goat newest addition to their ever-growing range of lashes is a sure way to make a style statement. The NEW ‘PARTY COLLECTION’ lashes create fullness and definition, adding a striking effect to your makeup look - perfect for a glamorous evening or special occasion!

These elegant, handcrafted Faux Mink lashes are available in four styles – REEM, soft & wispy for extra length; LULU, for the ultimate curl; SANAfor a full volume effect; and FARAH, combining layers and curl for an ultra-glamorous look!

You can now stock up on your favourite lashes ahead of party season in your local Superdrug store. The lashes are reusable up to 10 times and no mascara is required! Best used with GLUEME Lash Adhesive (sold separately).

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!

Lighting

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. 

Jewellery trends for your winter wedding

Goldsmiths wedding jewellery

In a first for the leading high street jeweller, this year Goldsmiths has launched its ‘Christmas Gift Collection’ offering a range of stylish gifting options from just £20. The gift collection will be easily shoppable both in-store and online with dedicated gifting areas, offering inspiration for those shopping for the women that has everything. Here, we take a look at jewellery trends over the festive period…

Layering

Jewellery trends for your winter wedding

Goldsmiths wedding jewellery

In a first for the leading high street jeweller, this year Goldsmiths has launched its ‘Christmas Gift Collection’ offering a range of stylish gifting options from just £20. The gift collection will be easily shoppable both in-store and online with dedicated gifting areas, offering inspiration for those shopping for the women that has everything. Here, we take a look at jewellery trends over the festive period…

Layering