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For many people their wedding day is the biggest day of their lives together. Why not share your experience in Vows And Venues magazine. We’d love to hear from you...

In most cases planning the big day takes months if not years, with so much to think about, from setting the budget, choosing the venue, the dress, flowers, cake and the all important guest list...

It’s an incredibly special experience, gathering all the most important people in your lives together in one wonderful place to help you celebrate the start of your married lives together.

How to throw the perfect wedding on a budget

WEDDINGS can be the best, but most expensive, celebration of your life and it’s important you get the balance right to ensure you enjoy your big day. 

 

The cost of UK weddings have reached an all time high, with the average spend coming in at £27,000 and figures in London topping £38,000*. The cost of getting hitched may be increasing year by year, but there are simple ways to tackle money worries in the run up to your nuptials. The personal finance experts Moneyguru.com are here with some words of wisdom to make sure you’re welling up for all the right reasons. 

 

Here are five ways to cut down on costs, and still achieve the ultimate fairytale wedding:

 

1.    The Proposal

 

How to save money on your wedding car

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According to research carried out by wedding website Hitched, the average UK wedding costs £25,090. With 36% of couples paying out of their own pocket and a further 48% sharing the cost with their parents, it’s likely you’ll want to cut back your spending in certain areas. 

Luckily, if you know what you’re doing, you can save a lot of money on your transportation for the days. So, if you would like to lower the cost of getting to the wedding venue and reception on your big day, here are our tips for making your money go as far as possible.  

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A Moment of Magic

Love

'Here at A Moment of Magic, we create luxury personalised Wedding & Event Stationery.

We aim to ensure our love and passion for all things colour, fashion, trend, and of course beautiful paper & card, shines through in each piece of stationery we create.

We ensure to supply you with excellent customer service and make this part of your journey as magical as possible. We have a number of items to hire for your special day, including Post boxes, Mirrors & Easels & not forgetting our AMAZING 4ft Love Lights.

We aim to make your day stand out & a moment not to be forgotten.'

Here comes the bride...and groom

Forest of Arden’s Wedding Co-ordinators Explore the Recent Changes in the Wedding Planning Process

According to Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club’s wedding co-ordinators, Olivia Bevan and Faye Knight, the last 18 month has seen a shift towards grooms becoming more involved in the wedding planning process. 

Faye, explains: “We are seeing more couples saving up and paying for the wedding themselves, rather than getting help from their parents, which means both the bride and groom are wanting to be more involved throughout the planning process . 

“In the past it has often been the bride, usually alongside her parents, that we’ve worked with to plan the big day, but now we are seeing the grooms’ involvement at nearly every stage.”

5 reasons to have your wedding at home

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Five reasons to have your wedding at home from bespoke caterer and event specialists Dine

If you are lucky enough to have space in the garden, there’s something nicely relaxed and intimate about being able to hold your wedding in your own home or in the home you grew up in.  Such an individual location enables you to buck the trend and create your own traditions by putting your own personal stamp on your day in a unique family setting.  Your home will already hold so many memories; wouldn’t it be amazing to add more from your own wedding day? 

1. Flexibility

Build your own Wedding

Build your own Wedding – The Rise of Personal Touches to Your Big Day

Choosing a wedding venue is arguably, one of the biggest decisions a couple can make when it comes to planning their big day, and the chance of finding one which meets every expectation is a tall order.

Karen James-Watkins of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, shares with us her observations over the last couple of years, reflecting on the notable rise in couples wanting the ability to “build their own” wedding.

The Engine Shed a truly unique venue

Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is based in the heart of picturesque Wetherby and began its life as a goods shed on the Harrogate to Church Fenton railway line. Now a Grade II listed building, The Engine Shed has been superbly renovated to create a truly unique venue. The Engine Shed Wetherby is a family-run business and is renowned for its friendly service. Your wedding day is only limited by your own creativity and imagination, so let us be a part of the wedding of your dreams.

The Engine Shed is licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies, offering a unique alternative to the Registry Office. The two main areas include:

The Mezzanine

Colourful confetti for your autumn wedding

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Do you love colour? Autumn is the perfect time for you to get married as you can take full advantage of the natural colours autumn has to offer. Use the outdoors for beautiful photographs and wedding theme ideas. And, if you’re getting married this autumn, don’t forget the confetti for some additional colourful fun on your wedding day. To help with choosing your autumnal confetti, Shropshire Petals share their top 5 colourful autumn mixes:

Moulin Rouge – this vivid brand-new confetti mix features burgundy cornflower petals and delicate ivory delphinium petals. Combined, they make a fantastic rich confetti mix that will add a colour pop to your confetti photos. Mixing burgundy with ivory really makes the colour stand out.

The National Wedding Show Spring 2017 dates for your diary

Manchester Central 11th – 12th February 2017 London Olympia 17th – 19th February 2017 Birmingham NEC 3rd – 5th March 2017

The UK’s biggest wedding show will return to London, Birmingham and Manchester in spring 2017 set to showcase sensational feature areas, an inspiring catwalk show and 300 plus industry leaders. Specialising in everything from bespoke wedding gowns and hand-finished accessories to exquisite flowers and extraordinary cakes; The National Wedding Show is the ultimate destination for bride- to-be and her wedding party.

For more information visit The National Wedding Show -www.nationalweddingshow.co.uk

A Cinderella wedding villa

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Many brides looking for a true Cinderella feel to their wedding day will head to Florida, home of Walt Disney World, where people young and old can't fail to be inspired by the magic in the atmosphere. But for brides who are want all the magic on their doorstep, but a more private location for their actual wedding with their closest family and friends around them, luxury villa specialist 5 Star Villa Holidays have just the venue.

Bride & Groom Direct – Bizarre Wedding Requests

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From a young age, girls around the world dream about their perfect wedding day, and when the time to get married does finally come around, the big day will be need to be meticulously planned out down to the finest details.

Using scrapbooks and Pinterest boards, the dresses will have been painstakingly chosen from thousands available, and the playlist will have caused a fair few arguments due to different tastes in music.

Long distant family members and old school friends will have been cut from the guest list, before being added back on again, and finding something to eat that everyone agrees on can take months.

Build your own Wedding

Rob A Smith, Build your own wedding

 

Choosing a wedding venue is arguably, one of the biggest choices a couple can make when it comes to planning their big day, and the chance of finding one which meets every expectation is a tall order.

Karen James-Watkins of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, shares with us her observations over the last couple of years, reflecting on the notable rise in couples wanting the ability to “build their own” wedding, ensuring their day is unique and personal to them.  


DIY Weddings made easy

DIY weddings made easy

 

With the average UK wedding costing a whopping £20,000, it’s not surprising that money-saving DIY weddings are becoming increasingly popular. Even small changes, such as creating your own table decorations, can save you hundreds of pounds with minimum fuss. What’s more, they’ll make your wedding day just as special as you always dreamed it would be, with an added personal touch.

It’s now easier than ever to achieve this; with a great range of products on offer to help you achieve the look you want, a little bit of creativity can go a long way.

Upcycling is a fantastic way to transform old or unwanted items into personalised, on-trend designs to complement your wedding, whether you’re looking for shabby-chic or a bit of luxury without breaking the bank.

You will never guess where this is?

Le Petit Chateau wedding venue in Otterburn

 

Palm Trees, check. Lavender, check. Cascading red geraniums off wrought iron balconies, check. Spectacular fountains with fire balls on water, check. The sound of crickets, check. Is this a faraway exotic location? No, this is the recently opened Le Petit Chateau in Otterburn, quite simply the newest, coolest, and most original hotel and wedding venue in the UK.

The multi-million pound transformation of a derelict hotel into Le Petit Chateau, a French country manor, surrounded by a breath taking, palm tree filled, Mediterranean garden is the brainchild of North East entrepreneur Duncan Fisher and his award-winning leisure company, which own many popular North East venues including Newton Hall, As You Like It, and The Joiners Arms.