Archives for September 2011

7 Favourite Highlights From My Wedding Day

It’s been 14 months now since my wedding, and I still treasure every minute of that day.

Everything was perfect, the weather was kind to us and we were surrounded by all the people that are special to us.

It’s been quite difficult to pick which were my favourite parts of my wedding day, but I’ve chosen these 7 to share with you:

1. A Romantic Entrance

Because we wanted our wedding to be a little bit different, and maybe hold a few surprises for our guests, we decided to ask our officiant if we could choose our own entrance music.

We were delighted when he gave us permission. It meant I didn’t have to make my entrance to the traditional wedding march. Instead we chose ‘I Do by Westlife’.

It’s such a lovely song and our guests were so surprised, and it will always be one of those moments I will never forget.

2. Children Very Welcome

We made a decision to invite children to our wedding – well, actually we didn’t really have to discuss it – we just knew it was a family occasion, and we wanted all the children to be a part of it.

And as we danced our first dance together and I saw all the children sat on the floor, absolutely mesmerised as they watched us, I just knew having the kids at our wedding was the right decision.

3. Singles Please Bring a Guest

As with the previous decision, we didn’t need to think about it, we just knew we wanted all our single relations and friends to bring a guest.

It was really important to us that every person who was kind enough to join us and be a part of our day had a good time.

So that meant no-one was ever going to be sat alone or feeling so uncomfortable that they wished they had not come.

4. No Cash Bar

We didn’t want to have a cash bar. Our budget didn’t allow for us to give a free bar and we didn’t feel it was right to invite people to our wedding and then expect them to spend money.

So we compromised by putting bottles of wine, fruit juice and still water on every table. And as far as I am aware, no-one was upset about this, and everybody had a great night.

5. Family Photographer

When it came to our photographs we were really lucky. My husband’s younger brother is studying photography at an art institute, so of course we asked him to be our wedding photographer.

He was more than willing to take on this job as it helped to build his portfolio. Our wedding  pictures were amazing.

Thanks Mark!

6. Evening Barn Dance

When it came to our evening entertainment, we wanted something that everybody, from the youngest to the oldest would enjoy.

So we plumped for a barn dance, or a hoe-down as some called it (even though we weren’t in a barn.) Although it was called a barn dance, I think it was a cross between line-dancing and country dancing.

The live band and the caller were just amazing. It was so much fun. As I looked around the hall, everyone was laughing and having a great time. Every single person, from the youngest to the oldest was up on their feet.

I can’t remember when I ever had so much fun!

7. The Best Surprise Of All!

Because we already had a home together, we’d told our guests we didn’t need a present, that  their company at our wedding was all we wanted.

The following morning we left for the airport and set off on honeymoon. But when we got to check-in we were in for the surprise of our lives.

Our lovely, lovely families and friends had clubbed together and upgraded our flights.

So we were invited to spent the next 3 hours before our flight took off relaxing in the hospitality lounge, where we were offered complimentary beauty treatments, manicures and pedicures. And complimentary food, coffee, soft drinks and newspapers.

Then would you believe, we were called to board our flight before all the other passengers, and flew in the first class upper deck to New York, aboard a Virgin Airline plane.

First class to New York! How amazing is that?

What a way to round off a perfect wedding day. A first class flight to New York. Something I thought I would never experience in a dozen lifetimes. Thank you to my wonderful families and friends.

So till next time
Take care


7 Great Tips To Help You Plan An Autumn Wedding

Deciding on the theme for your wedding is always exciting. So why not move away from the usual spring wedding and plump for something a little bit different.

Autumn is a very romantic time of year, full of wonderful colours and smells, so what better time of year could you choose to get married?

1. Choose A Theme

1. If you have chosen to get married in Autumn, then why not take full advantage of all that this lovely time of year has to offer – use this as a theme for your wedding.

Make use of the wonderful warm colours of the season – coppers, golds, oranges, reds – and use the beauty of nature to make your wedding a day to remember.

2. The Venue

Of course if you are having an Autumnal wedding then finding the right venue is important.
A country setting is always perfect for a Autumnal wedding.

A country estate or a house set in large grounds at the end of a tree lined avenue makes a wonderful backdrop for your photographs and is a wedding photographer’s delight.

3. Invitations And Stationery

When it comes to choosing your wedding stationery, ask your supplier to show you designs that have an Autumnal theme.

Or better still, why not make your own? It’s easy to decorate your cards with red and gold leaves and dried flowers and twigs.

As soon as your family and friends receive their invites, they will know you are planning a wedding with an Autumnal theme.

4. Wedding Attire

For a real Autumnal look why not wear a beautiful ivory or cream dress with gold or burgundy accents?

And bring it all together by matching the bridesmaid’s dresses and the groomsman’s waistcoats to your accent colour.

5. Flowers And Table Decorations

For your bridal bouquet and centre pieces make use of the rich colours of the seasons flowers. Gerbers and dahlias are great at this time of year, and they come in the wonderful orange, yellow and rust shades.

Add some brown leaves and red berries, and tie with some pretty organza ribbon, and you will have the most gorgeous Autumn bouquet.

Dress your tables with crisp leaves, berries and twigs.

6. Plan A Menu Using Seasonal Produce

Autumn is a great time to serve up something a little bit different. Why not start with a good hearty soup?

What about pumpkin and chestnut, served in hollowed out pumpkin shells? And if you are outside, what could be better than a hog-roast and jacket potatoes?

7. Wedding Cake

The wedding cake plays a very special part in every wedding. It’s one of the most photographed parts of the wedding – second only to the brides dress.

The Autumn wedding cake can be fun, decorated with lovely colourful fruits and flowers of the season. Dress your cake table with leaves and twigs and berries for extra effect.

Don’t forget this time of the year also includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harvest, and Columbus Day, so any of these could be incorporated into your wedding theme.

So till next time
Take care


7 Ways To Make Sure Your Guests Enjoy Your Wedding

When you invite people to join you in your wedding celebrations, you obviously want them to come away saying they had a great time – that it didn’t feel like ‘just another wedding’.

So although it’s your day, knowing that your guests enjoyed it too will make it seem extra special.

So why not check out these 7 ways you can make sure your guests have a great time at your wedding?

1. Who Pays For The Drinks?

Definitely no cash bar!  It’s considered really bad manners to invite guests to your wedding and then expect them to pay for anything.

Don’t forget they will probably already have spent money on a new outfit, and a gift for you. And those living out of town will have had travelling expenses and will maybe have to pay for hotels.

2. Singles +1?

This is a question that most couples ask when planning their wedding guest list. Should they invite singles to bring a guest?

Well, there are no hard and fast rules, but when my husband and I were planning our wedding, we decided that everyone we had invited to share our day was very special to us.

We certainly didn’t want any of our guests to feel out of place, or uncomfortable, sat alone at a table between couples, so of course we did say ‘plus guest’ on the invitations we sent to single friends and relations.

3. Elderly Guests

Don’t forget the comfort of your elderly guests is important as the evening celebrations get under way. To them the whole day may seem long and overwhelming.

So sit them in a quiet place away from the bar and the loud music where they can feel more relaxed.

4. The Night Before

In more formal and traditional weddings, the rehearsal dinner is normally paid for by the groom’s parents. But it is quite acceptable these days for the bride and groom to foot the bill.

The dinner guests should include the bride and groom, both sets of parents, the rest of the wedding party and other immediate family members.

You should also invite the officiant plus a guest, and anyone else who is special to you.

This is a special occasion when all these people can get to know each other in relaxed surroundings.

5. Extra Tables For Parents?

If any of your parents are with new partners, then respect this and have an extra top table. It’s not fair to ask parents who are no longer together, to sit together just because their children are marrying.

It’s just about being polite, and everyone being able to enjoy the day.

6. To Feed Or Not To Feed

Although people such as photographers and others who are working throughout your wedding day don’t expect to join in your sit-down meal, of course they need to eat during the day.

So it’s proper that you should offer them some kind of food. Ask your caterers to prepare a simple meal or sandwiches and drinks for these people.

7. Ceremony And Reception –  Filling The Gap

We’ve all been to weddings in the past where there is a gap of sometimes 2 or 3 hours between the ceremony and the reception.

And if guests don’t live nearby it can be difficult for them to pass this time and can really spoil their day.

So make it clear on the invitation that there will be this break, and offer them a way to enjoy the time.

Maybe a relative living locally would be happy for everyone to go to their house for a cup of tea. Or you could suggest a nearby pub where everyone could meet for drinks and nibbles.

So hopefully you will find these tips useful. It’s so nice to look back on your wedding and know that every guest had a wonderful day, and each and every one of them was made to feel really special.

So till next time

Take care