Yorkshire boasts a lot of beautiful wedding venues and some of the best wedding planners I know ... Hornington Manor is no exception. If you're looking for a venue that's unique, beautifully appointed and you can call H O M E for the weekend ... look no further.
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There's something magical and wildly romantic about a Winter Wedding ...
Whether you're planning a candle lit service in Canterbury, a quant little do in the streets of Zermatt or not planning at all ... take a minute ...
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Who says that a whimsical wedding needs to be in a country house?
If you want fairy light chandeliers, dreamy petal covered aisles, alice in wonderland tea tables or bohemian bridesmaid dresses ... in an industrial warehouse ... it's your wedding and 'whatever' goes.
Absorb yourself in an inspiring wedding fusion ... Savan & Nicola got married earlier this year, at Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester.
I'm not sure how they pulled it off with only a 7 month engagement ...
As the rehearsal and recording space for the Hallé choir and orchestra, Savan & Nicola were the first to be married in this unique venue ... but it's also the perfect location for an amazing ceremony, Indian street food (including Dosa and Panipuri) and an awesome party.
I am fortunate enough to have attended weddings in several European countries, namely – Norway, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Greece and Spain. I am furthering this global reach with Italy in the diary for 2015.
My experiences in these countries were very different, but each wedding felt like a wedding. I wondered what it was that was consistent, and what was different. How do you know what makes a wedding a wedding?
The Norwegians love coffee and pancakes with butter and sugar, directly after the ceremony, followed by a long and leisurely wedding breakfast punctuated with heartfelt speeches, songs and ditties. The Bride or Groom leaving the room creates a stampede to kiss the remaining newly wed. I love it!
The Dutch played games during a long afternoon of family fun. This was slightly different as it was a Dutch / Kazakh wedding. Bread was torn by the Groom to represent who ‘wore the trousers’, a really interesting concept. The Groom has the choice, if he tears the largest part he states that the trouser wearer is him!
Outside of these national customs, in each case, I still knew I was at a wedding.
My argument: You need the formal structure of a wedding to ensure that everyone thinks they didn’t just turn up to some elaborate party with a couple who decided to wear a posh frock and a snazzy suit. Not only that, guests need the wedding ‘running order’ so they (kind of) know where to be and when.
Whist many wouldn’t admit it, we all love a bit of orchestrated, routine driven behavior (Just me? Sorry, it’s my ‘a little bit OCD’ shining through!). Our social memes are what holds us all together, and I would argue that there are none more etched in the psyche of our nation than the traditional wedding.
Go curve ball, go quirky, go crazy, but make any wedding I rock up to a wedding. I like to see a couple cut a cake (fruit cake please, chocolate cakes are for birthdays). I like to see speeches after dinner (make the best man sweat!) and I like a formal ceremony with vows and “you may kiss the bride”. Don’t make it too long though, the canopes and bubbles are awaiting.
So what makes a wedding a wedding? It’s those traditional crowd pleasers and, in my opinion, you miss these at your peril.
Guest Blog contribution: Thanks go to The Secret Wedding Blogger
Planning a hen do
The numbers game
What a girl wants
Show me the money!
Channel your inner school teacher – Part 2
Most hen dos involve some sort of evening entertainment including food and drink. Faffing Time tends to increase proportionally the more alcohol is involved and the later the hour. Bring yourself a spare purse for the kitty and suggest everyone puts in £20 before the evening starts. This way you can take it in turns to order your 14 drinks. On one hen do, the club we were in didn’t have any trays but fortunately we were all dressed as old ladies, and old lady handbags are surprisingly roomy, fitting all 14 bottles of beer.
And finally …
My last piece of advice is: be present. Obviously take photos and videos, but don’t forget to actually be there, enjoying it all. Uploading pictures to Facebook and Twitter updates can wait. Enjoy the moment and the celebration that one of your friends is about to get married. Now, let’s have ourselves a celebratory glass of fizz.
Nowadays, the Hen Do often involves a weekend away rather than just a night out in a local town with friends. It is also a great way of getting to know everyone before the big day so that you can fulfil your other role, that of Wedding Guest Extraordinaire!
There is a huge industry in organising hen dos and some companies even collect payment and organise itineraries. However, if you want something that isn’t off-the-shelf, it’s DIY time. If this seems like an enormous task, don’t panic, here are our tips to help you pull it off without pulling your hair out.
I don’t think I’ve been on a hen do with less than 14 other people and organising large groups can be a bit like herding cats, even before any alcohol has been consumed. You’re going to need to be organised from the beginning otherwise the whole production can be like a school trip gone bad. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a big fan of the Excel spreadsheet (I even have a wedding budget one!) and this is my nerve-centre where all hen do-related information is kept.
I also recommend putting everyone’s number in your ‘phone with the prefix ‘Hen Do’ as it makes it much easier to find names for block messages or to jog your memory when they ring the day before to ask a last-minute question.
Whilst mild embarrassment is allowed, and even expected, leaving the Bride-To-Be tied to a lamp post on Blackpool promenade is not allowed. For one thing, she’ll probably get splashed with seawater and turn to an ice sculpture overnight, but the main thing is that she’s your friend and you want her to enjoy herself. This means you need to tailor any activities to her interests. If she’s adamant she doesn’t want to do karaoke, then you aren’t doing karaoke. Or, if you’re a wild party girl, but your friend want to have Afternoon Tea and an early night, then leave your comfort zone and go with it. The message here is: It’s about her, not about you. Which brings me on to my next point …
Channel your inner school teacher – Part 1
When you first contact your fellow hens, it’s a good idea to tell them what’s planned because in truth, no-one likes a nasty surprise. So if the hen wants to do an army assault course then let everyone know at the outset. That way, those who’d rather sit on a cactus all weekend can come up with an excuse and everyone is spared the embarrassment of 75-year old Great Aunt Ada gamely trying to clamber up a cargo net even though she and her new hip aren’t really up to it. I know I said to step out of your comfort zone, but if it’s too much you want people to bow out politely at the beginning.
If you can, give everyone an estimate of how much the hen do is likely to cost so they can start budgeting. If you all know where you stand from the start it means you’re less likely to get cancellations and the financial risk that comes with that, particularly if you’ve had to pay for accommodation up front.
If you’re organising payments, I’d recommend asking for £10 extra per person. That way you can get some basic supplies in if you’re self-catering, and any leftover can be used to start a kitty.
Now that you’ve decided what you’re doing, have a walk through the itinerary. This might seem unnecessary, but it’s worth trying to work out whether an 8pm departure time for the evening’s events is realistic (and by ‘realistic’, I mean, ‘have I got enough time to get ready?’). Don’t forget to include about 15 minutes ‘Faffing Time’ at regular intervals. Faffing Time is essential where groups are involved because getting side tracked seems to be the unwritten law, particularly as you move from one activity to the next.
I’ve been known to do a timetable so everyone knows where they have to be and when. It might seem like overkill, but answering the same question 13 times does get a bit taxing and everyone having their own information avoids this. I learnt this lesson the hard way, having to hot-foot it down 3 corridors and 2 flights of stairs three times whilst half-dressed as Mr. T.
And, they’re off!
Guest Blog contribution: Thanks go to Sarah Stephenson
I love cities ... they're full of interest and magic, come day or night.
Since I can remember, I've want to live in a warehouse apartment ... I love the sense of space, the industrial features and perhaps the opportunity to fill it with 'stuff' and it still be empty.
We've put together some inspiration for an urban wedding. Whether it be street food in a warehouse, a cosy dinner in your favourite restaurant or cocktails in an art gallery ... let your mind wander.
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