HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DREAM WEDDING VENUE

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You’ve probably been planning your wedding since you were five but now it’s time to do it for real.  How exciting!

Selecting a venue is the perfect place to start your wedding planning journey together as a newly engaged couple. Here are our top tips for finding the venue of your dreams.

Budget: Before setting your heart on a venue, make sure that it is within your budget. Wedding blog Bridal Guide recommends allocating no more than 50% of your total budget towards the venue. Before you commit, do some research on wedding directory websites such as hitched.co.uk and get a feel for similar venues for price comparisons.

Capacity:  It’s important to decide from the outset whether you want a large or more intimate wedding as this will affect your choice of venue and will also help narrow down the search. Remember, it is always easier to add people than try and take them away. We recommend starting with your core A list of guests and then, if there’s room, consider adding to it.

Location: Remember to think about how accessible it is for everyone attending. Do you want to host the ceremony and reception at the same venue and if not, how easy it is to travel from one venue to another? Are you providing the transport? Selecting a hotel wedding will give you the upper hand and offer you the space and the rooms for your guests at a reduced price so well worth considering this approach!

Visits: We recommend visiting at least 4 venues so that you can get a real feel for the space you’ll potentially be getting married in.  Once you think you have found your space, Rock My Wedding blog always recommends going back for a second visit before committing to a deposit.

Question time: Before making your final decision, we can’t emphasise enough the importance of asking as many questions as possible. Whenever a question pops into your head be sure to write it down so you don’t forget your query! The way the venue handle your questions will also give you a good indication as to how the event’s team will be able to assist you going forward.

Now all that is left is for you to check the venue’s availability, set the date and start planning. Good Luck!

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Wedding Cakexpectations

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The wedding cake is constantly evolving from the more traditional cake to a range of eye-catching modern alternatives including cupcakes, macaroons and even doughnuts. Well, it’s your big day so feel free to be as conventional or whacky as you like.

That said, according to Queen of Cakes, Nazish Ozmar vintage style wedding cakes are making a comeback this summer, featuring traditional lace designs to reflect the brides dress. Popular flavours include passion fruit, pistachio-cardamom and vanilla sponge with strawberry jam. However, if you don’t want to miss out on that bit of bling you can always sprinkle a mixture of edible gems to add that extra sparkle.

While cupcakes and macaroons have been fashionable for quite some time now, doughnuts have just arrived centre stage. Yes, your guests might think you’re nuts but doughnuts, like cupcakes, can be decorated to match your personality and themes. This can be anything from simple metallic colours to more intricate designs.
On the other hand, if you are trying to keep to a tight budget, a simple cake with a personalised cake topper can have just as much impact.

There is no getting away from it, the wedding cake plays an important picture perfect moment at your wedding day, so give yourself plenty of time to work closely with your venue or chosen wedding cake maker to ensure your cake lives up to expectations!

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Top 5 Tips to Personalise Your Wedding

 

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Looking for some unique twists and personal touches that both you and your guests will love to make your wedding day even more special? Here are our top 5 tips on how to personalise your wedding.

 

1. COCKTAIL CREATION
Come up with your own Mr and Mrs bespoke cocktail! Design a fruity fusion for all your guests to enjoy and incorporate both of your favourite flavours…only if they complement each other!

 

2. TABLE TALKING POINTS
There are a number of creative ways you can differentiate the tables while at the same time creating great talking points for guests. You could name your tables after places that are important to you both as a couple, meaningful dates or decorate with photos of you together.

 

3. BESPOKE BALLOONS
A great low-cost and fun way to put your own stamp on your wedding day. Simply add your names and the date. You could even keep some back for future anniversary parties!

 

4. TAILORED TOPPERS
There’s nothing better than having your very own figurines sitting at the summit of your wedding cake. Don’t just design them to look like you, they could also reflect your personalities – add a golf club to the groom and a painter’s palette to the bride!

 

5. PICTURE PLACE CARDS
To make your guests feel special while helping them find their seats, why not use a photo of them as a place card. It’s both fun and personal, plus it gives you the chance to pick from all sorts of embarrassing photos! Alternatively, you could assign everyone a picture of a cat or a dog – a great talking point as people sit down.

 

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5 Social Media Hacks for Your Wedding

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Planning a wedding is no walk in the park, especially with a full-time job. Challenges will come at you thick and fast, in the form of anything from an overbearing Mother to allergy ridden In-Laws.

 

Here’s how social media can help alleviate the stress…

 

1. SEARCH FOR SPECIALISTS
Where are you going to find the perfect photographer, florist and wedding cake? Easy. Use Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to search hashtags and connect with the specialists you like the look of. Follow and monitor to get an idea of what they can offer. Just don’t forget to also ask the venue’s wedding planners for their recommendations!

 

2. CREATE THE HASHTAG
Create your own wedding hashtag, then share it with friends and family and track everyone’s photos and status. Not only does this build excitement but it also acts as a digital diary on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook of the planning process and provides as a live feed of the day itself.

 

3. GROUP MESSAGES
With weddings there is always lots of travelling involved, some guests might even be attending from overseas. Facebook group messages make it easy to stay on top of everyone’s plans, connecting you together no matter how far away you are…or what time zone you’re in!

 

4. PINBOARDS
Pinterest is a great tool to gain some serious wedding inspiration from invitations and theming, to lighting and table cloths. If you’re feeling creative, there are loads of easy DIY tips and tricks that are perfect for your special day. You could even create a group pin board so your nearest and dearest can also share their thoughts…don’t worry they’ll know who has the final say!

 

5. EVENT PAGES
Facebook event pages are wonderfully simple for tracking RSVPs and adding details such as location, date and time. Whether it’s an engagement party, hen night or group shopping trip, creating a private event on Facebook is a nifty way to manage all the arrangements and easily keep track of updates with notifications.
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