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Personal Dinner Parties

Hosting a dinner party for friends and family can make for a memorable and entertaining evening – after all, it’s great to get together with your loved ones.  While you may be keen to take the reins of the event, to prepare and deliver food to your guests, why not consider offering them a real twist to the traditional dinner party – by hiring one of our professional chefs to cater for your private event?

For a minimum of ten guests, Lyme Bay can provide staff, know-how and menus for no matter who or why you are hosting – we pride ourselves on a real personal touch to our dinner parties and our chefs are experts in catering to a wide range of different needs and events.

Adding a touch of class!

 If you’re new to hosting for dinner, our party meal service is guaranteed to leave a memorable first impression on your guests!  Imagine hosting a sumptuous and sophisticated five-course meal in your own home – without having to lift a finger!  If you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to get the family together, Lyme Bay can help create a real evening to remember.

Where do I start?

 Hiring Lyme Bay for your dinner party is simple – we’ll simply ask you a few questions at the start of the process and ensure that we have everything to your liking before we get started.  Once you’ve completed our short questionnaire, we’ll offer you a number of our available packages and menus for you to choose from, along with our pricing.

Who do you cater for?

 Anybody and everybody!  Providing that you are looking to host within the South West, let us know the date and the location and we’ll […]

By |June 11th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Personal Dinner Parties
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Research Your Perfect Wedding

Planning a wedding can take over your every minute and lose that wonderful experience feeling very quickly if it all becomes too much.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  With a little research before any possibilities have made it on to the list of finalists the planning process can remain an occasion to enjoy.  You might need a little help from your friends and family but we doubt that not many of them will be turning down the chance to be part of the preparations.  So where do you start with the research?

Research #1 – Wedding Fairs

Wedding Fairs are the perfect event to attend if you have a wedding to plan and a lot of them are generally held at a fancy hotel or wedding venue.  So whilst you check out the smaller details you can also check out a possible venue – now that sounds like a great idea for a busy bride-to-be!  Don’t feel that you have to limit yourself to just one or two as it is always wise to get a few ideas from various places, but on the other hand, don’t tire yourself out and end up dreading the words Wedding Fairs.

Research #2 – Wedding Magazines

Before you go rushing off to the shops and clear the shelves of all the latest wedding magazines, why not ask around.  Magazines have a habit of being hard to get rid of and if you’re lucky they might just be of use to you.  Backdated magazines can also be found at boot sales at a reduced price to if you are trying to keep your budget down.  Once you have a good selection of magazines then you can start putting together a […]

By |March 29th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Research Your Perfect Wedding
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Top Five Possible Wedding Disasters

One thing that a bride and groom does not want as part of their wedding day is a disaster.  But what could possibly go wrong with all the preparation you have done?  We’ve got a Top Five possibly wedding disasters and some tips on how to avoid them altogether (or almost).

1.  The bride or groom gets the giggles.

You know how it is if one person starts laughing, but what happens if it is the bride or groom who are in the middle of taking their vowels.  If you or your partner do have a name that has the potential for a little bit of hysteria then it is probably a good idea to practice saying this until the hilarity is removed.  Obviously some people do giggle when they are nervous and this cannot be helped but if that is you, try and take some deep breaths and focus on how lovely it will be to walk back down the aisle as husband and wife.

2.  One of the wedding party faints.

Being part of the wedding party can be nerve-wracking and it is no wonder so many people tend to faint on the big day.  Not only do the nerves get the better of you, but for some they have skipped breakfast, or been up for hours and their body is running low on energy.  Try and make sure that all wedding party members have at least had something before they head to the ceremony.  Nominate the least likely person to faint (but not the bride and groom as they may be a little tied up) and equip them with some energy bars and bottled water for emergencies.

3.  The bride takes a tumble.

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By |March 18th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Top Five Possible Wedding Disasters

Nails Fit For A Bride

There are so many ‘little extras’ that a bride-to-be needs to think about when it comes to her big day and one of those ‘little extras’ is her nails.  Don’t forget they often get a close up of their own and they have to camera ready.

But what is the best route to success?  There are few measures that brides-to-be can take to make sure those nails look more than a little photogenic.

Gel Nails

Gel manicures have become one of the most popular trends in the last couple of years and can last for at least two weeks, and in some cases three.  Good points include the almost immediate drying time, top coat is chip and smudge proof, and the overall effect is amazing.  But with every good point there has to be a bad and with gel manicures it has to be the restriction of colour choice and we don’t mean the range of colours to choose from.  There are so many colours that brides-to-be can pick but they are not only limited by their wedding day but the days, and weeks after.  What might look great on your wedding day might not necessarily look good on your honeymoon, or doing the weekly shop.

False Nails

Like gel manicures, false nails offer a wide range of choices, both in colour and design for a bride-to-be.  These can be done either in a salon or at home dependent on budget and time and look fantastic in front of the camera lens.  But what are the downsides of false nails?  There is a risk that the nails will come lose during the day or evening and fall off leaving a very bare nail underneath for all to see.  Keeping spare […]

By |February 28th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Nails Fit For A Bride
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Five ‘Alternative Flowers’ Ideas

Not every bride is a fan of flowers and will be looking for ‘alternative flowers’ ideas that look just as beautiful as the bouquet she will be walking down the aisle with.  But are they easy to find?  Most if not all of the five quirky alternative to flowers that we will be talking about can be attempted by a crafty bride or if that isn’t an option there are plenty of ‘crafties’ out there eager to get their hands on a project like these.

Unlike real flowers, these bouquets can and do last forever and would not look out of place on display along with a bride and groom photograph.  Each would also impress guests who have only ever seen flower bouquets (real or artificial) and give future brides alternative ideas of their own.  These quirky alternative to flowers do not have to be limited to the bride only and can include the bridesmaid, buttonholes and even the table decorations.

So let’s take a closer look at the five quirky alternative flowers:
#1 Alternative Flowers – Buttons

This is a great option and can be co-ordinated perfectly with your colour theme and can be of varying sizes and designs.  They are also a great project for those D-I-Y brides who wish to keep to their budget or have as much control over their big days as they can.

#2 Alternative Flowers – Paper

Bouquets made from paper are becoming more and more popular and there are endless ideas if this is the one you decide to go for.  Why not have your favourite song or piece of poetry, or even your wedding vowels written on the paper to add a little something special to the day.

#3 Alternative Flowers – Fabric

If […]

By |February 14th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Five ‘Alternative Flowers’ Ideas

Poetry for Weddings

Wedding poetry can be whatever you wish them to be and it does not have to be limited to only being read aloud during the ceremony.  They are intended to convey the importance a good marriage can have on a happy life, the joining of two souls to create one, and (what all newly-weds wish for) a lifetime of happiness filled with love, laughter and lasting memories.

Short poems could accompany your wedding invitations like the one below:
The Finest Thing

Among the finest things in life,
a good marriage
is the most satisfying and rewarding,
the deepest and best of pleasures.
That blessed relationship
uplifts, enriches, encourages
and strengthens both husband and wife.
A loving marriage
overcomes any obstacles
the world may put in its way,
strengthening the special marital bond
with every challenge conquered.
Your wedding
is the start of something better
than you can imagine.
May your marriage
be all that you dream of and more.

(By Joanna Fuchs)

Or maybe you would prefer something of just a few lines, like a haiku (a Japanese lyric form) that sums up the day. Why not ask your guests to put a few words together and create a haiku – you could get them to write in a specially provided book that you can keep.  What a great way to entertain your guests too and to give you an idea of what a haiku might look like we have included this short but sweet one. Can you guess which part of the day this is all about?

I Do

Fleeting glimpse of white.

Here comes the bride – all stand.

Do you take? I do!

(By S Tyler)

During the wedding ceremony or as part of one or both of the couple’s vows a poem that focuses on marriage such as the one below could be included.  Not only does it […]

By |January 30th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Poetry for Weddings
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Hello Honeymoon!

The honeymoon destination is just as important as the plans for the wedding day and gives the happy couple another chance to celebrate their union – but in style.  Imagine if, after a fabulous wedding day, you turn up to your honeymoon destination and it does not live up to your expectations.  That happy bubble you arrived with will quickly disappear and turn into a black cloud that follows you around for the remainder of the trip.  We don’t want that to happen to any couple.

We have come up with four honeymoon destinations that gives couples the choice between the beach, the casinos, the high seas and the slopes.

Honeymoon #1 – Las Vegas, USA

This honeymoon destination is not just all about the casinos and for those couples who want to enjoy every last minute it is also a place that never sleeps.  You even get the chance to ‘travel the world’ without going anywhere near an airport with the choice of a boat trip along the Nile, a climb up the Eiffel Tower or a gondola ride along a Venetian canal.  Why not do all three and add a trip to the great outdoors just a stone’s throw away from the famous Strip.  There is also a variety of gourmet restaurants and sensational residency shows on offer too.

Honeymoon #2 – St Moritz, Switzerland

For those couples who prefer the sight of snow covered slopes over clear blue waters then this is the place to head to after your big day.  This winter resort is the oldest in the world when it comes to sports and where better to spend your honeymoon than the place that has hosted some big named events including two Winter Olympics.  Situated […]

By |January 15th, 2015|blog|Comments Off on Hello Honeymoon!
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Save The Date

There was a time that a wedding invitation was all that was sent to guests to let them know the time, place and date of an upcoming wedding.  But with many couples choosing to tie the knot away from their hometowns save the date cards have started to fly off the shelves and are one of the first things to be decided upon.  Are they worth sending?

That does depend on several factors.

If your wedding is not for another twelve months or more than it is probably a good idea to send a save the date to let your guests know there is only one place they should be on that date.  It is also great for guests who maybe travelling a far distance or even from abroad to attend and gives them plenty of time to source flights, accommodation and some free time before and after the wedding.  For weddings that are going to be held abroad this will also give those coming with you enough time to sort out their arrangements to either travel directly to the destination or first travel to you and then onto the destination.  These types of bookings are a little more complicated than a package holiday and the more time you give guests to sort out what they need to do the better.  They may also need to start saving some pennies too!

This will also help other couples who might also be planning their own big day and avoid guests invited to both weddings having to choose which one to go to.  You want them to attend both and so do they.

Another reason to give them a thought is if your date will coincide with the popular holiday periods […]

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Five Winter Cover-Ups

For those brides getting married in the winter months, ensuring that you don’t catch a cold before you even walk down the aisle is a must.  But what goes with a wedding dress?

Below we have five winter cover-ups that might sound like a recipe for disaster but in reality are the perfect cover-ups to keep the exposed parts of your upper body warm.  We’re guessing the lower parts of your body will be just fine with all those layers of lovely material.  Just remember it is only going to be a couple of short bursts of winter weather that you will step in and out of and for the journeys by car there are some lovely wedding throws available.

Cropped Jacket

There is no reason why a bride cannot add a jacket to her wedding outfit.  In fact some dresses will come with the option of a winter jacket that matches perfectly.  Cropped jackets do not have to match, they can be in whatever colour or style that you like.  Great options include faux fur, lace, satin and silk cropped jackets in creams, whites, pastel pinks and blues and even black and grey.

Cropped Cardigans

If you think wearing a jacket is too much hassle why not opt for a petite cropped cardigan instead.  There are so many available that even the fussiest of brides will be inundated by choices.  Why not try and match the colour of your cardigan with your flowers, shoes or wedding theme.

Denim Jacket

The denim jacket might seem like an odd choice but have you ever seen a woman wearing a beautiful dress teamed with a bit of denim?  How does it look?  Most would say a great combination so why not on your winter […]

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A Year of Posts

Can you believe that 12 months has gone passed since our wedding focused blog went live and began sharing fun but informative posts for soon-to-be married couples.  So what better way to celebrate this one year milestone than by taking a look back at the delights planning a wedding can bring.

Things didn’t really take off until the start of 2014 – we blame that on the Christmas festivities and some pesky pc problems – with just a couple of taster posts to whet the appetite of wedding lovers in October 2013.  The first focused on the rise of Shabby Chic Weddings with some great additional images on the dedicated Pinterest board.  Then it was the turn of the Wood Fired Pizza and one that will have you dreaming about the way these types of pizza smell, look and taste – delizioso!

The beginning of 2015 let us take a look at the latest trend in weddings – The Unusual Wedding Theme – as well as a few dessert options to finish with after your main course.  In the short West Country series we took a look at a number of breathtakingly beautiful wedding venues, which colour belongs in which season, the wedding favours that your guests would be more than happy to go home with and the song that will be the one you take your first dance too.

Moving into the summer season there was a mixture of posts that covered the topic of alternative wedding gifts for those newlyweds who have already set up home together, which flowers brides across the country prefer to be holding as they walk down the aisle and the cake that should take centre stage after the bride and groom.  […]