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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

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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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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Don’t Let The Weather Spoil Your Day

With so many aspects that need planning for a wedding, there is one that the majority of couples seem to forget to include – the weather.   Don’t let the weather spoil your wedding day.

It is every bride’s dream to wake up on their wedding day with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine with no sign of wind or rain.  The seasons do dictate how the weather may look at a particular time of year but for those planning their weddings it is advisable to have a plan B in case of sudden showers or howling winds.

Your wedding day is not the time to have to think of alternatives or listen to an elderly relative complain that their feet are soaking wet.  Here are a few things you might need to rethink if the weather does take a turn for the worst.

Transport

If you are intending to have an open topped car or even a horse and carriage to take you to and from your wedding ceremony, have you considered a change in the weather might pose a problem?  We all know that a beautifully sunny day can quickly turn to a downpour and no bride should be caught out.

Options:  check to see what the policy is for bad weather with the company supplying your transport.  They probably have every eventuality covered.

Marquees

Marquees are a great idea, but not when the wind is howling through them and threatening to lift the whole thing into the air.  There is also the problem of a muddy walkway if the heavens have opened and this can become quite hazardous as day turns to night.

Options:  have some patio heaters on hand just in case but make sure they meet with the […]

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Top Five Wedding Flowers

When it comes to today’s weddings anything goes and that includes the wedding flowers.  With so many types of choose from the task to decide which flowers you should consider for your bouquets, the wedding ceremony and those that adorn the tables at your reception is not an easy one.

There are a handful of select flowers that seemed to have stood the test of time and remain just as popular now as they have been for decades.  We’ve put together a Top Five of Wedding Flowers that even the fussiest of brides-to-be would be happy with.
Roses
Roses are the epilogue of love and romance and which bride-to-be wouldn’t want one of the world’s favourite flower in her wedding bouquet.  Available in so many different colours, roses will add a touch of elegance to your special day.  Don’t forget the delicate fragrance that roses surround you with either.

Tulips
Tulips bring more than a touch of fun and cheer to any wedding day.  The range of colours available ensures there are no shortages of spectacular bouquets or table decoration ideas.  They can also be easily matched with your colour theme and as the focal point of your spring wedding.

 
Gerbera Daisies
Gerbera Daisies come in many colours and compared with other popular wedding flowers are a fashionable and affordable alternative.  That aside, they do add a touch of simplicity that every wedding should have.  Placed in a single flute vase as part of your table decoration leaves plenty of room to accompany them with colour co-ordinated candles.

 
Orchids
Orchids are the ultimate in exotic flowers and can be incorporated in all aspects of your day.  Not only do they add sophistication to a cascading shower bouquet but make breath-taking centrepieces at your reception.  […]

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Alternative Wedding Gift Ideas

Most couples thinking of getting married either have their own places or have already set up home together.  When they do decide to make their union official compiling a wedding gift list can seem like a nightmare.  Gone are the days of two toasters and a set of knives.  Newly married couples want to ensure no two gifts are the same and the gifts they receive are going to be put to good use.

This is where thinking outside the box comes in handy and here are five alternative wedding gift ideas that do just that.

 
Buy Our Honeymoon

Weddings are expensive and so are honeymoons.  Couples on a budget tend to skip over the honeymoon to ensure they have a wedding day to remember.  Guests can know come together to gift happy couples the chance of a honeymoon and this alternative wedding gift idea is becoming more and more popular.  No one likes to ask for cash and many feel this type of gift is far too impersonal – some close family members might wish to do things this way but not your work colleagues.  If you decide on this option details can be included with their wedding invitation and when it is time to send out thank you cards a picture from your honeymoon would make the perfect addition.

 
Donations

A lot of celebrities ask their guests to make donations to their chosen charities instead of worrying about a wedding gift.  Just because you are not in the same circle as them does not mean you cannot ask the same of your guests.  Some couples feel sharing their big day is enough of a wedding gift for them.  If you do decide to ask guests to make donations […]

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Something old, something new ……

For many, the first line of this traditional rhyme, brings to mind a bride on her wedding day.  But what does it actually mean for the bride herself?

The belief is a bride who wishes to bring good luck to her wedding and impending marriage life should incorporate these four; old, new, borrowed, blue into her day.  But like any bride knows, wedding plans can become an endless list of ideas, and the thought of adding four more fills them with panic.

Don’t worry Lyme Bay Field Kitchen have it all under control and our latest blog post includes an explanation into the meaning of this rhyme and ideas for brides-to-be to consider.  We have also dedicated one of our Pinterest boards to The Four ‘Somethings’  and is full of fabulous ideas, fantastic images and places to shop.

 
Something Old
Wearing something old represents the link between the bride and her family.  Particularly with her mother and grandmother, and is a symbol of continuity.  So brides-to-be should start asking their mother or grandmother if they have any antique jewellery they could possibly wear on their wedding day.  If either still have their wedding gowns, maybe something from that could be used on your own dress – say the veil?  Other ideas include a hankerchief, a pretty scarf or a piece of antique lace.

 
Something New
Something new is the easiest of the four ‘somethings’ to achieve as most brides do make their wedding dress the ‘something new’ on their big day.  Wearing something new represents good luck and success.  As a bride walks down the aisle she is filled with hopes that a bright future lays ahead.  It also reflects the new union that the bride and her new husband […]

West Country Wedding Venues – Somerset

Time for the second part of our four part special that focuses on a small collection of Wedding Venues across the Black Country, and next on our list is Somerset.  We have included links to all the wedding venues featured and would recommend you do check out their website to see what each individual wedding venue has to offer.

Almonry Barn

For couples who want to add an extra touch of history to their big day, The Almonry Barn has 800 years’ worth and could definitely be classed as a ‘one of a kind’ wedding venue.  The barn, once part of a beautiful abbey, can be found in the medieval village of Muchelney and is believed to be the oldest wedding barn in England.  Considered a relatively new wedding venue in the heart of Somerset, The Almonry Barn is a combination of stylish and rustic elegance and full of quirky and interesting touches that will make any wedding day extra special.

More details about Almonry Barn and how to book your wedding can be found on their website.  You will also find lots more breath-taking images of how your wedding might look if you decide Almonry Barn is where you want to get married.

Kilver Court

Hidden away in the English countryside, Kilver Court, is the only place to exchange wedding vows if you are thinking of having an ‘al fresco’ wedding.  This unique wedding venue, with its combination of elegant rooms and romantic gardens, will not disappoint.

Known as The Secret Gardens of Somerset, the romantic gardens at Kilver Court, with their formal parterre, carefully tended rockeries, mellow mill pond and breath-taking viaduct, would allow for some beautiful memories to be captured on camera.  If you decide to continue celebrating […]