Revealed! How To Choose Your Wedding Venue

When you are planning your wedding, the venue is one of the biggest decisions that you will make when you are engaged. No pressure, right? So it can be a good idea to look into it as soon as you can. From your venue, a lot of other things are decided. The date of your wedding being one of them. You can’t pick a date for your wedding unless there is a venue that is available on that day. There can be so many choices to choose from. So unless there is a dream destination that you have always wanted, where do you start? Here is a quick guide to help you to decide.


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One of the first things to do is to decide on the type of wedding that you’d like. It is your day after all. From there, along with the budget that you have available, it can often determine the kind of location that you’ll have. If you have a quite low budget, and you want a boho or quite chilled out wedding, then an outdoor space seems to be the best option to fit. If you want to be a princess for a day and have a more extravagant budget, then a hotel or manor house would seem like a more natural fit.


So wedding style and budget do need to be decided first. If you’re not sure of the things you need to take into account when it comes to wedding budget, then this article could be quite useful: You’ll probably need to use most of your budget (and wedding planning time) to the venue. This is simply because there are so many factors that it involves, like decorations, table centerpieces, and, of course, the ceremony.


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The guests need to be thought of next. How many will there be? Unless you’ve always wanted quite a small and intimate wedding, then the budget is a factor that could determine how many guests you can allow. So do bear that in mind. If you’ve always wanted a large wedding, or you and your partner have both got large families, then a country house or a banquet hall venue like could be a good idea. More intimate gatherings could be a small church and church hall, or a beach or outdoor wedding.

Creating A Wedding Day That Your Guests Will Remember Forever

It seems that often, there are two types of people when it comes to weddings. There are those couples who want a private, intimate affair – sometimes the kind of ceremony when only the immediate family are in attendance, or maybe no actual guests at all. Then, there are those couples who long for a big, flashy wedding, with lots of friends and family around to see them say the words ‘I do’. If you fall into the latter category, you probably see your wedding as just as much about your loved ones as you do about your partner. After all, it’s a chance for everyone to come together and enjoy a great big party, and the opportunity to catch up with people they maybe haven’t seen for a while. But a large majority of your guests will probably have been to many weddings before yours – so what can you do to make your big day stand out among your guests?


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Have a theme

Okay, so themed weddings either make you jump for joy or make you cringe until you can cringe no more. But whatever camp you sit in, there is always a way to tie a theme into your wedding day in a way that suits you. It is a great way to grab your guest’s attention and from the outset you know it will be a wedding to remember. You can go as full on or as subtle as you like depending on your own personal tastes. For example, if you are a huge lover of Disney but don’t want your wedding day to be taken over by princesses, fairies and flying elephants, you can inject your theme in a more muted manner. This could be by wearing some Disney inspired jewelry, or even naming your tables after famous films.


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Deliver the goods when it comes to the food

Wedding catering is notorious for being typically poor – but many highbrow companies have seen this gap in the market and have seized it with both hands. Browse the market to find reputable  catering services for events and weddings that may be able to help you feed the masses on your big day. Weddings are very long days in themselves, especially for your guests that attend both the ceremony and the reception – so make sure you have some good food and drink on offer to help replenish them!


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An amazing venue

They say it’s not about where you are, it’s who you’re with. While this is certainly true for many occasions, on your wedding day, it’s only natural to want to have a great venue at your disposal. Obviously, most people are limited in where exactly they can pick for their wedding as location is usually the prime factor. But, as venues are typically the most expensive part of the wedding package, you need to make sure you get it right. Stately homes and castles are pricey but provide a stunning backdrop to your special day – or why not go quirky by getting married on a boat or outdoors?

Avoid Stress When Putting Together Your Big Day

Planning the perfect wedding can be more than just a little stressful. It can have us at the brink of pulling our hair out and if things don’t come together on the day, it could lead to tears ruining the very expensive makeover that was executed perfectly for the day.


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Getting married is supposed to be one of the most special and important days of your life, but it’s often also remembered for being one of the most stressful. That doesn’t just include stressing on the day either… oh no, the stress can last for months and possibly even years in the build up towards the big day in an attempt to make sure everything turns out EXACTLY how you planned it to be in your wedding scrapbook


But ladies, in case you didn’t know, it doesn’t actually have to be that stressful at all! Here are some of the top tips to making sure your day runs as smoothly as it should do.


  1. Consider paying people to do it all for you

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If you really don’t cope well with stress, the last thing you need to be doing is planning your own wedding. Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t mean that you can’t help shape up your wedding day – in fact, you will make all the final decisions and it will still be exactly how you want it to be. You can instruct your wedding planner on absolutely everything – from what flowers and music you want in the actual ceremony to what food is served and how many glasses of wine are on the house to guests. They will also have all the best contacts for entertainment, bridal attire and hospitality services.


  1. Have everything in one place


It is stressful having to pick a place to tie the knot, a place to get the photos done and then a place to have the reception. One way to stop yourself from getting stressed and being bombarded by numerous calls is to pick a single location to do it all. There are so many hotels that offer package deals and that way, you’ll get it all cheaper as you won’t be having to pay separate companies and so on.


This is also a good idea because it means transportation is so much easier for your guests. It’s all very well turning up to your wedding in a horse and carriage or supercar, but parking is essential for your guests as they’ll likely have travelled from all over the place to be there for your big day.


  1. Share the load with your hubby to be

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Women are often labelled as being nightmare brides in the lead up to their wedding. It’s a running joke amongst people that women want THEIR day to be perfect and everything has to be done THEIR way, with THEIR decisions being the only ones that count. But that’s certainly not the case. There are lots of soon to be grooms out there who want to have their input into day just as much the bride. There are responsibilities you can leave to the groom such as catering, getting the suits for the men sorted and whatever else he might want to get involved in.

Planning Your Wedding: What You Can Leave To The Groom

If you are preparing for your upcoming nuptials, you will know just how stressful it can be to organise a wedding. You only have a few people you trust to help you out with it – you know, people who just ‘get’ what you want your big day to be like. If you are anything like most women, that small list of people will probably include your husband to be. After all, how can you expect someone who still doesn’t use the laundry bin, to organise a wedding?! But, by getting your fiance involved you could actually save yourself a tonne of work – and help him gain a sense of accomplishment too. So what exactly can you leave to the groom, and what is it best that you stick to organising?


The catering

You might think that is a risky thing to leave your groom to sort out. But, as long as you chat to him about it first and impose some guidelines, there’s no reason why he can’t arrange the catering for your wedding. Plus, men like food – chances are he’ll be better at organising this side of the wedding rather than the decor! Encourage him to read reviews of local companies and chefs just to ensure that there aren’t any horror stories lurking anywhere. If you both love a certain cuisine, ask him to look at companies that specialise in that certain food. Leaving your man to organise the food will free up plenty of your time, so you can focus on other aspects of your big day.


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The suits

When it comes to suits for the groom and his groomsmen, you might think you know better than them – especially if you help your partner with his clothes shopping on a regular basis. But this is one occasion where it is best if you leave it to him to sort out. The most important thing is that your groom feels comfortable and confident in what he wears on his wedding day. If you are hovering over the fitting, he may feel pressured to buy something that he thinks YOU will like instead. Plus, fittings are always supervised by an expert, who will be able to help you man choose the perfect suit. Suit fittings are also a bit of a groomsmen tradition, so it is best to let them have their boys time together!


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The bridesmaid dresses

We’ve all seen the television show ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’, where the groom organises the ENTIRE wedding; including picking the bridesmaid dresses. Even if your man is a pretty dapper guy, he’s fairly unlikely to know much about women’s clothing. It is definitely better to follow your female intuition and  choose your bridesmaid dresses with your girls in mind. You will be able to understand how they will fit and fall on a female body much more than your groom would be able to.


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The finishing touches

In many cases, it is actually better to delegate some of the ‘bigger’ tasks for the wedding to your groom. This is because typically, men pay less attention to detail than women, especially when it comes to weddings. Your groom may overlook certain things to do with your wedding that might not seem huge, but that will certainly make a difference to the day. For example, he could forget to organise any flowers for decoration, or place names for the wedding dinner. If you have a very clear idea of the individual details you want to make your wedding special, it is best to organise these yourself.


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Designing Your Wedding – Where Does It Start?

If you’ve just announced your engagement, then you’re ready to start planning your wedding! There is a lot to organize. You may have a scrapbook or a few bride magazines already. Putting ideas together is quite tricky, though. There are so many beautiful ideas and so many incredible designers. So how can you start to find the ideas that will work for your wedding? It can certainly be a struggle to get started with designing a whole wedding.

One of the easiest ways to begin is to agree on a theme. It may be a period like Victorian, the 1960s or Contemporary. Or you might choose a single color to tie in all the elements of your wedding. A period will usually determine shapes and styles. A color will give you more freedom to be quite eclectic in your choices of designs for the wedding.

Once you’ve made a decision, you can start with the invitations. Wedding invites provide a kind of teaser for the wedding. It gives your guests a preview of what to expect at your big event. You might make the color you’ve chosen prominent. Or maybe you can use fonts and shapes to help identify the style or period you have selected for your wedding. Even the language on the cards could be a part of it!


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Your dress is one of the biggest design elements of your wedding. What you are wearing should sum up your entire theme on its own. If you’re after a 1920’s theme, you may have chosen a shorter length with bonnet true to a ‘flapper girl’ style. If you’re keen to adopt a more contemporary theme, perhaps you will choose a dress in a theme color rather than white? There are so many options, but it’s good to stay true to your design right down to the dress.

A color theme such as blue or gold can be seen in every part of your wedding. The wedding dress may have colored stitching, hem trim, or sash waist. The chair coverings may be entirely one color, or finished with colored bows from your theme. Even the cake can be decorated with icing flowers of your chosen color. Buttonholes, centerpieces, and your bouquet can all feature this beautiful color.

Your design may also include a particular pattern or shape. This can easily be sewn into your wedding dress by a competent dressmaker. It may feature on your table cloths and napkins. Perhaps the shape can be formed from the flowers in your bouquet or centerpieces? This same shape may be a part of the design of your wedding ring too. It may all have been inspired by your engagement ring! It truly can start from anywhere.

Coming up with a design isn’t essential to get married. But it does mean that you can have a completely unique day that you have created. What better way to exercise your creative talents? Of course, if you are designing your own wedding, make sure your photographer captures every element of your big day. Have a beautiful customized wedding of your own design.

Do I need a wedding planner? A Simple Checklist

Some people assume that a wedding planner is only for the rich and famous. However, a professional wedding planner can not only create the magical day you are hoping for, but save you money too.

An objective person to help plan your wedding, a wedding planner will also take a lot of the stress and aggravation away from organising such a big day, sticking with what you want and making sure they deliver.

With wedding planning a growing and thriving industry, more people are choosing to complete NCC Home Learning’s Wedding Planner Course to help organise their own wedding but finding a lucrative career too.


But, how do you know if you need a wedding planner?

You want to hire a wedding planner

For many people, it is an obvious choice. With both of you busy working full time and all the other commitments you have, taking on such a big job as planning your wedding right down to the nuts and bolts of the big day seems like an impossible task.

Having someone who can complete everything to your specifications, wants, needs and budgets is something that you want to happen. With wedding planner courses being popular, it is no longer difficult to find a qualified planner within your price range either.

You need to hire a wedding planner

Organising a wedding, whether it is a huge affair with several hundred guests or a small, intimate one, can be a test of not only organisational skills but relationships too. Having someone there who is undoubtedly ‘on your side’, understands what you want and how to go about getting it, is surely something every couple needs when planning their big day.

Thus, if you are in panic mode you need a wedding planner more than you think:

  • You are way behind on the schedule

Many people assume that a wedding planner needs to be engaged right at the start of the process, little realising that a wedding planner can come on board at any point in the planning process.

In order for everything to be done in time, you need a schedule and a plan of action of who is doing what and when. If this schedule starts to slip, all those must-haves will turn into ‘if you can…’. If you are this point, look for someone who has completed various wedding planner courses and call them. Now.

  • You work full time

Time is short. There are times when you will need to meet with suppliers and so on which, when you work Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 can be very difficult. And in all honesty, you don’t have to meet everyone in person. Having a wedding planner meet the caterers and ensure that they can deliver what you need, within budget, is something that they do on a daily basis, almost.

  • Destination wedding

Some couples marry ‘on their doorstep’, that is, in their own town. This can be easier to organise as you are familiar with the area, suppliers and so on. When you choose to have a destination wedding, either abroad or at home, it means you are attempting to organise a wedding in a place where you don’t know any suppliers etc.

Choosing a wedding planner local to the area means that you get the best advice, suggestions and service.

  • Personality conflicts

As much as weddings bring people together, the planning and organising of the big day can be anything but harmonious. With everyone wanting a slice of the action, and their importance to the bride and groom visible to all, it can make for a rocky road. Or a tedious journey of constant compromise and diplomacy.

If you see the potential for this to happen – or it has already started – don’t allow yourself to be bogged down. Professionals with wedding planner courses under their belt will understand how to diffuse a situation, as well as maintaining their focus on what you want (and don’t want).

  • Planning and organising fills you with dread

There is no harm in admitting that organising, planning, schedules and so on are not your thing. If this is the case, why make yourself unhappy, uncomfortable and stressed before your big day?

Working with a wedding planner can take all the stress out of planning your big day so when your wedding morning arrives, you are fresh, happy and anticipate the day, rather than dreading something going wrong.

A wedding planner can be worth hiring for all kinds of reasons, from saving you money to taking the weight and strain of organising the minutiae off your shoulders.

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