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What To Look For On Your First Venue Visit

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you can begin planning your big day – the day when everyone you love and care about come together and celebrates the love you and your partner have for each other and the commitment and promises you make to each other.

Your wedding day is so special, and no one plans on doing it more than once. So make sure that you make it perfect for you. There is no need to get into debt over your wedding day, nor do you have to conform to conventions and traditions you don’t like. If you don’t want a white dress and three-hundred guests – then don’t have that! It’s your day and you should be completely happy and comfortable.

The biggest part of the planning is often the venue – you might be having a religious ceremony before hand, or you might have everything in one place. Either way, where you eat and dance and toast the night away is going to require more planning and probably a bigger budget – so make sure you get the right place! Here’s some things to consider when choosing a venue…

What To Look For On Your First Venue Visit | UK Lifestyle Blog

The size

How many guests are you having? Do you need space for a band or a DJ? Is the enough space outside for guests to mingle? The size of the venue is the first thing you need to think about – too small and it will be cramped and overheated, too big and the space will feel half empty. Take into account the size of your dress weaving between tables – if you’re going to be going full ball gown you may need a wider walkway.

The rooms available

If you’re doubling up your ceremony and reception venue then see what the different rooms are like for the two halves of the event. You will also need to look at any rooms that are included in the wedding package if you’re booking at an inn, hotel, like The Grand Hotel, or renting something like a manor or stately home. The honeymoon suite is often a given, but there are sometimes extra rooms included for the bridal party getting ready and for close family members. Out of the package there might also be a discount your guests can get on rooms.

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What To Look For On Your First Venue Visit | UK Lifestyle Blog

The check in/out times

Are you planning on being at the venue the night before, or are you checking in on the day? And what time do you need to clear out the day after? As the bride and groom you might not have to do any clearing up – you can easily make your family do it – but you do need to know by what time you need to have everything out of there.

The menu

Good food is so important to a good night. Plus, you need to know any dietary requirement changes the caterers are able to make. Your venue might not have resident caterers – and that’s something you need to know straight away seeing as that will be an extra cost you need to budget for if you’re going to choose that particular venue. And on top of all that – you need to actually like your wedding menu.

2018-03-29T13:37:52+00:00 March 28, 2018|Weddings|

Spring Forward with these Stylish Decor Tips (Bedroom Sneak Peek!)

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll spend your time in the warmer weather. Maybe you’ll make room in your schedule to get outdoors or perhaps you’ll start regularly waking up early to do a little more exercising. These are just a couple of things I’m aiming to do now that the weather is slowly beginning to warm up. It’s just a year until our wedding and I should really start working on getting fit. 

Spring isn’t just about getting outside though, just as importantly, you should consider the ways that you can update your home for the season. It doesn’t require a lot of planning (or a large investment) to incorporate new spring décor. We’ve recently decorated our bedroom with fresh bedding, cushions and a few extra luxuries. Thinking of giving your bedroom a little TLC? Here’s how we prepared our room our Spring, and you can too!

Spring Forward with these Stylish Decor Tips (Bedroom Sneak Peek!) | UK Lifestyle BlogFlorabundance tulip vase c/o Dartington Crystal

Bring the Fresh Blooms

April showers bring May flowers. The saying shouldn’t only apply to the great outdoors — bring it inside, too. Fill your home with the sweet scent of fresh flowers from your local farmers’ market or grocery store. Arrange the posies in simple clear glass vases and place them on the coffee table, atop your bedroom dresser or in the center of the kitchen table. If you’re aiming for more of a rustic-chic look, then opt for mason jars or milk glass vases instead of the clear glass, which will bring some texture and dimension.

Add a Dash of Greenery

If fresh blossoms don’t work with your current design scheme or you don’t want to put out the cash to refresh the bouquets every week or two, there’s an eco-friendly and budget-friendly alternative: buy a houseplant. Try a hardy plant if you don’t have much of a green thumb, like a succulent or a spider plant. These plants are virtually impossible to kill, even with little regular care, and the bright hues they bring will make anyone who enters your home feel as though they’re stepping directly into spring.

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Employ Unexpected Garnishes

Planning to throw a dinner party this spring? Throw your guests for a delightful loop when you skip the standard place setting and add an unexpected pop of color with a fresh garnish, like a radish. Tie together your guests’ rolled-up napkins with twine and insert a single plump, garden-plucked radish to spice up the otherwise simple plate. You’ll get bonus points if you also find a way to incorporate radishes into the springtime salad or an appetizer.

Refresh Your Colour Scheme

As the shades of Mother Earth transition from dreary winter hues to vibrant spring colors, so should the décor inside of your home. Find ways to introduce new colors into your living room, bedroom or kitchen. Try fresh color combos such as a peachy orange with a rich chocolate brown and a soft shade of ivory. If you want to make more of a statement, try bringing together pieces in shades of hot pink, burnt orange and bright white. If you prefer quieter colors, go for dandelion, dove gray and aqua instead.

Spring Forward with these Stylish Decor Tips (Bedroom Sneak Peek!) | UK Lifestyle BlogMetalic gold cushion and Mongolian fur with suede back cushion c/o Barker & Stonehouse

DIY Modern Farmhouse Frames

With the growing popularity of the modern farmhouse design style, you might already be jones-ing to add a barn door to your closet. But in lieu of major home renovations, you can frame a few floral prints or photos of your friends and family in pieces of décor that you craft yourself. Lattice frames replicate the intricate woodwork of outdoor lattices, which naturally evoke spring given that their sole purpose is to support plants as they reach toward the clear blue sky, especially during the spring months.

Enlist Easter-y Elements

Spring is also the season when the Easter Bunny hops into town, so it makes sense to bring a bit of Easter decor into your home. Have you already dyed a dozen eggs in honor of the Easter season? Then you’re halfway to creating a fun, colorful centerpiece. Simply layer the dyed eggs inside of a large glass vase with a few green fronds to create a nature-inspired work of art.

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Are you a bigger fan of candy eggs than the real thing? In that case, create a foundation out of the colorful, foil-wrapped eggs by scattering them inside of a rectangular tray. Then add your favorite Easter blooms, planted in short vases that match the tray or artfully contrast it. Nestle them into the base of candy Easter eggs and let your guests snack on the centerpiece the next time you entertain this spring.

With so many springtime décor ideas to try, you’ll never run out of fresh and new ways to make over your home this season. Start by sprucing up your dining room table with a vase full of vibrant Easter eggs, adding a simple bouquet of your favorite May flowers to the coffee table or revamping the color palette in your bedroom. These small decorative changes will create a large artistic impact without much investment or effort on your part, so they’re well worth a try before spring melts into summer.

2018-03-29T15:31:43+00:00 March 23, 2018|Home Decor|

5 Ways To Have An Outdoor Wedding

Your wedding is the most important day of your life, and it is a day which you will want to make sure is special for everyone involved. The most popular time of the year for weddings is the summer, and many people will plan their wedding in a huge stately home or cathedral for their family to enjoy. However, when it is warm and sunny outside, it seems a shame to be stuck inside for the day, doesn’t it? The good thing is there are lots of ways you can enjoy a wedding outdoors during the warmer months, and here are just some of the ways you can do it.

5 Ways To Have An Outdoor Wedding | UK Lifestyle Blog

Naked Wedding

Don’t panic, we don’t mean literally naked! A naked wedding is a type of wedding celebration which basically involves everything natural. This is a popular wedding amongst millennial and is a stunning way to get married the simple way. All you will need is a place in the great outdoors to tie the knot, some simple decorations and flowers (for example here), and a naked wedding cake. It is a way to show that love doesn’t need fancy venues or lots of money to be spent, it can be just as beautiful under an arch of flowers and an aisle lined with tea lights.

Have A Backup

Outdoor weddings are amazing in the summertime, but of course, you can never count on the weather to do exactly what you want on the big day. One great solution to this is having a marquee like Fews Marquees just in case the rain does pour down. Even if it doesn’t rain you have a fun place to dance when the sun sets!

5 Ways To Have An Outdoor Wedding | UK Lifestyle Blog

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Get Hitched At The Zoo

There are many different places you can tie the knot, and we are sure you’ve heard of people getting married at Mcdonald’s or in a supermarket… but have you ever thought about getting hitched at the zoo? This outdoor venue is the perfect place to get married if you love animals as much as people. You will be able to have the time of your life and get exclusive access to the animals in the zoo after hours. It’s a nature lovers dream.

Go Abroad

However nice it might seem to get married in your local area in the summer, you can never truly trust what the weather is going to be like and how hot it will be. If you want to have a guaranteed warm wedding, why not go abroad and get married on the beach? You will be able to enjoy your wedding and honeymoon in the same place and spend some quality time in the sun with your family and friends too!

5 Ways To Have An Outdoor Wedding | UK Lifestyle Blog

Go To The Park

Most local parks or gardens will have the ability for you to get hitched if you want to. Make sure you ask your local council for permission and you will be able to enjoy a simple wedding day in your local area surrounded by the people you love.

2018-04-29T20:57:04+00:00 March 22, 2018|Weddings|
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