I’ve been thinking recently about weddings. I’m often asked for advice on everything from whether to get married, to how to get married. What favours to put on the tables, a cool menu, interesting drinks options, and also which venue to choose. In my mind, a wedding is one of the most personal experiences anyone can have, so answering such questions if fraught with difficulty unless I really know the person well.
Let’s break it down, a unique congregation of people, no matter how small, each and every one of which is responsible for a little part of who the couple have become. Every wedding has been curated to be completely unique to the happy pair, from the words of the service to the dress; from the favours to the cake. What more can I really add to that level of authenticity? I’ve got a bit of help from some of the businesses out there in ‘wedding land’ and wanted to share a growing perspective, based on the importance of keeping things as ‘unique’ as humanly possible; our love of differentiating ourselves at every opportunity!
The move is around unique venues, interesting food, style and theming, and it has a lot of good points to make about ‘The Wedding’. Why is it that so many couples are limited in options as to where they can have their event? The service itself doesn’t have a huge amount of options; Church, registrar, or for those who want to go more mystical, an outdoor space of cultural or spiritual significance.
We do the important bit, sign on the dotted line, but then take the occasion back to the conventional options of a local pub or a white washed hotel. What does that leave us with? A day where every facet of the event is unique, but both special couple and their adoring congregation are served up a cookie cutter venue for the wedding breakfast or celebratory banquet.
I spoke to some of the folk at Lime Venue Portfolio, who have a very good reason to encourage weddings to go the ‘unusual’ route and choose a venue with a little more spice thrown in; basically, they are a portfolio of said venues!
The guys at Lime Venue Portfolio, are keen to encourage couples to keep the unique feel of their wedding by choosing a unique venue for it. Extra special good news is that there are loads in the South West. Now bear with us here, unique can be scary, but let your imagination run free!
A couple of their venues are Exeter and Wincanton Racecourse. So, for those of you equine inclined, ideal, but also for those of you who like to indulge in pageantry, history, and fine hospitality. If these guys can serve up premium executive style banqueting for the gentry, they can do it for the wedding congregation; easy access for the elderly relatives, everyone will find it, its original, so what’s not to like?
If you need more convincing on racecourse, how about a zoo? Bristol Zoo Gardens to be precise. Its quirky, but so are most weddings. It’s not like they are throwing you into the Lion enclosure, but if you do care about the world, if you’re animal lovers and you want to make a statement, why not? The rooms are genuinely beautiful, the food is amazing, dancing and lights with a backdrop of the penguins? It’s one that will be remembered and the pictures will look awesome!
Then there is M-Shed; beautiful, original, stylish and contemporary. Situated by the water, making amazing visuals, it’s an inspiring place to get married and utterly unique. And, if you’re looking for another cultural setting, how about Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. For those with a taste for the splendid, this is something really special. Again, picture a wedding set in an art gallery, surrounded by fine artefacts, cultural riches; the sort of backdrop that will add to the theming and tone of your day.
If you are getting married, congratulations first of all. Secondly, I’d advise you to take a real look around and get the very best choice of venues for your special day. These unique ones aren’t to everyone’s taste, but they are really good options. You may be thinking that these are not wedding venues but leisure attractions or sporting arena’s, but don’t be concerned, these days the two are not mutually exclusive. These are venues that understand the world of special events and have really nice people with the experience to light up your wedding.
They also do very, very good food, so don’t think that you’ll be serving up the daytime lunch menu of panini and muffins. They have highly experienced chefs, ones that work with the couple to create a menu that is also unique to the theme and tone of the event. They can cater for all the dietary requirements and add a personal feel that you won’t get in ‘chain’ venues.
I like thinking about weddings and such like, there must be a real thrill to those at these venues that they get to see so many memories being made within their walls. For me, it’s nice to see them taking this responsibility seriously and bringing something special to the party.
Meet Sam, the creator behind UK lifestyle blog, Strawberry Squeeze 🍓 Sam is a newlywed living in Cornwall studying her PgDip in Strategic Direction and Leadership with the Chartered Management Institute 🍕🐰 She's also the Founder + Director of multi-award-winning SEO & PPC agency, Float Digital ✨