Hi & welcome to Beckie Melvin Weddings & Events! Whether it's your first time visiting the website, or the 25th time we've met, a warm welcome is always guaranteed.
I spend a lot of my time talking about other people, venues, suppliers & all things weddings - which I LOVE - however I don't know how many of you actually know much about me, the face behind the business name. So I thought I'd try & write a little introduction into me, what makes me tick, & what I do when I'm not onsite running weddings or exhibitions.
In my spare time... I read, a LOT. I love most books bust especially horror - Stephen King, James Herbert, bit of Martina Coles for thrills. However I can't watch anything like that on film - how weird is that?!
I collect... Irregular Choice shoes, swing dresses, & tattoos. I have about 25 pairs of shoes, 20 dresses, & 5 large tattoos. I like to make an impression & definitely feel most comfortable when I'm in a lovely dress (preferably with a fluffy petticoat too!) with my colourful shoes on. Certainly a talking point. I LOVE the pin up style, currently planning a pin up inspired tattoo arm sleeve so soon I'll be extra colourful.
My family life... I'm married to Paul, we've been together since 1999 & been married since 2006. People are often surprised when they hear the length of time we've been together, as neither of us looks our age - hooray for good genes! We have a gorgeous son - Cameron, born on Christmas Day 2009 - & 2 English bulldogs. I'd describe our house as a madhouse! Always noisy, but full of fun.
My biggest achievement... winning an award last year for my wedding & event planning skills. I take what I do very seriously, & pour my heart & soul into my business, so to get recognition for that was an amazing feeling.
How would your friends describe you... I actually asked people this as I didn't quite know where to start! Caring, quirky, loyal & funny came up a lot - I have to say I agree, I'm one of the funniest people you'll ever meet ;)
What's next...? As well as working on my own business, I am also the Wedding & Event Co-Ordinator at Flaxbourne Gardens near Milton Keynes. I ADORE my job there, it's hard not to fall in love with the place when you visit! This year I've struggled rather a lot with balancing my own business with the new business, AND the fact I'm chronically ill too. So next year? Bigger events with Beckie Melvin Events, but with fewer venues, & only in PEAK wedding show season. Then for the middle part, wedding season, April to October will JUST be weddings at Flaxbourne. I'm looking forward to having a better balance I must say!
Well I hope this gives you a but of an insight into the person you meet. I'd love to hear from you & hope to meet you at an event soon. Beckie xx
Choosing your wedding venue is probably the most important part of the wedding planning process, but it doesn't just stop at how the venue looks. Once you've met the manager & had a look around, you'll be wanting to sit down & discuss the details of your wedding day & how the venue will create your magical day. But what should you ask?
Below are just a few questions that we get asked over & over at Flaxbourne Gardens, so I thought I'd share them with you & hopefully you'll find them useful for your own venue meeting. If you can think of anything that I have missed, please do let me know! Bxx
So, you've spotted a wedding show in the area, you've marked the date in your diary, you've convinced your other half &/or family & friends to come with you... but how do you get the most out of the wedding shows you visit? It can be a little overwhelming when you first visit one, so here's a few things I thought would help you. Of course if you think of anything else or want some more info, then please do pop me an email.
If you run a business based in the wedding industry, then chances are you've considered exhibiting at local wedding shows to reach more couples & tell them about your services.
It can seem a big step from just "shouting" with other wedding companies within the free confines of various wedding groups, but shows can be a very good way to push your business to the next level.
So how DO you go about deciding who to give your hard earned money to, & then getting the most out of the experience? I hope the following pointers are useful to you. Once you've had a read, I'd love to hear from you & hopefully meet you at an upcoming wedding show.
Over the last 3 ears, we've held several wedding shows at The Holiday Inn, Stevenage & each one has proved very popular with the local engaged couples! The hotel is contemporary in design & at time of writing, is about to undergo a renovation on the event suites so exciting times are ahead for this central hotel. Below you can read a bit about what makes them the ideal North Hertfordshire wedding venue in their own words, and don't forget to look out for our next wedding show there.
Congratulations on your Engagement and Upcoming Wedding! At the Holiday Inn Stevenage, our venue offers stylish space for ceremonies, receptions, and evening entertainment. We provide the perfect setting for intimate and extravagant weddings alike. Holiday Inn Stevenage would be honoured to host your special day, working with you to create your dream wedding. Our dedicated wedding co-ordinator will provide tailor made options to suit your requirements perfectly down to the final detail.
The Setting - Our dream Hertfordshire suite is based on the first floor of the Hotel and is fully air-conditioned and beautifully basked in natural daylight. It is your exclusive and dedicated space during your special day. The Hotel has 7 rooms fully licensed for ceremonies to cater from 20 – 400 for your family and friends to witness you say the all-important “I do”.
See For Yourself & Book your show around of our Hotel and arrange to view the facilities as well as the many sites from the nearby park which boasts beautiful walk ways, ideal for Wedding photographs and the nearby St Andrews and St Georges Church. Described as Cathedral like in its appearance, the grade 2 listed building is the largest parish church to have been built in the UK since WWII.
Call to book your onsite appointment 01438 346 070
Or alternatively email us at email@example.com
We're entering our 3rd year of wedding shows at The Grand Hall in central Bedford, & the love affair is still strong! Every time we walk into the room, we can't hep but gasp & the reactions on the faces of engaged couples echos this. Why not have a read, in their own words, of just what makes them the ideal choice for a wedding venue in Bedford?
The beautiful Grand Hall, Bromham Road, is located in the heart of Bedford town centre and is a fully licensed premises for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies for up to 160 guests.
The magnificent hall dates back to 1882 and is steeped in history. It was originally built for the Harpur Trust and from the beginning has been considered to be a notable landmark in the town, featuring in guidebooks and on postcards.
Benefitting from distinctive Victorian décor, The Grand Hall has lofty, ornate ceilings and impressive doors that provide a lavish and unique backdrop for the perfect wedding ceremony.
In addition, the Hall boasts an exquisite original John Broadwood and Sons piano that originates from the 19th century and has a stunning showpiece organ located on the overhead balcony.
Available to hire at weekends and during the school holidays, The Grand Hall is also an ideal venue for wedding receptions and special functions.
Your Wedding, Your Way
The Grand Hall welcomes outside caterers and mobile catering units, meaning that you can tailor make your special day and have everything you have ever wished for. Full use can be made of our onsite kitchens if required.
For those planning a small, intimate celebration for less than 20 people, the beautiful Boardroom is licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies as well.
The Grand Hall
Bedford MK40 2BS
Tel: 01234 291192
The Cloisters is a truly unique Wedding Venue with an amazing history. Set in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, it provides a unique backdrop to your wedding day. Don't just take it from us though, have a read below - in their own words - and get in touch for your viewing.
The Cloisters is a truly unique Grade 2 listed building built in 1907, with a fascinating history. So if you are looking for a venue that is not the usual square room, a venue that offers something different, then The Cloisters is for you. It is the perfect place for a romantic or themed wedding.
We can host your civil ceremony, wedding reception or party. Why not get married in our Temple room and enjoy your reception in our function room? We really have it all here.
Your guests can enjoy a champagne reception in our long bar while you have your pictures taken in our grounds.
We have ample free car parking for up to 80 vehicles and a dedicated space for the Happy Couple upon arrival. There is disabled access to the building direct from the car park.
Our Large dining hall seats up to 120 guests with a dance floor and stage area for musical performers and DJ’s. We can cater for wedding receptions with up to 180 guests.
We offer Catering and Fine Dining for all requirements provided by our professional in-house catering team.
We have a fully licensed bar separate from the dining hall, with a superb selection of wines, beers, real ale and spirits.
A dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator will meet and work directly with you to produce your dream event. Make an appointment to visit us today.
I heard a dreadful thing earlier. Someone said the phrase “same old boring wedding shows” 😳😳I know right?? As you well know, NOT ALL SHOWS ARE CREATED EQUAL!
Beckie Melvin Events are something different. Why?
Well... we are relaxed. There’s no hard sell, just a good chat with friends you haven’t met yet.
The laughter!! Always laughter at the wedding shows.
There’s only a small number of industry representatives per show - why fill a room with 5+ photographers / florists etc? It benefits no one.
So that’s 2 plus points. It’s a friendly face at the door - in fact the same name as is on the business, & who you’ll have spoken to on email / Facebook. Me! I’m so proud of my shows & I love the people I’m able to bring to you. SUCH talent.
What else? We’re free entry, always. With free goody bags, always.
Plus we’re family friendly, with no over crowded rooms just plenty of room to breathe & dream.
The venues!! I only work with ones that fit with our ethos - unique, comfortable yet exciting, friendly staff...
Finally I thought I’d pop up some of my latest reviews - have a read, make your own minds up, & I hope to meet you soon. Big kisses xx
Well hello there, congratulations on your engagement! You have the bling on your finger, so it's time to get planning & first on your list is finding the perfect venue to be the backdrop to your big day. However with dozens of venues per county, HUNDREDS across the UK (plus destination wedding venues) it can be a daunting task selecting even just a long list of potentials, let alone a short list! So I thought I'd give you some helpful hints to get you started.
Decide on the type of wedding you'd like as this will start the ball rolling on what type of venue to go & see. For example, if you're looking for a relaxed rustic day, then a large contemporary hotel won't suit you.
Make a realistic budget. This will involve both of you sitting down & being honest on what you can afford. There is no reason to get into mountains of debt just for 1 day, so be careful & realistic in your planning.
Decide roughly how many guests you would like to invite. This will determine a venue's suitability. If you're looking to share your big day with every one of your nearest & dearest, work mates, family from all over the globe... then a venue with capacity of just 50 probably won;t be your best match. Unless you're looking for an excuse to pare down the guest list that is!
Once you have these 3 key points in place, then you can start searching. Google local wedding venues, arrange meetings or go to their open days, check out their website & online presence (social media etc) for pictures of real weddings...
Good luck! I hope you enjoy the search :)
We have just 5 wedding venues on our books, hand selected because they offer something different to engaged couples in Herts, Beds & Bucks.
Today's focus is on our next venue that we're working at - the stunning Flaxbourne Gardens in Aspley Guise, just 5 miles from Milton Keynes.
Flaxbourne Gardens has been involved in some of the most beautiful celebrations.
This unique venue offers everything needed to create your perfect Wedding or special event.
They tailor our weddings & events to your specific requirements with attention to detail in every way, from the stunning grounds, amazing food & marquee decor.
The onsite Operations Director Paul Linden has over 30 years of experience in Weddings & Events in conjunction with the Award Winning Wedding co-ordinator Beckie Melvin (yes, that's me!) They will make sure you and your guests are offered an experience of a lifetime filled with wonderful memories.
Whatever your requirements, Flaxbourne Gardens will deliver your perfect Wedding, Party or Event with panache.
Giving you peace of mind on your very special day, so YOU, your family and guests enjoy the start of your perfect journey.
All events at Flaxbourne are special & the staff will make sure your event is amazing in every way.
Flaxbourne Gardens is a unique Wedding & Events Venue located in the stunning Buckinghamshire countryside. They have been making dreams come true over the years with our incredibly beautiful Gardens & amazing catering services.
Contact the team at Flaxbourne Gardens to learn how we can make your special day everything you’ve dreamed of… and more.
Beckie is a qualified wedding planner, with a passion for assisting professional, overwhelmed couples to achieve their perfect wedding day.