It's OK, deep breath - I'm here to help.
First of all, DON’T PANIC! It's not a problem. I've listed here a few things that haven't gone to plan at recent weddings I've been involved in, & the ways in which they were dealt. Now of course, I'm in no way trivialising your feelings & your need for it all to be perfect, I'm just pointing out that there are quick & simple solutions for the issues. Anything else you think of or are worried about, please do let me know, let's work on them together. Bxx
It’s raining? Traditionally rain on your big day is lucky! It also provides some great atmospheric wedding photos. Why not provide some personalised umbrellas if you’re getting married outdoors? And don't forget some spare wellies too, especically important if your wedding is in a garden, farm or woodland.
Perhaps some of the finer details are the wrong colour - maybe the cake ribbon, the floral centre pieces or chair sashes? Only you will notice these changes. Honestly! Don’t let it spoil your day, enjoy yourself & follow up with the relevant supplier afterwards to discuss if applicable compensation.
Has a family member or friend made too much of the bar? A quiet word with your wedding planner or venue manager & they will move them to a side room with a strong coffee, & gentle coercion to sober up.
Depending on what's gone wrong, the chances are that the guests won't notice, so it's not worth worrying yourself about.
Whatever you think is a problem, it's NOT insurmountable. As long as there's you & your partner, promising your best to each other, then everything else is extra.
This is possibly the point to once again reiterate the importance of employing a wedding planner. With their help, all these hiccups can be dealt with without you even noticing. Some venues have a coordinator included in your package but it's still advisable to use an independent planner too, who can be there from the start of your planning process & understand the vision that you have for your wedding day.
This is especially important when your wedding is more styled & themed, with more elements to tie in together. Something to think about, right? Bxx
Things have changed here a bit over the last few weeks, with some venues no longer meeting my high standards and other exciting wedding venues replacing them.
So what's the portfolio look like now? Well, I can tell you, the existing 3 are VERY different from each other!
There's my longest standing venue - Stevenage Holiday Inn. This fantastic wedding venue offers everything you need all in 1 place. Licensed for ceremonies, they can hold from 40 -400 guests across a range of tastefully styled rooms. Their events suite has recently undergone a huge revamp and the results are beautiful - light & airy spacious areas, with muted tones which would suit any colour scheme. Added to this, the wonderfully helpful events staff, you have a winning combination. Our next open day with them will be Sunday 3 November, get in touch for more info.
Next up there's my second home - Flaxbourne Gardens, Aspley Guise. This stunning venue is based around the award winning gardens (which have also appeared on TV several times). Mixing features such as a waterfall, a secret grotto, a full sized windmill and several lakes along with a beautiful, bespoke marquee, this wedding venue is something else. From late 2019 they will be licensed for weddings, so you can have your ceremony onsite as well as your reception. The owner is an award winning chef, the wedding coordinator is myself & between us, we adore what we do. Our next open day is Sunday 29 September, get in touch for more info.
The latest addition to my portfolio is historic Cruck Barn, Milton Keynes. This lovely barn can accommodate up to 150 guests and is the perfect backdrop to any style wedding. They're a blank canvas venue, so you can bring in your own entertainment & caterers - so let your imagination run wild! They also have a licensed bar so you can be sure of a great party. Our next open evening with them is Thursday 26 September, get in touch for more info,
So, looking at this exciting list of venues, which one gets YOUR vote? Bxx
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are