If you're looking for an alternative wedding venue for your big day, then make sure your first port of call is your wedding planner. Any planner worth their sequins will have a list to hand of all the best venues in the area.
If your theme is more boho & festival, then an outdoor venue will suit you perfectly such as woodlands, tipis or total dry blank canvas hire of local fields.
If you're going for gothic & brooding, then get the info on castles, converted churches or stately homes.
If your big day is going to be blinged to the max, a formal affair, then a stately home or hotel will create a beautiful backdrop.
Perhaps you're going for the industrial chic look, with an edgy approach - in this case I'd suggest checking out old converted factories or industrial spaces, all that exposed brick & steel beams!
Of course the venue is just a small part of your wedding day, you need your wedding suppliers to get on board with your vision too. The best & easiest way to pull everything together will be to employ the services of a wedding planner who shares your ideas & understands just what it is that you want to achieve.
You can't argue that a central point of contact for the whole day would be a Godsend, & free up a lot of your time too, so that you can continue to enjoy your engagement. Get in touch today for your free consultation, & let's work together on this wonderful wedding project of yours. Bxx
I've said it countless times before but... it's YOUR big day, so you should be planning things your way. But I do appreciate that's easier said than done!
Every person wants to be the one to give you that idea that you'd not yet considered, & to get a mention or credit on your wedding day. Bless their cotton socks for trying to help!
I guess it's a bit like when you're a new parent, & everyone has some "useful" (yep, I used the bunny ears) advice & opinions to pass on. Just nod & say thanks. Keep in mind that your wedding day is a representation of you & your other half. If a well meaning family member, friend or colleague has a nugget of information to impart, then that's nice, but you DON'T need to take it & use it if you don't want to.
You could say "thanks but that doesn't fit with our vision of our wedding. It's a great idea though!" How diplomatic am I??
As a planner, one of the most useful services that I provide is the admin (or, as it's affectionately known, wedmin). I respond to emails & messages on the detail of your wedding day. This takes a lot of pressure off you as, let's face it, you should be enjoying this part of your engagement - not stuck answering questions on why you chose this colour scheme & wouldn't such-and-such other theme suit better.
Another place you may find unsolicited advice is online wedding forums & Facebook wedding groups. In theory, & in fact the majority of the time, these are great places to bounce ideas around & have a semi-anonymous rant about the frustrations of planning a wedding. But they can also cause some negative reactions, especially when you're having a brilliantly quirky wedding. You know if it's not someone's scene that they'll tell you that! Ignore them. it's your day, do it your way.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that when you're a wonderfully alternative couple, you'll most likely get some not so wonderful feedback. You just need to ignore it & carry on creating a day that you & your partner will cherish memories of forever.
Get in touch with me today on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have a chat about how I can help you create the most amazing day. Bxx
As part of my need to see people have the wedding day they've always dreamed of, I've created a group on Facebook where I'll be giving out FREE hints, tips, leads to suppliers, answering questions etc... There are NO suppliers in this group, so there's no hard sell. Instead there's just me giving out free advice, & couples like you looking for inspiration. If it sounds like something that would benefit you, please do have a look. Link is:
See you there! Beckie xx
It's now peak wedding season for me & I am in my element!! Every weekend is a different wedding or event, sometimes 2 or 3 days in a row, & I am ridiculously excited by each one. Every one has its own theme & approach, the little details setting each apart from the next.
This months upcoming events are R+J's wedding on Saturday 6 July, K+A's wedding on 20th July, J's wedding on 28th July.
I also have photoshoots on 10th July & 15th July with around 20 suppliers on 2 very different themes.
Then I have family time with the boys, PLUS of course getting in enough rest that my chronic illness doesn't stop me in my tracks (again!)
It's a tough balance, work life against family life, plus working whilst ill, but this is the job I trained for. This is the job I ADORE. This is my dream job & while I might be slower on my feet than I used to be, I think I'm doing OK. It's a challenge, & one I'm happy to face head on. Let's do this!
What does July hold for you? Are weddings on YOUR calendar? Please do share your excitement here! Bxx
As a wedding planner, I get to see SO many fun & exciting approaches to weddings & couples never cease to amaze me in their creativity! There is no limit on the theme you choose for your wedding, so what are YOU going for?
Perhaps you've chosen a colour scheme & everything is tied in with that, from flowers to chair bows to bridesmaids dresses. How pretty is that gonna look?! Love it!
Or perhaps you've decided to really go to town & let your personality shine through. From festival weddings with ribbons & flamingos, to gothic weddings accented by skulls & black roses, to colourful 50s Rockabilly... Then there's weddings based on your favourite film or TV show, such as roaring 20s Peaky Blinders or Lord of the Rings.
What I'm trying to say is it's your day so you need to do things YOUR way. Too many people lose sight of what matters on their wedding day - it's the marriage of 2 people who love each other, & no-one but they can say how their wedding day should be done.
If you'd like help with sourcing suppliers to create YOUR dream wedding day then pop me a line. I guarantee I have the perfect match for you. Until then, happy planning! Bxx
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
As a wedding show organiser, I am naturally passionate about wedding shows & the MANY benefits. This blog about how you can benefit from shows as a wedding supplier. 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 wedding services.
It can seem a big step from just "shouting" with other wedding companies within the free confines of various wedding groups on social media, 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.
So you’re planning a Hen Party? Shots all night and drinking games….? Each to
their own, as they say, but I’d quite like to be able to look back on my Hen do and
Hopefully my memories would be filled with laughter, togetherness and joy. I guess
this is my starting point when I plan a Linedance hen party booking. I’d like the Bride
and all her hens to be able to enjoy dancing together without having to impress
anybody. A Linedance session is a great way to bring together a group of girls,
particularly if they come from different areas of the Bride’s life and perhaps don’t
know each other very well.
Linedance is very easy to learn. You'll soon be dancing even if you've never danced
before, and it’s not all cowboy boots and yeehaa! My most popular tune at the
moment is Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger’. When a Bride or her Bridesmaids book
me for a hen do, I make sure I ask if the Bride has a favourite pop song – there’s
bound to be a dance that fits it perfectly!
Now, cheese or challenge? Do the hens fancy a session of fun dances that they can
sing along to, or might they enjoy learning a more tricky dance? I know some of my
hen groups have even practised together afterwards and given a small performance
at the Wedding Reception – a lovely surprise for all the friends and family.
Some hen parties have been based in rented cottages. In good weather we’ve
danced in the gardens. In wet weather we just push back the furniture, just like
when the hens were teenagers! Other hen nights have been in church halls and
function rooms. Either way, it’s the people that count, not the venue.
A memorable Hen do should always be all about the bride, but it becomes a
wonderful time when she really wants to share it with her friends.
Also available to help happy couples create their First Dance – regardless of how
many left feet they have between them!
Naomi from DanceMatters (NB – there’s NO space between the words in the
Ah May, the month of my birthday, more weddings, more events, more wedding shows... exciting!
This month's wedding show is at my second home of Flaxbourne Gardens in Aspley Guise, on Sunday 19 May. Flaxbourne is something else, a real life wonderland, it's somewhere that once you've visited, you can't forget it. If you're looking for a blank canvas wedding venue that needs minimal decorating but gives maximum impression, then you should come along & meet everyone.
Have a read about this amazing venue here: http://www.beckiemelvinevents.co.uk/weddingnews/guest-blog-wedding-venue-flaxbourne-gardens-aspley-guise
At this event I hope to be able to take you on a journey, from start to finish you will be able to play out your own wedding day. You'll do the entire walk through with all elements covered, it's an exciting way to spend the day so I hope to to see you there!
For more info, email me on email@example.com
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are