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How to Plan a Wedding in 6 Months March 21, 2024

Is it possible to plan a wedding in six months? Of course it is! As long as you are focused, organised and ready to dedicate the time required to pull together the day of your dreams, it is absolutely possible to pull together the biggest event of your life in six short months. Let’s dive straight in so that you can do the same.

6 months

Book a wedding venue and set a date

Whilst many UK wedding venues book up at least a year in advance, you can still find a beautiful venue – and a great deal – at relatively short notice. It is important to be open to mid-week and Sunday dates which will be more readily available.

Why not start by taking a look at these special offers at our selected wedding venues?

Secure your wedding suppliers

Waste no time finding and contacting photographers, videographers, florists, bands and cake bakers to snap up your favourite suppliers. Whilst you’re researching suppliers that you like, make a note of two or three for each category so that you can more quickly check the availability of multiple suppliers and save disappointment. If you are fortunate enough to have two supplier options on the table, one or both suppliers may even offer a discounted rate.

 

Send save-the-dates

As soon as your wedding date is secured, it’s time to finalise the guest list and send those all-important save-the-dates. At relatively short notice, it’s likely that not everyone will be free for your wedding date. So get those digital invitations sent as soon as possible to increase the likelihood that your favourite people will be by your sides.

Note: you may wish to create a wedding website before sending your save-the-dates. This is a great way to share important details about your wedding day such as maps, dress code and venue details. Plus, you can personalise your website with fun photographs of you both.

Find the dress

Custom-made wedding dresses usually require at least six months’ notice, so if you opt for bespoke bridal attire, now is the time to decide and pay your deposit. For more affordable options without the time pressure, you could explore ready-to-wear, sample sales, non-bridal designers, or rental options.

Reserve guest accommodation

If your wedding venue requires guests to reserve rooms, do this as soon as possible to ensure they can’t be booked by third parties. You’ll want your closest family and friends to stay close by and may even be able to secure a lower price for reserving rooms in bulk.

5 months

Start planning your menu

Now is the perfect time to book food tastings and start making decisions on what you’ll want to serve your guests during the wedding breakfast. You don’t want this decision to feel rushed, so getting this booked now gives you plenty of time to ponder and think about any original touches.

Shop for wedding rings

Treat yourselves to a day out shopping for wedding rings. Grab a bite to eat, talk about all things wedding and choose rings you’ll both treasure forever. Why not start by visiting the jewellery store where your partner purchased your engagement ring?

Source wedding party attire

You’ve sorted your own wedding attire; now is the time to think about your bridesmaids and groomsmen. You could protect your time by asking your bridesmaids to pick a dress that they like in a colour of your choosing or get everyone on board with a ready-to-wear dress that you can order in good time. You could also ask groomsmen to wear their own suit in a colour of your choosing to save time and money.

4 months

Finalise ceremony details

It’s time to plan a visit to your registry office or church or meet your celebrant to iron out the details of your wedding ceremony. You may wish to ask special guests if they’d like to share readings and also choose your ceremony playlist or musician.

Start planning your honeymoon

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the all-important honeymoon. Often cited as one of the best parts of wedding planning, thinking about where you both want to go to unwind after the wedding provides a blissful break from the millions of wedding decisions you’ve made so far.

3 months

Cake tasting

Congratulations! You’re halfway through planning a wedding in six months, so it’s time for a treat to reward yourselves. It’s time to sample lots of delicious cake flavours and choose your favourites. It’s a hard life.

Send wedding invitations

Having already designed and ordered your invitations, it’s time to post them. It’s official. The invitations have dropped.

Finalise venue styling

You will have already gathered plenty of ideas about how you’d like your wedding venue to be dressed for your day. Now is the time to finalise the look and feel of your day, ensure you know who is dressing the venue and providing your props, and make sure that your florist has been connected with your venue point of contact and/or stylist. You must ensure that your supplier team is working cohesively.

2 months

Time to party

With most of the hard work done, now is the perfect time to head off on your hen and stag parties.

Important: give notice

It’s time to make an appointment to give notice at your local register office. You must sign a legal statement at your local register office at least 29 days before your ceremony. Contact your local register office for more information.

Hair and makeup trial

Schedule a hair and makeup trial to ensure your glam squad knows exactly how you want to look and feel on your wedding day.

Final meetings with suppliers

You should have a final meeting with your florist and stylist around this time to ensure you’ve covered all the details and that everything is included in your proposal. Your photographer, band, DJ, celebrant and cake maker may also schedule final meetings to ensure that everything is covered, and you will likely have final invoices to pay at this stage.

1 month

Finalise details of the day

Your big day is approaching fast! Confirm timing and orders with all of your wedding suppliers and liaise with your venue point of contact to make sure that your wedding day timeline is finalised and communicated with all relevant parties. Ensure your wedding music playlist and song requests are confirmed, and your photographer knows which shots are most important to you.

Finalise your seating plan

With all RSVPs received, and a guest list finalised, it’s time to sign off your seating plan and get this and all relevant stationery (such as menus and place cards) printed.

Final dress fitting

You’ll be invited for a final dress fitting so your wedding dress fits like a glove. This alteration is the final step toward how your dress will look and feel on your wedding day.

Your day has arrived!

Well, you did it! You managed to plan a wedding in 6 months – now is the time to enjoy it.

If you’re recently engaged and are looking to secure a wedding venue, why not look at the latest special rates on offer at our selected wedding venues?

2024 Wedding Trends: A Guide to What’s Hot in the World of Weddings February 17, 2023

Welcome to our 2024 wedding trends guide; a must-have reference tool for engaged couples in search of style guidance and inspiration for the wedding year ahead.

The world of weddings is constantly evolving and changing, and with couples beginning to value personalisation above tradition, we predict a particularly exciting and increasingly original landscape for the future of wedding trends.

From bridal style and decor to sustainability and celebrant-led ceremonies, here’s what is trending right now in the world of weddings and what we expect to see more of in 2024 and beyond.

The wedding weekend

Once reserved for destination weddings, we are seeing a huge increase in couples opting for an entire wedding weekend, regardless of if they’re marrying at home or away.

UK couples are looking for wedding venues that can host them for two to three days in a row to really maximise their wedding experience. Typically, couples will have a rehearsal or welcome dinner the night before the wedding day, and then invite everyone back for brunch the day after the wedding to share memories and give everyone the opportunity to catch up with friends and family in a more low key setting.

If budget is a concern when considering whether to upgrade your wedding day for a wedding weekend, why not take a look at the latest special offers at some of our featured wedding venues.

Sustainability

Not so much a trend as a movement; sustainability continues to take centre stage in the world of weddings. Couples are becoming increasingly mindful of how their wedding plans affect the environment, with a focus on minimising waste, eliminating single use items, and reducing carbon footprints.

Sustainable wedding food options might include locally sourced ingredients and creative vegetarian options, and couples are becoming increasingly aware of seasonality in terms of both wedding food and flowers. Where possible, couples are looking to reuse and recycle by hiring instead of buying decor, reusing flowers throughout the day, borrowing special items from family and opting for recycled and recyclable papers.

Hiring and styling

Hiring decor or even bridal attire for a wedding is becoming increasingly popular, as it can save time and money, and is a more eco-friendly choice than buying something which you may not use again.

Stylists and hire companies provide an invaluable service by offering a wide selection of decorative items to choose from, and removing the stress associated with having to source and buy your own decor.

We also predict that the number of couples opting for unique and unconventional venues such as vineyards and industrial spaces will continue to rise, which is even more reason for couples to consider hiring a venue decorator to help them transform these blank canvas spaces into a reflection of a couples personal style and story.

In terms of the kinds of decor we expect to see in 2024 weddings, suspended installations will continue to feature heavily as focal points for wedding breakfasts and ceremonies. Gypsophila clouds, hanging lighting arrangements and cascading flowers that give the appearance that they’re floating are just some of the key looks we expect to see couples asking their stylists and florists to create in next years’ weddings.

Celebrant-led wedding ceremonies

As many couples opt to focus less on tradition and more on creating a day that reflects who they are, customised celebrant-led wedding ceremonies will continue to increase in popularity throughout 2024.

A celebrant will succinctly tell a couples story, adding personalised vows and incorporating favourite memories into a wedding ceremony. So with the upward trend for personalisation and fluidity set to remain strong throughout the coming years, we expect to see less couples opting for traditional ceremonies using fixed vows.

Registry office weddings

Registry office weddings have made a real comeback, with an increasing number of couples opting for a simple, low key ceremony followed by food, drinks and dancing at a separate venue.

Some couples are even separating the two events, and holding a smaller registry celebration on one day, followed by a larger, separate wedding day that involves a wider group of friends and family. Rules are out of the window. It’s about celebrating your day in a way that works for you.

Analogue wedding photography

Analogue film photography is the latest, must-have way in which couples would like to document their day. Analogue photography is a nostalgic style that typically results in more artistic photographs that capture feelings felt at a moment in time rather than sharp poses.

The richness and depth of analogue photography render it timeless, and we are already seeing an increasing number of photographers add this style to their portfolio as an option for couples.

Wedding veils

Wedding veils are set to become a key wedding trend for 2024, influenced by celebrities who wed this year such as Sophie Habboo, Kourtney Kardashian and Olivia Attwood, all of whom wore personalised, dramatic and unconventional veils for their ceremonies.

Expect to see both short and long veils featuring on wedding catwalks, the latter making for incredible wedding photographs. Embroidered personalisation on veils will continue to skyrocket in popularity, with couples opting for sentimental quotes, initials or messages that mean something.

Wedding bows

Again influenced by celebrities such as Sophie Habboo, we predict that more couples will opt to include bows in their wedding day.

Whether rich velvet bows tied as place setting details, bows worn in hair or oversized bows on dresses, these feminine details and striking focal points are set to stay for 2024 weddings.

Wedding dress

As custom wedding gowns and tailored suits become a more accessible choice for brides with differing budgets, let’s explore some of the bespoke requests that wedding dress-makers have received throughout this year.

Coloured wedding dresses – yes, colour is set to stay for 2024 weddings. White and ivory are most certainly not the only acceptable option any more.

Drop-waist wedding dresses – with a slightly vintage feel, low-rise waist lines elongate the body and highlight curves.

Two-pieces – this more relaxed bridal look is both stylish and practical, rendering it a popular choice for brides who really want to let their hair down at their wedding party.

Lace – lace is a timeless choice that looks romantic and feminine. It’s going nowhere.

Food as an experience

Unique and memorable culinary experiences are going to be a key trend for 2024, with sharing menus such as antipasti platters and self-serve bowls of vegetables and sides creating more of an informal family atmosphere during wedding breakfasts.

We expect to see grazing tables replacing evening buffets, and dessert bars replacing sweet carts and in some instances, wedding cakes. Miniature desserts can look really impressive and add personality to a wedding, making them ideal for couples seeking a move away from the traditional.

Signature cocktails and shots

As we continue the theme of personalisation, 2024 weddings are expected to feature signature cocktails which can be set out as a striking reception feature for guests to admire and enjoy after the wedding ceremony. We have also seen a growing trend throughout the year of couples opting for celebratory shots instead of champagne toasts – a sure fire way to get the evening party started.

Entertainment

One trend that has gained in popularity is the use of live bands instead of traditional DJs. Live music adds an energetic atmosphere to wedding receptions and can feel more personalised and special. Roaming saxophonists also make for a truly immersive and unforgettable musical experience, and we’re predicting an even greater demand for roaming musical soloists in 2024 weddings.

Incorporating 2024 wedding trends in your big day

Whether you’re an avid follower of trends or prefer to do things your own way, understanding what other couples are choosing to do for their wedding day is a great way to start forming ideas and selecting wedding details that matter the most to you.

Weddings involve a lot of decision making so it can be helpful to refer to wedding trends as a foundation upon which you can add unique touches that reflect your individual personality and style.

We hope you have found inspiration in our 2024 wedding trends guide.

For newly-engaged couples, why not take a look at the latest special offers at our wedding venues. You could secure big savings on your wedding day, leaving a little more in the pot for some of these gorgeous wedding trends.

Our Favourite Wedding Venues From Around the Country January 6, 2023

Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite wedding venues from each region. Even better, all of these venues have a handful of remaining dates for 2024 weddings so your dream wedding could happen sooner than you think! Read on to find out more…

West Midlands

Curradine Barns, Worcestershire

Nestled in the picturesque village of Shrawley, Curradine Barns is a beautiful and secluded Worcestershire wedding venue. This cosy and romantic setting makes the perfect backdrop for any rustic barn wedding and the creative and delicious food and drink from the onsite catering team means everything you need for your dream wedding is all under one roof.

Your unforgettable day at Curradine Barns will begin luxuriously in the comfortable, spacious wedding preparation room. Then, make your way to the Granary Barn where you and your partner can enjoy a heartfelt ceremony in a beautiful 19th-century converted red brick barn that houses a wrought-iron chandelier, mood-setting fairy lights and exposed oak beams with up to 110 of your nearest and dearest. There is also the option of saying “I do” outside in the beautiful garden gazebo.

Following your vows, you can join your friends and family in the light-filled Barley Barn which is accented by a blend of historic charm and modern aesthetics. This warm, welcoming atmosphere creates a wonderful atmosphere for you festivities.

At the end of the day, you can retire to the on-site luxurious honeymoon cottage and up to 24 guests can stay in any of the 10 bedrooms in The Farmhouse.

Curradine Barns still has some 2024 wedding dates remaining, including a few weekend dates.

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South West England

The Pear Tree, Wiltshire

If you’re looking to book your dream Wiltshire wedding venue, the irresistibly romantic setting of The Pear Tree could be your dream come true. This stunning venue that’s full of character and charm will delight you and your guests and the delightful food and drink menus will offer you an experience you’ll never forget.

The Pear Tree is suitable for both intimate and large-scale celebrations and can accommodate up to 150 of your nearest and dearest. You can get ready in the Cascade, a peaceful preparation space, equipped with a host of luxurious amenities. The  stunning, light Blossom Room can set the scene for your ceremony surrounded by your loved ones. 

You and your new spouse can pose for photographs at the top of the staircase before mingling with guests in the gardens. Outdoor receptions can take place on the Terrace, an idyllic spot where guests can take in views of the surrounding woodland and fields. Eat, drink, and be merry with your nearest in the Orangery before venturing into the modern Bartlett Bar and Lounge to dance the night away.

The Pear Tree has a few dates available throughout 2024, including some sought-after autumn dates.

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Syrencot, Wiltshire

If you’re looking for a 2024 wedding in a truly unique Wiltshire wedding venue, Syrencot may be the place for you. This private, magical paradise embodies countryside sophistication and natural magic that makes a dream wedding come to life. Whilst you and your guests enjoy the delights the venue has to offer, your onsite catering team will provide you with a menu that’s completely bespoke to you with delightful culinary wonders that your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Your experience begins in the light and airy Billiard Room, a charming space for you to prepare with your nearest and dearest in. You’ll even have the luxury of your own private entrance. Your ceremony can take place in the magnificent Glasshouse, surrounded by loved ones followed by a chic evening reception on the purpose-built Farmshed. Your unforgettable day can finish in the luxurious Master Suite, a private haven for you and your partner and your nearest and dearest can also stay in one of the 12 guest bedrooms. 

You can experience the magic of Syrencot sooner than you may expect, with some 2024 wedding dates still available.

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North West England

Old Palace Chester, Cheshire

Overlooking the River Dee and with Roman ruins behind, this stunning Cheshire wedding venue is completely unique, offering romantic seclusion in the heart of the city. This elegant venue offers a historic yet contemporary backdrop to your special day. 

The sunlit River Room is truly a joy for the wedding ceremony rivalled only by the outdoor ceremony space, the Garden Terrace with its mesmerising river views. Afterwards, you can raise a glass with your guests over canapés and cocktails in the lovingly-restored Arrival Hall that overlooks the terrace. For your reception, the elegant Ballroom can seat up to 150 of your nearest and dearest. As the day draws to a close, the Palace Suite opens up its stylish, spacious interiors for you to unwind in opulence. As for your friends and family, they can equally enjoy a night of luxury in one of 23 guest bedrooms.

Old Palace Chester still has some 2024 wedding availability, including some sought-after Saturday dates.

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Combermere Abbey, Cheshire

Combermere Abbey is a Cheshire wedding venue with a difference. Steeped in a thousand years of history, this hidden jewel is set on the Shropshire border offering a bewitching and romantic setting to celebrate your love. 

Begin your day in the Keeper’s Cottage, a wonderful spot for raising a glass of bubbly with your closest friends as you put the finishing touches to your look. Then walk through the picturesque walled garden to the characterful Edwardian Glasshouse which provides an unforgettable, unique setting in which to hold your ceremony. 

The centre of the fruit tree maze is ideal for an al fresco ceremony with views of the idyllic gardens, followed by a reception in the Pavilion. This stylish and contemporary space was completely reimagined and modernised in 2023, creating a stunning setting for romantic wedding celebrations that brings the outside in. 

After the festivities have drawn to a close, the North Wing Honeymoon Suite provides a luxurious and suitably grand setting to relax and let the events of the day sink in. And your guests can stay close by too, as Combermere Abbey has space for up for up to 49 of your loved ones to stay the night.

And if you want to experience the bewitching magic of Combermere Abbey for your 2024 wedding, they still have some dates remaining.

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South East England

Pelham House, East Sussex

This East Sussex wedding venue is the epitome of Georgian charm. If you’re looking for a country house wedding venue that’s full of modern elegance, Pelham House is the setting for you. The venue’s onsite catering team provide delicious seasonal menus that are created bespoke for your tastes.

You can get ready for your unforgettable day in the luxurious dressing room, hidden away in The Courthope Mews. For your ceremony, choose between the romantic Goring Room and the gorgeous flower-lined Gazebo. For an evening of food and entertainment, the Blencowe Room with grand marble pillars and intricate original wood panelling is sure to dazzle your guests. This room is also used to host breakfast. Outdoor celebrations can be held in the Garden Room or on the terrace as the sun goes down.

Newlyweds can spend their first night as a married couple in the stunning Pelham Suite whilst up to 56 guests can also stay on the grounds nearby. 

If you’re looking for a 2024 wedding package in a sophisticated and luxurious venue, we’ve got great news for you. Pelham house has some remaining dates for 2024 weddings including some weekend dates.

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Brookfield Barn, West Sussex

If you’re hoping to find your dream wedding venue tucked away in the glorious West Sussex countryside, look no further than Brookfield Barn. This exclusive, purpose-built wedding venue provides a romantic and picturesque backdrop for your day, that’ll capture your heart and imagination as soon as you see it.

After getting ready in the Preparation Room, you can choose an outdoor ceremony by the lake or indoors under the exposed oak beams of the Barn with the doors thrown open to really make the most of your surroundings. Afterwards, enjoy a drinks reception on the terrace and take in the breathtaking views of the rolling hills and forests. Finish up your beautiful day in the luxurious Honeymoon Suite whilst some of your nearest and dearest stay close by in the guest bedrooms.

If you’d like to experience the beauty of Brookfield Barn for yourself, they have some fantastic dates left for 2024.

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If you have been inspired and are thinking about booking a last minute 2024 wedding it’s not too late! It may mean you have less time to plan but there’s no need to panic and we’ve got you covered. Read our article on how to plan and save money when you book a 2024 wedding.

Save Money When You Book a Wedding in 2024 July 1, 2022

Booking a wedding in 2024 may mean you have less time to plan. However, there’s no need to panic!

In this article, we’ll share some top tips for how to bring your wedding together in a shorter time scale as well as some suggestions of venues that have a handful of remaining 2024 dates.

If you’re looking for a full list of venues that have some incredible offers for 2024, take a look at our favourites here

How long does it take to plan a wedding?

There’s a common misconception that weddings have to take a really long time to plan. However, the truth is that wedding planning time can be as long or short as you wish! The only stipulation is that legally, you need to give 28 days’ notice of your marriage in your local registry office before you can get married. 

Planning a wedding in a short space of time can certainly be challenging, but it’s also really exciting! We’ve seen couples plan weddings in nine months, six months, and even two or three months! There’s no specific timeline that you absolutely have to follow when preparing for your big day and that means that you can make it your own and do whatever works best for you.

You might think that having a shorter wedding period can cause more stress. Actually, many couples say that when your planning time is shorter you actually get less stressed! There’s less time to get carried away agonising over decisions, you have to be decisive and quick when making decisions and then they’re out of your mind.

Image taken at Brookfield Barn, West Sussex.

Thorough planning is key 

Planning any event can be stressful and, of course, there will be times when you feel overwhelmed at the thought of planning a wedding in a short space of time. To mitigate the overwhelm, make a list of all the things you need to do either on paper or digitally on a wedding planning tool. 

Make a list of what is urgent, important, non-urgent and fun extras. Get started with the urgent and important planning aspects first then perhaps delegate other elements to friends or family who would love to help. 

The first thing we always suggest to do is book your venue. Once you’ve got your date secured everything else can begin to follow suit. You can find out guest numbers and prices from the venue and then begin to create a guest list from that. Once you’ve got your list you can send out invitations or save the dates to make sure your guests know to book the time off work.

If you’re looking to book a 2024 wedding, there’s still plenty of time to speak to suppliers to make sure everything you need. Most venues will have a recommended supplier list who they’ve worked with in the past who know the venue really well, meaning you won’t have to worry about spending ages on the phone explaining layouts and logistics. 

You’ll also want to make sure you book your registrar as soon as possible. Once all of these big things are sorted, you can start to move on to the smaller but exciting things like decorations, gifts and table settings.

Image taken at Curradine Barns, Worcestershire.

Ask for help 

If you have 12 months or more to plan a wedding, you can afford to take your time and do everything by yourself if you want to. However, when you’ve only got a few months you need to focus and not let small decisions distract you. To do this, you may want to delegate smaller decisions to friends or family. If you know what kind of flowers you want, why not ask family or a member of the bridal party if they could speak to the florist for you and arrange everything for delivery on the big day. 

If you’re having bridesmaids, you could ask them to source their own dresses. Perhaps stary by giving them a colour scheme a general steer on style but allow them to make the decision themselves. This takes one less job off your plate and also means your bridesmaids will feel completely comfortable and happy in the style they’ve chosen. 

Don’t forget that venues will have a team onsite who have a wealth of experience and will know every in and out of weddings in their setting. Don’t forget to ask them for advice and help with decisions and even recommendations or examples of what other couples have done.

Image taken at The Pear Tree, Wiltshire.

Review your budget  

Your wedding budget will underpin your entire vision and how feasible it is to plan and execute a wedding in just a few months. Keep your budget in mind whilst you look for venues and make decisions on aspects of the wedding.

One positive aspect of having a wedding in 2024 is that there are some fabulous offers across many venues, meaning you can save money on your big day and bag your dream wedding venue sooner than you think! In fact, we’ve put together a list of our top wedding venues around the country that will offer you the unforgettable day that you’re dreaming of with everything you need to celebrate your love in style. And better still, all of these venues are offering significant discounts for any remaining 2024 date! What’s not to love?!

 

Take a look at Our Favourite Wedding Venues From Around the Country and find the perfect wedding venue for your 2024 wedding and discover which dates are available.

5 Beautiful Staycation Honeymoon Locations May 16, 2020

You don’t need to travel abroad to enjoy bustling cities, sandy beaches and calm countryside. Why not consider a staycation honeymoon instead?

You’d spend less time travelling, and so this option would be better for the environment too! Here are some UK honeymoon destinations and ideas to remind you of just how charming and romantic our beautiful country can be!

1. Devon

Boasting beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, Devon is heaven for any newlyweds setting out on their staycation honeymoon. A peaceful county nestled away in the southwest of England, here you have stunning places like the famous Woolacombe beach, where your romantic strolls can last for hours upon endless stretches of golden sand. The hills are handy for a good hike too, and your cosy cottage will never be too far away. Perfect!

2. North Yorkshire

For a tranquil staycation honeymoon, North Yorkshire could be just the ticket! You could wander in the Yorkshire Dales, where you’re guaranteed to be surrounded by lush and scenic surroundings. The historic city of York is just around the corner, filled with Gothic architecture that can serve as pretty backdrops to your romantic getaway!

3. Cumbria

Cumbria is home to one of the most beautiful places in the world; the Lake District. Mountainous and historic with vast lakes and spellbinding views, the Lake District is the perfect place for you and your spouse to have your first adventure as a married couple. If it’s an enchanting escapade you’re after, you’ll find everything you need right here.

4. London

Not all UK honeymoon destinations need beaches and countryside to be considered romantic. In London, you can wine and dine as you sail down the River Thames on a riverboat cruise, making your way past iconic sights like the London Eye and the Palace of Westminster. If you’re still not satisfied, you could also dabble in luxury at The Ritz Hotel, take tea in The Shard, or stop in at any of the art galleries and museums that line the streets.

5. The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is both a small island and a county, situated off the south coast of England. Here you’ll discover quaint harbour towns, sublime coastal cliffs, and award-winning beaches including Shanklin and Sandown. If you’re looking for quiet and secluded UK honeymoon destinations, The Isle of Wight has you covered.

While embarking on a staycation honeymoon is environmentally friendly, the weddings themselves can be too! Read our guide on how to create handmade table decorations for more inspiration!

7 Incredible Wedding Venues With Accommodation March 12, 2019

When you’ve danced until you’re about to drop, you don’t want to be jumping into a cab to reach your honeymoon suite. With these 7 incredible wedding venues with accommodation, you can hit the dance floor and then hit the hay all in one place!

1. Pelham House, Easy Sussex

For a venue with fantastic transport links and overnight accommodation for more than 50 of your nearest and dearest look no further than Pelham House. This gorgeous townhouse venue located in the historic town of Lewes has fantastic train links to both London and Brighton and 29 bedrooms for you and your guests to enjoy!

2. Old Palace Chester, Cheshire

Say ‘I do’ at Old Palace Chester and enjoy their luxury accommodation. Check in here to experience the exquisite Palace Suite for you, as well as 22 en suite bedrooms for your nearest and dearest too.

3. Mythe Barn, Leicestershire

If you’re looking for wedding venues with accommodation not only for you, but for your guests too, Mythe Barn will be a winner. While you soak in the roll-top tub in your honeymoon suite, your nearest and dearest can make themselves at home in the prettily converted courtyard bedrooms.

4. Bassmead Manor Barns, Cambridgeshire

A rural idyll in the Cambridgeshire countryside, Bassmead Manor Barns offers stylish spaces to stay before and after your big day. On your wedding morning, prepare in the perfect setting of the Boudoir with your closest friends. Then when the dancing’s done, it’s time to retreat to Dove Cottage – your garden honeymoon suite. Sumptuously furnished, the barn-style bedroom is a romantic feature you’ll never forget.

5. Gaynes Park, Essex

With its serene atmosphere and country views, Gaynes Park could be miles from anywhere. This stunning barn wedding venue in Essex is just a stone’s throw from London and easily accessible from all areas of the South East. After your celebrations have drawn to a close, the luxurious Coach House offers ten individually-styled rooms for you and your loved ones to enjoy and the Lounge and Dining Area provide a wonderful space to reminisce over breakfast in the morning. The Coach House is available separately through Gaynes Park Ltd.

6. Delbury Hall, Shropshire

Delbury Hall ticks so many boxes – a classic country house, the venue also offers a barn-style space in the beautifully converted Coach House and an idyllic Garden Pagoda for outdoor ceremonies. The venue is equally well designed when it comes to your wedding night, where guests can sleep beneath the clock tower in ten elegant bedrooms. For you, it’s off to the honeymoon suite, where the lake and garden views will bowl you over.

7. Wasing Park, Berkshire

If your heart is set on wedding venues with accommodation, you’ll fall head over heels for Wasing Park. This gorgeous barn venue with a castle feel has seemingly endless places to stay for you and your guests. There’s the hayloft honeymoon suite, nine suites in the Old Estate Rooms and distinctive interiors to enjoy across a further four suites and 17 bedrooms, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned the two self-catering properties in the grounds!

Find more wedding venues that offer unforgettable places to stay for your wedding night on-site.

Real Wedding – Rachael and Ben’s Country Wedding at Mythe Barn December 19, 2018

Rachael and Ben had their hearts set on a barn wedding close to home. Discover how they created their dream day at Leicestershire wedding venue, Mythe Barn.

Location, location, location

Having hunted through countless barn venues, Rachael and Ben had found plenty of rustic settings but none in their preferred postcodes.

“After browsing wedding magazines, Instagram and online, we came across Mythe Barn and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t found it sooner. It was only half an hour from home,” Rachael recalls.

“When we arrived at Mythe Barn we were greeted in the Cart Barn. This is the lobby/bar area and I remember thinking how beautiful it was. I fell in love straight away! Ben just looked at me and laughed and said, ‘By the look on your face, do we even need to look around?'”

Real Wedding - Rachael and Ben's Homespun Country Wedding at Mythe Barn | CHWV

Homespun style

This couple’s DIY efforts began with the wedding invitations, which were made by the groom.

“Ben is a big handy man and said he’d like to make some decorations for our wedding. He created a table plan ladder, an easel for our welcome sign and together we spray-painted bottles to become vases.”

Painted by Katie provided a bespoke sign with gold writing to complement the rustic Leicestershire wedding venue and the couple’s gold and blush colour scheme.

The couple entrusted their wedding flowers to Hannah from Bloom Fleuriste.

“When Hannah arrived at our wedding venue in Leicestershire with the van stacked full of flowers I was so excited! The venue smelt amazing filled with fresh flowers, which really complemented the barn’s rustic style.”

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Dress of dreams

Rachael stepped down the aisle at Mythe Barn wearing a Stella York gown from The Bridal Boutique Warwickshire.

“This was the last boutique I visited and having tried so many dresses on and not found the one, I felt a little upset. The girls really put me at ease and when they laid out my train to see, I gasped! I loved everything about the dress – the keyhole back, lace detail and neckline…”

The bride accessorised with Rainbow Club shoes, her favourite perfume and diamond and pearl earrings.

Her bridesmaids joined her wearing the ‘Salma’ design by Ghost in the chic oyster colourway.

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Here comes the groom

“My only request when it came to the groom and groomsmen outfits was that they wear matching shoes,” Rachael laughs. “Ben didn’t understand what the fuss was about at the time, but looking back on the photos now he does.”

The groom looked dapper in a slim-fit navy suit from Moss Bros.

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Romantic soundtracks

“We hired Something Acoustic to perform during the ceremony and drinks reception. I chose Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long Will I Love You’ for my walk down the aisle. Live music really does create the most romantic atmosphere,” Rachael recommends.

“I was the most nervous I’ve ever been before walking down the aisle. It’s a strange feeling because I didn’t know exactly why I was nervous. But, as soon as I saw Ben waiting at the end of the aisle with a beaming smile, it put me at ease. It’s such an exciting and amazing feeling when you’re about to marry your best friend.”

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Dinner and dancing

The expert on-site catering team cook up a storm for celebrations at Mythe Barn and Rachael and Ben’s wedding was no exception.

“Food was a big factor for us choosing our Leicestershire wedding venue. We absolutely love to eat out and try different restaurants, so it was important that our wedding menu reflected this. The food at Mythe Barn was delicious – the beef melted in your mouth! It was perfectly presented and tasted amazing.”

After the feast, the newlyweds shared their first dance to ‘The One’ by Kodaline in the romantic setting of their wedding venue in Leicestershire.

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Find out how you could put your own stamp on Mythe Barn, just like Rachael and Ben did. It’s the perfect setting for a country wedding in Leicestershire.

The Most Common Wedding Day Regrets (and How to Avoid Them!) February 19, 2017

We all want our wedding day to be as perfect as possible but sometimes couples look back on certain parts of the day and think “I wish I could have done that a bit differently”. We’ve gathered together some of the most common wedding day regrets so you don’t make the same mistakes and have the best possible wedding that’s unforgettable for all the right reasons!

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So there you have it. We hope you manage to avoid making these classic blunders on your big day!

Need some expert help to stop wedding planning from taking over your life? Then check out our 6 Ways To Make Time For Your Relationship During Wedding Planning and make your pre-wedding life as stress-free and fun as possible.

8 Beautiful Barn Wedding Venues December 30, 2016

We’re just going to put this out there; we love barn wedding venues. There’s just something about these rural and romantic settings that make them perfect for a wedding, especially if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed and laid-back. These 8 barns all have something special to offer couples that makes them stand out from the crowd. See which one is your favourite!

1. Curradine Barns, Worcestershire

This 19th century, traditional brick barn offers a romantic, countryside escape, balancing a relaxed yet sophisticated setting for couples to enjoy The Granary Barn is an enchanting, chapel-like setting for tying the knot which you’re bound to fall in love with.

2. Gaynes Park, Essex

With rolling fields and the London skyline on the horizon, this stunning barn wedding venue is just as beautiful outside as it is in. Celebrate in the wonderfully traditional Mill Barn or enjoy drinks in the unique, open-sided Gather Barn for something totally different.

3. Crumplebury, Herefordshire

For a more contemporary barn wedding venue, look no further than Crumplebury. Nestled on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire this breathtakingly modern barn wedding venue is set in 1,500 acres of rolling countryside. The Great Barn is the perfect setting for your wedding breakfast and boasts floor to ceiling windows with endless countryside views.

4. Brookfield Barn, Sussex

Those looking for a beautiful, traditional barn need look no further than Brookfield Barn. Exchange your vows alfresco under the beautiful pergola before wining and dining under the exposed beams of The Barn. Don’t forget to spend some time taking in the views on the idyllic terrace too; it’s perfect for a drinks reception!

5. Blackwell Grange, Warwickshire

This beautiful venue combines the old and new perfectly, with a peaceful Cotswolds location too! The breathtaking Thatch Barn gives a sense of the history of this stunning farm, while the purpose-built Orchard Barn provides everything you need for an unforgettable celebration. Perfect for those seeking a traditional venue that can accommodate all their desires!

6. Clock Barn, Hampshire

If a truly rustic barn is what you’re looking for, Clock Barn will tick all your boxes. This unique family-run wedding venue is idyllic, inviting and full of character. Some might say it is one of the most picturesque barn wedding venues in Hampshire! 

7. Mythe Barn, Leicestershire

A stunning contemporary barn wedding venue with tranquil surroundings, Mythe Barn is the ideal choice for anyone wanting a luxurious yet relaxed wedding day. The light-filled Oak Barn is a beautiful setting to say ‘I do’, or take to the lawn and tie the knot under the delightful gazebo.

8. Upwaltham Barns, West Sussex

This stunning venue boasts two wonderful barns for your ceremony and reception, gardens that are bursting with colour, and a tranquil setting in the South Downs National Park. There’s even a cosy Moroccan Snug too, which is great for enjoying a few moments with your nearest and dearest.

Well there you have it! 8 beautiful barn wedding venues that all have that special something for couples to enjoy.

Still not found the perfect place? Then why not check out all our breathtakingly beautiful Barn Wedding Venues and see if you can find your dream venue?

20 Festive Favours for a Winter Wedding December 29, 2016

We love winter weddings. From the romantic ambience to the candlelit dinner and the evening party vibe, a winter celebration has much to offer.

1. Mulled wine

Give your guests a warming treat to take home, by putting together a few essential mulled wine spices.

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2. Festive baubles

Baubles make wonderful wedding favours and have the added benefit of looking beautiful on your tables. Add a place name to each one, choosing either identical designs or a range of shapes and colours.

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3. Snowflakes

We just love a festive snowflake… as a cookie, ornament, tree decoration or candle. Choose your snowflake favour and go to town!

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4. Candy cane

If your colour scheme includes red, a candy cane has to be a strong favour contender. Place on each napkin for an inexpensive, colourful (and edible) decoration.

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5. Hot chocolate

Cocoa is the ultimate winter warmer, so send your guests home with everything they need to make a perfect mug, complete with marshmallows.

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Alternatively, offer a range of hot chocolate sticks which can be stirred in to mugs of hot milk at the end of the evening.

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6. Chocolate coins

It’s that time of the year when we all secretly want to be children and buy bags of chocolate coins. Treat your guest to a few… perhaps with a quirky ‘for richer, for poorer’ tag.

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7. Crackers

If you can’t pull a cracker at a winter wedding, when can you? As well as being fun, crackers can also act as place names, and you can adorn them with any colour or design you wish. Why not decorate with some dried flowers?

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8. Sparklers

Sparklers look magical in the night sky, and make a great favour that your guests will hopefully use to bid you farewell at the end of the evening.

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9. Candles

It’s always a lovely idea to give guests a favour they can enjoy after the wedding, and a candle fits the bill perfectly. Consider buying a few extras to light on the tables after dark.

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10. Smores

Smores are bang on trend, and what better time to give them to guests than at a winter wedding. You might even consider having an evening smores bar! Alternatively, put all the necessary ingredients in cellophane bags for your guests to enjoy at home.

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11. Macarons

Macarons are a delicious bitesize wonder that goes perfectly with coffee, or anything at all. Choose a festive colour or two and delight your guests. We rather like these black sesame macarons for a winter wedding.

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12. Evergreens

Give each guest a tree sapling wrapped in hessian and tied with twine. It’s an eco-friendly favour perfectly suited to a country wedding, and it adds a lovely hint of rich green to your wedding reception.

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13. Props

For something a little quirky, and a lot of fun, give each guest a Christmas prop. Cue hours of hilarity, just make sure you have a photo booth to record the poses!

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14. Gloves

If it’s a little chilly outside, and you’re expecting your guests to wave sparklers around in the great outdoors, perhaps you might give them a cosy pair of woollen gloves.

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15. Pine cones

As well as looking pretty, these pinecone firelighters are dipped in beeswax – just the thing to start a snuggly open fire on a cold winters night.

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16. Brandy… or Baileys

Adult guests may well enjoy a ‘tipple’ at the end of the evening. Consider giving miniature bottles of brandy, Baileys or whiskey, or perhaps even homemade sloe gin.

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17. Snow globes

Make your own snow globes using Mason or jam jars. Simply glue your chosen figurine to the underside of the jar lid, fill the jar with water and a dash of glycerine and add glitter.

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18. Chutney

For an inexpensive and personal favour, get creative and make some miniature jars of chutney. Your guests will enjoy it over the festive season.

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19. Toffee apples

A delicious choice for a cosy late autumn or winter wedding. Investigate a few different recipes as an alternative to the traditional toffee.

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20. Sparkly cupcakes

Oh yes, we all want a touch of glitz and glamour in the winter, so it’s time to add some edible glitter to those cupcakes. Delicious!

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Now you’ve got those all-important winter wedding favours sorted, it’s definitely time to take a look at 10 Of The Best Winter Wedding Dresses and find the perfect look for your big day!