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Real wedding – A last look at winter

We may have officially left winter this week and leaped into spring, but I’m still going to take this very last chance to share a wonderful winter wedding from Suzanne Fells with you before it really is too late.

I love winter weddings, there’s always something magical about enjoying such a special day near Christmas, and the fact that they are not the obvious choice makes them appealing to me.

And while the temperature at this wedding went down to minus 42 (!!!), even if you are choosing slightly warner climes you can still incorporate some of the stunning ideas, many of which can be used to create a Hygge wedding in any season. Think candles, a relaxed setting, rustic decor and natural materials.

If you are going for a really cool wedding in the literal sense then make sure your photographer is used to working in extreme temperatures.  For this wedding Suzanne needed 3 cameras, an assistant and bags with cameras at different temperatures to make sure nothing froze or warmed up which would cause condensation on the lens.

Enjoy the photos while sipping a tasty hot chocolate x

www.suzannefellsphotography.com

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Do we want children at our wedding?

When planning your wedding one of the first considerations is usually the venue. However, there is one important question which should be asked before this – “do we want children at our wedding?”

It is important for this to be asked before looking into venue as the choice of the venue can depend on whether your wedding includes the little ones and/or teenagers.
Here are our top 10 tips on how you can have a family-friendly wedding day:
1. Why not choose an outdoor venue?
Outdoor venues are usually self-contained and offer exclusive use. So, everyone on site will only be your guests and there’s no danger of children wandering off into the wrong room or event. Outdoor venues also offer loads (and loads) of space which is perfect for children to run about – something they love to do at weddings – without getting in the way.

2. Get the little ones their own area
With outdoor venues offering loads of space, you will be able to create your own little wedding village. So, you may have the main events in a tipi or marquee but you can book smaller tents such as a bell tent or a yurt for the children. Provided they are supervised, this will give you a dedicated area for children activities or even a mini cinema!

3. Book a professional crèche or baby sitter
Why not consider booking a dedicated professional crèche or baby sitter who will be able to take care of the children all day, leaving the adults to enjoy themselves completely worry free.

4. Child friendly food
Child friendly food is vital and an outdoor venue will really allow you to choose some creative options which the kids – and even adults – will love. Consider an ice-cream van or a fish and chip van! Children will enjoy this much more than a formal sit down meal.

5. Photo booth
Photo booths are great fun for everyone and there’s a huge choice available from now from caravans to New York taxis. You’re sure to find one to fit your theme!

6. Activity Packs
Even at the most relaxed wedding, there are still times when the children need to sit still such as during the speeches. To keep them occupied, why not provide activity packs which they can do at their seats. For example, stickers or puzzles.

7. Outdoor Games
Take advantage of the space and indulge in some creative party games such as giant Jenga and Connect Four. You could even go one step further and have a bouncy castle or a full size carousel!

8. Wedding Favours
There’s one thing children love – sweet treats. So, make your favours child friendly. You could choose from cupcakes, personalised lollies or bags of sweets. And if the cost is a concern, do not forget the favours can double up as the name cards too.

9. Involve them in your day
All children like feeling part of the event, so give them a role. They could let people know what is taking place in which tent, they can be handed the mic round during the speech or can even present gifts to guests.

10. Don’t worry!
The most important tip of all is to not worry and enjoy your special day! Guests all ages will have a great day.

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Bell tent for children at weddings – by Vintage Belles

 

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Flower girl dresses by The Bridal Boutique Warwickshire

 

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Treats or activity packs for children by Elegantly Finished Events 

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Wonderful Wedding Ceremony

For today’s blog I am going to pass you over to Martina of Wonderful Events who has written a blog about personalising your wedding ceremony.

Any wedding is a very individual affair – the taste of the Bride is crucial and time keeping of the Groom necessary. Getting the perfect look and feel to the wedding ceremony and wedding reception is pretty much easy sailing as girls usually have an idea long before boys have put the ring on it!

While you may have your wedding day pictured perfectly in your mind, it is important to understand the legalities surrounding the day. As you know, you will pretty much have free reign with choosing a dreamy place with an amazing setting for your wedding reception, but with the wedding ceremony, you may be stopped by the legalities. Ironically, the most important part of your wedding – where you make your life lasting promises – is the most inflexible!

So, what are the legalities? 

A UK marriage ceremony must be performed by an authorised person and be witnessed by two people. This means couples have to choose between an approved religious ceremony, a registry office ceremony or registrar who will come to the wedding at a licensed venue. This 20 minute ceremony will have a set text where only names are exchanged from wedding to wedding. Not very personal nor very meaningful and for a substantial amount of money – especially if you wished to get married on a Saturday.

But of course it doesn’t have to be this way – the wedding ceremony can definitely have a personal touch. For example, you and your partner are able to choose where and who will officiate your wedding; a religious ceremony, office ceremony or registrar? Furthermore, as mentioned you need two witnesses, however this doesn’t mean you can’t have anymore – your guests! Lastly, vows can be personalised to your and your partner’s relationship. Nobody should dictate what your special day should look and feel like.

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Hi, my name is Martina and I am a Wedding Celebrant from Warwickshire.

I travel to meet couples and make their perfect ceremony come true by writing and officiating their own bespoke one.

Be it sunrise, sunset, the countryside, the beach or under a blossom tree. You could have the beautiful setting you always dreamed of when whispering your chosen vows to each other.

A perfect love affair – Your perfect day!

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Autumn 2014 – The run up to the event

The story so far ….As many of you will know, I took over The Vintage Chic Wedding Fair earlier this year.  Due to time restrictions, we didn’t have a spring fair, so autumn was very exciting, both for me, and for our exhibitors who had missed us in spring.

Location, location, location …..I took the decision quite quickly to move the fair from Birmingham/West Midlands to the South Midlands and Warwickshire where I am based and where more importantly, there was a clear gap in the market.  I was delighted when we quickly secured the Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa as it offered a central location and its combination of regency and art deco style, provided the perfect backdrop for our fair.

Always one step ahead…. The Vintage Chic Wedding Fair has been established since 2010 and it was one of the first wedding fairs of its kind in the country.  Since then vintage styling has understandably grown and is now more popular than ever. Keeping up to date with trends is vital so this year we very proudly launched Festival Chic, dedicated to outdoor, DIY and festival style wedding. Many elements of this style complement Vintage Chic perfectly. More new on Festival Chic later in the autumn.

I hope this little blog gives you an insight into me and the run up to the autumn fair.  The Vintage Chic Wedding Fair has always been about creating a boutique style event where like-minded suppliers can connect with each other as well as with couples, so please comment or get in touch.

My article on how the fair went will follow, Charlotte x

 

 

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Chic ideas for outdoor weddings from Rio Lounge

Outdoor weddings create the ultimate romantic ambiance for your special day. Tying the knot al fresco will give you the most amazing memories to cherish as well as a stunning collection of photographs capturing your outdoor wedding day. We’ve come up with some of our favourite chic ideas for outdoor weddings to make sure that your day is unforgettable from start to finish.

Create your perfect outdoor venue

When it comes to outdoor weddings, the sky is the limit. Check out castle or stately home grounds, formal gardens or a romantic lakeside setting. Your perfect outdoor wedding venue should be scenically beautiful for photographs and spacious enough to add a marquee or gazebos in case your guests need to shelter from heavy rain or strong midday sun. Marquees are also useful for hosting the wedding breakfast in comfort, and can be easily decorated in a chic or vintage theme. Patio heaters are an ideal option for your outdoor wedding to keep your guests warm as the sun goes down, and lanterns hung in the trees or bamboo garden torches are the perfect romantic accessory for your special day.

Choose chic outdoor furniture

If you’re going for the shabby chic or vintage look, then you need to set the scene. Vintage chairs such as the White Louis Chair are perfect for the wedding breakfast, and deckchairs create a fun and casual bar area for your guests to relax and enjoy evening drinks. For the ultimate in opulence, a chaise longue in your marquee is ideal for guest photographs or for a moment’s relaxation before the dancing begins. Chic and classy outdoor furniture is guaranteed to get your guests talking and can transform any outdoor space into a perfect wedding venue.

Capture the vintage look

The vintage and chic look continues to be one of the hottest wedding trends and a firm favourite for a wedding theme. Creating the ultimate vintage wedding is all about the detail. Go for vintage bunting to decorate your marquee or gazebos, vintage lace table numbers, vintage style hair combs to complete your bridal outfit and stunning marquee letters which can be personalised to your special day. For table centrepieces, collect antique or vintage glass vases and fill with vintage roses to complete the effect. You can get inspiration online and choose your vintage favourites, then check out your local vintage wedding fairs for the most authentic chic accessories and the best deals.

Outdoor weddings are undoubtedly one of the best ways to create a wedding day to remember. Enjoying your special day outdoors in beautiful surroundings will guarantee stunning photographs, amazing memories and a wedding day with a difference that will keep your guests talking for months after the event. Adding a touch of shabby chic and vintage gives you the chance to create a colourful and nostalgic day full of personal and handmade touches that will make your day even more extra special.

http://www.riolounge.co.uk