Important Things To Consider When Picking Your Wedding Venue

When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, there are so many different things to consider and it can be really easy to paralyze yourself with choices. You’ve probably checked out a dozen or more wedding venues already, or perhaps you don’t even know where to start. It’s a daunting process–that’s for sure! But there are a couple of ways to make the entire thing easier, especially if you’re willing to do a bit of research and have a few months (or even a whole year) to get prepared.


Without further ado, let’s take a look at a couple of things to consider when choosing the ideal wedding venue for you and your partner, or even when helping your friends and family members.


flowers and outside weddin venue


Accessibility can be really important


When choosing a wedding venue, one of the most important factors has to be accessibility. Imagine if you picked a really fancy and beautiful location, only to realize that most of your guests won’t be able to make the trip because it’s way too far from where they live. Maybe you want to have a nice wedding overseas, but you can’t justify it because most of the people on your guest list can’t really pay for a weekend flight just for a wedding.


Depending on your guest list, you’ll need to pick a location that is fairly accessible to everyone. In most cases, it’s best if you can pick a location that is close to you and your dearest friends and family members, but we know that it’s not always possible given the circumstances and distances between people. However, it’s often in your best interests to try and find a location that everyone is content with.


The venue capacity and the size of your guest list


Next, think about venue capacity. Locations such as St Osyth Priory are huge and can offer plenty of space for all of your guests, but you might also prefer something a little smaller (especially if the location is more ideal) so it’s always a good idea to look around. Try to get a rough estimate from the venue on how many people can attend, then compare it to your guest list. This will help you pick a venue that is suitable for the number of people that you plan to invite.


Look at the amenities and services


Don’t forget to look at things such as catering. Many venues offer in-house catering that is taken care of by a team of cooks. They might not offer this option all the time. In some cases, you might need to contact another catering service, or even look for a reception team that can use the amenities at the venue. You’ll also want to ask your catering team about dietary needs, and also look into any additional services they can offer, such as a buffet later on in the day.

Whether it’s your wedding day or if you’re helping to plan for a friend or family member, it’s vital that you consider these things when picking a wedding venue. The more time you spend planning it, the more magical and memorable the wedding will be.

Weddings Under £10K – Spend or Save?

You may think that a wedding costing £10K is an expensive one, but the truth is it is pretty cheap these days. Indeed, you certainly can have a great celebration for 10K and under but you will need to decide where to spend and where to save to meet your budget. Luckily, you can get some guidance on this very subject in the post below. 

Wedding dress 


Some folks are happy with getting a cut-price dress from a sale, or even a preloved gown. After all, it has only been worn once! However as a rule I wouldn’t recommend scrimping on your wedding dress as it’s a very important party of the day for the bride. 

Not only will you want to look your best for the day and the photos that you will review and probably display in your home for the rest of your life, but your wedding dress is symbolic of the change and commitment you are about to make. With that in mind, finding a dress that makes your heart soar is almost like a good omen for the marriage and life to come, and that is why, in my opinion, this is definitely a spending item and not a saved one. That said, if you find a dress that you love I think it would be madness not to shop around. 




Rings, including engagement and wedding rings, are also very symbolic. The circular nature of the ring and the inclusion of diamonds represent the eternity that you promise to be with your partner. Although many people do worry about the cost of such items. 


Of course, the answer here is to do your research before you buy and check out posts like this 3 Carat Diamond Ring Price Revealed article for the in-depth information you need. Then you will be able to see whether it’s worth spending on diamond rings, or whether it’s better to save and go for something more simple that will keep you on budget. 




Opinions really vary on whether you should spend a fortune on your wedding cake, or whether it’s a great place to save. Personally, I think it’s up to you, but the cake and the cutting of the cake tend to be one of the central points of the day, which means you’ll want to make sure it looks its best. It’s also something that you won’t want to have to worry about making yourself or going wrong so investing in a professional baker, and some professionally made toppers makes sense to me. 


Believe it or not, you can actually save on your wedding venue if you are willing to go for a less-than-traditional option. For many people that means the back garden of their parents or a relative that is big enough to put up a marquee. MrG and I got married in a victorian water tower!

A favourite restaurant or even a private room in a pub can also be a great option for a venue that won’t break the bank. Just make sure you can get in to decorate them beforehand, and that you assign some of your wedding party to clear up duty when the celebration is over.

4 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Your Upcoming Nuptials

The wedding is near, huh? Congratulations on finding someone that wants to be with you until the end! When you’re single and looking for love, actually finding someone can feel like climbing a mountain for most, so well done on securing a delight. You’ve been together for a while, and you’re certain that they’re the one, so keeping them chained to you by law is probably the right thing to do! So, again, congratulations on reaching that feat!


When it comes to the wedding itself, you’ll plan absolutely every part of it – no stone will be left unturned. It will be the most perfect day and evening, and it’ll be completely tailored to your wants and needs. Everything in that regard is completely sewn up. But what about you, personally? The big day and the proceedings are obviously important, but you need to be in the right shape as you head into it. You’re one half of the dynamic duo involved, remember? Everybody is coming to see you. 


How can you possibly prepare yourself for your upcoming wedding, then? Well, there are loads of different things you can do to maximize your mentality, happiness, calmness, and looks going into it. Here are a few ideas for you right now:  

Soak Up Every Bit Of Knowledge


You should probably be doing this in your everyday life anyway, but be sure to take in as much info about the big day as possible. There may be certain bits and pieces that you have no idea about. Whether it’s little gems from articles online or small pieces of advice from family members, you’re going to want to keep that data stored in your mind – you might need it later on down the line. 


Work On Your Looks!


You’re going to be looked at a lot during the day. Now, that doesn’t mean you should crank up the pressure on yourself because you look amazing as you are. Shaking things up and spoiling yourself in terms of your appearance should be a mandatory thing, however! Go nuts, and make yourself the real center of attention – there will be photos of this that are viewed for years and years; do your best!


Don’t Overthink It 


When something this large and significant crops up in one’s life, it’s easy for them to panic and begin worrying about every little thing. While it’s a big day, you have to treat it as though it’s something pretty straightforward – otherwise, you’ll go through the entire wedding on edge. It’s normal if you’re going through a list of wedding superstitions and possible problems in your head right now, but make sure you’re aware that the bad things in your mind will never actually happen!


Continue Working Hard At Your Job!


Yes, this is an important event in your life, but you should also recognize that you have other things going on. When you have lots of your mind elsewhere, it can become easy to get distracted in terms of your professional life. Keeping your head down at work will help you out professionally, but it will also help to take your mind away from any stress or anxiety you may harbor. 

Royal Wedding with Amazon Handmade

This is a collaborative post.

It’s fair to say that I am not really a royalist but I do like them. Especially Harry and William. But especially Harry. I admire the work he has put into the Invictus games and I think he seems like a pleasant bloke. Meghan is going to make a great addition to our Royal family too what with her work as a UN advocate as well as other work supporting various charities. They make such a good match!

I work with lots of couples as part of my day job creating personalised cake toppers – you can read more about that here. 

One of my favourite moments in the process of making the toppers is when I first see what the bride will be wearing.

Of course whatever Meghan decides to wear will look beautiful (have you seen her!?) and I cannot wait to see it! I might even have a go at making a topper of them!

On Saturday, the day of the Royal wedding, I will be settling down to watch it on television with Bess, my daughter. I quite like the thought that some day this will be a marker in our history. In her history.

wedding table

Perfection is in the planning

If you are planning a little party of your own or are looking for a gift for a wedding this year, Amazon Handmade’s new Wedding Shop has got you covered. Just click on this link to find your perfect gift:  

I really like sourcing things from small sellers. As a sole trader myself I know how much that support counts. When you buy something from a small seller you really are helping them to put food on their table. Amazon Handmade is a great website for finding those kinds of sellers and they have a vast array of wonderful gifts.

wedding cake bunting

This personalised Prosecco glass is the perfect gift for anyone who likes their bubbles. You could even splash out on a pair of them for the happy couple.

I believe I am correct in saying that as a British person I was (like all British people) instilled with a love of bunting at birth. We all love the stuff. This Cath Kidston print bunting is exactly the sort of thing to wibble the stiffest of upper lips and as such it makes an excellent gift choice.

Confetti is a big deal. A lot of venues now either try to discourage or in some cases have banned the use of paper confetti. This confetti however is made from biodegradable rose petals. A must for weddings this summer and it smells divine too!

Bess does love a crown. I blame myself for the most part. Elizabeth is rather a regal name after all. We love this Princess crown headband and I have a feeling it will be in use on Saturday and long after.

Who doesn’t like to feel like a princess – especially when the newest of ours has such a clear passion for making young girls feel empowered. 


Wedding Trends To Avoid

If you are planning your wedding (or anybody else’s for that matter) you want it to be a great day, the best day in fact. Of course you do.

I read a ‘helpful’ article recently which outlined the trends to avoid if you are planning a wedding in 2017 which I thought I would share with you.

Here are a few of the no-no’s on their extensive list;
Floral crowns
Cowboy boots or Converse trainers with your wedding attire
Having a big bridal party
Chalkboard signs
Naked cakes
Anything boho or DIY
Giant bridal bouquets
The informal wedding breakfast

Having read their article I would like to respond with a few of my own trends to avoid. Some you might agree with, some you might not! Feel free to let me know in the comments section.

1) Having a theme or colour scheme (or anything else) because you feel like you are expected to.

For starters, there will be very few guests who will remember your colour scheme. Secondly some of the most beautiful wedding photos I have seen have been ones which had NO colour scheme at all. If you want to go down this route then cool, that’s your choice – just be aware of the “teal trap”! You pick a colour (any colour) and you will be surprised by how many different shades there are. Want to save some money? decide on a palette rather than a colour.

2) Expecting your wedding to come above your guests comfort/priorities

Your wedding is a pretty important day in your life and you want your loved ones there. Great. Do them a favour though and don’t expect them to travel hundreds of miles and spend a lot of money only to be spending the day standing around with a rumbly tummy because the person planning the wedding decided that it was “their problem if they didn’t have breakfast”.
If you invite a person they are your guest, it is common courtesy to make them feel comfortable.

That doesn’t mean an endless supply of nibbles and a free bar. It does mean letting them know if there will be a long gap between the ceremony and the food. Similarly if you don’t want to have children at your wedding, that’s understandable. Don’t be cross though if that parent you invited can’t make it due to the lack of a babysitter. That’s life.

3) Not including your In-Laws on the thank you’s if they don’t contribute to the wedding

If you value your relationship with your future spouse then you should probably just suck it up and give them that thank you. Maybe they are an enormous pain, maybe you share an immense dislike of each other, maybe. It doesn’t matter. Grow up and get behind the fact that they produced and raised their child to be the person who you are choosing to spend the rest of your life with. Be nice.

4) Asking your Bridesmaids to change their appearance to better suit your photos

Yes, it happens. Some corkers I have seen in the last few years have included them being asked to get to a tanning salon (not a spray tan, a proper one. The bride didn’t want the dress ruined), a girl being asked not to be in her wheelchair for the photos and many, many girls who were asked to dye their hair so they didn’t stand out in photos. Please. Just don’t.

5) Scrimping on the Photographer

Trust me on this. It is the biggest regret from all of the brides I speak to after their wedding. If the photos aren’t right or the photographer is “not a people person” then you are not going to be happy with the end result. That doesn’t mean you need to pay through the nose, what it does mean though is that if your budget is limited you need to do your homework big time!

5) Including (or excluding) anything for the sole reason that it is (or isn’t) en vogue.

Your wedding day should be about you. It should represent you both as a couple and as individuals and as such there is NOTHING off limits. Naked cakes are beautiful and DIY weddings can save you a LOT of money as well as bringing more than a touch of the personal to your special day.  There really are no rules at all. Don’t wear white or ivory or even a wedding dress if that’s not who you are. Or do! Whatever your day looks like, the outcome will hopefully still be the same.

So that’s my list.  Feel free to add your own to the comments section, I would love to hear them!

The things people will remember from your day will be how much fun it was, not whether you had favours or what canape they were given after the ceremony. So forget the politics, make it FUN and GOOD LUCK!