How to Plan a Stress-Free Wedding: Top Tips From Our Venues!

Who better to give advice on wedding planning than the wedding venues themselves! We've gathered together top tips from some of our favourite venues, to help you plan your big day. Read on to find out more...

 

Get Talking

When planning a wedding most wedding experts agree that communication is indispensable - so make sure you have a clear vision of what you want, and share it with your vendors! Why not create a ‘mood board’ as a visual aid to help make your dream wedding a reality?

 

 

The Marketing Manager at Gosfield Hall has this advice for couples and vendors alike: “Communication is the key to success. We listen carefully to the couple’s requirements, creating a comprehensive document that can be approved by the couple and circulated well in advance of the event”. Checklists are a great way to make sure everything has been accounted for and no stone is left unturned.

 

 

 

Gosfield Hall in Essex is a Georgian Mansion which couples can use exclusively on their wedding day, with space for 120 guests. The property has overnight accommodation for up to 67 guests so you can continue your celebration with a delicious breakfast the following morning.

 

 

Good Morning!

The key to enjoying your wedding is to have a wonderful stress-free morning before the ceremony, so make sure everything is ready the day before - the last thing you need on the morning of your wedding is to be worrying about things you might have forgotten to do. Preparation is everything, and to make sure your day runs smoothly it's best to think ahead. Create a wedding timeline so you know what you need to do at 5 months before, 2 months before and the week before!

 

 

The team at Crockwell Farm have this advice for couples looking for a venue: “Our top tip is – look to book a venue that offers you access to set up the day before. This allows the morning of your wedding to be about you and family and not frantically arranging favours and pinning up your bunting. If you are stress free the morning of your wedding, your day will run like a dream!”   

 

 

Crockwell Farm is set in the rolling South Northamptonshire countryside, and they pride themselves on offering a unique service with exclusive use for two days. The venue consists of idyllic gardens, a pretty stone vaulted hall and fully insulated marquees, along with 8 comfortable bedrooms for you and your wedding party to stay in.

 

 

Make yourself at home

It is so important that you feel relaxed and at ease on your big day. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to have a good relationship with your suppliers and venue. Many couples have commented on how the staff at a venue can make a huge difference to a wedding reception by the tiniest details, for instance remembering someone's favourite drink or paying extra attention to younger guests.

 

 

Wasing Park Wedding Team suggest couples planning a wedding should look out for a venue that makes them feel at home. They pride themselves on their team who offer “a warm welcome and are discreetly there throughout the day for the couple, always remaining calm and relaxed in all situations".

 

 

Nestled between the borders of Berkshire and Hampshire, Wasing Park is an award winning wedding venue. Couples can choose to hold their ceremony in the parish church, the Victorian summerhouse or the elegant garden room with the reception held in the castle barn.



 Ask Questions

Getting engaged is such an exciting time and there is so much to think about….one of the biggest decisions you will make is choosing a venue!  When you are looking at venues it is important to ask about the planning process and to make sure that your chosen venue has a dedicated team on hand to look after you in the build up to your big day and on the day itself: every couple getting married is unique and all have different planning needs, questions, timescales and objectives along the way.

 

 

The team at South Farm highlight the importance of visiting your venue and asking all these important questions: “Check that when it comes to your big day there will be a dedicated Event Manager to look after you and your guests and to take care of all the finer details ensuring your day runs perfectly and according to your wishes. Another question to ask is if a menu tasting is on offer at your chosen venue – it is fantastic to be able to try the food and make informed menu choices for the most important meal of your life!”

 

 

South Farm is a beautiful old Grade II listed farmhouse, surrounded by idyllic gardens and lovingly restored ancient timber framed barns. As well as being a wedding venue, South Farm boasts a productive smallholding, expansive nature reserve and woodlands, with home-grown food and stunning quirky features for all to enjoy.



Take it from us…

Our very own Wedding Manager, Jonty Letts, has this top tip for couples: “There are many independent venues starting out that won’t be on the first page of google or might not advertise at all online. Although harder to find, in my experience it is always worth digging deeper into the pile to find a unique venue - it will give your wedding a more personal feel. It’s always nice to hear comments like ‘we had no idea this was on our doorstep’ or ‘I always wondered what was down that driveway’. Enjoy the investigative process!”

 

 

Of course, not everyone has got the time to do this - which is where we come in. The team at Britain’s Finest Weddings work hard to find the best and most unique independent wedding venues in the UK. We love what we do, and you can relax knowing that we’ve done the hard work for you! To find the best independent wedding venues, check out www.britainsfinest.co.uk/weddingvenues

10 Hottest Wedding Trends for 2017

Pastel Wedding Dresses

If white just isn’t your colour, or you're having a non-traditional wedding, this trend will be right up your street! Soft pretty pastels such as lilac, blush pink and powder blue are working their way into bridal collections - paired with more elaborate dress styles, they really make a statement.

Photo courtesy of: Pinterest

 

Fun Food Displays

This is the ultimate Pinterest wedding trend - pretty and functional! From donut walls to “Pimp Your Prosecco” stands, these displays can be easily DIY’ed and are a cheap way to make your wedding a little bit different.

Photo courtesy of: Party Slate

 

Metallic Details

Rose gold accents have been everywhere, from jewellery to makeup - and now they’ve made their way over into weddings. The key to nailing this trend is to not go overboard, less really is more! Think rose-gold cutlery, pretty gold accents on the invitations, or even a metallic beaded dress.

Photo courtesy of: Found Vintage Rentals

 

Hanging Floral Centrepieces

Greenery and wildflower displays have been a huge wedding trend for a while now, and it’s not going anywhere soon. Take it to the next level by creating a hanging floral centrepiece above your dinner tables. Not only is this a stunning way to decorate your venue, it also makes it easier for your guests to see each other during dinner - win win!

Photo courtesy of: Style Me Pretty

 

Casual Dining

Many couples are foregoing the traditional formal dinner, choosing instead to have more casual dining options. If you’re having a summer wedding, why not hire your favourite food truck to serve your guests outdoors, get a wood-fired pizza oven, or even have a BBQ. Or, if you still want a sit-down meal, serve the food “family style” from big sharing dishes.

Photo courtesy of: Brit & Co

 

Warehouse Venues

For years, rustic barn venues have been the most popular. 2017 is seeing the rise of more industrial warehouse spaces, which can be decorated to suit any theme. Go ultra-luxe with gold and white accents, or contrast the industrial space with beautiful lace and flowers.

Photo courtesy of: Kat Hill Wedding Photography

 

Silent Disco

There’s nothing quite as funny as watching hundreds of people dance and sing in a silent room! Entertain your guests and comply with noise regulations by having a silent disco in the later hours of the evening.

Photo courtesy of: Hannah Larkin Photography via Love My Dress

 

Mismatched Bridesmaids

Gone are the days when bridesmaids all wore identical unflattering dresses. More and more brides are choosing to have “mismatched bridesmaids”, allowing each bridesmaid to choose their own dress within a general colour scheme. This is particularly good if your bridesmaids are paying for the dresses themselves, as they can choose something that they would wear again.

Photo courtesy of: Ever After Guide

 

Mason Jars

OK, so they might be a little bit cliche - but there’s no denying they look super cute! To make things a bit different, use them for something other than cocktails. How about filling them with flowers for a simple rustic centrepiece, or using them to decorate your ceremony?

Photo courtesy of: Anthropologie

 

Geode Wedding Cakes

If you’re looking for a showstopping cake, this is the one for you! Designed to look like the centre is filled with stunning quartz crystals (made from sugar), your guests will be seriously impressed.

Photo courtesy of: Notey

The Definitive Guide to Wedding Speeches

Speeches are a big deal - they’re often the most memorable, and emotional, parts of the wedding reception, and will be talked about at family gatherings for years to come. Make sure the men in your life are well aware of what they need to do with our definitive guide to wedding speeches. And don’t forget yourself - feel free to make a speech if you like the thought of it. We’re long past the days when men spoke for us!

Father of the Bride

Inevitably, there are going to be some dad jokes mixed into this speech - that’s all just part of the fun! But there’s also a serious purpose to the speech. He’ll be thanking the guests for coming, and thanking those who helped organise the day. Even more importantly, he’ll be reminding everyone just how fab you are! Get ready for plenty of stories about your childhood, and some serious gushing over what a smart/beautiful/accomplished person you are. This is also his chance to welcome your new husband to the family, and to express his happiness that you have found each other.

 

Groom

Your new husband also has plenty of thank you’s to get through. The most important ones, though, are to both sets of parents (his own, for their love and support, and yours, for raising such an amazing daughter!), and to you, his new wife and life partner. Be prepared to get tearful, and perhaps even see him cry for the first time - although he’ll promise it was just some dust in his eye.

 

Best Man

There’s a lot of pressure here - everyone expects this to be the comedy highlight of the day. Given how close the groom and best man are, he’s bound to have plenty of funny anecdotes to regale you with. Expect to learn a lot you probably wished you didn’t know about your husband, and enjoy watching him turn redder (who said only brides were blushing?) as the speech goes on. The best man is also in charge of reading out messages from absent friends and family, before toasting the happy couple.

 

You

Speeches by the bride are quite a modern addition to the traditional wedding reception, so there’s really no rules for you to follow. It’s probably a good idea to thank both of your parents again, and then take the opportunity to thank your bridesmaids for their support and friendship. Finally, now’s the time to gush about your groom - no one can accuse you of being too soppy on your wedding day!

Managing the Wedding Day - Who Does What?!

Your wedding is supposed to be the most special day of your life, but there’s no denying the fact that it can be hugely stressful too! Particularly for brides who have a certain vision of how the day is meant to go and find it hard to delegate, the day (and those leading up to it) can seem like a bit of a logistical nightmare - how are you supposed to find the time to organise flower arrangements, make sure guests are in the right place at the right time, get the decorations exactly right, and then still look like a picture-perfect (and definitely not flustered) blushing bride…?

Fear not - we’ll help you figure out exactly who should take responsibility for what, so that you can feel comfortable asking for help. Remember, these are your closest family and friends, and they’ll probably be very excited at the prospect of playing a part in organising your big day! Trust that everything will be done well, and allow yourself to relax and enjoy the day.


Ushers

Choose your ushers from male friends or relatives (particularly useful if there are too many potential groomsmen). They’ll be in charge of escorting guests to seats at the church or venue, handing out programmes and confetti, and acting as general guest guides throughout the day. They should arrive for the ceremony a little earlier than guests, and make sure they know exactly what will be happening when - it might be worth sending round a group email a week or so before the wedding, just so that they all know what to do.

 

Bridesmaids

Your bridesmaids will be the best support system you have throughout the whole wedding planning process, as well as on the day - they’re your closest friends after all! If they live close to you (and the wedding venue), it’s likely that they’ll be willing to help set up and decorate in the days leading up to the wedding. Even better, they’re probably the people who best understand your vision of the day, so you can relax in the knowledge that the venue is in safe hands.

On the day itself, your bridesmaids will get ready with you and keep you calm as those pre-wedding nerves start to set in. They’ll travel with you to the venue, make sure your hair and make-up are perfect, and then follow you and your father down the aisle. If you’ve got a long train on your dress or a chapel-length veil, they’ll arrange it and make sure you don’t trip.

 

Bridal Party

Your bridal party includes your bridesmaids, as well as your close family. These are the guys you can rely on to help set-up the venue. They’ll coordinate all the different suppliers, making sure the flowers are in the right place, the caterers know where to set up, and the table decorations are all in place. Although your bridesmaids may be involved, make sure you have some with you whilst you get ready. Equally, your mum and sisters might want to spend the wedding morning with you, so it is worth asking other relatives (such as cousins, aunts and uncles) or friends who live close to you, if they are able to help out too. The most important thing is to have a clear plan of action, so that everybody knows what part of the set-up they are responsible for!

An alternative that many brides opt for is an “on the day” wedding coordinator. Unlike a traditional wedding planner, which many brides find too expensive, they’ll only work with you on the day - you’re still in charge of organising all the suppliers, but the coordinator will ensure that everything on the day runs smoothly. This is a great way to stick to a budget but take away some responsibility from your family.

Easy Ways to DIY Your Wedding

If you’ve got a tight budget or just enjoy being creative, DIYing parts of your wedding can be lots of fun! There’s really no limit as to how much you can DIY, but these four areas are a great place to start. We’ve gathered together some ideas and tips for creating your own invitations, seating plan, wedding favours and veil. For even more tutorials and inspiration, have a look at our Pinterest boards and check out a few DIY wedding blogs such as RockMyWedding and A Practical Wedding.

 

Invitations

Along with a “Save the Date” (for super-organised brides), the invitations for your wedding are one of the first things that you’ll need to think about making. This is a great opportunity to decide on the overall colour scheme of your wedding, and what sort of feel you want the day to have. Maybe you want a whimsical wedding, full of soft pinks and florals? Or perhaps you and your partner met in an interesting way, or share a unique passion, that you want to incorporate into the day? If you DIY your wedding invitations, you can have full control over how they turn out and really personalise them to suit you both as a couple.

Photo courtesy of: Paperless Post

Etsy is the best place to start for DIY wedding projects. If you’re pressed for time or money, there are plenty of pre-made designs and templates available for purchase which can often be adapted to suit your personal colour scheme. These will tend to be delivered as a digital file, which you can then print out yourself.

Photo courtesy of: Festival Brides

Alternatively, get friends/family/bridesmaids/children involved in a craft session and make your invitations completely by hand. This is a particularly nice idea if you’re having a small intimate wedding with fewer guests, as you can spend a lot more time personalising the invitations. A stamp with your names or initials, such as this one, is a cute and simple way of creating continuity between invitations, and could also be used for all your other wedding stationery (menus, programmes, thank you cards etc).

 

Seating Plan

There are so many options when it comes to creating your own seating plan, from simple to extremely intricate. Here’s a couple of our favourites that we’ve seen floating around the web, but Pinterest really is your best friend for discovering unique and creative ideas.

Photo courtesy of: Sophie Carefull Photography

If your wedding has a bit of a vintage feel to it, why not scour antique shops to find a beautiful ornate mirror and then use a Sharpie to write your seating plan onto it. Although simple to do, this can be a very striking decoration for the wedding.

Photo courtesy of: SweetNCCollective on Etsy.com

For boho brides, using a combination of wood and foliage will add a rustic feel to your seating plan. You can find wood offcuts cheaply on the internet which will just need a bit of varnish to freshen them up.. If you have a florist organising your wedding flowers, ask them if they are able to create garlands to hang along the top of the seating plan which match your wedding bouquet. Alternatively, use fake flowers and foliage and design a garland yourself, which you can then make ahead of time and reuse into the future.

 

Favours

Favours can be difficult, especially if you’ve got lots of guests attending your wedding. One of our favourite ideas is to make favours double up as decorations, to save you both time and money when planning your wedding. For example, if your theme is a bit rustic you could decorate tables with plant-pots filled with succulents, and then invite your guests to take them home at the end of the evening.

Photo courtesy of: Reego Photographie

Alternatively, edible gifts always go down well and don’t have to be too expensive. You could make giftbags filled with sweets or chocolates - simply use cellophane and ribbon to create inexpensive giftbags, and attach a label stamped with your initials or the date of the wedding.  

 

Veil

Considering that a veil is just a flimsy (although admittedly beautiful!) piece of material, it can comes as a shock how much they cost. If you’ve got the time, DIYing your veil is a great way to save money, and also gives you the chance to make it exactly how you want it.

Photo courtesy of: Amber Bridal

The first thing you’ll need to decide on is the length of the veil and how many tiers you want. Although traditionally a veil would have two tiers (with one covering the face before the ceremony), many brides now opt for a much sleeker single tier veil.

The next decision is the type of fabric - our advice would be to use English net. It’s a much cheaper alternative to silk tulle, whilst still being incredibly soft and flexible. Avoid bridal illusion or tulle if possible, which creates a very stiff veil - not great for photos!

Finally, it’s a simple case of measuring out the fabric and sewing it to a hair comb - this is an easy-to-follow tutorial from Rock My Wedding. You can adjust how voluminous the veil is, and add personal touches such as lace trim or even fake flowers sewn into the material.

How to write your perfect wedding invitation

Congratulations! You're engaged and that's wonderful!

What next ......

You may have considered either proposing or waiting to be proposed to as the tricky part. Uh uh - that was just a mild warm-up for what is about to occur over the next few months! .... But, take a deep breath, sit down, pour yourself a large glass of something yummy and relax.

Britain's Finest's wedding team is here to help take the pressure off you. We're going to offer a variety of tips and pieces of invaluable advice which will make a difference to your lives, whilst you attempt to organise one of the most important days of your life.

And let's face it, unless you are a wedding planner, this is quite a tricky and often stressful experience. But with a sensible, chilled-out perspective - consulting useful people, forums and articles - it'll be a singe and you'll have a ball creating your perfect day.

Tip. Check  out Britain's Finest's wedding forum for support and great advice from the start to finish of your process.

In this blog post we're going to look at The Wedding Invitation  

Ahh, the infamous invitation - this can actually cause soooo many issues, mainly as we don't really look or think about them too much, until, we have to.

However, whilst guests might not look too closely at the invite, family will. This is where people, especially from a divorced background start panicking as the wording can become contentious with warring parents. The last thing you need is to be caught in the cross fire of parents taking comments personally, out of context, making your wedding plans about them and generally shaping your life into a nightmare, when this is a time you require support.

Don't worry - we've got this covered and will show you loads of different invitation examples which should help.

What makes a great invitation? 

Lets look at the general nuts and bolts of what you're going to be aiming for:

 As you can see, the above image demonstrates the basic grid outline you need to create to provide your guests with all the information they require. Essentially you will need six main blocks of information:

 1. TITLE LINE -  this is the line which can cause most upset. Traditionally, this line is where the bride's parent's (who are paying for the entire wedding or 'hosting') invite the couple's guests. If this is the case, normally an invite would say 'Mr and Mrs Jeff. King are delighted to invite you to celebrate' or words to such affect. However,  it is no longer expected for the bride's parents to pay and what happens if both sets of parents are helping towards costs? Or, as is more common these days, the couple themselves are paying for their entire wedding. How about the title wording for a same sex marriage? Or, what happens if it's the bride's stepfather and mother who are paying, or if a parent is deceased?

Here's our list of invitation title line's that should work for most couples:

Bride's parents hosting:

Mr and Mrs. Jeff King

cordially invite you to celebrate the marriage of their daughter

Janine Elizabeth

to 

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

son to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lopez (note the hosting parent has respected the other parents. This isn't a requirement, but it is a pleasant formality which acknowledges the new change to the family structures

 

Groom's parent's hosting:

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lopez

request the pleasure of your company 

at the marriage of 

Ms./Miss Janine Elizabeth King

to

their son

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

 

Bride and groom solely hosting their wedding (formal):

Ms./Miss Janine Elizabeth King

and

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

cordially invite you to join them at their marriage (note how the title line has actually moved down here as it makes more sense

 

Bride and groom solely hosting their wedding (less formal):

The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of 

Janine and Joseph

 

Bride and groom's parents are sharing wedding day hosting (formal):

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff King (note, should you wish to remain within traditional etiquette realms, the bride's parents come first)

cordially invite you

to the marriage of their daughter

Janine Elizabeth

to 

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

son of

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lopez 

 

Bride and groom's parents are sharing wedding day hosting (less formal):

Together with their families

Miss Janine Elizabeth King

and 

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

request the pleasure of your company at

 

Bride's mother and stepfather host:

Mr. and Mrs. Darius Jones

cordially invite you to the marriage of her daughter

Janine Elizabeth King

to

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

 

Groom's divorced and remarried parent's host together: (As a mark of respect to the Groom's mother, it is likely she and her husband are mentioned first - however, if you feel this could cause issues, place the names alphabetically)

Mr. and Mrs. Felix Shaw

and

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lopez

cordially invite you to the marriage of

Miss/Ms. Janine Elizabeth King

to their son

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez 

 

Divorced parent, now gay, hosting the wedding with their partner:

Mr. Jeff King and Mr. John Bailey 

are delighted to invite you to the wedding of Jeff's daughter

Miss/Ms. Janine Elizabeth King

to

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez 

 

Deceased parent:

You are cordially invited to the marriage of 

Miss/Ms. Janine Elizabeth King

daughter of Jeff and the late Rachel King

to 

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Lopez

 

SAME SEX MARRIAGES

Don't panic! Just apply the same rules as above. For example, if one of the couple's parent's are paying, place their name first in the title line followed by the other.

One of the couple's parents is hosting the same sex marriage:

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lopez

have the pleasure of inviting you to the wedding of their son

Joseph Edward Lopez

to 

Mr. Clifford Green

son of 

Mr. and Mrs. David Green

 

Both sets of parents are hosting the same sex marriage: (note, here we would recommend you place the names in alphabetical order) 

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff King

cordially invite you to the wedding of their daughter

Janine Elizabeth

to 

Miss/Ms. Hannah Pritchard

daughter to 

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Pritchard

 

The couple are hosting their same sex marriage (formal): (note how the names are in alphabetical order

Mr. Clifford Green

and

Mr. Joseph Edward Lopez

cordially invite you to join them at their marriage on

 

The couple are hosting their same sex marriage (less formal):

Janine and Hannah

are delighted to invite you to their wedding at

 

POINTS 4 and 5 on the wedding invitation example are what we call the action and information lines. These explain to your guests the information they require - the where and when of the ceremony.

POINT 6 is the party line - this is information which will help your guests understand what will be occurring and if they need to consider any issues. Simply, it is an extra line to  let your guests know if they will be dancing, singing, eating or anything more unusual!

For example if you are having your ceremony in a field, you could suggest:

As our ceremony will be held in a beautiful field, we do recommend welly boots or flats!

 

We hope this blog has helped with the tricky wording and wedding etiquette protocols that can arise from writing invitations. What is worth remembering, no matter your situation, this is you and your fiance's wedding. Your wedding invitation is an extension of how you anticipate and visualise your wedding day - let it represent you two and no one else.

Have fun creating beautiful invitations!

     

 

We'll shoe you your ideal wedding venue!

Are you aware of the relationship between a bride's footwear and the venue the couple will choose to say their vows? Your choice of footwear says a lot about you -  your wedding shoes can make or break your outfit. Your chosen shoes can change the way you will feel on your day, they'll represent your personality and sense of style without needing to utter a word. And your wedding venue will do the same.

Your venue needs to convey you and your partner's relationship, demonstrate to friends and family the values you consider important. Every aspect of your wedding needs to demonstrate your commitment to one another through the wedding choices you decide, representing an understanding and respect of each other's tastes.

The pressure to find the ideal venue (just like the perfect wedding shoe) can be enormous. There are many considerations - location, price, reflection of personalities, menus, licencing hours, music restrictions, noise restrictions, convenience, size - the list goes on and on.

To off-load some of this initial stress, take our simple test. Look at the pictures of wedding shoes below and we will advise as to which venues most suit the people who choose a particular type and style of shoe. Go on  - you'll be amazed!

 

Style A

 

Style B

 

Style C

  

 

Your shoe and venue choice outcome!

Style A

Great choice! These shoes are flamboyant, girly and likely to drive magpies bonkers! Accessories and attention to detail are you thing! You like to co-ordinate your attire and make sure something sparkles - be it a pair of stunning earrings, a detailed bracelet or a pair of fabulous statement shoes - you know how to set your look perfectly. And you expect the same from everything else too.

Venue wise - I can imagine you're struggling to find a venue that offers all the detail you require and is of course, a show-stealing, crowd pleaser. This venue has to offer the ultimate wow factor. Ultimately the place must guarantee the perfect memory and ensure your guests are thoroughly in awe of your day and the considerations you have placed to create such an amazing day! We think you ought to consider this incredible venue:

 

Solent Forts, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

 

Ariel view of No Man's Fort in the Solent, Portsmouth

Perfect venue for creating a memorable entrance!

Solent Forts is the A list of venues. You and your guest will arrive by boat to this phenomenal destination which is essentially a floating, private island. First built as part of the seventeenth century sea defences for Portsmouth Harbour, now it is a highly unusual hotel conversion with state of the art modern features belying it's original Victorian structure. Your guests can relax in luxury making the most of the views and enjoying the sauna, games room, rooftop hot pool, firepit and luxury bedroom suites. Oh and there's a helipad if you need one too!

 

 

Star gaze in the Atrium or use it for more unusual purposes!

Cars are just a little to mundane for No Man's Fort ....

 

Style B

You old romantic you! You are a Wordsworth dreamer, a lover of all that is delicate, traditional and elegant. Your shoe choice says so much about the way you view life - gentle with a hint of quaint, never brash or garish with occasional veering to the sentimental. Your ideal venue will be the pastoral idyll with grace and a tranquil air.  Space for your guests to relax and immerse themselves into your day will also be a consideration. Your venue needs to reflect the timeless, enduring qualities of love and the sincerity of emotion you feel to your partner. Look below for our venue suggestion:

 

Hengrave Hall, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Aerial view of Hengrave Hall and it's stunning grounds

 

Closer view of the beautiful Tudor hall 

 

Hengrave Hall is simply gorgeous. Found in the Suffolk countryside, you are immediately removed from the real world and transported into an entirely private, dream-like environment. Full of history and character, Hengrave Hall has its own beautiful chapel in which you can be wed. Or choose to say your vows within they stately rooms if you would like a civil ceremony. All weddings held here are tailored for your personal requirements. Should you require a larger party, the Long Gallery with its stunning chandeliers can host 140 people or create an intimate and private wedding, making the most of the charming rooms. 

Imagine holding your wedding breakfast in this Tudor hall....

Just one of the four reception rooms you can choose for your ceremony

 

Style C

The bride with a difference! You see the world from a slightly different angle to others and whilst every couple are looking for something tailored to their needs, you are looking for something as unique as you. Your wedding shoe choice points to the unobvious, the quirky and mischievous side in you. You don't view marriage in an conventional manner but more as the start to a fantastic and fun journey with your best friend - both of whom are fortunate enough to be in love with the other. Your shoes and venue have to demonstrate your lust for life, the vigour and energy you bring to the world. You want your guests to have a ball celebrating your day with you and we think the choice below will be perfect for the two of you ....

Cley Windmill The Quay, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk