5 Top Tips for Choosing a Winter Wedding Venue

5 Top Tips for Choosing a Winter Wedding Venue

Choosing a winter wedding venue will involve thinking about a number of issues those who opt to wed in summer will not have to consider. Here are those issues and how to factor them into your search to ensure you choose the right winter wedding venue.


Choosing to have your wedding in winter will somewhat reduce your choice of venues, or should. Uunheatable spaces are all instantly out of the question – and as for why, the answer should be obvious; choosing an unheated, outdoor or poorly insulated venue for a wedding held between November and February isn’t just a bad idea, it is one which could spell disaster for your big day for a number of reasons:

  • A venue devoid of heat will result in a frosty atmosphere as you and your guests will be too preoccupied feeling cold to enjoy the day.
  • A cold venue will result in guests leaving early as the lack of heat becomes unbearable, especially as temperatures tend to drop later in the day and as night draws in.
  • Low temperatures can exacerbate a number of health problems, illnesses and conditions which might affect some of your guests and potentially jeopardise their health and wellbeing
  • Some guests might even refuse to attend if their concerns over heating can’t be satisfied or answered, or it becomes clear a venue is likely to lack adequate heating

Hence, to avoid the above issues, you will need to carefully tailor your search for a venue when getting hitched in the winter season, and this will necessarily rule out a number of venues.

This needn’t be a reason to get cold feet over throwing a winter wedding though; in fact, having the season tailor your search for you can make an otherwise overwhelming search for the perfect venue far more manageable and easy. So, before giving up on the idea of getting hitched in winter, give the following tips a read to learn how to turn realise your hopes of a winter wonderland wedding.


Considering location for a winter wedding, it is paramount to conduct your search during winter the year ahead. If you conduct a search in summer, you will have no real idea what the venue will look like on a winter morning or evening or if it will be as awe-inspiring on a literally rainy, snowing or frosty day. Reiterated, almost any venue, dappled in sunlight and warmth in summer is easy to fall in love with. Meanwhile, neither warmth nor a sizzling sun are likely to attend a wedding held in December. Hence, visit venues the winter ahead of getting wed at the very latest – and whilst visiting, remember to notice whether outside areas are being well maintained. Further, directly ask whether outside areas and paths will be salted / gritted or otherwise made safe for guests to use, especially as it is likely a number of guests will be arriving in towering heels and perhaps enjoying a warming tipple or two before leaving again and it is all too easy for ground frost to turn become compacted and slippery.

Location is also important to think carefully about because how far from your home and where your guests live will need taking into consideration. That is, If travelling far, remember to de-ice cars in the morning and check weather reports the night before; if there has been snow fall, heavy rain or ice this could all affect your journey to a venue. Roads could be closed off, snowed in and conditions such as icy roads could increase your journey time as you and your guests might need to reduce your speeds, or even device a new route at short notice. For these reasons, classic car hire companies might also be unable to provide transport during winter months as low temperatures can adversely affect the mechanics of older cars and reduce the distances they can travel reliably.

Finally, do not assume all your guests will be able to stay in accommodation to prevent having to travel to a venue on the morning of a wedding or commit to an overnight stay; guests might have pets to return to, children to consider, health reasons for returning home or simply not be in a financial position to afford staying away from home for a night or more.

Choosing a Traditional Winter Venue

A traditional venue for a winter wedding is the most popular option here in Britain; many couples enjoy the cosiness and comfort provided by a warm country house hotel situated in a rural location and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Hence, even in the winter season, the country hotels provided by Lake District Hotels, for example, provide popular and ideal options. Then, it is useful to give the Lake District Country Hotel’s website a visit to see what they advise and offer couples planning a winter wedding.

Suffice to say, at the very least, it is worth looking for a hotel, country house or combined venue which is sizable as it is likely you will be spending much of your wedding day indoors and as such it is important to ensure the venue feels cosy rather than cramped.

Further, because a traditional venue is likely to occupy a period property and might as such offer less scope to get creative with lighting and natural light will be reduced during winter, it is worth searching for venues which provide open fire places. Not only will an open fire place provide light, it will also help to create and furnish a winter reception with warmth and atmosphere.

Modern Winter Venues

Because during winter there is far less natural light and the days are shorter, then the darkness can provide exciting and unique opportunities to get creative with lighting and this is extremely true when considering a modern venue as the specific architecture and features used to create and built many modern venues champion light and are far more adaptable.

Then, to find a modern or contemporary wedding venue sure to wow in winter, search for a venue which features heavy use of windows and even entire glass frontages and walls as the contrast this will create between the light contained within them set against the lack of it outside will prove aesthetically stunning and literally light up and illuminate your reception. Two great options sure which prove and show what can be achieved (and what to look for in a modern and contemporary winter venue) are The Boat House at Ashton Marina and The Leicester Mariette Hotel, which you can learn more about via the Confetti website.

Both featuring a good deal of glass and making some fantastic use of design and lighting, these two entirely different options don’t only prove popular and stunning winter wedding venues, but those choosing to wed at either venue during the winter season can expect to make significant savings over holding their wedding and / or reception during the far more popular and sought after summer months. Comparing these very different winter wedding venues is also eye opening in that it shows that getting wed in winter is not only possible but that doing so can open up rather than reduce your chances of throwing a truly magical big day.

Catering and Decorating

When planning a winter wedding and looking for the perfect venue, there are two major and additional considerations you will want to give special thought. Firstly, catering for a winter wedding will in most cases involve opting to go for a sit down meal rather than offering a buffet option for guests. Quite simply, winter means gusts will expect a hot meal rather than a choice of nibbles, salads and cold food. Consequently, it is worth narrowing your search down to venues that are able to cater for and provide hot meals.

Secondly, decorating a venue will need to be considered. Some venues have specific rules about the sorts of decorations, lights and extras they permit couples to use within their premises. For example, some venues prohibit the use of candles – usually for safety reasons. Meanwhile, other venues might be able to help you to decorate the venue, drawing upon ideas of their previous couples. Hence, when visiting a venue this is an issue you will want to discuss before you start to visualise what might be possible and in fact in order to begin visually how a space of venue could be turned into your dream winter wedding wonderland.

Meanwhile, for some inspiration as to winter wedding themes to get you inspired and help you in your search, give the 100 Ideas for a winter wedding Slideshow featured on the Bridal Guide website a browse.


The Best Universal Wedding Registry- MyRegistry.com

The Best Universal Wedding Registry- MyRegistry.com


Wedding planning has gone digital for years now to make everything so easy and convenient for brides, and so have wedding registries. If you are looking for a simple and beautiful solution to putting your gift registry together we have the perfect suggestion for you.

MyRegistry.com is a universal gift registry. That means that you can put items together on to one gift list from many different stores and share all of these items at one time with your guests. It is simple for you and for your guests. If you have already created registries at one of the large retailers, then you can quickly and easily sync that registry to your MyRegistry account. It is as easy as a click of a button.

If you are you a true hipster bride and looking for more unique items, then drag the Add to Registry button to your browser bar and now you can select any item from any store in the world. Chose gifts from small boutiques, one of a kind websites, or even use the button to add travel or experiences to your gift list.

For those of you that have it all and don’t want any more “stuff”, create a cash gift fund for the charities that you are interested in, or use their cash gift funds to register for a big ticket gift item or to help pay for your honeymoon.

You can do all of these things and more with a gift registry at MyRegistry.com. Best yet, your registry never expires, so you can use it for after the wedding for a housewarming party, or for Christmas.


The Outdoor Wedding of Dreams

The Outdoor Wedding of Dreams



As a young girl, I have always wanted an outdoor wedding. I would scour social media for cute outdoor wedding ideas. When the time finally came for my husband and I to get married, I knew I wanted it to be an outdoor wedding in one of Michigan’s lovely parks.

Willow Metro Park was the chosen park because it was right next to a beautiful lake. The roses were ordered and all the bridesmaids and groomsmen got their own roses to hold. The only problem was the tent people required us to end the event at around 7pm; meaning we had to start the wedding around 3pm. At the beginning, it was thought to be a disaster! However, I later realized it was for the best because the daytime temperature was perfect that day but at night it was really cold. Because the temperature was perfect and we were right next to the scenic lake, everyone enjoyed taking pictures by the lake. Thanks to our wonderful wedding photographer, StudioSixFifteen, we were able to capture the picture perfect wedding!

Even though the tent had to go down at 7pm, most of my close friends stayed behind and we were able to continue the party. Later that night, we set off beautiful fireworks. The floating lanterns were my favorite part of the evening. We all let go of our lanterns at the same time as the song from tangled played in the background; it was a beautiful sight and ending to our perfect wedding.


Wedding Album Companies – The big secret


If you are looking for a wedding album company then you might have noticed something.  It seems like all of the wedding album companies are selling the exact same products!

If you look closely, you might even see that some of the album photos on different websites are the same.

Here is the big secret that wedding album companies will not tell you…

Most album companies just take your order, do the design, and then order the album from a third party “Album Mill” company.  Yes, even some of the largest wedding album companies do this.

In many cases you may spend hours choosing the best wedding album company.  But in reality you are getting an album made by the same company – even though you ordered it from what you though is the perfect choice.  In fact it is fairly likely that the company who you ordered your wedding album from does not even know how to make albums!

There are a few album companies that actually have their own team and production facilities.  One of these companies is Wedding Album Studio.  There are several clear advantages to choosing a wedding album company who makes their own albums:

  1. You will get more choices – more leather colors and more options to make your wedding album unique.
  2. Companies like Wedding Album Studio have a higher level of quality control since they are not dependent on a third party to make the album.
  3. You will get a higher quality album if you avoid the companies who use wholesale album manufacturers

Well, there you have it.  This is the big secret that wedding album companies won’t tell you.  Most of them don’t actually make their own albums – They send your order to a third party album wholesaler.

So, be careful when you are choosing an album company.  We recommend Wedding Album Studio, but whatever album company you choose – ask them how they make the albums.  If they don’t know the details of the process then buyer beware:  You are getting a stock album from a wholesale album manufacture (album mill).


Be the Bride you Always Wanted to Be


There is that one special day for every woman when you want and expect everything to be perfect: your wedding day! Perfection however takes a lot of individual and team effort but it is achievable if you plan ahead, start early and know what you want. Here are a few useful tips to help you get through the wedding preparations with little stress and great results.

  1. Get healthy and vibrant

There is nothing more important than being healthy and feeling good in your own skin, especially on such an important day. Take all the preventative steps you can: eat a clean diet consisting of veggies, fruits, fish, seeds and nuts, as these will trim your waist, clean your body from toxins and give you an energy boost. Cut out all junk food, sugars, fatty food and artificial foods to help your body feel light and to rejuvenate your skin. Quit smoking, drinking alcohol and get in the habit of resting well and getting enough sleep. Get in shape if possible, exercise, go for long brisk walks, cycle, jog, get that life force energy flowing through you.

  1. Invest in your beauty

Even if you are not a big fan of paying professionals for getting beauty treatments done, if there ever is a time to do it, it is for your wedding. However, you have to schedule your treatments and start as early as a few weeks prior to the wedding day to get the best results. When it comes to treatments that might cause allergic reactions, like permanent makeup, laser hair removal or waxing, teeth whitening or skin rejuvenation treatments, you should do them early on. That way, allergic reactions that may arise will be history well before your big day. Hire a good hair stylist who has experience with wedding hairdos. Get a pedicure and a manicure, shape your eyebrows and get your makeup done by a professional. Be sure to ask them for tips on what to do in case you shed a few tears. Have a good perfume and good quality accessories.

  1. Manage general esthetics

This is your wedding and you should arrange it to be to your taste. Do what you always wanted to do. Find the perfect location, think of the scenery, the season, nature, design and decoration. Adjust all the esthetic arrangements to reflect your personality and innermost wishes. What kind of wedding photos would you like to have and look at for the rest of your life? Practice for photo shoots, most people are not comfortable in front of the camera and you want to look natural. Hire experienced professionals who understand what you want, especially when it comes to wedding videography. These are once in a lifetime moments and you want to have the best quality videos and photos. After all, it is what you will show to your grandchildren one day.

Most importantly, even though it is fast paced, high stress time, find your inner calm and joy. After all, it is about love and happiness, and you should enjoy every bit of it. So let your shine out and smile a mile wide, be the luckiest girl in the world!



Future brides, don’t forget these accessories

There’s so much to do, so many aspects to consider and tend to prior to the wedding, and it’s no wonder brides sometimes put themselves on a standby. We wouldn’t want them to forget about some great accessories that can help them shine on their big day. That’s why we have compiled a list of the not-so-common items brides-to-be may forget in all that crazy rush.

Adorn your hair

The use of hair jewellery has been on the rise in the last few seasons, and we’re simply thrilled by its simplicity and functionality. The younger brides who are not keen on doing some elaborate, heavy updo, or would rather skip any hairstyle manoeuver could benefit from a single carefully chosen piece or a set of tiny hair adornments. A friend of a friend makes these pearl-encrusted accessories that work perfectly for the gentle, romantic souls, and I’m definitely reserving one.



Odd coloured power piece

In case you plan to go with a rather simple and inconspicuous look, consider incorporating a signature element. It’s recommendable to add something personal that makes a statement about who you are. If the standard bridal paraphernalia tires you, this is a perfect way to express yourself in the modest, unobtrusive manner. It can be anything from a dog-shaped brooch to show your love for your pooch to a spiked choker for the rock’n’roll brides.

Femme fatale or Cinderella shoes?

Whether you prefer ballet flats or killer stilettos, there’s always a means to showcase your inner persona. For the vamp women who like to shock and amaze, we suggest going for a shoes in dark red and black tints, or perhaps even punk boots, for the grunge loving ladies. For the girly girls like myself, a nice pair of bridal shoes is decidedly an ideal footwear addition. Clean lines and satin with some gems on the side are a sure-fire choice for the wedding.




Umbrella, ella, eh

Personally, I’m an umbrella super fan and I have a few quality pieces for all occasions. It’s a very unusual, uncommonly seen detail that will separate you from the crowd of uniform brides and introduce a whiff of the olden days.

This particularly comes in handy for the events in the part of the year when the weather is volatile and the forecast is inconclusive. Don’t risk getting your dress or hair wet and pick up a beautiful, lacy umbrella that will protect you from the sun and rain alike.


A really handy purse

Being on your feet all day, you may need a bandage, wet wipes and a mirror (among other things) to be at your side, and a small, handy purse can take care of it. Buzzing around the venue and getting slightly sweaty can ruin your makeup, so it’s recommendable to carry a fix-me-up kit with you. When purchasing for this item, make sure it’s not slipping off or difficult to handle, as it will bring you more frustration then relief in this case.


Super classy veil

If you’re in love with the old Hollywood style, a classy and mysterious veil could transform you into a movie star for the day. Mysterious, demure, vintage, extravagant, bashful, innocent, these are all the adjectives that describe this evergreen accessory piece. This is the means to make a graceful and elegant entrance with little effort.


Something to warm you up

Even in the summer, the stormy weather can bring a cold breeze, and the last thing you need is to get ill on your wedding day. This means a potential two weeks of sneezing on your honeymoon. Carry a classic cut, Channel-inspired jacket to keep you warm and make you look sophisticated.

We understand how the preparations for the special day can be tough on the ladies. That’s why we have gathered some special suggestions to help the brides accessorise with ease.



Plan a perfect vintage wedding

Once again, we come upon Wedding Wednesday, that lovely mid-week day where I try to impart some of my sagey wedding advice. Today, let’s quickly go over why you should consider having a vintage wedding!

When it comes to our ideal wedding, most of us already have our dream event in mind. Whether it will be a traditional “princess” wedding or a more intimate occasion with a few close friends, we want it to be perfect. But if you’re still struggling to make the choice or you want to go for something different and non-traditional, here’s an idea: why don’t you try having a vintage wedding?

Vintage weddings have a special aura of uniqueness and quirky charm around them. It allows you to get as creative and artistic, as you would like, and it usually costs less than a traditional wedding. Take the engagement ring, for instance – antique engagement rings tend to be have unique designs and extraordinary craftsmanship, usually are cheaper and are potential candidates for an heirloom.

Vintage weddings allow for an extra romanticism to the event. It’s important to know that in this case in particular, the details are far more than simply additional features. The details of your wedding – the dress, the ring, the decorations – will make the design.

The great thing about having a vintage wedding is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on the décor. Choose a venue that complements the look that you want to achieve – turn the venue itself in part of the decorations. An additional perk is that vintage venues and locations usually look magnificent in photos. The soft, rustic colors and the natural beauty of the location can be enhanced by special lighting and your photographer’s skills.

Vintage weddings are currently on the rise, but still not too popular to become mainstream. They’re stylish and fashionable, while keeping it simple and authentic at the same time. They allow you to show off your creative feminine side and host a wedding that’s worth remembering. – See more at: http://www.stevelewisphotos.com/vintage-wedding/



Hot Destination Wedding Tips!

So you’ve decided to ditch the traditional hometown wedding to run off to some exotic island with your beloved. Times have changed and destination weddings are no longer limited to a sandy beach. Places like Rome and Paris are also very popular destinations.

Although destination weddings are not considered traditional, there are still proper wedding etiquette guidelines to follow. The goal of wedding etiquette is to show your guests that you love and respect them and that you truly value their involvement in your special day. Wedding etiquette tips

  1. Guests should get at least eight to twelve months notice. This is important because it will give your guests enough time to decide whether or not they can afford to or be able to make proper arrangements to attend.

2. Is the bride and groom required to pay for the travel expenses and hotel accommodation for their guests? According to wedding etiquette it’s not a requirement. I’m pretty confident that most people are aware that they would be responsible for their own expenses.

  1. What additional information should be given to guests? Do provide your guests with information about area attractions. I would encourage you to include hotels and restaurants at different price points so your guests have options and this will allow you to not offend any of your guests.
  1. Is a wedding planner necessary? I highly recommend hiring one especially one who is knowledgeable about your specific location. This will save you a lot of time as he or she can guide you on things like documentation requirements and may be able to get you some special perks and discounts.

These are just a few of the more important things you need to know about Destination Wedding Etiquette from http://www.eventconnoisseur.com/


Top UK wedding dress designers

The UK boasts of many talented and creative fashion designers, such as CocoMio Bridal. Each of these illustrious geniuses brings their own unique ideas to the world of fashion. We’ve searched high and low to name the very best in modern bridal fashion and compiled a handy list of these leading wedding dress designers for you.

Stephanie Allin
The world famous Stephanie Allin is a modern designer who pays particular attention to exquisite and contemporary bridal style. Her signature style can be seen in Marylebone boutiques and Paris stores. This award-winning wedding dress designer will make you fall instantly in love with her magical designs.

Stella McCartney
Stella had a rocky start to her career but she soon took her position and came up with sexy bridal dresses in 2001. McCartney has managed to attract numerous high-profile celebrities upon launching her grown-up and tailored label. Her wedding dresses are perfect for the red carpet. Because Stella is a strict vegetarian, none of the materials she uses is made from fur or leather.

Suzanne Neville
Suzanne is one of the leading designers of bridal wear in Europe. All of the dresses she designs are British made. Neville adheres to traditional origins and uses modern couture techniques. The beautifully designed wedding gowns with signature bodices are suitable for slim brides. This talented designer uses only the finest silks and embroideries to create romantic bridal gowns.

Kula Tsurdiu
Kula has a passion for the iconic era and you can clearly see this in her designs. Her gowns range from figure-hugging corsetry and hand-crafted lace to many other feministic styles. She also makes custom jewellery to complement her bridal gowns.

Charlotte Balbier
Charlotte is a third-generation designer who pays particular attention to contemporary fashion. Balbier is often referred to as the modern English Rose because of her exquisite lacework designs on bridal gowns. You can also find many elegant classic cuts and satins among her wedding dresses.

Charlie Brear
Charlie Brear’s wedding dresses have appeared in many famous magazines such as Vogue and worn by Kate Moss. With a blend of classic accents and Hollywood-style glamour, Charlie’s spectacular wedding dress designs ooze elegance and are the ones to watch out for in 2016.
If you are getting married this year, consider browsing through the catalogue of these top-rated UK wedding dress designers in order to choose your perfect gown.


Marquee Event Catering – Six Simple Tips for Stacking Up the Savings

It’s often assumed that when considering marquee hire in South East London¸the biggest expense of all is the marquee itself. And in many cases this can indeed prove to be the case, though more often than not, marquee hardware has a tendency to be surprisingly affordable. By contrast however, when you are looking to put on an event for relatively large number of people and cater to their every whim, it is in fact the catering itself that can stack up the most surprising bill of all…and not in a good way.

The simple fact of the matter is that when you speak to a person who has recently attended an event, chances are the catering will be one of the first things they mention. If the catering was good, they will sing the praises of the event. If it was bad, they’ll probably find it difficult to find anything good to say whatsoever about the event in general – catering really is that influential.

So there’s really no way of getting away without catering, which means the best way of approaching things is with proactive savings in mind. So for those looking to organise and put on an event in the near future, here’s a quick look at six simple tips for making real savings on marquee event catering costs:

1 – Book Well Ahead
First and foremost, not only do the very best catering companies on the market get booked up quite a long way in advance, but all the best deals are always snared ahead of time. It’s the same with pretty much everything – the later you leave it, the less freedom of choice you’ll have and ultimately the more you’ll end up paying. It might sound somewhat risky to book many months, perhaps even years in advance, but just as long as there is a good degree of flexibility agreed, there doesn’t need to necessarily be any risk involved. And the further ahead you book, the bigger the savings you stand to make as a result.

2 – Keep it Simple

Try to remember that fantastic catering for any given event does not have to be in any way complicated or over the top.  Quite to the contrary in fact, the most successful and memorable catering usually tends to be the type that is relatively simple and therefore enjoyed by everyone. The more complicated you make things, the more it becomes inevitable that some guests simply will not ‘get’ what it is you’re trying to do. There’s a time and a place for fine dining and endless alcohol of course, but when it comes to making real savings, simplicity really is the primary item on the menu.

3 – Avoid Mealtimes

It’s often something you may have no direct control over, but if at all possible, it can be a good idea to ensure that your event doesn’t necessarily tie in with any mealtimes. For example, if you were to host an event between the hours of 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM, you would pretty much have no choice other than to provide everyone in attendance with plenty of food – a full meal, no doubt.  By contrast, if the event was set to take place between 7:00 PM and midnight, it’s more likely that guests will choose to eat before they attend the event and you will therefore get away with putting on snacks, rather than full dinners.

4 – Shop Around

Never forget that with such incredible competition on the market these days, it’s always worthwhile checking out a few catering companies and having them battle it out to offer you the lowest possible price.  This is especially the case for those who choose to book in advance as with so many providers available to you, chances are you’ll be able to find a fantastic deal if you try.

5 – Ask the Experts

A quick point but an important point nonetheless, never forget that to work with a fantastic catering company is to also gain access to comprehensive information on all aspects of the subject.  So rather than just worrying about how exactly you can go about making savings, you could always just ask those you intend to work with directly.

6 – Do It Yourself!

Last but not least, try to remember that one of the best things about marquee hire in the first place is the you are not necessarily tied up to any catering company, or even professional catering at all. As such, you effectively have every opportunity to take care of the catering yourself should you choose to do so, which may involve quite a lot of time and effort but will at least ensure that things are done exactly as you want them to be and within your specified budget.