Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

No matter what time of year you choose to get married, choosing seasonal wedding flowers is a great way to highlight the time of year.

Here’s your ultimate guide to wedding flowers by season whether you’re getting married in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.

Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

From the delicate pastel and blush toned blooms of spring to the rich red colour palette of a winter bridal bouquet, our guide to wedding flowers by season will show you the most popular seasonal wedding flowers and the ways which you can incorporate them into your big day.

Spring Wedding Flowers

Lily of the Valley

lily of the valley Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

A favourite of the royals, Lily of the valley was the the floral showpiece of Kate Middleton’s bridal bouquet.

The flower symbolises return of happiness and is a fond favourite of real-life brides.

Anemone

Hard to say, but beautiful to look at. Anemones are perfect for a vintage-style look with its colours moving from white through to shades of pink, scarlet, lilac and purple with the contrasting green and black centres.

Sweet Peas

sweetpea Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Sweet peas are available in a rainbow of colours, and are perfect for a bride’s bouquet.

Symbolising blissful peace, they’re ideal for laid back brides-to-be looking for a life of happiness and tranquility.

Ranunculus

ranunculus Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Part of the buttercup family, ranunculus are ideal for country garden-styled floral decorations.

In the language of flowers, a bouquet of ranunculus says ‘I am dazzled by your charms’.

Tulips

Great for a modern, minimal look, tulips come in a multitude of colours to match the colour scheme of your wedding reception, as well as various shapes and sizes.

Lilac

lilac Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Purple is a hot wedding theme for 2019, so lilac would be an ideal floral accompaniment for any bride planning a wedding in this popular colour.

Summer Wedding Flowers

Peonies

peony Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

A true favourite of real-life brides because of their amazing look and versatility.

Use them to wow your guests in your bridal bouquet or in show-stopping table centrepieces.

Sweet William

sweet william Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Sweet William is a dainty highly-scented flower that lends itself perfectly to a vintage or handpicked look.

This flower also featured in Kate Middleton’s bouquet and symbolises gallantry.

Delphinium

For a more elegant and luxury look at a summertime wedding, delphiniums are the flowers to go for.

Again, coming in a range of colours, they will bring a classical essence to your wedding venue to suit the occasion!

Freesia

freesia Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

These funnel-shaped flowers are perfect for brides looking for an elegant big day bouquet.

White in colour, these blooms would look gorgeous in a bouquet mixed with tulips.

Roses

A very traditional wedding flower with its symbolism of love, is available in a multitude of colours, shapes and sizes to suit any wedding colour scheme, theme, or bridal personality.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Know for their colourful impact, use hydrangeas to create gorgeous pomanders for your venue.

Perfect for hanging pomanders for your flowergirls or to decorate your pew ends.

Autumn Wedding Flowers

Dahlia

dahlia Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

If you want your flowers to make a big impact on your wedding, then you need to choose dahlias.

They’re perfect for a bright wedding and their size means you only need a small amount to wow your guests.

Gladioli

You can find gladioli in lots of bright colours, and standing tall, they look great as table centres for a structured, modern look for a wedding reception.

Gerbera

Gerbera Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Part of the daisy family, Gerberas come in a rainbow of bright colours.

If you’re having a fun-filled relaxed wedding day, these blooms would be the perfect complement.

Hypericum Berry

Coming in the pretty, earthy colours of green, cream, peach, orange, red or brown, hypericum berries look great for a rustic-style wedding, but they can also easily fit in with any theme.

Delphinum

delphinium Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Tall and beautiful, delphinums are the ideal flower to decorate your wedding venue with.

Growing up to six foot tall, if you want your tablecentres to make a real impact then these are the flowers for you.

Sunflower

Yellow, orange and rust coloured sunflowers are a real attention grabbing flower that you don’t need too many of. We love how sunflowers look at simple country themed weddings!

Poppies

poppies Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Poppies are the non-traditional bloom for edgier brides looking to make a statement.

Their romantic red colour are perfect for a glamorous red wedding theme.

Winter Wedding Flowers

Berried Ivy

berried ivy Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Perfect for winter, berried ivy is perfect for a fabulous Great Gatsby themed wedding.

Team with vintage birdcages and pearls for a truly glamorous look.

Hyacinth

hyacinth Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

If you’re planning an elegant royal blue themed wedding then you should make hyacinth part of your statement bouquet.

Pussy Willow

pussy-willows Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Make your winter wonderland wedding theme a reality with impression centrepieces made of pussy willow.

Team with an all-white wedding theme for a gorgeous look that will make a big impact.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis are perfect for adding some elegance to the wedding through flowers, with their delicate colours of white, shades of pink and coral, and more.

Christmas Rose

christmas rose Wedding Flowers by Season: Your Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Despite the name, the Christmas rose actually has no relation to the real thing.

Use these to add a subtle, yet elegant look to your winter bouquet.

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Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Wedding stylist Not Your Average I Do was called in to transform a working barn venue into the perfect summertime wedding location for Tom and Caroline – here’s how they did it…

Barn wedding reception Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

Farm gate Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: D&J Photography.

Tom and Caroline chose a beautiful working farm in the heart of Lymington, New Forest, as the backdrop for their big day.

The Set Up

Farm barn garden Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayA blank canvas… Credit: D&J Photography

Tom and Caro asked the Not Your Average I Do[1] (NYA) team to work their magic and completely transform the sheep pen farmyard from its usual working order into a highly stylish backdrop for their day.

Barn wedding set-up Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe NYA team begin their set-up. Credit: D&J Photography

barn wedding drapes set-up Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding Day

There are always areas in a working barn that, rather than requiring beautiful decorations, just simply need to be covered up to ensure perfect wedding photographs! NYA opted for bespoke draped wall towards the back of the barn to hide those unsightly spots.

Barn wedding drapes Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayPreparing the draping. Credit: D&J Wedding Photography

When relying on an outside summer lawn to host your guests there are several things you want to think about to ensure the guests enjoy your day as much as you do: shade, seating, entertainment, lighting and warmth. Tom and Caroline ticked all these boxes, and then some!

Shade

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe farm lawn is transformed! Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Come rain or shine, cover from the elements is essential. Tom and Caroline opted for a stretch tent marquee as well as NYA’s barrel poseur tables with parasols to keep the guests (and their drinks) cool!

Seating

Farm lawn wedding guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayGuests enjoyed the chill-out area on the lawn. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

With over 100 guests, Tom and Caroline wanted to ensure that there would be adequate (and comfortable) seating for everyone. Dotting NYA’s deck chairs and bean bags about the grounds gave a chilled-out summer vibe. They added hay bales covered with blankets and cushions for added comfort.

Farm barn seating hay bales Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayStable door with hay bales. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Entertainment

Barn wedding garden games Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe traditional wooden garden games were loved by all. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

The addition of NYA’s garden games brought fun for all ages!

Garden jenga Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Giant connect four Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Using NYA’s ‘not so average’ moon arch and a bespoke polaroid photo frame created a unique backdrop to act as the couple’s photobooth.

Floral hoop photobooth Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayMoon arch photo booth. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Wedding photobooth guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Lighting

Barn fairy lights Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DaySetting up the lighting in the barn. Credit: D&J Photography

For the wedding breakfast inside the barn, the happy couple chose a striking hanging table centre design, using NYA staggered festoon lighting covered in foliage and hanging glass baubles filled with candles and flowers.

Barn wedding reception tables Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Barn wedding reception details Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

NYA installed a stunning 30m fairy light wall which acted as an amazing backdrop for the wedding breakfast and those all-important wedding speeches.

Father of the bride speech Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayStaggered festoon lighting and glass baubles. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography Barn wedding bride Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayFairy-light backdrop. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography barn wedding reception guests Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayCredit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Warmth

Evening wedding guests fire pit Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayThe bride and her friends enjoying the warmth of the firepit. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Extra blankets are a great way to keep you and your guests warm as the evening sun drops – patio heaters are a great addition too, as well as firepits for mood lighting and toasting marshmallows!

Finishing Touches

Wooden light-up table plan Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBespoke light-up table plan. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

It’s the finishing touches that turn a blank canvas into a beautiful wedding venue. Tom and Caroline asked NYA to create a bespoke personalised light-up table plan. The couple’s floral hoops beautifully highlighted the brick wall of the barn.

Floral wedding hoops Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayFloral hoops. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

As dusk turned to evening, the barrel festoon lighting by NYA turned the yard into a functional and romantic space to snuggle by the fire, really giving it that WOW factor. What a perfect way to end a perfect day!

Evening wedding reception Styling a Barn Venue for Your Wedding DayBarrel festoon lighting. Credit: Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography

Contact book:
Set-up photography – D&J Wedding Photography
On-the-day photography – Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography
Styling, lighting, props and photobooth – Not Your Average I Do
Florist – Katherine Bly Flowers
Venue – Warborne Farm[2][3][4][5][6]

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  2. ^ D&J Wedding Photography (www.dandjphotography.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tom and Lizzie Redman Photography (tomandlizzieredman.com)
  4. ^ Not Your Average I Do (notyouraverageido.com)
  5. ^ Katherine Bly Flowers (katherinebly.com)
  6. ^ Warborne Farm (www.warbornefarm.co.uk)
  7. ^ notyouraverageido.com (notyouraverageido.com)

How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

It’s unlikely that all of your bridesmaids are going to have the same style, shape, build and height. They’ll all have good points that they’ll want to accentuate and some that they’ll want to hide. Let’s take a look at how to choose the right dresses for your bridesmaids so they feel happy and confident on your wedding day.

Bridesmaids in different dresses - How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your BridesmaidsCredit: sdkphotography.co.uk

How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

You’ve chosen your bridesmaids because they’re your closest friends, they’re girls that you can rely on and, in turn, they’re trusting you to make them look amazing on your wedding day.

Thankfully, times have moved on from days when you had to dress your bridesmaids in identical gowns. It’s far more flattering and on trend to dress your girls in individual dresses that really suit them.

The colours don’t have to be the same shade, either. You could go for an ombre effect and dress your maids in different shades of pink[1] that go from the lightest blush to the deepest fuchsia. It’s very flattering and bang on trend!

Let’s Talk Length

You’ll probably be able to find dresses for your bridesmaids[2] in cocktail length, tea-length or floor-length.

You’ll want a length that’s going to flatter your girls. If one of your maids has a fabulous pair of pins that she’s happy to show off, then let her wear a dazzling cocktail-length number. If somebody else likes their ankles but isn’t too keen on the rest of their legs, then opt for tea-length. Of course, if they’d rather keep their legs hidden altogether, then go for a full-length gown. They’ll feel happier and more relaxed which will make them look more comfortable in your wedding photographs[3].

Ombre dressesHow to Choose the Right Dresses for Your BridesmaidsCredit: owenhowells.com

What About Busts?

Everyone is different. One dress that flatters one of your bridesmaid’s hourglass shape may not flatter one who is very slim. There are plenty of different styles to flatter all your girls’ figures.

For Small Busts

Halter necklines are great for bridesmaids’ with small busts who want to accentuate their pretty arms and shoulders. Anybody with a large bust should avoid this style though, especially girls with broad shoulders, as it will make them look bigger.

Spaghetti-strap dresses are also great for girls who have less on top. They’re light, feminine and look gorgeous.

Another option is a cowl neckline. This gives the effect of more ‘volume’ to a bust and is good for pear shaped girls. Another good neckline for small busts is the boat neckline that goes straight across at the top.

Bridesmaids green dresses - How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your BridesmaidsCredit: Claire Mark

For Big Busts

If you have girls that are more generously proportioned up top then opt to dress them in a gown with a scoop neckline. This will flatter their ample bosoms and give them a shapely look in your pictures. Make sure everyone has the right supportive underwear, too, so that your chosen dresses hang in the way they are supposed to!

The All-rounder

Sweetheart necklines are always a popular choice for bridesmaid dresses[4] and suit all figures, shapes and busts. It gives support and creates the illusion of more up top if that’s what you want.

Strapless dresses are best for girls who have average-sized busts. Too small and they’ll just look flat chested, too big and they’ll be spilling out everywhere, which is pretty unflattering. Look for dresses with a built-in bra if possible. Get your girls to don their frocks and forget about them – hitching up a strapless dress every two minutes is not a good look and isn’t comfortable to wear all day.

Off-the-shoulder is another style that is good for all bridesmaids unless they have particularly heavy arms. Consider a wrap or shrug if this is the case.

Bridesmaid and bride in field - How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

Necklines Explained by Dessy

Matching necklines are out – dressing your girls in the best styles for them is in! So here’s how to choose the right necklines for your girls, with a little help from bridesmaid experts Dessy and their glamorous After Six collection.

Sweetheart Bridesmaid Dresses

Sweetheart neckline - How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

Sweetheart necklines are always a popular choice for bridesmaid dresses[5] and suit all figures, shapes and busts. This style is something that’s flattering for girls of all different shapes and sizes. If they’re concerned about having their shoulders completely exposed, you could give them a wrap or shrug to wear to make them feel more comfortable. A fitted dress cinches the waist and gives the illusion of an hourglass figure, which many ladies love.

One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dresses

One shoulder dress - How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

This is a good option for broader bridesmaids because this design will make the shoulders appear smaller and closer together. Avoid a one-shoulder neckline if your bridesmaids have particularly heavy arms, as this can accentuate them. One-shoulder gowns work on most body shapes so this is a great unifying choice if you have a lot of bridesmaids. Make sure they all have supportive bras that are comfortable enough to wear all day.

V-neck Bridesmaid Dresses

V neck - How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

A V-neckline on a dress helps to minimise the width of your bridesmaid’s bust and elongate her neck. Great for girls with larger boobs, this cut is a good choice if your bridesmaids have larger upper arms. This shape is universally flattering but do watch the cut. A very high V-neckline can make a large bust look saggy, while a plunging V-neckline can be too revealing, especially at a wedding ceremony. Bear in mind also that a wide V-neckline helps to balance out pear shapes.

High Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses

Sheer high neckline - How to Choose the Right Dresses for Your Bridesmaids

The high, sheer or illusion neckline is a huge trend in bridal and the trend is now making its way over to bridesmaids too. This gives your girls more of a formal look while still looking sexy despite being covered up. High necklines achieve an elegant look without being too over the top. This cut works particularly well on girls with strong collarbones.

Choosing the Correct Underwear

You must remember that for a dress to look really good, your bridesmaids will need to wear the right sort of underwear[6].

First things first – choose the correct bra. Strapless or adjustable for a halter neck and make sure that the straps don’t show, that’s a real no-no in wedding photographs. Also, nude coloured underwear won’t show up in flash photography under a sheer dress, whereas white underwear will.

Avoid VPLs by wearing thongs or boy shorts. Shapewear is also useful for giving a smooth line all the way down the body, particularly in a tight-fitting dress.

Treat your bridesmaids right by dressing them in frocks that flatter them and they’ll reward you by looking happy and smiling on your wedding day. You want everybody to have a great time and making sure your girls look their very best is a big part of a successful wedding day.

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What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom’s Speech

There’s a lot of pressure on the groom to write the perfect wedding speech. But what does your new wife really want to hear you say on your big day? We asked the experts at Great Speech Writing[1] to hand over their top tips.

Groom's speech - What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom's Speech

What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom’s Speech

You popped the question, the date’s set, the venue’s booked, invitations have been sent and the stag weekend is in hand. It’s just that minor detail of a groom’s speech still to be written. Keep your new wife happy on the big day with these tips.

Big up the Bride

Although it’s good practice to mention the best man and your ushers while poking fun at them at their expense, always remember that your wedding day is about your bond with your bride, not your best mates. Whatever you do, don’t spend the majority of your speech[2] reminiscing about your lads holiday – or you’ll have one unhappy bride.

Bride laughing - What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom's Speech

Thank Your new in-laws

If your bride chooses not to speak at the wedding, she probably won’t get the chance to thank her parents publicly for all they’ve done in helping to organise the big day, and for all the help, love and support provided over the years. So it’s down to you to do it for her – and she’ll love you for it.

She’s Your Wife – Don’t be shy Mentioning it!

Nothing gets more of heart-warming cheer than the line “my wife and I…”. It’s predictable and a little bit cheesy, but the novelty of hearing it for the first time never fails to make a new bride smile, or indeed every one of your guests.

Bride - What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom's SpeechKeep it Original

Using the occasional predictable phrase, as above, is fine, but don’t get too reliant on these one-liners, or your speech could easily sound like an internet cut and paste job. Your new bride wants you to talk about her, so be creative and keep it personal.

Mention her Looks

Dazzling, stunning, beautiful – however you wish to say it, make sure you comment on her appearance, and in a positive way. The expensive dress, designer jewellery[3], trips to the hairdressers, manicures and facials count for something!

Remember This is a Celebration of Love

It isn’t your chance to deliver a 10-minute comedy stand-up routine. So try to combine your witty one-liners with a good dose of sincerity. Why did you ask her to marry you? What is it about her that you adore? How has your life changed (for the better!) since you met her? Which of your bad habits does she have to live with?

Groom giving speech - What Your Bride Wants to Hear in Your Groom's SpeechCredit: samanthadavisphotography.com

Delete all Stories of ex-girlfriends

Your new wife isn’t about your past, there’s a time and a place for mentioning the exes, and the groom’s speech[4] isn’t one of them.

Direct Your Speech to her

Although you’re giving a speech to, what is often, a large number of people, you don’t always have to talk to the room. It can be far more meaningful and personal if, when you’re talking about your wife, you actually speak to and make eye contact with her. But remember to keep projecting your voice. Your wife will want the guests to hear what you have to say about her, even if you’re not addressing them.

If you’re still concerned about how to keep your bride happy during the speech, then get in touch with Lawrence Bernstein from www.greatspeechwriting.co.uk[5]. He and his team are always happy to give free advice, act as a sounding board, or edit the speech for you.

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Money-saving Tips for Your Honeymoon

Want to save money on your honeymoon without sacrificing luxury? Deputy Content Editor of Secret Escapes, Emma McWhinney gives us her top money-saving tips for newlyweds.

Couple on beach - 6 Money-Saving Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

Money-saving Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

Your honeymoon should be an unforgettable experience. Don’t let your budget get in the way of planning your dream vacation. Check out these 6 savvy money-saving tips make your budget go further.

Currency Calculating

Check for weak currencies to help you get the best value for money while you’re away. While you’re planning your honeymoon look into which currencies offer you the most money for your pounds. Cashing in on changes in the exchange rate can make all the difference to the price of a quick bite to eat and a gourmet, five-course dinner.

Planning Ahead

Many couples put their honeymoon[1] on the back burner because they’re too wrapped up in planning their wedding. While some last minute deals can certainly help soothe the purse strings, it’s a myth that flash deals can only be booked a couple of days in advance. Head to online travel sites like Secret Escapes where you can book breaks up to a year in advance. Don’t leave it to the last minute and risk settling for a destination and being disappointed.

Couple lying on hammock - 6 Money-Saving Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

Added Extras

Booking a package holiday can keep the planning process stress free and can also save you a lot of money. If you want to take the stress of planning out of your honeymoon, why not book a package which is specially curated by experts to include the added extras you’d otherwise end up splurging on?

Many of Secret Escapes’ deals offer luxurious extras such as 3-course dinners, champagne on arrival, late check-outs, spa treatments and guided tours! What better way to celebrate your marriage than being treated like VIPs!

Mini-Moon to Honeymoon

If you’re getting married in peak holiday season, follow in the footsteps of celebrities and book a mini-moon. Book a long weekend or even a city break in one of the stunning destinations Europe has to offer, like the South of France or Italy.

You can save your honeymoon[2] for off-season dates to bag the best rates – plenty of destinations like the Caribbean islands boast year-long tropical climates. Choosing off peak dates allows you to honeymoon in style with the extra spending money you have saved.

Couple drinking cocktails - 6 Money-Saving Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

Check the Calendar

Researching national holidays and events in specific destinations can keep costs down. Try and avoid busy times of the year such as school holidays or when local festivals are happening. At these times, hotels will raise their prices as they know that their rooms will be in high demand. You’ll also find by avoiding these peak times you’ll find getting reservations for top restaurants and bars much easier.

Don’t keep it a secret

Everybody loves a newlywed! Mentioning it’s your honeymoon really can open money-saving doors for you! Some hotels and airlines will give you added romantic extras such as complimentary champagne or chocolates. You may get really lucky and manage to get a free upgrade on your flights or hotel room (this isn’t a guarantee though!).

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What Time Of Day Should You Get Married?

What Time Of Day Should You Get Married?

While 11am or 1pm remain the most popular ceremony time historically, sunset and candlelit weddings are pretty appealing too, wouldn’t you say?! So, how should you choose what time to get married?

11am and 1pm are conventional, but there's a world of romantic choices up for grabs! We walk you through choosing your ceremony time and what to considerda-photo.co.uk

When you first meet with your venue co-ordinator, you’ll be presented with options for the scheduled timings of a traditional wedding day[1]. While they may be popular for good reason – a 1pm ceremony gives you plenty of time to get ready and take photographs with your bridal party – there’s nothing to say that your perfect day has to fit the same mould.

Over the last few years, here in the UK marriage laws have relaxed considerably. These allow for more relaxed schedules in turn. So, if you’ve been imagining a sunrise elopement with the dawn chorus or exchanging vows beneath the stars, they needn’t be pipe dreams anymore.

How To Choose…

There may be times that are particularly sentimental for you as a couple. How about the time of your first date, of the proposal, or other relationship milestones, for example. You could use these to guide the time you marry too.

The time of year you choose to tie the knot will influence the time you choose to hold your ceremony. If you want a candlelit ceremony or to have your couples portraits at sunset, then you’ll be able to tie the knot much earlier in the day during the winter months than in the summer.

But, while moonlit ceremonies do sound very romantic, you must consider the practicalities of your chosen times too. Your wedding needs to be held at a comfortable time for your guests to attend and suppliers to set up. Thorough planning in advance will make many things possible, though. Perhaps the set up[2] can be completed the day before and accommodation provided for your guests…

There’s also the question of whether you want exclusive use. If you’ve chosen a venue that is open to the public, then you may need to work around their opening hours to have the place to yourselves. You could encounter this if your venue is a country house with open gardens during the day, a gallery or a museum, for example.

There are benefits of marrying a little later in the day once the crowds have dispersed, though. A 5pm ceremony means you only need to cater for one meal, saving you a significant sum of money[3] that could be invested in your honeymoon instead.

11am and 1pm are conventional, but there's a world of romantic choices up for grabs! We walk you through choosing your ceremony time and what to considerda-photo.co.uk

On the other hand, if you’ve booked multiple entertainment acts, then it makes sense to hold your ceremony earlier to give you time to enjoy it all. We’ve seen couples book everything from magicians and fire-breathers to photobooths, bands and bouncy castles. Some entertainment will be better suited to the daytime or evening. Anything for children[4] specifically should be planned earlier in the day.

What Next…

Once you’ve decided what time you’d like your ceremony to start and approved it with your venue, you need to consider the information sent out on your invitations. When stating your ceremony time, factor in room for guests or – dare we say it – you and your best girls to be running a little late (it happens!). Your groom will need to be at the venue ready to greet guests before the advertised time too, so make sure it’s not so early that his wedding morning becomes a frantic rush.

It’s also best to leave plenty of time between your ceremony and evening guests’ invitation start times. Allowing for the ceremony itself, the drinks reception, photographs and wedding breakfast, you’ll likely want four hours at the very minimum before your evening guests arrive. You’ll need longer if you’ll be having a religious ceremony or need to travel between venues. Adapt these rules of thumb to your own plans and you’ll be on track for a perfectly paced wedding in no time.

Want to make every second of your wedding day count? Follow our hour-by-hour plan[5] for a magical day that runs like clockwork!

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References

  1. ^ scheduled timings of a traditional wedding day (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ the set up (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ saving you a significant sum of money (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ Anything for children (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ Follow our hour-by-hour plan (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Father of the Bride Duties: Things Your Dad can do for you

Father of the bride duties are important – your dad is a big part of your wedding day and should be made to feel like it too. Here are some top tips to get him involved…

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Father of the Bride Duties: Things Your Dad can do for you

Budget

Is your dad contributing to your wedding? It was once traditional for the father of the bride to pay for the wedding. Thankfully, we’ve moved on from those days but if you dad is contributing to your wedding, have the conversation with him to establish budget and boundaries.

Transport

Men like cars and why not feed that cliche by giving your dad the responsibility of overseeing the transport on your wedding day? Ask your dad to manage your wedding cars/transport[1] to ensure it arrives on time to take you to your wedding.

It’s the father’s responsibility to get the bride to the ceremony on time, make sure he is on top of the timings and wedding schedule so you don’t leave your groom waiting.

At church ceremonies, the father of the bride gives his daughter away. He will usually escort his daughter down the aisle before handing her over to her groom, a tradition that many fathers and brides choose to keep.

Father of the Bride Speech

The father of the bride’s speech[2] should thank guests for coming, offer some humorous and touching stories about his daughter’s life, welcome his son-in-law into the family and offer a toast to the bride and groom. This can often be the only chance the father of the bride gets to publically thank the guests. Have fun with tailoring it to you and your daughter’s unique relationship.

Remaining Responsibilities

The bride’s parents are traditionally the hosts of the wedding breakfast and reception. Usually, mum and dad are the first two people to greet guests. These days it’s more relaxed and everyone is left to mingle. Your dad may want to choose this time to introduce himself to your guests and ensure everyone has a drink.

Traditionally the last to leave, the father of the bride ensures that everyone leaves the venue safely. He will make sure all suppliers are paid and that any wedding gifts are taken and stored safely.

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References

  1. ^ wedding cars/transport (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  2. ^ speech (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account. (twitter.com)
  5. ^ here (www.facebook.com)

9 tips for planning a stand out, luxurious engagement party

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You’re engaged! Make the most of this exciting time by celebrating with an engagement party

After the excitement of getting engaged many couples look forward to celebrating their special news with their family and friends. Vicki Morris, founder of luxury wedding event and experience brand Two Became One[1] is no stranger to organising a show-stopping party, and has put together her top tips on how to organise a party to be remember…

1. Decide who will host the party

Traditionally it’s the bride’s mother, or a member of the bride’s extended family, but perhaps it’s you and your fiancé? Or, you could always have two parties; one hosted by the bride’s family and one by the groom’s parents. If it’s anyone other than you and your fiancé, expect the hosts to have an input on the date of the party and the location – which may well be your hometown rather than current place of residence. And, whoever does host should traditionally make a speech at the party itself – a signature moment of the event.

2. Work out your budget

The budget is a key factor in determining the type of party you can have and where you can hold it so it’s important to understand this upfront; you’ll need to cover venue hire, catering, drinks and invitations. A smaller budget doesn’t mean you have to have a ‘budget’ party – by crafting your guest list and catering requirements to suit your event you can still have a luxurious party. For example, switch a formal sit-down meal for canapés and champagne cocktails.

3. Carefully consider the guest list

Consider very carefully who to include. Anyone invited to the engagement party will expect an invite to the wedding, so don’t get carried away. If you are not the hosts, expect them to have an input on who to include. If necessary, invite friends or colleagues who may not make the ‘cut’ for the big day to celebrate with you separately on a more informal scale.

READ MORE: 1 in 4 engaged couples argue about who to include in their wedding party[2]

4. Set a date

Choose a date that works for you and your closest friends and family and decide how long you want to wait between the engagement and the celebration. Wait a few weeks before announcing a date to give you a chance to reveal the engagement first and let everyone know the great news. You want everyone to know you are planning on tying the knot, then give them something else to get excited about!

5. Decide on the venue and the menu

Choose a place that works with your theme and ideas. Do you want a lavish top hotel in the centre of the city, or would you prefer a restaurant overlooking the beach? You could even consider a venue totally off the scale, like an art gallery or the top of the Shard. Think about where you’d like your wedding to take place too and keep your engagement party distinctively different. As much as you want this party to be the party of the year, you don’t want to upstage the main event!

6. Send out the invitations – and don’t forget to add a dress code!

Give your guests plenty of time to reply as this may be a determining factor for your entertainment and food; you may even want to wait until you know the numbers to reveal the location, so you can plan the venue more appropriately. If you are planning a lavish engagement party, ensure your guests know it and don’t be afraid to tell them. You don’t want them turning up casual, when you have put so much effort into a lavish event! This can be obvious by your invitations, but it’s worth stating. And don’t you forget to dress to impress – select something that will wow, but won’t upstage your wedding gown. Equally, let them know what to expect food wise. If you’re having drinks and canapés, tell them, or if it’s a luxury afternoon tea and cake in the garden make that clear too.

7. Decorate the venue space

If you are having a sit-down meal, then consider the table fabrics, the flowers, the centrepieces – you could create a mood board to get your ideas down first. If you are thinking champagne and canapés, put more focus on the room and how you’d like it decorated. Check our Pinterest for some fantastic party inspiration – flowers, lights, candles or seasonally themed ideas will all make the party stand out.

8. Designate roles and responsibilities

Assign roles and responsibilities ahead of the event. Who will make formal introductions between guests that don’t know each other? Who will make the first (and subsequent) toast? Guests may bring you engagement gifts, so ask someone to take responsibility for them. If you’re not having a formal photographer think about asking a couple of trusted guests to capture the evening on film for you.

9. Decide on the entertainment

Nothing says ‘party’ like good music! Choose the entertainment to match the theme – if you’re after elegance, perhaps choose classic, acoustic sounds, but if it’s dancing you want, opt for a band to get everyone on the dancefloor.

READ MORE: What are the gifts that engaged couples really want?[3]


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What you can learn from Don’t Tell the Bride’s wedding disasters

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Getting married and want to avoid any wedding disasters like those on Don’t Tell the Bride? Here’s what you can learn from the E4 show where the groom is left in charge…

The event organisers at Rivenhall Oaks[1] know how important it is for your wedding planning and organisation to run smoothly. They give their four keys lessons you can learn from Don’t Tell the Bride

Don’t leave everything to the groom

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way – don’t leave all of the planning and decision making to your partner. If the programme has shown us anything, it’s how stressful weddings can be when you’re left in the dark.

However, it’s equally important to remember not to take on the whole process by yourself. The wedding is between two people and so the responsibility should be split. Make sure you ask for help when you need it!

Watch the wedding budget

The best episodes are always the ones where the groom wastes the budget on his stag or spends half of the money on an overly expensive plan that you know the bride will hate.

You might be sitting at home smugly thinking you’d be able to spend the £14,000 far better, but in practice It may not be that simple. Try to keep extravagant purchases to a minimum and only splash out on unnecessary extras once you’ve got the basics in place.

Think about your partner 

The one things that always shocks viewers is the grooms apparent disregard for anything his bride likes. She hates animals? Get married in a zoo. She’s scared of heights? Arrange a zip wire. Although this makes for good television, it may not make for a great partnership.

When planning your special day, you’re likely to have an idea about how you want things to look, but ultimately, it’s about compromise. Remember to keep in mind what they would like on the day too.

Love always wins

The main reason that people tune in to the show is to watch a poor bride kicking off on her wedding day after her fantasy of her dream day has faded.

There’s usually tears and arguments, but in the end, they both tend to admit they’ve had the best day of their lives and maybe the groom knows them better than they know their selves.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and tensions may rise but try to keep in the back of your mind what the day is all about – love.

For more information on Rivenhall Oaks, visit www.rivenhalloaksgolf.com.[2]


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References

  1. ^ Rivenhall Oaks (www.rivenhalloaksgolf.com)
  2. ^ www.rivenhalloaksgolf.com. (www.rivenhalloaksgolf.com)
  3. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)

Knowing your legal rights on your wedding day

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A ton of time and money go into planning a wedding, but if it doesn’t quite go to plan on the big day, it’s worth knowing where you stand with your legal rights. The University of Law[1] has put together a list of potential disasters and how to deal with them

What should I do if my wedding dress[2] doesn’t fit?

According to Consumer Rights Act, if you bought the wrong size dress you may not be entitled to any money back, but if you have bought a made-to-measure gown that doesn’t follow your sizing requirements, you are eligible to get your money back or at least a replacement.

What should we do if our wedding venue[3] has closed down?

Wedding venues can be booked up several years in advance, so there’s always the chance that circumstances can change with the business during that time. If your wedding reception does go out of business before your big day, you may be entitled to money back, but this isn’t guaranteed.

Credit cards are the safest method to pay for high value items and will cover you between the value of £100 to £30,000. If you paid via credit card, you can apply for a Section 75 claim, that will give you a full or partial refund of the costs. PayPal also offers some legal protection through its disputes resolution scheme.

If the company responsible for your wedding reception has gone out of business, you can apply to be a creditor by filling out a form with details about what you are owed and sending this to the administrator who is handling the company’s debts. You can search to see if a company has gone bankrupt by searching the Companies House list or looking at the insolvency register.

READ MORE: The questions to ask your wedding venue before you book[4]

What should we do if our flowers haven’t arrived?

When you buy something, it’s the seller’s responsibility to make sure the items are delivered to you. If you have any concerns about your item not arriving on time, firstly contact the seller as they should legally provide you with an update. If your item doesn’t arrive, you are legally entitled to a refund or replacement within 30 days. When it comes to florists, UK-based ones should all abide by the British Florist Association Standard of Excellence, so if you feel that your problem hasn’t been dealt with in a timely or professional manner, you can escalate your complaint to this trade association.

What should we do if we’re upset about the quality of our cake?

If you notice before the big day that your wedding cake isn’t up to scratch, you should firstly contact the provider and see if they would be happy to make you an alternative or give you a discount. If the service would take too long or it would be an inconvenience, you can ask the seller for a refund. According to the Consumer Rights Act, if you are unhappy with a service, you have the right to report this for up to five years in Scotland, or up to six years in the UK.

What should we do if our wedding entertainment[5] hasn’t turned up?

If the entertainment you booked for your big day doesn’t turn up, the provider is in breach of contract. Although you may not be able to rectify the problem on the day, the entertainment provider must legally provide a full refund and you may be entitled to compensation.

READ MORE: 12 ways to save on wedding flowers[6]

What should we do if we need to delay our honeymoon?

If you need to cancel your honeymoon, start by looking at the Ts & Cs in your cancellation policy. They can vary depending on when you are travelling, who you are travelling with and the reasons you would like to cancel. Legally you should be able to cancel a holiday before you go, but this would be subject to a cancellation fee unless it falls under a category covered by your insurance, such as war, a serious disease or natural disasters. If you are cancelling your holiday due to significant changes by your travel provider, the company should pay you any money that you are owed within 14 days.


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References

  1. ^ University of Law (www.law.ac.uk)
  2. ^ wedding dress (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  3. ^ wedding venue (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  4. ^ READ MORE: The questions to ask your wedding venue before you book (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  5. ^ wedding entertainment (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  6. ^ READ MORE: 12 ways to save on wedding flowers (www.weddingideasmag.com)
  7. ^ Wedding Ideas Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ @wimagazine Twitter account (twitter.com)