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The first steps of wedding planning are now upon you...and to some, this can feel like an overwhelming experience, with a million questions unanswered .
You've probably spent some time thinking about the wedding you'd like to have, but this can only be confirmed once you've started looking at venues. The decision of whether a castle, barn, country house, village hall or even an empty field is the right one for you, is only decided once you walk into that space and feel an overwhelming sense of 'this is the one!'.
Firstly, check the basics!
Capacity - will the venue hold the number of guests I'm planning to invite?
Price - Does the cost of the venue fall within my budget?
Availability - Does the venue have availability for the month/year I'm planning to get married in?
Do I even love it? - Don't waste your time visiting venues that don't quite cut the mustard online.
Do all of these before you make the viewing appointment and you'll save yourselves a wasted journey.
So, you've done your research and have a shortlist of venues to visit. I would recommend seeing no more than three in a single day - and the objective is to achieve a clear perception of each venue with the facts & figures that go with it. Too much information can lead to confusion!
All venues are different and some will insist that you choose from their list of every type of supplier, some will insist using only their approved catering suppliers and a few will allow you the freedom to choose whoever you want, for everything! Only you can decide what's important, so if you have a caterer in mind who'll provide the perfect canape - just the way you like it, then you'll need to check that your venue will allow this.
But why do they insist I should use their suppliers?
Here at the Hall, we allow couples the freedom to choose their own suppliers for every aspect of their wedding...except for catering and this is why;
There are good caterers and there are not-so-good caterers. We believe that food is a really important and integral part of the day and to get it wrong - either the food tastes awful or the service is really poor - can have a bad impact on your perfectly planned wedding day. We want to do everything we can to avoid this and that's why we go to great lengths to ensure that our list of approved caterers will do nothing short of providing you with exceptional food and an amazing service on your wedding day. Naturally, guests will perceive that the venue has provided the food, which could lead to developing a bad reputation for us. With such a close association, it's not something we're willing to risk.
With the increase in DIY weddings, this is something you'll need to check, if you've got big plans to decorate the venue which will require more than a couple of hours on the morning of the wedding. Be realistic with your timings on the day and how much you're able to achieve. If you feel that having time at the venue the day before would help alleviate the stress, then it's a question you'll need to ask. Don't assume it's a given!
At Glemham Hall, we're increasingly being asked for the option of a two-day booking, therefore ensuring couples have all the time they need to put the finishing touches in place! If this is something you'd like to know more about, please do get in touch as we offer a special rate for two-day bookings!
Depending on the time of year you're getting married, you may be hoping for a dazzling day of sunshine, but on the day, what if that's not the case?
Let's face it. This is Great Britain. Famously known for it's unpredictable weather, you'll need to consider an indoor option if the weather turns sour. Ask your venue what the Plan B is for such occasions...and then ask yourself if you're happy with those options presented to you!
This is possibly one question that could be added to your checklist before you begin arranging viewing appointments, depending on its importance to you.
A venue offering exclusive use means that you and your guests will be the only people using the venue on your wedding day. It largely depends on the type of venue you're looking for, for example if you're considering a hotel, then chances are, there will be other hotel guests within the facility. However, if you're considering a country house or a barn, then you will most likely be offered the venue exclusively. This ensures a level of privacy on what is going to be a very important and special day! It also ensures that there aren't any 'unexpected' guests in the background of your wedding photos!
Ok, so we're referring to those 'hidden' costs. The costs that suddenly arise out of nowhere, or that will likely be buried in the small print of the contract you sign. Your viewing is the perfect time to ask this all-important question.
Personally speaking, we despise hidden costs and that's why at Glemham Hall, you won't find any! We like to be upfront with you...and remember, it's all about developing a trustworthy relationship going forward. We are confident in our pricing and we go to great lengths to explain exactly what our prices are for and the costs involved.
A very good question to ask! You'll need to know about the team behind the venue. Do they provide waiting staff and/or bar staff? Is there a toastmaster included? Will there be a wedding co-ordinator to keep things on track?
If your venue doesn't offer a member of staff to oversee the proceedings, then you might like to know about it in good time. Do you really want to be clock-watching throughout the day? Do you want to spend time worrying whether the band has arrived or not?
All these details can be looked after by the wedding co-ordinator at the venue and it's their job to do your worrying for you, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the day knowing everything is in safe hands.
At Glemham Hall, we invite couples to a planning meeting, usually 4-6 weeks before the wedding to note down those all-important details, thus ensuring we know exactly what's happening at every point in the day. We'll know when the candles need lighting, when the groom needs his favourite tipple before the speeches and when the bride needs her flat shoes for dancing! All these little details can make your wedding day, an AMAZING wedding day!
Everyone has a 'wish-list' of their venue requirements, whether it's accommodation, exclusive-use, easily-accessible etc but do you have a particularly quirky or unusual requirement of a venue? If there's anything else you'd add to this list, let's hear it! Leave a comment below.
Yesterday the news the whole country has been waiting for finally came, HRH Prince Harry and the beautiful Meghan Markle are engaged! If we weren't all so wonderfully British, we'd be dancing in the street! But all jokes aside, it's the joyous news the world can really do with right now.
All we know so far is that the couple are due to wed in Spring 2018, (here's hoping for a national holiday *crosses fingers*) so there isn't long to wait until we all get a glimpse of 'the' dress! The trends we're seeing for next year are full of botanicals and florals and those continued industrial vibes, plus some opulence coming from fabrics such as velvet. But will the (arguably) most controversial royal follow the trends of today and buck tradition? Quite frankly, whatever they decide to do, we cannot wait. What is abundantly clear of dear Miss Markle and Prince Harry is that their relationship is built on a deep love and respect for each other; what more could this country want for its beloved Prince?
So ladies, dry those tears at the sight of another Prince coming off the market, and get ready to celebrate what is bound to be another fabulous Royal Wedding! I'll start dusting off my hat...
Photo from ABC News
The tradition of turning tables with the proposal game was first introduced at a time when women quite simply were forbidden from proposing to men. At the very same time, the 29th February was a date totally unrecognised by the nation and thus it held no lawful status. So our savvy (and wonderfully gallant) sisters of the past took the opportunity to defy tradition and ask their man to marry them. With the added bonus of a refused proposal resulting in a new pair of gloves to hide their ringless hands!
Today, of course, women have the freedom to propose whenever they desire (phew). However, this quaint custom has held its place in our hearts and minds and is often adhered to, even now – I like to think of it honouring those first brave ladies who went down on bent knee! So with 2016 marking another leap year and, with it, a chance for you lovely ladies to take control and ask your S.O, we are sending some advice your way on how to make it the perfect proposal in case you're planning on popping the question next week on the 29th!
Make it nostalgic
If pure movie-worthy-romance is your love’s ideal, why not use a memory within your proposal. Return to where you had your first date, or the place you met and use that as your setting, because who doesn’t love to reminisce!?
Make it about them
It will be easy to watch some timeless romcoms with the girls and be inspired to create the most romantic proposal with flowers, chocolates and a string quartet but even if that is your dream proposal, it might not be your sweetheart’s! Think about tailoring it to them, which could mean avoiding tradition! If all they ever want to do during their down-time is get outdoors, head outdoors yourself! Go for a walk in that forest they love and hide a sign asking them to marry you at the end…It’s time to get creative but also time to show them just how much you care.
Make it memorable
This is an important day in both of your lives so make it memorable – but what’s important is making it right for you both. Memorable doesn’t have to mean lavish – yes, you could rent their favourite sports venue or maybe a museum, ask the question and then have all your family and friends there to celebrate with you, a proposal and engagement party in one! But if they’re the type to appreciate the little things, maybe a treasure hunt, taking them to all the places important to you as a couple and finishing with a proposal is the way to go. The main thing is that you put thought into it, whether it’s in your humble abode after a home-cooked meal, or in front of everyone you know with a photographer at the ready. So make it right for you, because you will love remembering it for the rest of your lives.