Wedding Planning

Manchester's first planning and styling team launches today... The Urban Wedding Company

The Urban Wedding company

Today is an exciting day after 7 months of hard work and exciting meetings we officially Launch Manchester’s first Planning and Styling team The Urban Wedding Company.

We are Wedding Planner Michelle Healey of Michelle Amy Weddings and Venue Stylist Zoey O’Brien of Bespoke events & Styling. After running our own successful businesses we decided to come together to offer style conscious couples the perfect balance of planning and styling Urban, Industrial weddings across the North West of England.

We came together to combine our skills and expertise, on a mission to provide couples a complete wedding service. We don’t want couples to face the difficult choice of prioritising a design led wedding, or a meticulously planned day.

Bubble is expanding with the Launch of Bubble Weddings

Bubble wedding launch

Bubble, the leading luxurious catering and events company is delighted to be expanding with the launch of Bubble Weddings. Having developed a reputation for hosting a series of weddings for an A list clientele, Bubble has been the secret ingredient for some of the most talked about weddings within the UK’s most stunning locations. Bubble Weddings is the bespoke, personal and luxurious haute couture of catering for all types of weddings and civil partnerships. Whether traditional or uniquely themed, every exquisite detail is beautifully presented. 

Create a perfect summer wedding with these top tips

Summer wedding centre piece surrounded by candles

Summer is undoubtedly the most popular season to tie the knot, but that doesn’t mean your wedding day can’t be unique and even more memorable for your guests. Follow these top tips from Felicity Henriques, Wedding Coordinator at Cripps’s spectacular new wedding venue, The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey, to create a summer wedding like no other.

Five tips to create a perfect summer wedding

1.      Fresh Herbs

“Whilst popular flowers such as Roses and Gypsophelia are a delicate touch, using wild spring flowers, cacti and placing seasonal herbs in pots on tables can create something just as stunning and impactful.  


Using lighting to make the perfect wedding entrance

Candles lighting the steps up to an entrance of a wedding venue at night

First impressions count. When creating the most memorable day of your life it’s hugely important to consider how you and your guests will make a grand entrance. Sensational. Memorable. Entertaining and Engaging. It has to be the talking point for the rest of the day. Compare it to the first chapter of your book of life! Ceremony venue and wedding reception, it’s crucial that the first thing guests see is a ‘wow’ moment, a theatrical, ‘curtain-up’on your wedding ‘journey’, and all this can be set with the perfect lighting.

Top tips for turning a wedding around in time for Christmas wedding

Marriot Bournmouth

It may already be December, but according to The Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott’s Wedding Coordinator, it’s not too late to tie the knot and have a Christmas wedding.


Ms Holly Manning, has learned a few tricks of the trade during her time in the hospitality and wedding industry. One of those tricks is how to plan a wedding in the build up to Christmas - and with the festive season offering the perfect setting for a beautiful Big Day, there’s no better time to start the planning process.


Wedding planning with Red Herring Catering and Event Management

Wedding planning with Red Herring

Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life and definitely the best party you will ever throw. Which, from the outset makes the wedding planning feel a major task and perhaps a touch overwhelming. As award winning caterers with a team who can offer the whole package, including full event management of your big day, wedding planning with Red Herring really couldn’t be a more attractive start to your wedding.

Five questions to ask your venue’s wedding coordinator

Redworth Hall wedding venue

Vicki Dewdney and Deborah Allen, Wedding Coordinators at The Redworth Hall Hotel in County Durham, part of The Cairn Collection, have nearly 15 years’ experience between them of organising weddings, from a two-day multi-cultural wedding with more than 300 guests to an intimate soiree for just 18 people. They share their insights into how to get the very best from your venue’s wedding coordinator.

Top tips to host the perfect winter wedding

Winter wedding

If you’re looking to escape the busy summer season and create an original, atmospheric  wedding, then winter – all roaring fires and festive spirit - is the perfect time to do it. Follow the advice of Jenny Ashton-Smith, Wedding Coordinator at Cripps’s spectacular new wedding barn, The Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey, to create a memorable winter wedding setting:

Five tips for the perfect winter wedding

1.       Light the way:

Winter wedding

Styling a Winter wedding

Winter styling

Wintertime is such a magical time for styling a Wedding - who doesn't love the idea of velvet dresses, maribou trim and candlelight??  Planning a wedding at this time allows the lavish use of light and candles and at the Letteroom we have a fabulous selection of LED Jars and Bottles which would make a fantastic statement when used in your Wedding Styling plans.

These beautiful Sparkle LED Jam Jars would light up any Winter Wedding or party table and create a magical light effect across the room.

What to consider when planning a winter wedding

Winter wedding

Natalie Lovett of Love to Plan Ltd talks to Vows and Venues about her top tips for planning a Winter wedding.

When imagining a winter wedding, I immediately think of crackling fires, warm and furry wraps and lots of twinkly lights and candles – lovely!  ...but remember, whilst winter is a beautiful time of the year it brings with it potential challenges and considerations.

Here are my top tips ‘things to remember’ when planning a winter wedding:

Low season discounts, anyone?

Winter wedding tips from La Fête

Winter Wedding

Planning beautiful weddings, celebrations and honeymoons in stunning locations for a worldwide client base, bespoke event planner La Fête offer once in a lifetime experiences. An expert in creating magical moments, here La Fête’s founder Charlotte Ricard shares her ultimate tips for a winter wedding with the added wow factor.

1. Create a sumptuous ambience

‘I love the fact that you can play with a variety of different colour palettes and textures in winter, such as deep greens and reds, and fabrics such as crushed velvet. This is a great way to give your venue a luxurious feel as well as a warm and inviting atmosphere. I always think winter weddings seem more magical somehow’

What about a winter wedding in the mountains?

Winter wedding

Marriage in the mountains: Say ‘I Do’ at Mont Blanc and have a wonderful winter wedding

Les Rives d’Argentière - the 5-star hamlet of chalets in Chamonix, Mont-Blanc -  is pleased to announce that it is now accepting bookings from wedding parties offering a breath-taking venue for those wishing to celebrate their nuptials amongst the Alps. 

With so many couples searching for memorable wedding venues, and more and more willing to travel to find that picture-perfect ‘instagram-able’ destination, the five-star luxury ski resort in Chamonix Mont-Blanc is following suit with many of its American counterparts by offering its services to couples tying the knot. 

Have a cosy winter wedding

Hylands winter wedding

Autumn and winter weddings are becoming more and more popular. On a crisp, sunny day there is nothing more impressionable than walking or driving through parkland covered in snow or being surrounded by horse chestnut trees to eventually arrive at a cosy and welcoming reception.  Michelle Marwood, Events & New Business Coordinator at Hylands House, Essex, gives her ideas on how to have a perfect winter wedding.

There are several ways to make a winter wedding truly romantic.

Firstly ensure that the venue is heated and select one that has picturesque interiors to provide amazing indoor photographs when the weather is bad.

Choose somewhere that has a beautiful exterior to stand out in people’s memories so that they forget the weather.

Advice for entering married life on the best financial foot

Financial advice for wedding

Along with buying your first property, paying for a wedding can be one of the most expensive things you are likely to do in life. In fact, recent research shows that the average cost of a British wedding is now £26,989 (and rising). As a result, many newlyweds start their marriage in debt, putting a slight dampener on the new marital bliss. Pension and savings specialists Standard Life have provided some tips around how to combat this potentially stressful situation so you can enter married life on the best financial foot.

How to enter life on the best financial foot

Make a budget and stick to it