The biggest wedding of the year is now done and dusted. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed before millions of spectators and TV viewers, but the one thing we didn’t get to witness was the speeches. It has been hinted that Prince William’s best man’s speech was particularly “naughty” and that Meghan herself took to the microphone to express her gratitude towards the royal family for making her so welcome.
As wedding season is well and truly underway, The Majestic Hotel’s wedding coordinator Alicja Kulinska has shared some insider tips for couples looking to tie the knot without breaking the bank.
Alicja said: “Weddings come in all shapes and sizes depending on the budget which couples are working towards. However with careful planning, savvy thinking and an innovative wedding coordinator, there’s no need to have to compromise on arrangements for the special day.
Your wedding will undoubtedly be one of the most special days of your life, but unfortunately it may also be one of the most expensive. Last year, Brides Magazine reported that the average budget for a wedding is over £30,000, which is only slightly less than the average house deposit. With this in mind, short-term loan provider Wonga have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help keep the costs down when planning your big day.
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Toasts are an integral part of almost every wedding and, depending on how they are delivered, are often remembered long into the future by the happy couple. With many speeches likely to be delivered at a wedding, Emma Cullen, Creative Content Producer at the online, interactive presentation platform, Mentimeter, provides expert tips on you can make your toast unique.
Have you ever considered getting married at sea, and having a cruise wedding? We have spoken with Adam Coulter, UK Managing Editor, Cruise Critic, to get the the ins and outs of having a cruise wedding.
Getting married at sea has never been as popular, with some cruise lines offering packages that start at just £1,010 in comparison with the average £30,000 cost of a UK wedding. Many cruises also offer a variety of services to help you plan a shipboard or shoreside ceremony, followed by a romantic cruise honeymoon. This enables couples to get married onboard or in a beautiful location without the immense hassle or expense of wedding planning. The fact that the captain can tie the knot in the absence of a priest, also makes a cruise particularly romantic.
We are all more aware of being ethical in our day to day lives but you can also have an ethical wedding. There are venues and catering companies offering ethical values but there are other ways of reducing the footprint of your special day and it’s all about looking to see what you already have to reduce waste.
For instance, one way of making sure your dress is ethical is by asking your family what they have that could possibly be re-used or upcycled. Your Mum might still have her dress or veil which although might not be your style can be cut up and completely restyled by the right designer.
If you want to know how to create the perfect vegan wedding, then look no further – we have spoke to Niki Webster, Founder of RebelRecipes.com - the qualified raw chef and award-winning vegan blogger who has over 260K followers and is growing daily. She is known for her delicious and easily accessible recipes and creating a sustainable way of including vegan into your daily live and she has put together her top tips on creating the perfect vegan wedding, so you can sit back and enjoy every part.
Top tips for planning a vegan wedding
Finding the right venue
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.