Natural History Museum offers North Hall as exclusive wedding space for summer 2017

Natural History Museum offers North Hall as exclusive wedding space for summer 2017

From January until August 2017 the Natural History Museum will offer couples the exclusive opportunity to host their wedding reception in the majestic North Hall as Hintze Hall temporarily closes its doors to make way for a new installation.

To begin the celebrations, couples can host a relaxing drinks and canapé reception in the museum’s tranquil Darwin Centre courtyard. The strikingly contemporary space is easily adapted to suit specific themes and offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

En route to North Hall, guests will be taken on a spectacular journey through the world class exhibits that the musem has to offer.

Blossom and Balloon in association with A Glass Slipper Event

Blossom and Balloon in association with A Glass Slipper Event

Blossom and Balloon provide a unique service to help you plan your special day. We have a team of extremely talented Floral Designers, Wedding Planners and Venue Dressers. We are a family run business based in Manchester that caters for all events and we have 10 years experience in the wedding industry.

Our team prides itself on offering a quality service that suits all budgets and requirements. All of our prices are competitive and the quality of work is second to non. Our couples are our priority! We look to achieve a luxurious wedding at an affordable price and with a flexible approach.

The top wedding trends of 2016

Every bride-to-be is spoiled for choice when it comes to planning for their big day, and knowing where to start can be a daunting task.

To help give some inspiration as to what theme to opt for this year, investment experts Old Mutual Wealth take a look at the top wedding trends of 2016, and how much they’re likely to set you back.

Bohemian The bohemian wedding trend has become more and more popular in recent years, and is a great way to incorporate a tasteful attitude into a non-traditional wedding. Once you account for the lace-draped dress, outdoor accommodation and lighting, a boho wedding could cost anything between £15,000 to £20,000.

Social Media Etiquette (Infographic)

Social Media Etiquette (Infographic)

It’s a modern day problem to an age old traditional day: social media and whether to allow it on your wedding day. With smartphones being ubiquitous in our world today, social media is simply very much part of many people’s daily lives and a wedding day is just another moment to share. 

Many couples have no issue whatsoever with this and might not even contemplate it in the lead up to their wedding while others discuss it and decide on whether to ban it or allow it. It’s not uncommon to attend a wedding to find a sign at the door asking you to refrain from posting photos to social media; of course there’s the opposite also where you’ll see a sign asking you to post to a specific hashtag! 

Trends for 2016

As a stylist and wedding planner identifying trends is something that’s so important to keep on top of. While it’s always important not to go too over the top with ‘trend over timeless’ and risk your wedding photos looking dated, incorporating new and exciting elements can set you apart as one of the coolest, most creative couples.

End of the White Wedding: Only 1 in 5 couples say I do to tradition

End of the White Wedding: Only 1 in 5 couples say I do to tradition

A study conducted by an online voucher code website has found that 44% of couples do not want to have a traditional ‘white wedding*’ with just 20% wanting one.

In addition only one in three people in England and Wales have a religious ceremony**. So we ask; are we seeing the end of traditional weddings?

Are we seeing an end to the traditional White Wedding in the UK? According to research, just 1 in 5 couples want to have a formal wedding, something that is traditional. In addition 30% of couples would rather get married in a hotel compared to just 9% who would opt for a church service.




To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Rendezvous has launched a new initiative, ‘Summer Tryst’, to encourage couples to reconnect and spend more quality time together.

Located on the North West of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Rendezvous is an idyllic, all-inclusive Caribbean hideaway. The couples-only luxury resort offers an escape from everyday life, so that couples can enjoy new memories together. Rendezvous is owned and operated by the Barnard family who transformed their St. Lucian family home into a hotel 50 years ago.

Hilton Worldwide’s hottest honeymoons offers for 2016

With wedding season fast approaching, many happy couples will be thinking about booking their dream honeymoon and jetting off to unwind after their big day. However, with so many destinations around the world to choose from, and so much ‘wedmin’ to do at the same time, it can be difficult for couples to decide on the destination for that once in a life time trip that won’t be forgotten.

As inspiration for newlyweds to-be, Hilton Worldwide has pulled together its top suggestions for honeymooners looking for a truly unique trip to celebrate the start of married life:

For your ‘culturemoon’ -  Amsterdam

The Woburn Estate gives couples the opportunity to have their perfect wedding day

The Woburn Estate gives couples the opportunity to have their perfect wedding day


From a small intimate gathering of close friends and family to a lavish reception for up to 250 guests, The Woburn Estate gives couples the opportunity to have their perfect wedding day.

The Sculpture Gallery is set in the beautiful grounds of Woburn Abbey and was constructed by Henry Holland during the 18th Century for the fifth Duke of Bedford. It is one of the most majestic and elegant settings for any ceremony or reception, and with its own private gardens overlooking the Camellia Lake, it guarantees exclusivity. 

Keeping children out of mischief on your wedding day

Keeping children out of mischief on your wedding day

A thought that crosses most couple’s minds when planning a wedding is, should we invite children or not? And if we are going to invite them, how do we avoid the cliché crying during the ceremony and knee sliding on the dancefloor? Sure enough to invite children or not to invite children is the question.  If you have decided to invite children to your wedding ceremony or reception, here’s a few ideas on how you can make sure they’re kept happy and that your guests’ attention stays firmly where it should be: on you….I mean….on you and your new husband!

Keep them entertained

4 gifts to ask for when you already have everything

In 2015, there were 3.1 million opposite sex and 90,000 same sex couples cohabiting in the UK, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing type of family in the UK: from 2005 to 2015, there has been an increase from 14% to 17% of opposite sex couples making up the total number of families, and an increase of 0.3% to 0.5% for those of the same sex.


Be Wedding Wise (, the UK’s first ever reviews based wedding directory, has announced its launch. Established to provide engaged couples with a platform to access thoroughly vetted and validated wedding suppliers for their big day, Be Wedding Wise is set to shake up the industry and take the standards of service to new heights.

Timing the knot

Martyn and Amy Kingston on their wedding day at Nottingham city centre wedding venue, St James Hotel


TIME is certainly of the essence for newly-engaged Nottingham couples as popular Nottingham city centre wedding venue, the St James Hotel, sees a huge increase in bookings this year.

Wedding venues are notorious for being booked up a year or more in advance - but the St James Hotel is seeing a significant increase in the number of couples not wanting to wait a long time for their big day.