Questions to ask your wedding venue

Category : Wedding Help, Wedding Venues

Finding your ideal venue can be difficult, but once you know that all your guests will fit it and you can imagine yourself walking up that aisle – there are a few questions worth asking before you sign on the dotted line;

  1. If you require a civil ceremony – is your venue licensed to carry out civil weddings?
  2. Will ours be the only wedding at the venue on our wedding day? I’ve came across several brides sharing a venue, if this was you – would it bother you?
  3. Is there ample parking?
  4. It’s traditional to throw confetti over the newly wedded couple – is this allowed?
  5. Are candles allowed to be lit in the reception room? What about balloons?
  6. Are there separate rooms provided for the wedding, reception, meal, evening reception, etc?
  7. Is there a room provided for the use of “bride and groom” for the day? (if your venue isn’t in a hotel – are you happy with the space?)
  8. Is there a dressing room that the bride and bridesmaids can use prior to the ceremony?
  9. Are decorations included or will you have to provide your own balloons, flowers, table decorations?
  10. Are you limited to preferred suppliers? Lots of venues are now stipulating which suppliers you can use, such as caterers or chair covers – often inflating prices and taking a cut for themselves….as Tesco constantly remind us – every penny counts…
  11. Will all who need access to the venue prior to the ceremony be granted this? Florists, chair covers etc.
  12. If children are to be invited, are there special facilities for them, for example areas where they can let off steam or highchairs for the meal or an area that can be sectioned off to allow them their own space/crèche?
  13. Do you have a room where you are able to store wedding presents until you are able to collect them and are you insured for any loss or damage to these presents?
  14. Do you have a preferred order of service (when and where do we cut the cake)?
  15. What time do you offer an alcohol license until?
  16. Can you adapt any menu packages to your own tastes?
  17. Is VAT included in all prices?

Be sure to leave a comment if you think I have missed anything important and I will update the list!


Wedding Diet – Again.

Category : Wedding Diet

So, you know the score. Girl buys a wedding dress that doesn’t entirely fit, girl attempts to lose weight, girl fails.

Generally though, brides don’t buy them so small that some good underwear won’t fix the issue…..unlike me. I bought a dress a bit too small and so, for the last time, I am on a diet (not just healthy eating – proper strict diet), to make sure that I give it one last ditch attempt before I admit defeat and buy a new dress (ARGH!).

Week 1 is over, and I am pleased to say that I lost 10lbs. 10 massive lbs.

Unfortunately it was easter weekend and so I may have put on a little due to the ridiculous amount of chocolate we got given.

Tomorrow is a new day and the diet starts again.  Next week, the jeans will be even less tight.

RocknRoll Bride’s Party – Dim Sum, Cocktails……and a Photobooth


Category : Wedding Inspirer's Ramblings

Last week I took the train down to London town with the lovely Caroline (Candysnaps) for the eagerly awaited RocknRoll Bride’s party. A long way to go for some cocktails (I live in Glasgow!) – but was I going to miss out?….hell no!

I’ve been blogging for roughly 10 months now and in that time have chatted to so many fabulous people through twitter but there is only so many conversations that can be had in 140 characters or less, hence why I jumped at the chance to meet some of them face to face!

I met up with Charlie (Fiftieswedding), Emily (Emily Jayne Styling), Gemma (Mission2Wed), Natasha (Natasha Jane Headwear), Abbie (Vintage Hen House) and Penny and Martin (Tino and Pip Photography) for some delightful dim sum and good ole’ get to know you chat before the party and arriving fashionably late, we stood in line, all eagerly awaiting our turn to walk into the wedding meet up of the year (well so far, after Thursday I’m sure we are all hoping for an even bigger meet up later in the year…..sure Kat can get it sorted!).

The night was fab, cocktails were flowing, cakes were yummy – and the photobooth…well Lisa Jane did a fab job! Below are a few of the images from the night itself;

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Budget Wedding Dresses, fit for a princess!


Category : Wedding Dress

The words budget and wedding dress don’t fit together well do they? But I guess the reality is, that for a lot of us, getting married is so expensive we simply have to stick to a budget. Below I have found a fair few wedding dresses, all availabe from high street stores and with prices range from £180-£550 – they are simply perfect for those with a tight budget!


First up, some stunning gowns available at John Lewis;

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Some delights from Coast;

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And no high street wedding post would be complete without some dresses from Monsoon;

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And it doesn’t end there! BHS, Frasers and of course Debenhams (which now stock Ultimo wedding dresses!) all have budget busting wedding dresses. Who says you cant look like a princess but pay pauper prices!

Only 6 months til the big day

Category : Wedding Planning

Every day someone asks if I am prepared for our wedding, sure – of course I am. With only 6 months to go, surely, one would think, that I would be, I have to be right? Well, as it turns out, “we” still have quite a lot of preparation to do!

I have so many DIY projects to get started, so many time consuming tasks to complete, so many wedding decisions to finalise! Argh. Right, first things first, a to do list;


  • Chose a wedding band for Chris – not being a jewellery person at all, this may turn out to be a wedding watch!
  • Decide whether or not a bus is required – and if so book
  • Book a date for our pre wedding shoot
  • Finalise timings for the ceremony and chose readings, write vows
  • Choose how the ceremony music will be played
  • Pay florist deposit
  • Design invitations and other stationery required for the day
  • Attempt to make ribbon topiarys
  • Get kilts sorted for groom, best man, my dad and page boy
  • Make childrens entertainment bags
  • Buy sweetie scoops and design labels
  • Sort out photo booth
  • Buy cupcake wrappers and cake topper
  • Create various wedding signs
  • Get shoes and accessories
  • Get bridesmaid shoes and accessories
  • Pay deeposit for florist
  • Book New York (YAY!)
  • Book family break after wedding
  • Choose a hairstyle
  • Book make up
  • Thank you gifts

Wow, think I might be needing some days off work in order to get all this done. Anyone keen to lend a hand? Please!


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