Wedding Insurance – Do you really need it?

Category : Wedding Help

Most people have a pretty clear understanding of car insurance and home insurance – we have a fair bit of experience in sorting them out and because they need renewed annually, we are all well aware of the process. But when it comes to the overall wedding planning experience, people tend to have much less understanding of what it’s all about. A lot of companies offer low cost options to keep in with all budgets, but is it really worth the money?

Often it’s people’s misunderstandings and assumptions of wedding insurance which can leave them seriously out of pocket. For example, one couple recently assumed that their wedding insurance policy would only cover purchases made, deposits paid or services booked after the policy came into force.

As they’d already booked and paid for the venue before sorting out the wedding insurance, they didn’t include the cost of this in the insurance application. Unfortunately as things turned out the wedding had to be postponed because the Groom broke his leg in a skiing accident just before the wedding, and whilst their insurance covered most of the costs involved in rescheduling the whole thing on a later date, the couple had to fork out the money for the venue themselves.

The truth is that when you purchase wedding insurance it doesn’t matter whether you have spent nothing at all, or spent thousands – you’ll still usually be covered for the full amount of the policy.

You may have spent £10,000 before purchasing your wedding insurance, with a view to spending a further £10,000 later. By purchasing wedding insurance offering cover up to £20,000 you’ll still be covered for that full amount of £20,000, as long as the cause of your wedding having to be cancelled or postponed occurs after your wedding cancellation insurance has been paid for and is in force.

This is quite a common misunderstanding, but it’s worth knowing how this sort of arrangement works, otherwise you could inadvertently be losing out on thousands of pounds unnecessarily. This is just one example – courtesy of Adam Leyton at Compare Wedding Insurance. For more info on wedding insurance or to compare the policies on offer please visit;

Cath Kidston at your Wedding?

Category : Wedding Help

The bright florals and striking patterns associated with Cath Kidston are ideal for injecting some colour into your wedding. Perfect for a summer garden wedding or simply creating a focal point in a plain venue – use a mis-match of popular patterns to create the look.

Although none of these items are solely wedding focussed – I think that with a little DIY (go on, you know you want to), you could easily adapt them!

What do you think, would you use Cath Kidston as inspiration for your wedding?

cards by sophie invitationcath kidston style invites


Some brightly coloured wedding invitations are a sure fire way to set the tone of your big day.


cath kidston table plan

Ok, so the house by itself doesn’t mean much – but how about making a bigger one and perhaps in place of windows and doors have your table numbers and seating plan for your guests? (you see where I am going – it could be very impressive huh?)


For wedding favours – some Cath Kidston mini soaps


cath kidston dress

Your bridesmaids will love you even more if you treat them to this lovely dress from Cath Kidston!


cath kidston cake

And for the wedding cake – well we know the world has gone cupcake crazy – so why not treat all your guests to some brightly coloured cupcakes!



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!


Helping Hand for the Best Man


Category : Wedding Help

I’m sure you all get bored of my ramblings, so today I have a little treat/something different for you! Lee from my work, a man who has been best man on numerous occassions (always the best man, so far never the groom) has written a little post on taking on that challenge. So, over to Lee;

Someone once said that being asked to be the best man is a little bit like being asked to kiss the Queen: it’s a great honour, but nobody wants to do it! This is largely derived from the best man duty of having to get up in front of a large crowd and toasting the bride and groom. There’s pressure on you to do it right and not mess up your friends  big day, but it needn’t be so difficult. Below are a few guidelines to help you on your way!


lyndsey goddard photography

Lyndsey Goddard photography


6-12 months before

  • Get fitted for suit/Kilt
  • Organise stag party
  • Help groom with any other duties

Weeks before

  • Write best man speech (more on this below)
  • Help groom get organised, tying up any loose ends such as collecting the rings
  • Offer reassurance and encouragement to the  groom as he will most likely be starting to get nervous

In the days before wedding

  • Pick up suits/Kilts for wedding
  • Attend wedding rehearsal
  • The night before make sure wedding cars will arrive on time
  • Not get too drunk with groom the night before wedding!

On the wedding way

  • Help the groom get dressed
  • Coordinate the ushers
  • Make sure the groom arrives at the wedding venue in plenty of time
  • Remember the rings
  • Sign marriage licence

Now it’s over to the hard part, writing and delivering a heartfelt and entertaining speech!


A great way of writing the speech is to split it smaller segments – a beginning, middle and then finally closing the speech down.

  • Start off by introducing yourself, as everyone in the room may not know who you are
  • To get people’s attention,  insert a quick joke early on
  • Thank the people hosting the wedding, traditionally the parents of the bride
  • If the bride and groom are paying for the wedding themselves, simply say, “We’re all delighted to be here today on this joyous occasion.”
  • Let’s get the formalities out of the way. If there are bridesmaids, say how pretty they are, the same goes for the bride.
  • Tell a funny story about the bride and/or groom (This is when the fun begins, how far to push it depends on the audience. I personally like to make them and all the grandmas’ blush. You should amend based on the audience)
  • Give your thoughts on love and marriage, tell the story of how they met (joke at this point works well)


  • Try not to talk too long as nobody wants to hear you ramble, but do give some interesting details
  • At all costs, avoid ex-girlfriend stories and keep it rated PG for kids and grandmothers in the room!
  • At all costs, avoid ex-girlfriend stories and keep it clean for kids and grandmothers in the room!
  • It’s often good to wrap up your toast with a wish, traditional toast, or blessing for the bride and groom. Raise your glass with a resounding congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs.


Once you have delivered a flawless best man speech its over to the dance floor with that silver tongue of yours to try your hand with the bridesmaids………..

Best of luck!



Typical man eh! If you have any questions or tips on how to be an even better best man – then please leave us a little comment.

Flash Sale on Coast Dresses – 20% off between 12-4 today only!

Category : Wedding Help

Yup, you heard it right. Coast are doing a flash sale today on their dresses. A massive 20% off will be given between 12-4pm today. So, if you were considering some bridesmaid dresses, that wedding outfit or just fancy treating yourself – then why wait! Simply click on the banner below to take you to their site.

Happy Shopping!

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