Let’s face it weddings aren’t cheap. If you’re the Bride & Groom you’re expected to fork out to make your day perfect but now even attending a wedding can be an major exercise in budget control. From the present, to the new outfit, a possible overnight hotel stay and then attending the stag or hen do and you’re looking at a whopping £500 plus just to turn up. So as your guests have really gone to a lot of effort before they arrive try to avoid these five things that will strike fear into their little happy wedding hearts:
1. “I’m Hungry”
Think about the timing of your wedding and when food and drink will be available. Starting a wedding between 12noon and 2pm will mean guests have probably been rushing to make it there and not had much time to think about lunch. If you can provide a little snack or at the very least a drink on arrival or directly after the ceremony then do it. It doesn’t have to be alcohol or canapes! Use your imagination and check out our previous post for hints and tips.
2. “I can’t afford an Xbox”
Expensive wedding gifts always grind with guests. No-one likes a greedy pants and putting personal gifts like the latest games consule or GHD’s on a wedding list can look a bit off, as does a gift list with a minimum present price of over £100. Make sure you mix the list up a bit with gifts of varying prices or use a Honeymoon payment scheme so guests can donate what they want and help you to have fun as you start your married life.
3. “I think I’ve missed the last train”
If your wedding is out in the sticks or a long way from public transport then you will need to think about making sure your guests can have a good time and get home safely. Hiring a bus (red or otherwise) to take guests on mass back to a town centre or local hotel would be fantastic but if your budget doesn’t stretch that far at the very least make sure you book some cabs in advance. That way guests aren’t left without a ride home as sleeping in the Church generally isn’t an option.
4. “Urgh how do you spell C-o-n-g-r-a-t-s”
It never fails to raise a quiet chuckle when you pass around the “Guest Book” and see the looks you get. It ranges from a ‘kill me now I have literally nothing to say’ to ‘yes I’m taking it from you but I’m going to pass it on quickly when I think no-one is looking”. There’s nothing worse than having to write something heart felt and witty into a book once you’ve drunk half your body weight in wine. There’s loads more options out there now from Polaroid Camera Pictures hanging on a washing line, to finger print trees and Quiz books about the Bride and Groom to help your guests along a bit. Much more original and much more fun.
5. “I’ve think my feet have frozen off”
This is a pet hate, maybe because I should only really ever live in the Caribbean, but I hate being cold. To be MADE to get cold is even worse. If you’re having a Winter wedding make sure your venue won’t shove your guests outside in the driving rain or snow whilst rooms are being changed around. If you’re having your ceremony in a Church check with Father George that it’s alright to have the heating on so your guests feet don’t get frozen to the floor. English Summer weddings will also have the chilly evenings to contend with so how about having some wraps or blankets on hand. That way your guests can get nice and toasty and still feel the warm glow of your wedding long into the night.
Remember if you look after your guests first, everything else will fall into place and your suppliers will also be more than happy to bend over backwards to make sure your guests get the best service possible.
Featured Image: Frank Amodo
It’s about this time of year that we like to point you in the direction of Wonderful Wraps. We’ve sent many a bride their way when they start to worry about staying warm on their wedding day. They’ve got the best selection of wraps and cloaks in wedding world so if you need a winter warmer go there first.
Check out our previous post with a full selection of their gorgeous wraps.
The snow is here! To celebrate we have an extra special post about the winter wedding of Kent artist, Hayley Restall.
Winter weddings have that little extra sparkle that you just can’t get at any other time of year, and so when Hayley and husband-to-be Ant started to think about inspiration for their big day they didn’t hesitate in choosing a date in December. “I love red” says Hayley “so having this colour in Winter, especially just before Christmas, felt like the perfect choice”.
Stationery for the wedding was designed by Hayley’s bridesmaid, Veneta Hooper, using Hayley’s own brilliant illustrations which added a really personal touch to the wedding.
When choosing her outfit Hayley says “I wanted to look like a film star, but it was important that I still looked like me. I didn’t want to look as if I was dressed up as someone else, so I stuck with the 50s look I’ve always liked but I was a posher, more polished version of me”.
Hayley got her dress from Fur Coat No Knickers and after seeing it once she says “I just knew it was the one!” A girl after our own hearts, Hayley splashed out on some silver sparkly stunners from Christian Louboutin. She also wore her diamond and ruby vintage engagement ring, pearl earrings and her nan’s pearls which she tied around her wrist. She completed the look with a little bag (from eBay) and a big red flower in her hair (also from Fur Coat No Knickers).
Hayley would also advise other winter brides not to worry about being too cold when it comes to choosing their outfit, “I had my photos taken in my dress, outside on a freezing afternoon. I couldn’t feel the cold at all. The post-wedding bliss is all you need to keep you warm! Although I did have a stunning cape that my mum and sister made which I wore to get to the ceremony – it completed the look perfectly”.
Ant and Hayley had a civil ceremony at the The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, London. Hayley says “From the start we really wanted to get married in a pub but couldn’t find one big enough as we had around 120 guests. Eventually we found the Trafalgar which has a gorgeous big room upstairs and was in a perfect location on the River Thames, which meant we got our pub wedding – but with lots of added glamour!”.
The little bridesmaids wore red dresses from Monsoon, with the adult Bridesmaids wearing red 50’s style dresses from Vivien of Holloway
To decorate the venue, alongside a beautiful big Christmas tree, Ant and Hayley collected hundreds of different candlesticks from charity shops. They lit up the ceremony and were then grouped on the tables during dinner to add a really cosy and romantic light in the room.
Guests drank Champagne and sherry and ate the Londoner’s favourite, Pie and Mash. This was followed by trifle and traditional wedding cake made locally.
After the sit-down meal there was singing alongside the piano, played by Hayley’s bridesmaid, with christmas carol song sheets for everyone. All the guests got really into it and sang along loudly. Then the party got into full swing with the band, The Cortinas. “It was brilliant” says Hayley.
For their photography Hayley and Ant chose the fantastic award-winning photographer, Emma Case. Hayley and Ant (himself a keen photographer) told us that Emma’s style was just what they were looking for – a documentary of the day with a really alternative feel.
Thanks to Hayley and Ant for sharing their day with us and giving other winter wedding couples lots of ideas and inspiration.
For more information about Hayley’s artistic talents take a look at her website.
Image credits: Emma Case Photography
BBrrr as the temperature drops, if you are getting married in the next month or two, you’re probably worrying about how to stay warm, but not look like you’re about to ski down the black run. Well worry not, as we’ve got a selection of winter warmers for your delight from Wonderful Wraps, who have a fantastic range to suit all wedding styles.
To go all out in the keeping toastie stakes then you will almost certainly need to have a wrap or cape.
Marabou Bolero, comes in ivory and black (as shown). £115
Faux Fur Wrap, £139
Velvet Cloak with Fur Hood and Train, £599.
Wedding Faux Fur Muff, £40
The wedding muff may feel like an accessory too far for you as a bride, but they do look fantastic on bridesmaids, who can have one instead of a bouquet, and it will stop them from getting freezing when standing around waiting to be photographed.
We spoke to Katie Diamond from Wonderful Wraps who says “Normal postage times are 3-5 days but if an item is not in stock you will be emailed immediately and notified of the new delivery date. The Wonderful Wraps cloak is bespoke and so will take around 6 weeks, however in some cases we can reduce this, as our wedding range is made here in England. Customer service is paramount to us so we are on hand to offer friendly advice and help with every order”.
Spring 2012 will see the release of three new on-trend pieces as part of their wedding collection so keep an eye on their blog to find out more.
All images from Wonderful Wraps
We absolutely love this dress by Candy Anthony which is ideal for all you 50’s inspired wedding dolls in need of a winter wedding dress.
The Candy Anthony brand works from a boutique in London’s Oxo Tower Wharf, where they design bridal and evening gowns which are all inspired by the 1950’s and 60’s ‘High Society’.
Where possible they use UK sourced fabrics and trimmings and have a small but perfectly formed design team who keep the business unique, personal and quintessentially British.
Prices for their dresses start from £995 but hurry because if you place your order before the 30th November 2011 you can save 20% on your entire purchase.
Photography credit: Christoper Dadey