How to include Dad in your wedding

How to include Dad in your wedding

It’s Father’s Day this weekend and so we thought we’d make this blog post all about Dad. For many brides (and grooms too), showing their love and appreciation for their father is an important (and often emotional) part of the wedding day. Of course, there’s the obvious ways to include Dad in your wedding plans, but there are more ways than you might think, and ways to cope with not having your Dad at your wedding too. Dads are often an incredibly underrated wedding resource! Every Dad is different, and not all of the points below will suit every father of the bride / groom, but here’s some ideas of how to include Dad in your wedding. How to Include Dad in Your Wedding Invite him to make a reading at the ceremony This way to include Dad in your wedding can be incredibly personal and emotional. He could read an excerpt from your favourite childhood book that he’d read to you, or...
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Choosing Your Wedding Reception Drinks

Choosing Your Wedding Reception Drinks

There’s no doubt about it, drinks are an important part of any wedding, be it wedding reception drinks, drinks with the wedding breakfast, or a drink to toast the happy couple with. Whether you’re tee-total or you’re planning for the bubbles to be flowing all evening, this week’s blog post has tips to help you keep yourselves and your guests watered with our guide to choosing your wedding reception drinks. As usual, we’ve got lots of inspiration over on our Pinterest board too. Before we get into the finer details, let’s take a look at the three main drinks to be chosen for any wedding: The first reception drink (often Champagne or Bucks Fizz, and usually served with small canapés before the wedding breakfast) The drink used to toast the happy couple (usually Champagne or a sparkling wine) The wines to accompany the wedding breakfast Of course, we like to break with tradition and it isn’t necessary to stick with the typical...
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8 Reasons to choose a Spring Wedding

8 Reasons to choose a Spring Wedding

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you’ll probably already know that I love the changing of the seasons. Spring is nearly upon us: the official first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox, is just a few weeks away on the 20th March. And the changing of the season from Winter into Spring brings us so much. We are actually happier (sunny days really do make us feel better), the days are longer, flowers are blooming and plants are coming into leaf, outdoor eating and drinking can begin, and of course there’s the anticipation of summer and all that the long, warm, sunny days will bring!  This is why this week’s blog post covers the reasons to choose a Spring wedding. Of course, you can find further ideas on our Pinterest board, but here’s our top 8 reasons why Spring is the perfect season for your wedding. 1. Spring symbolises ‘new beginnings’ When I think of Spring, the first thing...
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Wedding Traditions Explained

Wedding Traditions Explained

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe" - have you ever wondered why we have the wedding traditions we do? Why do brides wear a veil? Why does the bride throw her bouquet? Why does the groom stand on the right? This week, we're taking a look at wedding traditions and where they originate so that you know exactly what each part of your ceremony means (should you adopt these traditions). We'll begin with the run up to the wedding: Why choose a white wedding dress? Up until 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, most brides would wear the most expensive dress they owned on their wedding day. After her wedding, Queen Victoria wrote in her diary: ‘I wore a white satin dress with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design, and my jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace and earrings and dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch.’ And with that, the...
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How To Plan Your Wedding At Short Notice

How To Plan Your Wedding At Short Notice

There’s no doubt about it, all weddings are romantic whether they’re planned years in advance or within a few short months. There’s all sorts of reasons as to why you might plan your wedding at short notice and if 2017 is the year you are getting married and there’s still lots to do, keep calm and more importantly make sure you and your other half stick together! Here’s a few handy tips to help you through. What are the essentials? Your budget, guest list and theme should be the first decisions you make: everything else can fall into place around them. Don’t forget that if you’re planning a wedding at short notice, then you might have fewer guests able to attend. It’s worth bearing in mind the the more you invite, the more it’ll cost. Figure these out early on, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Commit. Remember that things can crop up whether you’re planning your wedding three months in advance or...
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How to throw an amazing New Year’s Eve Party

How to throw an amazing New Year’s Eve Party

It's the biggest party night of the year and even though we’re already in December, it's not too late to plan the perfect New Year’s Eve Party! Most of us will be making New Year’s resolutions that will include getting fitter, eating healthier, and drinking less. We’re hoping the ideas below will take the sting out of your New Year’s resolution by providing you with one last hurrah where you can indulge in your vices before 2017 gets started. As usual, you’ll find further ideas on our Pinterest board. Theme Choosing a theme is certainly not essential, but it will make the whole planning process much easier and can also be a lot of fun! Our favourite idea is a 1920s Gatsby / speakeasy era theme with Art Deco decorations, big band music, and flapper girls, allowing you to party like the greatest economic crash of our times isn’t imminent! Other ideas include a ‘Best of 2016’ party, where you can invite your...
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Stag dos. And stag don’ts!

Stag dos. And stag don’ts!

When planning a stag do, there’s already enough to think about: who to invite, how much to spend, what activities to do… You don’t have to go through all the vagaries involved in being forced to wear fancy dress or booking a stripper. Do something you will enjoy and remember. Avoid the clichés and have a good time. With that in mind, we’ve scoured our local area for some different stag party ideas. Take a look at our Pinterest board for more inspiration. Man up! The ExTREEme Adventure high ropes and tall trees course in Weasenham Woods, not far from King’s Lynn, is set at two different heights. There’s the “low” ropes at 20ft and high ropes at 40ft. The giant 3G swing can be winched up to a height of 45ft before release. Then there is the option to add the 1000ft long zip line and fan descender jump to the high ropes course. Combine this with real tree climbing...
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The Hen Party (minus the L plates)

The Hen Party (minus the L plates)

Before she says ‘I do’, it’s only right to enjoy a drink or two… but, there really doesn’t have to be inflatable body parts or L plates on show. Be you, be comfortable. Whether your hen party is a lavish affair or close and intimate there are plenty of options available to you that don’t require a pub crawl adorned in L plates and veils! Be you adventurous or crafty, creative or a foodie, you and your hens can enjoy something different (and as you know, I’m all for a little bit of different!). I’ve spent this week having a look at what’s available locally, and while this little compendium isn’t exhaustive, it does show that our part of the world has a lot to offer. As always, there’s lots of inspiration on our Pinterest boards, too. Be pampered. Schedule some treatments and relax. Think massage, manicure, pedicure, nails, and a glass of champagne to ensure you feel relaxed and refreshed...
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You look like a monkey, and smell like one too… Happy Birthday!

You look like a monkey, and smell like one too… Happy Birthday!

I can’t imagine that it escaped anyone’s notice that Her Majesty the Queen celebrated a rather special birthday this week… Inspired by the celebrations, this week’s blog post is about all things birthday party related - parties for both the young and the young at heart! There’s lots of inspiration on our Pinterest board. Let’s start with the grown ups. Us adults (mostly) enjoy parties as much as the kids and there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by your close family and friends. Hosting an adult party means that you can really go ‘all out’ - think dinner, games, cocktails…  • Start by choosing the date. A weekend date close to the actual birthday usually means that most people will be available.  • Theme or no theme? Well, this really depends on the birthday person. Are they the sort of person who likes to dress up and make a statement or would they prefer a more...
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Let them eat cake! Wedding Cake Alternatives

Let them eat cake! Wedding Cake Alternatives

I overheard a really bad joke this week: ‘I went to a really emotional wedding the other day; even the cake was in tiers’. Oh dear… Anyway, it set me thinking - this joke exists because cakes at weddings have traditionally been tiered fruit cakes. But as regular readers will know, I have a passion for all things different, and so I set about researching some wedding cake alternatives. Some beautiful examples can be found on our Pinterest boards. Here’s what I found: The ‘Cheese’ Cake. I have put ‘cheese’ in inverted commas because this is not to confused with a cheesecake dessert. Far from it, these are stacked wheels of cheese and can look even more stunning than their traditional counterparts. When we first began our little venture, we were contacted by a lovely lady who asked if we did ‘cheese carts’. Not knowing what they were, we quickly had a rummage online and discovered that it was one of...
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