Wedding articles and tips from Find a Wedding Venue
How expensive should your wedding be..?
This is such a topical debate at the moment! On this week's Radio 4's You and Yours guest Kirsty Allsopp talked to host Winifred Robinson, and very firmly (almost bossily) made the point that people should not spend anything like the average £15,000 on their wedding day and instead should pour that money into a house or put it aside for a rainy day! Whilst we don't necessarily agree with the sentiment of NOT celebrating your wedding, we do think it's important to work within your own personal budget. The recent lavish celebrity weddings do send some people off on a crazy, whirlwind, money-spending spin (and if you listened to the Your and Yours programme and heard Rod Liddell's former wife Rachel Royce describing their £30,000 wedding, then you'll know what we mean (although she had no regrets, despite him leaving her three months later!!). So here are our pick of a few less expensive weddings - if you want to keep things within budget but without sacrificing the style! If you are up north, check out Southport's Bold Hotel (lead image) which is situated on one of the town's oldest and most beautiful boulevards. And down south, it's worth checking out the Antoinette Hotel in Wimbledon, a beautiful suburb in London. And even more centrally is the C&B Paternoster Square hotel, situated in the shadow of St Paul's cathedral.
Antoinette Hotel Wimbledon
C&B Paternoster Square Hotel
Antoinette Wimbledon Hotel
For weddings on a grand scale....
We've chosen two fantastic examples of stunningly grand wedding venues - Four Seasons in Hampshire, and Oulton Hall in Yorkshire - perfect for the current (not-going-anywhere) trend of the Downton Abbey theme. Four Seasons Hotel is a beautiful Georgian manor house, seamlessly blending English country living with 21st century modernity. This 5-star gem is absolute luxury but offers various different wedding packages so not totally unaffordable! Heading up north, Oulton Hall is one of the De Vere hotels, with a sweeping driveway which is one of the grandest in Yorkshire. Again, it perfectly marries an old-world charm with swish modern interiors and only 20 minutes drive from Leeds city centre. So grab your Art Deco wedding gown, and your long-stemmed white lily bouquet and become Lady Mary for the day!
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Four Seasons Hampshire
'Tis the season... and a cool way to get married...
We are entering the season of the festival but you don't have to get married at Glastonbury (pictured above) to have a festival style wedding - a 'Wedstival'. We've chosen our favourite 'festival' venues from across the country and we can guarantee that Great Aunt Bertie will be relieved that she isn't having to use a chemical toilet....
South Farm on the Cambridgeshire / Hertfordshire borders is a delightful place. Set in 20 acres of landscaped grounds and beautiful gardens surrounded by a smallholding, the main house adjoins a courtyard of lovingly restored timber framed barns (pictured below), granaries and stables. Not only that, they have a number of enchanting Romany Caravans or camping in one of our paddocks. How lovely does that sound?
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A bit further north is the glorious Whetstone Gorse, set in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, in the south of Leicester. A working farm, Whetstone Gorse offers a wide range of leisure and event facilities, including camping. Pictured below is their beautiful gardens.
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Opening Soon! 03 May to 15 March 2015
There is no excuse not to go to this fabulous exhibition, partly because it's on for quite some time, but also because it features such a huge array of amazing dresses! Highlights include the dip-dyed pink and ivory John Galliano-designed dress worn by Gwen Stefani at her wedding to Gavin Rossdale; and the glorious Vivienne Westwood dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marylin Manson. The exhibition doesn't just feature celebrities but also features historical figures - it spans 1775 to 2014 - and royalty including the Duchess of Cornwall's beautiful dove-grey silk dress designed by Anna Valentine, and worn with a Philip Treacy hat. It also features the cutting edge of the fashion world, including Kate Moss and Dazed and Confused fashion editor Katie Shillingford, who wore an incredible gothic creation by Gareth Pugh - we particularly loved the pink hair, and the bridesmaids wore black - check it out! We're going to this exhibition as soon as we possibly can but if you get there before us, let us know what you think...