Wedding planning advice: I’m considering a destination wedding – where do I start?

Planning a destination wedding can be very overwhelming and many couples decide not to follow their dreams of a wedding abroad purely because of the amount of work it may take to organise. But let’s remember you can delegate most of this work and enjoy a fun elopement or wedding in our dream place. That is what wedding planners are for! Author of our advice article today is Claire – a UK based wedding planner behind Wed in Central Park, who specialises in organising weddings and elopements in New York City’s iconic park.

For the past five years I have been planning weddings for couples who want to get married in New York’s Central Park. When couples make first contact with me, they can be anywhere in the range between knowing exactly what they want, and when and how, and really only being in the very first stages of considering a destination wedding. Many couples are just looking for advice on where to start. I have planned around one hundred and eighty destination weddings or elopements to date. Here is a brief overview of how I would guide a couple who were in the early stages of considering a destination wedding. Whether you think a Central Park wedding would suit you, or you are interested in marrying in another great city of the world, or you are considering getting married on a beach, or somewhere else outdoors I hope this will be of use to get you thinking.

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There are a few really big questions that need to be answered early on. Firstly, is this a destination wedding with a group of friends and family, or is this an elopement for just the two of you? Either way, you should discuss your tentative plans or ideas with your loved ones. They may have been assuming you would get married at home, or they might not want to travel, or they may not be able to travel for various reasons. Also, they might have some great ideas themselves, and they might be able to help. Continue Reading

FRIDAY FAVOURITES: Garden wedding

 

The weather here in London may not spoil us these days but beautiful blooms and greens getting nice and juicy get us in the summer mood! So we’re thinking about garden weddings with games and Pimm’s.

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Images & ideas from:
JuteDeerns / Josh Snyder Photography / Brolly Bucket by Julia Graham Photography / Allan Zapeda /
Michelle March / Sam Gibson / Wedding Chicks / Style Me Pretty by Love Ala / You and Your Wedding /
Brit / The Junk Drunk / Bridal Guide / Eva Photography

JO AND MARINA’S RELAXED WEDDING IN TUNBRIDGE WELLS

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Jo and marina got married on a sunny day at the Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.
”We just wanted a nice relaxed wedding. The VW camper was our biggest extravagance” they said. We think the ladies’  huge smiles are the best most beautiful part of this wedding at this wedding, beaming with happiness.

The day was beautifully captured by Denise Rimmer of One Love Pictures

 

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FRIDAY FAVOURITES: Eucalyptus !

Foliage is all the rage right now! And we love it too.

Eucalyptus brings some kind of freshness and lightness to decoration and is fantastic not only for use in a bouquet but in the venue as well. Take a look at some eucalyptus prettiness we found.

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Images & floristry from:
Jessica Claire / CKB Photography / Alicia Lacey / Jake and Heather + Sarah’s Wedding Garden /
Kai Heeringa + Damsel Floral / Luna De MareTangled Lotus / Jenni Elizabeth + My Cake Angel / Bai and Elle + Catherine Short / Madeline Druce + Ruth Thomson /
Darina Stoda + Wild Daisy / Wendy Laurel / Jake and Heather / Krista Mason

 

STYLED SHOOT: Fun Brighton shoot with two brides

Today we’d like to share with you a lovely styled shoot sent to us by MODE Bridal Shop in Hove. They organised a lovely shoot embracing Brighton. Just look at these lovely brides!

Brighton is known for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and openness to same sex couples. As such we wanted to create something that embraces Brighton’s vibe and inspires our brides to celebrate their love in style whilst having lots of fun. It was very important for the shoot to have a young, fun and vibrant feel, whilst still retaining opulent touches. 

We chose Brighton Harbour Hotel which is one of Brighton’s most luxury wedding venues right on the seafront with young and quirky feel.  The brides wore gorgeous bridal separates by Lambert Creations from our boutique MODE Bridal. These were a great reflection of girls’ personalities and show that you can look gorgeous and have a comfortable stroll on the beach in your dress. Hair (Cove Hair Brigton) and make up (Louise Medhurst) were all about highlighting the natural beauty of our brides; and real flowers seemed a perfect choice for the theme. We chose some fun colours for our stationary provided by Lisa Loves Design depicting Brighton’s most iconic sights of course. The vintage candle holders and glass jars provided by Sorrell and Steve were a perfect alternative to the traditional floral décor. Bridal bouquets were created by the very talented Bettie Rose Flowers and were all about a play with bold colours and shapes. The cake by Tarnya Senior was a delicious masterpiece showcasing famous Bridgton Bandstand. All of this was brought together by a fabulous photographer Charlotte Rawles, who captured the spirit of the shoot beautifully. We had so much fun working together and hope that you enjoy the photos as much as we do.

 

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VISIT TO A GAY WEDDING SHOW LONDON

On Sunday I wrapped myself in a nice warm scarf and headed to my beloved Camden to visit a Gay Wedding Show at the Holliday Inn Camden Lock. Honestly I got there late so missed all the best fun and a happy crowd, but still managed to have a glass of bubbly, take a look around and chat to some lovely wedding suppliers.

Here’s couple of companies that caught my eye.

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Rings offered by Josef Koppmann are so beautiful I want to get myself an engagement ring now! He makes fantastic cufflinks as well. You can drop into his shop at the OXO tower Wharf and see for yourself.
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Beautiful weddings planned by Bee Weddings

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ROB AND CHRISTIAN’S MODERN & SOPHISTICATED WEDDING

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This elegant wedding was sent to us by the Thomas Bui Lifestyle wedding planning team. This is what the said about the day.

Christian Ridge and Robb Sullivan were married on June 13th of 2015, which also happened to be Robb’s birthday. Robb said marrying Christian was the best birthday gift he ever received.

Christian is originally from England and moved to the States when he was eight years old, Robb is originally from Arkansas and they met four years ago on a cold January night at local bar in San Diego. They have been together since and haven’t looked back.

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Christian proposed to Robb while on a trip to England to visit his grandmother. They drove up to Edinburgh Scotland for a weekend getaway, or at least that’s what Robb thought. Christian had planned all along to propose and had already told his family and even the hotel staff were in on the secret. It was a beautiful weekend that neither will ever forget.

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Wedding planning advice: Making your civil ceremony stand out

Michael Gordon writes and conducts bespoke services for life-cycle ceremonies: weddings, civil partnerships, vow renewals, handfastings, baby-namings etc. He takes pleasure and pride in crafting a unique, bespoke ceremony together with his clients – a ceremony which will be just the way they want it. 

Today he shares some advice on non traditional wedding ceremonies. 

Does the idea of making your civil ceremony stand out appeal to you? When you don’t want a standard, safe ceremony, but one that is memorable and personal?

Yes, a tailor-made service is absolutely possible – although the official, legal ceremony is still compulsory.

What is the normal procedure?

A civil wedding must be legally registered. There are two ways.

1.     You can do it before your ceremony. Book an appointment at your local register office. Just go down (in your jeans!) with two witnesses, and, in a matter of minutes, you will be technically married. Then you can go on to your reception, relaxed in the knowledge that you have done the legal bit. Go out there and enjoy yourselves!

2.     Alternatively, if you are marrying at a venue licensed for weddings, then the registrars will come across and conduct their service.

Either way, their ceremony will be totally non-religious and will be standard for each couple.

Taking things further

However, once you’ve done the legal bit and are at your reception, you can have the ceremony that YOU want. This will be the wedding of your dreams! The wedding that reflects your personalities and beliefs, and which will be everything you want it to be!

No extra paperwork is required. Instead, you’ll be working with a civil celebrant, who’ll give you all the ideas and guidance you need, and will prepare a unique ceremony for you.

How will this be special?

Of course, the venue is down to you, and can be very creative!

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