Planning a Christmas Wedding

Planning a Christmas wedding ……..”It’s the most wonderful time of the year” (Sang with my best planning a christmas wedding singing voice!) There are so many wonderful options for you to consider if you are planning on getting married during the festive period, although there are a few things that you need to consider.  Here are just a few:

  • Save the date

Planning a Christmas wedding, means that you need to get your Save the Dates out as soon as you have got your date and venue secured.  Christmas is a busy time for people, so get your wedding day in your Guests diaries before they book their Christmas parties, family gatherings etc.

  • Location, Location, Location

Consider possible weather issues when planning a Christmas wedding, particularly if you are having a marquee wedding (Take a look at one of my earlier blogs https://lmsweddings.co.uk/a-winter-marquee-wedding-real-wedding-stories/

If possible, choose a Venue that has plenty of accommodation.  Your Guests can make arrangements to stay overnight if the weather is forecast to be poor. Also, if they are looking to book taxi’s, because of the Festive season they may be a bit scarce to book during the busy times.

  • ColoursPlanning a christmas wedding

A Christmas Wedding is perfect when it comes to deciding on colour schemes.  Maybe you will choose a White Christmas wedding or festive theme. If you decide to go for the festive theme, don’t forget you don’t have to go for red’s and greens.  Consider berry shades of deep reds and purples.  Don’t forget the on trend metallics also of silver and gold.

  • Décor

You couldn’t even start to think about planning a Christmas wedding without thinking about décor:

Seasonal foliage of hollies, ivy’s and berries;

Mini Christmas trees as centrepieces

An abundance of fairy lights

Not forgetting the silver and golds!

  • ‘Tis the Season to be jolly….

Why not have warming drinks such as mulled wine or spiced Pimm’s to serve your Guests for arrival drinks. Perhaps have a hot chocolate station for later in the evening.

When it comes to food, if you’re planning a Christmas wedding, you might want to avoid Roast Turkey.  Depending on your wedding day, people may have had too much turkey overload.  Don’t worry, there is plenty of other options available.  How about a Spiced Roast Gammon, Salmon en Croute or an alternative bird such as duck or goose could be considered.Planning a christmas wedding

 

Whatever your plans are for a Christmas Wedding, it is a beautiful romantic time of the year, and a perfect reason to have a celebration with family and friends.

If you’re planning a Christmas wedding, why not share your plans with me, I would love to know your ideas. info@lmsweddings.co.uk

(Photographs courtesy of various Pinterest, Credits available upon request)

Family involvement in wedding planning

Family involvement in wedding planning can be the right thing to do, especially if parents are contributing financially towards your wedding.

There is, however, a fine line with family involvement in wedding planning and them taking over!

So, how can you make your family members feel important by involving them in your wedding plans?

  1. family involvement in wedding planningAsk mom and future mother in law to go dress shopping with you.

There is nothing more fulfilling for family involvement in wedding planning than going to help choose your child’s wedding outfit!

  1. Give parents responsibility….

Not necessarily having an input in your wedding plans but give them the task of dealing with family logistics, e.g. how relatives will get to the wedding – this will make them feel important!

  1. Having any DIY props?

Get the dads involved.  Most dads feel important if you give them some tools to play with!

  1. Table Planningfamily involvement in wedding planning

Sorting out the table plan is always tricky, but family involvement in wedding planning and deciding where everyone should sit can be slightly less stressful.  Make it a socialable event with both sets of parents sorting out where people are going to sit.

  1. Something borrowed…

Ask your mom if she has got a piece of jewellery which is special to her which you could borrow to wear on your wedding day.

 

If you have a more complex family structure, this can still work for family involvement in wedding planning.  Maybe your parents have remarried.  Whatever your family set up, make everyone feel important. But remember…. it is your wedding day, have it your way – not what your parents want for a wedding!

 

(Photographs courtesy of Stock Adobe)

 

Wedding Centrepieces for your reception

Wedding centrepieces can be budget friendly or extravagant as you like.Wedding Centrepieces

First you need to make some decisions about the wedding centrepiece ideas that you have;

  1. Minimalist or full impact?

Do you want a small wedding centrepiece, or do you want to create a full-on effect to really get that wow factor?

  1. Tall or small?

wedding centrepiecesDo you want low lying wedding centrepieces, or do you want to create some height with your table arrangements?  Just remember your Guests will want to see each other across the table.

  1. Floral or themed?

Are you having a themed wedding? Incorporate themed props into your wedding centrepiece.  Alternatively, a mixture of foliage is a fit for most themes.

Florals are always going to be a classic look for your wedding centrepiece.

  1. Illuminated Wedding Centrepieces

Candles and candelabras always look good as an accompaniment to a wedding centrepiece, but you could always use fairy lights or LED tealights – They are a lot safer, particularly if you are having little ones at your wedding.

  1. DIY, or employ someone else?wedding centrepieces

If you’ve got a creative mind, or are green fingered, it can be incredibly rewarding.  Remember, though, the preparation takes time, and depending on what style you have for your wedding centrepiece it could be time consuming for you to put together.  Also, you need to ensure that you have got access to your wedding venue the day before your wedding. You’re not going to want to be arranging them on your wedding day.

Sometimes it is easier, and less stressful to leave it to Suppliers……

For more help and advice on how you can put together the perfect wedding centrepieces, contact me https://lmsweddings.co.uk/contact

(Photographs Courtesy of Stock Adobe)

A Beer Festival Wedding

a beer festival weddingA beer festival wedding theme is certainly a break from tradition.  Festival weddings are certainly popular, but many Couples think about a music festival theme.  There are so many other styles of Festival weddings you could have –  a beer festival wedding is just one!

Naturally, for a beer festival wedding, you need to be a fan of beer, but how do you plan a beer festival wedding?

You need beer!

First up, lets start with the obvious, you can’t have a beer festival wedding without real ale, so make friends with a local brewery, or two!

Entertainment

Live bands are also a must.  How about asking your bands to perform on the back of a lorry trailer for a true festival style (Venue permitting of course!) You could start off the day with a range of acoustic bands and singers, and get a bit more raucous as the day goes on!

Venue

Your local Village Hall or a marquee in a field would be perfect choice for a beer festival wedding.

Fooda beer festival wedding

As a beer festival wedding is a break from tradition, I’m guessing that you wouldn’t be considering having a formal three course meal to feed your Guests.  How about pie and mash?  Check out http://www.pietanic.co.uk/

Sensible Logistics

Although it is a truly fun way to celebrate your wedding day, there are some considerations you need to think about:

a beer festival weddingGlassware: You are going to need a lot of glasses.  Even if you ask people to hold onto their glasses for the day, they never do.  In true beer festival style, plastic glasses are adviseable. (I recommend 1/2 pint glasses too, especially if some ales are on the strong side.)

Staffing: Things could get messy if you leave your Guests to help themselves to the beer.  It is adviseable to have a couple of staff manning the bar (Preferably that know how to pull a pint)

Remember non beer drinkers: Although you are having a beer festival wedding, have some alternative drinks available for non drinkers or those that simply don’t like beer!

Consider Guest transport: You’re having a beer festival wedding, and you want your Guests to enjoy themselves and take part.  How about organising transport for your Guests at the end of the night, so they don’t have to worry about driving?

I think a beer festival wedding is such a fun alternative to celebrate your wedding day, in fact I had so much fun thinking about this, it almost makes me want to get married again!

Don’t forget for more ideas on how to plan your wedding day, please get in touch with me by filling in the contact details: https://lmsweddings.co.uk/contact

(Photograph Credits (Via Pinterest):
Martha and George Photography
KK Catering
Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Ask me a question about wedding planning

Ask me a question about wedding planning, and I will help you.

I’m doing things a little bit different this week, and asking for some audience participation!

ask me a question about wedding planningSo have you got something that is niggling at the back of your mind about planning your wedding, or perhaps you are lying awake at night thinking about things.  Here is your chance to ask me a questions about wedding planning.  It can be about anything wedding related.

All you need to do is drop me an email to info@lmsweddings.co.uk  I will respond to you within 24 hours.

I might even use your question in a future blog post!

ask me a question about wedding planning

What are you waiting for?  Put those niggles to bed once and for all!

Go ahead and ask me a question about wedding planning!

If you’re still unsure about asking me a question, take a look further into the website and see if your answer lies there.  It maybe about one of our Services that we offer:  https://lmsweddings.co.uk/services Perhaps you want to read about some weddings that we have already worked on?  Read our previous couples testimonials https://lmsweddings.co.uk/testimonials  or simply just pick up the phone and give me a call 07980 679575.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon xx

Planning a wedding in 6 months

Planning a wedding in 6 months is completely doable.  With the help of a wedding planner, it’s even easier as they have access to recommended suppliers and Venues to save you time searching.

Planning a wedding in 6 monthsSo, how do you go about planning a wedding in 6 months?  –  Apart from being very busy with everyday tasks such as work!

First, you need to be flexible.  Most Venues are booked up to 18-24 months in advance, but cancellations do happen.  Also, you can get some great last-minute deals.

Look at alternative days from Saturdays.  You may still be able to get married at your dream venue if you choose a week day.

So, you’ve booked your Venue and Ceremony, now send out your invitations – IMMEDIATELY.

You’re planning a wedding in 6 months, but don’t forget your Friends and Family will be making plans too.  Give you Guests as much notice as you can.  You may also want to avoid planning a short-term wedding near holiday season too as your Friends and Family may have already booked their summer holiday.

Next, if your Venue doesn’t arrange Catering, this is your next thing to sort out.  Again, you may need to be flexible with the style of food you want.

Book your photographer.

planning a wedding in 6 monthsFind your wedding dress – You need to allow time for any alterations to be made.

(Can you believe that you need to organise all of that 6 months out!)

Next, month 5 of planning a wedding in 6 months

You need to book everything else:

  • Florist
  • Cake
  • Entertainment
  • Hair and Make-up Artist

Month 4

You can start to relax a little.  Go shopping with your Bridal Party for their outfits – and also the Groom and his Groomsmen.

Plan the Hen and Stag parties – after all that planning a wedding in 6 months, I recommend that you do something relaxing!

Month 3

Buy your wedding shoes and jewellery. (Remember to wear your shoes from now until your wedding day around the house) You don’t want blisters on your wedding day.

Don’t forget to buy your wedding rings too!

You can also have a look around for any extra wedding props you may want for your Wedding Venue.

2 Months to go:

Time to chase up any outstanding RSVP’s and think about how you want your day to run with timelines.

Also, book your Honeymoon.  Don’t forget you only have limited time, so check your Passport is in date.

1 Month to go:

Carry out any final touches – Bridal party gifts, table plan and write speeches.

Planning a wedding in 6 months – Easy!

(Seriously, if you are planning a wedding in a short time, please contact me to see how I can take the stress away from you https://lmsweddings.co.uk/contact )

Getting married in Winter

Getting married in Winter conjures up thoughts of a romantic white wedding. The snow lay crisp on the ground, warm golden lights and a log fire.

Getting married in winterThe reality of getting married in Winter is that there a few things you need to consider.

YOUR VENUE

You may have found your dream wedding venue.  How accessible is it if your getting married in Winter?

If you have chosen a rural location, there is a risk that you could get snowed in.  Your suppliers may not be able to get to you.

If you chose a marquee – it is possible (I worked on an amazing marquee wedding in January – check out the blog  One thing you need to make sure is that you have lots of heating.  You also need LOTS OF DIESEL if you are having diesel powered heating.  Don’t forget that you need to heating on for the morning of the wedding to ensure that it is warm enough for when you and your Guests arrive.

TIME OF GETTING MARRIED

Don’t forget, if you’re getting married in Winter, the days are shorter. If you’re getting married later in the afternoon, there will be reduced lighting for outdoor photos.

FOOD AND DRINKgetting married in winter

Getting married in Winter is a great time for food and drink!  You could have warm mulled wine for your reception drinks, or Hot Chocolate with Bailey’s. When thinking about food, think about warming winter foods such as Tagine’s or a nice rich stew.

TRANSPORT

Old classic cars don’t like the cold, so they may not be very reliable.  Also, they are not known for their heating!

DRESS

If you’re shopping for your dress in the Summer, remember that you are getting married in Winter. Choose that beautiful strapless dress – but don’t forget that warm shawl or cape.  It’s hard to look good on photo’s if you’re stood rigid because you are freezing cold!

Don’t get me wrong, getting married in Winter is a beautiful, romantic time of the year.

Let’s have a chat about your wedding in winter.  http://www.lmsweddings.co.uk/contact

getting married in winter

(Images courtesy of Stock Adobe)

Wedding planning checklists

Wedding planning checklists are essential when organising your wedding –  and to keep you calm!

Wedding planning checklists should cover everything to do with your wedding day, from engagement right through to the day itself – and beyond.

So, what should Wedding planning checklists include?

DECIDE ON BUDGET

This is the first thing that should be ticked off.  Until you do this you can’t choose your Venue, what sort of wedding you can have, how many Guests you can invite plus much more.  In fact, without a budget in place, you’re not able to plan a wedding!

THINK NUMBERS

Once you have decided on a budget, you then need to work out how many Guests you want to invite. Start to draw up a Guest list.  There is no point in looking at Venues before you do this. You may be looking at places that are too small to accommodate the number of Guests that you want to invite.

wedding planning checklistsWedding planning checklists can also give you an idea of when things should be done by.

To help you get started with your wedding planning, click on the link here to request your own wedding planning checklist – (Put Wedding Planning Checklist in the subject) https://lmsweddings.co.uk/contact

Remember, if you need any further help with any aspect of your wedding planning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. Also, take a look at the services page of the website to see how I can help you https://lmsweddings.co.uk/services

Remember, LMS Weddings can help you with everything from helping you to source a Venue or suppliers. I can also be there on the day to ensure you can enjoy every moment of your wedding stress free.  I can also help you build up timelines of how you want to schedule your big day.

 

Good luck x

Pantone Spring and Summer Colours for 2019

Pantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019 have recently been released. They are a great way of choosing your colour scheme if you are getting married next year.

The description of the released Pantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019 are said to be “Empowering colours, providing confidence and spirit, uplifting”. These are perfect descriptions for the modern Bride.

So, here is a quick insight into the Pantone Spring and Summer Colours for 2019;

Pantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019

PINK PEACOCK

Beautiful for adding a touch of feminine brightness – who doesn’t love a shade of pink – pale or bright?

PRINCESS BLUE

A gorgeous majestic colour, to make you feel like a Princess on your       wedding day

TERRARIUM MOSS

Another perfect colour for an earthy wedding set in a Woodland

PEPPER STEM

A perfect accompaniment to a Woodland or rustic weddingPantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019

TUMERIC

Another enlivening colour.

MANGO MOJITO

Another earthy colour, perfect for a back to nature wedding.

 FIESTA 

Pantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019A perfect colour for a bright wedding.  Ideal for a Festival or carnival themed special day.

ASPEN GOLD  Said to stimulate feelings of joy and good cheer – who wouldn’t want to feel this on their wedding day?

TOFFEE

What’s not to like for a neutral colour scheme.  Could easily be complimented with one of the Pantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019 to add some extra colour.Pantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019

LIVING CORAL

Looking for a softer colour? This is perfect.  I have even seen this in a few weddings this year already.

JESTER

Described as the colour if you are looking to add depth and intensity to your wedding, at the same time as adding elegance with urbanity.

SWEET LILAC

An old favourite, again which could be easily added to one of the other Pantone Spring and Summer colours for 2019.

So, has this made your decision for a colour scheme for your wedding easier?

For more help with your wedding plans, feel free to get in touch with us http://www.lmsweddings.co.uk/contact

Chris and Tina’s Wedding

Chris and Tina’s wedding was the latest job for LMS Weddings to coordinate their special day.

Chris and Tina's WeddingChris and Tina’s wedding started off with them saying their Vows in the local Baptist Church in the Village. After their Guest’s truly got the Wow factor as they arrived at the wedding venue.

The setting for the Wedding reception was the beautiful Whitbourne Hall, a true hidden gem set in the Worcestershire countryside.

Lawn Games – or Inside Games as the case was

Unfortunately, weather was not on our side, so the garden games, made by Chris and Tina, were moved into the Atrium area of the Hall.  Upon arriving at Whitbourne Hall, Chris and Tina’s wedding Guests were served with a glass of prosecco or beer. Hunger pangs were filled with some mouth-watering canapes and some Nigerian doughnuts, provided by Tina’s mom.  They were then able to entertain themselves by playing connect 4, tin can alley, toss it amongst some other retro games.

The Wedding Breakfast

For the dining experience, Chris and Tina’s wedding Guests took their seat in the elegant drawingChris and Tina's Wedding room before being served a selection of Greek Meze’s. The food was served by Taste Catering.

Once the Speeches had been made, Guests could choose their desserts from a choice of ring Doughnuts from the Doughnut Wall or a selection of Crepes and Waffles from the Waffle Cart.

Chris and Tina's WeddingChris and Tina’s Wedding -The Evening Reception

The evening reception started off with the first dance.  Chris and Tina wowed their wedding Guest with a perfectly rehearsed dance routine to Perfect by Ed Sheeran which was performed by the Band. Before Chris and Tina’s wedding Guests filled the dancefloor, they were given one more surprise…. Chris and Tina were joined by Tina’s family and friends in traditional Nigerian costume and performed some cultural dancing. This was a perfect way to inject some of Tina’s culture into her special day.

Some interesting poses were made by the Guests in the photobooth too.

This post is about Chris and Tina’s wedding more so than the actual venue, however if you are looking for a DIY Venue with a difference, look at www.whitbournehall.com

Suppliers:

Caterers                                               Taste Catering of Hereford

Photographer/Videographer:     Flashbulb Photography

Cake:                                                     The Pocket Bakery

Flowers:                                               Big Little Things

Band:                                                    I-Party Band

Crepe/Waffle Van:                          Delicious Fruits and Fountains

Photobooth:                                      Phoenix Photobooths

Staffing:                                               TPB Event Staffing

On the Day Coordination              LMS Weddings