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5 Reasons Why a Saxophonist is Perfect for Your Wedding Entertainment

5 Reasons Why a Saxophonist is Perfect for Your Wedding Entertainment

Saxophonists are becoming increasingly popular when couples are looking for some live music and wedding entertainment to enhance their day. Here are 5 reasons why a saxophonist is the perfect addition to your live wedding entertainment.

Unique Entertainment

The saxophone is an amazing instrument and it’s unlikely that guests will have seen it played live many times before. Brides and grooms these days want to stand out and have something different at their weddings. Mixing up your live music is a great way to do this and a saxophone is sure to make an impact.

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Effortlessly Cool

In the right hands, the saxophone is undeniably cool in both look and sound. It’s smooth tones and sophisticated ambience can do wonders for your wedding day. As soon as your saxophonist starts to perform it will set the tone immediately.

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Versatile

A saxophonist can perform anywhere and at any time. Seriously. They are one of the most versatile wedding musicians around especially as they are able to mix and mingle with your guests on the dance floor whilst performing live simultaneously. They also work for any part of the day whether it’s your ceremony, drinks reception or evening entertainment!

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Affordable Wedding Entertainment

Booking a solo musician is beneficial in more ways than one. When it comes to saxophonists they are definitely one of the more affordable options. If you’re on a budget but still want to make an impact with your live music then you can’t go wrong with a saxophonist.

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Bigger Line-Ups

Saxophonists are incredible as solo musicians but are taken to the next level when paired with other musicians. The combination of Sax, DJ & Percussion has proved very popular recently with couples wanting that ‘Ibiza’ club feel on their night. Add LED saxophone options to this and your wedding will be a night to remember…

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Article by Joey Burdon of Warble Entertainment

5 Best Bridesmaid Gifts for Your Winter Themed Wedding

A winter wedding is a magical affair. Full of white, bright, decorations and benefitting from all of the Christmas cheer that people can’t help but indulge in. Which means that you need magical gifts to accompany it.

With that in mind, what are the best gifts you could get your friends for standing by your side on this special occasion? And how can you add a little winter magic into the mix?

1) Monogrammed

What you monogram depends on your preference and the interests of your bridesmaids. However, the truth is that something with a little personal initialed touch feels more personal.

This can have an extra magically winter touch by using winter-themed items to monogram. Such as hats, scarves and even mittens. The best part is creating a gift that your bridesmaids will love to use for years to come, making your wedding a warm memory every time they use the item. And every time you see them in it there’s the extra warm fuzzy feeling bonus for you as well. e

2) Personalised Gift Bag

This is a better idea if you only have a handful of bridesmaids, but it can be one of the most special bridesmaid’s gifts that you ever give. It helps to showcase your knowledge of the person and make them feel truly special.

Unique Christmas tree decorations, personalised cards and even a snow globe depicting their favourite movie. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your personalised bag, as well as just how well you know her after all. If you want a truly personal feel, then, it might be worthwhile to even craft your own gifts – adding an extra touch of love to the bag.

On a day all about you, making them feel like the most important person there can be a nice extra touch.

3) Chocolate

A set of luxury chocolate can be exactly what a bridesmaid needs at the end of a long wedding. With extra points for a warm and indulging set of hot chocolate, perfect to bring back the warmth after a winter wedding. Just think, it’s a naughty trip away from their regular diet and a great treat to say thank you for all their hard work.

After all, who doesn’t love chocolate?

4) A Charm Bracelet

Nothing says thank you quite like a beautiful piece of jewellery. Charm bracelets are all the rage at the moment and best of all, you can find unique charms to fit most occasions and commemorate your wedding in a beautiful silver charm.

Plenty of brands do gorgeous snowflake charms, including a Thomas Sabo Charm that is a stunning example of this. There are hundreds of different ones to choose from to suit your wedding, including the option to create your own if you truly desire.

5) Hair and Makeup

One of the best gifts you could potentially give to your bridesmaids is to try and offset their costs as much as possible. Being a bridesmaid can quickly become an expensive endeavour. What with the dress, hair, makeup, hen party and accessories to account for on top of a number of other things.

With Christmas right before or after your wedding, it can make this a very expensive season for your bridesmaids. So give them the gift of a little less spending for your wedding and watch their eyes sparkle!

Overall, a winter wedding is like any other when it comes to bridesmaid gifts. As long as it is from the heart then you shouldn’t have a problem with making them happy with your selection. Simply give it that little bit extra when it comes to Christmas cheer and you will have created a fabulous bridesmaid gift for your winter nuptials.

10 Unique Ideas For Your Wedding Reception Entertainment

Now more than ever, there’s room to personalize your wedding and make it your own special event, and closely following suit is wedding reception entertainment. So, if you’re planning to tie the knot dressed as a pirate or mid-air attached to a bungee rope (both actually happened, by the way), make your evening’s entertainment climactic with these unique live music ideas.

  1. Combined DJ and Musicians Act

You might be considering hiring a DJ as well as a live band – it’s not a bad idea; with the inevitable intervals between a band’s sets, the presence of a DJ can fill these awkward gaps and retain the electric atmosphere only a live performance can bring. But if the idea of booking two acts makes your pockets feel light, one trend that’s taking the wedding scene by storm is that of combined DJ and musician acts. Covering all bases, this kind of entertainment can incorporate DJ performance, sax, and percussion for a dynamic and varied live experience.

DJ and musician act

  1. A Spanish Guitarist

If the idea of a dance-floor, DJ, and some classic sing-alongs feels a bit too mainstream for your wedding, why not secure some live entertainment with a twist? Perfect for a moody and exhilarating atmosphere, the sound of twanging and tinkling guitar strings manoeuvred by an expert Spanish guitarist will transport your guests to another world. Wherever the reception, they’ll soon be seeing themselves in the sun-soaked streets of Barcelona.

Spanish guitarist

  1. A Vintage Themed Act

Retro-themed weddings have never been more popular than they are right now, and with internet sensations like Postmodern Jukebox and in-vogue genres like Electro Swing, there’s never been a better time to hire a Vintage style act. From glamorous tap-dancing 20’s singers to gritty 50’s rock ‘n’ roll groups, it’s a sure-fire way for everyone to hear their favourite songs with an innovative twist.

Vintage themed act

  1. A Beatbox Group

Most people can’t help but be impressed by a group of musicians who have no need for musical instruments, so for some live entertainment to surprise and amaze, this kind of performer can act as a happy alternative to the traditional wedding band set-up. An effective way to work up a dance-floor frenzy, polished beatbox groups will make sure that no one’s left in their seat by the end of the set.

Beatbox group

  1. A Vocal Trio/Quartet

Another act whose only chords need to be vocal, captivate guests with the glorious harmonies of a talented vocal trio or quartet. Thanks to hit films like Pitch Perfect, acapella groups are enjoying a huge swell in popularity, and some even offer choreography and high production value to get the party started with a bang.

Vocal trio

  1. Solo Saxophonist

Becoming a regular sight at clubs across the world, solo saxophonists are versatile performers who can invoke both the mellow vibe of a downtown blues bar and the buzzing atmosphere of an Ibiza dance-floor. Have your family and friends hear the biggest dance remixes and sing-along pop tracks in a whole new way, wowing the most discerning of music aficionados with a dazzling performance to flood the dance-floor.

solo saxophonist

  1. Singing Waitresses/Waiters

The element of surprise is always a guaranteed way to intensify the excitement; all it takes is a chorus of gasps, a few dropped jaws and hurried whispers, and the energy of the room is changed for good. With this in mind, you might want to consider some singing waiters or waitresses to act as your reception’s live entertainment. Blending seamlessly with the crowd, these performers wait for the perfect moment to fling down their napkins and start singing. The night won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Singing waitresses and waiters

  1. French Café Style Duo

Want to take your loved ones to Paris but don’t have the cash? Well there’s nothing to stop you from bringing the Parisian vibe to your reception with the help of a French Café style act. Evoke sophistication and romance with a glamorous clarinet and accordion duo, and have guests jaunting across the dance-floor dreaming of the Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge.

French cafe style duo

  1. A Tribute Band

Obsessed with The Beatles? Devoted to Bublé? Adore all things 80’s? Capture your dream sound with a professional tribute band to dupe guests into thinking you had the budget for the real thing. And if you’re worried that this kind of act might come across a bit corny, rest assured that there are plenty of stylish acts out there able to seize the precise atmosphere without needing to ham things up.

Tribute band

  1. A Gypsy Jazz Band

Again suggesting a slightly distant, escapist feel, Gypsy Jazz bands are perfect for adding some glamour and excitement to your reception. Most provide foot-tapping renditions of jazz standards with a modern twist, so they’re guaranteed to add a lively air to your reception without alienating your chart-loving family and friends. With a sparkling and unique style, these groups are equipped to accompany high-energy dance-floor peaks and slow-moving moments alike. To top it off, their look is just as encapsulating as their sound.

Gypsy jazz band

Give your guests something to write home about with one of these ever-so-slightly alternative acts. It’s important to secure a style of music that has everyone having fun, and these performers make for the means to safely do this without the threat of underwhelming. To explore these acts as well as some more traditional alternatives, check out Entertainment Nation for the most electric (and eclectic!) live entertainment.

Norfolk – Our Top Wedding Venue Picks

Norfolk has something truly beautiful sites for having a fairy tale wedding. Set in the most stunning views of the Ormesby Broads and 11 acres of private parkland gives you the real wow factor of the surrounding beautiful waterways of the broads and the outstanding venue.

Boathouse, Norfolk wedding venue

The Old Eels Foot Pub and Boathouse have been fully refurbished to offer a fairytale setting for a wedding venue. To offer on your special day is a choice of fine cuisine with luxury accommodation and fully equipped wooden lodges for your guests to reside in.

Wedding packages are priced according to season to cater to everyone’s budget.

Visit website: www.theboathouseormesbybroad.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/TheBoathouse

Twitter: twitter@TheBoathouse


Nestled in Norfolk lies the answer to “Downton Abbey”, within a private estate surrounded by parkland and formal gardens sits Somerleyton Hall. This is like escaping back in time with its large maze to lose yourself in while you take in the beauty of the scenery.

Somerleyton grows its own produce which will be included in your reception and there is also a choice of a wedding breakfasts.

Civil ceremonies are also licensed here so there is an overall emphasis on catering to everybody’s needs. There are various reception rooms to hold your service in and the option of being outside in the Winter Gardens. There is also an option to hire the main Hall for a 2 night house party or to have a more intimate experience there is the use of the boutique style State bedrooms.

Visit website: www.somerleytonweddings.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/SomerLeytonHall

Twitter: twitter@SomerleytonHall


Norfolk is the perfect place to escape to to find the English Gentleman’s countryside, here the backdrops are perfect for wedding venues and beautiful estates surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes.

Bressingham Hall

Photo credit: Gary Derbridge Photography

 

After a 2 years  Bressingham Hall and High Barn have been immaculately restored to its former glory and is a Grade 2 listed building.

The venue is set in 12 acres of land with a backdrop to collaborate with photographs for your wedding day. The Hall and Barn are full of countryside character to give that extra special feel to your already special day.

Visit website: www.bressinghamhall.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/BressinghamHall

Twitter: twitter@BressinghamHall


As picturesque as Norfolk settings can be, with all its history in various Churches and Abbeys in the region, there lies in a 35 acre estate a 14th century Pentney Abbey. This countryside holds a jewel in its crown with this timeless beauty ready to be shared on your special day.

The Grade 1 listed Gatehouse is the entrance to the estate  with giant wooden doors that open to reveal the courtyard which presents a rose garden and water fountain to make a perfect backdrop for photography.

If you are looking for a serene venue with accommodation and local places for your guests to stay this is the perfect stay and only an hour drive from Norwich so close enough for your guests to venture out to the city.

Visit website: www.pentneyabbey.com

Facebook: facebook.com/PentneyAbbey

Twitter: twitter@PentneyAbbey


In the centre of Norwich and literally a stone’s throw from the breathtaking Cathedral lies a beautiful Tudor building steeped in history and local folklore.

Here you will find the Maids Head Hotel, the exterior painted in the traditional Tudor colourings with ample parking space at the rear of the building.

A wedding planner is available to help cater for every bespoke need with the traditional wedding through to civil ceremonies, wedding themes and decor vary throughout the year including a tree and trimmings if you were attracted to a Christmas wedding.

Visit website: www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/MaidsHeadHotel

Twitter: twitter@MaidsHeadHotel


If you’re interested in a personal touch with a family run business, in the pretty rural setting of Crostwick, close to Norwich lies The Old Rectory Hotel.

A personal wedding co-ordinator is on hand to assist with all your needs and to show you around the various locations around the venue. Inside there is the conservatory restaurant which is available for receptions and civil ceremonies and holds up to 150 guests or 110 seated. For smaller parties there is the Victoriana suite which caters for up to 60 people.

A wedding Butler is also on hand for your special day to co-ordinate and announce events.

Visit website: www.oldrectorycrostwick.com

Facebook: facebook.com/OldRectoryCrostwick

Twitter: twitter@OldRectoryCrostwick


Throughout Norwich there is an array of historical buildings, one of the most important and renowned in the area is The Assembly House that dates back to 1754. This Grade 1 listed building is opened up by a sweeping driveway that leads you to this grand venue.

An in-house wedding planner is on hand to guide and assist with every detail of your day. There are a selection of rooms to choose from or you can book the house in its entirety.

There are picturesque gardens which make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography, alongside many of the grand rooms available.

Visit website: www.assemblyhousenorwichco.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/AssemblyHouseNorwich

Twitter: twitter@AssemblyHouseNorwich


Nestled away inside the beautiful countryside of North Norfolk lies Gunthorpe Hall, an immaculate Georgian Victorian country hall.

The formal gardens, parkland and private lake cushion this stately home into the perfect setting for your special day.

As you enter the building you are greeted by a long carved staircase which leads you into the Oak Hall and Sitting Room for your choice of service. There is also the option of having your service in the gardens by the lake in a marquee, yurt or wigwam.

Catering for your guests are carried out by an in-house team using the halls own home produce.

Visit website: www.gunthorpehall.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/@GunthorpeHall

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If you wanted to be just on the outskirts of Norwich with just a 15 minute journey away and yet also be within the heart of Norfolk then look to Hockering House.

The real emphasis here is with the house is to have your day your way and for your every need to be catered for. The owners, Sam and Oliver Berney are there to assist with your bespoke wedding to ensure the day fits you and your partner perfectly.

Hockering House is licensed for both civil weddings and partnerships, duo ceremonies, vow renewals, naming and humanist ceremonies.

Visit website: www.hockeringhouse.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/HockeringHouse

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In the crown of Norfolk there are many hidden jewels, laying in the heart of the area is Hunters Hall. It consists of a beautiful stunning brick and wooden beamed Victorian barn, to which there is room to accommodate 120 guests for your ceremony or 70 guests for a wedding breakfast.

There are also other venue choices with the Park Room and the Marquee Lined Barn. Being set in such a specific rural location provides the ideal setting for capturing your wedding photography.

Only one wedding is booked per day so you have exclusive use of all the facilities at the Hall.

Visit website: www.HuntersHall.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/Huntershall

Twitter: twitter@Huntershall

Isle Of Wight – Our Top Wedding Venue Picks

If you wanted to cross the water from the UK mainland, why not take a short trip over to the beautiful Isle of Wight.

With the coastline not far from any destination on the Island this makes the perfect choice for a wedding venue, and for those of you already lucky enough to live there.

Overlooking St Catherines Bay and the lighthouse sits The Enchanted Manor. With a reception and dining capacity of 60 guests, the manor offers a personal service catering to everyone’s themes and tastes for their wedding. To date, the Manor has even catered for a wedding party dressed in theme as the Groom rode in on a horse as Sir Gallahad to collect his bride. Here, no request is too big or too small.

Visit website: www.enchantedmanor.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/EnchantedManor

Twitter: twitter@EnchantedManor


In the famous part of the Isle sits Cowes and here you will also discover it is not just attractive for it’s boats. Northwood Park is nestled around Northwood House, a Victorian mansion that has been holding weddings for over 150 years. The catering at Northwood ranges from a simple buffet and hog roasts through to lavish banquets. The capacity for a reception is for up to 300 people or 170 seated for dining.

Marquees are available alongside the house if you require an outdoor reception with sheltered sunny lawns to make a perfect backdrop to any wedding photography.

Visit website: www.northwoodhouse.org

Facebook: facebook.com/NorthwoodHouse

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It has to be said the Isle of Wight holds some stunning wedding venues. If flowers and greenery are your ideal setting, Ventnor has the perfect place for you. Ventnor Botanic Gardens lies in the shelter of the Ventnor Undercliff, giving the venue an extended outdoor season for weddings beginning in early Spring through to late Autumn. There are five places to choose from here – The New Zealand Garden, The Garden Top Lawn Marquee, The Echium Room, The Meadow Marquee and Edulis Restaurant and Terrace.

What is so captivating about this venue is the 20 acres of garden, 6,000 plant, tree and shrub species from every continent, alongside secret tunnels that lead to the sea.

Visit Website: www.botanic.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/Botanic

Twitter: twitter@VentonorBotanicGardens


Of course the Isle of Wight is famous for its boats and sailing, so it proves only fitting to include a sailing club in our top ten. The Bembridge Sailing Club is one of the oldest establishments, founded in 1886 on the Solent. This gives a wide view of the harbour with a backdrop to the hills of Brading Downs. The club is able to host wedding and civil ceremonies and you have the choice of two rooms, The Library or the Dining Room. The menu of choice can be catered to suit your own tastes with a reception and seating capacity of up to 100 people. All the food is freshly prepared by a team of in-house caterers.

The club also offers a wide variety of red and white wines, and champagnes. There are options of wedding breakfasts, as well as luncheons and evening receptions.

Visit website: www.bembridgesailingclub.org

Facebook: facebook.com/BembridgeSailingClub

Twitter: twitter@bembridgesailingclub


Moving further into the Isle sits Shanklin, a popular tourist destination with it’s well known attractions. Here you will also find the beautiful Landguard Manor. The Manor is only a few minutes from the coast and set in four and a half acres of immaculate gardens and lawns. This stunning 18th century house is the perfect location for indoor and outside ceremonies. Guests are catered, for less than 30 or up to 150 people. There are various dining options and the marquee holds up to 350 guests.

Visit website: www.landguardmanor.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/LandguardManor

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What better way to choose a resort than going for an 18th century country house managed by English Heritage. Steeped in history and belonging to the Worsley family near Wroxall is Appuldurcombe House. Ceremonies can be held within the house or in a marquee on the front lawn. The Drawing Room and Great Hall are both licensed for ceremonies. The house is closed to the public on Saturday’s giving you exclusive use to the house on your special day. A large entourage is on hand to meet your requirements and you will also have a wedding planner to meet all your details.

There are many available choices for your day ranging from PA hire, photographers, florists, caterers and even a bouncy castle and magicians.

Visit website: www.appuldurcombe.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/appuldurcombe

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If you’re looking for scenic surroundings and 60 acres of privacy, Priory Bay will be your perfect location. With it’s grand estate and breathtaking rooms this is a wonderful setting for your special day and photography. You can choose a beach setting and have your ceremony in the bay where your guests can have the experience of arriving by boat or hovercraft. If you prefer to be high and dry you can have exclusive use of the house. The option exists of hiring the whole house for the entire weekend to suit yourself and your guests.

Just simply stunning settings and choices of backdrops to really make your day one to remember.

Visit website: www.priorybay.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/PrioryBay

Twitter: twitter@PrioryBayHotel


If you love the waterside and are searching for a location that brings you blue skies with matching sea views, Cowes Yacht Haven makes the perfect choice. Here there is a covered terrace giving the finest view of the Solent, with the capacity to cater for 150 people for your ceremony or reception. If you choose to have the option of a wedding breakfast, the main room holds 120 seated guests. There is a team of finest cuisine caterers to give attention to detail for your requirements and a world wide selection of wines to chose from.

This all gives you the confidence and reassurance your special day is in capable hands, leaving your guests free to enjoy your special day.

Visit website: www.cowesyachthaven.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/CowesYachtHaven

Twitter: twitter@CowesYachtHaven


The island holds a private, 4 star hotel for those requiring the modern touch to their day. Coupled with breathtaking views overlooking a tranquil lake sits Parkside park and Hotel and Spa. The beauty of this venue is the added benefit of the spa, offering yourself and your guests the opportunity to try health and beauty treatments, massage, reflexology and hydrotherapy. All guests receive a 10% discount in the spa.

There is an array of facilities with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and an ‘Experience’ shower. This is before your special day even gets underway.

Visit website: www.lakesideparkhotel.com

Facebook: facebook.com/LakesideParkHotel

Twitter: twitter@LakesideParkHotel


If you’re searching for a venue with a sea view of the Island, sitting in Shanklin Bay is Bourne Hall. This 1860s house was originally built for Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting. There are two rooms on offer for your ceremony – the drawing Room which holds 40 guests or the Cameron Room which holds 120 guests. To cater for your bespoke wedding there is a flexible wedding package to suit your taste and needs.

There is the freedom to chose from your own style of menu and evening buffet. A wide variety of facilities are on offer here to accommodate you and your guests during your stay. There are a range of rooms to chose from including family rooms and suites. Health and leisure facilities are also available and a well a presented restaurant.

Visit website: www.bournehallhotel.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/BourneHallHotel

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8 Small Wedding Details That Make A Huge Impact When Done Well

When it comes to your wedding day, the excitement for what is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life can often be overshadowed by feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed. It’s understandable – whether you are having a garden wedding in Dubai or a city wedding in Glasgow, you have a lot to deal with!

From choosing a venue to finding the right dress, from personalised décor elements to the tunes the band will play, there is a lot for you to think about. But while you are organising the big things, don’t forget to pay attention to the smaller details — these will make your wedding day really, truly yours.

Read on for eight small wedding details that make a huge impact when done well.

1. Entrance

Oh, the entrance! This is the first thing your guests will see as they step into your wedding world and you want to ensure that they immediately feel the vibes of your big day. An inviting entrance-way will make all members of the party feel welcome and will set the tone for the rest of the event.

2. Lighting

Similar to the entrance-way, the lighting you choose will help to translate the mood you want to set. The kind of lighting you need will vary based on your location, but if you are working with a large space, the right lighting will still make it feel intimate. If there are certain special décor elements that you want everyone to notice (hey, it is your day, you decide), then plan for lighting that highlights these spots — and don’t forget the band!

Just as importantly, make sure there are enough spots with great lighting for everyone to take photos that they look good in.

3.  Chairs

You want your chairs to match the overall style of your wedding, whatever that may be. You also want there to be enough places to sit, so plan to provide extra seating at the ceremony — just in case.

In many scenarios, it isn’t practical to think that you can smoothly move the chairs from the ceremony to the reception, so take those logistics into consideration and acknowledge that you may be better ordering two sets.

4. Allergies

Well before the day, make sure to give a list of which guests have food allergies and eating preferences (whether it be gluten-free, vegan, nut allergies, etc) to your caterer and then follow-up with a list of where they will be seated.

Your caterer will be overjoyed, your guests will get their suitable food, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not your hippie Aunt will make a scene when chicken is placed in front of her!

5. Cake-Table

In the midst of trying to organise everything, don’t forget the importance of how you choose to display your cake. It sounds obvious now, but often brides fail to remember that this is where their cake-cutting photos will be taken.

Not only you, but many of your guests will want to take photos around it (as well as just enjoying it), so spend some extra time on the presentation and design of both the cake and the cake-table.

6. “Managers”

After all the planning you have put into this day, the last thing you deserve to be doing is managing anything else. Ask someone to keep your cards and gifts safe, until you have slept off your potential hangover. Ask someone else to be a photo manager — their job will be to round up the important people who need to be in group shots.

If you are providing transportation for guests, have someone else who will be on the bus or in the car to make sure they arrive at the correct destination. In other words, have different people managing the various strands of your event. So you can focus on enjoying.

7. A Rain Plan

Let’s all hope that this doesn’t happen, but sometimes (no matter how hard you wish), Mother Nature has another plan. Save yourself a full-on anxiety attack by having a solid rain plan that can easily be put into action and that you will still be happy with. Whether you are using luxury wedding planners in Dubai or doing your own thing in London, having a Plan B never hurts.

8. The Exit

Last but not least, you can’t forget about your exit! While guests will remember lots of highlights from throughout the day, how you and your new partner leave will be the taste that is left in their mouths. Make it as dramatic, as elegant, as funny, or as classic as you want — do I need to remind you one more time that it is your day?!

With all the bridal magazines on the market, Pinterest and your-soon-to-be-mother-in-law’s advice, all the details of planning a wedding can seem utterly paralysing. However, if you take these eight little details into account (along with some of the bigger stuff), then you are guaranteed to have a standout celebration. Oh, and remember to enjoy it, will you?

AUTHOR BIO

Dora Helmeczi
From 2008, with the creation of Budapest Wedding, Dora has successfully organised hundreds of destination weddings in Hungary. The agency is now one of the biggest in the Hungarian market and is considered the country’s only high-end wedding planning office. Dora’s partner Gabriel Gilbert came onboard in 2015, and working intently to extend their offices, in 2016 they launched Dubai Wedding — their bid to become a globally recognised name in planning outstanding weddings.

Cornwall – Our Top Wedding Venue Picks

Cornwall is a beautiful country surrounded by waves and a landscape full of beautiful countryside and sandy beaches . Here we have chosen a selection of idyllic venues to get married at.

Firstly, on the south coast of Cornwall, with Plymouth nearby and within easy access of Devon lies Polhawn Cove. This particular area of the Cornish coast is worthy of a mention, as it stands out as one of the most prominent eye catching coves in Cornwall.

An aerial view of Polhawn Fort

An aerial view of Polhawn Fort

Set on the coastline is the breathtaking views of Polhawn Fort, it’s setting looks like a romantic scene from a Shakespearean play. Inside the Fort there seats up to 120 guests or you can take it outside into the Summer House and have a reception in the Marquee.

The Fort also boasts of the secluded beach, Polhawn Cove, which comes with exclusive access. If your guests fancy braving a walk the following day, footpaths run both ways from behind the grounds. You can visit Mount Edgcumbe or go further afield to Looe, Polperro, Fowey and Mevagissey.

Visit website: www.polhawnfort.com
Facebook: facebook.com/polhawnfort
Twitter: @PolhawnFort


The Headland is a beautiful Hotel and Spa which were both finalists in the 2016 South West Wedding Awards. The hotel offers a number of amenities with its Golf Course, Spa and Surf School. The stunning view from the private cliff top encapsulates the Cornish coast with Fistral Beach and it’s crystal blue waters. The packages offered here cater for Hen Parties, Weddings and Civil Ceremonies.

Visit website: www.headlandhotel.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/HeadlandCornwall
Twitter: @HeadlandHotel


Nestled along the beautiful Cornish coastline with its renowned blue waters and soft sandy beaches you will find a number of perfect venues to hold your wedding. Hidden inside one of the bays you will find the Carbis Bay Hotel.

Tucked away within the 125 acre estate you will discover the hotel that comes with a privately owned 25 acre beach to accommodate privacy for yourself and your guests on your special day.

There are a team of wedding coordinators available to advise you on flowers, the menu, photography and entertainment.

Alongside the wedding packages, there is also included the romantic Proposal Package where you will be assisted with anything from hiding a ring in a glass of champagne, through to writing a message in the sand and hiring a yacht.

Visit website: www.carbisbayhotel.co.uk
Facebook: Facebook.com/CarbisBayHotelandEstate
Twitter: @CarbisBay_Hotel


Take a wander around Cornwall and you will find Bodelva, St. Austell. In the rolling hills you will find the world famous Eden Project, where as well as conservation, outreach projects and future plans for a hotel, you can also get married.

In 1995 the Eden Project began as a giant hole in the ground building up to today where you can have a wedding day to remember.

There are two choices of venue, the first is the Mediterranean Biome filled with bright blooms and the aromas of citrus trees and herbs. The second is the Rainforest, the world’s largest indoor jungle.

The food and flowers provided on your special day are sustainably sourced with 81% of them from local producers.

As a gift from you both for your guests, each one will receive a voucher to allow them to return the following day to gain the full Eden experience.

Visit website: www.edenproject.com/weddings
Facebook: facebook.com/TheEdenProject
Twitter: @EdenProject


Another jewel for Cornwall away from the coast is a location for those searching for something a little different to add to their wedding day. In Mevagissey we have found just the place.

Lower Barns caters for something a little out of the ordinary, from those who want to elope, to those who want just a few close friends to attend their special day.

Packages cater for bespoke wedding ideas, such as Runaway for 2, Elope for 2 or a Few and Small Weddings just for 20.

The Barns began as a derelict building in 1998 and has been converted into three different venues, The Wed Shed, The Shack and The Lounge. Each one has been decorated with its own quirky character giving the Bride and Groom a touch of originality to their special day.

Visit website: www.lowerbarns.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/LowerBarnsGuestHouse
Twitter: @Lowerbarns


Venturing across the River Tamar in Cornwall you are about to discover a family estate steeped in history for over 300 years and tucked away from the general public if you are after a private day away from the hustle and bustle.

Pentillie Castle is locked inside a 2000 acre estate to give the most of escapism for yourselves and your guests.

There are various locations inside and out within the grounds. Inside you have the choice of The Morning Room or the Dining Room. Spilling outside you are greeted with the Victorian Bathing Hue and the Loggia South Terrace.

PentillIe Castle is  5* establishment with fabulous grounds and interior to add the finishing touches to your photography.

Visit website: www.pentillie.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/PentillieCastle
Twitter: @PentillieCastle


Dotted around the beauty of the Cornish coastlines you will find various picturesque locations. In the perfect little bay of St Austell you will find on the cliff tops a hotel that encaptures scenic views of the area taking in the breathtaking sights of the sealine and beaches.

Set within 250 acres of private grounds sits the Carlyon Bay Hotel. Sitting on the cliff top gives you a private view of the surrounding area within picture perfect grounds to set a background to your photographs to match up to your perfect day.

There are wedding managers on hand to assist you with every detail needing planning for your magical day, from anything to seating and name cards through to flower arranging, menus and entertainment.

The bride and groom are received straight away with special treatment, being greeted on a red carpet to start your day off with a real Hollywood feel.

Visit website: www.carlyonbay.com
Facebook: facebook.com/TheCarlyonBayHotel
Twitter: @CarlyonBayHotel


Venturing further into mid Cornwall you will find the secluded hamlet of Trelion which overlooks the stunning Fal Valley. Cornwall is not only sought after for its coastline but also what lies further inland is just as adored, by the locals and visitors.

Here we have a small, personal venue of a beautifully converted 19th century engine house called The Stack. The interior has a very rustic, natural feel to it consisting of wood and stone.

It has a real house party feel to it if you are wanting something small and personal. The Stack boasts of the most comfortable beds you’ve ever had to pleasure to sleep upon and there is the Princess Bathroom to prepare yourself in for the big day.

Outside there is a hot tub available for those daring enough for a dip after the service. The Stack houses up to 40 guests, and there are choices of food ranging from a sit down meal which can be hosted outside under a marquee, or if you prefer to take it outside to basque in the scenery, a BBQ or pizza cooked in pizza ovens.

Visit website: www.rockmywedding.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/RockMyWedding
Twitter: @RockMyWedding


In North Cornwall and just 5 minutes from the coastline resides Cornish Tipi Weddings.The venue is easily accessible from Newquay airport and the train station.

Tipi really is a wedding outdoors, no manicured lawns or hedges, real grassland and hedgerow, a lake with little wooden bridges and a dell. There are camping facilities if you want to really get out and sleep under the stars.

The pavilion is constructed of willow and canvas to tie in with the surrounding 16 acres of private land. Expect a very earthy natural experience and setting for your private day. The venue houses from 20 to 220 people where you will be enveloped by Oak and Ash trees.

Food comes in various choices with a vintage picnic or wedding breakfast up to a 3-4 course meal or hog roast with full waitress service and a wide selection of vegetarian options.

Visit website: www.cornishtipiweddings.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/CornishTipiWeddings
Twitter: @OutsideBride


Moving in central Cornwall, just downhill from Bodmin Moor, you will find a beautiful wooded valley, inside is a private estate surrounded by orchards, meadows and a lake, looking like something from a movie set. Here is a place called Upton Cross which carries within it a place called The Green.

The Green began life originally as a dairy farm which has been converted into a ready made wedding village. The array of options in where to wed in this venue is astounding, ranging from the 5* house to two locations in the grounds.

There is a range of accommodation for up to a 3 day stay and to house your wedding guests on your day there caters from 32 to 120 people. You can opt for a large scale wedding down to a country celebration or festival style party.

The Green is also close by to the Eden Project, Padstow and Fowey, so plenty to keep your guests amused the following day if they chose to stay on after your day.

Visit website: www.thegreencornwall.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/TheGreenCornwall
Twitter: @TheGreenCornwal

12 Unconventional Entertainment Ideas for your Wedding

Your wedding day is as much about your guests as it is about you. Bringing together your family and friends to celebrate your union and your new life together shows them that you value their role in your life.

If you want to show them how much you appreciate them, give them a reception they will remember. The perfect wedding reception has outstanding catering, a venue with trained, professional staff and great entertainment for your guests.

If you have a good idea of your wedding theme and have your catering and venue picked out, then it’s time to think about the wedding entertainment. Keeping your guests occupied and engaged with a variety of fun activities is the best way to ensure that they have a great time throughout the day and into the evening.

We put together a list of 12 unconventional ideas for your wedding entertainment. This should give you some options for entertaining your guests by getting them involved with some fun-filled activities on the big day.

  1. Add in some Wedding Sparklers

Bring a sparkle to your wedding reception. Wedding sparklers are a great way to replace traditional accessories like confetti. Forming a sparkling welcome tunnel, or adding a few sparkler candles to your wedding cake you can bring up the visual component of your reception and catch the attention of everyone in the room.

To get your guests involved, leave them personalised packets of wedding sparklers on the table with instructions on when to use them. Everyone loves the mesmerising effect of a sparkler just remember to include a few safety tips on the reverse of the note!
Entertainment ideas

  1. Hire a Caricature Artist

Having a personalised caricature drawn is a hilarious way to keep your guests busy. A caricature artist works quickly and gets their subjects involved with the artistic process, this keeps your guests engaged.

The final picture always brings smiles and laughs and it makes for a great piece of your wedding that your guests can take with them. When you hire your caricature artist, make sure that you get some references of their work to make sure that you are getting an artist with talent.
Entertainment ideas

  1. Mr and Mrs Reception Contest

Everyone dresses to the nines for a wedding reception. Make the most of everyone’s stunning wardrobe by having your emcee host a best dressed Mr & Mrs, or Ms for the singles. To get everyone involved, have them vote for it and then tally the votes up and have the emcee announce the winners.

Make a mini fashion show of it and as a prize, offer a bottle of fine champagne, chances are they will just share it at the table between their friends making for the perfect prize that gives plenty of value to everyone.
Entertainment ideas

  1. RSVP your Soundtrack

This is a fantastic way to keep the dance floor going all night long. Ask your guests for their favourite songs, ask them to stick to a certain genre, like love songs or modern rock. Get them to send you their selection when they RSVP.

Chances are, your guests will likely choose similar songs, so you don’t have to worry about a huge list and it will give you an idea of the most popular songs to play. Take your guests choices, compile them into a spreadsheet and speak to a wedding band such as Soul Fresh or your DJ about including them in their set.
Entertainment ideas

  1. Hire a Comedian

This is a great way to get everyone in a great mood. A comedian can spread the laughs and get your guests involved with some funny anecdotes. Hire them for sets before your band starts in the evening and before the speeches, they make for a great ice-breaker that gets everyone in an upbeat mood.

As a tip, make sure you mention to the comedian that you will need a clean set, they should keep the adult humour in check.
Entertainment ideas

  1. Hire a Celebrity Impersonator

Another fantastic and affordable idea to bring some humour and smiles to your wedding reception. Nothing beats listening to ‘Billie Jean’ while a Michael Jackson look-a-like moonwalks across the dancefloor, what a spectacle.

  1. Champagne Pyramid

To bring some class and a stunning visual, have your venues waitrons build you a champagne pyramid. The golden bubbly bouncing from the lips of the crystal flutes is just an amazing sight to behold, capturing everyone’s attention.

This can be an inexpensive or horribly expensive affair depending on the brand of champagne you choose, so be sure to include it in your wedding budget.

  1. Midnight Meals

After a hard night, your guests will probably want something to eat before they leave. No one likes being left hungry at the end of the night.

Solve your guests hunger pangs and hire a takeaway van that can make kebabs or burgers for your guests. This will make you a legend to all your guests that are starving for that midnight snack.
Entertainment ideas

  1. Make a live Wedding Video

Today’s world of compact digital technology puts the power of video recording in a very small package. Buy a Go Pro camera and pass it around to your guests. Have them leave a video blessing and then pass it on.

The bride and groom can also strap one to their chest with a lightweight harness. This collects the footage from the whole day in a first-person view, you will never forget a moment! (just remember to turn it off when you go to the loo!)

This is what memories are made of and it will bring you to tears and break out the smiles when you edit the footage.
Entertainment ideas

  1. Photo Booths for Fun

Let your guests make their own memories at your wedding reception. Set up a photo booth and fill a box with props for them to use on their shoot. Goofy masks, glitter, and fake moustaches all help to make hilarious photos.

If you decide to hire a professional booth, then your guests will be entertained for hours with the variety of filters and templates that they can add to spice up their photo shoots. Make sure to keep a digital record of all of the shots, these will do well in your wedding scrapbook or memory journal.

  1. Surprise first dance

Why not shock your guests into hysterics with a planned surprise first dance? We have all seen the hilarious Youtube videos, your first dance with your spouse could be the next one to go viral.

It takes a bit of planning to get the choreography right but it’s a great way for you and your partner to spend some time with each other leading up to the big day. You will have hours of laughs together as you prepare to embarrass yourselves in front of your loved ones.

  1. Keep it going with an After party

Venues usually have time limits on your reception. It’s not uncommon for them to ask you to leave when the clock strikes twelve, or even sooner. For those younger crowds that like a good night out, arrange a VIP limousine service to take you all to a nearby club so you can party till the sun comes up.

Pre-arrange a VIP area with the club and have a couple of bottles of chilled champagne ready for all of you when you arrive.
Entertainment ideas

The Final Thought

Your wedding reception is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring together both of your families and your friends together in one venue. This probably won’t happen again for a very long time and you should be prepared to take advantage of the opportunity.

Hiring great wedding entertainment will ensure that you give your reception the edge it needs to keep your guests smiling, laughing and dancing the night away as they celebrate your love and your union.

Great Wedding Gift Ideas For Ushers and Bridesmaids

A gift for your ushers or bridesmaids should always be thoughtful and a gesture of appreciation for the efforts they will have put in during the course of your special day. Hopefully the brief tips below will help you when choosing what to do

How much to spend?

What you really need to consider here is how much budget you have to spend on the whole wedding and how much you want to allocate for your bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts.

Also, if you are asking a lot financially from your team of helpers, such as travel and hotel, you may wish to consider a more expensive gift.

What to give?

This will need some careful thought. What may be adored by one bridesmaid or usher may not be by the other. You don’t need to get everybody the same present. You may wish to buy them each a personalized wedding gift to show your appreciation.

Also, try to make sure your gift is timeless. Wedding jewellery may work perfectly well on the day of the wedding but but may never be worn again.

In this present time it is good to consider the environment when making your purchase. Companies such as UncommonGoods are committed to featuring products that contain recycled and handmade components and don’t use leather, feathers or fur.

When to give the gifts?

Usually the gifts are handed over during a rehearsal dinner or get together before the actual wedding. They can also be given during the speeches at the main event when all who have helped out are toasted.

Newlywed Paradise: The 5 Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations

Best Beach Honeymoon DestinationsBeach holidays remain the most popular type of holiday.

But this presents a problem.

Choosing a beach honeymoon destination in a world full of incredible places is hard. You are spoilt for choice, so how do you pick the right destination?

You don’t want your honeymoon to be second-rate; you are looking for only the best beach honeymoon destinations.

If you’re yearning for a bit of sun, sea and romance on your honeymoon, then keeping reading. To help you find the best beach destination, our luxury travel experts have put together their top five beach getaways from around the world.

The Maldives  Best Beach Honeymoon DestinationsThe Maldives are to beach holidays what Usain Bolt is to sprinting: unbeatable.

Found off the southern tip of the Indian Ocean, this exquisite tropical nation is made up of over 1200 islands — some large enough to host towns and villages, others so small you’ll find nothing more than white sand a few lonely trees.

The Maldives have become synonymous with beauty and luxury in recent years, with the biggest attraction being their sublime white beaches.

Days spent here are days spent in paradise.

You and your partner could spend weeks just laying on the soft, sandy beaches, snoozing beneath palm trees and relaxing in hammocks with a cocktail in your hand — and the time would never feel wasted.

However, there are also plenty of opportunities for adventure. The Maldives has incredible scope for experiences like snorkeling along coral reefs, diving with manta rays and whale sharks, hopping between islands, discovering local culture and plenty more.

When looking for the best beach honeymoon destination, you’ll be hard pushed to beat the Maldives. Although, you could consider…

Tahiti, French PolynesiaBest Beach Honeymoon DestinationsWhat is not to love about Tahiti?

You arrive, by boat or plane, to an epic scene seemingly ripped from the silver screen. A striking mountainous island covered in luscious greenery, Tahiti offers an idyllic setting for an unforgettable honeymoon.

While the more adventurous amongst us might opt to spend time exploring the jungles and mountain peaks, most visit purely for the coastline that wraps its way around the island.

Pearly white, soft and warm to the touch, the sands of Tahiti border an impossibly blue Pacific Ocean.

Live a life of luxury and wake every morning to a world so glorious it could rival the heavens for the title of “most beautiful place in existence” — let alone for “best beach honeymoon destination”.

There’s no two ways about it: Tahiti is a magical place.

Lombok, IndonesiaBest Beach Honeymoon DestinationsMost honeymooners are familiar with Lombok’s big brother, Bali, yet few have ever heard of its sibling.

A short journey across the water from world famous Bali is the little-known paradise of Lombok, but why visit the lesser known of the two?

Lombok is far from being inferior to Bali and, when it comes to beach holidays, has the local legend absolutely beat.

Why?

Lombok is quieter and more secluded than its neighbour. The lack of a large tourist industry means it has stayed off many people’s radars, leading to deserted beach paradises, peaceful resorts and untouched surrounding natural beauty.

If you want a lively, family scene, Bali is your destination. If you’re looking for the best beach honeymoon destination and want a romantic, quiet, stunning beach getaway, book your honeymoon for Lombok.

St Lucia, CaribbeanBest Beach Honeymoon DestinationsSt Lucia: Come for the vibrant Caribbean lifestyle, stay for the exotic tropical beaches.

A stunning little island on the eastern edge of the Caribbean region, St Lucia is a country of immense natural beauty and rich culture. Known for its delicious cuisine and luxury accommodation, St Lucia is the perfect place for honeymooners to indulge in some of the finer things in life.

The most indulgent aspect of St Lucia though, has to be its beaches. Lined with lush palm trees and coated in silky white sand, the shores of this island feel like they’re the stuff of Hollywood — perhaps that’s why the island is so popular with A-listers.

Tulum, MexicoBest Beach Honeymoon DestinationsOn the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, just a short distance south of famous beach resort Cancun, is Tulum.

A stunning, unspoilt environment, Tulum offers a unique take on the beach honeymoon experience. It’s perfect for those looking for something a little different — a definite contender for best honeymoon beach destination.  

The area that surrounds the small town of Tulum is wild and free. Jungle engulfs the land, reaching all the way to the white sandy coasts. This opens up amazing opportunities for trail walking and exploring jungle caves and pools.

What really makes the beaches of Tulum special, however, is that they sit in the shadow of ancient Mayan ruins. Spending an afternoon lazing in the sand with the jungle to your back and the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum on your side is an absolutely indescribable experience.

There is nowhere in the world like Tulum. Looking for an utterly unique beach honeymoon? Tulum might just be the perfect choice.

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