Venues

Booking the perfect wedding band on a budget with Headliner….

When planning your perfect wedding day, you start with setting a budget, which honestly goes out of the window after you fall in love with your must have venue. Then you start looking for a photographer, choosing the suits, the all important dress, the list is endless and your budget keeps changing or things get reduced. So to save some extra you decide that you will have your cousin who thinks he’s the worlds best DJ to sort out the disco for you in the evening, knowing that it will all go horribly wrong, yet you’re hoping the drinks will be in full flow for people to notice to much. However when you look back and think about the evening music, you will regret not having what you really want…. a live band… a good live band…. no an amazing live band.

Headliner

My Hubby is a drummer, he loves music it’s something that is always being played in our house, he is also loves live music. He says nothing sounds better than a live band or musician, they make an event, especially a wedding. Now there is nothing wrong with having a disco if that’s what you want, but why not WOW your guests with an amazing live performance, it’s not as expensive or as difficult as you think.

Headliner

Headliner is the perfect place to start looking for a wedding band, they believe that finding the perfect band for your wedding shouldn’t be a stressful task, it should be affordable and it should be reliable. Headliner started when husband and wife team Stan and Maria struggled to find the perfect band for their wedding but also being on a budget. They wanted to make finding the perfect band for your wedding so much easier than spending hours searching the internet for someone, only to find they are way out of the budget or live they don’t actually sound very good.

Booking with Headliner

Finding your perfect band couldn’t be easier using Headliner. Just have an idea of the type about the genre of music you like or even an artist, add in your location, your event type and search what they have for you. I did a quick search for a random Saturday in June next year, with only a budget of £500 and it gave me 520 results of artists that would be available within my budget. If you have a bigger budget then you can add a higher price range and edit your criteria to you. Choosing your artist you then request a quote for the date, your artist will then email you back with details within 48 hours, if you decide to book then you pay a deposit via their secure online booking system. It’s really that easy. And not forgetting their price guarantee match for all other online competitors.

Not only price match they also guarantee that whatever happens you will have an artist arrive for your wedding even if your chosen one is unable to attend. They have yet to a band not turn up for a booked event but they will ensure that if one does not arrive they will you get one that is as near genre that you have chosen as possible and as quickly as possible. So all you have to worry about is enjoying your wedding day and throwing some shapes on the dance floor.

It’s not only bands

Headliner is so much more than just finding that perfect band for your wedding reception, you can find the harpist, the string quartet for walking down the aisle too or back ground music during the wedding breakfast. They also offer magicians, singing waiters, roaming bands, caricaturists and even acrobatics. So Headliner really is your one stop shop to finding all the entertainment you require for your big day.

 

*This post has been made in collaboration with Headliner, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Charlie & Stu’s Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

I have been planning on doing a real wedding series for a while now, so I thought there was no better way to start than with my best friends wedding.

Charlie and Stu had been together for 5 years, when they got engaged on 1st July 2010. It was something lots of us thought would never happen, including Charlie. They had already been living together for 4 years and had just had their second son. Having almost a 2 year engagement before the big day in May 2012. Charlie decided to book the wedding on Stu’s birthday so he would not be able to forget their anniversaries in the future!

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Venue

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Having chosen Barnsdale Hall Hotel, a beautiful location right on the edge of Rutland water. They opted for a civil ceremony that took place in the Edith Weston Suite, within the grounds of the Hall. With the beautiful sounds of a violin and a flute, playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D, as Charlie walked down the aisle. Accompanied by her Dad, Maid of honour (which just so happened to be me) and Mia, her 6 year old flower girl.

 

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Wedding Dress

Charlie wore a stunning fit and flare lace gown by designer Maggie Sottero. The gown was lined with a champagne coloured taffeta and had a beautiful ivory lace overlay, with a long tulle train. Along with ivory shoes and a crystal hair brooch that sat along side her vintage style up do. Make-up was completed by a lovely local make up artist, who also completed make up for Charlie’s Mum and me.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Bridal Party

Charlie’s bridal party was made up of her maid of honour and a flower girl. I wore a stunning cornflower blue full length dress. I carried a posey of peach Vendela roses with ivory flowers that were hand tied with beautiful lace. Mia her 6 year old flower girl wore a Next ‘Occassion’ dress with floating petals layered into the dress. Mia carried a mini posey of blue hydrangeas and peach roses that matched Charlie’s.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Grooms Party

Stu opted for 2 best men, Matt and Richard, they had all been best friends since childhood. Stu’s Brothers were both Ushers for the day, along with Stu and Charlie’s Dads completing the grooms party. They wore matching black morning suits with cornflower blue cravats and ivory waist coats, their button-holes were made of ivory roses.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Colour Scheme

Charlie and Stu opted for a cornflower blue and ivory theme, with a vintage feel. Setting the tone of the wedding with an ivory and blue invitation. The flowers were blue hydrangeas and ivory and peach Vendela roses. Along with candelabras as the table centres with blue and clear crystals scattered on the tables. Each of the tables were named after different types of roses. The top table being Vendela which was the rose used in the bouquets and button holes. The name place cards were hand written by Charlie, they all had little blue roses on them, tying to the colour scheme. The children were kept entertained with personalised activity packs.

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The Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding breakfast was a 3 course sit down meal consisting of smoked salmon and prawns, Charlie’s favourite starter. Followed by a main course of roast beef and all the trimmings and a delicious cheesecake for pudding, Stu’s favourite. Guest sat at round tables of 8 people with a traditional top table, of parents, maid of honour, best men and of course the bride and groom.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The beautiful wedding cake was made up of 3 tiers, each tier being a different flavour. One fruit, one chocolate and one lemon. It was covered in ivory icing, topped with roses and trailing cornflower blue petals. The style of the cake complimented the look of the wedding and tasted delicious, it was even served at a BBQ the following day.

As it was Stu’s birthday he was given a transformers birthday cake during the speeches and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. Charlie and Stu finished off the lovely speeches giving out gifts. The groomsmen where all given transformers cufflinks. While the mothers were given beautiful floral bouquets. I was given a lovely rose pandora charm for my bracelet while Mia was given a charm for her nominations bracelet.

The Evening Do

Their evening guests where welcomed with a yummy hog roast, that was cooked all day outside, along with drinks and a great disco. To keep the children entertained throughout the day and into the evening there was a bouncy castle, which was a brilliant idea. It kept the children busy and allowed the parents to sit around it on the outside tables and enjoy the day.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

The Honeymoon

Charlie and Stu spent a week in Sorento in Italy. Opting for a stay in a luxury hotel for a child free week, while their children stayed at home with the Grandparents. They are hoping to return for their 10th wedding anniversary.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Wedding

 

Things you should consider when planning an outdoor wedding….

Recently, outdoor weddings are becoming more and more popular, with a good portion of brides and grooms deciding against indoor weddings, such as in a church or a ballroom. Although the weather is likely to be your number one concern, there are a lot of other things that you need to take into account to ensure that your day goes without a hitch.

Temperature & Weather

We may as well start with the major issue here which is the weather. If you live in a place known for unpredictable weather, like the UK, then you may want to consider hosting your wedding and reception from a marquee or a gazebo. This ensures that you’re protected from rain, wind, and even the sun. It’s also easier to control the temperature of a marquee or gazebo, using heaters or fans, if it’s necessary.

Electricity

There are lots of things that could require electricity during your wedding and your reception. Lights are especially important and will be required at some point in the evening even if you choose to go for a minimalist, candles and fairy lights vibe. You will also need to ensure that your bar fridge is always up and running, to keep any beverages cool. If there’s no electricity available where you are hosting your wedding, then you will need to think about renting an electric generator or two.

Footwear

Ensure all of your guests are 100% aware of where your wedding is being hosted so that they can plan their footwear accordingly. If you are hiring some flooring for the do, then that’s great, but if not, they need to know, to avoid any of your guest’s stilettos getting stuck in the grass or sinking into the sand.

Permission

Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to simply pick a field or a beach and get hitched on it. You need permission from the local council. When you apply for this permission, if you are granted it, there will also likely be a list of policies regarding alcohol consumption, music, use of candles, and disposal of rubbish to go with it, so bear these in mind when you’re planning.

Accessibility

Although it’s your big day, you need to think about your guests too, so you need to ensure that your wedding venue can be easily accessed by any disabled or elderly guests. You also need to ensure that there are plenty of signs around pointing towards your ceremony, your reception, the bar, and the restrooms so that everyone knows where they’re going.

Restrooms

Restrooms is another important thing you need to think about. If you plan to have your wedding on a beach or in a park, then you need to make sure you rent some toilets for you and your guests. Just remember that these won’t be the easiest things to navigate in your expensive wedding gown.

Outdoor weddings can get pretty pricey and can be stressful to organise too, but they can also be incredibly beautiful, so ensure you weigh up all the pros and cons before making any solid plans.

 

Wedding by the water

Weddings take a lot of planning – the catering, the guest list, the flowers, and more. Perhaps one of the most difficult decisions to make is the venue. After all, everything else on the wedding list can be affected by your choice of setting. If you’re outdoors, you need reliable weather or a good marquee company! And if you’re indoors, you need to know that the room for your reception will be the most beautiful space in the building.

Of course, some people are determined to include incredible landscape backdrops for their wedding photography. It makes sense. The couple in the photo look stunning, so they should be somewhere that is equally amazing. This is one of the reasons why destination weddings are so popular. It’s quite handy to already be at your honeymoon destination as well!

Gorgeous scenery

Wedding By The Water

So what are your options for a stunning landscape? You might marry on top of a mountain with far reaching views of the country. Or you might prefer rolling hills and fields of wildflowers as your backdrop. For many, the allure and the romance of the water calls. A beach wedding or even a wedding on the water can be one of the most beautiful and idyllic places to marry.

The allure of water side weddings

There are many places around the world to choose from. Of course, few beat Venice if you wish to marry on the water. The water in Venice is mostly still, easily accessible, and offers some stunning shots for your wedding photos. Have a look at the Vittore Buzzi Photographer website to get some ideas about your own choice of wedding pictures. You’ll see that Venice can offer beautiful architecture, romantic gondola rides for the happy couple and incredible waterways for that perfect wedding venue.

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Picking a European destination like Venice offers you far more than just the chance to enjoy your wedding on the water. The ancient buildings of Italy are so incredibly ornate. The detail in each one will look amazing in your wedding photos. Then, of course, is all that gorgeous Italian antique furniture! Who wouldn’t want a photo of the bride sat in such an incredible chair or stood upon a cast iron balcony above the water?

Ceremony of reception

So what should you consider if you want to have a ceremony or reception on the water? Each destination is different. In some places, you must wear a life preserver by law. This can be tricky to deal with in a wedding gown! And heels and boats don’t always work well together. A floating platform might be a better way to deal with this situation. In some places, you can find a good sized decking area at the end of a short pier. This gives you the illusion of being out on the water, but you’re not all at sea. Speak to your wedding planner to see what precautions must be taken.

Beach

What about a beach wedding? Again, in some places, there are restrictions. Still, they can be easily overcome if you know what you need to do. For example, in most parts of the UK, you must legally marry within the four walls of a registered building. That doesn’t stop you performing a ceremony before (or after) the legal part, anywhere you like. This might be considered a renewal of vows, or simply a public affirmation of love. It means you can still have photos of your both on the banks of the lakes in Cumbria or even Loch Ness.

Boats

Cruise ships are well known for offering weddings and honeymoons. Most cruise ship chapels are very small so would suit a small guest list. You would most likely be married by the ship’s Captain, but this doesn’t mean your ceremony can’t be religious. The Captain may have restrictions about where the ship should be during the legal part of the ceremony. You might also find you have to book quite far in advance to ensure you get the wedding you’re hoping for.

As you and your guests will be at sea, you will probably enjoy your honeymoon on board. There is plenty of choice for entertainment with the other ship’s guests, but if you want a more private venue, you may have to pay quite a bit extra. Food and drink, of course, will never be a problem. The service is often second to none, and you will have a good choice of accommodation and extras while you are onboard.

Is it legal?

In some places, you can hire a private yacht and the Captain there can perform the legal part of your ceremony for you. Some advertise this as a special service in different parts of the world. It’s best to check if the ceremony is legally binding or if you need to have a registrar service at your local courthouse before hand. You can usually only legally marry the person you are married to once. But you can renew your vows or indulge in an affirmation ceremony that has no legal bearing at all. It can be just as romantic as the real thing, and there is nothing stopping you from getting dressed up and exchanging rings.

Don’t forget – every legally binding marriage must be witnessed, so make sure your witnesses don’t get seasick! While receptions on the water can be lots of fun and a great theme for the event, there needs to be safety precautions too. Alcohol and the water don’t mix, so make sure everyone is well looked after. As for romantic photos? Imagine the moonlight reflected on the water behind you and your new spouse. What about a photo of you both dipping your toes in the foam as the wave reaches the beach? What ideas might you have?

A wedding on the water can be wonderfully romantic, and it can offer some of the best backdrops for your wedding photography. There are plenty of ways to make the most of your watery theme too. While most guest lists on board boats might be quite small, a beach wedding or pier venue can offer all the space you need for everyone. Enjoy your beautiful day.