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3 Tips for choosing music for your wedding

One of the things that will make your wedding memorable is the music you choose. It goes a long way to affect the atmosphere of the wedding and, in some cases, the personality of you and your spouse. While there are many genres of music, you can find a theme that would go with your interests. So here are a few ideas for choosing music at your wedding.

choosing music for your wedding

 

Don’t be afraid to go all out

 

So you have seen others’ weddings and like the music they used. Does it mean you’re also going to copy their style regardless of what you like? Music is sentimental, and so for your big day, you should choose the ones that are meaningful to you and your partner. Of course, you could throw in a couple of popular songs to make it more interesting, but at the end of the day, it is what you like that matters most. So try your best to think outside the box and not just go with what everybody else is doing.

 

Consider the different stages of the wedding

 

Weddings come with different stages that come with different moods. There is the ceremony session, which usually has classical music playing. But you can switch it up with some kinds of pop and soul. Then there is the time for the first dance, and here it will solely depend on what you and your partner want. If you’re having a hard time settling on one song, you can start by looking at what is most common and then take it from there. The reception is usually characterised by formal music at the beginning and then something more upbeat after that. When it’s time to eat, the music should be calm and classy so that people can have lighthearted conversations while eating. After all these stages come the dance or ‘after party’ session, which requires music that you and your guests can party with. Whatever the case, hire a wedding band or DJ that understands these stages and can help you create the best wedding experience through music.

 

Make a ‘do not play’ list if necessary

 

It is not every kind of music that you would want to be played on your big day. Maybe some songs or music are triggers for bad experiences, and so you wouldn’t want them to ruin your wedding day. Whatever the reason, it will be better to have all these songs listed and passed on to whoever is in charge of music so that they do not play them. It is better to take the precautionary measure that falls over yourself trying to get the song stopped in the middle of your wedding.

You deserve the best on your big day, and this includes music as well. While a lot of people leave it to the band, it will be nice to curate things to your own liking. So consider the tips above to help you create a wonderful wedding music-wise.

 

Top 10 eco wedding venues in the UK

For many, being eco conscious is not an activity, but a way of life. When it comes to reducing the amount of plastic that we use and our carbon footprint, considering how to be eco friendly when planning the wedding of your dreams can often be a challenge for unsure couples.

One of the simplest ways to organise a spectacular wedding that does not cost the earth, and that is to consider booking an eco wedding venue. 

With many unique and quirky eco wedding venues throughout the UK, we have viewed them and compiled a comprehensive list of our top favourite eco wedding venues for your wedding day.

From the Welsh beaches, all the way to the Scottish highlights, keep reading to discover our top 10 recommended venues for your wedding, each boosting their own eco credentials. 

Top 10 eco wedding venues in the UK

1. Penpont, Wales

The first of our recommended eco wedding venues for you to consider for your wedding and that is Penpont.

Located in Brecon in the middle of Wales, this eco wedding venues in Wales is a proud owner of a Green Tourism’s Gold Award. Settled in a Grade 1 listed building, this wedding venue offers incredible scenery, spectacular views and quaint stables and teepees to get married and celebrate in. A magical location to tie the knot, Penpont offers sustainable materials used in creating the buildings, renewable energy to heat and run the wedding, as well as naturally sourced ingredients for a sustainable and eco friendly wedding that couples desire. 

2. River Cottage, Devon

Another spectacular and stunning eco friendly location, this time in Devon. For couples looking for a magical location to wed in front of loved ones, then look no further than River Cottage.

This eco wedding venue is located in the Devon countryside and offers vast, stunning views across the fields. 

With organic, seasonal food on offer to guests, arrive at your wedding by tractor before proceeding to the barn to tie in the knot in front of guests. 

If a smaller wedding is your style, choose to wed inside the farmhouse for a smaller, more intimate wedding, before sitting down and dining on spectacular dishes made from the finest local produce. 

3. Hush, Norfolk

Hidden in the Norfolk countryside is Hush. A fun and vibrant location to host your wedding and ceremony. Hush offers a fun, colourful and relaxing environment to tie the knot in a style unique to your own. 

Offering a natural, outdoor wedding, when booking Hush for your wedding, you will receive the location for three days, the perfect amount of time to wine, dine and celebrate with guests.

With hammocks to swing in, open fire pits and star gazing, there is no better location for an outdoor wedding.

With glamping options, converted cottages for guests to stay in, make a celebration out of your wedding and celebrate in your own unique way. 

4. Kudhva, Cornwall

Going back to the west coast again, but this time to Kudhva, located in Cornwall. A one of a kind wedding venue with 180 degree views of the crashing Cornish coastline. A romantic and dramatic location to get married, there is a meadow with willow groove and wild flowers adding colour to your wild wedding.

When it comes to eco wedding venues, Kudhva offers a side of wildness and nature to be combined for a magical experience.

With a canopy in the stars, spend your first night as a married couple stargazing up in the treetops.

Perfectly fusing together sustainability, wilderness and nature for a unique and outdoor wedding that you will remember for years to come.

5. Woodland Tipi and Yurts, Herefordshire

A family run, eco venue located in Herefordshire, Woodland Tipi and Yurts offers guests a handcrafted magical experience to celebrate their special day.

Located on a farm, this wedding venue in Herefordshire offers a personal experience for those couples wishing to glamp on their wedding day.

Using the changing of seasons to their advantage, each wedding is unique and offers a woodland natural feel for those wanting to embrace their love of nature. 

Relaxing with guests around an open fire, lanterns and sheepskin rugs before conducting the wedding ceremony in your decorated marquee underneath the treetops.

Add in hot tubs, fire pits and pizza ovens, compost toilets and you have a spectacular wedding venue that guests will adore. 

6. TreeTop Escape, Devon

Another fantastic eco wedding location that offers treetop views. A more luxurious, eco friendly wedding option, for those seeking an intimate venue that offers an out of the extraordinary experience, look no further than TreeTop Escape in North Devon.

Located on a private estate and surrounded by rolling valleys and fields dotted with sheep, for those wanting a venue for their wedding away from the hustle and bustle of life, look no further.

With a Meadow Room for your celebrations, celebrate your big day with guests while marvelling in the stunning view across wildflower meadows. The Nest room is ideal for those seeking a smaller, more intimate wedding. 

What makes this venue truly unique is the ability to stay in a state of the art Treehouse and soak in its very own hot tub on the night of your wedding. There is no better way to celebrate your union as husband and wife. 

7. Wellbeing Farm, Lancashire

A wedding venue that puts the well being of you, guests and the earth first and that is the Wellbeing Farm located in Lancashire. From the stunning scenery, charming barn and added llamas, there is little that this wedding venue does not offer. 

Allowing guests to wed either outdoors on their stunning estate, or in their charming barn, Wellbeing Farm allows guests to bring their own pets and include them into the ceremony as ring bearers if they wish.

With a large array of games and wedding entertainment ideas on offer at Wellbeing Farm, a wedding at this venue in Lancashire will leave you feeling good and your well being restored. 

8. GreenAcres, Buckinghamshire 

An eco friendly wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, Greenacres fuses together nature and celebration to create a relaxed atmosphere. 

With four different venues available at GreenAcres, each of their locations is surrounded by woodlands, meadows and valley views. Found in Colney, Chiltern, Rainford and Heatherley Wood, you can be confident of a wedding venue ideal for your dream wedding. 

An eco-friendly wedding venue surrounded and inspired by nature and within award-winning eco buildings, celebrate your wedding and choose an outdoor wedding with GreenAcres.

9. Fforest, Ceredigion

For those couples who fancy the idea of getting married on one of the top 3 glamping sites in the world, then Fforest in Ceredigion should be the top choice for your wedding. Located on a farmyard surrounded by unspoiled beauty, woodlands and wildlife, this wedding venue is surrounded by a spectacular Nature Reserve. 

The ideal informal wedding venue, celebrate your special day surrounded by family and friends while staying in large teepees.

Hosted in a grand pavilion and surrounded by a large communal fire pit, this wedding venue in Wales offers a relaxed and flexible location.

Whether you choose to marry in the large tipi, cedar barn, be confident that you will have a spectacular wedding when hosting it with Fforest.

10. Kingshill Barn, Kent 

Located in the heart of a National Nature Reserve, Kingshill Barn is another spectacular eco friendly wedding venue for you to consider. With weddings held in the Kingshill Barn in Kent, this venue sits on an impressive 3,300 acre private farm. 

When booking the Kingshill Barn for your wedding, you will receive the entire venue for the duration of the weekend. Along with booking this venue on the Kent coast to host the wedding ceremony, receive accommodation and support to design a unique and personalised wedding that you will never forget.

With the barn licensed to host both the ceremony and the reception, marry under twinkling fairy lights surrounded by bridesmaids wearing floral, lace dresses from Cherry Flower. With the large wooden barn doors open, letting in the fresh sea breeze, a wedding at Kingshill Barn is a truly magical experience.

Conclusion

With many stunning eco friendly wedding venues to choose from, choosing which wedding venue to choose is harder than you would think. Wishing to choose them all, each wedding venue offers a unique and personalised touch surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Each venue is eco friendly and understands the importance of caring and minimising our impact on the surrounding environment. Which of these wedding venues do you prefer? Perhaps you have been married at one of these venues? Comment below and share your wedding experience with us here. 

5 Top Tips For Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer

If you’re looking for the perfect wedding photographer and you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a photographer that understands your style or you’re trying to stick within your budget, you need to be sure you’re finding the perfect person for the job. While it may be hard at first, there are lots of tips and tricks you can pick up to ensure you’re doing exactly that. From setting yourself a budget to meeting them in person, the more you’re doing to help your search the better. With that in mind, here are 5 top tips for finding the perfect wedding photographer.

Top Tips For Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer

Set Yourself A Budget

One of the first things you need to do when finding the perfect wedding photographer for your big day is to ensure you’re setting yourself a budget, as this will help you stick within the budget you have set. Whether you have a small budget or you want to splash out on a higher-end photographer, having a clear idea of what you want to spend before you start your planning can definitely help. For tips and tricks when it comes to setting a wedding budget, you can visit this site here. 

Do Your Research And Look At Their Work

As you’re starting to look at photographers that are within your price range, you need to think about whether or not they are worth the price they have set. A lot of photographers are just starting out and finding their bearings, so it’s definitely worth taking a look at their work before you shortlist them. Wedding photographers can cost between £1,500-£2,000, so it’s important you’re doing your research. 

Think About The Styles Of Photography You Like

Another important thing to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding photographer is the style of photography that you like. Not all photographers are the same and chances are, you’re going to be drawn to one particular style more than others. If you’re unsure, it’s definitely worth doing a little bit of research first. For a guide to wedding photography styles, you can visit this site here. 

Ask To Meet Them In Person

Once you have a shortlist of people in mind, you may want to meet each of them in person. It’s important you have a good relationship with your photographer and meeting them is the best way to see that before your big day. 

Don’t Forget Videography

Finally, you may also want to think about whether or not you need videography too. Not everyone wants a video of their special day but if you’ve got the money in the budget, it’s definitely worth it. 

With lots of great tips and tricks to follow, you can be sure you’re finding the perfect wedding photographer for your special day. What else can you do? Did we miss anything important off of the list? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.