Planning

A Grand Wedding at The Grand, York

With so many options available, choosing a wedding venue can seem like a daunting task. It’s probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your big day so it’s worth doing some research and thinking about what you want from a venue.

Finding your dream wedding venue doesn’t mean you have to stay within a 10 miles radius of your home, stretch your wings as there are so many wonderful locations waiting for you and your guests!

Located in the beautiful city of York, we have The Grand Hotel, Yorkshire’s only 5 start hotel that takes pride in going above and beyond on your special day.

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Even though I live a couple of hours away from York, if I had an invite to a wedding at the Grand Hotel I would be over the moon and booking to stay there straight away.

Your Wedding at the Grand York

The Grand Hotel really is grand. It has that luxurious feel from the moment you step through the large wooden doors. Home to a whiskey lounge, the exclusive white rose lounge, the terrace and the luxury spa. Which have a fantastic range of treatments to help get you wedding ready.

The Grand, York offers four different Wedding packages, Grandeur, Splendour, Opulence and Ultimate in Luxury.

The Grand, York really do offer that grand day that so many happy couples are looking for, and something that sits within most budgets.

The Spa at Rhe Grand, York

The Grand, York is not just the perfect place for your wedding, it is also the perfect place to get wedding ready. The in-house Spa has some fabulous bridal and groom packages to choose from.

The ultimate bridal package is designed to help you get a restful night’s sleep, to help to get rid of those pre-wedding day nerves. The package includes, ESPA facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, full use of spa facilities, eyelash tint, eyebrow shape and a spa manicure. Everything you could want to be wedding ready.

The Groom the Groom package is designed to help the Groom feeling at their best. The package includes one hour exfoliating ESPA facial, full use of spa facilities, deep cleansing back exfoliation, back, neck and shoulder massage and a hand scrub with nail trim and tidy. The perfect collection of groom items.

Wedding printables

When you have found your perfect venue, it fits within you budgets or it’s so perfect you make it fit, you then start to look at all the other things you need to arrange for you wedding. Your dress, suits, photographer, flowers, invitations, the list goes on. The cost of each of these items adds up and finding a way to have the perfect venue but keeping the other costs down is really important.

The Grand Hotel in York have just released their very own range of free downloadable invitations. Not only are they really chic and beautiful they all free to download, you can print them off at home and send them out to your guests cutting down a lot of the cost of invitations. Such a brilliant idea from this fabulous venue.

The Grand Hotel York really is a fabulous location for your wedding, from the first time you step through those large wooden doors to walking out the day after your wedding. The Grand Hotel is there to help you every step of the way.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Engagement Ring Shopping Mistakes That Men Make

One of the most challenging things a man can do is to select an engagement ring for their fiancée. There are many questions that need to be addressed, such as, “Will she like the ring?” and “Can I afford to buy a suitable item?” If you are planning to pop the question in the near future and are concerned about the ring selection, here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Engagement Ring Shopping Mistakes That Men Make
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  • Buying the Wrong Size – This is a common occurrence, as many men assume the ring size based on her height and weight, yet some women have a bigger build than others and making a mistake like this will put a serious damper on your proposal. There are a number of ways to ensure you know her ring size, which include “borrowing: a ring that she wears on the third finger of her left hand, or measuring the finger with a piece of string. You can also enlist the help of one of her friends, which would ensure you don’t buy a ring that is too large or small.
  • Failure to Set a Budget – If you start looking at engagement rings with no real figure in mind, you will likely end up paying more than you can afford. An online search will reveal a wide selection of diamond engagement rings at prices to suit every budget, and buying from an online jeweller will ensure you do not pay more than you should.
  • Unsure of Her Taste in Jewellery – It is crucial that you have a good idea of her taste in jewellery if you want to be sure that she will love wearing the ring. This is not difficult, as all you have to do is take note of the jewellery she wears on a daily basis, while enlisting the help of her best friend will also ensure you get it right. You may want to get her one of those engagement rings with pink diamonds from Diamonds.co.nz which will be perfect if your girlfriend likes something unique and pretty.
  • Lack of Knowledge About Diamonds – Purchasing diamonds demands that you at least understand the basics of diamond grading – the 4Cs, which are the cut, clarity, colour and carat. Do some online research on understanding diamond grading and make sure that the stones you buy have GIA Certification. By sourcing a reputable online jeweller, you are all but eliminating the risk of purchasing inferior stones and if you really want to impress your partner, why not have a diamond ring custom made?
  • Lack of Practicality – While a diamond engagement ring with raised stones might look great, it is likely that the prong settings will catch on fabric, which causes the stone setting to loosen. Choose a setting that does not have sharp edges and always remember that she will want to wear this ring at all times, so the design must be very durable.

If you follow the above advice when looking at diamond engagement rings, the process should be smooth, and by ensuring the ring size is correct and she likes the style, your wedding proposal should be one that is remembered for all the right reasons.

Make Your Wedding Day A Party To Remember!

People want different things out of their wedding day. If you want a demure, grown up event, that’s totally fine. But what if what you really want, is to party with the people you love the most all night long? Then you need to set out to make your wedding day a party to remember!

Here are some pointers and ideas that will help you. Take a look and see what you can do:

Choose A Theme

A theme can help to set the mood of your wedding. There are all kinds of themes out there, and you can let your imagination run wild as you take your personalities into account. What do you think will make everybody want to get up on the dance floor? Your theme doesn’t have to be cheesy, but it could definitely be a lot of fun – such as a 70s or 80s themed throwback party!

Give Everybody Props To Play With

Give people props to play with and they’ll make for some interesting accessories and photos. Hopefully, they’ll get everybody on their way to have a lot of fun, which in turn should make them want to get up and party the night away.

Set The Tone With Your Own Wedding Dance

If you want to get people on the dance floor, you should try to set the tone with your own wedding dance. Many couples are breaking the rules in terms of wedding dances these days; they no longer have to be slow and romantic. You can mix a variety of dance styles and music styles to create something all your own. It’s a good idea to end on an upbeat note to make everybody want to follow your lead on the dance floor!

Hire The Right DJ

The right DJ is key to your wedding party. You’re going to want a DJ that will understand and listen to your tastes, as well as somebody who can read a room and get people on their feet when the time is right. Make sure you do plenty of research on your DJ. Finding one that will play tracks to get people dancing doesn’t necessarily mean finding one who will play the cha cha slide. You can set up meetings with DJs like Benny Smyth, who will ask plenty of questions about what you want from your wedding party and the kind of music you like to ensure they get it right.

Keep Everybody On Their Feet For Longer

How can you keep everybody on their feet for longer? Coffee and refreshments! Make sure there are things to take the edge of alcohol consumption, such as coffee, snacks, and other refreshments. You might even want to have some of those roll out dolly shoes available for ladies who want to take off their heels.

Make Your Favours More Personalised

Your personalised favours could include some painkillers, a sachet of coffee/tea bag, and anything else you think your guests will appreciate the morning after your big day!