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Everything you need to consider for a country wedding

Country weddings are at the top of many people’s dream list for a reason, thanks to their ability to provide a picture-perfect backdrop for the most special day of your lives so far. With so many things to consider, planning a country wedding means considering logistics and practicalities, but also little touches that make the day personal to you. With that in mind, here’s 6 things to consider when planning a country wedding.

Be prepared for every weather

We know everyone dreams of perfectly fine, clear weather for their wedding day, but living in the UK, we know all too well that you need to be prepared for all eventualities. Keeping an eye on the weather as you build up to the big day is the best way to stay abreast of any contingency plans you may or may not need to implement. If the weather is looking particularly warm and sunny, ensure there are shaded areas for your guests to retreat from the heat, and if things are looking a little bleaker, make light of the situation by including baskets of emergency wellies and umbrellas. Whatever the weather, your day is set to be magical, so don’t fret!

Consider a themed Menu

If you’re going all out with the country theme, you may want to consider creating a menu that’s themed around the countryside. Choosing courses that reflect local British produce adds a nice touch, as does the potential of eating al fresco. Speak to your caterers about what you have in mind, and they will be able to advise you on foods that are currently in season.

Add a touch of twinkle

In an abundance of natural furnishings, there’s nothing better than subtle, romantic lighting to complement the gentle and relaxed feel. Twinkly fairy lights are a fantastic accompaniment to your venue décor, and can be draped around beams, from the ceiling or along fireplaces to add that little touch of sparkle.

Versatile accommodation

If you’ve chosen a stunningly secluded location to hold your wedding day, you’re going to want to consider sourcing suitable overnight accommodation for your family and friends. You want to make sure that your guests can find a place to stay that fits within any specific requirements and budgets that they may have. It’s a good idea when sending out your invitations to give your guests ideas on potential places to stay, whether a big country home in the Yorkshire Dales, Luxury Cotswolds Cottages, or log cabins in the peak district, there will be somewhere to suit everyone.

Those little touches

Once the big decisions have been made, it’s time to get down to personalisation. Most weddings that are attended are remembered for a couple of things, fantastic speeches, wonderful food, and those all-important little touches. Place baskets of flip flops, cosy blankets and disposable cameras around your venue for an inviting and personal atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy together.

Everything you need to consider for a country wedding

However you choose to spend your big day, it’s sure to be one of the most enchanting and exciting days in your life, so make sure to soak up all that there is to offer, with all of those that you love.

 

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Wedding Elegance

A wedding is whatever you want it to be. It can be the fun and funky atmosphere that suits both you and your partner’s personality to a T. Or it can be the most elegant affair there ever was. But, whatever your style, elegant or not, we believe that every wedding should have a touch of it. It’s a day meant for celebration, class, and above all, fun! Don’t think that because you’re adding a little bit of elegance to your day, that you’re going to compromise on the style that you truly want. It’s just about making sure that you have the most fabulous day that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. So, we want to show you a few ways that you can ensure your special day has a bit of elegance, have a read on to find out more.

Wedding-Elegance

Before The Day Elegance

So, the first thing that you need to try and master is having a bit of elegance before the day. Before the actual day of your wedding, all you will be doing is planning to make sure the day is absolutely perfect, and one of the biggest thing to try and sort is your dress. Now, you might already have an idea in your head of what style you might like, but that will all change when you go to the dress shop. Once you actually see yourself in a range of different dresses, your mind will definitely be turned. We believe that to add a bit of elegance to your dress, you need to focus on being simplistic. Long lace sleeved, with a satin plain white long finish is the perfect kind of dress for a bit of elegance. The arms are a beautiful touch that’s a firm favourite among brides to be all year round.

On The Day Elegance

You’ll have built up this moment in your head for so long, that you can’t even remember what it’s like not to be nervous. If you want our advice, the best way to calm those nerves is to get there in style. If you take a look at companies such as Seamless Chauffeur, you’ll be able to see a company who will chauffeur you to your wedding in complete class and style! It’s something a little different to the traditional wedding car, and it can really help to make you feel special on your special day. As for your partner, he could go for something similar!

After The Day Elegance

Some would say that what happens after the wedding day is most important. If you haven’t thought about a honeymoon, then get looking now! There are so many tropical and luxurious locations that really do scream elegance. Whether you chose to go on your honeymoon straight away, or a few months down the line, you should definitely have something in place before you head down the aisle. It is a chance for you both to enjoy married life before the chaos of real life sets in!

7 steps to the Winter Wedding of your Dreams

Winter is on its way, and if you’re looking to plan your dream wedding, then this wonderfully romantic time of year is the perfect opportunity to really make the most of your special day. With earthy, rich colour palettes, early sunsets, candlelight and glorious sparkle, winter is truly a beautiful season for your wedding. It even opens up the possibility of sprinkling some festive, Christmas cheer into the mix to really make the day one to remember.

Some people may shy away from the idea of a winter wedding due to the chills and possibility of not-so-great weather. But winter is a truly magical time of year, and there is so much that can be done with this season to put on a spectacular occasion. Here are seven steps to making your wedding a true winter wonderland.

Keep Nice and Warm

Whilst winter is a fantastic wedding season, the chill is inevitable. You’ll want to keep your guests as warm as possible so they’re comfortable and can really enjoy themselves as they watch you and your partner tie the knot. Whilst your wedding and reception will no doubt be indoors, create some warm space outside for anyone who needs a breath of fresh air with fire pits and cosy blankets.

Serving warm drinks at either the reception or on arrival is also a great way to keep spirits aglow. Good options include mulled wine and coffee liqueur for the adults, and festive hot chocolate for the children.

Wonderful Winter Dress

Winter Wedding of Your Dreams

The bride’s dress is one of the key staples of a wedding. Winter brings with it the chance to really embrace a certain beautiful style that is perfectly suited to this time of year. Floor length gowns with sleeves are certainly a great choice to not only beat the chills, but to really give a classy and elegant look. Go bold with sheer lace that gives a frost-like appearance to really capture the essence of winter. If you’re a fan of being non-conventional, feathered wedding dresses are in complete harmony with the colder months.

For the gentleman, tweed suits are wonderfully chic in winter. A velvet blazer would also be an excellent choice, it’s a thick fabric that will keep him warm whilst also looking incredible. As for the bridesmaids, they will look amazing in full-length gowns in rich, winter colours such as dark red, gold, silver or green. Don’t forget all the appropriate winter accessories such as cover-ups and shawls.

Lighting up a Room

Winter is known to be a dark season, but that isn’t a bad thing. Whilst you may have to make sure you schedule certain events for earlier in the day to play to the available natural light, the growing darkness allows for some wonderful lighting opportunities.

Candlelight is the epitome of romance. Let your wedding glow in candlelight and decorate your venue with sparkling fairy lights. They are both wonderfully seasonal and an effective way to really bring a room to life with their warm tones and romantic twinkling effect.

Add Some Seasonal Sparkle

Whilst some people would be averse to the idea of glittery décor or dress at their wedding, winter is the perfect season to embrace everything sparkly. Don’t be afraid to add some glitz to your winter wedding. Whether it’s a sparkly brooch on the dress, glittery chair sashes or sprinkling the tables with gems to look like ice, a touch of frosty sparkle will really make the day magical. You could even incorporate some sparklers for your guests to have outside.

Winter-inspired Décor

A winter wedding gives you the chance to really get creative with your decorations. You can stick with a Christmas theme and hang mistletoe around the venue for some romantic encounters. Instead of traditional flowers, why not have decorative wreathes? Nature in winter can also be a source of inspiration. Incorporate some tree stumps, twigs and logs into the décor to give a stunning rustic feel to the venue. Table decorations such as pinecones and holly berries can also really tie together the winter theme.

Eat, Drink and be Merry

Food is an important element of any wedding. Take advantage of all the wonderful cuisine winter provides. Hearty dishes, such as warming soup starters and baked camembert, are the perfect winter treat for your guests. Serve some delicious hot canapes at the bar, such as mini jacket potatoes, breaded prawns and goats cheese tarts to keep everyone warm and full.

Sweet treats can also be given a winter twist. Consider hot desserts such as chocolate lava cake or sticky toffee pudding. For a Christmas flair, a pot of candy canes and gingerbread men will make adorable additions to the bar or the tables.

Arrive to Your Big Day in Style

You may think that winter would limit your options for transportation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Hardtop chauffeur cars make attractive additions to any wedding photos, and with a professional behind the wheel, committed to getting you to the venue on time, you won’t have to worry about the weather causing any problems to your arrival.

The arrival to your wedding is a big moment for you and your partner, do it in style from the back seat of a luxury vehicle being driven to the venue in time for that all-important grand entrance.

If opting for a bow on your wedding car, remember to match the colours to your elegant winter colour palette. You could even mix it up with some winter flowers or a wreath attached to the front of your luxury vehicle to truly get the day off to a magical, wintery start.

Smart City Weddings provide high-quality wedding car chauffeur services. We make sure you feel like a VIP from the beginning to the very end of your big day – come rain or shine, winter or summer.

 

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