5 Top Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Venue

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Getting married is one of the biggest adventures of your life – it’s a fulls day of romance, and celebration. Choosing the right venue is one of the most important aspects of your planning. You might already have an idea of where you’d like your wedding to take place, or perhaps you’re undecided. Either way, these five top tips will ensure that you make a well-informed decision.

Consider your budget

When you’re planning a wedding, it’s important to carefully determine the budget of each different element. When you’re feeling excited, it’s easy to get carried away and end up blowing the budget! Of course, you want your big day to be perfect, but if you commit to a venue that you can’t afford, you’ll only end up getting stressed out. One of the best financial tips for planning a wedding is using a financial app. Popular apps include Spendee or Mint. Good Budget is also a great financial app, perfect for couples in particular. Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great wedding venue. Your wedding decorations (or theme) will enhance the space.

How much space do you need?

When you are choosing your wedding venue, it’s vital to choose an appropriate venue size. Choosing a huge venue for a smaller wedding will leave the building feeling empty and negatively affect the atmosphere. On the other hand, a venue that’s not quite big enough will create an environment that’s cramped and stressful. It’s best to have a solid idea of how many guests you’ll have before you start shopping around. That way, the manager of your venue can make the correct recommendations.

The best location

Location is everything when it comes to wedding venues. You need to consider where your guests are coming from, how they will travel there, and if there are suitable hotels close by. Rural locations are often beautiful, but if your guests aren’t able to get here, this will likely affect your decision!

Take your time 

It’s important to take your time when you are looking for a wedding venue. Shop around and see several different options before you make a choice. You might be worried about the venue getting all booked up, but if you rush your decision, you could end up regretting it. With careful decision making you’ll be sure to get everything on your wedding wish list.

A great wedding planner 

Above all, it’s vital to choose yourself an amazing wedding planner to support you with your wedding planning. Choose a service with plenty of experience; your wedding planner should be able to give you advice on everything from the venue to the catering, the theme, and the dress. Take the time to look over the weddings that your planner has been responsible for in the past. Write down all your wedding-related questions, so you can ensure that this wedding planner can meet all of your desires.

Things Your Wedding Guests Have On Their Own Wishlist

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Your wedding is primarily about you and your soon-to-be husband or wife. However, the biggest thing I worried about (and still am!) in the lead up to our wedding was the guest’s wishlist and their comfort. Will they enjoy it? Will they LOVE it? 

Thanks to COVID-19, I still don’t know the answer to these questions, but there are a couple of things I know our guests will definitely want.

A Well-Stocked Bar

A given on any wishlist, especially with our friends. It’s not for everyone, but drink, especially in the UK, is an integral part of any wedding day. Whilst it’s less common to have an open bar – which is more of a US way of doing weddings, making sure there’s one in sight and ready to go is very important. For any of our guests reading – don’t worry, we gotchu.

A Selfie-Booth

Picture Blast photo booths are finding their way into more and more weddings. Photo booths are a great ice-breaker, are a lot of fun and provide guests with a memento of their day immediately that aren’t the official, edited shots. 

Lots of Delicious Food

This is super important. When we first started planning the wedding (I’m talking early days), we planned to go super simple to try to cut costs slightly. We quickly realised that this would be a huge mistake as whilst we may save a few pounds, we’d be cutting corners and our guests would not only be starving, but also may not have a great lasting impression of our day. To make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible (and to soak up that booze I mentioned), lots of food on offer is a must. Whether that’s a sit down meal, buffet or canapes – your guests need feeding. Don’t forget you need to eat too – it’s tiring work getting married.

A Selfie-Booth

Picture Blast photo booths are finding their way into more and more weddings. Photo booths are a great ice-breaker, are a lot of fun and provide guests with a memento of their day immediately that aren’t the official, edited shots. 

A Creche For Kids

We didn’t go for having children at our wedding – barely any of our friends have them and it was just easier to have an adults-only event. However, some people have large, extended families and many children who waddle down the aisle as flower girls, or cute little page boys. When the party gets started, you may need someone to handle the children.

For creches to work, you can either hire somebody to attend the wedding to help with the children, or create a guest rota, where a couple of people keep an eye on the children while everyone else gets on with having fun.

An Emergency Kit In The Bathroom

This is probably something your guests didn’t think they’d have on their wishlist, but something that will be a lifesaver for them. I’ve planned to have a little box of ‘essentials’ for any guest emergencies whilst the party is going on. I’m talking hair pins, plasters, paracetamol, deodorant, face powder and tampons. Anything you can think of that will ensure your guests have the best time ever and not be feeling blue about anything except the night ending!

Is there anything you’ve incorporated into your wedding for your guests? Let me know!

Important Things To Do The Day Before Your Wedding

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As you know, our wedding was postponed due to COVID-19. With only eight weeks to go, I was thinking about the final details of the day itself, planning my morning down to the tiniest thing.

When you’re on that final stretch, and only a few short hours away from your wedding day, there are still a few things you need do before you finally relax ahead of this major event in your life. 

If you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle, I have some suggestions for you. No matter how far you are into planning your wedding, remember to add the following to your to-do list for the day before your wedding. 

Check your wedding dress

If there are any last-minute alterations that need doing, it is better to find out the day before your wedding rather than on the day itself. So, try it on again, make sure it feels comfortable, and if there are any issues, do what you can to alter it, or ask somebody else for help.

Call your vendors one last time

If you made bookings with your vendors weeks or months ago, it might be that they need reminding of the details about your wedding. Call and confirm that they are still in the know about what needs to be done, and give them the details they will need, such as the start and expected finishing time of your wedding. Important people to call include the wedding photographer, the caterer, the venue owner, and any drivers you have hired for your big day. Our photographers gave us a great tip of writing up a ‘crib sheet’, with all of the vendors contact details on,  times of arrival, departure, if they’ve been paid or need payment on the day. Give this to a key person you can trust to ensure there’s no hiccups.

Sort out your emergency survival kit

Your wedding day will hopefully go to plan, but in the event that it doesn’t, it is always worth having a few emergency supplies to put in the bathroom, just in case. You might want to include some lipstick, face powder, and hairspray for any beauty-related mishaps! A sewing kit could be useful in the event that there is an issue with either your dress or any that are being worn by your bridesmaids. And in case of drunken injuries or blisters, you might want to include some band-aids, aspirin, and anything else that might be included in a first-aid kit. Your guests will be thankful!

Check the weather

Especially if you’re having an outdoor wedding, you should definitely do this, as you may need to arrange a marquee or other type of shelter last-minute if rain is forecast. Even if you’re not having an outdoor wedding, you might still want to consider an umbrella, a raincoat, and the appropriate shoes to ensure you don’t turn up to your wedding in disarray. Remember to pack the appropriate items if the day is going to be blazing hot too. Sun creams and bottles of water might be essential, for example.

Get together with your family

If you have delegated responsibilities to your family, then it’s worth sitting down with them to make sure everybody knows what they need to do. This is also your time to celebrate the love you have for your family before you get hitched!

I hope you have an amazing wedding day – can’t wait for ours! x

Why Orlando Ought To Be On Your Bucket List

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The City Beautiful is calling, and you might be crazy if you don’t respond. Orlando is the perhaps best-known city in the state of Florida, aka, the Sunshine State. However, the city has a lot more to offer than the sun alone (not that it isn’t great) Here, we’re going to look at just some of the reasons to consider aiming your next trip at this bucket list-worthy city.

I headed there when I was a lot younger and think I’d have a totally different experience now. I loved it and can’t wait to go back.

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Wonderful Theme Parks

To talk about Orlando, Florida, without giving it the proper respect it is due as the global capital of the theme park is to do the whole city a disservice. From Walt Disney World to Seaworld, Volcano Bay to Universal Orlando, and much more, it’s all here. The theme parks are constantly updating and adding new attractions too, so much so that the state has created a whole new type of tourist who will keep coming back for the parks to enjoy all their favourites and see what new twists have been added.

Go Exploring In The Gorgeous Nature

As comfortable and stylish as Orlando is, it puts you right on the doorstep of the diversity of natural beauty Florida has to offer, thanks to its subtropical climate. It’s easy to find, too, with places like Kissimmee villas putting you right next to places like the Everglades. If you want to explore what feels like an entirely different world, taking a trip out from the city into the swamps and tropical forests is a must.

Take a Taste of Florida

Florida is well-known for being a cultural mixing pot and there few ways that it shows better than the food on offer. There are more top-class authentic restaurants than you can shake a fork at, and there are plenty of recipes you won’t find elsewhere like Florida Lobster and Key West pinks. It’s especially good for those with a love of fresh seafood thanks to its place right on the coast.

The perfect place to pick up a souvenir

Whether you’re a lover of fashion or you simply want to pick up a local souvenir to take home with you, Orlando is a heavy-hitter when it comes to the retail. There are two huge malls alongside a whole range of other shopping arcades and little boutiques to explore. The Premium Outlets at Vineland are particularly worth checking out for some exclusive goodies.

Hit the Beach!

Orlando is the city perfectly situated for exploring the rest of Florida and, as a result, it’s right by some of the best beaches in the state, including Vero Beach, Cocoa Beach, Clearwater Beach, and Daytona Beach. Be sure to bring all your holiday essentials, including your swimsuit and plenty of sunscreens. If you’re up for taking a cruise then be sure to hit Port Canaveral, as well.

From world-class Instagram opportunities to the kind of thrills that will make you totally forget social media, Orlando offers it all right on your doorstep. It is time to arrange your trip?

 

Femme Luxe Haul #7 – SURELY ONE PERSON DOESN’T NEED THIS MUCH LOUNGEWEAR

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Actually huns you’d be wrong. Just like dessert, there is always room for a little more loungewear.

A short one from me today just showing you some a couple of extra sets Femme Luxe sent. 

I’ve now got a loungewear section of my wardrobe – it’s been so nice to have matching sets and feel ‘put together’ whilst chilling at home. 

I had a few messages from people who said they’d bought some of the loungewear from the last post – that’s lovely and I hope you enjoy them! I wanted to quickly explain that I’m not trying to sell this stuff to you, it’s more just to post about things I enjoy, like and want to share – and I would never say I loved something if I didn’t – even if I am being paid.

Pink Boxy Loungewear Set

I can’t actually find this one on the website anymore…I think it’s sold out! I love it though – pink is my favourite colour but I don’t actually have ANY pink clothes. Got me feeling like a glam Barbie with my wine (a lot of that has been drunk recently!). Here are some pink variants of the set. 

Grey Knitted Crop Top Loungewear Set

So this set is a little too warm for the amazing weather we’ve been having, but it’s thick enough that it feels like a proper tracksuit. I went to the shops in it and didn’t feel like I was walking around in my pyjamas. I think I’ll be saving this one for autumn, or if our British Summer decides to disappear again. I hope not – good weather is all I’ve got at the moment!