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5 Reasons Why The Lake District Makes The Perfect Place To Get Married

 

 

If you’re looking for a truly romantic setting for your big day, look no further. Named as one of the most romantic destinations in the United Kingdom, the Lake District is the perfect location for you and your guests to enjoy your wedding, from the ideal venue to astounding scenery.

 

But, if you’re still not convinced, here are five reasons why you should get married in the Lake District.

 

The Scenery

If you tie the knot in the Lake District, you’ll be graced with a gorgeous backdrop. Picture the rolling hills and majestic forests of Grizedale or the peaceful waters of Windermere.

 

Tranquil and relaxing, the Lake District’s scenery will look stunning in your wedding pictures and makes for the perfect place for you or your guests to have a peaceful stroll after the nuptials.

 

The Venues

The Lake District hosts an array of hotels and venues that are perfect for anyone’s dream wedding. With views of the lakes and stunning interiors, the historic hotels of the Lake District will be the ideal setting for your dream wedding.

 

With true English charm and character, Lake District Country Hotels have three luxury wedding venues for you to choose from, dating back to 1812. Each hotel has tranquil gardens and views of Lake Windermere – the ultimate romantic getaway.

 

The honeymoon

With the popularity of staycations on the rise, there’s no better place for you to honeymoon in the UK than the Lake District.

 

This welcoming location has all of the benefits of going abroad – swanky hotels, delicious food, a romantic setting, and plenty of ways for you to while away the day – without the expense and the stress of leaving the country.

 

The activities

Due to its natural backdrop, there are plenty of activities for you and your guests to engage in before or after your big day.

 

With kayaking, climbing, sailing, and gorge walking, just to name a few, the adrenaline junkies among us will never get bored with the activities that the Lakes have to offer and there are plenty of outdoor pursuits for children.

 

Those with a slightly less adventurous streak can still enjoy picturesque walks amongst nature at its finest – there really is something for the whole wedding party to enjoy.

 

The food

Perhaps surprisingly, the Lake District is home to plenty of fine dining options and, with Michelin-starred restaurants like The Samling and The Howbeck, you won’t be short of places to have a slap up dinner.

 

Whether you want to treat your guests to some top notch grub, or you and your beau want to indulge on your honeymoon, the Lake District will provide you with everything you need to treat your palate.

 

5 Top Tips for Planning the Perfect Destination Wedding

 

If you are considering a destination wedding, tempted by the thought of escaping Britain to tie the knot or even hate the idea, ahead of either booking your flights or else turning your back on doing so in order to say ‘I do’, give these 5 top tips a read. As well as providing food for thought for those already sold on a destination wedding, they might just tempt those not yet sold on the prospect of beginning their honeymoon ahead of saying their vows.

  1. Don’t Buy into the Stereotypes

As much as many of us would deny it and like to think we’re more worldly and cultured than to fall into the mistake of thinking the stereotypes are true – let’s face it, we all do it. We think of the south of France and instantly chateau venues flash in our minds, for example. But just as country houses and palaces aren’t all Britain has to offer would-be-weds who stay at home to get hitched, neither are these proscriptive ideas true of other countries.

To prove this point, take a moment to consider and compare, for example, both the Beach House Resort and the Alexandra Resort. Both situated in the same region of the Caribbean country of Turks and Caicos and in fact both poised along the world’s best beach, these resorts couldn’t be more different, outside or in. Whilst both offer genuine luxury, first class amenities and exquisite service, even just comparing the two from the outside instantly reveals their major difference.

Whilst the Beach House is a colonial mansion and inside offers a unique boutique experience and choice of stunning and spacious self contained suites, the Alexandra is a more traditionally styled and designed hotel resort that provides the perfect cost saving venue in TCI without forcing would-be-weds to have to compromise on either luxury or location. Hence, never write off a destination or resort either based on prejudices and preconceptions; you might just be writing off your dream venue, after all.

  1. Don’t Make the Mistake of Thinking a Destination Wedding = More Stress

According to this Daily Mail Newspaper article, one in four men rank wedding planning as more stressful for them than their brides. Meanwhile, one in six brides claim planning a wedding is the most stressful event of their life, and this is something almost a quarter of those hitched (male and female) agree on.

Short of throwing a lacklustre wedding or forgoing the idea of a ‘big day’ either in scale or entirely, what can couples do to alleviate the stress? The answer is actually to just do away with planning it yourself. Rather than add the cost of a wedding planner here in the UK to your budget though, enlist the help of one by budgeting for a destination wedding abroad and not only are you likely to save yourselves a whole lot of stress but a whole lot of money potentially too.

Most wedding packages resorts offer, and this is true of resorts the world over, include the services of either a wedding planner or more likely a resort’s own team of wedding planning staff that can do everything ahead of your arrival from sort the ceremony to get the wedding favours finished, arrange the cake and even have the champagne ready. Then, before re-thinking throwing a destination wedding on account of believing planning a wedding away is more trouble than planning one at home, explore your options – chances are you will be pleasantly surprised, and in more ways than one.

  1. Timing is Everything

Whilst the UK experiences four seasons that the rain can seem to blur into one long drizzly winter all too often, this isn’t true of many other countries. In fact, some countries, especially those in theCaribbean might seem to enjoy constant sun and a forever summer, but with a tropical climate comes a hurricane season. Hence, it really is important to plan your dates carefully and to avoid being lured into booking during certain times due to great looking offers. Every storm cloud might have a silver lining, but equally and suffice to say every silver lining has a storm cloud.

  1. Cut the Cost of Getting Married and Afford a Honeymoon Abroad

As aforementioned in the third tip to make this list, a destination wedding can actually come in at far less than the average cost of booking a wedding and all that goes with it here in the UK. Hence, a destination wedding is a fantastic idea to really think about for those concerned that affording their dream big day could mean sacrificing a honeymoon abroad.

For more advice on how to save by moving your wedding overseas and save as much as £12,000 potentially, give the This is Money website article: Where to book a dream wedding for less and how to avoid a budget-breaking nightmare, a read.

  1. Broaden Your Horizons

To end on a rather exciting note, the fifth tip when thinking of throwing a dream destination wedding is to dream big – or, at least to cast your net wide.

That is, if you are going to buck the trend and do something as exciting as head abroad to get hitched, why not make the most of the opportunity by looking to unusual, exotic and far flung locations in which to do it, such as Japan beneath where couples can marry breathtaking cheery blossoms, Iceland to get hitched in an ice hotel or with the Northern Lights as a backdrop or even in the Grand Canyon; there really is an entire world of possibilities out there.

Then, and to discover many of those possibilities and for more truly awe-inspiring and once in a lifetime ideas as to where to marry, continue your reading via the Chilli Sauce Blog article: The 30 Most Extreme Wedding Destinations in the World.

Wedding catering company in Melbourne

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I married my husband Andy in a beautiful ceremony on August 22, 2009. The unique thing about our wedding was our decision to prepare the food ourselves. After going through a lot of options with different catering services and encountering more than a few obstacles (money, menu, food quality, even availability) and listening to advice and directions from many people about everything from assistance to preparations, we decided that self-catering was the way to go. Of course it was impossible to do it all ourselves, so we had a meeting with our parents and some of our closest friends and family to discuss planning and delegation of duties. Since we decided that the overall food theme was to be summer foods, we could cover a wide range of dishes including salads, local beer, kids food, kebabs and cupcakes.

With a team of 12 preparing the food, we dealt with everything under the catering umbrella. This included, but was not limited to, skewering kebabs, getting the food for the kids table ready, fetching casks of the local beer, getting the cold salads ready and even baking cupcakes.  We baked the cupcakes a few weeks prior to the wedding date, and froze them and then thawed and decorated them a day before the wedding. Even Andy and I, the bride and groom, got into the festivities, baked, and cooked some! Although we were told not to, it was very relaxing for us to make the food for our guests. Honestly, it was a lot of fun trying out new recipes and getting my mind off the stress of the wedding.

We rented chaffing dishes for the hot foods from a local party supply place while we used our own family serving dishes for the salads and kids food. The cupcakes, we arranged on antique china plates that we had borrowed from Andy’s grandmother. We stored the drinks in coolers and kegs with napkins, plates and other silverware coming from Party City and Ikea. The set up and take down of everything took place while we were busy taking photos and after the band had left, respectively. Our friends and family, through a coordinated effort, took care of everything from set up to tear down, and it really was a great success!

 

Although it has now been some time now, I would like to give a rough estimate of how much it cost us to self cater the wedding. The drinks, including wine donated by family and the Victorian bitter Beer cost somewhere around $228, counting the refunds of the kegs. The cupcakes, including baking supplies and pans and papers, cost us about $83. The salads and kebabs, together came up to somewhere around $370. A lot of the ingredients were purchased in bulk and this helped cut down the cost by a lot. The other supplies like napkins and cups etc. all cost  around $52. Kids’ food and beverages together cost about $59. The biggest help was the availability of the kitchen and storage space in the hall, where we could use the garbage disposal, brooms, mops etc for free. So the overall cost came up to $807.

 

We were told repeatedly by both our moms that preparing too much food would be a waste, as people generally tend not to eat much at weddings. However, we found out that this is not true. (We still love you both, moms!) I realized that at any wedding that I had attended, I did have food. So, if you are going for a DIY catering for your wedding instead of hiring a catering company, I would suggest making a lot of food. Make sure to count not only your wedding guests, but also the band and photographers and any helpers that may be involved in the set up. We had prepared more than enough food with about 300 kebabs, which included everything from beef to antipasto, along with four salads, pita bread and yogurt dips as well as the cupcakes. What we saw was the food was over within hours, and there were not many leftovers (not counting the cupcakes, of course).

Having a planned out list always helps, and so does going over everything multiple times. About a week and a half out, I contacted everyone involved with the preparations and gave a run-down of the day by day plan for everything. It helped to know when and from where all the supplies would be rented and purchased. We were all clear on the who, and when of preparations as well, and it helped us organize if, and when anybody needed a helping hand. It is important to remember and coordinate when the food is to be delivered to the reception hall and at least two or three people should be aware of the plan, as at the last moment the bride and groom cannot be expected to run from place to place or even take frantic phone calls. Of course, everything worked out well in the end, and Andy and I feel it was all completely worth it.

You always have to remember that it will not do for you to run around making all the preparations and not trusting your friends and family with the duties. You don’t want to burn yourself out before the wedding and not get to enjoy anything at all! Delegate all the chores and duties to people and they will do it. Remember that your friends and family will only want to make your big day as happy for you as it can be.

Another thing to keep in mind is to eat! It can be pretty hard to get some time to just sit and eat at your own wedding, believe me! But, once you’ve said your vows and made your entrance, you have to put aside a few moments where you and your partner can have the food, so as to have energy for the next part! My matron of honor and bridal party made sure we got our dinnertime. Trust me, both of us were very grateful for that!

 

The one disadvantage of this DIY catering is that the people who were late to the ceremony couldn’t have as much choice of food as we had hoped , but I guess nothing can be done about those little things. As Andy’s Grandfather was fond of saying, “there’s the quick and there’s the hungry!” You have to decide which one you want to be!

Of course, another and a very viable option is to contact a wedding catering company in Melbourne, if this seems like too much work to you.

Three Ways to Add an Extra Special Touch to Your Wedding

 

Getting married is said to be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, but it doesn’t have to be.

 

There are plenty of simple ways to add a special touch to your big day without breaking into a stress headache, and we’ve made a list of three so that your wedding really stands out for both you and your guests.

 

Get luxurious lavatories

 

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, it can be a nuisance for you and your guests to have to wander back to the venue to use the facilities, but standard portable toilets don’t exactly scream elegance either.

 

A great solution is to hire luxury portable toilets, like the ones from Event Washrooms. This company offers a variety of classy outdoor loos: The Logic Range, The Albus Range and The Viridis Range, and can cater for parties of all sizes.

 

Their loos feature real wood finishes, glass water bowls and taps, and mirrors so that you can make sure that your outfit is still looking on-point!

 

So, if you want to make your outdoor wedding stand out in people’s memories, get some luxury lavatories – your guests will thank you!

 

Set some ambience

 

To really give your wedding an extra special touch, you can set the mood with some quirky lighting, depending on what sort of vibe you want to have. If you want a relaxed, romantic tone, set some dim lighting. If you want to have a party atmosphere, go for something a bit brighter.

 

These light up letters from Light It Up UK, a company that specialises in event and occasion lighting, is perfect for adding a special touch to any wedding, with a choice of light up hearts and letters to set the right mood.

 

You can have you and your beau’s initials in lights for a personal touch, or you can have words spelled out, such as ‘LOVE’ to set a romantic tone. Whatever vibe you want to have at your wedding, you’ll be well on your way to achieving it with the right lighting.

 

Send personalised thank you notes

 

Many of your guests will have travelled from far and wide to make it to your wedding, and tying the knot wouldn’t be the same without them.

 

But, because you might not have much time to spend with everyone on the day, you should make sure your guests know how much you appreciate their attendance and hard work – especially your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers.

 

Sending them personalised thank you notes or favours after the wedding lets them know that they didn’t go unnoticed and it doesn’t have to be expensive! We love these ideas from Flowercard where you can get personalised thank you cards, chocolates and boxes that will make your guests feel special.

 

 

You’ll (hopefully) only ever be having the one wedding day, so why not make it a special one?

 

It’s a day that you, your partner, friends and family will remember for years to come, so don’t compromise on the little features which can make a big difference.

A Quick Guide to Planning a Destination Wedding

 

Here is a quick guide to planning a destination wedding, whatever your budget, holidaying preferences and dream wedding day might be.

Reasons to Wed Away from Home

Many of the most wonderful reasons to consider a destination wedding might actually surprise those who are under the misconception that choosing a destination wedding means more stress, more money and to plan. This is because in actual fact these are arguably the top three reasons for choosing to marry away from home.

Deciding to throw a destination wedding can ‘streamline’ your costs, reduce the stress and leave you free to shop for the perfect dress and special touches to pack and take with you.

Better yet, whilst saving some potentially serious cash, you can also pack your bikini (or skis) as opting to wed away means that unlike thousands, you and your new spouse are guaranteed a honeymoon – whether you opt to stay away for a weekend, week or full fortnight.

Choosing a Destination

Unburdened of the misconception that a destination wedding costs too much or takes too much time and causes more stress than ever, many couples who have never before considered or been excited by the prospect of getting wed away suddenly find themselves excited at realising the world has just opened up to them. And so they, and you, should; after all, you can literally drop a pin on a map and the likelihood is that there are in 2017 a plethora of reasons why people already have and continue to travel there to get hitched.

Narrowing your options down or deciding on one destination over another can prove tricky though. Suffice to say, it is hard enough to choose between a country house and luxury hotel venue; choosing between an ice hotel in Sweden and a beach wedding in Turks and Caicos is, well, no small decision. Nor is it an easy one to make. Then, to provide your search with some structure or just a jumping off point, why not give The Knot website article: Top 50 Destination Wedding Spots a read?

Wedding Resorts and Venues

Ok, so you have a country, region, mountain, beach or town in mind. That still leaves the major decision facing those looking to throw a destination wedding to ponder on. That is, the success of a destination wedding relies heavily if not entirely on finding the perfect venue and resort.

This is due to the simple fact that those opting to hold a destination wedding in most cases won’t just be staying at a hotel or resort whilst away, but marrying there and as well trusting said resort’s own team of wedding planners and staff to actualise their ideas and realise their dreams for them so that everything is in place when they arrive.

Then, it is of the utmost importance to thoroughly research all and every resort, hotel or venue you consider. To give an example of what to look for wherever you plan to wed and one situated in one of the countries aforementioned and suggested in The Knot’s Top 50 Destinations, take a look at The Beach House Turks Resort in Turks and Caicos.

You may decide not to marry in TCI albeit, but a glimpse at the wedding packages they provide will none the less arm you with the perfect criteria of what to look for (from vows to wedding guest favours), whatever it is you’ve set your heart on jetting off to.

The Boring (A.K.A. Legal) Stuff

Speaking of the important issues to ensure you get right when planning a destination wedding, there is of course the matter of the paperwork.

Different countries have different procedures when it comes to legal matters of course and this includes marriages. Hence, it really does matter to investigate fully what if anything you will need to do and how, if applicable, to file for a wedding licence ahead of pinning all your hopes on any specific destination. This is the only sure way to avoid disappoint or, at worst, returning only to discover your vows and new marital status are not recognised back home.

Fortunately, the internet has made it relatively easy in most cases and these days to find out what if anything you need to organise, and the resort or venue you are considering can often provide a lot of support and even get and have all the necessary paperwork ready and waiting for you upon arrival.