Today, let’s talk about a Winter Weddings. As we all know, most weddings take place in the summer time. Nevertheless, choosing a different time of year can make your special day even more magical. Here is what Kat, our Wedding Coordinator, has to say about this topic:
Winter Weddings are absolutely some of my favourites. It’s that time of year when everyone feels very festive and jolly. In addition, all the Christmas lights are up making everything even more cosy. We live in England where the weather is sometimes unpredictable any time of the year. Having a Winter Wedding may mean that you will be able to have some unique photos in the snow so definitely prepare for some cold shots outside!
Having a winter wedding is a nice idea because you can get into the Christmassy vibes by changing certain options of any of our wedding package. Why not swap a Pimm’s reception to a nice glass of mulled wine? Or instead of tea/coffee to finish the wedding breakfast, why not have hot chocolate with cream and chocolate shavings? The options are limitless.
You can also do a lot with theming. We have had a December wedding where the couple’s favours were little gingerbread men, their seating plan was hung on a Christmas Tree and they used tinsel & baubles around their reception room! Once again there are no rules here but we will help you make your wedding day the most special.
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Today, let’s talk about a wedding décor/theme. Here are some tips from Kat, our Wedding Coordinator, on how to the best option for your Wedding Day:
Consider your venue and their décor
You might be having your wedding in a beautiful barn with plenty of fields surrounding it. This is a great venue to go very rustic as it naturally complements it. If you were getting married somewhere where all the walls are yellow, you may want to stay away from conflicting colours. I would always consider the venue décor when planning… you don’t want anything clashing!
Have a clear theme
It is not great to mix a lot of different ideas together. Once you have a clear idea for your décor, you can start a Pinterest page for inspiration. The best theme I have seen at the hotel is an amazing Willy Wonka themed wedding. The groom dressed up as Wonka, their centre pieces were buckets of chocolate and sweets and they even had a Wonka Gate for an entrance into the ceremony!
Choose a theme that means something to you
There are some lovely wedding ideas around that suit what the couple is all about… for example “travelling” couples will often send out their invites as passports, label their tables with places that they have visited around the world and use a globe as their “guest book” where guests write their best wishes on. I think choosing a theme that means something to you is a great idea!
4. Choose a theme that means something to you
Make sure that you have a clear idea of how much you want to put towards the décor for the wedding. Flowers can be extremely expensive so I would suggest shopping around or haggling quotes! Some couples can forget about their budgets and end up paying far too much.
Don’t go too over/under board
I know this is extremely hard to asses. I would suggest speaking to the Wedding Coordinator at your venue to see what other people have done in the past and ask to see some photos. This will also give you an indication of what is required to make the room look fantastic. Wedding décor companies often offer site visits, so they can understand the venue and share their vision with you.
Choosing your wedding theme does not need to be hard if you really think about what you want. Consider your venue and budget but, most importantly, choose something that has a meaning to both of you.
Let’s talk about wedding entertainment. Choosing the one you would like to have on your big day can be hard. You want to make sure that all your guests are entertained throughout the day.
Kat, Our Wedding Coordinator, have put together a list of some great options that we have seen at the Marsham Court Hotel:
Magician– always a great idea to have one during a drinks’ reception or in-between the wedding breakfast and evening reception. The guests are always stunned at the mind blowing and unbelievable tricks.
Caricature Artist– this is also a nice favour idea! Instead of having little sweets out on the table, guests can have a drawing of themselves done by a caricature artist to take away and keep. They can remember your wedding day forever now.
Children’s entertainer– this is a perfect idea if you have quite a few children attending. This will help them to stay happy and busy throughout the day to let the parents have some fun.
Barn Dance Band– if you want everyone out on the dance floor, I’d recommend getting a barn dance band. This is so much fun to watch and participate in, as they have a person calling out all the dance moves you should be doing. It’s a bit of fun and provides plenty of laugh.
Sweet Cart – this is both for children and the adults. I have seen a few sweet carts at weddings, but I do like it the most when they have a colour theme and all sweets are the same colour.
Sparklers– this is a great way to end a magical day! Here, at Marsham Court Hotel, you can use the terrace for sparklers in the evening. Your photographer may get some great photos too.
Photo booth– this is definitely everyone’s favourite attraction and it always gets guests out of their seats. It’s also a lot of fun watching people get dressed up in funny props. Afterwards, most photo booth companies give a book with all the pictures to the happy couple so it’s a nice thing to keep.
Fireworks– even though you aren’t allowed fireworks at the hotel, we have had many clever couples who had their Wedding on a Friday in August and that is when the Bournemouth fireworks are on down by the pier. We are in a perfect location to be able to view them from the terrace.
Butterfly/dove release– this is a lovely idea and it is also great for some intimate photos.
Garden games– they keep both the children and adults entertained. A giant Jenga always gets the wedding guests excited.
Table trivia– to keep guests entertained throughout the meal, it is nice for them all to bond over a game of trivia to break the ice, especially if they don’t know each other that well.
Casino– most casino companies make personalised wedding money which is a nice touch as no one actually loses any money. This form of entertainment is especially popular later on in the evening.
We really hope that these ideas will help you find the ideal wedding entertainment for your big day. See you soon!
Hi! My name is Kat Tegg and I am the Assistant Events Manager who manages all weddings at the Marsham Court Hotel. Here is some wedding advice for the newly engaged couples:
Take your time
If you are newly engaged and thinking about setting a date for the wedding, I would suggest setting a date around 1 year or 18 months from the engagement to be safe. This gives you plenty of time to organise the venue & suppliers, and you won’t be rushing at the end of it. Suppliers often get booked up quite quickly so if you book them more in advance, you have bigger chances that they will be available. Remember to set reminders and make as many lists as needed to keep you on track with planning for your wedding.
Realise that not everything has to be perfect
A lot of couples get caught up with Pinterest and their wedding boards. Even though it is an amazing platform to look for wedding inspiration, people often try a couple of DIY decorations and it does not turn out to be like the photo on Pinterest! By all means, have a go and create some wonderful decorations as this definitely saves a lot of money, however, don’t get upset if it just isn’t the same as on the picture.
In addition, gathering from my years of experience as the wedding coordinator, please know that weddings do not run on time. This is a fact. Don’t be dishearten if a couple of things over run. This is still going to be a fabulous day on time or not.
This is supposed to be the best day of your life. I know that kind of sounds stressful but remember to sit back and take baby steps when planning. Don’t pile too much on yourself all at one time. Get friends and family involved with plans, you’re not alone. This can turn into a fun time for all who are involved and takes a bit of work off of your shoulders!
Remind yourself of what is important
In the end, the only thing that matters is the two of you. On the Wedding day you both celebrate your love and happiness. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to show that. So, I say kick your shoes off and have a great time.
Eat & drink
I can’t count the amount of times we have had to make a separate plate of canapés for the happy couple because they were too busy with photos. I think many people forget to eat and drink as they are too busy chatting and having a great time, which is amazing, but we don’t want anyone to pass out. In addition, you have spent the money on all the drinks and food, so you better try it out!
I hope you enjoyed my top 5 tips when it comes to planning a wedding. If you would like to find out more about weddings in Bournemouth or chat with me have a look at our website.
As we all know, weddings can get very expensive. There are a lot of things to consider and remember about but there certainly are ways on reducing the overall cost. Kat, our Wedding Coordinator, is an expert at organising weddings for all budgets so she would like to give the happy couple some advice on how to save:
1. Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses In case you didn’t know, there are some stores that re-sell pre-loved dresses at a reduced cost (have a look here or here). There are also some dress stores that sell both wedding/bridesmaid dresses for under £600! Finally, take a peek at the popular online stores… you can find amazing dresses at affordable prices in ASOS or Missguided.
2. Grooms/Groomsmen Suits Instead of buying the suits out right, remember that you can hire the them for a day and save on the costs! Not sure where to look? Moss Bros are very popular for hiring suits!
3. Wedding Cake There must be an amazing aunty or cousin who is a fabulous baker in the family! Additionally, homemade wedding cakes are becoming more common. Now it’s the time for a top tip from me: “Not everyone eats the wedding cake!” Don’t focus on having the biggest 5-tier cake if there are only 50 guests coming. Some cake stores can make a polystyrene bases to save a bit of money too.
4. Sweet favours What is the best time to buy any sweets or chocolate favours for the big day? After Christmas sales! Once we had a Charlie & Chocolate Factory themed wedding at the Marsham Court Hotel and they hit the supermarkets after Christmas to get all the selection box chocolates in the sales, which saved them a lot of money.
5. Flowers If you aren’t fussed by flowers, I think the best thing you can do is to purchase some fake flowers. Some of them look just as good as the real thing. As flowers are extremely pricey for weddings, we include a few arrangements in our wedding packages which you can read about here.
6. Low Season/ Late availability weddings If you are on a budget, sometimes the best time to save money is to look at low seasons for weddings (October- March – excluding December). Some venues offer late availability dates at a reduced cost or they add in something for free such as canapes during a drinks’ reception. Getting married between Sunday-Tursday will also be cheaper.
7. Find a venue that has everything Here, at the Marsham Court Hotel, we supply the ceremony, wedding breakfast & evening reception venue, as well as drinks, food & accommodation. Hiring all suppliers externally can add up! We have many packages to suit the requirements of every couple. The smallest wedding we organised had only 12 guests and our biggest one had 200 guests. So, whatever it is you are looking for we can definitely cater for it!
Together with our Wedding Coordinator, Kat, we decided to start a Wedding Series on our blog to help the future brides and grooms in planning their special day. The blog posts will provide you with helpful tips and tricks on how to organise an unforgettable wedding. However, should you decide to have your wedding at Marsham Court Hotel, don’t forget that Kat will help you with all the worries and stress! We specialise both in intimate, as well as, big ceremonies and can cater for any needs.
Now, to start, here are 5 most important things to consider when planning a wedding:
1. Consider each other’s ideas
A lot of people have the saying “my day, my way” ringing through their head at the beginning. However, even though you may have the perfect image of what your wedding will look and be like, your partner might have some fantastic ideas up their sleeve, that you haven’t even considered. This day is about the both of you and for both of you. Sit down one evening with a couple of glasses of wine and discuss wedding plans in more details.
2. Set a budget
A key to successful wedding planning? Always set a budget. Trends change every year and something new pops up every minute. Setting aside appropriate amounts of money will help you track the expenses and focus on priorities. Some things may also cost more or less than you assumed at the beginning. Finally, always remember that there are things you can do yourself, if you need to save some cash… from table decorations to getting a polaroid camera for artist photos, you can get really creative when planning a wedding!
3. You can’t please everyone
One thing I (Kat) always tell my couples here is: “You cannot please everyone”. At the end of the day, this is your big day so the focus should be on you. The most common brought up point is special diets. Nowadays, venues are usually really good with special diets so you don’t need to worry about catering your menu to suit all the vegetarian, vegan or gluten free guests. Firstly, choose the menu that you and your partner like the most. Afterwards, discuss with the venue the special diet guests you have. They will most definitely will cater for them.
4. Communication is key
Make sure that you keep in contact with all your suppliers. Each one of them will have different meeting and payment times or timescales. My top tip for couples is to have what I call a “wedding bible”. This is just a notebook with everyone’s contact details in and key dates to remember not to miss anything. The wedding bible will help you throughout the whole planning process. Many couples come to a meeting with me with lots of pieces of paper that isn’t organised which makes them a little bit stressed out. If it is all in one place, that keeps me and also you calm.
5. Have fun!
I know there is a lot to consider when planning a wedding but do not get stressed out. This is supposed to be one of the best days of a person’s life, so you need to sit back and enjoy the ride. Wedding planning is also a great way to come together with friends and family to discuss ideas. Have fun decorating table centre pieces with friends, get everyone involved and make a few days out of it!
We hope that you found the above tips useful. From now on, Kat will appear on our blog regularly to share lots of helpful content with you.
Here at the Marsham Court Hotel we only opt for the best and that’s why we work with the greatest external suppliers. One of our partners is ST-Events who always make sure that the venues look incredible. Have a look at our previous wedding we had here in March which took place in the Dorset & Bay Suite.
The Marsham Court Hotel is the perfect sea-side venue where we have many different packages and an award-winning wedding coordinators to offer to couples for their big day.
For more information please contact us on 01202 446644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org