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Your wedding reception under canvas

For couples choosing to celebrate their nuptials under canvas, there are an increasing number of options available.  From stretch tents to big tops, yurts to Bedouin tents, there is something for every theme and budget. Tipi1 Beautiful in any landscape,  tipis provide a warm and atmospheric backdrop to any styling theme – from a traditional English Country wedding in the grounds of a stately home, to an earthy festival wedding in a wildflower meadow. Tipi2 The tipis can be attached and configured flexibly dependent of the size of the wedding and site, comfortably seating up to 1000 guests.  An extensive range of furnishings and lighting are available – including open fires to keep the tipis warm and cosy! Second time winners of  The Wedding Industry Award for Best Marquee Hire Provider, World Inspired Tents offer a range of Nordic inspired tipis.

Romantic honeymoons

Romantic honeymoons can be slightly different depending on your preferences. One couples idea of romance can be walks on a deserted island, and the other a joint bungee jump off a bridge in New Zealand.

For seclusion and solitude then places like Mauritius and the Maldives are a haven for private beaches, romantic settings and beautiful surroundings. Think about yourself walking down the beach hand in hand along a breath-taking coastline, the clear blue waters lapping at your feet, before heading back to your honeymoon villa to watch the sunset.


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Footwear for Comfort

From the first step to the last dance, your wedding shoes make a huge impact on how comfortable you are throughout your special day. Some brides opt for skyscraper heels for a glamorous edge to their look, while others choose sandals for warm summer weddings; but in the quest for complete comfort and style, more and more brides-to-be are taking the alternative route and bringing a casual
element to their traditionally formal wedding attire.

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The history of Wedding Favours

Centuries ago, European aristocrats would honour their wedding guests with small trinket boxes made of crystal, porcelain or even jewel encrusted gold & silver. Known as “bonbonnieres”, these beautiful little boxes would contain sweet confections considered as symbols of wealth and royalty.

Weddings were thought to be lucky – and by giving bonbonnieres, or wedding favours as they are now known, the happy couple were seen to be passing some of their good fortune onto their guests. But sugar was a precious commodity few could afford so many bridal couples would offer their guests tokens such as love knots made from ribbon and lace. Others would create little embroidered linen bags filled with plain almonds. Typically five – which were said to represent; health, wealth, happiness, fertility & longevity.

Grasmere Gingerbread

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How to hire a Wedding Singer

Weddings are never complete without someone to serenade the newlyweds and the guests. And that’s what a wedding singer does. These entertainers have become par for all weddings and there are a lot of wedding singers out there plying their trade. This article will hopefully guide you on how to choose the
right wedding singer for your big day.

Wedding Singer

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The Rise of the Village Hall Wedding

Finding the perfect wedding venue can be a tricky affair, and more and more brides are looking for ways to make the day really different.

village hall

Here are Kemp and Kemp’s Top 5 reasons to choose a village hall:
1. You have power, toilets, parking and furniture already on site, and often very good well equipped kitchens. There will sometimes be a bar area or other room available for presents, dancing or wet weather alternatives for your canapé reception.
2. You can easily find halls to hire in most large villages.
3. They are usually very cheap to hire once you find the bookings secretary.Read More

Alternative ceremonies

Lots to be done, the venue, the flowers, the rings, the cake, the bridesmaids, that dress, the suits, the photographer, the menu. But what about the ceremony? Whether you choose religious or civil, the choice of ceremony is not of your choice. The ceremony you have is the same as everyone else’s (give or take some small details).
Here are some of the different cermony options that a Celebrant can offer:

unity candle

Unity candle – One of the most popular ceremonial elements.  This involves personalised candles being lit at the beginning of the wedding ceremony (often by the parents of the couple) to symbolise your separate lives.  After the couple has exchanged their vows and wedding rings, they will be invited to use the single candles to light the large unity candle representing their married life together.  It is suggested to all Cherish couples that they light their candle each year on their anniversary to recall their wedding vowsRead More

What is a Celebrant?

Traditionally, couples approached their local church to conduct their wedding, but this doesn’t always suit everyone.  Perhaps you don’t have a particularly strong religious belief – or maybe no religious belief at all.  Maybe you and your partner are of different religions, which would make a marriage in a church, synagogue or mosque difficult.
cherish1A civil ceremony may therefore be your option.  The law of England and Wales is very specific regarding what Registrars can allow at civil ceremonies.  (Note that the law differs in Scotland).   Currently, English law states that a wedding:

– Must take place in a building (or other structure with a fixed roof) which is open to the public and licensed for weddings
– There cannot be any religious content whatsoever, either in the readings, the vows or the musicRead More

How do you choose a supplier?

There are so many Wedding suppliers to choose from and so many ways of finding them. So  how do you pick one over another?

1. Reviews – Many online wedding directories like ourselves allow brides to leave reviews for businesses. Read what other brides have to say and the experinences that they have had, good and bad!

2. Wedding Fairs and National Shows – Meeting face to face allows you to build rapport with a supplier very quickly and to see if you like what they do.

TWIA logo3. Award winners – Businesses that win awards from groups like the Wedding Ideas Awards and  Wedding Industry Awards have been voted for by brides that have used them and like what they do.

4. Word of mouth – These may be businesses that your friends or family have used and can recommend to you.

5. Venue recommended suppliers – These are businesses that your venue work with regularily. They will know how your venue operates and the staff contacts; which should make your planning a little easier. If they are not want you want though, do not feel obliged to use them!


Wed Amongst Wildlife

Do you love wildlife and the great outdoors?
For those of you who dream of getting married alongside nature, there are now some fantastic locations available like RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve.

RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve

RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve

It is now possible for couples to tie the knot at the most spectacular bird-rich reedbed in north-west England, a beautiful haven of wildlife in Lancashire that is home to numerous species of rare and special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers and a zillion butterflies and herds of red deer. Read More


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