Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wedding Venues in the South West of England

Looking to get married in the South West of England?

Congratulations!  How lucky are you!? 

The South West is a beautiful part of the country. It's where superb venues and stunning scenery meet. 

And we should know because we list SW venues in the Pink Wedding Days directory.

The South West includes Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. On top of that it is home to 4 world heritage sites: the City of Bath, Cornwall and Devon Mining Landscape, The Jurassic Coast, and Stonehenge and Avebury. 

It’s the collective home of some of Britain’s best-known food and drink: Cream teas, cider, pasties and cheese.

It boasts two national parks (and a portion of the New Forest falls in its boundary, too). And it has the longest stretch of coastline in England.

The South West boasts seven mainland railways, a good connection to the West Midlands and London via motorways and several airports. 

But what about the venues?

The Best Western Cheltenham Regency Hotel has recently benefitted from a £3 million refurbishment and is in the heart of the beautiful of regency town Cheltenham Spa. 

The Lord Bute Boutique Hotel and Restaurant in Christchurch is an amazing space perfect both from more intimate celebrations as well as lavish celebrations. 

Stonehouse Court is a 36 bedroom 17th Century manor house in six acres overlooking the Stroud valley.  If you want picturesque, then this has it in spades. 

Tortworth Court in Wotton-under-Edge is a Grade II listed Victorian mansion in gorgeous Gloucestershire conveniently close to Bristol. 

Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club in North Devon is an award-winning venue. Their brand new functions and events venue, The Palazzo, has been styled to reflect local Roman heritage. 

Whether you want a wedding for ten guests or 200, the Oceana hotels in Bournemouth can cater for you.  Located in the beautiful East Cliff area, you'll be married overlooking the ocean. 

The Cotswolds is a picturesque part of the country, and the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars is no exception. This four-star hotel has spa facilities overlooking a lake and is surrounded by stunning countryside. 

Nothing says Bristol like the Avon Gorge and Brunel's suspension bridge, and they'll be your backdrop if you pick to get married at the Avon Gorge Hotel.  The venue can host 10 to 80 guests in the day and up to 120 in the evening. 

The Mercure Bristol North The Grange is a 19th-century bath stone manor house in 18 acres of landscaped gardens. Bristol is only 17 minutes away by car. 

Exeter Golf and Country club is a Georgian house located in a leafy green area of Exeter. There are large shuttered windows, chandeliers and embellished ceilings throughout.  

And last but by no means least...

Ston Eastern Park Hotel near Bath is a beautiful 18th-century Palladian mansion set in 36 acres of idyllic countryside. This beautiful venue has to be one of Somerset's most romantic places to say "I do".

Where have you booked for your wedding? Or have you already got married in one of these fantastic venues. Let us know, we'd love to hear your comments!

Colourful confetti for your autumn wedding

Do you love colour? 

Autumn is the perfect time for you to get married as you can take full advantage of the natural colours autumn has to offer.

Use the outdoors for beautiful photographs and wedding theme ideas. And, if you’re getting married this autumn, don’t forget the confetti for some additional colourful fun on your wedding day.

To help with choosing your autumnal confetti, Shropshire Petals share their top 5 colourful autumn mixes:

1. Moulin Rouge – this vivid brand-new confetti mix features burgundy cornflower petals and delicate ivory delphinium petals. Combined, they make a fantastic rich confetti mix that will add a colour pop to your confetti photos. Mixing burgundy with ivory really makes the colour stand out.

2. September mix of the month – each month, Shropshire Petals feature a different pick and mix of petals. September’s mix of the month encapsulates the season with ripe and bright colours from the end of the harvest. Combining blue, burgundy and pink, this mix is great for more than just throwing – use it to line your aisle or for sprinkling on your reception tables.

3. Sunshine Kisses – autumn may be a sign of darker days and nights, so brighten your wedding day with a yellow and ivory confetti mix. Perfect on its own, or add a touch of blue to enhance the autumnal feel.

4. Enchanted Woods – keep it simple with a combination of green, brown and ivory. The light green hydrangea petal in the Enchanted Woods mix gives a hint of delicate colour, which looks fantastic displayed in brown kraft confetti cones. Mix two confetti cone colours together, such as white and kraft to make the colours stand out. You can now choose from 9 different confetti cone colours.

5. Coral Reef – this pretty, bright confetti mix is a stunning blend of ivory, baby pink and orange. This mix is perfect for sprinkling on your reception tables to add a touch of colour.

Too bright? Use the pick and mix tool online to pick your own unique confetti mix.

Top tip – choose smaller petals for throwing confetti as they create a delicate flutter as they fall down when thrown.

For some additional colour and texture, choose a larger rose or hydrangea petal to add to your chosen mix. Enjoy your confetti moment and have fun choosing your confetti. Don’t forget to order your free sample online today.

For more inspiration and ideas, please visit 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Guernsey Passes Same-Sex Marriage Law

Guernsey passed a same-sex marriage law this week.

This is fantastic news for the resident LGBT community who have campaigned relentlessly for the right to marry.

It’s hoped that the first same-sex weddings could take place around mid-2017.

Guernsey is the last of the British Crown Dependencies to pass same-sex marriage. Neighbouring Jersey did so earlier this year, and, further afield, so too did the Isle of Man.

Crown dependencies are not part of the United Kingdom or Great Britain therefore, Guernsey was not required to follow England, Scotland and Wales for marriage equality in 2015.

Ashridge House Wedding Fayre: Saturday 29th October 2016

29th October 2016
11am - 4pm
Free entry
Free parking

Ashridge House in Hertfordshire is an absolutely stunning venue. 

In fact, it has to be one of the most beautiful venues in the Pink Wedding Day’s directory.

Don't believe us? 

Take a look at their gallery.

Ashridge House is a Grade I listed venue with a history spanning 730 years. Nestled within 190 acres of National Trust Woodland, it has everything including a majestic sweeping staircase where many couples choose to exchange their vows. 

The location is perfect: the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and woodland is ideal for wedding photography, but Ashridge House remains easily accessible from the rest of the country, too.  

Berkhamstead, the nearest train station, is just 40 minutes from London Euston; It's just 90 minutes from Birmingham New Street by train. 

And this may be a country venue, but it’s just a 10-minute journey by car from the station with average taxi costs at around £10. So no matter where your guests are flying, driving or arriving by train from, they’ll get there quickly and easily. 

And do you know what’s even better?

In October, you’ve got the chance to experience this wonderful venue at Ashridge House’s Wedding Fayre on October 29th between 11am and 4pm.

It’s not only ideal for viewing the ceremony and reception space but there’s also the chance to meet VIP exhibitors and to listen to live musicians. 

Entry is free, and so is car parking