Thursday, 1 December 2016

4 Quick Hits of Winter Wedding Decor

Looking for ways to make your winter wedding venue POP? Here are a few ideas on d├ęcor to give you a quick hit of inspiration.

Snow Flakes

Recreate the whimsy of snowfall by hanging decorations from ceilings, walls and beams. Snowflakes in different sizes across the venue space are ideal in encapsulating an idyllic winter theme.  

A pack of two die cut white tissue snowflakes (12inches). 
Price: £3.99
Company: Ginger Ray

Put a Brolly Up

There’s nothing like the British weather to stir up a conversation at the bus stop or sheer panic when planning a wedding. Umbrellas are a fab way of helping to theme a venue whilst simultaneously being a necessary precaution. If the sun comes out and everything stays dry, then you’ve still got props for the photographs (and a collection of lovely brollies). 

Wedding Umbrellas by Available in lots of different colours to coordinate with a wedding
theme and colours. 
Wind resilient, and for everyday weather use.

It's all baubles

Add a little bit of Christmas magic and sparkle with winter themed place card holders. We LOVE these baubles because they’re so clean and simple but so effective in complementing the warm, cosy theme we expect from winter weddings. 

Gold Star Bauble Place Card Holders Each pack contains 6 glass place card
holders measuring: 4cm (W) x 5.5cm (H) x 4cm (D).
£5.99 from

Light Up, Light Up…

What could be cosier at this time of the year than soft, flickering candlelight? Not only do they add ambient light, but they make excellent centrepieces, too. Be creative - they don't have to all match, but they should complement the general theme or colour scheme

Hessian Candles.  White or grey/gold candle holders
 Idyll Home.  01270 812717

It’s a start, isn’t it?

What are your top tips for winter wedding themes? Keep watching our blog as we’ll be back with more soon. In the meantime make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Charitable Wedding Favours: Cancer Research

Even the most over-inflated of wedding budgets often include wedding favours, but are they necessary?

The average wedding breakfast seats around 100 people, and the per-person cost of personalised fridge magnets or pouches of wildflower seeds can rise to hundreds of pounds. 

And let's be honest...

What do we do with them once the reception is over? 

They stay in the bottom of our bags, in the back of our cupboards or they go in the bin (sorry, blissfully married couples, but it's true).

Are you willing to put that money to better use? 

Cancer Research UK is offering couples wedding favours with a difference: personalised cards and gifts with a charitable donation. 

We think this is such a good idea. 

This is a chance for couples to do something worthwhile with their wedding favours. 

And what a lovely way to honour the memory of those who can't be present at the wedding. Perhaps, those who were taken too soon by cancer. 

The recommended donation is between £2 and £2.50 per person. 

Cards telling guests about the donation made in their name can be printed from home or ordered online and delivered to your door. 

If you’d still like to offer a physical wedding favour to guests, then there are some beautiful items available to purchase, too. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Get Married in a Welsh Castle: Craig Y Nos Wedding Fayre in January

Could there be anywhere more romantic than getting married in a castle?

Registry offices, hotels, country homes, beaches and churches are all lovely, but *gah* imagine saying "I do" in a castle.

And we just happen to know of one midway between Swansea and Brecon: Craig Y Nos Castle.

Surrounded by mountains and situated inside Brecon National Park, Craig Y Nos is ideal for couples looking for a romantic rural escape.   

And the stunning scenery surrounding it is equally matched by the beauty inside. 

We LOVE the idea of having the ceremony in the Grade I listed theatre, and then moving into the newly refurbished conservatory (with stunning views) for the wedding breakfast. 

And we think you will, too, once you visit the Craig Y Nos website and take a look.

There's a fab opportunity, too, to visit Craig Y Nos in the new year when it hosts a wedding fayre on Sunday 8th January between 11am and 4pm. 

Local wedding suppliers will be on hand to demonstrate what they offer, and you can take a tour around the venue with one of the experienced wedding planners

Of course, the moment someone mentions a castle it's easy to imagine that a venue as beautiful as this one could be out of your price range but chances are you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Craig Y Nos has a range of packages that make this an affordable option for most couples in need of a venue with charm, history and character. 

Want the venue to yourself? You can book Craig Y Nos for exclusive use, too.

There are multiple accommodation options, so guests won't have to worry about leaving when the fun is still happening. 

Tempted to have a look?

You should be!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Over 70,000 Names on Mixed-Sex Civil Partnerships Petition

Over 70,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to offer civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples.

Civil partnerships are only available to same-sex couples in the UK. In the Isle of Man, for example, they’re offered to everyone.

The petition was presented to Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening, after the Government suggested there was a lack of evidence to support civil partnerships for mixed-gender couples.

Campaigners in favour are concerned that the Government could be getting ready to scrap civil partnerships entirely after barristers described the current situation as “untenable”.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan are at the forefront of the campaign. They’ve been attempting to change the law since they were denied a civil partnership back in 2014.

Left Foot Forward reported that on presenting the petition, Charles Keidan said:

 “The government has everything to gain by opening civil partnerships to different-sex couples. Civil partnerships offer the possibility of legal protections and family stability for three million unmarried couples – the fastest growing family type in the UK.Civil partnerships already exist for same-sex couples. It would now be fair, straightforward and popular for the government to extend them to everyone.”

There’s a wide-range of support from MPs too. Conservative MP Tim Loughton is quoted on The Campaign for Equal Partnerships website as saying:
“With cross-party support from MPs, I have tabled a Private Members’ Bill that would make a simple change to the wording of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and thereby allow equal civil partnerships.
“The Bill should come in front of the House early next year and if the Government were to support us we could be seeing mixed-gender couples getting civilly partnered in the not too distant future.”
It’ll be interesting to see how far momentum from the petition will carry forward the issue of civil partnerships for everyone – we’ll keep you updated.