Why You Should Host a Hotel Wedding

Wondering whether you should host a hotel wedding? This advice should help you decide!

There was once a time where people were only allowed to marry in churches. But in this day and age, people want to express their love in other places. This makes sense if you’re not religious, or fancy something more relaxed. You can host a hotel wedding, and there are a number of reasons why you should consider this option. 

I attended a hotel wedding only last weekend, and it was lovely. There was more time for chatting, no travel between the church and the venue, and a smoother day. It’s also much cheaper. I know that I’m forking out around £1000 for a church. That includes the venue cost, the organ and the bells. If you get married in a hotel, you pay one price for the venue.

So what are the benefits to having a hotel wedding?

Friends and family can stay

First and foremost, hosting your wedding at a hotel will allow your friends and family to book a room. This will allow any guests that live out of town to come to your wedding without having to worry about a long journey home.

Not only that, it gives your guests a chance to experience your day with you in a much more magical way. They’ll have the feel for the location as much as you and your partner do. It also allows them to be able to spend more time with you. If you’re all staying in the hotel, then nobody has to worry about travelling home.

It also means adults with children can put them to bed, and come back down to finish the party. Older guests such as grandparents will also get a chance to have a nap in the afternoon if they feel they need one.


Hotels often offer a wedding package

Due to the fact that hotel weddings are becoming more and more popular, hotels will offer wedding packages. This often includes setting up the room you’ll marry in, helping do up your reception room, and will also help with any other little details that you’d like to include with your big day. They will also be on hand for the service for all of the guests that are coming to the reception.

Hotels will have designated wedding co-ordinators which you don’t pay extra for. These people will be running around behind the scenes to make sure the day runs perfectly.


They make for amazing wedding photos

Having the best possible backdrop for your wedding pictures is close to the top of any wedding planner’s list. Luckily, hotels are usually surrounded by gorgeous grounds and well-kept gardens for you to have your wedding photos taken.

If you’re looking for some really gorgeous photos, consider a wedding venue in Worcestershire because you will be sure to have some breathtaking photos because of the incredible scenery around, and the plush green surroundings that Worcestershire has to offer.


Open all hours service

Another reason you should host a hotel wedding is that the service you receive is there twenty four hours a day. This includes the bar within the hotel. It will stay open for as long as you and your guests need it to be, then when you’re ready you can retire to your room. The service doesn’t stop there either. If you need anything, staff are on hand to cater to your every need.


Breakfast the next day

I don’t know about anyone else but hangover cure = full English breakfast the next day. Hotels normally have fabulous breakfasts as they’re used to doing it every day. The breakfast will be included in the price of the guests’ rooms and won’t cost you any extra. It’s a chance to see all your guests the next morning too.

As you can see, there are many wonderful reasons to host a hotel wedding, so if you’re wondering where you’re going to have yours, consider looking at some hotels as a possibility and be amazing by what they can offer.

Things to Remember on Your Wedding Day

There’s so much to think about when planning a wedding, but there is a list of important things to remember on your wedding day.

Your wedding is probably going to be one of the best and most exciting days of your entire life.

Of course, that means that it also has the potential to be seriously stressful as well. There’s so much to do and to think about when you’re planning and organising a wedding that trying to stay on top of everything can be pretty overwhelming at times. Believe me, I’m at that stage now. 

There are just so many things that you need to be aware of. It’s hardly surprising that people end up accidentally forgetting about certain small, but pretty crucial details. These are the kinds of things that could easily slip through the cracks, but can end up making the whole day a lot more difficult than it would otherwise be. With that in mind, here are a few things to remember on your wedding day.


How you’re getting there

When people think about their wedding, you think of yourself saying your vows. And why wouldn’t you? After all, that’s the important part of the whole day.

But if you rewind a little bit you need to think about your transport. How are you going to actually get to and from the venue in the first place? Wedding car hire is often pretty simple and easy, as long as you find the right car that suits your wedding theme. However, it’s often incredibly easy to forget about since it’s such a small and seemingly obvious detail.   


Where people will be sitting

One of the great things about a wedding is the way in which it brings different people together who might not otherwise spend any time with each other. Mixing your’s and your partner’s family and friends can be great, but it can also end up causing some tension.

Some people just don’t get along that well, and the last thing you want is to end up sitting people next to each other who don’t get on. Make sure that you create a seating plan that avoids creating any unnecessary tension on your special day.


How long things will take

Let’s be honest, there are parts of your wedding that will just be plain boring for guests. You’ll be busy having photos taken for an hour, whilst your guests wait around, starving, for the meal. You should think carefully about how long each aspect is going to take.

The last thing you want is to run into problems because certain elements of your wedding are taking too long and then you have to rush when you should just be enjoying yourself. Creating a clear schedule well in advance can make life a whole lot easier.


Of course, these are just a few of the things to remember on your wedding day that need to be thought through carefully. The best thing that you can do is to create a clear and detailed list of every single thing that you need in order to make sure that your big day goes off without a hitch.


Life Update: House, Weddings, Cars

So much has been going on recently, so I thought I’d do a brief (ahem…) life update.

Time is going far too quickly at the moment. I can’t believe it’s already November which means that my wedding is five months away (172 days to be precise…wow, I wish I hadn’t worked that out).

We’re still trying to continue to update our house, but funds are tight with the wedding, so we’re not getting quite as much done as we’d like. And now we have a cat too!


The House

I’ll start with a quick house update. We’ve finally used some money to invest in well needed accessories, such as rugs, mirrors and lighting. Our dining room mirror (pictured) is doubling up as our wedding table plan.

My dining room with rug, pendant light and mirror

It wasn’t hugely expensive, but it seems a shame to use it just on one day. That space in the dining room looked so empty, and the mirror fills it perfectly.

The next big job is to box up the stairs. I’ve, of course, been using Pinterest to plan this one. Currently all our fuse boxes and wiring is on show under the stairs. Jay will use leftover kitchen units to build something like this,

We're building our stairs so they have more storage space in like this. Stairs with cupboard and shelves built in

Credit: http://www.jamesmayor.co.uk


It’ll help to keep things looking tidy and is ideal for storing extra wires, or anything else we can think to fill it with.

The only difference is ours will have a hidden door so we can still access the fuse box easily.


My Car

I loved my little car. It was a present from Jay (for absolutely no reason). He just brought it home one day for me, complete with a bow!


Life Update: My Ford StreetKA died this week


We spent £120 on parts and many hours of labour (on Jay’s behalf) trying to get it working. It overheated one day when I let the coolant get too low. Turns out the head gasket had gone which we were quoted £900 to fix. The car only cost £700 so it just wasn’t worth it.

I needed something more reliable to get me to and from work anyway, so I’ve used this as an excuse to treat myself to an Audi A1. I’m justifying it because my insurance has come down by £200, and the tax has reduced by 65%. It also does more miles per gallon, so petrol consumption is much less.

I’m still sad to see my car go. Jay’s going to fix the gasket himself, for much cheaper than a garage, and sell it for money towards our wedding.



Talking of weddings….

I’ve found that stress comes in waves. I’ll have a couple of months where I don’t really think about the wedding, or don’t have any supplier meetings. Then suddenly they come all in one go.

I’ve already had my hairdresser cancel, and my florist sell her business. These issues have now been sorted.

I’ve also bought my bridesmaid’s dresses which are currently being made, and chosen the groomsmen’s suits.


Life Update - I bought these Ebony Rose Kimberly bridesmaids dresses

Credit: Dresses from Ebony Rose http://www.ebonyrosedesigns.co.uk/


I also splashed out (accidentally) on some stunning blossom trees as our centrepieces which will suit the venue.

Now that I need to get a new car, I’m not able to save as much for the wedding as I’d like. I’m still getting editing work from my business, Sarah Macklin Editing, which is helping.

We’re trying to save wherever we can, and every little bit goes into the savings account. Even the odd couple of pounds. I’m hoping this will all add up quite quickly.


So there’s a quick life update of everything going on with me! Things never slow down. We’ve got three weddings this month (of which I was bridesmaid at one), and Jay’s birthday. January will be nice and calm only for February to be full of supplier appointments and final decisions (and table plans, urgh).

What Your Wedding Invitations Should Reveal About Your Big Day

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is the fact that none of your guests know what you’re doing.

However, your wedding invitations should reveal important information like venue, theme (colour or otherwise) and time and date.

You can keep them guessing as much as you want. Most brides keep certain things, like their dress, a secret until the big reveal. Others choose to take their secrecy even further by refusing to disclose any major details.

But, there’s no denying that it’s usually essential to reveal at least some of the things you have planned. Leaving guests in the dark is all well and good, but it could lead to issues of logistics. After all, how can they attend if you keep things like your venue secret?

This is where your wedding invitations come in. These are the first hint of what your big day will be all about. It might give them a clue to colour scheme or your style.

As such, it’s essential you work out just how much you would like them to reveal. For the most part, this entirely depends on the level of secrecy you want to keep. But, we’re going to look at a few essentials which should always make an appearance on there somewhere.


Your venue

Obviously, your venue has to appear on your invitations. As fun as it would be to keep this a complete secret, there’s just no way you could work it. Well, not without buying expensive buses to transport everyone blind. In the long run, though, that wouldn’t work out. So, bite the bullet and put the address on there. On the plus side, there are plenty of other areas for mystery fun.


Your theme

Wedding invitations should reveal a style or design you’ve gone for. They don’t have to give away too much though.

You’ll need to give your guests a bit of a hint of what they can expect. This could be as simple as a coloured bow. Or, you could go all out and reveal your vintage theme using something like these vintage wedding invitations.

Instead of seeing this as ruining the fun, use it to increase the mystery. After all, done right, a hint like this could only tantalise your guests more. By thinking outside the box, you could create a real sense of mystery. For example, if you’re getting married in a wooded area, merely list the address and write ‘bring your wellies’. Your guests will drive themselves crazy trying to work it out.


The dress code

If you’re going all out with your themed wedding, the chances are that you have a dress code. The downside here is that you’ll need to reveal your theme beforehand to ensure your guests adhere.

It’s a catch 22 situation. It would be a load of fun to keep that theme secret, but it just wouldn’t be practical. Plus, seeing your guests all dressed up will be a lot more fun. Imagine how amazing that’ll look in your wedding photos! Sometimes, you just have to compromise on secrecy. There are plenty of other ways to keep guests guessing when the time comes.

Consider These Little Details When Planning a Wedding

The little things mean a lot, and this is especially the case when you are planning your big day.

Wedding planning is something that can completely consume your life, from the moment the question is popped all the way through to the day itself.

The difficult thing in planning your perfect day is that you want it to be so perfect that there are going to be things that will go wrong. This is inevitable. But there are some small things that a lot of us do not consider when we are planning our wedding. Consider these little details when planning a wedding before you do anything else!


Guest List Above Anything

Don’t rush into organising things too quickly without sorting your guest list first. Not your venue, or your cake, or anything else!

How can you possibly decide on a venue, when you don’t know how many guests you will have?

The guest list is the thing that determines the other aspects of your wedding. It’s not the most exciting part of planning, especially if you are struggling to decide which aunt you want to invite.

If you’d set your heart on and booked a small cosy venue that houses 60 people, but then invite over 200, how will that work? If you’ve paid a deposit, that’s down the drain, which could be a couple of thousand pounds.

Think very carefully about what type of wedding you want. Close and intimate? Or big and bold? If you want a large wedding, pick a big manor house, marquee or hotel. If you want a small and intimate wedding, pick a boutique hotel or a tipi.

These things also tie in with budget. You can’t invite 200 guests if you have a budget of under £5,000. It’ll be impossible. Work out how much you can spend, or are willing to spend.

So sit down, create your guest list and then look at venues that fit the bill.


Doing It Yourself

It makes a lot of sense to take on wedding planning duties yourself, mainly because it’s cheaper.

Some duties may appear simple at first, such as designing the invitations on your computer and then printing them out to mail off to the invitees. But this is never as easy as you first think.

There can be a lot more hassle to get this one little thing done when there are so many other things that are important. By stressing over DIY invites, you might be losing sight of some of the bigger, more important issues that crop up.

So, for things like invitations, place cards, and little trinkets, is there any point in making them yourself, which will be endless late nights, for them to turn out not quite what you wanted? These little details when planning a wedding can turn into big ones!

You’re better going online and finding companies that do wonderful bespoke designs, and you can find plenty on Etsy, but also invitation design sites like Pure Invitation.

It might work out slightly more expensive, but if it saves you precious time and stress, it’s worth it.


Think About The Worst Case Scenario

Most people don’t want to think about the worst case scenario. So they ignore it!

But, anyone planning a wedding needs to understand that there will very likely be some tiny flaws, maybe now, maybe on the day, or maybe all the way through the wedding planning.

When you hit a problem, it can feel like a big deal. The important thing to do in this instance is to stop, take a deep breath, and think about if these things will matter a few years from now?

Will you look back on your big day, on your one year anniversary, and think about how the table linen was white when it should have been off-white? It’s very unlikely!

And on the other end of the spectrum, if there are extreme worst-case scenarios arising, such as the band not turning up, you need to think about a way around it. Contingency plans need to be thought about, because if you don’t have a backup plan, then you’ve got nothing.

So, if the band doesn’t turn up, have a pre-made CD ready.

If the hairdresser hasn’t done your hair perfectly on the day, can a bridesmaid or guest redo it?

If there are concerns with the weather, is there a backup option to have canapes away from the terrace?

There is always a solution to a problem, so make sure you have one in your back pocket. It’s very unlikely you will need it, but it will make you feel a lot better during the planning process.


Not Assigning Duties For The Day

Everything should run like clockwork on the day/ The order of service, the time of the meal, and everything in between and afterwards should be scheduled in. Your best method, rather than doing it all yourself, is to spread the duties.

You shouldn’t give any duties to yourself. It’s your day, you don’t want the stress. Similarly, don’t assign all duties to one person. That isn’t fair, and they won’t enjoy your day either.

If you make a list of duties, and deal them out between 5 or 6 people. This could be bridesmaids, best men, ushers, etc. It’s better for everyone to have a couple of duties which takes the strain off.


These little details when planning a wedding can turn into big problems if not addressed properly. We think we can organise everything ourselves, but this adds more work. Think about the little things way in advance. And prepare for every situation.