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Bridal Trend I’m Loving in 2013: Pale Pink Wedding Gowns.

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Wedding Gifts – Presents or Money?

Is it ok to ask for money as a wedding gift instead of presents? What are your thoughts?

For me, traditional wedding values have been lost due to modern day thinking. Many couples have already set up home together long before they decide to get married and because of this they have the majority of things they require. Therefore they need very little in the way of gifts and a gift of money would help towards a more extravagant honeymoon, an elephant ride etc
Walking around department stores adding household essentials to a wedding list is becoming less popular by the day, but this idea was bought in to help new couples set up home so this to me is not a surprise. The question is, how do you ask close friends and family for money? Well a popular trend is the use of wedding money gift poems, here is an example of one:

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I’m not sure how I feel about these money gift poems as many of them are cheesy and this one is the least invasive. There are even personalised wedding websites you can set up for free so that wedding guests can make contributions online. Be aware of the service charge once contributions have been made! Check out just one of many websites: http://www.starweds.co.uk/index.php

However, there are alternative website ideas I think are more personable and should make the older generation feel a but better about giving money as a gift. You set up a website where people can make contributions as above but instead of your guests not really knowing how that money will help you or where it will be spent, you provide a list of things they will help you purchase. This could be anything from a private couples massage when on your honeymoon to more extremes like a loft conversion as a saw earlier on a forum. The couple asked for money towards materials and sent a picture of the items aslong with a thank you card to each guest.
You could list the items or create a shop type website where each person buys one item but remember to add smaller value items and i think the loft conversion maybe a little pricey for one gift!

Barrington Hall, Barrington, Cambridge

I was very lucky to be a bridesmaid at Barrington Hall back in 2011 and couldn’t get over how such another stunning venue Cambridge has to offer, could remain so hidden. Luckily my Grandma had mentioned it when discussing wedding venues over lunch so I thought I would go and see it for myself and I was instantly in love with it! It has history in the family as my great aunty used to work there when it was part of Barrington Cement works.
It is just across the road from Barrington church which is ideal for guests should you opt for a church service.
On arrival, hidden by trees is a grand white manor house surrounded by perfectly pruned gardens. When entering the house you are greater by extravagant shinning chandlers, marble floors and pristine decor. You are led through to the hall that offers either two separate rooms or for larger events can be combined. Here we were offered per wedding breakfast drinks and nibbles. These rooms were perfect due to the occasional shower we received but somehow they were timed perfectly to still get photos on the steps leading to the immaculate gardens. There is the option for an outdoor ceremony at the top of the steps should you wish to brave the British weather.
We were led to the marquee erected within the grounds where tables were perfectly laid with crockery and crisp white linen, the flowers by Mooi offered an overwhelming centrepiece that I couldn’t take my eyes off and the fairy lights only added to the romantic affect the couple had dreamt of. Check out their website for pictures: http://www.barringtonhall.co.uk/index.html

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Flowers by Mooi are a Cambridge based florist Nicola did an incredible job. We met Nicola at a Wedding Fayre and warmed to her straight away as she was so passionate about flower design and had some really unique ideas! Check out her fabulous gallery here: http://www.flowersbymooi.co.uk

Autumn Wedding Ideas

Now that summer is officially over, we can get excited about autumn wedding ideas with the use of vibrant colours!

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Autumn brings Dahilas with their vibrant colours, Hydrengaes with dusky pinks, purples to reds and coppers towards the end of Autumn and Freesias with their beautiful scent. Red roses and burnt orange Calla Lillies make a great combination.

Autumn is a great season for foliages, poppy seed pods, hypericum berries and ivy all play a part in creating the perfect centre pieces or bouquets.

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Autumn Wedding Centre Pieces and Ideas

This season is great for keeping the budget low as you can use natures natural colours. The use of leaves, conkers and pumkins are just some of the ideas I have come across so far this Autumn.

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You can also go big with branches from trees with their golden leaves or add fairy lights to plain branches for a dramatic effect and bring the outdoors in.

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The Old Hall, Stuntney, Ely

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I wanted to share this venue with you all as it is stunning. As you drive out of Ely, the view is incredible. Sitting on a hill, approximately 6 miles from Ely City sits a magnificent home owned by Anthony and Alison Morbey. I had the pleasure of meeting the family at a recent open day. The family open their home exclusively to you and your guests to provide a unique venue for events and weddings.

As you reach the top of the hill you turn into a winding single road which unveils the amazing views of rolling countryside, lakes and Ely Cathedral. Once you arrive you are greeted by the grand structure of The Old Hall and as you wander the space opens and you get a feel of the extense of the grounds, including the lakes and garden. The oak garden pavilion arranged with flowers is an extremely romantic venue for a civil ceremony.

The two marquees; carefully positioned for maximizing the view, are beautiful, light and airy. The main marquee is where your wedding breakfast would take place. As you enter you will notice the large chandelier and pea lights in the ceiling which; i could imagine, create an amazing ambience later in the evening. The chairs are traditional, not the type of chair you would need to cover unless you wanted to and the table is lined with fresh white linen and shining tableware.

Attached to the main marquee is the dance marquee which is unveiled to your guests by a curtain. There is a more than enough room for all your guests to party the night away on the black and white dance floor that is under the black drapes covered with lights that look like a clear night sky.

I would really recommend visiting the venue in person and I promise you will fall in love with is just like I have!

http://theoldhallhotelely.co.uk/home

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Wedding Trends 2012

Colour schemes are reverting back to classical involving pastel shades of pink, champagne, grey and cream. Wedding theme colours tend to follow fashion and 2012 definitely focus on these colours. This summer brings the use of bold colours used in blocks so I can not wait to see the imaginative wedding designs.

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Patterns are also big this year and with the combination of pastel shades you can go bold, especially floral designs keeping your wedding classical. This is popular for table runners adding a touch of class. Floor runners are also getting more popular as you can request them to be custom-made with your names, initials, date of wedding; the choice is endless.

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Candelabra’s and chandelier’s create a huge statement especially with the new trend of using them outdoors. Crystal appears to remain the most popular choice and you can hire them for a fraction of the price of purchasing them. I came across ‘Wedding Day Hire’ a wedding hire company based in the Cambridgeshire are: http://www.weddingdayhire.co.uk.

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Rustic and vintage themes are also very popular this year. The Royal wedding largely influencing the use of lace both on dresses and wedding themes alike. Faux fur, antique brooches, pearls, vintage crockery are in and cupcakes are out, being replaced by dessert tables with bite size desserts and sweet treats.

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The most interesting trend this year I find is making sure you leave your reception in style. I have seen examples of couples leaving through sparkler arch ways, quad bikes, horse, tractor and I could go on.

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Are you daring enough to set any new trends this year, let me know!

Wedding Pick and Mix

Wedding Pick and Mix is so simple and great for a wedding on a budget.They keep kids and big kids equally entertained and add character to your wedding. Wedding Planners will be able to help you match it so that it ties in with your theme.

The variety of sweets you can get is fantastic and come in many colours to help fit your theme colour. You also have different ways of displaying the sweets, ideas are endless, from vases, plastic boxes, cardboard cones, big martini glasses, vintage tea cups, pasta jars and it goes on and on.

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You can also hire a Wedding Pick and Mix cart which come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

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