Outside the box,  UK

Wonderful weddings

The vast majority of little girls think about their wedding days for as long as they can remember. It’s your day to be a princess and a (hopefully) once in a lifetime experience.

Some people dream of a destination wedding. Some people dream of something small at their local registry office. The vast majority however just want a beautiful venue and a special day with their loved ones.

I’ve had the honour and privilege of helping a few friends to plan their wedding. I’ve visited venues, been to dress appointments and tried more than enough samples of food and wedding cake. Actually scrap that – there is never enough samples! Through it all though there’s been a venue which I’ve dreamed of.

Although I now live in Wiltshire, I was born and bred in Surrey. I’m not sure when exactly, but Botleys Mansion has been on my radar for a while. From the outside it is grand and elegant, with an almost Downton Abbey feel, but from the inside, it is so very much more than that. The glass ceiling in the atrium provides a stunning light space. The other rooms have high ceilings and beautiful fixtures and fittings including chandeliers and cornicing. There is no way you can go to this venue and not feel like royalty! For now I need to find the man, and help my friends plan their big days, but maybe one day….

Meanwhile, before I relocated I did a diploma in event management. Perhaps that’s why I’ve now become so popular with my wedding planning friends, but it’s still been fun. Here are my top tips to help you have your special day!

  • Make a budget and stick to it. There’s nothing worse than deciding on a budget and blowing it only to find yourself in major debt after the big day.
  • Remember that no amount of planning can ever be enough and something will almost certainly go wrong or not turn out how you planned on the day. Don’t let that ruin your day! Hold your head up and enjoy it! It’s about your vows and the promises you are making to each other so try to remember that too and don’t get too hung up on the little details.
  • There are some things that you might be tempted to scrimp and save on, don’t let the photographer be one of them. You will no doubt want to capture every moment from your big day, so it’s vital you choose someone who is up to the job. Also make sure that you like the photos in their portfolio. If you don’t like their style, then it’s unlikely you will be happy with your photos either.
  • Most important of all – it is YOUR day. Not your mother or father’s. Not your in-laws’. It is about you and your partner. If people are contributing money, they should be contributing it with good grace. They should not be expecting to get a say as part of the gift.





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