Wedding Fayre This Sunday

This Sunday Weddings by Rachel will be at the Eternity with Love wedding fayre at Wales Millennium Centre. As a special offer at the wedding fayre, we will be offering a 10% discounts for consultations and bookings made on the day!

We will also be offering great offers for Eternity With Love’s members!

Come and see us and have a chat about how we can work with you to create a bespoke, unique and personal day for you both within your budget, saving you money along the way!

Wedding Fayre This Sunday

This Sunday Weddings by Rachel will be at the Eternity with Love wedding fayre at The Bear, Cowbridge. As a special offer at the wedding fayre, we will be offering a 10% discounts for consultations and bookings made on the day!

We will also be offering great offers for Eternity With Love’s members!

Come and see us and have a chat about how we can work with you to create a bespoke, unique and personal day for you both within your budget, saving you money along the way!

Three Great Wedding Venues in South Wales

It can be so difficult to find the perfect wedding venue, especially when you are looking for something a little bit different. Here are three of Wedding by Rachel’s favourite South Wales wedding venues for couples looking for something a bit out of the norm.

Pencoed House

This is a beautiful venue with the option of a fantastically refurbished barn or space for a marquee. The manicured gardens make for excellent photographs and the buildings themselves are breathtaking. There’s even a little cottage on site for the bride and groom to stay in for the weekend!

Photos from Gary and Sue Photography.

Porthmawr Country House

Another exclusive venue, Porthmawr Country House is in the centre of Crickhowell although you would think it is in a world of its own. The spectacular views allow for wonderful photos and the ceremony area leads onto the perfect area for a marquee for larger weddings.

Fonmon Castle

This breathtaking castle in Rhoose is the perfect place for a fairytale wedding. The building itself is one of my favourites in the area and the interior is just as outstanding. Very traditional, this is ideal for any couple looking for something a little bit different.

What About The Groom?

So much focus is put onto the bride and bridesmaids (and rightly so), but what about the groom and his groomsmen? They’re important enough to be involved (after all, you are marrying him!), so don’t forget him in the fashion stakes!

Grooms, Weddings by Rachel suggest following some of these tips when you and your fiancée select outfits for yourself and your gents.

Complement, don’t match, the bride

This is one day on which you want to look confident and completely at ease, and you can’t do this if you are decked out in some costume that just isn’t ‘you’.

Whilst it is a nice touch to match the colours of the men’s accessories to the wedding colours, you don’t have to have all the groomsmen wearing matching pink cummerbunds and bowties simply because the bridesmaids are wearing pink. Dark shades of blue, green or grey look better on men.

It is important, though, that the groom’s outfit complements that of the bride, so it is advisable to delay your choice until the bride has decided what she is wearing. Of course we all know the groom shouldn’t see the bride in her dress before the day, but she is allowed to give you some clues as to the choice of outfit that would tie in with what she is wearing.

Tradition has always dictated that the groom, best man, ushers and fathers of the bride and groom should dress in similar fashion. These outfits need not be identical, but should reflect the same theme and colour scheme.

It would be inappropriate, for instance, to have the groom wearing a morning suit and his attendants dressed in tuxedos. The fathers of the bride and groom are, sadly, often overlooked and it is important to ensure that they also know exactly what the dress code is and what is expected of them, to ensure that they are appropriately dressed.

Obviously, when trying to dress a large number of men in a similar fashion, it is usually easier to hire all the outfits. If you are planning to follow this route, it is a good idea to obtain them from one hiring company, to ensure that they are all the same shade. Also, to guarantee that your choice will be available, don’t leave it too late to book the outfits you require.

Over the years, companies that hire out men’s apparel have increased their selection and now offer a much bigger choice, ranging from white and charcoal lounge suits to single- or double-breasted tuxedos, mandarin suits, frock-coats, morning suits etc.

However, you do have to bear in mind that you are limited by what is available for hire and if you are wanting a particular colour or style, you might have to resort to having it made up for you.

The general rule regarding what is appropriate to wear is as follows:

  • Tuxedos – suitable for the more formal evening wedding, as are frock-coats
  • Lounge suits – appropriate for a day wedding or a less formal evening event
  • Morning suits – worn for formal morning weddings and not evening affairs
  • Blazers and chinos – suitable for a less formal morning wedding, or a casual wedding on the beach.

One way to differentiate the groom from his entourage is to provide him with a buttonhole of a different colour. His tie could also be a slightly different colour, but still tone in with those of the rest of his party. (It is advisable, though, to buy the ties at the same time, to ensure that the colours match and do remember to include ties for the fathers). All of this should prevent being faced on the day with a plethora of multi-coloured neckwear on display – definitely not what you need on your wedding photographs!

If you are investing in a new pair of shoes for your wedding, it is wise to spend a bit of time ‘breaking them in’ around the house before the day. Remember that if you are having an evening wedding, you are going to be on your feet for at least eight hours and if your shoes are uncomfortable, it will show on your face.

If you are having a church wedding, in which case you will probably have to kneel, remember to check the soles of your shoes to ensure that there are no forgotten price stickers lurking there.

The Pros and Cons of a Marquee Wedding

Four reasons for wedding marquee hire

1. Starting with a blank canvas for your wedding theme and decorations is one of the best reasons to wedding marquee hire. You aren’t restricted by the decor or style of your wedding venue, and can design your own scheme with lighting and coloured or patterned drapes, producing the venue of your dreams.

2. Wedding marquees come in a variety of sizes, and as long as you can fit it into the space, you can hire whatever size you need. This means that you can hire a marquee based on your ideal guest list rather than having to limit your guest list to fit in with the restrictions of your venue.

3. It’s possible to change the layout of a marquee simply by adding screens or curtains, so you can decide whether you want a separate area for your drinks and food. You can also section off the dance floor and decorate it differently to the rest of the marquee to make a dramatic impact when the band starts to play and the curtains are pulled back. A marquee is a flexible option; for example you can take off the sides if the weather is really good, or lay down flooring if it rains the night before the wedding.

4. Marquee hire can be a relatively low cost compared with venue hire. Assuming you are using your own garden and don’t have to hire a garden or park, the marquee hire should work out cheaper than reception venue hire unless you want every mod con included. As you won’t have to use the caterers and drinks provided by a venue, you should be able to save some money on food and alcohol.

Four reasons to think twice about hiring a wedding marquee

1. A marquee is a seasonal venue and works best in spring or autumn. It is no surprise then that these are the most expensive seasons to hire a marquee. It is possible to hold a marquee wedding in summer or winter, but you will need plenty of extras such as air conditioning, heating, or flooring to make your guests comfortable.

2. Hiring a marquee also means hiring the facilities that go with it. Your list may include tables and chairs, tableware, a dance floor, a stage, a sound system, lighting, a power supply, and guest toilets.

3. Having a home based marquee wedding means added responsibilities for you and your new husband, or your families. If you hire a wedding venue you can leave all the mess for the venue to clear up, but if you have a marquee in the garden, the chances are you will need to do at least some of the tidying and cleaning before your marquee supplier arrives to dismantle it.

4. Wedding receptions do generate a lot of noise especially if you are hiring a live band, or even a DJ. Marquees aren’t sound proof so if you are having the reception in your garden you may risk upsetting your neighbours, especially if you aren’t inviting them! You will certainly have to restrict the reception to finish at a certain time out of respect for your neighbourhood.

Booking your wedding transport

There are a lot of details to consider when you look to book your wedding transport. Use some of these tips to help you make your decisions and book a company that you feel comfortable with.

Contact Weddings by Rachel today for further support with your wedding planning and a completely free, no obligation consultation.

Details

The company you contact will want to know fine details about your journey such as collection addresses and times. Have this handy! Think about how much time you would like your chauffeur and vehicle to be in attendance as this is a vital part of the costing – if you’re unsure just talk to the company who will be happy to guide you.

Book early

Wedding cars get booked up quickly so if you have your heart set on something do book it straight away.

See the car

When you have decided what car you want to book arrange a time with the company to go and see it. If for any reason they refuse or avoid you seeing the car, walk away!

When you go, you can always ask to see a copy of their insurance, public liability and MOT certificate for the vehicle if you feel more comfortable. There is no reason that they shouldn’t be able to show you this.

Before the day

So, you’ve booked your car – and the chauffeur has taken a deposit and you are just a month away from your wedding day.

Give the company a call and confirm the booking. Make sure they have the correct date and time and they plan to send the same vehicle you have booked. If you have a wedding planner, they will do this for you.

Finally, the day before, make another call. Check all the details with the company again and confirm the venue and payment details.

Contacting the driver

Emotions will be flowing and you’ll be excited – but it is very important you take the drivers mobile number so you can find him when you need him if you have a returned journey booked. Try and do this before you arrive at the venue. Again, this will be done by the wedding planner if you have one.

Wedding Fayre This Sunday

This Sunday Weddings by Rachel will be at the Eternity with Love wedding fayre at Wales Millennium Centre. As a special offer at the wedding fayre, we will be offering a 10% discounts for consultations and bookings made on the day and we will also have our prize wheel where you can have a free spin for a chance to win a wedding planning related prize!

We will also be offering great offers for Eternity With Love’s members!

Come and see us and have a chat about how we can work with you to create a bespoke, unique and personal day for you both within your budget, saving you money along the way!

Top 10 Picks for Centrepieces

Are you looking for something a bit different for your wedding tables? Weddings by Rachel love doing things a little unusual, which is why we adore these centrepieces.

Citrus Fresh
If you’re having a spring wedding why not opt for bright, citrusy colours and incorporate this into your centrepieces. Fresh fruit makes for an outstanding effect, just like these table centres.

Take It Away
Why not do something extra special and create a table centre with things that your guests can take with them? It can double up as favours, which could save you money, and there’ll be less clean up at the end!

Use Your Favours
Alternatively, do it the other way around! Stack your favours up on a cake stand, like this table centre!

Recycle Those Bottles
Love wine? Then why not save all of your wine bottles and use them as candle holders on your big day? Stack lots of them in the centre of each table (different shapes and sizes will look great) and use different length candles to create a staggered effect.

Go French
Alternatively, go French Inspired with these lovely bottles, which can be decorated with flowers or candles.

Beautifully Bright
Candles create a romantic feel at a wedding, so why not combine this with some funky colours to match your scheme. Use all different shapes and sizes of candles in different or bright colours to create a real talking point.

Coloured Vases
Hire in coloured vases to match your flowers for a really dramatic effect, like these red roses in a red vase.

Keep It Fresh
Herbs make a great talking point for a table centre, especially for a country or outdoor themed wedding. Not to mention they smell great too!

Potted Plants
Alternative sized potted plants look great and you can start collected them early! These can also double up as favours or you can use them to decorate your house and garden after the wedding.

Glass Ponds
Create your own glass pond using water, candles and pebbles for a very pretty, natural table centre.

Wedding Fayre This Sunday

This Sunday Weddings by Rachel will be at the Eternity with Love wedding fayre at Caerphilly Castle. As a special offer at the wedding fayre, we will be offering a 10% discounts for consultations and bookings made on the day and we will be holding a competition to win a bottle of champagne!

Come and see us and have a chat about how we can work with you to create a bespoke, unique and personal day for you both within your budget, saving you money along the way!

Wedding Fayre This Sunday

This Sunday Weddings by Rachel will be at the Welsh Bride wedding fayre at The Vale Hotel. As a special offer at the wedding fayre, we will be offering a 10% discounts for consultations and bookings made on the day and we will be holding a competition to win a bottle of champagne!

Come and see us and have a chat about how we can work with you to create a bespoke, unique and personal day for you both within your budget, saving you money along the way!