Today we are back with our lovely couple Jo and Nick on Diary of a Boho Bride and Groom. Last time they both talked about The rather controversial subject of Children at Weddings, which proved to really get you talking! I think this subject will run and run and there really doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer!. Today it is all about the wedding guests, and making sure they are happy and logistics run as smoothly as possible. Wedding as you know can be hard to plan and I always say to my couples that the guests themselves can be the thing that causes you the most stress. Jo and Nick seem to have all angles covered though, so I’ll leave it to them to talk you through their plans.
NICK: Hi to all the Boho readers out there, it’s time for another update from me and Jo and how our wedding plans are coming along. At the moment we are both very much in a Stag and Hen do frame of mind as we will both be on our “last night of freedom” tonight!! We hope to be able to blog about all the shenanigans soon, it all depends on alcohol consumption and if we can remember any of it. For today though we wanted to write about planning a wedding with your guests in mind.
JO: As we’ve previously mentioned, Nick is originally from Liverpool and we both went to university in Manchester. We now live together in Huddersfield, just up the hill from my hometown of Halifax, and when we got engaged we pretty much decided straight away that we wanted to get married locally to our home. We like the idea of being able to see the place we got married regularly, (the church is at the bottom of our street!), and being able to go to the reception venue for a nice meal or a drink whenever we feel like it. However, this also means that over 75% of the guests will be travelling for at least an hour to come to our wedding. Obviously we have family and friends coming from Liverpool, but we also have guests coming from down south in Bristol and up north in Edinburgh. In fact, only 3 of the invitations we posted out had Huddersfield postcodes!
Happy Friday everyone, wow that came around fast didn’t it! To make this Friday even better is the fact that it’s the start of a bank holiday weekend Yay! I think we are all praying for some good weather! I’m looking forward to taking a couple of days off, so I’ll be back after the weekend rested and rejuvenated. To welcome the weekend I have this super cute festival wedding, complete with outdoor ceremony and hand fasting ceremony. Pretty much everything was DIY, but the best bit is that it was all planned in 8 weeks!…..yep 8 weeks! Thanks to Anna Morgan Photography for the photos.
‘An amazing day full of friends, family, music and laughter. It was completely mad and perfect and we got to share it with those we love and hold dear’
Lea-Anne and David were married on 22nd September 2012 at Folke Manor Farm, Sherborne, Dorset. ‘As we decided to plan our wedding in the short space of 8 weeks we were rather pressed for time and finding a venue proved very stressful and difficult! We knew we wanted to get married out in the open as we had a festival theme in mind and finding any available venue at such notice would have been difficult enough let alone one which would allow camping! We spent a good week solidly scouring the internet for ideas and I even called up local camp sites just in case they’d be mad enough to let us invade them for 48 hours. Eventually, through perseverance and sheer luck I stumbled across the website for Folke Manor Farm and immediately fell in love with the place – weeping willow trees, a lake, lush manicured lawn and a separate field to camp in! We called up John and Carol, the owners, and after a few conversations about what we had in mind and what budget we had to work to they agreed to let us use their stunning venue for our wedding. Folke Manor Farm is a holiday getaway location and has a collection of cottages and a B&B. This was fantastic for us as we were able to book one of the cottages for the duration of the wedding to get ready in the morning and relax afterwards. We had 60 guests’
As a wedding Planner and a Blogger, brides and grooms are always asking me about trends and fashions in the wedding world. It’s part of my job to keep up to date with what is new and hot in this crazy wedding land, which is why I love receiving emails like the one that is the result of this post. My Good friends at Ava Event Styling decided to work together with a collection of other amazing wedding suppliers and pick out 2 hot trends for 2013/2014. I was so delighted when the email containing all these beautiful images, courtesy of Nicola from Daffodil Waves landed in my inbox, so if your currently thinking about trends and styling for your own wedding, this post is just for you.
They entitled the shoot ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and it is full of colour, elegance and fun! I am a BIG lover of colour at the moment, so these ideas are right up my street. They mix in classic styling with a more modern contemporary look, so there really is something there for everyone. The team did a wonderful job and the attention to details is superb. They even put together a behind the scenes video, so you can see how the two looks were created.
Today’s wedding is a good one and it shows any of you out their working to a tight budget that you can have the wedding you want and do it in style. Heather and Jerald were married on 12th August in Oregon. The whole budget for their wedding was $3K and they managed to stick to it by doing a lot of DIYing and getting a lot of help from friends and family. With a gorgeous yellow and blue theme, this weddings is bright, cheerful and full of character. Thanks so much to Sara Adams who is based in Oregon for the wonderful images.
Sara tells us more about the day…………
Heather and Jerald are both Volkswagen enthusiasts and met at Jerald’s work – a VW part store. It took Heather 8 years of finding excuses to come in and strike up conversation for them to have their first date. Their wedding day was nothing short of spectacular. With a total budget of $3k, Heather and Jerald called upon the talents of their friends to help out with the details of the day. Things like the cake and cupakes, the band, photography, officiating, and the cake toppers – even Heather’s bolero was crocheted by a friend! Heather also DIY’d a majority of the decorations and got the rest through Something Borrowed Portland – a local, affordable option for renting decor. The bouquets and boutonnieres were made from sunflowers grown in the couple’s backyard and arranged by the groom. For the reception they hosted a potluck where they provided the main dishes (all BBQ’d by the best man) and guests were asked to bring their favorite side dish. It was a wedding filled with community and the most perfect day for this couple!
As you know if you’re a regular the Blog, I believe your wedding photographs are the single most important thing in your day, they are what will hold you memories and the one thing you will have left once the day is done. Choosing the right photographer that fits your style and personality is an integral part of your wedding planning.
Photography styles have changed a huge amount over the past few years, and what we expect from a photographer has changed as well. People these days are a lot more interested in creative photography, something that really captures the true essence of the couple. As a planner and a blogger I see couples move away from the more traditional style of photography and have opted for a much more relaxed, candid way of capturing their day.
So today I wanted to talk to you about the Group Shot! No matter how creative your wedding is, every bride and groom still wants a group shot, its only natural, how many opportunities do you actually get to have a photo of EVERYONE you love around you, not many!
So I have asked a number of wedding photographers to offer some advice on the matter of group shots, how to do them, the problems that can arise and some handy hints to make your wedding day flow better!
We are in my home town of Sheffield today for this fabulous wedding which really shows off the city to it’s best. Split between three venues this wedding is full of fun, food, life, dancing and some gorgeous details. The main venue where the meal takes place is the wonderful chimney house, one of my favourite venues in Sheffield. It has an urban feel, with its exposed bricks and unique decor, and is perfect for any intimate wedding or event. Big thanks to Tierney Photography for capturing the day so perfectly.
‘It was a magical day that reflected the two of us and all the things we love about Sheffield and our lives; eating, drinking, music and friendship and family. It was vintage, cool, and full of fun and laughter throughout the whole day, it was exactly how we had imagined it would be when we looked around at everyone enjoying themselves and the wedding.’
Tracey and Glenn Tracey were married on 21st March 2013. The Ceremony was held at The Leopold Hotel Sheffield with a Candlelit meal at the Chimney House Kelham Island Sheffield and the evening party Platillo’s a retro wine bar in Leopold Square Sheffield. ‘We love Sheffield and wanted our wedding to reflect these two quirky parts of the city. Kelham Island is steeped in Sheffield history and the Chimney House is so cool and unique, it’s a grade II listed building, so we felt it was perfect for our wedding meal. We spend a lot of time in Leopold Square listening to live music, as Glenn is a musician and many of our friends are so The Leopold Hotel and Platillos seemed the perfect places to have the ceremony and evening party. We had an intimate ceremony and meal with just 48 of our closest friends and family then 200 came at night to party with us. It didn’t take long to plan, about 6 months. We knew what we didn’t want so it made it relatively easy to plan what we did want and all the venues were so easy to work with that everything just clicked into place.’