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How to Choose the Right Venue for Your Wedding

Your wedding venue is one of the first things you think about – the place you choose sets the tone for lots of other things, so finding the right place is a huge help in organising the rest.

Talk to your partner
Bounce some ideas around – do you want a church and hall, or something different, like a restaurant or an old farm? Is there an area that’s special to you both?

Think about numbers; your venue will influence this strongly. Budget is also a vital consideration; talk about how much you’ve got to spend and whatparents are contributing. Divide your budget by supplier, clothes and transport and see what’s left for the venue.

Set the date
Your venues will ask what date you want – but don’t be too rigid about this. Make sure there are no clashing important local events, as this may make travel and accommodation difficult.


Pick one or two venues you really like, read reviews and blogs, contact people who have used them recently and maybe visit. Then talk to the venues directly.
Ask if the premises is licensed for a wedding ceremony and if you can marry and celebrate at the same place. Will there be public access to your venue on the day? If so, will your area be sectioned off?

How will guests travel from one place to the other. Could you make the travel part of the fun? Can all your guests fit into your venue and get a decent view?
Examine access to the venue for the marquee company and other trucks, as well as guests. How much parking is there? Do you need a generator? Does the venue have its own caterers as part of the package? Check out Heaton House if you’re interested in a rural wedding venue that does pretty much everything for you.

Music and dance

Check that your venue allows for a band or DJ. Ask what the cut-off time is, or whether you need to lower the volume after, say, 11.00pm. Find out what time the bar closes andwhen people need to leave. On the other hand, you also need to find out when you can get into the venue to set things up and decorate.


You fancy candlelight followed by fireworks – is this allowed? Similarly, what else can you bring to personalise the space? It’s best to ask what you’re not allowed and work from there. If you’re planning fireworks, find out how to do it safely.

The nuts and bolts

Does your venue clean up after you or do you arrange this yourself? Most venues will recommend a cleaning team for you.
Will there be a venue representative on-site to help with any problems or enquiries? You also need to ask about security – is it included in the fee or is there an accredited company they recommend?


How do you have to pay? When is the balance due and what happens if there’s a cancellation? You must have the venue contract and conditions, as well as copies the public liability cover.

How to choose your wedding stylist

Celebrity weddings are known for their glamour, glitz and elegance. The brides in particular rely on a team of beauticians and stylists to make sure that they look stunning on their big day. No matter what your budget, you can still have a touch of the celebrity at your wedding though, as long as you pick the right stylist for you.

A lot of brides feel nervous about this decision. After all, you want to feel like a million dollars on your big day, and this is the person that will be in charge of your whole look. Luckily, we’ve put together this quick guide on how to pick the perfect stylist for you.

Do your research
There are so many hair and make-up artists out there that it’s hard to know where to begin. The best thing to do is to think about where you’re going to be on the morning of your wedding. You might be getting ready in your home, in which case you can do an online search for those in your area.

If you’re getting ready at a hotel in another part of the country, you could either do your own search of that area, or get in touch with your venue co-ordinator, as they will often have supplier lists that they work with on a regular basis. You should always do a separate search for mobile hairdressers and make-up artists though; your initial ideas might be focused on salons, but freelancers can have much better availability and often a wider portfolio.

Check out their portfolio
Speaking of portfolios, that’s your next step. You need to check out their portfolio of work to see what kind of styling they do a lot of, what they’re best at, if they do any unique looks and so on. If there’s something that you would want, or a style that you can take inspiration from, that’s a great initial reaction, and then you can get in touch with them for an enquiry about what you would need as well as references. Many stylists these days, such as this hair and make-up artist in Manchester, have an online portfolio for you to preview.

Have a trial run
After you’ve gone over how many bridesmaids you have, the styles you want for them and any additional requirements for yourself, you’re ready for your trial run. This allows you to gauge two things. First of all, how your stylist acts around you is a huge indicator of whether or not you’ll get on; this is your special day, so being on the same wavelength as your stylist is essential. Secondly, it allows you to fine tune what you want and make sure that any miscommunications or problems are ironed out; it’s better to get the mistakes out of the way beforehand than have a disaster on your big day.

I hope you find this brief guide useful in your quest for celebrity wedding glamour. What look did you go for on your wedding day?

Red Carpet Wedding: Johnny Heitinga and Charlotte-Sophie Zenden

Dutch defender John Heitinga who plays for Everton and his fiancee Charlotte-Sophie Zenden tied the knot in Ibiza on Thursday night around 7:30 pm. Charlotte-Sophie Zenden is the younger sister of former Dutch international and current Sunderland player Boudewijn Zenden. Newly-married couple already has a daughter, Jezebel.

Infanta Elena of Spain and Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada

She married Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada, son of the Count and Countess of Ripalda, on 18 March 1995, in Seville Cathedral, Seville, at which time her father conferred on her the title Duchess of Lugo for life.[1] She has two children:
His Excellency Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (Grande de España) (born 17 July 1998)
Her Excellency Victoria Federica de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y de Borbón, Grandee of Spain (Grande de España) (born 9 September 2000)

Red Carpet Wedding: Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Daniel Chatto

Sarah and Daniel wedding was attended by the British Royal Family, with exception to Dukes of York.  The bride choose not to have Royal Carriage, Red Carpet or Sound of Bells ringing.

The cerimony only took 30 minutes and the newlyweds caught everyone by surprise leaving the church unannounced. Even the driver wasn't at his place which made the couple laugh while waited for the car to show.

Red Carpet Wedding: Sam Burgess and Phoebe Hook

Sam Burgess and Phoebe Hook tied the knot in the Southern Highlands.

The Souths superstar inked a three-year deal bringing him back to Redfern in November after a failed stint in English rugby, and plenty of familiar Bunnies faces were on hand as Burgess and hook were married on her family property in Bowral on Monday.

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