You’re Engaged!!

So CONGRATULATIONS to all of you newly engaged couples – I do love a good engagement story – so do pop yours in the comments below 🙂
Image via Harpers Bazaar
So you’re probably still on Cloud Nine, but you’ve got a wedding to plan! Here are my top tips on where to start…

1. Write a guest list

It will give you a good starting point, and will be really helpful when you come to discuss budgets. Even the difference between 150 guests and 120 guests, can have a big impact, so this will really make you think about what (and who) is important.

2. Create a budget

This can be a bit boring, but it is essential – and needs to be done early on. It is easy to get carried away with things (I mean, who doesn’t need an 11 tier naked cake sprinkled with edible gold….) – but being able to go back to your budget will  help you to stay grounded. It will also help you decide what you do and don’t want to spend money on. Do you want a videographer? Do you need to provide wedding favours? Can you do an electronic ‘Save the Date’?

If you would like a totally FREE budget planner – email me on hello@alexandriaevents.co.uk and I will pop one over to you.

3. Enjoy!!

This is the time to be celebrating with friends and family, drinking lots of champagne, and staring at your engagement ring every five minutes. Weddings are amazing, and marriages even better, but there is nothing like being engaged, and it will be over before you know it, so make the most of this time!

I hope you’ve found this useful – and if you have any more questions please do drop me a line – hello@alexandriaevents.co.uk
A xx

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Finding your Hampshire Wedding Venue

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I find that the hardest thing about planning a wedding is finding the perfect venue. Everyone has an idea of where or how they want to celebrate their big day, but there is so much choice out there, and initially, this can be overwhelming for the newly-engaged couple. So I have handpicked some of my favourite wedding venues, some of which I have worked at myself, some that are in the diary for next year, and some that I am just admiring from afar, and hoping to work with in the future!

If you’re looking for rustic…

 

The Barn at Bury Court

This Hampshire wedding venue is in Bentley, a village that I lived in myself until not too long ago. The surroundings are picturesque, and they have a lovely walled garden which is perfect for those couples shots. The barn itself is very roomy and  has a gallery level which is perfect for a photobooth or relaxing later on in the evening, and watching your guests dance the night away. One of my lovely clients, Kate, is getting married there next August, and I can’t wait to work at this beautiful barn.

Bury Court Barn, Bentley, Hampshire

Image from Jacaranda Catering

Rivervale Barn

A pretty Hampshire wedding venue in Yateley, perfect if you love the barn-look but don’t want to compromise on light and space. This venue has high vaulted ceilings and lots of windows looking out onto the beautiful surroundings. They also have a cosy honeymoon cottage for your first night as newly-weds.

Rivervale Barn, wedding venue in Yateley, Hampshire

Image by Neale James 

 

If you’re looking for Luxe…

 

Four Seasons Hampshire

If you’ve read any of my other blog post, you might already know I am a big fan of the Four Seasons Hotel in Dogmersfield, here is a summary of their recent Wedding Showcase. This really is a fab Hampshire wedding venue, with a dedicated ‘wedding space’ and plenty of activities to keep your guests busy, should they wish to make a long weekend of it. The thing that stands out the most for me though, are the staff at Four Seasons, the level of service is impeccable, and this really makes a difference to the whole experience.

Four Seasons Hampshire, wedding venue

Image via Four Seasons Magazine

Limewood

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Limewood is the ultimate Hampshire wedding venue for a luxurious, yet intimate affair. They offer weddings with exclusive use of the hotel, from Mondays-Thursdays, for up to 60 guests. This place is perfect for a couple who want a smaller wedding, but really want to give their guests an amazing experience. Take a look at their Herb House Spa – it is amazing!

 

Limewood, hotel and wedding venue in the New Forest

Image from Limewood

If you’re looking for ‘English Country Manor’…

 

Tylney Hall

My parents live just down the road from this Hampshire wedding venue, so I knew it quite well even before I became a wedding planner. The part I love the most about Tylney Hall, is the driveway leading up to the house. It really has the wow factor, and the views from the back of the property don’t disappoint either. The ceremony and reception rooms are very traditional, with oak-panelled walls, heavy curtains, and what I call ‘statement carpets’ – everything you would expect from a traditional English country manor house, and perfect for the classic couple.

Tylney Hall Hampshire

Image from You and Your Wedding

 

Avington Park

This private home, near Winchester, is the ideal wedding venue for an mid-sized wedding (around 100 guests) inside the main house, or for larger numbers, a marquee can be erected in the grounds. This Hampshire wedding venue offers exclusive use, so it will really feel like yours for the day,

Avington Park, Hampshire wedding venue

Image by Antony Turner

If you’re looking for a countryside retreat…

Froyle Park

This Jacobean manor house has only recently been converted into a stunning wedding venue. Surrounded by rolling Hampshire hills, this really is an idyllic setting for your wedding day. For those that want to get married at church, St Mary’s is only a short walk from the venue, or you can get married at Froyle Park itself, they also now have an outdoor licence, so you can say your vows in front of the stunning landscape.

Froyle Park Cherry Blossom Tree, Hampshire wedding venue

Image from Froyle Park

Lainston House

A lovely Hampshire wedding venue near Winchester, full of charm, and perfect for a small and intimate wedding as they have a host of cosy rooms, perfect for a small ceremony or reception. On the other end of the scale, they can also provide a marquee for up to 350 guests, and have an outdoor pavilion where you can hold your ceremony.

 

Lainston House Hampshire Wedding Venue

Image via Lainston House

I hope you’ve found this post useful! Do let me know if you’re planning to get married at any of these venues, or if you’ve chosen another venue in Hampshire.

A xx

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Top Tips for a Stress Free Wedding Day

Photo of all of the wedding guests at Alexandria and Tyrone Schiefner's wedding

Firstly, ever bride gets stressed (sometimes grooms do too….), so if you’re stressing about stressing, don’t! It is totally normal, planning the biggest party of your life, is a big deal, you’re spending a lot of money, you’re hosting more guests than you probably have done before, and you’re marrying the love of your life. But the stress shouldn’t take over, and you certainly shouldn’t feel stressed on the day itself. Here are my top tips for a stress free wedding day.. Happy Planning!

1. Get organised beforehand

The best way to enjoy your wedding day (or any other big event) is to get super-organised before hand. And, yes, I do mean write schedules, plan things down to the minute, and even if things don’t happen exactly according to your plan, having this to guide you, will make sure that everything runs smoothly.

A good example of this was my own wedding, perhaps I am the extreme, being a wedding planner myself, but I had my day mapped out with military precision, I even had the number of second between each flower girl, page boy, and bridesmaid, walking down the aisle, written down on my day schedule. Now considering most of these were little people, under the age of 10, I knew deep down that they were not going to stick to my precise timings (and of course they didn’t) but just having it planned out, and knowing what to expect on the day, made me feel much more relaxed.

No matter what anyone tells you, amazing events don’t just fall into place, and the best ones are those that are well planned. The beauty of being well organised is that you can then pass all of this information on to all of your suppliers ahead of the day, and this helps them to understand exactly what you want, and when. Of course, if you do decide to work with a wedding planner, we take over this planning side for you, and liaise with your other suppliers, to ensure everything happens as it should. If you don’t have a wedding planner, number 2 (below) is crucial….

2. Dish Out Responsibility 

A bit like I said before, delegation is key, and whether this is to a wedding planner, other suppliers, or family and friends, you have to let people help you. In the lead up to a wedding, When you are planning your day, think about what you think you will need on the day, assign people to hand out orders of service, and showing people to their seats, have someone handing out confetti, or choose a bridesmaid to keep hold of your perfume and lipstick and help you wrestle your wedding dress when you need to pop to the loo.

There might be all sorts of other ‘issues’ that you might not want to deal with on a wedding day, if certain family members don’t get on, choose someone sensible to keep an eye on things, similarly, there’s always someone who has a few too many drinks at a wedding, if you think this is going to worry you, just ask someone that you trust to keep an eye on the situation, and if you really think you need to, ask your caterers/bar staff, to slow down on their topping up with that particular person.

3. Take a few days off work in the lead-up

I know you probably want to save all of your holiday for your honeymoon, but you don’t want to be scrambling to finish all of your work the day before your wedding day. If you can, take a day or two off beforehand so that you can really leave the office behind you and wind down.

4. Have some time to yourself

In the lead up to your wedding day, everyone is going to want a piece of you. People may be arriving from abroad, family and friends might be checking into local hotels and wanting to pop in and say hello. This is lovely, and can really build up the excitement but don’t stretch yourself and commit to doing too much.

If you want to bring everyone together for a dinner/drinks before the big day, try and do it ‘the day before the day before’ so if you’re getting married on a Saturday, organise something on the Thursday, as opposed to the Friday night. This means you will still have all of the excitement, but none of the tiredness or the hangover on your big day!

5. Lastly, just enjoy yourself

Little things might go wrong on the day, or at least, not exactly how you imagined it, but I bet you don’t even notice.

A x

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