Jul 27th 2017

Latest Wedding Style Tips

Latest Wedding Style Tips

‘Put Your Wedding in Lights’ 

(‘Put Your Wedding in Lights’ – First Published in the Cheshire Magazine in Feb 2017)

Is it really two months since the clock struck midnight and a % of romantic males and females got down on bended knee! Has February really come around so soon? The month of romance (if somewhat a little contrived on occasions) and for me, one of the busiest of the year. Planning actual wedding proposal events, as opposed to the wedding itself, is a relatively new concept but one that is booming – it’s one of the latest Wedding Style Tips that we love the most! Couples are looking to combine something romantic with something bespoke. A memory that will never date. The lead up to that big day – start in style!

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February precedes the months ahead when brides and grooms are finalising their wedding plans and are looking to me for inspiration! 2016 was all about historic venues, large events and traditional wedding concepts. 2017 will see an emergence of a different kind of wedding combining some of the above with the eclectic boutique, stylish, fun.

Couples arrive at HQ with either a long-held dream for their wedding, which I then transform into a reality, or the polar-opposite – waiting to be inspired and excited! As a planner, I have to be in tune with the excitement, the emotions, the restrictions and the expectations. I work closely with each couple to draw-out what their vision of the big day really looks like, or design a wedding concept around their individual personalities to create something that floats their boat – big time! A wedding should always capture something of the couple’s uniqueness, a sense of fun and that priceless touch of TLC!

Want the Latest Wedding Style Tips? Asking what will the best dressed weddings look like? Here’s a few hints to get your started:

1 – Small and beautiful. Intimate wedding making the most of boutique hotels, rooftop gardens and private residences. Infused with your own individual personality these small weddings will allow couples to keep wedding lists to closest family and friends, and invest in more luxuries in the catering and entertainment for a stylish day.

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2 – Industrial chic. A trend started in 2016 and set to continue. The architectural grandeur of warehouses, urban lofts and even Victorian pumping stations are a striking backdrop. Capturing the trend for strings of Edison bulbs hung above rustic wood and tarnished metal, imperfect, rough brick walls washed with theatrical lighting to add atmosphere, a blanket of oversized candles celebrates the space and marking the entrance – the luxury of industrial buildings is set to continue.

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3- Put your name in lights. Oversized letter-lights spell out a happy day, are a perfect focal point, and light up industrial décor. In a softer garden setting they twinkle amongst the bushes! Choose your backdrop – a rusty metal styled finish on the lights or a stark support to the lettering, and they will work perfectly.

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4- Time to Savour. Sharing plates or tapas style dinners are very much on trend. Long tables lend themselves to an assortment of dining options, both formal and informal. Unsophisticated foods, cooked to perfection and creatively presented. Polished tables and an eclectic mix of painted chairs or benches with brightly coloured cushions and throws. Bo-Ho, barn, continental or cutting edge!

5 – Sweet Tastes. Wedding cakes will always be a key part of a wedding, but 2017 sees the increasing emphasis on a dessert table, rather than just the cake. An ice cream bike, a mountain of chocolate, a tower of brightly coloured macaroons. Theatrical centrepieces combined with dessert– utter bliss!


6 – Brunch weddings. Pancakes stations, omelettes cooked to order, Bucks Fizz, delicate smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel. Strut down the aisle early, follow with a brunch party and jet off on honeymoon that night! A favourite for the more shy and discreet, especially for smaller weddings and second or third time romance finders!

7 – Trucks, trucks and more trucks! Fresh coffee, wood fired-pizza, burger sliders and ethnic favourites, are hugely popular. The choice is mouth-watering, from VW camper gin bars, to traditional fish and chip vans, vintage bus wine emporiums to afternoon teas! Great as the main event, and even better for those evening guests! Start the engine!
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So, they haven’t proposed to you yet? Here’s your moment. Leave this page open on the coffee table……if they take the hint, call me!

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 Jul 27th 2017

Wedding Vow Renewal Tips

I ‘still’ do – wedding vow renewal tips

Nearly two decades after tying the knot in one of the most lavish ceremonies on record, David Beckham revealed this year that he and Victoria have since renewed his wedding vows in a more intimate setting. The couple, who have long been trend setters, recognise that while you may want the emotion of doing it all again, recreating your big day is not what vow renewals are all about.  Confused? Here’s a quick guide of wedding vow renewal tips for how to plan an equally special day, and renew your vows in style

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Invitations

Lavish celebrity vow renewals have set a trend for increasingly bigger celebrations. While there is no limit to how big or small your celebration, it’s important to remember that this is not a second wedding. Don’t feel you need to invite everyone and his cat. The day can be as intimate or as public as you choose. The most important part is the focus – your lasting love and commitment to each other.  As with any celebration event, I encourage creativity with the invitation itself.  I see it as the ‘opening page’ of the book – the beginning of the celebration journey so tie it into the style or theme for the day.  Give guests a flavour of what is to come – and encourage them to RSVP

Pre-parties

Many people still ask about whether they can recreate their hen or stag do. It should go without saying that the answer is no. These parties are typically thought of as your last night out as a single person, which you’re clearly not any more. That said, you shouldn’t need an excuse to get together with old friends and if you want to do that go ahead. But if a boozy weekend away was in your plans, don’t expect friends will be as enthusiastic as they might have been the first time around to join in.

The Venue

There is nothing official or legally binding about renewing wedding vows. This means that anyone can lead the ceremony and you can do it anywhere you choose. Whether you choose to renew your vows at home, like the Beckhams; in a Vegas hotel like Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, or hire the whole of Disney World Resort for a couple of days like Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon – it’s about finding a place that’s special for you.  As with most events, if you are looking for a specific date (such as the date of your wedding) and a popular venue, I encourage you to book well ahead.

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The Ceremony

For sentimental reasons, many couples choose to repeat the same vows spoken on their wedding day. Others choose words that have meaning for their relationship as it has grown. Remember the vows are the focus of the day. Rings are exchanged in the same way, and many couples choose to use their same rings or perhaps add a special engraving to their original rings.

The main differences compared with a wedding are:

  • the dress – you can wear ivory or white if you choose, but don’t choose a traditional wedding dress with a train and a veil;
  • the attendants – it feels special to bring your original wedding party together, but this time there is no need for official roles. Everyone can enjoy the day as guests;
  • the wedding procession – there is no need for the bride to be given away. Instead of walking down the aisle, the couple should meet from opposite sides of the room.

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The Reception

Unlike a wedding there are no formalities to follow for a vow renewal reception. This is a time for celebration of your relationship and just as there is no limit to love, there is no limit to how you recognise it.  Popular ideas are stylish brunch parties or afternoon teas, but we have also planned parties for vow renewals in the cellars of champagne houses and wine estates of France and Tuscany, on yachts, rooftop bars, beach restaurants such as the fabulous Lone Star in Barbados, private gardens and so much more.  Choose what works for your style, personality and budget….but try to be creative!

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Gifts

Last on our wedding vow renewal tips list is the issue and dilemma of gifts. Wedding gifts are traditionally to help a newly married couple set up home together. No matter how lavish your vow renewal ceremony, sending out a gift list is a no, no. An alternative is to ask guests to donate to a charity, like Rod Steward and Penny Lancaster did this month, when at a vow renewal ceremony in their Essex home they asked guests to donate to the Grenfell Tower fire victims’ fund, rather than bring wedding gifts.

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 Jun 20th 2017

Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues

Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues

Corporate event organisers in Manchester are spoiled for choice these days, with so many terrific venues in the centre of the city. We’ve chosen five of our favourites to give you a little taste of what this exciting city has to offer in our list of Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues:

 

Hilton, Deansgate

Never feel concerned that your guests will get lost finding the Hilton, Deansgate. Beetham Tower, which houses this luxury five-star hotel, is a striking landmark on the Manchester skyline. Standing at a magnificent 168.87m high, it is the city’s tallest building and the tallest building in the UK outside of the capital.

The building is a mix of hotel and apartments, the hotel owning the first 22 of 47 floors, as well as the penthouse bar, Cloud 23, which offers unparalleled, panoramic views across the city.

For corporate event organisers in Manchester the hotel offers a range of versatile spaces. When fully open the Deansgate suite caters for up to 600 guests, but can be split into three for smaller functions or different spaces for a conference. All meeting rooms offer natural daylight; the Boardroom being particularly airy, with its floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of the Hilton’s unique setting.

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Lowry Hotel

It’s often the case that venues are flavour of the month one minute and out of favour the next. Not so with the Lowry Hotel. This was Manchester’s first 5-star venue and since its opening in 2001 it has been a solid favourite with celebrities and corporate clients alike. Its name has become synonymous with luxury and is part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of The World.

As you’d expect from a luxury venue, it is used to dealing with bespoke events from a boardroom meeting for 10 to a 600-guest reception. The hotel, situated on the bank of the River Irwell, has a self-contained floor dedicated to meetings, conferences and events, with a separate entrance at street level. For large conferences they will even offer exclusive use of the entire hotel. Although handily located for public transport, it has the added benefit of an onsite car park for up to 103 vehicles. A contemporary choice, that is both welcoming and vibrant, incorporating the essence of this exciting city.

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Manchester Art Gallery

Corporate event organisers in Manchester, looking to add some culture to their event need look no further than the city’s art gallery. The striking Victorian stonework is both contrasted and complemented by a spacious, contemporary glass atrium, added as part of an expansion under architect Sir Michael Hopkins’ scheme, to link the new wing with the former City Art Gallery and Athenaeum.

The gallery’s space can cater for events of up to 120 for a seated dinner and 500 for a drinks reception. In addition to purpose built meeting rooms, both the gallery spaces and the atrium are available for event hire, as well as the grand entrance hall and the gallery’s restaurant.

For those with an interest in art this venue is a must see, with collections spanning six centuries and an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite works.

 

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Town Hall

Situated in the heart of the city, facing both St Peter’s Square and Albert Square, Manchester Town Hall is a venue like no other. This seat of Manchester’s political power has been used to recreate scenes from British Parliament in such films as The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep. And its famous neo-gothic architecture can be seen in Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jnr and Victor Frankenstein starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

The Grade I listed building was designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse and contains many grand ceremonial rooms, such as the Great Hall. This magnificent space is decorated with murals by Ford Madox Brown that illustrate the history of the city, and is the perfect choice for corporate event organisers who are looking to add an air of authority and grandeur to an event. This space is ideal for large receptions, banquets and evening events, holding up to 500 guests. Other rooms within the hall are available to host smaller meetings.

Old Granada Studios 

Corporate event organisers in Manchester looking for a large versatile space with a nostalgic pull need look no further than Old Granada Studios, on Quay Street. This huge space, in the city centre, was where programmes such as Coronation Street, Cracker and The Royle Family were born. It is also the site where Sir Laurence Olivier filmed, King Lear; Jeremy Irons took on his famous role as Charles Ryder in the serial of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited; and where the Beatles gave their first ever television performance in the 1962. With so much entertainment history, no guests will be short of something to talk about.

The working TV studios have now closed and ITV Granada and ITV Studios have moved to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and Trafford Quays. However, that is good news for corporate event organisers, who have access to both private indoor and outdoor spaces for a range of events holding up to 3000 people. If you are looking for an outdoor stage, a large indoor concert, or a space for corporate filming, then this venue is a top choice.

We at TLC love our selection of Greater Manchester’s top 5 corporate venues – all tried and tested to deliver incredible events….with the support of a little TLC!

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