Weddings We Adore: Bohemian Luxe

Anytime I come across a beautiful wedding on another blog, I just have to share it with you guys…it would be a crime not to!

This beautiful couple’s wedding was inspired by a trip they took to Paris in the winter, which resulted in their Autumn wedding under the star lit night sky. With the brides 10 sisters, Japanese heritage, Jimi Hendrix inspired ring bearers and gorgeous lighting, you’re going to enjoy looking at their wedding images over at the Style Me Pretty Blog!

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Wedding etiquette: To have children or not to have children

Are you and your partner debating on whether to have children at your wedding? Well whichever direction your decision takes i’ll be giving you some tips on how to phrase your wedding invites politely and also how to successfully keep them entertained at your wedding if they are invited.

Many couples struggle to word their wedding invitations especially when their having an ‘adult only wedding’. Sometimes not including the child’s/children’s name/s on the invite will not be enough!

“How do we tell Abigail and Peter that their children will not be able to attend, without upsetting or offending them”? How do we make sure that they will still want to attend our wedding, even when their children are not invited”? These will probably be the type of questions running through your minds, but have no fear and make note of some of these wedding invitation etiquette tips:

“With respect, we would like our special day to be an adults only ceremony and reception. Thank you for understanding our wishes”

“Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children. Thank you for understanding”

“Unfortunately, due to limited numbers, we are unable to accommodate children at our wedding”

Try to avoid the phrase “no children” as this can upset your guests and result in unnecessary tension and quarrels!

Other ways to get round the issue is to have RSVP cards that state something like: “We have reserved two seats in your honour, please RSVP to let us know if you will be joining us to celebrate our day of union”. If you have a wedding website, why not write the message on there. On the other hand, you can have close family and friends relay the message.

It is totally up to you and your partner if you want to invite children or not, but do bear in mind that there will be some weddings where it would not be appropriate to invite children. If you’re having a formal sit down style wedding, it may be difficult trying to settle restless children.

ON THE OTHER HAND…..

You may be inviting children to your wedding. Think about what you could provide, to keep them entertained so they are not disrupting speeches or running across the dance floor while you take your first dance.

You could dedicate a group of tables, laced with nibbles, crafts and crayons. Or maybe a room (remember to check if this comes at an extra cost) with activities and games, and a children’s entertainer. Children will really only need to be occupied during the speeches etc, so when this is all done and its time to hit the floor, it’ll certainly be fun to see what moves (good or bad) they’ve inherited from mum and dad.

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Wedding Idea of the Day

Today, I’ve got another unique ‘Wedding idea of the day’! It maybe something you’d have to hint to your fiancé by leaving the laptop open on this specific page, or maybe it can be something you give as a gift to him! This brides groom secretly had their proposal photographed, then chose to give it to her framed as a gift on the day of their wedding. Romantic right!!! What do you think??

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Venue Spotlight: Bleinham Palace

Bleinham Palace is Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and it is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens, offering an unforgettable day out for all.

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The Orangery
The Orangery boasts a private terrace overlooking a beautiful Italian Garden, where your guests can enjoy your cocktail hour. It also features an elegant room with high ceilings and huge arched windows, with room to accommodate 180 of your guests for dinner. The Orangery is an exclusive venue…take advantage of its private entrance and long hire period. In addition, the venue can be used in conjunction with The Great Hall.

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The Marlborough Room
This room was was originally the home of the Palace kitchen. Featuring a beautiful double vaulted ceiling rising to the full height of the Palace, two stunning chandeliers and a huge fireplace, this room can accommodate up to 120 or up to 60 guests for a lunch or dinner.

The Great Hall and The Saloon
If you’re looking for the perfect dinner venue then The Great Hall and The Saloon, situated inside the Palace, work side by side to provide you with just that. Your wedding guests can enter the Palace along the up-lit Colonnades into The Long Library and through the State Rooms into the Saloon for a Champagne reception. The magnificent Great Hall can accommodate 150 guests for dinner and 500 for a standing reception; and the Saloon 80 guests for dinner. The Great Hall and Saloon provide a fantastic dining combination for up to 150 guests for evening receptions from 6.30pm. Then you can enjoy dancing in the Water Terraces Arcade Room to end your special occasion with an after dinner cocktail and drinks bar in The Saloon!

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The Long Library
At 55 metres, The Long Library is one of the longest rooms in any British stately home and was designed by Vanbrugh as a picture gallery. The Willis Organ takes pride of place at the north end of the room surrounded by over 10,000 books. All the windows over look the water fountains and lake. The Long Library can accommodate up to 300 guests for dinner, with a Champagne reception in The Great Hall and Saloon. From 6:30pm enjoy aa exclusive tour of the State Room before dinner and dancing in the delightful Water Terraces to finish your evening in style.
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For more information contact Blenheim Palace:
Telephone – 01993 813 874
email – sales@blenheimhospitality.com

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