Your Wedding – Your Way

Your Wedding… Your Way.

One thing I learned very quickly when I started working with brides was that you may think you know what a typical wedding day looks like but there are a million different ways of doing it. Don’t get me wrong, at Donnington Valley we love a big white wedding but what if that isn’t for you? Lots of the couples I speak to are looking for something different and these differences are critical to making the day a success for them.

If you hate… Formal Dinners
Why not have a later ceremony at 4.30 followed by a Champagne and canapé reception and then go straight into your evening party, instead of spending your money on the meal splash out on a band and offer your guests an extra drink (or 2!).

If you hate… Big Evening Dos
Why not have a ceremony followed by an afternoon tea, enjoy the time with your guests and call it a day at 6pm. Perfect if you are jetting off on honeymoon of want to have a Sunday wedding. Sundays can be a great day of the week to chose if you have a tight budget, as often pricing is more flexible on a Sunday.

If you hate… Table Plans
Every brides enemy! The politics can be endless! Why not consider a slightly less formal 3 course meal. Let guests seat themselves for a plated starter and have a hot buffet, main and dessert – this is also a great way of giving your guests a choice of food that might not be possible with a more formal menu

If you hate… Big White Dresses
Think outside the box! Some of the most stunning brides we see have been true to themselves and stuck with their sense of fashion, wear a 50s style shorter dress with some fabulous shoes, add some colour, check out the mother of the bride section or look for a little black number

If you hate… That You Have Done it Before
We get lots of brides and grooms these days who have been married before. The best way to handle it is to accept it as part of your past and try not to draw comparisons. Remember that at least half of your guests won’t have been at your first wedding and that everyone is there to celebrate your day, they are just delighted to see you happy. Work with your new partner to make it a day personalised to the two of you and it will, without trying, be a very different day.

If you hate… Big Crowds
Who said you have to invite your Mum’s cousin’s uncle and their 5 children? Make your guests list your own, be strict with who you want to invite and make sure you are comfortable with your numbers. All you have to have legally is witnesses so if you can’t think of anything worse than 200 watering eyes following you up the aisle then chose a venue with a small intimate room for the ceremony – you can always have everyone join you afterwards when the celebratory champagne has settled your newly married nerves.

If you hate… Speeches
Don’t do them! Its your wedding, do it your way! Why not ask the best man to put together a slide show of the stag night or a video message. Bridesmaids are always dying to create a photo album of the bride as a child so why not have a table dedicated to this along with a guest book, then all your friends can enjoy your dodgy hair cut history without standing you up in front of anyone to do it!

We love a good wedding at Donnington Valley and we’ve seen them in all shapes and sizes, and each and every one was memorable and perfect for the couple.

To discuss how we can help you to create the wedding day of your dreams give me a call to arrange a VIP tour of Donnington Valley on 01635 568106 or click here for more information.

I look forward to welcoming you soon.

Beth Willis
Senior Events Co-ordinator.