Naomi Liddell

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Small Wedding Menu Ideas

We have featured some beautiful small weddings lately. Some couples are choosing to postpone their dates and some are choosing to reduce their guest numbers and crack on. Small but perfectly formed guest lists with celebrations in boutique venues, private dining and quirky places with charm, character are taking place up and down the country. 

With the potential savings being made on not feeding the masses, we’re seeing even greater creativity and attention to food and drink on the menu.

Whether you’re planning your wedding day with just a few friends and family and celebrating with a dinner party for 8.  Or perhaps gathering your nearest and dearest in a hired house with a sea view and 30 or so guests gathered on a beach for seafood inspired street-food, we’ve got some great tips and ideas for your wedding catering.

Taken from award-winning caterers Caviar & Chips experience of crafting bespoke menus for weddings all over the UK and creating food and drink exactly how couples imagine.  Co-founder, Marc Hornby, talks us through some of the trends they’re seeing for small weddings and some of the menus they’ve created that guests will be enjoying in the coming months.

Note that this article was written with all small weddings (present and future) in mind. You and your caterer can work together to plan a small wedding that complies fully with the COVID restrictions at the time of your celebration.

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The New Wedding Gift List Etiquette

It used to be simple. You get engaged, you plan your wedding and somewhere along the line you decide to make it easier for yourself and your guests by setting up a wedding gift list. Regardless of whether you’d like gifts, cash, honeymoon, charity contributions (or a little bit of all of the above), having a dedicated gift list service has always been a good idea. So what happens now that your wedding plans may have become more complex or in some cases, more simplified? What exactly are the expectations surrounding wedding gifts? We’ve taken all of the most asked questions on this topic to give you everything you need to know about the new wedding gift etiquette.

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My Experience as a Black Planning Groom During COVID by Kelvin

Naomi: A couple of weeks ago we shared Emily’s article about her experience as a Mixed Race planning bride and as promised, today we have Emily’s other half and business partner Kelvin joining us to share his experience as a Black planning groom. Who also happens to be one of the most organised grooms we’ve ever encountered. If you didn’t know, together they own The Blithe Booth Company – hands-free photo booth hire (a perfect entertainment option for socially distanced weddings). Over to Kelvin…

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My Experience as a Mixed Race Planning Bride During COVID by Emily

Naomi: I’m delighted to introduce you to Emily today, who has kindly shared her experience as a Mixed Race planning bride, but also as someone who had to postpone her wedding twice(!) because of COVID. Emily is co-owner of The Blithe Boothe Company, a superb photo booth hire company who are, of course, part of our recommended suppliers. Kelvin, her other half, and business partner will be sharing his experience as a Black planning groom with us next week. Look out for that. Between navigating two postponements, planning their wedding within 8 months and sharing their experiences with us as part of our Black Love Matters pledge, allow me to introduce you to an incredible power couple. Over to Emily…

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12 Month Wedding Checklist For Planning Your Wedding

Whether you’re experiencing the elation of recent engagement or riding the emotional rollercoaster of postponing your wedding due to COVID… Chances are, you are looking ahead to the next 12 months or beyond with some question marks over what to consider, when. We thought it would be helpful to reshare our 12 month wedding checklist. This is a guideline timeframe for anything that you might need to do over the next year. Or to reorientate you with parts of the process you might need to re-plan. Either way, treat the following as a checklist to help you put the puzzle pieces together. And if you’re looking for reliable suppliers that we can recommend wholeheartedly to help navigate the next 12 months with, look no further than our recommended venues and suppliers

12 months? Until your actual wedding. No big deal. And it’s certainly not a big deal when you know what you’re doing. Which you will by the time you’ve gotten to the end of this post. We’ve featured many a wedding, answered many wedding-related questions, and worked with many a supplier. So you know that when we give you a 12 month wedding checklist, we know what we’re talking about. 

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High Street Wedding Dresses – FAQs and Real Brides

Whether you’ve decided that you don’t want your dress to take up a hefty chunk of your budget or whether you’ve simply decided to have a few dresses (day and evening or a simple number for the first part of a two-part wedding) there are plenty of reasons you may want to choose from a variety of high street wedding dresses. 

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How To Find a Wedding Florist

Flowers can be a huge part of any wedding, big or small. It’s probably the one day of your life where you get to carry around a beautiful bouquet, have flowers in your hair and adorn practically every area around you with beautiful blooms. So why not make the most of it? But when it actually comes down to choosing a wedding florist – where on earth do you start? The vast majority of people, myself included, love fresh flowers, but have little idea of names and varieties, or what is in season and when. 

Given that the starting price for wedding flowers is around £1000, you need to think carefully about choosing your florist.

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Engagement Shoot – Easy To Socially Distance & The Perfect Keepsake

If ever there was a time to have a keepsake of your engagement, now is that time. If you were planning for your wedding to take place in 2020, chances are, your plans have been impacted by Coronavirus. We know that this entire process has likely been tremendously difficult for you both and you may feel like you don’t want to remember it, but trust me when I say that you will look back on this and be proud of both your resilience and your relationship. We think that you should strongly consider an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. And here are our reasons why:

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Two Part Wedding – Marry Now, Party Later

Are you pondering the idea of a two part wedding? If you are, this may be because of the recent easing of coronavirus restrictions. Or, this could be through personal choice or circumstance. Either way, we’re here to give you all the helpful tips, tricks and answers you need to successfully tie the knot, then host your celebrations at a later date.