The Redfords

Finding it difficult to choose a first dance? have a look through these five popular, 5 unusual and 5 Quirky first dances chosen and played live at recent weddings by The Redfords

The Redfords

Popular

Wonderful tonight (Eric Clapton)

Thinking out Loud (Ed Sherran)

Can’t Take my Eyes off of you (Frankli Vallie/ Andy Williams)

At last (Etta James)

Make you Feel my Love (Adele)

Unusual

The Voyage (Christy Moore)

Video Games (Lana Del Ray)

Rainbow Connections (Muppets)

If I Should Fall Behind (Bruce Springsteen)

I will Follow you into the Dark (Death Cab for Cutie)

Quirky

Hey Ya Outcast (from TV show Srubbs)

I’m a Believer (Monkees from Shrek)

You’ve got the Love (Florence and the Machine)

The Baywatch theme 

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A wedding on a budget needn’t be a cheap wedding!  The wedding of your dreams is meant to be a fairtale story, and one that you may have been planning in your head since you were five and played kiss chase at school.  But in reality the cost of a designer wedding dress, stunning venue, amazing cake and more can all add up.   The average wedding is now costing £21,000 according to research, which is no small sum, and doesn’t even include the honeymoon or rings.  To get to that average, some couples will have spent considerably more, and others considerably less.

Today, we are going to look at spending considerably less for those who are planning their wedding on a budget.  Indeed it is possible to hold a wedding for under £10,000 with some careful planning, useful resources and good friends and family.

Wedding on a Budget does not mean a Cheap Wedding!

1.  Set a budget and stick to it!

Download Weddings in Surrey Budget calculator which will ensure you don’t go overboard.  Simply type in your budget and as you spend on each item it will calculate the total spend and what you have left.  It’s hard to cheat!

2.  Venues – Get married in November.

A winter wedding is always going to be cheaper than in Summer, and booking a midweek day can mean that you get 50% off the high season price.   If you don’t need a year to plan your wedding opt for Late Availability where you can snag a top notch venue for less.

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3.  Negogiate

Ask if there is any room for negotiation on wedding suppliers prices.  If it is a quiet time for them you may get a reduction.

4.  Friends and Family

Friends and family are often delighted to be asked to help.  If you wedding is more DIY, get them to pitch in with making the favours or table decorations. Even better if one is a make-up artist, hairdresser or photographer.

5.  DIY Wedding

Make your own wedding stationery and venue decorations.  Hobbycraft have everything you need and there is plenty of inspiration to be found on our Pinterest page.

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6.  Go Digital

Use media to send invitations and receive responses.  This is a completely free and bang on trend way to manage your wedding.

7.  Bridalwear

There are plenty of bridal shops selling sample or once worn Bridalwear saving you loads of ££££££ for a designer wedding dress.  Swoon Wedding Gowns in Weybridge is the leading High Street retailer specialising in this area.

Sample Bridal wear - Weddings in Surrey

8.  Bridesmaids

Go High Street – especially when the post Xmas sales are on.  Check out the sales of Coast and Phase 8 who can stock brilliant bridesmaidy dresses at half price!

9.  Flowers

Choose flowers in season to reduce costs, or even better save jam jars, decorate with antique lace and bundle in posies of seasonal flowers.  The bridal bouquets can be re-used to decorate the top table – just stand them in some pre-placed vases.

 

Wedding Table Decorations - Weddings in Surrey

10.  Favours

Favours can be very expensive and the very one thing that are left on the tables when the wedding is over – so in our opinion don’t go mad.  Some ideas (and one that definitely won’t be left on the table) is to buy a Lottery Ticket for each guest.  Have a Sweet Buffet and personalise the sweetie bag as place names.  The guests can simply pop over to the sweet buffet and fill their bags.

11.  Guests

The more guests you have the more expensive your wedding reception is going to be.  With the average venue charge at least £65/head you can see how fast the money is going to go when you invite everyone you know.  Do you really want to invite the neighbours of your parents, or the 3rd cousin twice removed, or have every child?   This is where you have to rein it in if you want to control the spend.  Invite family and close friends, or invite immediately family and friends.  Evening guests are usually quite happy with a welcome drink and a canape.

12.  Wedding Transport

Anyone got a posh, vintage Car or VW Camper Van?  The bride usually arrives last which means no-one sees it anyway.

13.  Wedding Entertainment

It can be expensive to hire professionals – do you know a student band looking for exposure?  Consider hiring a Sound System and plugging in your own personal play list from an Ipod.

14.  Food and Drink

If you are not tied into the wedding venue, do the food and drink yourself.  That doesn’t necessarily mean being tied to the kitchen sink the week before you wedding but look at alternative catering.  A Spit Lamb Roast is a perfect and affordable solution to serve large numbers of guests – washed down with local wine, beer or cider.  Butcherland Lamb Roasts in Sussex are very popular with weddings – a company steeped in family tradition they roast the lamb over a wood fire.  Hire a mobile cocktail bar – most guests do not mind if the bar is not free for the entire wedding.

Butcherland Lamb Roast - Weddings in Surrey

Butcherland Lamb Roasts

Mobile cocktail bar - Weddings in Surrey

Kampai Cocktails

 15.  Preloved

Check out auction sites such as Preloved for secondhand wedding and bridal items.  Once the wedding is over, couples find themselves laden with 50 or so glass tealight holders, tiaras, veils and so on.  A bargain can be found on preloved wedding goods that may not even have been used.

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We recently caught up over a steaming mug of coffee and a mince pie with Hannah Martin of Hannah Martin Flowers.  She works from the most picturesque studio based right on the River Thames in Walton on Thames.  Have to say her view out of the window is much more scenic and interesting than the one we have, which must really help with the creative flow when designing her stunning floral displays and wedding bouquets.

We asked Hannah to share her ideas on winter wedding flowers.

“For winter wedding flowers look no further than beautiful and fresh flowers such as tulips, anemones and ranunculus all of which are available during the winter months and can offer life and light during the cold, dark months.

Hannah Martin Flowers recently provided the flowers for an intimate winter wedding held on the river at The Anglers pub in Walton-on-Thames. The couple weren’t too keen on going too Christmass-y so we used clean and crisp white frilly Honeymoon tulips, white ranunculus and deep indigo anemones in gold-leafed bowls, alongside gold tealights for a bit of extra sparkle (they couldn’t resist a bit of the festive spirit!). Deep aubergine-coloured calla lilies made an elegant Bridal Bouquet, and a perfect Groom’s buttonhole.”

For those thinking that there’s not much floral choice in winter, think again! There’s a whole load of beautiful blooms to pick from to complement your winter wedding.

Hannah Martin Flowers - Weddings in Surrey

Hannah Martin Flowers - Weddings in Surrey

Hannah Martin Flowers - Weddings in Surrey

Hannah Martin Flowers - Weddings in Surrey

~About Hannah~

I have one wish – to pioneer beautiful and elegant floristry using stunning blooms to create simple enchanting designs.

Based in Walton-on-Thames, working from my ‘small but perfectly formed’ workshop overlooking the River Thames, I use inspiration from the nature that surrounds me within all my creations.

After pursuing a short but invaluable career in destination marketing, I couldn’t resist the call to follow my dreams and pursue my passions and become a florist. The seed was planted at an early age by my beloved Gran, who’s love of flowers and flower arranging (albeit for the Women’s Institute!) rubbed off on me along with her tireless unbounded creativity.

Starting as a delivery driver for Royal florist Moyses Stevens, quickly stepping up the ladder to manage one of their shops, this experience resulted in an amazing six year career at leading fashionable florist, McQueens, as Events Manager. This wonderful opportunity allowed me to venture into the celebrity world on many occasions as well as working with hundreds of couples to provide flowers for their special day. Working together with some of the most talented florists and floral artists in the country, I have built up my creative portfolio to suit any occasion and need.

I truly love my job, and I would love you to be part of it!

Tel: 07768 031183

Email: hannah@hannahmartin.net

www.hannahmartin.net

Pantone have come up with not just one but two colours for 2016.  Rose-Quartz, a delicate pink, teamed with Serenity, a gorgeous calming shade of blue.   We’ve put together a moodboard of inspiration taken from Pinterest

Perfect for Spring & Summer weddings the ideas could be endless as you plan.  Mophead hydrangeas mixed with pink rananculas for flowers, blush wedding dresses and so on.  Enjoy.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016 - weddingsin.co.ukImages taken from Pinterest.com

When award winning wedding magician Danny Jurmann of Red Hat Magic entertained the guests at the Michelin starred restaurant the Harrow at Little Bedwyn they knew he would keep the atmosphere fizzing, the conversation flowing and increase the party vibe.

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A wedding is no different.  Weddings have an eclectic guest mix of family, friends, the very young, the very old and anything in-between.  You can look on as groups huddle together in their own circle of friends and families, sticking to who they know. One of the Weddings In team was at a wedding recently where one female guest knew absolutely nobody but the bride.  She bravely drew a deep breath and went around introducing herself.  ‘That lady has got guts I thought’.

Filling the time with wedding entertainment like a Wedding Magician before the bride arrives, during the photographs, wedding reception drinks, or the party afterwards can be key to creating a magical atmosphere and getting your guests to mingle and get to know each other.  Often solving that problem where some guests do not know anybody.

Hiring Red Hat Magic is a perfect way to bring people together and turn polite but awkward conversation into lively laughter.  Watching Danny Jurmann perform some amazing miracles will leave your guests with memories of an amazing day.

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What they say:

“I’ve seen a couple of magicians at wedding fairs and not one has wowed me like your tricks did”

“Thank you very much for an amazing show and lots of small touches.  That was so kind of you, Davina and Oz kept going on (and keep going on) about how great it was and were truly delighted.  Thank you thank you for making their day special!!!

“A very special “Thank You” for entertaining everyone so well at our wedding.  Everyone enjoyed it and spoke of you afterwards.  It all added so much to the general atmosphere.

Some words from bride Jess

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