In years gone by I used to make resolutions at New Year, the usual ones of wanting to lose weight, get fit, cut down on alcohol etc., it didn’t take me too long to realise however that these were doomed to fail at the first fence. You see, it’s my birthday on 3rd January, so cutting down on food and alcohol on the 1st just don’t work for me! Especially this coming birthday as I will be celebrating not just a milestone number but the fact that I’m still here to celebrate. As you may already know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2012 so the first half of this year was spent undergoing and recovering from chemo and radiotherapy.
So, instead of New Year resolutions I tend to have hopes and plans for the coming year which are more realistic and tangible. I’ve already been working on my relaunched blog and that feels like an achievement after months of not having the energy mentally to tackle it. So I’m ahead of the game already 🙂 Can you help me out by letting me know what you’d like to see here? I’ve also been giving more attention to social media, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I’m especially loving Pinterest and have spent lovely hours creating some wedding inspiration boards there. Are you on Pinterest? If not and you’d like to be then let me know and I’ll send you an invitation. It’s a great resource and tool for planning lots of different things from the look of a wedding to home decor, recipes and tutorials.
Mr Lilguys is home at the moment until after my birthday weekend which is lovely. He works away most weeks so we generally only get a few days a week together. It’s been lovely to spend some quality time together and to have a break from the norm, and having kind of lost my mojo earlier this month I can now feel the creativity coming back, which is something of a relief!
First on my To Do list is a revamp of my website to include a jewellery and gifts section. As well as handmade wedding stationery I also make sterling silver jewellery and other items such as letter openers. What sort of thing would you consider giving to someone getting married, or from you to your bridal party as gifts? I have a growing list if ideas but I’d love to hear yours!
Something quite rare is happening this New Year as we start off with a New Moon too, apparently the last time this happened was 19 years ago, so it feels like a very fresh start to the year. I’m feeling very positive that this will be a great year (lets’s face it, it could only really get better for me after 2013!) and I sincerely hope that it’s a brilliant year for you too.
As the year draws to a close I’m looking forward at the upcoming trends for weddings for the coming year. Christine Dyer of BridalTweet recently asked the experts what their predictions were and I’d like to share them with you:
Text Dominant Invitations
You don’t need to lose style and quality – have invitations printed on really thick card as they used to be in days gone by ready to be propped on the recipients mantlepiece!
Detailed Backs on Wedding Gowns
Hand Painted Wedding Cakes
Tea Length Dresses
Large Ruffled Skirts
Gold Table Decor
Brides Posing In Front Of Doors
Printed/Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses
Tutus for Flowergirls
What are you having for your wedding? Leave me a comment below!
Middleton Lodge is a charming private country mansion in North Yorkshire. Set in 250 acres of private parkland, it was built in 1780 by architect John Carr of York. For over 30 years this impressive Georgian mansion has been home to the Allison family who have dedicated themselves to restoring the Estate to its former glory.
Over the last few years Middleton Lodge has become one of the country’s most unique settings for large and intimate weddings, corporate events, film shoots, photo shoots and for special celebrations. At Middleton Lodge their ethos is simple: whatever the reason or for however long you are staying, our aim is to make our home your home from the moment you arrive.
Middleton Lodge, just outside Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, has been named best wedding venue and the lodge’s Anna Russell picked up best wedding event team in the regional rounds of the Wedding Industry Awards.
James Allison, owner of the private mansion house which opens up for weddings, events, and a supper club, said he, his family and staff were thrilled.
“We were recognised in two awards which I understand is quite unusual – most venues or suppliers just take one each – so we are looking forward to going into the national round in January,” he said.
“To be shortlisted you must receive enough votes from your customers, and then a panel of judges decide overall winners.”
Middleton Lodge started holding weddings in 2008 and since then has grown and improved with each year – and the double win is the team’s first set of awards.
Mr Allison added: “Next year we will be adding a nine room boutique hotel and restaurant in the converted coach house.”
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge has honey-coloured sandstone buildings that have been sensitively restored, retaining many of the original features, with high ceilings, exposed beams and original timber panelling in many of the rooms.
The Stables Restaurant will show off high exposed ceilings and look out onto the courtyard and across the old paddock to the farm house.
As an extension of the highly successful Middleton Lodge Supper club, the food will be contemporary British fare, using local ingredients wherever possible.
“It is an exciting time for us – we are really excited about it because the whole team has worked really hard. We feel that it is well deserved for them.”
The awards, set up by wedding photographer Damian Bailey and his wife Anna, give venues and suppliers the chance to prove their worth in the competitive industry.
The finals of the national Wedding Industry Awards will take place in London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, on January 15.
Joe Blackman, Founding Director and CEO at Collection 26, a couture wedding and event planning company commented on this query:
“One of the most common issues busy people face when planning a wedding is time. We have planned many weddings for England and Wales international footballers, and the most common problem, even for people with jobs with more regular hours, is actually still making the time to actually spend quality time together without having to spend every free moment you have together negotiating contracts with venues, doing due-diligence on bands to ensure you have a really quality entertainment act turning up, ensuring caterers have communicated power requirements to venues, ensuring they have the relevant health and safety documentation and risk assessments… the list goes on! We generally are brought on board to ensure that all of the boring, but crucial parts of planning a wedding are executed to perfection, leaving couples to focus on all the exciting decisions and creative planning that they love – but without having to worry about ensuring one of your suppliers might go bankrupt!”
Blackman continues… “If people are planning weddings themselves, one of the most important things to consider are a lot of the things people forget. Have you really vetted your suppliers to ensure that they are in a strong financial position, just because someone has a nice website, this doesn’t tell you a lot about how credible they are. Try and ask for recommendations from wedding planners who have used them, as they generally are more experienced in comparing different types of supplier.”
Collection 26 have seen a significant shift in responsibilities between couples planning their wedding and would say about 20-30% of weddings see groom’s take the lead, or people divide responsibilities up.
“One person may be more focused on the creative and design elements of the wedding, with another focusing more on the planning. It’s a fantastic idea to share responsibilities, as both people then feel part of the day, and this generates an excitement with the involvement. You tend to find people enjoy/prefer managing elements that are more related to their day job, for example, if the bride is an accountant, it’s easy to guess what part of the wedding she will be most focused on”Joe Blackman – Founding Director, CEO.
After years of quietly and skilfully orchestrating unique, creative and utterly luxurious events, Collection 26 has decided to step into the limelight and share its portfolio of fabulous wedding celebrations and wealth of knowledge with the wedding world. Collection 26 have just released their new, fully re-branded website which reveals their portfolio of weddings for the first time, please visit their website to experience the Collection 26 way to get married. You can also find Collection 26 on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.
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