They are a lot older now and they make me laugh so much with their funny ideas and stories. For me (as a stay at home /work from home parent) it was always about giving them stability, home cooked meals, someone to talk to and share things with. Family time in our house is about playing games, going for a walk and getting away from screens where possible as they are big fans of computer games.
Finding a Wedding Venue
My sister is getting married and I’m assisting with the planning of her wedding, which is great fun. Before I started my own business creating keepsake glass jewellery I worked for a hotel and other companies planning large events, some of these were weddings with 250 guests.
I think that the hardest part of the wedding is choosing the wedding venue, from this point everything starts to fall inline. Its like house hunting, you start with one idea of what you want and it slowly merges into something else. The best thing is to get out there and have a look at the venues.
There are so many different types of venue to go for, from manor houses, hotels, a marquee, a barn to decorate yourself, a field to create your wedding from scratch, museums, zoos, the list is only limited by your imagination and budget.
Here are my top 10 tips.
Before you go…
Think about numbers and for your day time and evening guests. - Look at venues that can accommodate these numbers.
2. CIVIL CEREMONY, BLESSING OR CHURCH?
Does the venue have a civil ceremony license if you want to get married and have the reception all in the same location? - And what numbers are they able to hold?
Is the venue going to work for most of your guests and is it convenient if you have ceremony in another location? If you’re in a field you will need to think about those less able to walk, if the venue doesn’t have accommodation where are your guests going to stay and what about transportation for the end of the evening.
4. PHONE AHEAD FOR A GUIDED TOUR.
Venues will be in use at some point, so you won’t be able to have a nosey when someone else has an event, plus its always nice to have someone able to take you around with the full knowledge of how an event would run.
Whilst you are there…
5. HOW DOES THE VENUE FEEL?
Does it make you feel special? Are the staff nice and accommodating or rushed?
6. HOW DOES THE VENUE SMELL?
Ok this is an odd one but a well looked after venue will be cleane and fresh, think of a night out at a pub and the amount of things that get dropped on the floor, these venues are for celebrating so they are going to get used.
7. HOW DOES THE VENUE LOOK?
The room maybe empty so you will have to use your imagination of how it will look dressed, they might have even dressed the room so you get an idea of what your event might look like.
Where will you have your couple photos and where will your large group shots be taken? If the weather is terrible is there somewhere indoors to accommodate you?
9. CATERING & ENTERTAINMENT.
Will you be able to choose or will you have to use the venues or companies off their recommended list?
10. EXCLUSIVE EVENT.
Are you going to be an exclusive wedding or event at the venue? When I got married it never crossed my mind if I would be the only white dress in the venue.
Good luck in hunting down the perfect place for you.
Looking forward to this Sunday 2nd December, where you can find me at St Johns Wood, between 11am - 6pm.
Photos from previous years make the event look really exciting and lots of lovely family activities too.
10% of sales will be given to St John’s Hospice, last year they raised an amazing £22,000!
Its the first time that I have shown at the Country Living Christmas Fair. I had lots of my customers come by and say hello and pick up some unique necklaces for their Christmas shopping.
If you have seen something that isn’t in the on-line shop, please contact me via Contact Me and I will be happy to help. (I normally reply within 2 days and if you haven’t heard from me please check your junk mail for an email from Hello@LizzyChambers.com)
This year I have 3 smaller events which you can find me at over the Christmas period,
2nd Dec at St Johns Wood, London, 9th Dec, Homeworks at Queens Park, London, and 15th Dec, Crafty Fox Market at Brixton, London…more details see my Events.
This November I will be at Country Living Christmas Fair on stand MB77. I’m looking forward to it and slightly nervous as it is such a large event. I have friends and family coming to help. This year it feels like the event has headed towards a more handmade fell as there are lots of designers that I know this year doing the event. Come and say hello!
I have been chosen to feature in Mollie Makes as gifts for Friends in the latest edition #99 that came out this month!
I absolutely love this venue as it has the best food and drink ever! I am lucky to be picked as a handmade collection of designer makers. If you haven’t heard of the Crafty Fox Market take at look at what they do and how they support us independent creative makers.
It was a lovely event this year but sadly a little quieter than normal, we found out that there are new plans for next years event and there will only be the one show at Hampton Court Palace. I can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year. I have been showing at this event since it started 5 years ago!
This September you can find me at the largest Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. I will be there with Samantha Morris Designs on our Stand W119 with beautiful Handmade Glass Jewellery. I will be bringing some unique pieces just for this event.