12 Days of Christmas Wedding Giveaway

We’re now well into the festive season and we are pleased to present:

’12 Days of Christmas’

our daily Wedding Giveaway, in the 12 days running up to Christmas – from 13th to 24th December 2018.

From Bridal Bouquets to Wine tasting and Bridesmaid Dresses we have 12 days of wonderful prizes up for grabs!

Our giveaway will be run over on our insta page from 13th-24th December, featuring daily prizes to be won. Be sure to follow us over on the gram so you won’t miss out.

To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to like the daily post, be following/liking both @Acotswoldwedding and the business offering the daily prize. Winners will be picked at random the following morning and notified by Instagram Direct Message.

Mainland UK entrants only. This competition giveaway is in no way associated with Instragram.

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Merry Christmas

Sophie

xx

 

UK Blog Awards 2019 🇬🇧 #UKBA19

It’s that time of year again and I am beyond thrilled to announce that A Cotswold Wedding has been shortlisted in the U.K. Blog Award for the Wedding Blog category….

….. Can I get a Whoop Whoop!!

This year the finalists will be judged by a combination of public vote and a panel of judges (40% and 60% weighting accordingly!)

So I have a BIG ask…. if you love our concept and more importantly our content then please vote for us!

Here’s the link:

https://blogawardsuk.co.uk/dk_vote_post_entries/a-cotswold-wedding/

it’s one vote per person and we’ll keep you posted if we get through to the final stage – fingers crossed we do because I sorely missed out on attending the glittering awards ceremony when I was a finalist last year and I have THE most beautiful Gino Cerruti gown I’d like to wear 😉

Thank you in advance for your vote 😘

Sophie

Xx

Keeping Children Entertained – Effortlessly & Stylishly

Always a tricky subject….. are you inviting children and if you are how will you keep the little darlings entertained?

For every couple who couldn’t imagine a wedding without children being involved or in attendance there is another couple that’s dead set against having children there for fear of disrupting the day.

Involving children means that having a flower girl or page boy in attendance is possible. It may allow the parents to come as they won’t need to make alternative arrangements for childcare and if it’s someone you really want to attend this can be a huge factor in them saying no!

However the other side of the coin is that children are unpredictable – from toddler tantrums to teenager moping.

And if you do both agree to allow children to your day who do you invite?

  • Only invite children in the immediate family?
  • Do we invite all children of guests? Or will they be offended or unable to attend if we don’t invite their children?
  • And if we have several children to cater for, will they be bored?
  • What will they do all day? And no, we are not having a bouncy castle or a mountain of brightly coloured plastic strewn across our wedding venue! Aggghhhhh………..

However, with the right planning, involving children in the celebrations can be fantastic fun without compromising on a stylish and stress-free day.

Hedgerow Circus is a local company based in the Cotswolds, hiring beautiful play areas set up at weddings and events, and their teepee play corner complete with toys and art pack can be courier delivered to any UK mainland addresses.

We’re talking aesthetically pleasing displays that will have children entertained for hours and with nearly all the activities focusing around the teepee set up it won’t take up too much space if your short on it!

So whether your for, against or undecided you can rest safe in the knowledge that Hedgerow Circus can help.

Take a look at www.hedgerowcircus.co.uk or follow on Facebook or Instagram for more details…

Happy planning

Sophie

Hedgerow Circus:

✉️ hello@hedgerowcircus.co.uk

📞 01993 220778

https://www.hedgerowcircus.co.uk/

#britishbridalbootsale – The after post!

Sunday 21st October saw A Cotswold Weddings first furore into Events  with #britishbridalbootsale.

The concept is essentially a Preloved wedding fayre with a difference – newlyweds selling on their own wedding paraphernalia alongside wedding suppliers who either specialise in preloved wedding items or who have old stock/seconds/ex hire to pass on.

You see in a world fit to bursting and with a throw a away culture we need to ensure we all do our part and with the average wedding now costing in excess of £20,000 preloved is quite frankly the way forward. If you can save on that designer dress or groomswear, find alternative options for your maids and men whilst sourcing your decor and styling at half the price it is the perfect way to ‘Boss your Budget’ whilst doing right by the environment – it also means you free up additional cash if you so wish, to splash out more on your perfect venue, the photographer of your dreams or that 5 tier wedding cake.

As opening dawned the queue started early at 10.40am and the first through the door were clearly prepared for todays bargains with lots of carrier bags.  At the point of opening people were queued out to the road!

Like all boot sales, everyone arrived at once for fear of missing out on the bargains although a steady trickle of couples continued until closing time.

All in all, 100 people through the door, 100 people looking to have a gorgeous AND affordable wedding, 100 people eager for bargains. And bargains were to be had!

A special thanks to those who supported our first #britishbridalbootsale:

Sam (Infinity Dresses Bridalwear)

Marie (Precious times) n

Jess from The Homemade Wedding Company,

Miriam and Sharmila from Preloved of Cheltenham,

Pam from Beaus & Balls Formal Menswear 01452 543213

Hayley and the team from The Tipsy Newt).

Thanks also to our newlywed sellers who passed on their own loved wedding items to be reloved all over again…. even managing to sell on a Pallet Mobile Bar!

Now… to rest my weary legs and plan the next one 

Dates for 2019 to be announced shortly, expressions of interest to aotswoldwedding@gmail.com

Happy planning

Sophie xx

Here are a few pics from today….

TWO WEEKS TO GO….#britishbridalbootsale

WOW its only TWO WEEKS to go until our first (and the start of many more!) #britishbridalbootsale!

I am thrilled to announce that we have the fantastic support of SoGlosWeddings and Your Glos & Wilts Wedding Magazine for this event who have generously provided items for the goody bags and magazines for our couples.

Over 150 of you savvy couples have already snapped up tickets (although the event is FREE and tickets aren’t a necessity!)

We have Newylwed couples looking to pass on their own wedding items as well as a few select wedding suppliers who specialize in the preloved, ex hire and seconds wedding items. Over the next week or so I’ll be taking to #instagram stories to introduce these suppliers to you.

AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH…

We have got a fabulous raffle of  which all proceeds will be donated to our chosen charity Wish for a Wedding… items include birdcage tea lights, table number sets AND a full wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses up for grabs! Raffle tickets will be on sale during the fayre at £1 per strip.

If your a newlyweds that has wedding items cluttering up your spare room or perhaps you feel you’ve held onto them long enough, why not take a table and pass on your preloved items to be reloved once again

Tables can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/british-bridal-boot-sale-cheltenham-tickets-49223279153

Happy planning

Sophie xx

Flat White? The evolution of colour

For decades Brides have coveted the white wedding dress in every design possible. But is this all changing?

Designers are now creating the same beautiful designs in albeit traditional white and ivory but offering today’s discernible bride the option of having perhaps something ‘a little different’ as in dusky pink, pale grey, cappuccino or latte colour ways.

Pink Wedding Dress Inspiration

And with floral’s being a big wedding dress trend right now you only need to see the delicate rose patterned gowns overlayed with tulle to understand why – dreamy yet oh so feminine but of course still very much bridal (as seen by Lou Lou Bridal)

Floral Wedding Dress Inspiration

It’s refreshing to see at last the bridal dress evolution – we’ve watched weddings evolve from themes, to colour ways, to styles, and whilst dresses have always remained on trend and desirable by their design it’s almost felt like it they were being held back – until the embracement of delicate hues that is.

Just abit in love with these delicate Grey Wedding dresses:

Grey/Lavender Wedding Dress Inspiration

It’s not just the idea that your having something diff to the norm – it’s the option to find something that complements your style and your skin tone,  I mean unless you’ve had the obligatory tan bright white is not always a good look.

Latte/Cappuccino Wedding Dress Inspiration

As with everything try on a few styles and different hues to see what suits you…. i think you may be surprised with the result!

Stay tuned to find out about our forthcoming Style and the Bride event due to take place in the Cheltenham/Gloucester area in early 2019.

Happy Planning

Sophie

xx

Wedding Planning Series: HEN PARTY PART TWO: Afternoon Tea & Spa

Part two of hen party, I am proud to say was organised by Moi and well its alittle unoriginal.

With the unveiling of the new spa at Hatherley Manor what better way to check out the new spa. And well no spa day is complete without an Afternoon Tea either is it?!

We opted to have the afternoon tea first, booked into the restaurant at the main house we had a sumptuous tea of sandwiches, scones and yummy mini cheesecakes and torte slices. Accompanied with hot, fresh tea & coffee and of course the obligatory glass of prosecco!

The only slight downside being they weren’t 100% ready for us at the agreed time and a last minute addition of one person seemed to cause some confusion for the staff. However once ‘underway’ it was lovely.

After an hour of filling our tummies with yummy food we had over to the Spa, it’s a short walk from the main house round the side of the house to the new spa complex at the rear. Although it would be nice for an internal pathway which I’m sure is in the pipeline as the spa is so new (only open a month when we went!)

The hens had booked a variety of treatments from luxury nail manicures & pedicures through to the full body massage and exfoliation treatment.

I had booked the back, neck & shoulder massage – all the late nights creating wedding cakes meant I had some serious tension that needed sorting. My therapist was absolutely lovely, and whilst I’m an old hand at spa days, she explained everything that was going to happen, asked my preferences on the hardness of massage and temperature and checked the music was acceptable for my treatment.

A blissful 40 minutes was being spent kneaded back into shape and I felt so relaxed – I think I nearly nodded off!

After my treatment i was shown into the relaxation den – a gently lit room, soft music, with a number of single and double beds to literally just relax on  – have a glass of water, read a magazine and just ‘be’ it was wonderful.

The spa hosts a number of fabulous features, from a pool with adorning hot tub to sauna, terrarium, steam room and my fav – the experience shower! Choose from 3 wonderful setting including polar mist and tropical storm  – a variety of different water temps/flows/hardness and of course some pretty cool colour changing effects too.

Here’s what some of the hens had to say about their Hatherley Manor Spa experience:

A-little unprepared for us for the afternoon tea, but the Spa was all ready and expecting us – even the gowns were laid out ready! The spa was great and one of the better ones i’ve been to in terms of facilities.

My massage treatment was fab – would recommend going there

The spa was really nice

Loved the spa it was amazing, great range of facilities, my massage was one of the best I’ve had. Would definitely go again

Of course you must check out the spa for yourself but for now, here’s some pics:

Happy planning

Sophie & Sarah

xx

Disclaimer

Hatherley Manor kindly gifted us the spa sessions, all treatments and the afternoon tea was paid for by the hens. All options are my own and those of the hens.

Wedding Planning Series – HEN PARTY PART ONE!

The Hen Party – this proved a tricky event to arrange and being completely honest there were a few sleepless nights worrying about arranging something that would be memorable and worthy for my bestie.

Now I’m sure the bride to be wont mind me sharing, and I’ve mentioned it before, but she is pretty laid back and well, this was a little problematic from a decisions point of view.

Well what to do…. i went through ALOT of lists of options – I mean the variety of things you can do for a hen weekend is vast. Now it was really easy to come up with ideas but differences in ability and with some travelling to attend we were constrained by budget and date. The date was the main factor and this was only agreed on 4 weeks prior to the hen so it meant alot of options were no longer viable.

After much thought, and i cannot take credit for Part One of the hen as it was the brides choice. Sarah has always wanted to do GoApe… who’d of thought it! Always up for adventure i couldn’t wait to be ‘swinging from the trees’

We decided upon the Adult course at Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean, booking was easy through the website and it was the mother of he bride who engineered a great deal for us, thank you Jane.

Plenty of parking, an onside cafe and toilets it has all the facilities and being in the heart of the forest of dean and next to Mallards Pike lake it was beautiful setting.

Following our safety equipment put on and talk, we tried out the practice course under the watchful eye of the instructors and then headed on to cover 5 of the different courses that they have available – including zip wires, tarzan nights, and courses spilt into normal and difficult paths. Each course getting progressing harder and higher.

As none of us had attempted goApe before it was nice that would experience something all together, but it wasn’t for a hens so we had to have a Part Two!

A thoroughly fab afternoon was had and in terms of something different this hen idea hit all the spots, even a few achy muscles the next day – perhaps a great way for some pre-wedding body tonning! If your looking for activities that are alittle more adventurous or physical for your hens then this was perfect. On completion of the course you get a certificate (who doesn’t love a certificate!) and this gives you 15% of your next booking….. why not use it on the Segway tours that also operate from the lake through goApe? We ran out of time but it’s definitely on the list of hints to try 😉

Here’s some pictures of our day:

Happy planning

Sophie & Sarah

xx

Our Chosen Charity… Wish for a Wedding

I have thought long and hard about wanting to be able to give something back… weddings is a costly and time consuming business but how could I give something back … now I could have chosen Cancer Research or any number of pet charities, I mean who hasn’t donated to these wonderful causes.

But I wanted to be able to make a difference to something not so well know and I came across Wish for a Wedding.

Get your tissues ready NOW….

Wish for a Wedding was set up by Racheal Kirkwood after her own wedding in 2015. And it has one simple function…. to enable those couples where one or both partners are terminally ill, the chance to get married.

Often these weddings are arranged hastily, and heavily rely on donations and the goodwill of suppliers to ensure the special day for these are couples can go ahead.

In keeping with all things wedding we are proud to support Wish for a Wedding and you can donate below by clicking on the link or alternatively by attending any of our events in the future where will be donating a % of our profits from each event to this fabulous cause.

DONATE

 

Alternately you may wish to support Wish for a Wedding in a different way and they also except:

  • Donate your wedding dress for reuse
  • Donate your wedding service/products
  • Fundraise

 

I will support this charity through A Cotswold Wedding and affiliates, we hope you’ll help us to support them too

 

Sophie

xx

 

Wedding Planning Part 6: Flowers

So things are rumbling along nicely – most of the ‘biggies’ have been planned, booked or in the pipeline for finalizing feeling like we are #weddingbossing it!!

Flowers were next on the agenda. Again the abundance of suppliers meant this was looking to be another difficult choice. However recommendations where the key here and after seeing Donna from The Flower Studios work it was a done deal (provided she had space!)

All we had was a single pinterest photograph – the one in which we had based the entire wedding colour around – this beautiful image of a blue and peach/orange bouquet. The bride simply showed Donna and this and said – this is what we want! Absolutely fine was the reply.

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Now THAT’s got to be the first non stressful/thinking/decision making choice right there. Really looking forward to seeing Donna’s handiwork on the day and actually a tiny bit excited too! As we have no particular preference for what types of flowers are included we have chosen to go with mainly seasonal  – it is always worth discussing with your florist what flowers are and are not in season as this may effect the final cost of the bouquet.

Happy planning

Sophie & Sarah

xx

 

About The Flower Studio:

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Donna is able to provide flowers for all occasions but specialises in wedding and funeral design. Since opening the studio in 2009 business has blossomed and was awarded the SOUTH WEST REGIONAL WINNER OF THE WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARD BEST FLORIST 2012!

Website: https://theflowerstudio.squarespace.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flowerstudio21/

Mobile: 07789 625 453

Phone: 01242 704 134