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/

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

Pleased to present…. British Bridal Boot Sale

So this evening I am pleased to announce the arrival of ……. British Bridal Boot Sale.

Our aim will be to hold bi-yearly Bridal Boot Sales focusing on allowing past couples to sell on their wedding paraphernalia to those getting planning a wedding.

From dresses and accessories to venue styling items and more.

Stay tuned to find out when we shall be launching our first show in the Autumn!

Happy planning

Sophie 

xx

Wedding Series Part 5: Bridesmaid Dresses

Next up was the Bridesmaid dress but this makes me feel abit weird – I feel to old to be called a bridesmaid but perhaps not old enough to be MOH. Being a smaller wedding the bride and groom decided from the off that they weren’t keen for flower girls and Page boys.

I’ve always coveted the Annabelle dress from The Cotswold Wedding Company, and judging from their social media it’s one of the most popular designs they offer and when you see it you’ll understand why!

Naturally, like all good bridesmaids I sent a photo to the bride. Now I’d like to point out i’m definitely not a #bridesmaidzilla but preliminary discussions between us meant we’d decided that any dress needed to compliment the brides choice – which without revealing too much this dress does . Never the less we looked at lots of options and different styles but kept coming back to this one. The beauty of online browsing.

After booking a free 1hr consultation online we headed to the Cheltenham studio.

With 8 styles of dresses available, with most designs offering knee and floor length, and in a staggering 150 colour choices you would be hard pressed not to find something you and your maids love in a suitable colour choice.

The dress has arrived today and it’s beautiful – the lace up back means a few pounds lost (or gained!) between now and the wedding won’t matter – yay!

Unfortunately you’ll have to wait for the final Wedding blog post to see it in all its glory!

Happy planning

Sophie & Sarah

Xx

Wedding Planning Series: Part 3 – Stationary

Apologises I’ve been alittle lack at keeping you all informed and updated on how the wedding planning is going! Ekkk it’s T minus -27 days!!!

It’s all been abit crazy and time has flown by, not too mention being flat out with wedding cakes in my other role.

So here’s part 3 – all about Stationary. With so much choice available and only 8 months to go this was one part of the planning that was more difficult than we thought it would be.

I guess being so open minded to what was available meant we didn’t have a firm choice to chase down.

For my own wedding I DIY’d our invites as I had a particular idea and style in mind. Sarah wasn’t hugely keen to go down the DIY route or how she wanted the stationary to look we turned to a professional.

Thankfully we had Louise from Louise Rowles Designs to help us navigate the mind field of wedding stationary.

Louise is based in Stroud and after years working as a designer for a card company branched out into creating personalised wedding stationary under her own name. Using her creative flair to design and produce stationary that is reflective of you as a couple but also working within your budget.

All Louise had to work with was our theme colours of pale blue and peach/orange. As this is a small intimate wedding the bride felt that she didn’t want a massive pocket fold of information but something simple and classic but didn’t feel old fashioned.

Louise was patient and after a chat about the type of day and things the bride liked along with what her expectations where for guests – did they need a detailed map to find the venue or accommodation options listed? What did the Bride need from her guests – where menu choices required along with the standard RSVP?

Picking a small select handful for her gorgeous range Louise narrowed down styles that matched our expectations.

We’ll reveal the final design after the wedding and we’re sure you’ll love it but for now a literary teaser – think think creamy paper with a slight texture, beautiful modern calligraphy writing set in an edging of pale blue detailing and soft gold pearlescent….. beautiful!!

Louise also Has set collections available to purchase which may be a more budget friendly option.

Happy planning

Sophie & Sarah

Xx

DIY Wedding Florals with The Homemade Wedding Company

On a beautifully warm day I was lucky enough to join The Homemade Wedding company at equally beautiful wedding and events venue Twyning Park. Nestled quietly next to the River Avon it was the perfect location to learn how to create your own bouquet and buttonholes whilst the sun glinted of the slow moving river.

The Homemade Wedding Company is the brain child of Jess Watson, who when planning her own wedding was dismayed at the lack of DIY wedding flower guides/tutorials and workshops. Combing her love of the creative with her passion for flowers Jess created her own wedding florals and honing her skills now offers couples the chance to learn how to create beautiful bouquets and flower crowns in her intimate workshops

After a meet and greet, (I finally got to meet handbag queen @harrietshandbags!) Jess introduced us to the flowers we would be using – roses, gerbera, gypsophilia and alstromeria.

What is great with the flowers Jess uses in her workshops are that they are readily accessible – utilizing supermarket flowers where ever possible although details of local wholesalers that do allow members of the public to purchase were great too if you wanted to use specific flowers or where looking for something that wouldn’t necessarily be in season at the time of your wedding.

Her advice for keeping these flowers fresh was another great tip and i am sure the brides on the workshop will be heavily using their baths in the run up to their day!

Each section was broken down into easy bite sized chunks – first watching Jess demonstrate the technique and them having a go ourselves – Jess was there for every step often stepping in to help out if needed. As someone who has the knack of wiring sugar flowers to a fine art I’m not afraid to share that my ‘twineing’ skills leave a lot to be desired.

from creating a simple hand tied buttonhole to the starting arrangement of your bouquet it was thoroughly covered. I had a fantastic time and have come away confident that I could recreate florals for a wedding.

…and just in case we couldn’t remember the details there was a handy crib sheet at the end to take away along with the beautiful florals we had created.

Here are my finished florals:

More pics from the workshop:

Happy planning

Sophie

xx

What to find out more:

Disclaimer

Whilst Jess kindly #gifted a place on her popular workshop all opinions and views are my own.

Venue Spotlight: The Grange, Hyde Barn

Hyde Barn is def in my top 3 favourite Cotswold Barn venues. Ideally situated between Stow-On-Wold and Bourton-OnThe-Water it has a really Cotswoldy feel to it and due to its good access and central location a popular choice for those couples who have family and friends spread far and wide (the handy on site accommodation is a bonus too!)

When I was offered the chance to come and check out their new Ceremony barn, The Grange, how could I say no?

The barn has been expertly styled to complement Hyde House and Hyde Barn – beamed ceilings, bespoke chairs, gorgeous lighting and stunning panoramic windows. Other than the modernity of the slightly industrial lighting it carries every inch the atmosphere of a barn centuries older.

I particularly loved the styling around the gardens – its own courtyard garden and borders ensure this is a very private and separate space from the house and barn and with careful consideration for the brides entrance via the secluded walkway to the barn doors.

You’ll Love This Venue If

Your in love with the idea of a barn or rustic wedding with a modern twist, and looking for a aesthetically pleasing, spacious venue with panoramic Cotswold views that isn’t going to cause goose bumps!

The addition of the Ceremony barn adds a wonderful separateness that you won’t get at other barn venues – meaning no ‘turn around time’ for removing the ceremony chairs and allowing the wedding breakfast to commence.

 

Can my guests stay

Hyde House is the onsite accommodation with 20 comfortable rooms allowing the couple and guests to stay and with both Stow-On-wold and Bourton-On-water within a stones throws there are plenty of options available for guests.

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How Many Guests Can It Hold?

The new ceremony barn seats 150 with beautiful views across open countryside, the barn has bar and snug area, entrance/lobby area for mingling as well as the beautiful beamed dining hall  for your wedding breakfast. The dining hall in the barn can seat up to 175 guests.

Why Chose This Venue

If your after that perfect barn wedding with all mod cons complete with panoramic open countryside views of the Cotswolds. The experienced team are on hand to help with aspects of your wedding planning and the newly created The Grange, ceremony barn gives you the option of saying ‘i do’ indoors or outside under the bespoke Arbour which is also licensed.

This venue is light, warm and spacious with options for all eventualities weather wise. Along with stunning Cotswold views the outdoor space and gardens allow guests to mingle freely.

 

More images to swoon over:

 

 

Happy planning

Sophie x

Reflective wedding. What will your wedding say about you?

Channel flicking I came across Sex and The City reruns – and it got me thinking to Carrie’s Wedding…. you know the one where she puts a bird on her head and an oh so fabulous Vivienne Westwood bespoke bridal gown on.

If you’ve been a fellow Sex and the City fan (it was the theme for my hen do) then you’ll know the history between Carrie and Mr Big and the unglamorous way he left her almost at the alter only to reconcile and marry in the way that worked for them.

 

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What a waste of a beautiful bouquet

I couldn’t help but wonder are we being led into having big glossy Pinterest weddings for fear of disdain over our choices?

Whilst we’ve seen a huge revival in alternative weddings, when it comes to wedding planning are we just ‘picking a style’ that will ensure guest delight as it conforms to the expected rather than what is reflective of us as a couple?

When Carrie picked out her wedding outfit it was a beautifully cut vintage two piece suit, from a charity shop. Her delight at finding this vintage gem was clear to see, even on screen, but the disapproval of those she showed her suit to lead Carrie to wavier from her choice and chose the Vivienne Westwood dress  (not that this gown was not absolutely flipping stunning!) but it wasn’t ‘her’, it wasn’t reflective of her or her style.

Then came the type of wedding. Mr Big wanting a smaller intimate affair (probably as he had been married a few times before) but as the screen play carried on Carrie was being talked into a bigger and more bolder wedding, clearly something she wasn’t comfortable with.

So the point of this post….. whether you favour an unconventional wedding outfit, a black diamond for your engagement ring or want to hold your ceremony on  a private strip on land, stay true to yourselves, after all its YOUR wedding so it needs to be done YOUR way. And if you’ve guests that don’t approve …. its simple they don’t need to accept your invite 🙂

TOP TOP: surround yourself with those besties that you can depend on no matter what

 

Have you ever chosen something, or chosen something for your wedding that wasn’t you but went with it to appease others? I’d love to hear from you, why not comment below 🙂

Here’s so more SATC Weddings to swoon over:

Happy planning

 

Sophie xx

 

Here’s some SATC wedding pics: