Everybody loves a wedding. As well as being a chance to catch up with friends and family, it is a great opportunity to dress up for the guests as well as the happy couple. Most wedding guests treat themselves to a special outfit.
Shopping for wedding guest clothes can be fun, as you get to try on something a bit different and spend a bit more than you might normally do. However, because you are likely to be spending more money on your outfit you’ll want to make sure that it is just right. To help you to do this we have put together these simple wedding guest outfit shopping tips to help you find that perfect outfit.
Allow yourself enough time
One mistake people often make is leaving things to the last minute. When you are buying a special outfit this isn’t a great idea. Sometimes you can be lucky and find something that you like after just a few hours shopping. However, this doesn’t always happen and you can end up last minute panic buying (we’ve all been there!). Or even if you find the right outfit, you can still struggle to find the accessories that you need if you haven’t left enough time. [CLICK TO READ MORE]
One of the best things about planning your wedding is most definitely taking time out to flick through brochures (or just even Google) dreamy destinations to visit on your honeymoon. Honeymoons are the icing on the (wedding) cake as far as we’re concerned, when it comes to celebrating your marriage (YAY!), as it gives you precious time together to have adventures or just chill out after a busy pre-wedding build-up.
However, deciding just where to go – with so many choices – can cause honeymoon headaches. To inspire your once-in-a-lifetime trip, we’ve collated Sussex couples’ top ten honeymoon destinations, from the last 100 couples weddings we’ve featured… enjoy!
Ah, the Maldives. White sands, turquoise seas, palm trees – in a word: paradise! We can certainly see why it’s such a popular dream destination for so many couples from Sussex and beyond. Chill out in post-wedded bliss on tropical shores, go snorkelling and enjoy cocktails as the sun sets.
Food, shopping and architecture more your thing? New York – the city that never sleeps – could be the perfect destination for you! Take in the amazing sights, stroll through Central Park and indulge in some of the finest restaurants in the world like Love Sussex Weddings readers Anna and Chris, Francesca and Matt and Louise and Lee.
To celebrate the re-opening of Southover Grange a beautiful historic manor house in Lewes, East Sussex, following its £1.5 million refurbishment by East Sussex County Council, couples are being offered the chance to win their wedding ceremony for FREE on the opening day (29th April 2017) of this beautiful Sussex wedding venue and register office.
Councillor Chris Dowling, county council lead member for community services, said:
“The restoration has breathed new life into a stunning period building while maintaining its unique character. This competition will allow people to be part of history and for their ceremony to be the first of its kind at the newly-refurbished venue.”
The lucky winners will win the right to be the first couple to tie the knot in the newly refurbished, 16th Century Manor House with the registrars.
The competition is also open to those planning: a civil partnership, a renewal of marriage vows or a baby-naming ceremony. Each ceremony will be held on the opening day.
Cllr Dowling added: “We’re delighted to be in a position where we’re now taking bookings for ceremonies and celebrations at Southover Grange, which will provide a fantastic backdrop.”
photo: Andrew J R Squires
The winning couple will win their ceremony with the registrars officiating free of charge on the opening day, with up to 55 guests able to attend. [CLICK TO READ MORE]
You may remember a while back we told you that we were working on something big behind the scenes, a big sister wedding website to Love Sussex Weddings. Well we’re very excited to tell you that our new national wedding website WOW Our Wedding has now launched!
Happily Ever After Creative Wedding Fair will land in Brighton on Sunday 12th March 2017 and anticipation is already growing. It is to be held at the prestigious Brighton Racecourse and will feature 100 creative sellers showcasing their unique creations for couples who are on the look out for something a little different. There is also going to be craft workshops and live entertainment.
A selection of exhibitors have already been announced and we’ve picked just a few out to introduce to you today.
We love the work of Brighton based illustrator Georgie St Clair. Shown here is an example of something brides could create with their hens at a workshop. Georgie will be holding a workshop on the day of the fair too.
Looking for a real head-turner? Meet Rusty, of Chic ‘n’ Cheerful, suits all kinds of venues, and all kinds of couples! Perfect for Groomsmen, Bridesmaids and happy newlyweds. [CLICK TO READ MORE]
2016 may have been a rather explosive and testing year, but one thing’s for sure; the weddings were as wonderful as ever. Whilst the world seemed like a crazy place at times, we loved getting all happy and reminiscing with our lovely couples’ stunning Sussex wedding days – we hope you did too.
Before we wave goodbye to 2016, we wanted to take another peek at the weddings that wowed us last year. So whether you’re a regular reader in the midst of wedding planning or a recently engaged bride or groom (congrats to you! We hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration throughout the site!), grab a cuppa, your trusty notebook and perhaps a few tissues and just enjoy…
Neil Walker Photography
We started the year swooning over Tara and James’ amazing Arundel ‘do. This gorgeous couple (who are originally from Horsham) won us over not only with their elegant and intimate wedding at Arundel Town Hall and Arundel House, with just a handful of their closest family members, but also had us bowled over by their love story. Seriously, it’s like something out of our fave Hollywood films. Within just a month of meeting in the quaint market town of Horsham, they headed off on holiday and within two; they were planning on starting a new (and successful!) life together in Dubai! See more from Tara and James’ wedding – with photos from Neil Walker – here.
Photography by Daniel Karczag
It wasn’t just Tara and James who embarked on loved up adventures – Brighton couple Julie and Sam (who had a super EPIC Sussex barn wedding at Upwaltham Barns, West Sussex) planned their bloomin’ fantastic big day in an impressive six months and then jetted off FOR A YEAR LONG HONEYMOON backpacking around the world. How amazing is that? Their awesome wedding was filled with bold blooms, travel-inspired details, oh and an actual FUNFAIR. Yep, this is one you really need to see. Take a peek at their post, with pics from Daniel Karczag, right here.
Pippa Heath Photography
Backpacking and travel seems to be a common theme for our 2016 newlyweds as gorgeous couple Jackie and Dan met whilst hostel hopping around Australia. Returning to the bride’s pretty hometown of East Grinstead in West Sussex, they tied the knot in a picturesque church and celebrated in vintage style at a quaint hall. What we loved most about this fun-filled family affair was the personal touches included – even down to the cars used to transport the bridal party with good ole dad’s lovingly restored VW and the cutest bubble car we ever did see taking centre stage. Go on, check it out here.
Another wedding that had us seeing ALL the heart eyes was Suki and Thea’s beautiful tropical Brighton cinema wedding. As artists, they wanted to let their ‘creative imaginations run riot and create something truly special’. And oh boy, did they! Tying the knot at the historical Duke of Yorks in Brighton with a memorable ceremony on the theatre stage in front of their loved ones and then celebrating with a Worthing garden party, filled with music, food and dancing – their day was utterly personal. Want to see more? Feast your eyes here.
As festive weddings become more popular, our friends over at Alive Networkhave rounded up 5 of their favourite winter wedding tips from former Christmas couples. So, if you’re thinking of getting festive for your Sussex wedding, dig out a mince pie, get the kettle on and make sure you have your note pad at the ready…
1. Embrace the fact that it is Christmas!
‘We went for it and created our own winter wonderland outside our venue. We had steaming mugs of mulled wine and hot coco served to guests on their arrival. We also had a roast chestnut cart, along with a gingerbread stall and to top it off- Victorian style carol singers to provide the perfect soundtrack!’ – Natasha & Alex
2. Don’t run out of daylight when you need it most!
‘We booked our wedding ceremony for 3pm which meant we entered the church in daylight and exited in darkness. We would recommend you book your ceremony for 1pm so you’ll still have some daylight for photos etc.’ – Sarah & James
3. Invite Santa Claus to entertain the kids!
‘Weddings can be boring if you’re not an adult…lots of waiting around and sitting still, which can be hard for the kids. With that in mind, we got the little uns excited by a video message from Santa during the speeches ‘beamed directly from the North Pole’, as well as surprise sacks of gifts hidden under the tables for the kids to open.’ – Liam & Adam
4. Use lanterns, tealights & fairy lights to dress your venue!
‘With the night’s drawing in, we went crazy with the lighting at our venue. Using lanterns, tea lights, an open fire to light the venue and lined the aisle and walkways with candles.
As you already know; we LOVE to see couples celebrate their day in their very own way – and OH MY did Paul and Lydia do this in spectacular punk style.
The cool couple (who hail from Birmingham) said ‘no thanks’ to the usual suits, bridal heels and a reception (they’d done this earlier in the year already, but wanted something that was ‘just them’) – favouring instead a laid-back beach blessing, with a bridal dress bought from eBay, chunky black boots and having a few ‘quiet’ drinks around Brighton afterwards. Oh and it all has a super-awesome Tim Burton gothic vibe. Basically if we could insert all the heart emojis, we would.
Right, enough rambling from us. Here’s Paul and Lydia to tell us ALL…
We wanted a personal ceremony and kick-ass photos, we married earlier in the year at a hotel and had a sit down meal, speeches, and a party. Our photographer Rob did a great job finding some areas in the hotel that matched our style, but mentioned at the time about an ‘after wedding shoot’. This got us thinking we would have loved a beach wedding and decided to do it all again with just us. All on Paul’s birthday!
We love the alternative scene, and Brighton was perfect. We wanted a beautiful beach setting and were blessed on the day with perfect weather. Brighton and Hove is such a wonderful place!
Inspiration for our wedding came from our love of the same music; punk/post punk/new wave/gothic/alternative music. We had a gothic/punk theme. We are both big fans of Tim Burton, so there was a theme running throughout our special day!
It was all non-traditional
It was all non-traditional. We were married by Ellie of Alternative Ceremonies who was perfect for us with the theme we wanted. Rob of Rob Farrell Photography also came up with some cracking ideas for the shoot (as you can see!). They were perfect for us and we highly recommend them for anyone wanting to do something different for your special day.