How to create your perfect wedding gift list

As you plan what may possibly be the most unforgettable day of your life, it’s easy to focus primarily on the core elements. These include your wedding gown, venue, guest list, cake, flowers and transport options. It may not be until someone asks you, or one of your relatives or friends, what might be an appropriate wedding present that you realise there’s yet another task to complete. Your job is to create a wedding gift list that’s right for you as well as your other half. If you’re struggling and don’t know where to begin, here are a few tips that might help.

Make an early start

Aim to put your gift list together as soon as possible after you send out invitations to guests (or ideally at the same time). That is because guests will begin to ask about presents straight away. Generally, people like to know what items you will value most, so creating a list with a single supplier, such as a department store you love, is often a good idea. If you hastily put together a wedding gift list as an afterthought, and decide not to use a single supplier, you may well find yourself confronted with identical gifts, which is a waste of everybody’s time and money.


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Wedding budget 101: Money saving tips for your big day

If you’re planning your wedding, but your budget is tight, you may be worried that you can’t have the magical day you’ve always dreamed of. Well, that’s just not true!

Many brides are planning their big day based on a smaller budget than what their parents had, but thanks to varying trends and shifting traditions – weddings are much more flexible and that means, so is the cost!

Here you’ll find a few helpful tips and a little food for thought on how you can save money on your wedding and still have the one you’ve always dreamed of.


We begin with a sizable chunk of any wedding budget: the catering. If you have lots of guests and a rather high-end price per head then you’re going to be looking at an expensive meal, and that’s not forgetting the drinks [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Food and Drink For Your Wedding – What Should Be On Your Menu?

At any wedding, catering is right at the top of the list of priorities. Your guests need to be fed and watered, but you don’t want to break the bank at the same time. Here, we take a look at what should be on your wedding menu.


Finger food – All parties, never mind a wedding reception, benefit from finger food that guests can help themselves to. Pizza slices, sandwiches and oriental bites are all party favourites that can be tailored to everyone’s specific tastes and dietary requirements.

Something sweet – Obviously the cake is the main attraction of any wedding reception, but you can never have too much of the sweet stuff when there is cause for celebration. Chocolate delights, such as a chocolate fountain where you can dip marshmallows and strawberries, as well as sweets are sure to go down well with adults and children alike.

Vegetarian options – With lots of guests at your reception, there is a good chance that there will be the need for a vegetarian option. Make sure to provide meat-free alternatives and check out any special dietary needs your guests may have.

Main course – As it is your wedding, what is on the menu is completely up to you, but try to ensure that there are plenty of options for those fussier eaters. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to boast the fanciest menu at your wedding – in fact, fish and chips and street food vans are growing in popularity when it comes to wedding catering options. If you are looking at how you can keep costs down to a minimum, because we all know that weddings are expensive, consider steering clear of that over-the-top menu. 


Champagne/Prosecco – Your guests will be wanting to toast the happy couple and, to do this, they require a glass of bubbly. In an ideal world, champagne and prosecco would come out of a tap instead of water, unfortunately that isn’t the case and the price of a bottle certainly isn’t cheap. For many, it just isn’t financially feasible to have numerous bottles on the go throughout the evening, so only look to provide enough for a glass or two per person for the toasts.


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Make your big day extra special with these wedding entertainment ideas

With Christmas and New Year celebrations a distant memory, and with the end of the winter (finally) in sight, we can all start looking forward to the first flowers of spring, the warmer months and those long summer nights!

One thing that the spring/summer months also bring is the wedding season! I’m lucky enough to be on the guest list for a couple of weddings this year, but one thing my bride and groom-to-be friends tell me is that the entertainment aspect of their wedding is a bit of a sticking point.

Many head down the traditional route with a DJ and some special lighting effects, many others take it up a notch and hire a high-class wedding band like Vibetown to get everyone up on their feet. But others want something a little different, but aren’t sure what to look into.

Well, here you’ll find a few wedding day entertainment ideas that will add an extra special touch to your big day.

Bring all the fun of the fair

Why not introduce a country fair or village fete theme to your wedding as part of the entertainment? If you’re already hiring a marquee then why not step it up a gear? Be generous with traditional style bunting and then add some fresh flowers to give it all an authentic look. Hire some small traditional style stalls and create a coconut shy, a hoopla game, tin can alley or even darts!

Outdoor games

If a village fete style wedding doesn’t do it for you but you’re still having your wedding outdoors, then why not consider some giant outdoor games? Outdoor skittles, a giant snakes and ladders game, a huge chess game, connect four game or jenga? These are brilliant for keeping your younger guests entertained too.


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2017: 6 Sussex weddings you really need to see again!

2018 may already be well underway, but on this grey January day; we’re hankering after a nice cuppa and feasts for the bridal eyes, so put that to do list down and join us for a few minutes reminiscing about 6 of 2017’s weddings that really made us smile.

In March, we headed to two of our fave Sussex wedding destinations: beautiful Brighton and wonderful Worthing with Natalie and Ocean’s ship-shape wedding at Brighton Registry Office and then Coast Café on Worthing beach! This cool couple (who were together 13 years before saying I do) based their theme around their love of the sea (they also live on a houseboat – told you they were cool) and it was all hands on deck to create a fun day combining all things nautical. Check it out on our big sister website Wow Our Wedding.

The beach theme certainly stayed popular (who wouldn’t want a wedding by the sea, especially as we live so close to the coast!) and played a big part of Vicki and David’s stunner of a summer wedding in Worthing. After a lovely, traditional ceremony at St John the Baptist’s Church in Findon, the loved-up couple hopped in a VW campervan to their seaside celebrations at Worthing Sailing Club. We fell hook, line and sinker for this wedding, not only because Vicki and David planned it in just six months (yep, you read that right: SIX MONTHS! Amazing!) but because of the heart-warming personal details – including Vicki’s super-talented mum making the gorgeous bridal gown and the bridesmaids dresses too. Take a peek at it here!

As flower-lovers, we’ve always wanted to see a florist tie the knot. And boy-oh-boy, did Juliet and James’ bloomin’ beautiful big day delight us! Not only were the flowers to die for (Juliet is one green-fingered goddess!), but their relaxed ‘do at Farbridge Barn was a real family and friend affair, which continues to make us smile. If you’re a fan of foliage, fun and rustic barn weddings; you really need to feast your eyes on this swoon-worthy Sussex wedding pronto.

Hands up who gushed over the above fab photo by Neil William Shaw? We did exactly that when it landed in our inbox earlier this year. Then when we spoke to the amazing Amanda, who planned her big Brighton ‘do with hubby Sim, in just three months; we knew we’d remember this very Brighton wedding for a very long time. And with pom-pom decorations (and a pom-pom fight!), a tea drinking ceremony and games on Palace Pier, we think you will too! Get ready to smile here.


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3 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Your wedding day is likely to be one of the biggest, best, and most carefully-planned out days of your entire life. It’s a special day, an emotional occasion, and one which will be remembered forever. For that reason, it is important to ensure that your wedding is as unique and tailored to your individual personality as possible – after all, if everything goes according to plan, you will only have one wedding day to look back on!


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A Beautiful Brighton Beach and Barn Wedding ~ Emma and Maria

Emma and Maria 
from Yorkshire got married at Brighton’s Alfresco restaurant (a beautiful restaurant on Brighton beach)
 and held their reception party at Ditchling Village Barn and Green.

We love that Emma and Maria couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else but Brighton and that they got engaged at the beautiful Brighton bandstand!

We’re handing over to lovely Emma for all the wedding planning details:

We got married in Brighton because it will always be a special place to us; we had two very happy years living there, and I proposed to Maria on the bandstand. So, when we decided to move back “up north” to be near family, we knew we had to squeeze in a wedding before we left; we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else!

We wanted to use as many local suppliers as possible, so we Googled to see what there was, made phone call enquiries and found most of them that way. We found our photographer at the Wonderful Wedding Fair in Brighton; we saw that she’d done a same sex wedding before and her style was exactly what we were looking for – soft, relaxed, and natural.


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Win your wedding photography – calling all four-legged photographers!

Fancy having photos taken by your four-legged family member in your wedding album? Dog lovers, this is a wedding competition that will get tongues wagging!

Gemma, at Betti Confetti Photography, has launched ‘Dog & Tog’ and is offering one lucky, animal-loving couple the chance to win their complete wedding photography, alongside pictures taken by their pooch.

Gemma, an experienced, creative, documentary photographer will be behind the camera as usual. In addition, with the help of a Go-Pro and a specially designed dog-harness, your dog will capture the day from their perspective. The wide-angle camera is broad enough to snap the action going on around them, and as it can be taken from the back of their head, it also keeps their ears in shot – how sweet is that?!

The deadline to enter is midday on 31 August 2017 and it’s open to couples getting married before 14 February 2018. You can find the full competition details and how to enter here:

If you’re getting married outside of the competition dates but love this idea, then just mention the code WOW_WOOF15 to get 15% off a booking. Entrants who don’t win can also use this code.

For regular bookings with ‘Dog & Tog’ added on, 10% of the package (after travel & accommodation costs) will be donated either to an animal charity of the couple’s choice, or my local RSPCA (Brighton), or Roger’s Wildlife Rescue.

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A Beautiful Pangdean Barn Wedding in the South Downs – Hayley and Matt

Love Sussex Weddings reader Hayley and husband Matt from Worthing got married in West Sussex in April this year.

They tied the knot in beautiful Pangdean Barn, nestled in the stunning Sussex South Downs National Park.

We’re handing over to beautiful bride Hayley for the low-down on their beautiful barn wedding… [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Wedding Favours That ROCK – Brighton Gin Minis & Rock

Looking for cool wedding favours that rock? Well how about these lovely and local Brighton Gin Miniatures and sticks of rock? 

Perfect for a seaside wedding or a seaside themed wedding! Especially a Brighton one!

The rock is mint flavour and makes a very cheeky ‘Rocktail’ too by adding to a Brighton Gin & tonic!

Watch this video to find out how to make your very own ‘Rocktail:

The Brighton Gin minis can be bought from most independent off licences in Brighton & Hove, including –

Quaff Hove & Fiveways

Ten Green Bottles

Twenty One Wines




They retail for around: £96 for a box of 20 50ml bottles and 55p per stick of rock.

Brighton Gin minis and rocktails are suitable for those of legal drinking age only (obvs!)

Planning a seaside wedding? Why not tell us about it below or send us the photos to see if we can share it here on Love Sussex Weddings or on our UK wedding website WOW Our Wedding!

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