• Wedding Reception

    Indian Cuisine for Your Wedding

    One of the most important aspects of a wedding is the food. The selection of a caterer can make or break the special day. A good meal will be remembered long after the celebrations have passed, but mediocre food or not having enough for everyone will wreck even the most festive wedding. There are a variety of cuisines you can choose from when it comes to your wedding day. Indian cuisines are one of the most popular cuisines in traditional weddings. Below we will discuss how Indian cuisines are prepared and served during a wedding.

    curryPlanning the catering will begin with a meeting to decide on the menu. Tastings may be done for the family so decisions can be made about which dishes to serve. The caterer will ask for information such as guest count and any food restrictions in order to decide how much will be needed for the event. This is often done many weeks or months before the ceremony. As the day gets closer, the caterer will check on guest count and make final changes. At the event itself, the catering staff will set up food stations or pass the dishes to guests.

    For most weddings, appetizers will be served before dinner begins. These should be light snacks such as samosas, chokha, or soup that will signal the start of the meal. The type of food served during this portion of the meal depends on the region and culture of the bride and groom, although it is always wise to have at least a couple of vegetarian Indian cuisine dishes available. Drinks may be served during this time and can include tea, soft drinks, virgin cocktails, or alcohol depending on the religious beliefs of the guests.

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    Wedding Trends in 2022

    For the past two years since the pandemic, there have been many changes with weddings. As we reach 2022, we’re looking forward to getting back to the norm. Some couples have had to postpone their wedding during the past year. With this new year coming, it might be the perfect time to plan ahead and finally have the wedding you’ve been waiting for. 

    Wedding trends are constantly changing every year, and we’ve gathered a list of trends that we’re likely to see in 2022. If you’re looking for some inspiration next year for your wedding, below are some ideas. 

    Outdoor Weddings

    As many of us had to stay in for quite some time, it’s fair to say that outdoor weddings will be a popular trend this coming year. This type of wedding is perfect during summertime, and there are many types of outdoor weddings you can opt-in for. Some examples include a classic garden wedding or, better yet, a beach wedding. For something different, a rooftop wedding is another great outdoor venue

    Vintage Weddings

    Vintages weddings never really go out of style. We’re likely to see more of this type of wedding this coming year. It’s timeless, and more and more couples are having a vintage-inspired theme wedding. You can go all out and have your guests wearing something from the olden days, whether that’s in the 70s or 80s. When choosing a venue, you may want to look for something historical and related to the kind of vintage theme you’re after. 

    Simple and Small Weddings

    Weddings don’t always have to be big and grand. Having a small and simple wedding will always be on-trend as there are couples who prefer this type of wedding. This kind of wedding is more intimate, and only close relatives or friends usually are invited. You may want to opt for this wedding if you prefer only to have your close ones around or if you prefer a simpler wedding. 

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    Wedding trends Prediction in 2022

    After weathering through a tough year of lockdown restrictions during the pandemic, many wedding plans were disrupted, postponed and cancelled. Still, with the recent lockdown easing during July 19, engaged couples are looking forward to 2022 with renewed hope and excitement.

    With many couples planning to reschedule their wedding plans and finally tie the knot in 2021 and onwards, there will undoubtedly be a big surge of new trends and significant changes to wedding trends in 2022. There will undoubtedly be a few trends to stay and a couple of trends that will become obsolete. To help you get a head start on your wedding plans, here are our wedding trends predictions in 2022.

    Unconventional Wedding Entertainment

    The pandemic has inevitably affected how wedding receptions were held, and many couples did not let it put a damper on their spirit. Many wedding planners found ways to rework their entertainment plans with a bit of creativity and ingenuity to make it both safe and unforgettable. From outdoor drive-in movie settings, car park weddings, and other wacky yet covid safe ideas, there are many ways to host a unique wedding experience.

    Backyard Weddings

    Backyard weddings were a big trend in the wedding planning industry, and we expect the movement to grow in popularity in 2022 and onwards. Not only does backyard wedding venues provide both comfort and safety, but it’s also intimate and cost-friendly. With the encouragement of smaller weddings, many wedding planning businesses offer services to transform your home into a venue worthy of a wedding.

    Holiday Destination Weddings

    With so many engaged couples having to reschedule or postpone their wedding amidst the lockdown, many will want to go all out with their wedding plans and host a special celebration when it’s finally safe to travel again.

    With the world slowly re-opening for tourism, and a few countries allowing vaccinated passports, many couples will want to embrace their wedding to the fullest. Some airline companies and the wedding planning industries are already offering pre-booked holiday packages in advance.

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    COVID Rules for Weddings in the UK

    The previous national lockdowns and the effects of the pandemic have taken a toll on wedding events in the UK. With constant changes to rules and restrictions, many wedding days were disrupted or delayed for the past few months to avoid the spread of COVID amongst large group gatherings.

    With the removal of most lockdown restrictions from July 19 onwards, many couples and wedding planners are delighted with the removal of the attendee limitations. However, many social distancing rules remain as we take a closer step towards the new norm.

    Additionally, there are a few differences in rules and regulations between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Here’s everything that you need to know about the current covid rules for weddings in the UK.

    England

    In England, couples planning their weddings will be happy to hear that there are no caps or limits on the number of people invited to attend any wedding events, receptions, or celebrations. This means that table service rules are lifted, and all guests are allowed to dance, sing and mingle without wearing a face mask. However, the government highly recommends that people wear their face masks in crowded settings.

    • Guest instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate can’t attend the wedding and must self isolate
    • Indoor venues are encouraged to let as much fresh air in to keep enclosed spaces well ventilated.
    • Face masks are not required, but attendees should wear them if they’re commuting to the venue using public transportation.

    Scotland

    Scotland has further eased their wedding restriction, but not to the same extent as England’s lockdown. The guest limit has increased to 200 people, but wearing a mask is still mandatory for all guests. Further lifting from the Scottish government is confirmed to take place on August 9.

    • Social distancing measure is required at one metre apart inside wedding venues.
    • In outdoor areas, large groups of up to 15 people do not need to physically distance, but large groups will need to be one metre apart from other groups.
    • A group of 15 people max can sing and dance together.

    Northern Ireland and Wales

    Northern Ireland and Wales did not make any rule changes on July 19, but wedding events and receptions are given the green light as long as the guests practice social distancing measures within the venue.

    Northern Ireland

    • Live music and DJ are allowed as long as the noise levels remain at an ambient level.
    • Face masks are mandatory when leaving the table or when using toilet facilities.
    • Dancing is not permitted, except for the couple’s first dance.
    • Wedding events can occur in any approved venue on a risk-assessed basis, and the venue capacity determines the guest limit.

    Wales

    • Wales No dancing or singing is permitted except for the couple’s first dance.
    • Wedding speeches are allowed, but sharing and passing microphones should be avoided.
    • Wedding photos can be taken outdoors, and group shots are only permitted when taken with their extended household bubbles.
    • Wedding events can take place in any approved venue, and the venue capacity determines the guest limit.
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    Planning

    Your Wedding Invitation Questions Answered

    Planning your wedding involves preparing all sorts of things like your wedding cake, dress, jewellery, flowers, venue, and so on. The list is never-ending! Then there comes a time where everything is all set, and the last part is finally inviting your guests over to your wedding day.

    When it comes to planning your wedding invitations, you’ll find there’s a whole new etiquette that you still have yet to learn. To help you out, we’ve listed and answered questions that may cross your mind when planning your wedding invitation.

    How much do wedding invitations cost?

    You may be wondering how much a wedding invitation will cost. It all depends on a few factors. For instance, the quantity will affect your overall cost. Couples who have many guests can benefit from discounts when ordering in large numbers.

    Another factor to consider is the type and design which will vary in price. Different types of wedding invitation include DIY design, shelf designs or bespoke designs. For couples on a budget, a DIY route is something to consider. However, shelf designs and bespoke designs are just as affordable.

    If you’re looking for a personalised invitation,  there are a range of wedding invitation and stationery companies at affordable prices starting from as little as £1 per piece. They can help create your ideal wedding invitation to match your wedding theme. They have various themes available, including vintage, floral, nature, beach, rustic and many more.

    In the end, it all comes down to your preference. Your choices will determine the final cost. Bear in mind that most couples in the UK normally spend around £200 up to £1000 on wedding stationeries.

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    The best venues for wedding photography in Birmingham

    When you are planning your dream wedding day, your mind can wander through various aspects. The best dress, the guest list, the flowers and so on.

    But, one extremely important aspect that you may not have thought about is your wedding photography and videography.

    It is so important to make sure that you have hired a highly trained and experienced photographer, who can capture the beautiful moments of your wedding – most importantly when you look back on your special day, you will be able to enjoy the experience all over again with high-quality imagery.

    Wedding photography is renowned for being visually stunning, and by choosing the right venue, your photographer can stage beautiful images with a truly artistic aesthetic.

    Some of our favourite venues for weddings are located in and around Birmingham, so we decided to compile this list to inspire you on your big day.

    The Birmingham Botanical Gardens 

    Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    Offering their “Love Birds” wedding packages, the Botanical Gardens is the place to get married and express everlasting love. With a charming veranda and conservatory, situated with tranquil surroundings such as their charismatic aviary, beautiful garden features and unique garden suite – your photographer will have the opportunity to create a magical and timeless portfolio of imagery for you to enjoy forever.

    Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 3TR.

    Aston Hall 

    Aston Hall

    Close to the Birmingham city centre, you will find a hidden gem called Aston Hall. This historic and iconic building will provide your wedding with overwhelming charm and sophistication. With access to the breath-taking lady Holte’s garden and north courtyard – Aston Hall will provide your wedding with a grand overture of elegance and unforgettable experience.

    Your professional photographer will be able to utilise special features such as the historic and luxurious oak panelling, handsome fireplaces and exquisite artwork along the great hall to truly bring charismatic charm and alluring sophistication to your day.

    Location: Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6JD