Wedding Lancashire venues Barton Grange Hotel Preston http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk A Wonderful Weddings Lancashire Venue. From the moment you arrive you will see why The Barton Grange Hotel, Preston is the perfect venue for your special day. With our dedicated Wedding Team, who hold all the secrets to a perfect wedding, Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:38:58 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Best Cocktails for a Wedding http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/12/13/best-cocktails-wedding/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:24 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=1729 Choosing the best cocktail In planning any wedding day, choosing the right catering is an important decision. With Lancashire wedding couples that are getting married next autumn and over the Christmas period starting to make some final decisions, now is the time to consider what drinks are going to be served. As our list of best cocktails for a wedding ...

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Choosing the best cocktail

In planning any wedding day, choosing the right catering is an important decision. With Lancashire wedding couples that are getting married next autumn and over the Christmas period starting to make some final decisions, now is the time to consider what drinks are going to be served. As our list of best cocktails for a wedding shows, it doesn’t always have to be a traditional Champagne toast!

We are seeing an increasing number of Lancashire wedding couples opt for cocktails to be served at their receptions, with a choice of a few favourites being complemented by a selection of mocktails. Mocktails are of course key for those nominated drivers, and for children, but there is also a huge trend in non-alcoholic drinks (just look at the range of alcohol-free beers and low-alcohol wines in the supermarket), so be sure to include them in your plans. As gin and whisky have seen a massive resurgence in popularity – sherry is soon to follow – so are the cocktails featuring them.

Remember to discuss the choices with the wedding team at your Lancashire wedding venue, who will be able to advise what cocktails are best served to a lot of people, and what’s not! Here list of the best cocktails for a wedding:

Bridal Bliss

Think about consulting with a mixologist beforehand and having a bespoke cocktail created just for the two of you – it makes a wonderful alternative at the wedding toast drink and can include your favourite tipple.

Champagne Cocktail

A timeless classic that includes Champagne, cognac bitters and sugar. It’s a guaranteed hit with all guests and taste delicious. Go the extra mile and for decoration add some silver or gold flakes!

Gimlet

The perfect combination of gin and lime with sugar syrup and lime to garnish. A 1920’s classic – it’s sophisticated in its simplicity, and tastes divine.

Mojito

The Mojito sums up party time. It blends white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. It looks particularly stylish when being handed around a wedding reception on a classic silver tray.

Mulled white wine

A great twist on a classic taste, and it’s perfect for a late autumn or winter wedding. It includes mulled white wine, brandy, fruit spices and herbs. Perfect to warm up all your guests and for any al fresco drinks receptions!

Espresso Martinis

This is a real celebrity favourite at the moment, and the trend will continue into 2018. It uses vodka with Kahlúa and espresso. Served in a chilled cocktail glass and topped with three coffee beans – they add a stylish touch.

Whisky Sour

This all-time classic cocktail straight from the USA includes whisky (often bourbon), sugar syrup, and lemon juice. A warming cocktail that appeals well to both men and women, these are always popular.

Mocktails

These are a must in our list of the best cocktails for a wedding. Blackberry or raspberry lemonade are both made with the fresh fruit of your choice, lemonade and fresh lemons. Finally, the Blackberry Mint Spritzer is a take on the mojito, and is served with mint leaves to dress.

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Cocktails and canapes always add a sense of glamour to a Lancashire wedding day. Served at the drinks reception. Used as an alternative at the Wedding Toast. Or simply enjoyed as a post-dinner treat. They are perfect any time!
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Trends in Wedding Cakes http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/12/13/trends-wedding-cakes/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:59 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=1713 Choosing the right wedding cake One of the most important aspects of any wedding day is choosing the wedding cake. How it fits with the style of the wedding and the all-important photo opportunity of ‘cutting the cake’. Wedding cakes have been part of marriage ceremonies since medieval times, but trends in wedding cakes have certainly changed. They were originally ...

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Choosing the right wedding cake

One of the most important aspects of any wedding day is choosing the wedding cake. How it fits with the style of the wedding and the all-important photo opportunity of ‘cutting the cake’. Wedding cakes have been part of marriage ceremonies since medieval times, but trends in wedding cakes have certainly changed.

They were originally made from wheat – a symbol of fertility and prosperity. They continued to be part of weddings in Lancashire and beyond for centuries, and were traditionally broken over the bride’s head during the celebrations. Fortunately, some things have changed!! In the 1600 cakes became more like the elaborate, sweeter, tiered versions that we have today.

Baking is a truly skilled artform in 2017! Which means there is huge variation on the three-tiered fruit wedding cake. For some Lancashire wedding couples, they don’t want a traditional look, for others the cost is prohibitive. Many Lancashire wedding couples simply want to incorporate their favourite sweet treats.

If you still need inspiration for your wedding cake, our top five trends in Wedding Cakes for 2018 weddings in Lancashire should help:

  1. Go naked! The traditional three-tiered wedding cake is very much en vogue for 2018, but with a twist. Think about having the cake tiers ‘painted’ in a design you both love, rather than the traditional white icing. Or go naked! Yes, ‘naked cakes’ are set to continue in popularity. They are un-iced cakes with the fillings proudly on show, so go for beautiful colours – mix and match berries and other fruits to create a spectacular display.
  2. Towering Taste! Cupcake towers are still hugely popular, but each year they take on a new twist. From the height of the tower and the range of colours, to the flavor combinations and size of the cupcakes. Every ‘tower of taste’ is different. Less expensive than a traditional cake, these contemporary towers look beautiful and are easy to dismantle to give to guests to take home.
  3. Doughnut Delight! A culinary progression of the cupcake tower, is the wedding doughnut tower! They look gorgeous and are a great talking point at any wedding. They can feature doughnuts of all sizes, fillings and flavours, and can be decorated with your specific colour themes. All you need is a high quality baker to be able to develop this show stopper.
  4. Cake Combinations! A trend set to continue into next year is having three of four different wedding cakes. A combination of sizes, shapes, flavours and designs, this ensemble of cakes creates a wedding cake ‘display’ of tiered cakes for height, and single layer cakes. Whilst they vary in size and shape to keep it interesting, the concept is that they all follow an overall design – perhaps the colours of your wedding day scheme or a chosen theme.
  5. Savoury Surprise! Growing in popularity are savoury alternatives to the wedding cake. Think three layers – each a wheel of your favourite cheeses – decorated with green leaves, herbs and flowers. And most recently, we saw a Pie Wedding Cake at the Hotel. Three layers of Lancashire pork pies – largest at the bottom scaling to the smallest at the top. Dressed with vine tomatoes, grapes, dried fruits and green herbs; it looked amazing.

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Big budget or more modest investment, cakes can be a real talking point to the wedding day. Whatever the trends in Wedding Cakes, remember these three things:

Rule one: choose a flavour that you love as the base.
Rule two: create a design that fits with the colour, style or fun elements of your wedding day.
Rule three: Enjoy!

Weddings in Lancashire are gorgeous at any time of the year, so I hope you have enjoyed reading about our trends in Wedding Cakes and that you can use some of the ideas when planning your own Lancashire wedding day. This might interest you too
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Avoiding wedding disasters…. http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/09/06/avoiding-wedding-disasters/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:37:33 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=1569 You have probably worked tirelessly to ensure that your wedding day goes by without a hitch. Outfits, refreshments, food, seating plan, colour themes, hair and make-up, photographer, car and entertainment have all been booked months in advance, are all confirmed and ready to go. So, what can possibly go wrong? Well, occasionally there are one of two things that may ...

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You have probably worked tirelessly to ensure that your wedding day goes by without a hitch. Outfits, refreshments, food, seating plan, colour themes, hair and make-up, photographer, car and entertainment have all been booked months in advance, are all confirmed and ready to go. So, what can possibly go wrong? Well, occasionally there are one of two things that may need quick thinking and astute planning. Our tips for avoiding wedding disasters should help.

Inevitably with so much to co-ordinate, there can sometimes be a couple of last minute issues. Over the years, the team and I at The Barton Grange Hotel have helped couples in avoiding wedding day disasters – large and small, so here is a little advice on what to look out for and how to manage the mishaps!

It rains – you should never count on the weather especially in the British summer and weddings in Lancashire always need to factor in the weather forecast! Have a Plan B for photographs that’s inside your venue. A gorgeous staircase, an ornate bay window or a beautiful background of contemporary flowers can all work. Plan this all with the photographer in advance so you can check the lighting will be right for the very best photos. Also consider investing in lots of big umbrellas, perhaps branded with your name and wedding date, so guests can easily move between cars, churches and venues without getting wet….and then take them home as a keepsake. If your wedding venue in Lancashire is a marquee, ensure you have the best quality flooring inside and for pathways. You don’t want to be walking and dancing through puddles!

Mixed up the guest list – it often happens where there’s mix up between some all day and evening only guests. Don’t worry – most wedding venues in Lancashire will happily accommodate one or two more guests that can be squeezed around a table and, if it’s buffet, there shouldn’t be any problem at all. Just let your venue know as soon as you realise the mistake. I always think it’s wise to cater for a couple of extra wedding breakfast guests just in case, have a few spare place setting cards and perhaps design a table plan where guests names can be added if needed. Avoiding wedding day disasters is often about belt and braces planning!

Speech writing woes – if your dad, husband-to-be or the best man is really struggling writing their speech then there’s lots of help on the internet. It may not seem personal to your or your big day but there’s plenty of opportunity to add in your names/personal situations to ensure it’s bespoke to your day. Buy the best man one of the many books available to help. Or perhaps ask friends to send anecdotes about your both that may be suitable to use in the speech or old photos which can be shown on a large screen. Also allow plenty of time to write and rehearse the speeches – thorough practice may help allay nerves. Increasingly, weddings in Lancashire are involving technology, such as microphones, presentation equipment or SKYPE connections to family abroad, – so please ensure it is all tested in advance. We don’t want speech nerves to be frayed any more than necessary by technology let-downs!

Last minute nerves – talking of nerves. The wedding team and I have helped calm down lots of brides, grooms, best men and father’s of the brides. We are experts in helping them through the big day and getting them through what can be the daunting prospect of getting married in front of friends and family to public speaking for the first time in their lives. Many couples find a top table set up too much pressure, for example. A top table is not essential. Couples can have a “Sweetheart table” just for the two of them instead, or join their guests at their dining tables. This also works well for blended families, where the bride and groom join one table for the starter course and then move to other tables for the main and dessert courses. It allows them to spend time with children, step children and extended families equally. Just let us know any concerns and we’ll be glad to lend a hand and help everyone experience the best day ever.
Avoiding wedding disasters in Preston Lancashire

It’s always best to let your venue and wedding co-ordinator know if there are any last-minute problems as they will have invariably seen it all before and avoiding wedding day disasters will be their Mastermind specialist subject! There’s nothing that can’t be sorted in time for your special day. All you need to focus on enjoying every minute of the celebrations. Happy planning!

– Barton Grange Hotel, Wedding Co-ordinator

Weddings in Lancashire are always special events, and couples spend lots of time ensuring that they are truly memorable. I hope you have enjoyed reading my tips for avoiding wedding disasters and that it might help you to prepare a Plan B where needed, and avoid any majoy issues on your big day! This might interest you too

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Autumn wedding planning tips http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/09/06/autumn-wedding-planning-tips/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:29:43 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=1559 Autumn is on its way! We, like many wedding venues in Lancashire, are seeing a real increase in weddings for the autumn season which has, in part, been inspired by some amazing colours in wedding décor that are really on-trend this year – bronze, gold and burnt orange. Thankfully this is set to continue, and armed with our autumn wedding ...

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Autumn is on its way! We, like many wedding venues in Lancashire, are seeing a real increase in weddings for the autumn season which has, in part, been inspired by some amazing colours in wedding décor that are really on-trend this year – bronze, gold and burnt orange. Thankfully this is set to continue, and armed with our autumn wedding planning tips, you will be able to make the most of this incredible wedding season.

The season brings with it the richest of colour palettes which can be brought together into a stunning wedding scheme. This year we are seeing lots of autumnal wild flowers with colour schemes incorporating deep reds, orange, purple, burgundy, dusty pink, cream and gold, and dark green foliage including eucalyptus, red berries and lots of twigs. There will be an abundance of flower displays on the tables of wedding venues in Lancashire, and the bridal bouquets will be full and cascading down to the floor. The richer the colours, the better here. These don’t have to blow the budget though, as the use of less expensive wild flowers and twigs will help with costs. From bo-ho to formal affairs, autumn really does suit all kinds of weddings.

As for table decorations – our autumn wedding planning tips have to stress that – ‘all that glitters is gold’! It will be partnered with complementary more neutral shades for autumn, but really this has been THE colour of the year. From tall candles and candelabras, to napkin rings to gold linens, it has really caught-on and suits all types of weddings. You can also think about incorporating beautiful red apples, pomegranates, pears and other seasonal fruits into the display to really bring alive the autumn theme – and it’s edible!

We also advise couples to consider having some of their pictures taken outside to capture the rich tonal colours of the leaves and backdrop of The Barton Grange Hotel gardens, but don’t leave the photographs too late in the day, as the sun starts to set a lot earlier and the light can fade fast.

When it comes to food and drink, now’s the time couples planning weddings in Lancashire this autumn can introduce a new twist to the usual menu, with ‘his and hers’ spiced cocktails, warming pumpkin soup served in tall mugs or serve locally produced craft beers with a rich Lancashire hot pot – perfect for the chilly evenings. One trend we will see this autumn is approaching the seating plan a la dinner party – so intimate tables with fewer chairs allowing guests to talk to everyone on the table and it’s easy for the bridal couple to move around the room to say hello.
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For couples planning weddings in Lancashire in September or mid-November, take my advice and embrace the autumn seasonal colours and be inspired by the changing weather with more warming cuisine, and you’ll create a wonderful autumn wedding day to remember.

– Barton Grange Hotel, Wedding Co-ordinator

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Step Down The Aisle in Spring 2018 at Barton Grange Hotel http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/08/01/step-aisle-spring-2018-barton-grange-hotel/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:44:52 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=1513 STEP DOWN THE AISLE IN SPRING For a limited time only you can book your dream wedding with us for just £3,500 INCLUSIVE OF: Sparkling arrival drink and canapes Rustic vegetable soup and freshly baked bread Roast supreme of chicken, smoked bacon & chestnuts, rosti potato & chicken jus Classic lemon tart with raspberry sorbet Freshly brewed coffee Unlimited wine ...

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STEP DOWN THE AISLE
IN SPRING

For a limited time only you can book your dream wedding with us for just £3,500
INCLUSIVE OF:

  • Sparkling arrival drink and canapes
  • Rustic vegetable soup and freshly baked bread
  • Roast supreme of chicken, smoked bacon & chestnuts, rosti potato & chicken jus
  • Classic lemon tart with raspberry sorbet
  • Freshly brewed coffee
  • Unlimited wine throughout the wedding breakfast
  • Sparkling wine to toast the newly weds
  • Evening buffet of bacon rolls and chips
  • 50 chair covers & sash colour of your choice
  • Hurricane vase & mirror plate centre pieces
  • Complimentary civil ceremony room hire
  • Applicable to new weddings only
  • 50 day guests and 100 evening guests
  • Booked 1st February – 14th April 2018

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That’s Entertainment http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/07/28/thats-entertainment/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:03:22 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=1491 Entertainment at a wedding is one of the most important aspects of the day, and whilst you’re in the midst of planning everything else, this needs to be given careful consideration. Long-gone are the days when a local DJ used to arrive with his ‘decks’ and play their favourite tracks! Entertainment can now span across the whole of the wedding ...

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Entertainment at a wedding is one of the most important aspects of the day, and whilst you’re in the midst of planning everything else, this needs to be given careful consideration. Long-gone are the days when a local DJ used to arrive with his ‘decks’ and play their favourite tracks! Entertainment can now span across the whole of the wedding day, from the ceremony through to the farewells, and couples planning weddings in Lancashire this year have more entertainment choices than ever before.

Here’s our quick guide on different elements to consider if you are planning a wedding in Lancashire. Remember, the beauty of this is you don’t have to do everything – why not mix and match and include what’s right for you and your partner on your big day!

1 – Consider a professional singer or contemporary string quartet to perform during the wedding ceremony. Whether you are getting married in a church, independent Lancashire wedding venue or here at the Barton Grange Hotel, you could include a classically trained singer or string ensemble to perform. If the ceremony is held in a religious setting, then it should be an appropriate hymn/song that is performed, but if it’s here at the Hotel, you can choose one of your favourite contemporary tracks.

2 – As guests arrive at the reception venue, why not greet them at the entrance with a trio of flame throwing jugglers? Stilt walkers or acrobats? A modern barber shop trio or even a one-man-folk-band…well, it takes all sorts! If you choose something in keeping with your wedding theme, it’s a great way to set the tone for the day.

3 – Music at your drinks reception is always a welcome ice-breaker. Whatever style of music you like there’s bound to be an option – from children’s choir to soul band, violinist to a jazz duo. Think about the space you have for them to perform in and what guests will like listening to in the background, as they enjoy drinks and canapes. Also think about a photo booth or caricaturist – something fun to bring people together.

4 – Providing some form of entertainment during the wedding breakfast is proving to be a popular choice. We’ve worked with couples that have opted for a table top magician to keep guests amused. There are also table top mixologists who provide bespoke cocktails for guests, and mocktails for the younger ones!

5 – Keeping children occupied throughout a wedding day can be tricky. One of the best ways to keep them busy and happy is to hire a small room within the Hotel and employ a children’s entertainer or face painter for a couple of hours. There’s always the option of giving them their own mini-disco or providing games, electronic tablets, colouring books and pencils as well as a television and DVD player. They may also need some quiet time and giving them the chance to kick-back and watch a film for a few hours is a worthwhile option.

6 – Of course the evening reception is a huge focus and the entertainment is massively important. If you have the budget, think about hiring a great party band that literally plays whatever music you want for the whole of the wedding day. The UK also has some incredibly talented tribute acts, which are always great fun. DJs come in all shapes and sizes (!), so choose one that can play the style of music that suits the age and musical tastes of your guests. Also check how long they will play for – do you need them to provide music for the wedding breakfast or just the evening?

7 – Finally, why not say goodbye to everyone at the end of the night with a firework display, or a soloist performing your favourite songs. The perfect way to end the most perfect of days.

Oh, one last piece of advice. Whatever entertainment you book remember these three golden rules. See them perform in advance so you know what you are booking. Establish the times of their performance(s). Ensure you have a written quote on costs and payment terms. I hope that’s been useful.

-Wedding Co-ordinator

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Choosing the Right Wedding Readings http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/05/26/choosing-the-right-wedding-readings/ Fri, 26 May 2017 11:49:16 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=945 One of the questions I am asked most often is about what type of reading is appropriate on the big day. Readings at weddings are a deeply personal choice, and getting it right is hugely important for couples. Choosing the right wedding readings gives the bride and groom the opportunity to express how they feel for one another and reflect ...

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One of the questions I am asked most often is about what type of reading is appropriate on the big day. Readings at weddings are a deeply personal choice, and getting it right is hugely important for couples. Choosing the right wedding readings gives the bride and groom the opportunity to express how they feel for one another and reflect their love and commitment, and more recently, bringing some humour and fun to the occasion. As you can imagine we’ve heard all kinds of readings and poems – romantic, funny, traditional and contemporary – and they can all work.

At the Barton Grange Hotel and across all weddings in Lancashire, wedding planners work alongside their couples to help them in choosing the right wedding readings to set the tone for the big day; something which reflects the couple’s personality and help them to decide who should be involved.

For couple planning weddings in Lancashire, both large and small, here’s some of our top tips in selecting the right wedding readings:

1 – Most important – choose a poem or a reading that is all about you as a couple. Lines from a favourite film or lyrics from a song are popular. It’s a contemporary option, familiar to people and can help relax everyone involved.
2 – Keep it short and sweet. Just like the speeches, a reading shouldn’t be too long. Keep it a couple of verses with a time frame of two minutes’ max – don’t ramble on!
3 – Think about involving friends and family. Ask one or two of them to do the reading – don’t forget to choose someone who is confident standing up in front of people and talking. You’ll be surprised how many people aren’t comfortable with it.
4 – We’ve worked with lots of couples that have written a poem themselves or asked a family member to write one. Children are great at this and put together the funniest lines.
5 – If you aren’t getting married in a church a reading doesn’t always have to be religious but the registrar does have to approve it. It is best to first check how many readings you can choose, preferred content and if you can include a poem.
6 – You don’t see readings being used in Jewish and Hindi ceremonies, but for Christian religious ceremonies, they are more commonly used and again you should talk to your Church Minister with regards to what they will and will not accept as a reading.
7 –Choosing a classic quote from a book or a film is a good route to go – and there are some pretty romantic ones out there! I have even seen people play a clip from a movie that sums up their feelings.
8 – You don’t have to be all-romantic. The reading could be about family, friendships, children etc. It can also be read by children as well as adults and we have seen them presented in the form of a short rap and songs by the kids – be creative!
9 – Think about the audience and whether they will understand the content. Don’t go too deep and meaningful, as you don’t want guests to be looking around for an explanation, or nodding off!
10 – Choose what’s right for you – and if that’s a line from a book, a blog, a magazine article or a famous love song, go for what sums you up as a couple. There are lots of website out there to help you choose.

I hope you have enjoyed our advice on choosing the right wedding readings. If so, this may interest you

-Tara Begi, Wedding Co-ordinator

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The Finishing Touches http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/05/26/the-finishing-touches/ Fri, 26 May 2017 11:46:44 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=939 The season of weddings in Lancashire is now in full flow, and we’ve had a hectic couple of weeks with lots of our lovely couples tying the knot and celebrating their wedding here at the Barton Grange Hotel. Now’s the time when the finishing touches to the Spring big days are being made, and couples planning weddings in Lancashire are ...

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The season of weddings in Lancashire is now in full flow, and we’ve had a hectic couple of weeks with lots of our lovely couples tying the knot and celebrating their wedding here at the Barton Grange Hotel. Now’s the time when the finishing touches to the Spring big days are being made, and couples planning weddings in Lancashire are making their final decisions on everything from who is sitting next to who (and believe me that changes right up until the last minute!) to whether it’s photographs inside or outside!

Part of my job at the Barton Grange Hotel, and the part I love best, is to help couples make those last-minute wedding decisions and decide on the finishing touches to the event. There’s always a buzz around the latest trends, and whether they can be incorporated into the big day.

We’ve compiled a list of our top five trends for 2017; maybe you can use some of them to add the finishing touches to your big day:

1 – Dessert tables – think lots of desserts, not just your wedding cake. Utilise a table in the reception room and dress with beautiful colourways and flowers and place the wedding cake, alongside lots of other desserts for guests to choose from and it can become a real focal point. These are hugely popular in the USA and are now becoming part and parcel of weddings here in the UK. Include cup cakes, macaroons and doughnut towers and ensure they are all colour co-ordinated with the colour themes of the wedding.

2 – Colour – don’t be afraid of it. We’re advising couples to include colour through lighting, table decorations, candles or drapes. Bold oranges and reds are being used to create a sense of warmth and fun. They can transform a room easily from day to night in one easy step.

3 – Blackboards with the running order or table plans are a thing of the past, and in their place we’re seeing the use of mirrors tastefully decorated with details of the day for guests. And everyone gets to check out his or her outfit at the same time!

4 – The colour green is everywhere. From table centre pieces to bouquets to bride’s maid dresses. It can easily be added to your day through extra natural foliage on tables – beautiful eucalyptus and green candles on the tables accented with green napkins. It’s important to keep it subtle but striking at the same time.

5 – There’s even more emphasis on lights. Fairy lights, spotlights, dance floor lights and lights that mark the division from day to night. They are easy to include in your wedding day, and it’s important to create a beautiful cosy feeling as the wedding day moves from the wedding breakfast to late afternoon to evening. If you have outside areas think about the lighting outside. We dress our new wedding garden with delicate pea lights in trees and shrubs, colourful paper lanterns and oversized storm lanterns – which have been ‘en vogue’ for a number of years and aren’t going anywhere!

-Tara Begi, Wedding Co-ordinator

Weddings in Lancashire are stylish affairs, no doubt, so I hope you have enjoyed reading about the 2017 trends for ‘the finishing touches’ to weddings, and that you can use some of the ideas when planning your special day. This might interest you too

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The Barton Grange Hotel Wins Prestigious ‘Top Wedding Venue in Lancashire’ Award http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/03/21/the-barton-grange-hotel-wins-prestigious-top-wedding-venue-in-lancashire-award/ http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/03/21/the-barton-grange-hotel-wins-prestigious-top-wedding-venue-in-lancashire-award/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:55:35 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=907 ‘Top Wedding Venue in Lancashire’ Award Love is all around the Barton Grange Hotel this month, as it has won the prestigious Wedding Dates ‘Top rated wedding venue in Lancashire’ award; an accolade that is solely based on positive customer reviews and feedback from couples that have held their wedding at the venue. The award comes on the back of ...

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‘Top Wedding Venue in Lancashire’ Award

Love is all around the Barton Grange Hotel this month, as it has won the prestigious Wedding Dates ‘Top rated wedding venue in Lancashire’ award; an accolade that is solely based on positive customer reviews and feedback from couples that have held their wedding at the venue.

The award comes on the back of the Hotel launching its brand new bespoke wedding website last month – www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk. The site guides couples through their wedding planning journey and the facilities and services available at the Barton Grange Hotel. It ensures that, from small intimate weddings to large parties catering for over 100 people, couples can tailor their wedding day at the Barton Grange Hotel to suit their own unique set of requirements.

The setting and service at the romantic Barton Grange Hotel topped the ‘Lancashire venues’ category, with glowing reviews from couples that held their weddings at the Hotel in the past 12 months. The venue was highly praised on a number of key points, including the incredible attention to detail, hospitality, smooth running of the whole wedding and reception, and a stunning location. Couples commented:

“The hotel couldn’t do enough for us from the first visit until the actual day. The food was lovely, the staff were amazing and they made the day perfect “– Mr and Mrs Spicer

“All the staff were kind and welcoming, and all our guests commented on the warm hospitality they received on the day. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. Thank you!!!” Mr and Mrs Yeboah

Commenting on the award and the new website, Daniel Rich, general manager of the Barton Grange Hotel said: “A Barton Grange Hotel wedding is a very special day, and we’re delighted to have hosted many beautiful weddings over the years. It’s great that couples have recognised the facilities here and the hard work that our teams put into each wedding by voting for us in this award. We are genuinely thrilled.”

He added: “Our new wedding website is already proving popular, and gives a great insight into the different types of weddings that we can host at the Hotel. What is important for us and our couples, is that each wedding is a bespoke occasion thanks to the approach we adopt in planning every event.”

Ciara Crossan, CEO WeddingDates.co.uk, added: “With so many choices available to couples for different venues to celebrate their wedding, we are very proud to be able to showcase the Top Rated Venues on WeddingDates.co.uk based on real reviews and testimonials from past couples. The team in Barton Grange Hotel work tirelessly year-round to ensure each-and-every wedding they host goes smoothly and the reviews they have from past couples are a testament to that. I would like to personally congratulate Barton Grange Hotel and all our other Award Winning Venues on WeddingDates.co.uk as they represent the best in their field of hosting weddings.”

For further information, please contact the Barton Grange Hotel wedding coordinators on 01772-867070 or email wed@bartongrangehotel.com

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Planning a Smaller Wedding http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/02/24/planning-a-smaller-wedding/ http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/02/24/planning-a-smaller-wedding/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:54:28 +0000 http://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=917 We cater for a wide variety of weddings at the Barton Grange Hotel; each one unique. From huge events for hundreds of guests, right through to planning a smaller wedding and more intimate affairs. These can be couples who are holding weddings in Lancashire for the second time and want a smaller event, usually very different from their first wedding ...

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We cater for a wide variety of weddings at the Barton Grange Hotel; each one unique. From huge events for hundreds of guests, right through to planning a smaller wedding and more intimate affairs. These can be couples who are holding weddings in Lancashire for the second time and want a smaller event, usually very different from their first wedding day, to couples working to a smaller budget or couples who simply prefer to invite only close friends and family and want a more relaxed and informal wedding day. Gorgeous weddings in Lancashire do not have to be huge events to be successful and, if you’ve got a ‘boutique’ big day in mind, here’s some thoughts and ideas on styles of planning a smaller wedding and on how you may want to approach it.

First things first, don’t be scared in planning a smaller wedding. We have worked with lots of couples that have the most memorable day on a less-grand scale. It can even be more romantic and personal, as it’s easier to focus on the reduced numbers. The most important thing to do is agree on the budget, make a guest list and decide on the numbers, then you can decide on the style you want.
Smaller weddings lend themselves to so many different styles. Weddings in Lancashire are following key trends in 2017/2018, including an increasing number of brunch weddings. The wedding ceremony takes place around 9.30am/10.00am, and then the happy couple and the guests have brunch in one of our smaller rooms, or even in our Walled Garden restaurant. Eggs benedict, smoked salmon, American pancakes, crispy bacon (locally sourced of course), homemade granola, to rare roast beef, Kedgeree and fresh salad selections – a brunch menu incorporates the best of two meals and brings an extensive choice. Add some fizz or a cocktail, and it really is an elegant meal. This style of wedding suits all the family, children included, and then allows the happy couple the opportunity for an early escape to their honeymoon!
Afternoon tea weddings started to come to the fore last year and again will be popular in the next 18 months for weddings in Lancashire. It really is the quintessential English wedding and is perfect for smaller parties. Add vintage charm and glamour with beautiful, eclectic China crockery and mouthwatering sandwiches and cakes. They too are great if there are lots of children attending and have a more relaxed feel. Some couples do go on to have an evening reception afterwards, but on the whole, the trend is for the afternoon tea to take place and then the proceedings draw to a close.
One of the emerging trends for weddings in Lancashire in 2017/2018 is gourmet dinner wedding receptions; making the most of our exceptional local food suppliers and producers. 2016 was all about informal catering, but this year, there is a growing group of wedding day foodies that are looking for something more in tune with their gourmet palate. A culinary experience is at the heart of the wedding reception. This includes up to 20 guests and involves the happy couple working closely with our chef and sommelier to agree on the dishes to be served, and the various wines and champagne to accompany them. The gourmet dinners can include up to six courses and celebrate the best of local Lancashire ingredients, suppliers and producers. The menu can be personalised to the couple of course, and offers a very sophisticated start to married life!
Remember, the best things can come in small packages, so planning a smaller wedding doesn’t have mean less elegant or stylish!

-Tara Begi, Wedding Co-ordinator

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