Wedding Lancashire venues Barton Grange Hotel Preston https://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, 04 Apr 2019 14:13:50 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 A Bicycle Made for Two https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2019/04/04/a-bicycle-made-for-two/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:13:47 +0000 https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=2681 Wedding transport can create a true WOW moment in any wedding day.  It’s not just about getting from church to your gorgeous wedding venue in Lancashire …it’s a big part of your wedding day experience.  After all, who can forget the beautiful images of Harry and Meghan whizzing off to their wedding reception in their specially designed electric E Type ...

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Wedding transport can create a true WOW moment in any wedding day.  It’s not just about getting from church to your gorgeous wedding venue in Lancashire …it’s a big part of your wedding day experience.  After all, who can forget the beautiful images of Harry and Meghan whizzing off to their wedding reception in their specially designed electric E Type Jaguar?  

It’s always worth considering any transportation early on the wedding planning process, so you don’t lose out on exactly the mode you want; especially if it’s a summer wedding.  Depending on which wedding venue in Lancashire you choose to get married at, and at which wedding venue in Lancashire your reception is being held, will dictate what you require.  To help you make the decision we’ve compiled some options that are popular with couples here at The Barton Grange Hotel.  We’ve had couples arriving in everything from Monster trucks and tractors, to a fleet of minis and stretch limousines.  You name it, we’ve seen it, so here’s some options to help you choose.

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1 – Vintage Car – these are very popular for 2019/2020.  The Harry and Meghan E Type Jaguar has definitely had an influence on the popularity of couples choosing a vintage sports car.  They do make the perfect car for couples to drive from a church to a reception, or any indeed any part of the wedding.  There are so many options to choose from including the old classic Rolls Royce and there are lots of vintage car hire companies now offering sports car options.

2 – Horse and Carriage – this mode of transport has seen a big resurgence in recent years especially in the summer months.  If you are really want to go for this then make sure it’s a carriage with a roof can go up and down easily just in case the weather doesn’t behave! This is also an eco-friendly way to travel so you can tick tat box as well.

3 – Camper vans – are definitely a fun way to get around on your wedding day.  From travelling to the wedding ceremony and reception venues, they make a great picture with the happy couple in the front seats.  Fluffy ‘Mr & Mrs’ dice hanging from the rear-view mirror of course!

4 – Buses – if there are lots of guests to shuttle around then buses are a great option.  Think red London bus.  Or go for a vintage charabang. Serve champagne on board, and your guests will love this one! Some buses have even been converted to run on bio fuel, so it’s worth taking that into consideration when deciding on which model to go with.

5 – Scooters – think classic Italian scooters in a bright teal blue! Lots of couples will be whizzing from the church to here at The Barton Grange Hotel on one.  Don’t forget your helmets. Whatever you decide upon, dress the transport with flowers, ribbons and wedding day décor – traditional tin cans strung from the back of a car of course!  It will look great!  One final idea to leave you with..and as the song for ‘Daisy’ goes….why not try a ‘bicycle made for two’!  A photo moment for

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Catering for Children at Your Wedding https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2019/04/04/catering-for-children-at-your-wedding/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:10:47 +0000 https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=2671 Providing tear-jerking emotional moments or just tears and tantrums, children are an unknown quantity at weddings.  Yet with changing trends, financial burdens, or shifting priorities meaning more of us are getting married later in life, the likelihood is you’ll have to take younger guests into account when planning your wedding.  Sarah Miller, wedding co-ordinator from Lancashire wedding venue, the Barton ...

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Providing tear-jerking emotional moments or just tears and tantrums, children are an unknown quantity at weddings.  Yet with changing trends, financial burdens, or shifting priorities meaning more of us are getting married later in life, the likelihood is you’ll have to take younger guests into account when planning your wedding.  Sarah Miller, wedding co-ordinator from Lancashire wedding venue, the Barton Grange Hotel near Preston, shares her advice on the subject.

Where the question of whether to invite children to a wedding is fairly divisive – for every guest who takes exception there’s another who’d be grateful for a night off – it’s perfectly acceptable to hold a childfree wedding or even to only invite the children of close family. The key is communication and to give families plenty of notice to make alternative arrangements.  Clearly state your intentions on the invitations and get them out early to avoid a last-minute scrabble for childcare.

If you decide that kids are in, taking extra care to convey details about the schedule of the day will help parents to plan.  The more information they’re armed with about what will happen and when, the easier it is for them to pack snacks and toys to distract their little ones at key moments.

When choosing a Lancashire wedding venue, consider one that can accommodate both ceremony and reception.  It will take some of the stress out of the day by limiting the need for families to travel.  A venue that has a side room near to the ceremony space is ideal; this can be filled with toys and games leaving you free to take your vows without any untimely interruptions.  And by providing a live stream of the ceremony to the room you’ll ensure that nobody misses the big moment.

What to do with Children at weddings

Switch things up for the evening reception by turning the play room into a movie or games room filled with beanbags and cushions.  Children will welcome a place to relax whilst parents to make the most of the evening reception.  Free Wi Fi, hot dogs and popcorn stand stand essential!

Outside space at your Lancashire wedding venue should also be high on the wish list, to allow younger guests to run off some energy.  If the weather is fine giant lawn games, bubble machines or even fairground stalls complete with candy floss will entertain guests young and old.  But beware the sugar high – this is best introduced post-ceremony. 

So, we’ve outlined some ways to entertain other people’s children but what about if the younger guests attending your wedding are your own? Finding ways to keep the big day full of romance and focused on the happy couple can be a challenge, especially if you have very young children.

Getting children involved from the beginning can be a great way to make sure they feel part of the wedding.  Mini groomsmen and bridesmaids not only look adorable but they’ll relish having a job to do on the day. Ask them to hand out corsages, carry the rings or distribute the order of service.  And a child reading a poem can be a truly heart-warming and memorable moment.

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You should definitely include the needs of your children within your plans, catering for them with special entertainment, food and inviting friends for them to play with. But don’t feel selfish about planning in some romantic time for yourselves.

The secret to allowing you to focus on each other is to place the care of the children largely in the hands of someone else. Whether that’s grandparents, friends or a professional childcare provider, knowing that their needs are being looked after will allow you to pass through the day as a bride and groom, rather than bedraggled parents!

Lancashire wedding venue, The Barton Grange Hotel, is a lovingly restored manor house situated fifteen minutes North of Preston, Lancashire.  The family run four-star hotel has 51 rooms and caters for weddings of all sizes. 

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Refreshing Wedding Traditions https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2018/08/30/refreshing-wedding-traditions/ Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:12:19 +0000 https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=2461 Weddings are certainly special events. Unlike other celebrations, they adopt and embrace bridal traditions that go back centuries. Each traditional element helping to make the day feel unique. It can also be a little daunting though!  The area of wedding traditions is one that always raises questions when I talk to Barton Grange Hotel brides and grooms.  ‘Do we have ...

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Weddings are certainly special events. Unlike other celebrations, they adopt and embrace bridal traditions that go back centuries. Each traditional element helping to make the day feel unique. It can also be a little daunting though!  The area of wedding traditions is one that always raises questions when I talk to Barton Grange Hotel brides and grooms.  ‘Do we have to?’ is often what I hear.  Sometimes the traditions can feel out of date, and yet for others, are essential.  The question of refreshing wedding traditions is certainly up for debate.

If you are struggling with which traditions to include and which to avoid, we’ve listed five of the most popular traditions that can be brought up-to-date with a more modern approach.  Refreshing wedding traditions allows you to still acknowledge the unique sentiment involved:

1 – Walking down the aisle

For many of our couples, the bride’s walk down the aisle, and who with, is discussed at great length.  For most, the father-of-the-bride is still the preferred option.  Sometimes others are preferred, reflecting changes in the traditional family unit and growth of blended families. The mother-of-the-bride often accompanies.  In refreshing wedding traditions, some brides and grooms walk on their own, meeting their partner half way down the aisle. Some prefer a friend, child or a couple’s favourite pet (yes, I have seen it!!)

2 – Wedding photographs

The traditional wedding photograph has changed.  We no longer see as many staged photographs, with couples opting for more relaxed reportage type shots that reflect the personality of the day. Photo booths are also popular. Any staged photographs tend to be more adventurous, and a lot are taken outside in our Walled Garden.  Even when it rains we incorporate umbrellas and wedding wellington boots into shots!

3 – Cutting the cake

This is still high on couples wish list for their day.  Cake designers have transformed the wedding market.  Many couples who are refreshing wedding traditions with their own take on the big day, now prefer towers of bright cupcakes or doughnuts, and savoury or naked cakes as their wedding cake.  The fruit-based cake has been replaced by sponges of all flavour, with the tradition of saving layers of cake for your children’s christening being a thing of the past.  The cake is now more about a lovely photo moment and a sweet treat for guests.

4 – The bride and groom send-off

Most modern couples are missing this tradition as they want to stay to the end of the party, not drift away early.  Lots of couples also have a couple of days at home before heading off on honeymoon, so the tradition of waving them off as they leave for their trip is a bit defunct.  I still see brides ‘throwing the bouquet’ as a lovely fun photo moment.  They don’t buy-into the belief that the lady who catches the bouquet is next to walk up the aisle, but it can be fun to work into the big day.  We often see it done just before the brides heads off to change outfits for the evening. It brings the formal part of the wedding to a close, before the party begins.

5 – Something old, something new…

You’d be surprised just how popular this tradition still is, and an easy one to include.  All the different elements are now brought into the day in modern ways. From vintage wedding dresses to new shoes, borrowed jewellery and delicate blue flowers in bouquets and table displays.

I hope these ideas for refreshing wedding traditions have given you some inspiration to take your Lancashire wedding day in a more modern direction, whist keeping those gorgeous sentiments of a wedding.  This might interest you too [Best Cocktails for a Wedding]

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Thanksgiving Wedding Style https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2018/08/30/thanksgiving-wedding-style/ Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:07:17 +0000 https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/?p=2457 As strange as it seems to be looking ahead to autumn weddings in the summer, now is the time that wedding couples planning weddings in Lancashire later in the year are adding the finishing touches to their big day. An autumn wedding with its russet, orange and gold colours lends itself perfectly to introducing a warm, thanksgiving wedding style. The ...

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As strange as it seems to be looking ahead to autumn weddings in the summer, now is the time that wedding couples planning weddings in Lancashire later in the year are adding the finishing touches to their big day. An autumn wedding with its russet, orange and gold colours lends itself perfectly to introducing a warm, thanksgiving wedding style. The American celebration of gathering and feasting with families has extended across to the UK and fits perfectly with bringing your loved ones together on your wedding day.

Here’s some of our tips on how to make it a very special thanksgiving wedding style:

  1. Get into the spirit – As Thanksgiving is a time to feast and catch-up with family and friends, with your thanksgiving wedding style think about introducing long rustic tables designed to allow guests to chat. Decorate them with pumpkins, bowls of seasonal vegetables, chunky candles sat on metal plates and piles of fresh fruits.
  2. Keep it personal – One of the important elements of Thanksgiving is about the friends and family you share it with. This appreciation of them all can be displayed on tables, where you can add individual touches with miniature jars of yellow, orange and black jelly beans. They can be finished off with a handwritten label with guest names tied around the jar and can be used as a place setting at the same time!
  3. Rich Hues – We’re lucky that the rich autumn hues abundant around Thanksgiving can be utilised throughout the wedding day. From deep reds to vivid orange and rich bronze colours offer warmth. This can be seen on table decorations and throughout the day with rustic seasonal red apples, berries and pine cones, with nuts, twigs, evergreens and late-season blooms like gerbera creating a stylish display.
  4. Lantern Light – lighting is so important at this time of the year. As the days are shorter and the nights creep in much earlier, you can create a romantic atmosphere with lots of lighting, candles and scents including spiced apple, cinnamon and pumpkin.  Wedding venues in Lancashire vary greatly, so adapt the lighting to highlight any romantic elements – sweeping driveways, ornate staircases, gardens.
  5. Turkey and pumpkin pie – If you want to go all out then consider a roast turkey meal or go with a casual American diner buffet menu, including hot dogs, burger sliders, Coke float and milkshakes. The famous American pie is a must for any thanksgiving wedding style – with fillings including cherry, apple and pumpkin. You can serve these as individual, bite-sized treats to complement the carrot cake, cheesecakes and donuts!  And don’t forget at the end of the night to give every guest a bespoke take-out box filled with seasonal home-made chutneys and jams.

Whatever your wedding plans are, now is the time to add those finishing touches. Weddings in Lancashire are gorgeous at any time of the year, so I hope these ideas for a thanksgiving wedding style have given you some inspiration for a gorgeous autumn wedding day at your fabulous wedding venue in Lancashire.  This might interest you too [TRENDS FOR WEDDING CAKES]

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Best Cocktails for a Wedding https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/12/13/best-cocktails-wedding/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:32:24 +0000 https://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!
Weddings in Lancashire are gorgeous at any time of the year, so I hope you have enjoyed reading our selection of the best cocktails for a wedding, and that you can use some of the ideas when planning your own Lancashire wedding day. This might interest you too Choosing the Right Wedding Readings

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Trends in Wedding Cakes https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/12/13/trends-wedding-cakes/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:23:59 +0000 https://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…. https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/09/06/avoiding-wedding-disasters/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:37:33 +0000 https://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.
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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 https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/09/06/autumn-wedding-planning-tips/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:29:43 +0000 https://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

Weddings in Lancashire are gorgeous at any time of the year, so I hope you have enjoyed reading about our autumn wedding planning tips and that you can use some of the ideas when planning your own special day. This might interest you too

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Step Down The Aisle in Spring 2018 at Barton Grange Hotel https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/08/01/step-aisle-spring-2018-barton-grange-hotel/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:44:52 +0000 https://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 https://www.wedding-lancashire.co.uk/2017/07/28/thats-entertainment/ Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:03:22 +0000 https://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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