• Planning the Big Day – The Budget, Guest List and Venue

    I (as in one of the team at The Wedding Consultancy) recently got engaged, and it’s so flippin’ exciting to be finally planning my own big day, especially after helping so many other Bride’s to organise theirs.

    So rather than keep it all to myself, I thought I’d share some of my wedding planning journey with you. After all, it might even be of some help to a Bride-to-be out there.

    So, first off, we had to work out our budget. This doesn’t just mean sitting down and working out how much money you can put aside each month to go towards the wedding, but also, you need to know if anyone else is contributing money so that you can take this into account. It’s also a good idea to find out if there are any people you know who owe you any favours or who you can asl to help you out with things such as hair, make-up, photography etc.

    Once you have the budget sorted, you can start to write up your guest list for the ceremony, reception and evening do. We are doing things a little differently as we are having an ‘intimate’ ceremony, but then being joined by our other guests straight after for welcome drinks altogether. We have decided against an evening do, as I’m personally not the biggest fan, and plus, we aren’t doing the whole disco/dance thing. For those friends and family who would have been invited to the evening do (at a more typical wedding) they will be invited to my rather large hen do instead.

    Once you have a rough idea of numbers, you can start to look for venues. Now, we knew that we didn’t want a traditional wedding venue, we wanted it to have a ‘country’ feel, we ideally wanted it in Gloucestershire or nearby, and the food had to be out of this world. So, our search simply started on Google to help us to build a list up and then whittle it down again, taking into account all the things on our tick list as well as our budget and numbers of guests.

    Then, my Mum and I travelled all over the county and beyond over a weekend. Among our favourites were Manor by the Lake, The Rectory Hotel, The Bell, The Gloucester Old Spot and Kingscote Park House at Matara.

    I got the list down to three before dragging the husband–to-be out to see the venues and together, we chose Kingscote Park House at Matara.

    Although we are having a small wedding, I have a humongous family, so it‘s become known as the ‘biggest-small-wedding’. We have about 60 coming to our ceremony and then we will be joined by a few more to bring our numbers up to just over 80 for the rest of the day. Kingscote Park House is just perfect for what we want with no formal dinner, so guests can walk around the beautiful gardens or sit and natter in front of a log fire in the house. We will also be having a small marquee alongside the house just to give everyone a bit more room!

    So, next on my list is to book the registrar, sort out accommodation for our guests and book a date in for the hen! I will be back soon with another update of what I’ve been up to and how the planning is going.



  • Rosie and Mark's Wedding Day

    Saturday 9th August 2014

    Rosie grew up in the lovely little village of Oxenton in Gloucestershire and when we first went to meet her parents, we loved the idea that the whole day was going to be very personal and informal, with family and friends getting involved.

    Just a two minute walk from the house is Oxenton church, where Rosie and Mark made their vows, and just next door to the church is a barn owned by the family where the celebrations took place.

    We were pulled in to help coordinate the day, so that everyone could enjoy themselves and not worry about anything at all.

    We were incredibly lucky with the weather. The news talked about a hurricane on its way, but luckily it didn't hit until the morning after, so Rosie and Mark had a lovely sunny day with just a few spots of rain. A friend of the family did the photo's of which there were just a few straight after the church and then guests made the short wlak to the barn and were welcmed with pimms, homemade elderflower cordial and cool beers. All of the food was planned and cooked by Margie (Mother of the Bride), and for canapes she made scotch eggs and gaspacho shots.

    After a few drinks and lots of nattering, guests made their way into the barn for the wedding breakfast. It was a veyr informal affair, with people helping themselves to a pulled pork buffet - again, cooked by Margie. Then it was time for dessert with lots of choice from cheesecakes, trifles and mousse, all homemade.

    After speeches, guests were served teas and coffee and the evening celebrations commenced. Rosie and Mark hired a juke box to provide the disco and later in the evening stone-baked pizzas were made for guests before tucking into the wedding cake which had caused Rosie's Mum a few headaches in the days running up to the wedding!

    Even the accommodation was on site, with a yurt set up for Rosie and Mark to enjoy their first night as Mr and Mrs Brakefield, and other guests set up their own tents so didn't have far to stumble at the end of the night.

    A few words from the Margie and Simon:

    "We are both very impressed with the service you provided - it worked beautifully."



  • The Barn in Oxenton

    Saturday 15th March 2014

    We recently met with Simon and Margie at their home in Oxenton, Gloucestershire. Their daughter is getting wedded this August.

    I wanted to write about this wedding due to its home-grown nature. Quite literally home-grown. In fact, the seeds for the wedding flowers are being sown in Simon and Margies garden as I write!

    Never have I come across such a beautiful setting which will lend itself to a wedding with absolutey no faffery!

    Rosie is going to be getting ready at her parents home before walking round the corner to the beautiful church. Once they have made their vows, they will be walking to this barn (look, you can even see the church through the opening!) and starting the celebrations!

    Simon has already started getting the barn fit for purpose, and as for Margie, she is not only growing the flowers but also planning the menus as she will be cooking all the food herself including the wedding cake!

    We will keep you posted on the wedding, but don't want to give away too many secrets for now! But needless to say we are very excited about being there!



  • Hotel Du Vin Wedding Fayre - September

    Sunday 1st September 2013

    We welcomed in the Autumn with another wedding fayre at Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham. Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham (formerly the Carlton Hotel) is a beautiful venue for a drink, for something to eat, for an overnight stay...and for a wedding! That's right, they do weddings! They have beautiful rooms for both wedding ceremonies and receptions and if you are having a big do...you can even have exclusive use of the hotel.

    Swing From Paris got the event off to a great start with their fantasitc sound, whilst Rich Parsons the Gloucestershire Magician entertained all of us with magic!

    We had delicious cakes from Vanilla Pod Bakery and Yanina's Bespoke Cakes. Showing off thier beautiful Bridal dresses were Simply Bridal and Grand Jour. Bringing a bit of sparkle to the day was Fliss from Flissy Jewellery who makes the most beautiful tiaras. Gemma Gaskins photography and Lush Imaging brought along lots of examples of their wedding photography. Jessica from Earls and Co. treated Brides to be with a manicure, and Joyce Brooks lingerie told Brides about their gorgeous wedding lingerie and bra-fitting service. Sue Conboy from Fansia Tickle brought along an array of exquisite fascinators and Kingsley Leather showcased a range of handmade leather goods from bow ties to place names to belts. Simply Flowers stand looked beautiful with some very pretty table centres and bouquets.

    Every couple walked away with a goody bag which included a discount for the spa at hotel Du Vin.

    Well done on providing lot of wedding inspiration everyone!

    A few words from Rich Parsons the Gloucestershire Magician:

    "Thanks for everything on Sunday and for all of your organisation - I had a good time and have already got at least one confirmed booking so it was well worth coming...it's not just about couples turning up at wedding fayres, I like to meet other suppliers too and especially you guys to put faces to names. REAL people from twitter! Real LIVE people!...I like the fact that many Gloucestershire wedding suppliers seem so supportive of each other online and offline."



  • Jenny and Dan's Wedding Day

    Saturday 24th August 2013

    We met Jenny and Dan ar our Daffodil Wedding Fayre and as the date of their wedding day neared, they decided to call us in, to be there on the day and ensure everything ran smoothly, so that they could just relax and enjoy it.

    Jenny got ready on the morning of her special day at Dormy House Hotel in Broadway. Sheena, who is just the bestest wedding hair stylist in the county, worked her magic, and Harriet Cook did the Bridal make-up.

    On the morning of her wedding, Jenny was handed the keys to a cintage Figaro car as a wedding present from her soon-to-be husband. Her Dad drove her to the church in her new wheels.

    Jenny and Dan tied the knot at St Peter's church in Stanway, and then afterwards guests were greeted on the lawn in front of the fantastic fountains at Stanway House with a glass of Prosecco. The day was beautifully photgraphed by Jamie Burrell. The Insiders Band entertained guests with an acoustic set whilst canapes were served by CaterCater. The wedding breakfast was then served in the Tithe Barn which looked beautiful with flowers from the Creative Flower Studio.

    In the evening, The Insiders played and the Flame Baked Pizza Co. served up mouthwatering pizzas to everyone.

    A few words from Karen (Mother of the Groom):

    "Just a quick note to say thank you so much to you and Sally for everything on Saturday. I'm just about coming back down to earth now and the house is almost back to normal.

    It was the most perfect wedding day for Dan & Jenny and with all your hard work it all just seemed to flow effortlessly. I know that's not the case and you were both rushing around to keep everything on time. You helped John & I to completely relax and enjoy the day, and I know Dan & Jenny feel the same. Topping my glass up was much appreciated!! I just keep imagining what it would have been like if we hadn't had you there! Everyone has commented on how perfect everything was. You can let me know now if anything went wrong lol!

    Thank you once again for helping to make it the wedding of their dreams"




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