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Summer or Winter Wedding?

Would you rather a winter or summer wedding?

You’ve just got engaged, summer is here now and it seems that would be the perfect timing to have your wedding. Or is it the cosy atmosphere that naturally comes with a winter wedding and the Christmas atmosphere you are after?

There are of course pros and cons to both weddings so I thought the best way is to look at all the options to help you make up your mind.


Starting with the venue of course the options are greater when it comes to a summer wedding as you can choose for an outdoor wedding. However, you can never be sure of the British weather and it can rain even in the middle of summer. This is where a marquee can help.

If you are after a white wedding with snow, a Christmas tree for decoration then of course winter wedding should be your choice. Just like you cannot count on a summer wedding to be sunny there is no guarantee for snow on a winter wedding day. One way top create the magic is using artificial snow flakes. You can always choose a venue with open fire and a conservatory to bring the light in. However if it is a dark day than candle lights as part of the decoration the general white wedding theme would help.

Making the most of your budget is also a point of consideration when deciding whether you are going to have a summer or winter wedding. With summer being most popular season for wedding the prices of venues are higher than in winter, especially on Saturdays. If you rather have a summer wedding you might want to consider a mid-week wedding to cut costs.

If we are looking at your guest’s budget than winter, especially close to Christmas, might be a difficult time for their finances.

Another thing to consider in summer is the availability of your guests in summer time, which is usually where most people are on holiday and some of your guests may not be around to celebrate your day. Winter, on the other hand, is a time when people get closer to their family and a gathering such as on a winter wedding day will stand out since most weddings are done in summer. As winter weddings are not as popular you may also be able to strike a deal with the venue who will be keen to book the place.

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Summer is when most flowers bloom so you will find the flower arrangement cheaper on a summer wedding compared with the deals you will get on your winter wedding.

Food wise you are looking at totally two different menus. Summer menu is usually light and refreshing while in a winter reception you could use traditional for the season mulled wine, mince pies, sausages, soup and other warming and rich type of food.

One of my clients who recently bought their engagement and wedding rings told me about her wedding plans which fits her budget. Her plan was to travel to Greece is September with the photographer and some close members of the family for the wedding ceremony. By September England is no longer a place for an outdoor wedding however, the flights to Greece are at off-pick prices and the Greek weather will be just perfect for a summer wedding. When back home the plan is to throw a party for all their friends. I thought I’ll this was an idea worth sharing.

If you are planning your winter wedding or your next spring/summer wedding for your wedding ring. Alternatively, click on the image below and leave a message and I will get back to you.

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Wedding Photography – What should you consider

In the past few months quite a few young women have received proposals. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are high times in the year for a marriage proposal. Some will celebrate the occasion later on with an engagement party while others will start with the preparations for the wedding.

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One of the first things a couple will book after they have decided on the wedding date and the venue is the photographer. Photographers are often booked over a year in advance and you want to make sure you choose the right photographer for your day.

I invited my friend Mark of Folio Photography to share from his vast experience what is the best way to present your wedding photography. Mark has some valuable thoughts about the photography presentation…

How do you want your photographs presented?

There are two choices:

  1. In an Album, as above
  2. Digitally on CD or Pen Drive

Digital presentation is becoming increasingly more popular as the need to post photographs in Social Media grows, so does the requirement for digital presentation.

Whilst I am happy to provide photographs in digital format, I am concerned over the longevity of providing photographs on a DVD/CD/Pen Drive.

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I remember Beta Video, VHS Video, big floppy discs, smaller floppy discs, CD, DVD, Blue-Ray, Hard Drives and Pen Drives. What will it be in 20 years?

If you got married 20 years ago and had a video of your wedding how do you watch it now?

If you had your photographs put onto a floppy disc, how do you view them now?

What happens when CDs and DVDs become redundant; you can no longer play the CD or DVD with your photographs on them? What do you do then?

However, there is longevity in albums. You ask your parents to see their wedding album and they will know where it is and be able to show you their wedding day.

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Additionally, an album is expertly laid out and presented. Borders are added to photographs, fading, colour change, colour splash and black and white, are all ways to enhance your wedding album.

If you obtain your photographs digitally, then that is all you receive, the photographs; there is no special presentation like in an album.

It is nicer to show people an album with your photographs in them, rather than have to switch on a computer or play a DVD.

If you want the photographs for social media, then why not pay a little extra for some web optimised copies? That way you have the best of both worlds.

Ultimately the average wedding these days costs £25,000. When you are spending that type of money on the most special day of your life, do not leave the photography to chance. As the years go by, make sure that the photographs are there to show to your children and your grand children. Don’t lose those memories … You may not be able to retrieve them!

If you need a professional advice about wedding photography Mark will be happy to have a chat with you. Contact him directly  or click on the image below.

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