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Choosing a Wedding DJ in Manchester or a Wedding DJ in Cheshire?

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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Why saving a few pounds on your DJ can cost more than its worth!

This article contains important advice for those in search of the perfect Wedding DJ.

Choosing the right DJ for your wedding can be quite a daunting task and is probably one of the most important choices you will make for your wedding reception.  Guests usually judge how good the party was by whether they’ve had a good dance or not. People need to feel both relaxed and confident before they are ready to take to the dance floor and the music motivates them to actively take part in the party. People tend to be friendlier and a bit more outgoing once they have joined the party on the dance floor.  Once the dance floor is busy, the DJ can dictate the pace and decide when to take the crowd to the next level.

Does your DJ have the experience required to get all age groups on the dance floor?

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Will your DJ provide excitement for every age group?

Creating a relaxed atmosphere that slowly lifts into an exciting and uplifting party is a skill gained by experience.  The big challenge Wedding DJs face is appealing to all the age groups and yes, a DJ can have a modern approach and still appeal to the older age groups . There are songs through most decades that create such a high level of energy without all the expensive production that is now found on most dance tracks. Just take a look at some adverts on TV over the last ten years. You will find tracks that go back to the 50s, 60s and even earlier in some cases. Why do highly skilled and experienced advertising executives choose these songs for their multi-million pound advertising campaigns? Well it’s because they work and contain a touch of magic. Choosing older songs for the dance floor is not the same as choosing songs for a TV advert. However, there are some older songs that just work on the dance floor and still have that cool edge that makes you want to dance, even 50 or 60 years after they were originally in the charts.

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You can also find some DJs that provide Karaoke. However, Floorfillas do not offer this service. DJs often have their own style. Some DJs rely on great songs to create a party atmosphere, whilst others adopt a more interactive style which involves talking over the microphone to guests and sometimes making a few jokes and providing party games. Then there are club DJs who very rarely talk, but know how to mix beats together.  So it is necessary to decide what kind of entertainment you would like to provide for your guests and ensure that you choose a DJ to match! I personally rely more on good music to create the atmosphere, but also understand that communication with guests can help them feel more relaxed and subsequently more likely to let themselves go a bit more.  We have all been to at least one Wedding Reception or Party where the DJ talks over the music in a style more reminiscent of a bingo caller than a DJ. There are DJs who offer party games and karaoke.  My personal feelings are that party games are a little bit old-fashioned, and although Karaoke can be fun in a private booth or office party, this may not be suitable or appropriate as some people have a definite dislike for Karaoke events.

How much should you pay for your DJ?

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 Your expensive wedding could be ruined by a bargain basement DJ!

Let me start this section with a fact that is very widely known in most areas of the entertainment industry: you get what you pay for. I recently read this on a popular wedding websites forum:

“ How much should I pay for my wedding DJ ?”

A reply was posted;

“Well I paid £250 for our DJ”

The following response:  Wow I think I am getting ripped off as I have been quoted £450”!

DJs quoting £400-£500 for an event will charge this kind of price if they are confident that they can provide a high standard of service to their customer. They have probably established an excellent reputation with local venues and have a catalogue of first class references. They will be highly experienced at reading the crowd, choosing the right music and will have an overall image of professionalism – reflected in their equipment, website and promotional material and presentation. The good professionals will always carry back-up equipment just in case of any unforeseen emergency. They will have a high level of public liability insurance (normally £5 to £10 million pounds) and will also have the essential PAT certification that most venues now insist on. Another asset they will probably have is an outgoing, friendly and personable personality.  Highly experienced DJs are also quite capable of coping with stressful situations, and finding a fast and efficient solution to any problems that could arise during your event. A professional DJ will probably look into your request list the week before your event and have a set of music to hand that compliments your chosen songs. I spend at least a day preparing for most parties and this can sometimes stretch to 2 or 3 days if the client requires bespoke videos playing at their event. So a DJ who only charges £250 is likely to have a full time job and perhaps be moonlighting as a DJ in the evening. The equipment may not be of professional grade and his DJ skills and music knowledge will not equal those of a full time professional. It is also worth bearing in mind that if you are paying a low fee, some less scrupulous DJs may decide to cancel your booking in favour of a more lucrative job if one is offered. I am often called by agents and private customers requesting my availability due to a DJ “no show” or unexplained late cancellation. I hope you don’t take any risks when you book your entertainment for your Wedding reception.

If you would like more information on the Floorfillas DJ service please drop me an email.

Thank you

Anton:  anton@floorfillas.co.uk

by Anton Joe

 

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH: NICOLA THOMPSON

Friday, October 25th, 2013

THIS CHARMING PHOTOGRAPHER:

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Directors, musicians and artists that can change or enhance your mood have a special talent and a certain magic. There are endless films to view at the cinema and on TV, but probably not many that you could say really stirred your emotions. Although still images only have an instant to make an impression, there are some fantastic paintings and photographs that communicate with your imagination straight away. There are artists and photographers that obviously have more skill than others and I think originality automatically falls into the laps of the more highly gifted people. My feeling is that Nicola is one of these lucky people with a natural gift.

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I recently stumbled across a fantastic photo on the internet that seemed to not only have a vintage feel to it but also to capture the spirit of Manchester. I instantly thought that this was an original artist using the medium of photography to express their vision.

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Being a DJ I am constantly listening to new songs and every now and again there will be a certain musical style or sound that reminds me of me of another band or artist. It was quite funny that when I started to look through Nicola’s images, I began to think of The Smiths. I realised that it was the originality and flamboyancy of some of the photos that reminded me so much of the Manchester band and especially Morrisey.

If you take a quick look at the photos on Nicola’s home page you will hopefully see what I mean.

Any one of these photos could quite easily have been used as a 7” single cover for The Smiths.

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I can hear the guitar intro to “This Charming Man” playing now as I look at her original artwork and there is also a certain nostalgic feel with the butcher shop ribbons  and Victorian tiled walls.

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“The last of the English Roses“ is an obvious thought created by this beautiful photo.

I feel Nicola really is an artist and I would be quite interested to know if she has ever tried her hand at painting as her use of colour and light is exceptional.

I will be choosing a new photographer each month to review on my blog, but for now Nicola definitely wins my Photographer of the Month award.

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Please note I do not write articles about other suppliers as a form of business. I only write about people if I genuinely like their work.

 

The brown, sweet sugary substance that tickles our taste buds

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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The History of Chocolate

Xocolatl, Chocolat or as we call it in the UK, chocolate, was first brought to the European regions by Cortex where is was made more palatable for the European’s to enjoy.  It was mixed with ground roasted cocoa beans along with sugar and vanilla, a mixture that is still commonly practiced today.  The sweetening of the chocolate removed the bitterness that was much enjoyed by the Aztec’s.

But it wasn’t until 1520 that it arrived in England with the first Chocolate House of England being opened in London in the year 1657.  Due to its instant popularity lots of others followed suit shortly after.  This is when the trend for coffee houses started which were originally used as clubs where the wealthy would meet to enjoy a pipe, socialise and discuss business over a cup of hot chocolate.

240fd8aaa550abca03876d1110cb8fffSo when did we get to recognise the brands of today such as Cadbury’s and Fry?  It is certain that the families of Fry, Rowntree and Cadbury’s began establishing a chocolate brand that was unique to them quite early on.  In fact Joseph Fry of Fry and Sons was founded in 1728 in the city of Bristol were the first company to sell the world’s first chocolate bar.  They may have almost disappeared as Fry’s have been taken over by Cadbury’s and Rowntree merged with Swiss company, Nestle to form the largest chocolate maker in the world.  And the rest as we say is chocolate history……

Chocolate TV Adverts

Just like many other countries, chocolate is a symbol of romance.  But this sweet, sugary brown substance can also be pretty funny as we see in some of the best chocolate ads to hit our TV’s.

We take a trip down memory lane as these adverts will either melt your heart or tickle you on the funny bone.  You decide!

  1. 1.    Cadbury’s Milk Chocolate – Gorilla drumming Phil Collins

Firstly, not quite sure what this advert has to do with chocolate but it certainly random yet unforgettable.  The advert zooms in on a gorilla playing Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight”.  However it is only at the end of the advert that we get to realise it is the gorilla playing the drums.  Such a fantastic advert.

  1. 2.    Cadbury’s Milk Tray

“All because the lady loves Milk Tray”!  Do we need to say more?  Inspired on a James Bond look-alike as he throws himself into the sea on an apparent suicide mission.

Chocolate Wedding Favors

chocolate-making-workshop-with-25101244If you are organizing a wedding in Cheshire or a wedding in Manchester over the next 12 months why don’t you consider adding a small and tasty touch of class with a selection of made chocolates for your guests.

If we were to have a debate on what makes the best wedding favors there would be lots of suggestions including candles, personalised glassware, and candle holders to name a few.  These may all be popular choices but unfortunately these so called “knick knacks” will end up on the shelf of guest’s homes gathering dust in the hope they will be picked up and cleaned.

A wedding favour should be memorable and is sinfully delicious.  Yes, you’ve got it right, chocolate.  These are most definitely a crowd-pleaser for all guests.  It is a proven fact that the UK has a love affair with this delicious sweet with the average person enjoying high quality chocolates at any time.  The chocolate wedding favor certainly has no rival close to beating it.  Think handmade chocolates.

images1There are some high quality chocolatiers that can provide you and your guest’s wonderful handmade chocolate favors in a variety of styles.  There is something for the coffee enthusiast, a heart chocolate for the romantic; in fact there is a chocolate that meets everyone’s tastes.

Because handmade chocolates are unique to you, you can theme your chocolate favors.  So that cherry chocolate truffles will make your mouth water while you are looking at the bride holding blood red flowers.

So where can you get your hands on these beautifully crafted handmade chocolate?  We have compiled a short list below of our favourites:

An excellent alternative to chocolate is beautifully hand piped biscuits that come in a range of traditional flavours but more importantly because they are made fresh for your wedding you can personalise these to make incredible gifts for your guests.  With cookies starting from only £3.95 these wedding favors would make your guests go wow as they open the little box.  Contact Peggy Porshen Cakes for more information.

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If you would like high class entertainment to match your high class chocolates make sure you check out the Floorfillas website first.

 

Beautiful Wedding Venues in Knutsford: Colshaw Hall

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

I have recently played at a wedding in the fabulous grounds of Colshaw Hall in Knutsford, Cheshire.  I was so impressed with the venue that I decided to write this blog post.

If you are looking for the perfect wedding venue to make your dreams come true, wade through the beautiful countryside of Cheshire and you will soon approach a charming and beautifully restored Grade II listed property that has been given the attention it deserves by the Irlam family.  They love their home so much they wanted others to experience the excitement and enchantment this hall brings.

Built in 1903 solely for the Peel family, this sits in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

Being located in Knutsford this is ideally located for those situated in the North West and looking for the ultimate wedding venue for their perfect day.  Whilst the Hall provides a grand backdrop easily highlighting the magnificence of your event it has very private and peaceful gardens, welcoming those private moments and making the perfect setting for your first pictures as a married couple.

Create your Cheshire Wedding that is unique to you

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The perfect wedding would be one that is tailored and unique to you.  At Colshaw Hall you are welcome to celebrate your wedding how you would like to.  After all it is your wedding day.  There are three locations within the grounds to choose from.  You have the choice of the Peel Suite, the grand hall or if the weather permits, have your wedding outside in the gardens.  Each offering a completely different wedding experience.

What does the Peel Suite offer?

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Looking for a grand wedding, then look no further as the Peel Suite caters for up to 200 guests.  You and your guests can toast your wedding in style as you enjoy the luxury of a marquee attached to the suite and enjoy an extravagant party as you start your wedding life together.

What does the Hall offer?

Perfect for intimate weddings as this holds up to 50 guests, ending the day in the Music Room, the perfect setting for a family celebration.

The Grounds?

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Colshaw Hall has a vast amount of land to enjoy.  In fact there are 300 acres.  On a perfect sunny day say your vows under the glorious English sunshine in a garden that would make you and your guests think “wow”.  Wedding couples can choose to get married in two parts of the gardens, Magnolia Garden and Walled Garden.  Both are truly beautifully landscaped providing Colshaw Hall as the perfect backdrop.

Don’t forget that the gardens create the perfect photo opportunities and give the opportunity for intimate and family portraits to be taken by the lake, bridge or in front of Colshaw Hall.

An exclusive venue to make your own memories…..

I cannot tell you how overwhelmed I was by this venue, I was certainly highly impressed.  It is the place to create your own family memories to be cherished forever as you feel welcomed by Heather and David and their children.

Choosing a Wedding Theme for your Perfect Cheshire Wedding

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

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When you’re planning your wedding reception in Manchester or Cheshire, it can be difficult knowing where to start. There are so many options to consider such as decorations, food, venue and so on, it can be rather overwhelming. Most people find it helps to plan their reception around a theme. This gives you a central concept to tie everything around and helps to reduce the list of possible options when you are choosing decorations, invitations and favours.

It can help if you try and match your theme to the location and season of your wedding. A winter theme would seem very odd for a summer wedding! Try brainstorming a list of words that come to mind when you think of the season the wedding party will be held in – cherry blossoms and birds for spring, snowflakes and ice sculptures for winter for example. This can give you a good basis for wedding decorations and the like on a theme.

Also think about where the wedding will be held. Venues with gardens and attractive outdoor areas lend themselves well to a natural theme with relaxed arrangements of fresh flowers. If your wedding is in a castle you might like to consider a fairytale theme complete with a Cinderella style dress and a wedding cake fit for a princess.

Many couples choose the location where they first met or a common interest as the basis for a theme. An easy way to do this is to name the guest tables along these lines – e.g. famous mountains for a couple of hiking enthusiasts or even a list of countries you plan to visit in your round the world honeymoon trip!

If you want a really unusual theme that will get your wedding talked about and surely remembered by all your guests, you could consider a gothic wedding, a medieval wedding or even a pirate wedding! Obviously these ideas are not for everyone but if you and your partner both agree it could make for a really fun idea that you’re both sure to enjoy.

When you’ve got the general idea for your theme you can start to have a look for wedding supplies that match. Certain themes are more popular than others and you may have to get a little creative and make your own wedding favours and other items if you’ve chosen something that is really unusual. You might also want to give your bridesmaids and other assistants gifts that match your theme, which is a really fun way to ensure they remember your wedding fondly.

Browsing through wedding magazines can help to give you an idea of the effect you want to create at your wedding party and can give you some ideas for themes. They often also list wedding party decorations and suppliers so you’ll know exactly where to buy that particular wedding party favour.

If you’re really stuck for ideas then you might want to start with just your favourite colour. This can be used as the main colour for bridesmaid dresses and then also used in the wedding party decorations. Black and white can look very good when done well and adds a bit more interest to the usual white wedding. Purple is also a very popular choice. Pink lends itself well to a spring theme complete with cherry blossoms.

Floorfillas has provided DJ entertainment for many weddings in the Manchester and Cheshire areas and seen lots of different themes for weddings and receptions. If you’re stuck for ideas or you’d like to talk about booking your Manchester wedding DJ, contact us today.

The Best Wedding Venues in Knutsford

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

In my years working as a wedding DJ in Cheshire, I’ve played at many different venues and find myself returning time and time again to the same locations. It’s not just the look of a venue that makes it a great place to host a wedding reception but also friendly staff, convenient location, great facilities and capacity for many guests. Here are my top tips for the best wedding party venues in Knutsford:

Belle Epoque

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Belle Epoque is one of my favourite venues to play at in Knutsford and it’s also obviously very popular with newly married couples and their guests. The venue itself is beautiful and glamorous with lots of deep red velvet furnishings and art-deco features, under flickering candlelight.

This is an intimate venue ideal for smaller weddings. If you choose to have your wedding ceremony here, they can accommodate up to 100 guests and for a reception, up to 120 guests can be catered for.

Belle Epoque, King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6DT

For more information, see http://www.thebelleepoque.com/weddings.php

Mere Court

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Mere Court is a beautiful country house hotel dating from 1903 and is just perfect for summer weddings. The four acres of gardens are a great location for guests to mingle and make an ideal backdrop for wedding photos

Mere Court hotel in Knutsford can accommodate up to 200 guests and the guest rooms are ideal for the bride and groom on their wedding night, as well as any guests who are not local to the area.

Civil ceremonies can be held in a choice of three different rooms, each with their own individual ambiance. Rooms are available to seat between 70 and 150 guests.

Mere Court Hotel & Conference Centre, Warrington Road, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0RW

For more information, see http://www.merecourt.co.uk/weddings/.

Cottons Hotel

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Cottons Hotel is a 4-star hotel with a choice of reception suites in modern, informal surroundings. Up to 220 guests can be catered for in the Verandah Suite and the Magnolia Restaurant and Courtyard seats up to 90.

The staff at the Cottons have lots of experience in organising weddings and can help you plan everything from the colour theme to arranging bubble machines and setting up fairy lights.

The hotel also makes an ideal location for guests staying overnight, ideally located near the M6 and M65. There is even an on-site spa for a little pre-nuptial pampering for the bridal party before the big day.

Cottons Hotel & Spa, Manchester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0SU.

For more information, see http://www.cottonshotel.com/weddings/.

We’ve got lots more great wedding venue ideas and as a wedding DJ, I’ve worked in most of the popular venues in Cheshire and Manchester. If you’re interested in some unbiased advice and recommendations while you’re planning your wedding, please contact me and I’ll be happy to chat through some suggestions.

Don’t forget that the most important part of planning your wedding is booking the entertainment! Floorfillas provides wedding discos, DJ entertainment and a selection of optional extras including your own custom wedding logo and bespoke photo slideshow on our Video Jukebox system.

Wedding Dress Styling 2013 by Wedding DJ Knutsford

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

2013 is the year that Brad and Angelina will finally tie the knot, so if you fancy bringing some Hollywood glamour to your own Cheshire wedding, read on for the wedding dress looks that are ruling the fashion catwalks for this season.

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Ever since the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, simple and romantic lace has trended hugely in the wedding dress genre. With an almost 1920’s feel, whilst the dress shape is modest in design, the intricacy of the lace is what makes this one of the classiest wedding dress looks to be found. Team it with antique diamante jewellery with matching teardrop earrings and bejewelled tiara. Wear the make -up subtle with peach undertones but go heavy on the eyebrows which is very much part of current beauty styling. When it comes to shoes, keep the lace theme going with either delicate pointed toe kitten heels or a more comfortable and traditional low wedge with ribbon ankle feature.

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2013 is the year of the Peplum dress, and this style trend has translated itself seamlessly into the wedding dress genre. Whether you go for subtle, with the soft unstructured excess of material skimming over the hip and bottom, or go for a bolder look with definite lines that accentuate the same area, the peplum shows you know your current fashion trends. Of course, the softer look can disguise the pear shape, giving you a confidence boost on a day when it is most definitely needed, whereas the stronger edges can show off an enviable ‘Pippa Middleton-esque’ rear of which you should be justly proud, so choose your peplum wisely. The more delicate style choice lends itself beautifully to a shorter but more flowing veil style, exquisite when matched with a delicate lower heeled pump shoe and pearl accessories. The edgier peplum means you can carry off a bolder look overall, with hair worn scraped into an up style bun and finished with a headband. Go bold with a Cuban heeled shoe and diamante accessories. Retro inspired 1950’s make-up finishes an Audrey Hepburn inspired look.

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Whilst we may wish for a perfect sunny day for our important day, this is the United Kingdom, so for a wedding in Manchester, you may decide to hedge your bets and go for a more forgiving dress for the temperate climate. A long sleeved wedding dress means you can beat any chill, but also ensures that if you get blazing sunshine, you don’t need to worry about sunburn. Of course, longer sleeves can also disguise any hang ups you may have about the appearance of your arms also.

A sheer sleeve gives you versatility without style compromise whilst being a very fashionable look in 2013. There is something that is reminiscent of the Edwardian era about this look, so theme your hair and accessories similarly. Wear your hair in a loose bun with delicate curls touching your cheeks in an almost accidental manner. Shoes can take a mid-height heel with a softer but still pointed toe. Go definite on a rose coloured cheek but just skim the lips with a sheer lip gloss for just the right amount of allure.

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Floral is another look that is rocking the wedding catwalks this year. Choose a shorter style dress that will see you through from the day to the night, enabling the bride to fully appreciate her choice of DJ and making your wedding the hippest in Cheshire.

Wear the hair long so you can rock out to the max, and add a killer heeled shoe in order to add dimension to the lower body in the absence of a long skirt. As a wedding DJ in Knutsford I see many brides in shorter styles these days and it also makes a great choice for the reception, without needing a change of outfit.

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Choosing a wedding reception venue in Manchester or Cheshire

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

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One of the most important aspects of planning your wedding reception is deciding on your venue. The location you decide to hold your wedding celebrations will impact on your theme, decorations, and the number of guests you can invite and will probably take up a large part of your budget.

There are many wonderful wedding reception venues in Cheshire and Manchester and Floorfillas has provided wedding DJ entertainment at several of them.  From hotels and sports clubs to stately homes and historic buildings, there are venues to suit every style and budget. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Choosing a venue is an issue of both personal taste and practicality. You’ll probably want to choose somewhere with a romantic feel if possible but locations such as castles are often expensive and may not hold as many guests as you would like. You should also consider if your venue offers catering, a bar service and staff. Finally you may prefer an outdoor wedding reception, which has its own set of considerations to make.

You should start by considering your number of guests and researching venues that are equipped to deal with that number of people. If you really fall in love with a particular venue but it can only hold a smaller number of people, you will have to cut your guest list down or split your wedding party into a daytime and an evening event. You should visit several potential venues which will help you to get a clearer idea of what you want. Some popular venues are booked up for years in advance so plan plenty of time ahead if you have a dream location in mind.

Another important aspect of reception venues is their location and distance away from where you plan to hold the ceremony. Some couples choose to have their wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue, which is obviously the most convenient but others will prefer to have their ceremony in a church or other location and then move to a different venue for the party. Think about how your guests are going to travel to the location and how much suitable accommodation is available nearby for guests who are travelling from far away and will want to stay overnight.

When viewing potential venues be sure to ask about the capacity of the venue, the number of bathrooms and extra rooms for the bridal party to change clothing, staff and set up costs, length of time the venue will be made available to you, decoration services and any limitations on decorations, catering, bar service and entertainment considerations. You should also check for availability of parking for guests.

If you’re considering an outdoor wedding reception then you will need to arrange hire of a marquee or covered area in case of rain and ensure there is sufficient security. Extra care also needs to be taken in arranging an area for the buffet table, bar and so on. For these reasons, couples considering an outdoor location often choose to hold their ceremony outdoors but have the wedding party at an indoor venue for convenience.

As well as finding a venue that meets your budget and personal requirements, think about its potential for decoration to match the theme that you are planning. A plain room will cost a lot less than hiring a stately home or a castle for your wedding party but with some clever wedding decorations and lighting it can be transformed into a romantic and memorable location for your wedding reception.

For more wedding reception venue ideas in the Manchester and Cheshire areas, contact us for a chat on 07507 548 697 or email info@floorfillas.com

 

 

The Top 5 Most Unique Locations for Weddings Abroad

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to tie the knot abroad. Not only do you have the advantage of choosing from hundreds of beautiful locations that can double up as your honeymoon destination, but also you’re guaranteed a smaller, more intimate ceremony as only your closest friends and family will make the trip out to join you on your big day.

Beach weddings are always popular and make for some amazing photographs and memories. Tropical islands are not your only option when it comes to getting married abroad, however. Here are our top 5 picks for the most romantic and unique wedding locations in the world:

1. The Icehotel, Lapland

Photo credit: mskogly via flickr

Photo credit: mskogly via flickr

Around 150 couples every year are married in the chapel built entirely from ice in the north of Sweden. After the ceremony, you can sleep surrounded by snow and ice sculptures, on a bed made from ice blocks and topped with reindeer skins.

2. Mara Intrepids Safari Camp, Kenya

Photo credit: SkateyB via flickr

Photo credit: SkateyB via flickr

Say your vows with lions, tigers, giraffes and elephants as your witnesses. The African landscape provides a dramatic backdrop for wedding photographs and accommodation is provided in the form of luxury tents with four-poster beds.

3. Havana, Cuba

photo credit: Marco Zanferrari (flickr)

photo credit: Marco Zanferrari (flickr)

Havana provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding to remember, with stunning faded architecture, colourful classic cars on every street and the constant background accompaniment of salsa music.

4. Bali, Indonesia

photo credit: Peter Nijenhuis via flickr

photo credit: Peter Nijenhuis via flickr

Experience your wedding day in traditional Balinese dress, complete with dancers and live Balinese music. On this beautiful Indonesian island you can choose from beach rice field, or jungle locations. There’s even the option of traveling by elephant back to your honeymoon suite.

5. Angkor, Cambodia

photo credit: Flashpacking Life via flickr

photo credit: Flashpacking Life via flickr

Celebrate your wedding in the grounds of the stunning and mysterious Angkor Wat temple, a world heritage site that has been the backdrop for many movies. Choose from a traditional Khmer or western ceremony.

Many couples who marry abroad choose to have a second wedding reception in the UK on their return, for all their friends and family who were not able to travel to the ceremony itself.

This is a great opportunity for displaying your wedding and honeymoon photographs and video clips on our Video Jukebox system. Even if the only people at your wedding ceremony were you and your partner, this is a great way to share your day with your loved ones and relive the happy memories.