Archive | August, 2012

Our first Naming Ceremony

On Sunday 29th April, we had the pleasure of holding our first Naming Ceremony at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Although the weather wasn’t very kind to us, it was still a very memorable and moving day which was enjoyed by all.

Naming ceremonies provide parents who wish to welcome their children into the world and affirm their commitment to them a great alternative to traditional Church Christenings or other religious ceremonies. Naming ceremonies are meaningful to the family and can include as much or as little religious or spiritual content as you like or can be completely non-religious, allowing your children to find their own pathway in life. The content of the ceremony is completely down to you. Guiding adults also express their commitment to the child in the Naming Ceremony. At Beach Weddings Bournemouth, the celebration doesn’t have to end with the ceremony. We can offer canapes, a sit down meal, afternoon tea or even party games!

OK, so the weather wasn’t exactly great for the day it has to be said. It was a very wild, blustery and wet day but all the more atmospheric from the inside with the addition of watching the waves rolling into the shoreline through the clear paneled side of the marquee. The marquee was beautifully decorated with gorgeous bunting and coastal themed props from Coastal Creatives and stunning floral displays from Arcade flowers. The beautiful white chairs were laid out for the guests with the added addition of baby blue blankets for anyone who felt a little chilly (well there were 60mph winds outside)! We were due to do a balloon release to mark the special day however it was too windy so the pink and blue helium filled balloons were tied to the chairs for the children to take home with them. The ceremony hut was gorgeously decorated with coastal themed decor as always, with the lit candles really setting off the atmosphere.

On arrival at the welcome shelter of the cosy marquee, guests were welcomed with tea and coffee and listened to music through our portable Bose sound system chosen by Becks and Dave as they took their seats eagerly awaiting the days special guests.

Not only was the Naming Ceremony special because it was the first one, but also because it was a double naming ceremony! Our lovely couple Becks and Dave have two beautiful children Evie aged 3 and Sebastian who was just a tiny 7 weeks old and wished to have them Named and Welcomed in a joint ceremony.

We offered Becks and Dave the opportunity to be the first family to have a Baby Naming and Welcoming ceremony at the Wedding Hut after the Daybreak Wedding took place after Diana Saxby, a Family Celebrant from Grace The Day introduced them to us. They asked her to conduct a naming ceremony for their children, after she conducted Becks and Dave’s wedding ceremony a few years earlier, making it all the more special for the family. Diana tailored the ceremony to Becks and Dave’s exact wishes with Becks and Dave both dedicating very moving and personal readings and poems to their children which really brought a tear to our eyes as we listened from the back of the marquee. The Grandparents and Guiding adults were then invited to the front to also affirm their commitment to guide, support them and to care for the children.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to champagne and canapes freshly prepared by our caterers Fish Face Events. The mini muffins and flapjack went down a storm! Whilst the adults were occupied with the canapes, the children played in the sand around the wedding hut with buckets and spades, digging holes and building sandcastles.

We had a wonderful day in helping a lovely family confirm their commitment to their children and on another. It truly was a very moving but happy and joyous day.

Shortly after the ceremony, Becks and Dave wrote a lovely comment in our guestbook. Here’s what they thought:

“I just wanted to say thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for everything you’ve done. Everything was just perfect and you gave us a naming ceremony we could only ever dreamed of having!! The setting is just beautiful even in the wind and rain, the decor is elegant and fun, the staff were so attentive and couldn’t do enough for us and all the guests (one lady said to me today that she was the first to arrive and felt so special with everyone looking after her so well).

Melanie organised everything perfectly down to the smallest detail and for someone so organised she is also a genuine, warm and kind person who cares about her clients (in 60 mph winds and rain she and her team were there welcoming our guests, handing out hot drinks and trying to keep everyone cosy).

The marquee and catering were great and all the children enjoyed playing in the sand and with the balloons and we all enjoyed the baskets of sweets and cakes that were handed out as well as the delicious canapes. But more importantly than the canapes and bubbly; you’ve given us the memories of the most special day of celebrating our beautiful babies and that’s something we will remember and treasure forever!!

Becks and Dave x”

We wish Becks, Dave, Evie and Sebastian all the best for the future.

Click here to see a short video of the day.

For more information on Naming and Welcoming ceremonies, please phone the Beach Weddings Bournemouth Crew on 01202 788271 or visit our website.  We offer some great deals for Naming Ceremonies on Sundays with a ceremony around noonish followed by canapes and bubbly or afternoon tea in one of our beautiful marquees with prices starting from as little as £800 plus food and drinks.


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Fifties Fun!

A couple of weeks ago we had the absolute pleasure of hosting Christine and Jason’s 1950’s themed wedding! Although we don’t have any professional photos we did take a few of our own amateur shots so please forgive us for them not being the best quality but we really wanted to share a few images of their day with you! It was such a relaxed and fun day but was still really special and a day that we hope Christine and Jason will cherish forever. And to top it all off- the sun came out for them!

Christine, Jason and their guests traveled all the way from Gillingham on the morning of the wedding so they hired a bus to escort all of their guests to Bournemouth. On arrival they were dropped off at the top of the Cliff Lift outside the Highcliff Marriott Hotel and were then treated to a ride in the Cliff Lift to the Beach Weddings Bournemouth site. Although Jason had already seen his Bride, we sent him down in the lift first and held Christine back until last to she could make her big entrance with her Dad. And Wow did she do just that! As Christine and Jason were just having their ceremony with us, they had hired the Chinese Hat marquee from Maidman’s marquees which meant that Christine’s entrance started the minute she stepped on the sand, so it was a rather long one! Christine was wearing a beautiful but fun (and against tradition, green- 50’s style prom dress and her and her Dad danced all the way down the seagrass carpet and onto the blue aisle in the marquee to the song ‘Do wah diddy’ (here she comes just a walking down the street) by Manfred Mann. Such fun and it really got everyone tapping their feet!

The ceremony was beautiful, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! The boys in the bridal party wore white shirts and red shorts with deck shoes and really looked the part! Whilst the Bridesmaids wore 1950’s prom dresses which exactly matched Christine’s but in white.

After the ceremony Jason and Christine treated all of their guests to Mr Whippy Ice Creams from the nearby kiosk. This was a real hit with the guests! Everyone started queuing up to make sure they all got one!

Jason and Christine were also brave enough to kick their shoes off and go for a paddle in the sea!

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a photo of Christine with the local Lifeguard!

Sadly after the ice creams it was time for us to say goodbye as it was time for Jason and Christine and all their guests to head back up the cliff in the lift and back onto the bus back to Gillingham for afternoon tea and a 1950’s party!

It was a wonderful, fun day which I think we enjoyed just as much as Jason and Christine and all their guests!

The Beach Weddings Bournemouth crew wish Christine and Jason lots of happiness for the future!


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Vintage at The Seaside

This lovely little blog has been written by Carrie from Simply Love Vintage, one of our recommended suppliers for Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Simply Love Vintage provide vintage crockery and styling and will come and set up everything for you! Carrie was down on the beach with us on 10th August styling a very small and intimate wedding for just 20 people for the lovely Debbi and Carl. This is her take on the day! Thank you Carrie for sharing this with us! Hopefully it will be the first of many! A big thank you must also go to Christian Lawson who has very kindly let us use his photos. Enjoy!

Our pre-loved vintage crockery and styling adds the finishing touches to weddings and any special occasion, in any venue, whether it be contemporary hotels, village hall, clients’ own homes and gardens or even a beach wedding setting.

We could not wait for the day to arrive for us to be involved with the styling and finishing touches for our first Beach Wedding ceremony and beach BBQ  on Bournemouth beach this past weekend.

Image courtesy of Simply Love Vintage

Image courtesy of Simply Love Vintage

Our clients, Debi and Carl live and work in Manchester but there was no doubt in their minds that they wanted a beach wedding without spending an absolute fortune by travelling abroad.

Debi also has many happy memories of spending precious times as a child growing up and holidaying with her late grand-parents in Poole and Bournemouth, and again this was another ‘tick in the box’ to have a beach wedding on Bournemouth’s golden sands.

Debi wished us to incorporate some very personal touches into her wedding and these were concentrated with her flowers and the crockery. Debi’s late grand-mother had Anemones in her 1930’s bouquet and Debi requested that we also include these in her bouquet, her bridesmaids, and her table decor.

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Art Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design


Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

The vintage crockery also was another nod to happy times spent with grand-parents  and fitted the wedding theme perfectly. We had so many lovely comments from our bride & groom, her mum and dad, together with close family and friends on how ‘beautiful’ it all looked and how it was these pretty details that revived such happy memories for Debi of past years with her late grandparents with everyone experiencing the joy and emotion of such a beautiful wedding day on the beach.


Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Firstly, we must also add that it was fabulous to work alongside Matt of Fish Face (the resident caterer) – and my mouth was watering most of the time with the many delicious aromas drifting out of the catering tent, together with the fabulous team at Beach Weddings Bournemouth (Melanie and Nicolle) whose professionalism is second to none.

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Secondly, Christian Lawson the wedding photographer who has captured some wonderful images of the day of our couple Debi and Carl. It was our pleasure guys to work alongside you and hopefully it will be the start of many more vintage style beach weddings!

Image courtesy of Christian Lawson Photo Design

Lastly, we wish Debi and Carl many happy years together, a huge congratulations from us and a big thank you for including us in your special day.

Simply Love Vintage x

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A very special Vow Renewal Ceremony


Saturday 7th July 2012 was a very special day down at Beach Weddings Bournemouth– it was our  very first Vow Renewal Ceremony. It truly was a very beautiful but equally moving and emotional day despite the horrendous weather!

Juli and Clive are a couple very much in love- you only have to see the way they look at each other to know that. They married 16 years ago on the beach in the Seychelles so it was very fitting for them to renew their vows on the beach, although unfortunately  they were not blessed with the sun which they were 16 years ago! Nonetheless, we didn’t let this get us down, and neither did they. Juli and Clive just embraced the weather, working with it and not complaining once.

Special thanks must also go to Anna Morgan, who photographed Juli and Clive’s special day. She was a real trooper on the day, battling against the wind and the rain to get some great shots of the day! She even fulfilled Juli’s wish of getting all the guests outside in the rain for a group shot! Although the guests weren’t initially too keen on this idea, they did have great fun when they were out by the sea. All of the photos in this blog were taken by Anna and have really captured the fun and happiness of the day and are stunning despite the weather!

Guests fought the wind and the rain as they were walking down the prom to the Beach Weddings Bournemouth site and were rewarded with a drink in our drinks marquee as they arrived, which provided a very welcome shelter from the elements. When Juli and Clive arrived with their three daughters, there was a huge cheer! It was very clear that they were a couple very much loved and adored by their friends and family who were all very excited to be sharing this special day with them.

Despite the weather, the main marquee as always looked beautiful and you could hear the waves crashing into the shore. Baby blue blankets were laid out on the chairs for any guests who felt a little chilly. Buckets of stunning pretty pink flowers by Arcade Flowers hung on the pew ends, creating a very romantic atmosphere inside the marquee- a sensational contrast to the wild wind and rain outside.

In contrast to a wedding ceremony, Juli and Clive walked down the aisle together, hand in hand. Their two Grand-daughters were their flower girls, who scattered rose petals on the aisle as they walked down first. They were followed by Juli’s Bridesmaids who were her and Clive’s three daughters. Juli and Clive then made their way down the aisle to the Wedding Hut, walking to a classical piece of music, Sanctum.

The ceremony was conducted by Diana Saxby, a Marriage Celebrant from Grace The Day. Diana’s ceremonies are always full of promise to be touching and beautiful and true to form, it was just that. Diana had written the ceremony along with Juli’s help, making it a very personal ceremony for everyone involved. A very poignant and unique aspect of the ceremony was that Juli and Clive wanted to not only celebrate their marriage but also to give thanks to their family and friends, who have always been there for them and offered support and love over the years. Juli and Clive had a guestbook for all of their guests to sign and as part of the ceremony, Juli and Clive to write their own message in the guest book as opposed to signing the registers in a wedding ceremony. Whilst they were signing their guestbook, a live singer, Neil Scott sang Louis Armstrong’s ‘We have all the time in the world’ which Juli and Clive walked down the aisle to when they married 16 years ago. At the end of the ceremony, Juli and Clive danced down the aisle to ‘Just the way you are’ by Bruno Mars, really lifting everyone’s spirits and demonstrating their love for life.


After the ceremony it was time for a second drinks reception, whilst the Beach Weddings Bournemouth Crew prepared their Afternoon Tea.

The food our caterers Fish Face Events prepared was spectacular! Guests were treated to sandwiches filled with Award winning West country smoked salmon, tiger prawns and lemon aioli, cucumber and Dorset Ham and Westcombe Cheddar cheese. These were followed by homemade fruit scones and homemade vanilla scones served with Dorset strawberry jam and both Dorset clotted cream and Chantilly cream, homemade chocolate fudge cake and homemade Dorset apple cake. All of this was served with fresh strawberries and raspberries along with loose tea and freshly ground coffee. Delicious!

Whilst the adults enjoyed the afternoon tea, the children enjoyed their very own tea party on the decking, being treated to cheese and ham sandwiches and jam sandwiches along with a selection of crisps and biscuits. Melanie was like the Pied Piper of Bournemouth Beach when she brought this out for them! All of a sudden it went very quiet! Once the children had enjoyed their picnic, they had great fun for the rest of the afternoon, building sandcastles and playing in the sand either side of the decking.

After the afternoon tea, it was time for the speeches and to sing Happy Birthday! For today was not only a celebration of Juli and Clive’s marriage but was also to celebrate Juli’s 50th Birthday too! The singer Neil Scott took back control of the microphone and everyone joined in for a chorus of Happy Birthday. Neil then continued to sing for the rest of the afternoon and Juli and Clive danced together with everyone watching on. Juli and Clive’s guests were then encouraged to get up and dance and they danced the afternoon away! Having a live singer really does create such as special atmosphere and has the ability to get everyone up dancing and having fun.

Lit candles gave the marquee a really cosy, warm atmosphere.

Juli and Clive’s vow renewal was a very special day and one that we will never forget at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It was a day to celebrate special memories but also a day to create special memories. We wish Juli and Clive lots of special memories to come. Thank you Juli and Clive for choosing Bournemouth Beach Weddings to be part of your special day, it was an absolute honour for everyone involved.


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