Archive | November, 2012

Happy First Birthday – Beach Weddings Bournemouth

October marked a whole year since Beach Weddings Bournemouth was launched! It was also the fourth birthday for the sister companies of Beach Weddings Bournemouth, Bellissimo Weddings and Simply Events. To celebrate we threw a party on the beach and our guests were invited for Afternoon Tea and Bubbly on the Beach!

A huge huge thank you to Ian Hamilton of ianH Photography who was our official photographer for the day! He was on hand to capture all the special moments of the day and has provided us all of the below photos. We can’t thank you enough Ian for your continual support throughout the year. We look forward to working with you for many more years to come!

The planning for the party stared early in the summer and all the guests were sent invitations in the style of seaside postcards

Then we started to design the styling of the day. We quickly decided on a theme of ‘Seaside chic’, incorporating a subtle nautical theme. Nicolle earned herself a reputation as a young Martha Stewart as she spent weeks preparing all of the styling for the event. Pinterest proved to be an invaluable tool to create moodboards with ideas for the styling of the event. We find Pinterest a really useful tool on the Bellissimo Weddings side of the business to help our couples envisage what their day will look like. We used Pinterest to make suggestions for styling and share ideas. Nicolle sewed all the table runners and table cloths after a trip to a fabric store  with Melanie to choose the fabric. She also made flags which lined the coconut matting pathway to welcome guests.

One of our marquees laid out with long tables for a more chic / corporate feel for the day with our Seaside Chic styling by Nicolle

The week running up to the party, we were all getting quite excited about it all coming together just as we had envisaged. On the morning of the party we all arrived at the beach bright and early to start the set up.  We decided to lay the tables out in three long rows rather than using round tables. We have seen lots of photos of this table layout on other blogs so have been dying to try it ourselves!

We’re well known for being perfectionists so we spent hours making sure everything was just right! On the tables we put zinc buckets crammed with busy gypsohila which was expertly arranged by Melanie! Arcade flowers also provided us with two large pedestal arrangements to stand on the decking. We wanted do as much of the styling as we could, as its not very often we get to be this involved but we thought it was a little ambitious for us to tackle the pedestal arrangements so that was best left to the experts! Blue and white star fish were also scattered along the tables to bring in the seaside theme. these had Navy and white striped ribbon bows tied to them with brown luggage tags that had Happy Birthday printed on them.

Arcade flowers also provided us with the white and blue paper lanterns we hung from the ceiling of the marquee to carry the theme throughout.

Melanie Director and Senior Planner with Matt our Head Chef

Once we had finished the styling of the marquee, we then all headed up to The Highcliff Marriott Hotel where Laura and Tara were waiting to pamper us and do our hair and makeup for us to get us in the real party spirit! The Marriott very kindly allowed us to use a room and Laura from Hair by Laura and Tara from Makeup by Tara had very kindly offered to do our makeup which they did a superb job of! They often do our Bride’s hair and makeup and made sure that it was windproof for us as the weather wasnt being terribly kind but it was so nice for us to be pampered so thank you kind ladies for looking after us.

When we got back to the marquee, Ian Hamilton was waiting for us to do a bit of a photo shoot which was also great fun! Even little Mollie, Melanie’s Westie got in on the action!

Mollie sporting her little ribbon to match the colour scheme of the day – very fitting

We expanded the drinks marquee so it was twice the size so we would put comfy sofas and cube seating into it with a coffee table for our guests to relax. We can do this for your wedding too so please enquire with us if you are interested in doing this.

The drinks marquee / breakout space shown as a double size for this event with left hand side as the bar and the right hand side with furniture for a chill out lounge for your guests – looking out to sea

Nicolle also handmade menus for the tables so the guests could see what was on offer for them. The afternoon tea provided by Fish Face was just delicious and was a real hit with all our guests!

Nicolle’s handmade table stationery

Afternoon tea by Fish Face mmmmm

Throughout the afternoon, ianH photography was on hand to take photos of all our guests, so here are few fabulous photographs of our guests who came along to help us celebrate

Lainey and Hannah from our recommended evening venues, Westbeach and Aruba

Two of our recommended photographers, Fiona Moorey and Anna Morgan

The ladies from Something Borrowed magazine, Sam and Eleanor

Kate and Tim, the last couple of the season to get married with us two days after the party!

Melanie with Simon the GM of the Norfolk Royale Hotel, one of our recommended evening venues

The ladies from Coastal Creatives, Louise and Rachael who style some of our weddings

Jason and Catherine from Dorset Dub Hire who we recommend for camper van hire to arrive at your wedding

Our guests were treated to the amazing Katie Francesca singing all afternoon. She is fabulous and available to sing at your Beach Wedding

Melanie gave a little speech thanking everyone for coming and updating everyone on the hugely successful first season of Beach Weddings Bournemouth. She even gave Nicolle and Natasha little gifts thanking them for all their hard work.

So then Nicolle and Natasha surprised Melanie with a bouquet of flowers with a little help from the lovely Arcade Flowers ladies! Natasha was even brave enough to make a little speech thanking Melanie herself! Well done Natasha.

The fabulous Lisa Notley provided us with a fantastic 1st Birthday Cake. Whilst it looked amazing, being an exact replica of the Wedding Hut, it also tasted amazing! Thank you Lisa – such a wonderful gesture.

Melanie, Natasha and Nicolle cutting the cake- we did feel quite bad about ruining the beautiful wedding hut!

We were very sad when it was all over but we all had an amazing afternoon. Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate! And thank you to every one who brought us cards and gifts. We have been over whelmed by all your continued support in our venture and we look forward to working with you all again next year.

Heres to another successful year of Beach Weddings Bournemouth! We can’t wait for April to start our next season of lots more stunning weddings!


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Choosing your Bridal Bouquet – The Arcade Flowers Guide

Our recommended florists, Arcade Flowers have some wonderful advice for you on how to choose your Bridal Bouquet- Thanks ladies, some great advice! Arcade flowers can provide some great packages for your Beach Wedding and will even deliver them down to our site at the crack of dawn to ensure they look perfect just before your ceremony. Contact them to find out more.

Most brides choose to carry flowers on their big day. Traditionally, the wedding bouquet was not carried for aesthetic purposes; fragrant flowers and herbs were carried to mask the smell of body odour when bathing was not a daily occurrence and also to ward off evil spirits! Today, fresh flowers are used to add a natural element to the proceedings, compliment the colours and style of the day and also give the nervous bride (and bridesmaids) something to do with their hands!

When deciding on your blooms, think about whether you would like to keep them subtle or make more of a statement…

A classic bouquet in creams and green, by Arcade Flowers. Image courtesy of Ian H Photography

Bold ‘colour pop’ bouquets by Arcade Flowers. Image courtesy of Big Bouquet Photography

Think about colour, texture, fragrance, the season, your favourite flowers and family traditions, the style of your venue and dress, as well as the overall feel of your day, be it casual and relaxed or a more formal event. When coming to meet your florist be sure to convey all of this information to give us the best possible chance to create your perfect bouquet. Bring lots of pictures along too. Even if you don’t know why you like a certain image, it will help us to get inside your head and realise your vision. For a beach wedding you might choose a natural and rustic hand-tied posy of seasonal summer flowers- perfect for a romantic wind-swept look.

Frothy white Astilbe with blue Echinops and Thistle to echo the sea, by Arcade Flowers

Early-summer mixed flower bouquet with rustic twine binding, by Arcade Flowers

Finally, if budget is a concern, try not to scrimp on the flowers you carry. The bridal bouquet is your ultimate wedding day accessory and will feature in a good proportion of your photographs, so make sure you get it right and try to cut back on something else which perhaps wont feature in so many photographs!

All the team at Arcade Flowers


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B-e-a-utiful Bunting!

Quite a few of our recent weddings at Beach Weddings Bournemouth have had bunting to style their marquees and we LOVE it!

Bunting adds height to the styling of your marquee as it brings colour above table height. Bunting looks fab in any venue but works particularly well in marquees as it adds colour to the ivory livings which although very beautiful can look a little plain. Putting up bunting in our smaller drinks marquee for your drinks reception also works really well as then your theme runs throughout the venue. As the drinks marquee is a space for mingling there are no tables and chairs to dress so putting up bunting really brightens the space and ties it in to the main marquee. If you do opt for bunting, be careful not to make the tables too busy or full of colour or the room can feel over powered and cluttered!

Theres bunting available to fit every theme and colour so here are a few of our favourites. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for then try making your own! The time and effort taken to make bunting gives it a really personal feel.

Coastal Creatives made this beautiful vintage bunting for one of our couples. They have bunting available to hire in lots of different colour schemes and make it all by hand themselves! If they don’t have bunting already made to match your colour scheme then they will make it for you!



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This gorgeous floral bunting would compliment any colour scheme and would look great for a vintage themed afternoon tea!

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 This hessian and lace bunting is very elegant and understated and would be great for a rustic wedding.

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 Bright and beautiful! The tropical colours are perfect for a summer wedding.

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 This chalk board bunting is brilliant! Personalise your message or even use it as an alternative to a guest book and ask your guests to leave you a message on a triangle of bunting. It will create something beautiful for you to display in your home after your special day, but make sure you use a chalk pen so the writing doesn’t rub off!

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Heat shaped bunting- perfect for a wedding!

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Personalised bunting will give you a special keepsake from your big day. It would look wonderful hung above the top table.

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Bright but subdued, this pink and yellow bunting has a very tropical feel yet isn’t too in your face.

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 Has the Jubilee and the Olympics got you feeling all patriotic this year? The Union Jack in this bunting makes it perfect for a village fete themed wedding.

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 This fun bunting would be perfect for afternoon tea

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 The colours in this bunting makes it perfect for a nautical themed wedding

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This bunting would be perfect for a vintage tea party! And whats more its made by a local Dorset company, Its All About Bunting

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 Great for a beach wedding, this bunting has been inspired by deckchair fabric


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