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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  • A lovely post and a great reminder of a wonderful afternoon on the beach. It’s been brilliant working with you all this year and I’m really looking forward to next season already! 🙂