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Beach Wedding Inspiration.

As we hold the title of being the only Beach in England and Wales where you can legally marry on sand it’s something we treasure at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It is such a special and unique venue with absolutely breathtaking views. This post has been put together for all of our couples who are marrying with us in the future and need some beach inspiration as to how to further their guests experiences and make their day that extra bit more memorable.

Beach Cakes! We love these designs, so simple and fitting in with the coastal theme. Image 1 is at Bournemouth beach itself on one of our open days. The stunning cake is made by the amazing Lisa Notley. cake 2 cake

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The Dress! That ever important part for the bride. Whatever goes on the beach, but we especially love these looks.

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Decor! The look at your wedding is what gives it the ‘wow factor’. We adore the flowers shown, made by the talented team at Arcade Flowers.

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Accessories! We particularly love the flip-flops for the beach…

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Hair Designs! Gorgeous waves for the seaside feel. hair 1 hair 2 shell in hair

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BWB Team x





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Bridal Headbands, Fascinators and Headpieces

Melanie and Lara recently enjoyed a day trip up to London for Brides The Show, while at there they saw some really great hair pieces which have been all the range at the beach this season – perfect for that boho beachy vibe, but with a touch of sparkle if desired, we love them!

Some of our very own brides have been embracing the hair piece and adding their very own individual touches, Natalie and Alex below wore a truly beach inspired birdcage vail:

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While Megan opted for a boho garland

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  and Adina for a simple Orchid

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One of our favourite stands at Brides The Show was Gillian Million – beautiful headpieces in a variety of styles to suit every bride.

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If you want an alternative to a full veil why not try a headpiece?

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3.Emma Lucy Photography 
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5. Anna Morgan Photography 
6.Cotton Candy Photography
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The start of the 2013 Beach Weddings Bournemouth – second season

This season looked like a very exciting one back when we started in April.  We knew fairly early on that we would be completing around 60 weddings by the end of our second season, so we have had a lot to keep you updated on and its going so fast we have had no time to blog! So, for the summer we thought we would give you a little round up of our weddings going back to the beginning of the season so you don’t miss out on seeing any of our beautiful brides in their beautiful dresses or seeing the gorgeous décor in the marquee.

The very first wedding of the 2013 season was on Saturday 13th April. This was the very intimate wedding of Caroline and Kevin who were joined by just sixteen guests. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very kind to them but they didn’t let this get their spirits down and their guests enjoyed fish and chips and an afternoon of fun with us. Caroline later emailed to say she wouldn’t have changed a thing about the day, not even the weather- which just goes to show you really can have a fabulous wedding day no matter what the weather.


Image courtesy of ianH Photography

The second wedding of the season threw us straight in at the deep end with a ceremony for two hundred people- our biggest yet! Sonja and Andrew married with us on Friday 19th April and had a ceremony on a lovely sunny day followed by photos on the beach before going back to Andrew’s parents for their reception.


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Our third wedding was the following day, Saturday 20th April and again threw us in at the deep end with 150 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast- the biggest catered wedding we have ever held. Amy and Dean are a lovely, fun loving couple who loved every minute of their day. The weather couldn’t have been better with bright sunshine, which matched Amy’s colour scheme of sunshine yellow and her bright personality. They are a couple very much in love and we could compare her to Tigger from the moment we greeted her at the cliff lift, she was bouncing up and down with excitement all day! As the sun started to set across the bay, Amy and Dean and the wedding party wondered down the prom to Key West for their evening reception.


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Image courtesy of Anna Morgan Photography


Danielle and Ben married with us on Thursday 25th April in possibly one of our most intimate ceremonies so far. Danielle and Ben were joined by just their very closest family and a couple of friends. The morning was incredibly foggy but luckily the fog cleared for the afternoon to reveal beautiful blue skies. Ben chose the couple’s music as a surprise for Danielle and hired live acoustic singers to sing during the ceremony and entertain the guests during the drinks and canapé reception on the sand. The couple and their guests walked just down the prom to Westbeach for a meal to continue the celebrations after they left us, allowing them the chance to get some beautiful romantic photos at sunset!


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Friday 26th April was the wedding of Kate and Rob- yet another beautiful, fun loving couple (we do love our couples!) Kate looked stunning but wasn’t going to let wearing a wedding dress get in the way of her having lots of fun. During the drinks reception, the games came out including sack races and even tug of war- which the Bride and her girls won I must point out! Go the girls! Kate and Rob were also the first couple to hire our ice cream bike so it was a very exciting day! They enjoyed a relaxed BBQ followed by some hilarious speeches! We absolutely loved Kate’s colour scheme of pale blue and white- it looked beautiful in the marquee with stunning flowers by Arcade flowers and the handmade hessian table runners and bunting really finished the look off. They continued the celebrations with a beachy theme by heading down to Key West at the end of the pier for their evening reception.


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The last wedding of the month was Saturday 27th April which was yet another wedding full of surprises! Caroline and Ross were joined by sixty guests for their ceremony and wedding breakfast. Caroline and their guests had a huge surprise when at 3pm a very low flying plane flew across the marquee and Ross revealed he had organised a surprise private air display. The display lasted around ten minutes and had the guests (and the staff!) wowing in amazement at the stunts. Caroline and Ross enjoyed a very special day with us before heading off in a beautiful vintage car for a trip to Sandbanks for some time by themselves (another surprise by the groom) before heading to the Highcliff Marriott for their evening reception.

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PWM - Marquee

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On Sunday 28th April, we held our Spring open day which was a huge success, with us welcoming over 400 people to the venue to have a look around and see how the venue could work for their wedding. Our ice cream bike was on show on show for the first time and we were joined by some fabulous suppliers who chatted to our couples and visitors. Thank you to Coastal Creatives and Arcade Flowers for styling the venue, Lisa Notley for displaying her amazing cakes, English Oak Vineyard for letting our guests sample some of their Dorset bubbly, Alani string quartet for entertaining our visitors, photographers ianH photography and Fiona Moorey photography for representing our recommended photographers and taking some great images from the day and last but by no means least, our Chef Matt and the Fish Face team for providing canapés and talking to our couples about the menu choices. Our next open day will be Sunday 13th October, so if you didn’t make the spring open day come and see us in the Autumn. If you can’t wait that long, please contact us and we may be able to arrange a private viewing.


Image courtesy of ianH Photography


Image courtesy of ianH Photography


Image courtesy of ianH Photography

Just a few of our early weddings we love sharing with you and lots more to report back from this season as things start to quieten down for the Autumn and Winter.  We can’t wait for the rest of the season! We get to know all of our couples really well so we love seeing all your plans come together on the day and sharing your happiness. We look forward to sharing all of our May and later weddings with you in a few weeks.


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Cerise and Orange styling

Now, you may have noticed we are big fans of Pinterest! If you’re not already following our boards, follow us!



And if you’re not on Pinterest, come on over and have a look and sign up- we guarantee you will love it! It’s a great way to collate all of your ideas and find inspiration but also a great way to keep up with the latest fashions in every walk of life, be it clothes, home ware or weddings. We have noticed quite a trend for cerise and orange themed weddings over the past few weeks and we love it! So we thought we would indulge ourselves and you in a little cerise and orange mood board to give you inspiration for your wedding or event. This look would be gorgeous for a Beach Wedding- so fun and tropical yet still sophisticated and luxurious. The marquee provides you with a blank canvas so as far as your colour scheme goes, any colour scheme will suit the venue. Our coconut matting flooring would just finish off this tropical paradise. We would love to see one of our couples be brave and go all out with this cerise and orange colour scheme- it would look fab!

Cerise and orange moodboard

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Cocktail menu-

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Orange and cerise pew ends-

Orange invitations-

Orange and cerise table scape with cerise chair sashes-

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Orange and cerise petal aisle-

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Orange and cerise table

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Cerise and orange table scape with menus laid on top of cerise napkins-

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Orange and cerise table scape on wooden table-

Orange and cerise bouquet-

Orange and cerise outdoor ceremony-


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Royal Britannia

Kate and Tim were married on Bournemouth Beach on Saturday 27th October 2012. They married at Beach Weddings Bournemouth, the only place in England and Wales where you can have your legal ceremony on the Beach, making it a truly unique venue. For them it was very important to have all their friends and family with them to be part of their wedding day yet dreamed of getting married on a Beach. Therefore Bournemouth was the perfect option. It meant guests had to travel a little way in the car but it meant that they could all be there as their was no flying involved and therefore no expensive plane tickets and their more elderly family could still join them. Better still, no crumpled wedding gown!

Kate and Tim are both police officers so had a busy summer being involved with some of the UK’s most spectacular events such as The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics. They had been plagued with patriotism and British fever so with this in mind they chose a Great British theme for their special day. It was the last weekend of October but although it was a little chilly they had a glorious sunny day so the guests could enjoying the sand and the sea.

Kate and Tim and their guests stayed at a Hotel just a short while along the seafront so they decided to hire a Big Red London Bus to transport everyone to Beach Weddings Bournemouth to get the theme off to a Great British start.


The guests loved it as it was so unusual and an old fashioned style bus which was very nostalgic and brought back some memories for lots of the guests!

The ceremony took place in the Wedding Hut, a converted beach hut, and Kate and Tim said their vows under a beautiful driftwood arch. The Wedding Hut was decorated with very romantic and seaside themed décor with a navy and white striped table cloth with anchors, wicker storm vase candles and red, white and blue flowers. The guests were all seated in a magical marquee which was built up against the Wedding Hut and was dressed with bunting and décor all in the Great British Theme.  The sides of the marquee had window walls so there were beautiful sea views, making it all the more romantic and whimsical. The ivory linings of the marquee and the white chairs made the venue look dreamy and unlike any marquee you had ever seen before and the light flooded in on a beautiful October day.


The aisle was lined with zinc buckets of gypsophila and the chairs had wicker heat pew ends tied with red, white and blue ribbons.


The Bridesmaids all had red polka dot dresses on, in keeping with the Great British Theme and Kate made a grand entrance with her Dad to Ellie Goulding’s Your Song when the curtain was pulled back to reveal her in her beautiful gown and amazing Union Jack shoes!

The ceremony was beautiful and very emotional at times

Kate and Tim left the ceremony in a sea of bubbles (as the ceremony is on a beach, paper confetti is not permitted so couples choose real petal confetti or bubbles, so they opted for bubbles and gave bubbles to blow to each person as they left).

After the ceremony it was time for the drinks reception on the golden sands of Bournemouth Beach where the guests were greeted with an old British favourite – Pimms! Buckets and spades were put out for the children and Giant Jenga, Giant noughts and crosses and Hoopla were there to keep children and adults alike entertained! The drinks reception also gave Kate and Tim an opportunity to have their photos taken against the wonderful back drop of the sea and the Dorset coastline with Old Harry Rocks in the background.

 Then dinner was served. Being by the seaside and having a Great British Theme, the guests were treated to good old fashioned Fish and Chips served with Kilner jars filled with pickled eggs and gherkins and not forgetting the white bread for those all important chip butties! Dessert was a specially requested Eton Mess to keep in with the theme with coffee served with mini seaside rock.  Continuing the theme, each table was named after a British Olympian including the likes of Jessica Ennis,  Mark Cavendish and Paralympian  Ellie Simmonds.

Kate and Tim and their guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Beach and even managed to go for a quick paddle in the sea! They then went back to the hotel for their evening reception where yet more food and a band awaited them after a walk along the beach. Their day was magical and very unique.

We had a wonderful time being part of Kate and Tim’s wedding! It was a fun day for all. Congratulations to Tim and Kate, we wish them all the best for the future.


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2012 – This was our year!

2012 has been hugely exciting for us, marking the first season of Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It has been a tremendous year with lots of beautiful weddings and lots of wonderful couples  and their families. Being the one and only place in England and Wales that you can legally get married on the beach, we have thoroughly enjoyed getting this unique venue off to a fabulous start.  Its been hard work but we have loved every minute of it!

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The year got off to a start with Melanie meeting Michael Underwood down on the beach to film the VT for the launch of the Daybreak competition, ‘Here comes the tide’ to win the first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding. Viewers were invited to enter the competition with the production team then shortlisting it to a final three couples. Viewers then voted for their favourite couple to win the competition.

Melanie with Michael Underwood

Frazer and Kate were announced as the winning couple and on Friday 27th April we had our first ever Beach Weddings Bournemouth wedding! No pressure with all the TV cameras, press and the hundreds of thousands of people watching at home! Our first wedding was a huge success and even the weather stayed clear for us! Congratulations Frazer and Kate.

The Daybreak wedding as it has become known was followed by an open weekend on the Saturday and Sunday to welcome all of our couples that had booked and were looking to book for the summer to come and view the venue as it was only the second time it has all been put together. All I can say is we were over whelmed by their reactions when they walked in with everyone commenting on how beautiful it all looked!

This weekend was also host to our first Baby Naming ceremony. This was a very special day, a fantastic alternative to a christening in a stunning setting. It was extra special as it was a double naming ceremony for Evie and Sebastian. Afterwards guests were treated to a champagne reception and canapes. If you would like more information about Baby naming ceremonies at Beach Weddings Bournemouth then please contact us on 01202 788271.

Each and every wedding has been truly unique and amazing to be a part of so here are some more photos of our couples from our first season. (Please forgive us for some of our amateur photography below- unfortunately we don’t have professional photos of all our couples!)

Anna and Richard who were our first couple to marry after the Daybreak wedding


Richard and Kirsty


Michelle and Adrian


Pramood and Hulya- Image courtesy of Bridle Photography


Tyrone and Gemma


Tiffany and George


Kevin and Amy


Helen and Andy


Clive and Juli

Clive and Juli were our first couple to have a vow renewal with us on the Beach. It was a little chilly on the day but it still a wonderful day enjoyed by all. The guests had Champagne afternoon tea following the ceremony and the children all enjoyed a tea party on the decking. Diana Saxby conducted a very personal and emotional ceremony which she had written just for them. If you are interested in having a vow renewal with us at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. Please contact us on 01202 788271.

Rebecca and Enzo


Jason and Christine


Michael and Bo- Image courtesy of Emma Lucy Photography


Richard and Jeanne


Carl and Debbie


Dan and Tabitha

Ros and Mark- Image courtesy of Sandie Kettle


Dan and Sophia


Jenny and Dan


Martina and Nicholas- Image courtesy of Lenka Grossmannova


Lisa and Charlie


Lee and Gemma


Amy-Jo and Jonnie


Mike and Vicky


Rajmund and Renata


Debbie and Terry


James and Denise


Chris and Ceri


Lucy and Tim


Emma and Simeon


Tracey and Andrew


Aurelie and Steve


James and Kirsten


Jenny and Graham
Kate and Tim

Congratulations to all of the couples who got married with us this year- it was an absolute honour to be a part of each and every couple’s wedding. We had such fun at every wedding! Also congratulations to Gemma and James, Sean and Ruth, Michael and Susan,  Martin and Susan and Louise and Richard who also got married with us this year but unfortunately we don’t have any photos of your weddings! Congratulations to Jon and Claire too who renewed their vows with us over the summer. Best wishes to you all for the future- keep in touch!

The icing on the cake for us this season was being shortlisted as a finalist for the Tourism Award at the Dorset Business Awards. The award recognises success and contribution to the tourism industry in Bournemouth. Unfortunately we didn’t win but after only one season we were very proud to get as far as we did and to have our achievements recognised. It was a huge pat on the back for us and we couldn’t be more pleased!

A huge thank you to Ian Hamilton who started the season with us for the wedding of Kate and Frazer and ended it with the wedding of Kate and Tim – such a pleasure to work with you so often this season.

With our first season over, we can’t wait for the second now which starts in April. The first season just flew by and we’re really missing being down on the beach! We’re now busy eagerly planning the Beach Weddings for next season- lots of exciting weddings coming up to share with you all!


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Meet the Beach Weddings Bournemouth Crew

We’re a motley crew here at Beach Weddings Bournemouth and well known for always having a smile  on our faces! We all work very hard but we LOVE our jobs! We actually jump out of bed when we know we have a day at the beach ahead of us and seeing a happy Bride and Groom makes it all worthwhile for us. Time to introduce you to everyone who helps to make your wedding day so special

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Melanie – The Boss!

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You will be in contact with Melanie from the day you first make enquiries with us for a quote or availability check.  Melanie is very “hands on” and likes to see enquiries through from the initial contact right through to the day itself. Its part of our service.  We try to make sure that if you deal with one person at the beginning that we see it through to the end up to and including your wedding day.  Sometimes Natasha or Nicolle will also help out but we are a small and dedicated team here. It  wouldn’t be unusual for you to receive emails from her at 1 ‘o’ clock in the morning as she does keep some unusual hours and its known as a bit of a workaholic!

Melanie will make sure you are well looked after and make it her job to personally get to know you in order to assist you in planning your perfect wedding day, recommending evening venues and suppliers. Melanie will also be there on the day of your wedding looking after each and every guest and making sure your glass is always filled to the top!

Nicolle- Assistant Planner

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Affectionately known by the rest of the crew as “The little Munchkin”! Nicolle loves her job and Melanie often gives her odd looks when she arrives half an hour early for work! Nicolle is always smiling and loves each and every wedding but also loves being in the office for cuddles with Mollie and Amba.

Nicolle is also chief blogger for Beach Weddings Bournemouth, so if anyone has any ideas of subjects you would like Nicolle to cover do let her know! Nicolle is also known as the young “Martha Stewart” and is super talented with all things relating to sewing, baking and generally being creative and worked hard on our recent first birthday bash and did a grand job in making our table runners, silk flags and decor for our chic seaside styling.

 Natasha- Assistant Planner

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Natasha is experienced in the events world and will be on hand to meet and greet your guests and make sure they are having a wonderful day.  Also our resident mixologist, the bar is Natasha’s department and she is in charge of making the cocktails for your special day (although hates the umbrellas Nicolle and Melanie try to sneak into the cocktails)! You are more than likely to meet Natasha at one of the wedding shows Beach Weddings Bournemouth is exhibiting at ready to chat about ideas for your own wedding.

 Matt- The Head Chef

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Matt puts up with a lot of stick with having all these girls around him so he does do well to put up with us!  Matt has an impressive background including Head Chef for Marco Pierre White at his restaurant The Talkhouse in Oxford and Matt has spent time working for local venue owner Andy Price and Branksome Beach as well as working in Australia. As the owner of Fish Face Events his food is amazing and he has a real talent for flavour and using the best of what Dorset has to offer in his food.  Matt is the untidy one in the kitchen and constantly has Paul running around after him!

 Paul- The Second Chef

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The chef that hides in the back and doesn’t like to be seen! He is the tidy one in the kitchen and usually happy and smiley, unless Matt makes a mess.

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The man at our beck and call and also Melanie’s husband

Should we need anything, Sean is always at the other end of the phone and produces it within minutes! He’s always there to lend a hand and you are more than likely to see him at your wedding meeting and greeting, taking care of security and also helping you to deliver any of your personal gifts and left overs to your evening venue if you are local – all part of the service!

 Marcus and Dan – Beach Set up Team

(Unfortunately Dan is a little camera shy it would seem!)

This father and son team work very hard at all hours of the day! They are on site very early usually before the sun rises putting up the ropes to cordon off our area of the beach, construct the driftwood arch for every wedding and put out the coconut matting pathways. Any little jobs that need doing, just ask Marcus and Dan. Marcus is also in charge of packing away all of our gear into the beach hut on the prom, otherwise known as ‘the tardis’! This is no mean feat with the amount of stuff we have – Marcus is regularly heard telling Melanie to stop buying more!

Nigel, Ricky and the Maidman’s team

These guys work very hard for us and are very aware of what perfectionists we are! It takes a team of them a whole working day with a very early start to put up even one of our smaller marquee so they end up working all hours of the night! They battle the wind and the rain sometimes to put up the beautiful marquees to make your wedding what it is.

Seafront team and the Registrars

We are hugely grateful to “Tractor Dave” as we call him and his colleagues plus Lindsey and Kerry who operate the West Cliff lift and all the team at Seafront Services from Bournemouth Borough Council who often work throughout the night all through our season to keep the beach looking wonderful.  You will also see any two of a number of wonderful Registrars who we have the pleasure of working with.  Most often we see Kathy and Kathie who always make the ceremonies truly special and its great working with you all – we couldn’t do it without you!

Dave busy preparing the beach before a wedding

Melanie with Lindsey – one of the Cliff Lift Operators you will see on your wedding day

Kathie and Kathy – Registrars

And last but not least, we couldn’t forget Mollie and Amba- the office mascots!

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Two little cuties who absolutely love being at the beach!  You won’t see them on your wedding day but you are quite likely to see them on one of our open days- they do like to make an appearance to say hello to everyone! They keep us company in the office but can sometimes prove to be quite a distraction with their cuteness! Mollie might be the little one but she is most definitely the boss and is forever stealing Amba’s treats!

Melanie witnessing a ceremony early this season for a lovely couple who surprised their family by marrying without them knowing so Melanie was a witness along with Ian Hamilton who captured the ceremony for them. This was the second time that Melanie had acted as a witness so thats a service we can throw in too!


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We all look forward to meeting you soon and playing a part in making your big day so special!


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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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