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Luxme & Mark’s Indian Beach Wedding

At the end of our last season we had a beautiful Indian wedding at Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It was vibrant, fun and a fantastic wedding to be a part of and we wanted to share with you a bit about how their day worked with us.

We were so excited to work with Luxme and Mark. They first got in touch in December 2015 looking for a beach venue to hold their Asian wedding ceremony followed by a reception and we were the perfect venue for them.  Living in London, Luxme and Mark wanted their guests to travel to Bournemouth to spend the day with them.  We worked closely with the couple over the coming months to put together an incredible day’s celebrations for them.  The day started early with a Hindu ceremony on the beach which was the most incredible ceremony we have had the pleasure of hosting here – complete with Indian drums and all the customs of a Hindu ceremony. Even the staff dressed up for the occasion which we really loved to do.

Seeing all the guests, the Groom and then the Bride and her party arrive on to the beach was simply beautiful.  The Bride looked incredible and changed three times throughout the day. The colours of everyones’ outfits and the decorations throughout the marquee was just beautiful – so vibrant!   Their families had worked very hard to bring all the traditions of a Hindu ceremony to our beach venue and it looked amazing! The guests were given a relaxed typical Indian buffet breakfast of soya cutlets, deep fried patties stuffed with spiced cauliflower and almond croissants, tea and coffee and fresh juices throughout the morning ceremony.



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After the ceremony our team worked hard to turn the ceremony marquee round very quickly for an Asian lunch for 200 guests.  Our Chefs had been busy in the kitchen prepping all week to produce an Asian buffet lunch of 4 curry dishes; aubergine brinjal, a la thel dala, snake bean curry, vegetable curry, cucumber salad, mango salad and rice accompanied with naan bread and poppadum’s and this was enjoyed in the main marquee and guests being able to sit in the breakout marquee on our outdoor furniture to enjoy their lunch in the sunshine.



Next, the guests enjoyed fun on the beach with games including cricket – even the Bride joined in!  Our ice cream trike was then open for guests to enjoy ice cream on the beach whilst we transformed the main marquee again for a more formal evening dinner.  Before the dinner, the celebrations took on more of an English turn with guests returning to the beach after changing and being greeted by a cocktail hour and canape reception with white sangria, Pimms and elderflower gin cocktails and goats cheese and caramelised onion, smoked salmon and lime aioli and confit of duck canapes.




When guests came in to be seated for dinner they were completely wowed by the way the room looked.  The colours throughout the tables were incredible.  Bright pinks, golds, oranges with Arcade Flowers working their usual amazing magic for our couple.  The dance floor had also arrived ready for the evening entertainment and the bar was open for the evening celebrations. Guests were then truly looked after with our traditional fish and chips menu complete with the trimmings of jars of pickled quail eggs, cornichons and pickled onions on the tables and desserts flowed after the main course too.  Champagne was then served before speeches and cake cutting and dancing late into the night.



picmonkey-collage-lumThis was our first Asian wedding at the beach and the whole team worked really hard to ensure that Luxme and Mark had the most incredible day and we really enjoyed seeing this all come together.  We hope do host many more Asian weddings in the future.

This is what the couple said about their wedding day with us:

“We had the most AMAZING wedding with beach weddings Bournemouth. We had a Hindu ceremony in the morning followed with an Asian lunch, cocktail reception and dinner with a spot of beach cricket. The venue was perfect, and the team throughout the wedding planning process and on the day were extremely attentive and thoughtful. They were always willing to help and provided brilliant ideas. We have had wonderful comments from our friends and family and will fondly remember the day for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much, Luxme and Mark xxx”

The Beach Weddings Bournemouth team all wanted to get in the spirit of it too so we all wore vibrant sari’s. We wish them all the best in their future together, it was such a pleasure to be a part of their wedding !! xx


A massive thank you to all the suppliers involved in making this day so special for Luxme and Mark : –

Arcade flowers

Simon DJ

Camelot marquees

Simply Gourmet Catering

Luxury Little Rooms

Southern Mobile Bars

These beautiful images are courtesy of Hajley


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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.


Image courtesy of Simon Allen Photography

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.


Image courtesy of Anna Morgan Photography



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!


Image courtesy of ianH Photography


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.


Image courtesy of Frances Taylor Photography


Image courtesy of Arcade Flowers

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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Image courtesy of ianH Photography

PWM - Marquee

Image courtesy of ianH Photography

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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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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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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Part II ITV’s Daybreak Wedding- The wedding itself


The wedding day arrived and the beach was alive with hustle and bustle very early in the morning.  We are always very lucky with our beach weddings  that the seafront team work hard and start early to get the beach prepared for weddings and today was no exception. The tractors were out early and we were thankful for that to make sure that the beach was well groomed for the imminent arrival of one very special couple.

Kate and her bridesmaids were up early and being pampered by Kate Middleton’s hairdresser Richard Ward no less who created an elegant style for Kate with her hair up and dotted with beautiful wired rose buds.

    And our very own Laura Mackenzie who styled the Bridesmaids hair who wanted soft blow dried hair.

The wonderful and super talented photographer Ian Hamilton was appointed as the official photographer for Kate and Frazer and started work early taking bridal preparation shots at The Marriott Hotel whilst Kate was getting ready and being interviewed by Angellica Bell with live streams going out to ITV.  With all this in mind Kate was very much a calm bride and just took the day in which is a real surprise with all that had to be taken into account. Surrounded by TV crew and presenters and lots going on its enough on a “normal” wedding day but Kate had so much more to contend with and dealt with it all incredibly well – such a pleasure to be around.

Angelica Bell helping Kate with her stunning Amanda Wakeley gown

Down in the marquee Melanie was on hand to greet Frazer and his Groomsmen and we spent the final hour tweaking the marquee and the ties and buttonholes and making sure that everyone was well prepared and calm – Frazer was so calm and chilled that we had to keep checking that it was his wedding day!  No nerves at all it seemed – just enjoying the moment.

Melanie ‘backstage’ with Angelica and Michael with the TV crew getting ready to go live on air
Frazer and the Best Man pre-ceremony- and an appearance from the family dog too of course!

Coastal Creatives made this for Kate and Frazer as a gift to mark their beach wedding day
Relaxed and calm were the boys!

The stunning pew end flower buckets were from our recommended Beach Wedding florists Arcade Flowers – trimmed with blue candy striped ribbon to finish the look.


When Kate arrived we had been so lucky all morning that no one had been caught in the rain.  The press decided that they would print pictures the following day stating that we had been showered all day but in fact we were extremely lucky!   Our pretty white umbrellas were used to keep people from peeking pre ceremony and to prevent the wind from getting at that wonderful hair do!

The Bride, Kate and her stylists arriving at the marquee


Kate looked absolutely stunning in an Amanda Wakeley gown and just inside the marquee had some last minute hair and make-up tweaks and was ready to walk down to the aisle to her friend Lucy singing Eva Cassidy’s “take my breath away” which created an emotional and surprisingly private feel to the occasion although the ceremony was being streamed to millions of people across the country!

Lucy preparing to sing for the ceremony

Frazer’s face when he first saw his bride was an absolute picture.

ITV Floor Manager greeting the Bridal party as they start to walk down the aisle live on ITV breakfast television

Now viewers on the morning will have noticed that the programme actually cut short during the official ceremony.  The reason for this (and they say never work with animals and children!!) was that the two adorable children shown below were unfortunately a little late doing their thing walking down the aisle which made the ceremony run a little late and when ITV have to go to an ad break then there is no other choice!  So cute though don’t you think! 

The beautiful “three Rachels” bridesmaids looking stunning during the ceremony


On the decking of the Wedding Hut, surrounded by sand, Kate and Frazer said their vows to each other and the moments were extremely heartfelt and tender and it was a true privilege to share those moments. The guests in the marquee were still whilst watching on.

The moment that Kate arrived to Frazer to marry

Stunning image of Kate during the ceremony

Family look on with teary eyes during the ceremony
Signing of the Register inside our Wedding Hut after the ceremony

Great picture of the new Mr and Mrs Seed after the ceremony
Kate and Frazer enjoying some fun moments with their Bridesmaids after the ceremony and after the TV crew had left

Guests were treated to breakfast canapes

After the ceremony the couple went live to the ITV studios to give their feelings on the day so far and were given a fabulous cruise honeymoon as a complete surprise!

In the marquee after the ceremony, guests were treated to Champagne and yummy canapés prepared by our caterers Fish Face Events.

Melanie with the newly weds

Guests make their way from our beach venue up the cliff lift to The Marriott Hotel to continue their celebrations

It was such a pleasure to have this as our first official wedding on the beach and Kate and Frazer and their families were a real pleasure to deal with.  Not one to want to take the easy route, having our first wedding live on national TV broadcasting to the nation in not the best weather we could have asked for but it was all amazing experience and we have to say that we were thrilled with the way it all went and looking back on the last few months now that we are well into our first season it was such fun and we really loved every minute – thanks to everyone who made it possible and particular thanks to Ian Hamilton of IanH Photography who did such a superb job in shooting this wedding with very little notice, early starts, long days and having to dodge in and out of TV crews to get the pictures and boy did he get the pictures – finishing with this – one of our favourites – taken as the Bride and Groom made their way into dinner at The Marriott Hotel – simply beautiful.

All the Beach Weddings Bournemouth team


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Part I ITV Daybreak Wedding- The Preparations

The last few months with Beach Weddings Bournemouth has been something of a whirlwind to say the least which is the reason for the lateness in blogging about a really exciting development with our very unique beach wedding and event venue!  Since the end of 2011 we worked closely with ITV to bring a competition to their morning programme, Daybreak, and in February we were visited by a small crew and presenter, Michael Underwood, on the beach when they came to film a VT to launch the competition which they aptly named “Here Comes The Tide”

After hundreds of applications from couples who had a romantic story or a connection to Bournemouth these were selected down to the top 3 and their stories were each shown on the programme in April where the viewers could then vote for their winning couple.

Melanie with Michael Underwood during filming of the VT for the "Here Comes the Tide" competition launch


On 19th April 2012 Michael Underwood visited the home of Kate and Frazer live on Daybreak to announce they were the winners of the competition as voted by the public and that they had won the opportunity to be the first couple to marry on a beach in England and their wedding would take place a week later!

So we began with the final week’s preparations for their wedding and with the weather not looking at its best for April we had our work cut out. We have a strong and highly supportive team of suppliers and the way that our marquee based beach venue is organised we build everything for the worst case scenario with weather and if the sun decides to put in a glorious appearance we can easily take off the sides of the marquee to open it up but if there is a shower or windy conditions our marques can withstand it.



Now this amateur image taken on a Blackberry pre the start of the build of the marquee does not look all that fabulous does it!  Well its purposefully included to show you what a transformation was created in some of the worst April conditions we could have imagined so read on!

Midway through the morning of day one of the build the sea is still progressing far too far up the beach for our liking but the sun had decided to make something of an appearance.  The marquee team from Maidmans Marquees were working very hard to get this job completed as were the Bournemouth Council Seafront team – building a little sand wall along side the marquee to help with some of the wind and sea which was coming right for us!


So it was up!  Against all odds the guys had managed to get the marquee up so then internal works could begin on day two for things to start to take shape.  Linings go in next and then the coconut matting carpet overlay on to the hard all weather flooring – great for those ladies heels!

Linings are up, bunting starts to make an appearance and the guys are putting the finishing touches to the carpet.


And then the floristry begins!  Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers arrive to start working their magic with all things floral!


Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives even managed to find time to squeeze in a coffee!

Our marquee company Maidmans Marquees who kindly supplied the marquee for the winning couple worked incredibly hard to ensure that the structure went up in the strongest winds.  Working against all odds the team (kept happy with copious amounts of coffee, cakes and fish and chips late on Thursday night to keep them working!) pulled off this difficult job and made it look amazing.  The wall of the marquee on the sea side was a complete window wall (as with all weddings) allowing a stunning view of the sea no matter what the weather.  The rear of The Wedding Hut was enclosed last minute due to the unseasonal weather which would have prevented a clear sound signal for transmission of the ceremony live to the nation.  This is something that we can add in to couples wedding plans if the weather does seem to look difficult in the future as well.

These are some images of how things were looking when the TV crews arrived on the beach the day before the wedding to set up their gear – and boy there was a lot of gear!



We cannot thank the team enough who helped put the marquee together and make it look beautiful who were Louise and Rachel from Coastal Creatives and Emma and Jenny from Arcade Flowers – both recommended and valued suppliers of Beach Weddings Bournemouth.  The design scheme for the marquee agreed in advance and created by Coastal Creatives with floral designs and creations from Arcade Flowers and this was The Great British Seaside with an elegant feel and use of pastel shades and soft English flowers.  Louise from Coastal Creatives (with her Mum!) made metres and metres of stunning bunting which adorned the marquee and this was put up on the Thursday.


Arcade Flowers had worked incredibly hard to create the most stunning floral arrangements.  The white wooden chairs had nickel bucket pew ends with stripey blue and ivory ribbons.  The front of the marquee and the top of the cliff lift had large versions of these buckets with large silver windmills and soft moundy flowers at the base to match the rest of the themes. We had two tables dressed in the marquee for those guests who wanted to be seated after the ceremony to enjoy their canapés and champagne.  Coastal Creatives and Arcade Flowers did a great job in delicately yet effectively dressing these tables to match the overall design scheme of the marquee.

Now, the brides bouquet (and matching smaller bouquets for the three Rachels / bridesmaids) what can we say – simply dreamy – well done Arcade Flowers for the most stunning creations known to man and these photos simply dont do them justice!


 We had a full rehearsal on the Thursday night with the ITV crew and Kate and Frazer and their family which was a great opportunity for them to see the marquee (albeit not quite finished at that point)  and the way that the day would run.  The bride and groom then enjoyed  the evening with their guests before an early night as the day started very early!

Down on site after the rehearsal took place we worked late into the dark of the night to finish the marquee.  The catering team were arriving to set up the kitchen and deliveries galore were being made.   

What an exciting day of preparations this was but extremely hard work for all the team involved but so much excitement was in the air for the following day.

Huge and heartfelt thank yous go to one of our biggest supporters IanH for working so hard on shooting some of these images above in the rehearsal and then went on to cover the wedding itself for Kate and Frazer – but more about that in Part II.

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