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Monday, 20 June 2011

The real ins and outs of planning a wedding ; Finalizing the Venue

By our guest blogger Laura Lowe

Little Wenlock Village Hall... go on, google it, you know you want to!

This is the place that we went to see for our venue. Not the first, might I remind you, but one of many that we made the trek back to Shropshire for. I must be honest and say that I wasn’t expecting much, as the village is very small and in the middle of nowhere, quite literally at the bottom of the Wrekin and in the heart of the fields. It was also found by Rob, who isn’t known for his treasure hunting skills!

Being the nosey type, we arrived early to have the chance to explore. You can’t describe the outside of the place as beautiful, but it’s surrounded by countryside and has abundant car parking. With some fairy lights and some tall pedestals of flowers, I think it will look lovely. The inside is what makes it great. Nice entrance hall, one huge large main hall and a smaller reception room. A large well equipped kitchen and clean toilets. Rob was taken immediately, but I wasn’t sure.

Imagine girls, that you walk into what is essentially a posh sports hall, complete with the wooden flooring and large curtains. Wouldn’t your heart sink slightly? However, remembering that we can’t afford a castle, my logical brain kicked in: the place is large enough, local to the church (hard to find in the middle of the countryside!) and the price was very tempting. I consulted my bible which said that as long as the place ticked the boxes, you can change what the place looks like with lots of flowers and decoration. I agreed, and spent the next hour – much to the annoyance of Rob and the grounds manager – taking photos and trying to decide what we could do to hide the ugly yellow curtains.

So, now we have put a deposit down on our venue, what is next on the huge ‘to-do’ list? Ah yes... the invites!

The real ins and outs of planning a wedding by the future Mrs Burke

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