Charlotte Balbier
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spot-on setting: top tips for picking your wedding venue

September 26th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Andie Freeman Photography

This afternoon we’re handing over the blog to our lovely guest writer, Izzy Hicks of our media partner Love Our Wedding Magazine, to share her wedding-planning pearls of wisdom with you lovely brides-to-be!

For today’s post, she’s talking venues, and offering advice on the various elements to take into consideration when searching for the perfect place to host your big day celebrations…

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Lara Frost Photography

izzy says: Your wedding venue is one of the most important parts of creating your day, as it can totally change the feel, size and style of your wedding depending on what you pick. As such, here are my top tips for choosing the perfect setting for your special day…

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Peppermint Love Photography

style in mind

When discussing your ideal wedding, you and your partner have probably got an idea of how you want the day to feel, and may have started thinking about colours and décor. How formal would you like it to be? Which season are you considering? Are you thinking rustic or glamorous? All these factors can help you narrow down which venues you view, and find the picture-perfect setting for your wedding day.

wedding season

Your chosen wedding season will have a big impact on your wedding venue, and therefore the look of your day. If you’re dreaming of a winter wedding, then don’t let the rose garden or the outdoor ceremony space sell you into a venue, as it’s likely it won’t get put to use in the colder months. Instead, opt for rustic spaces that will look elegant lit by candles or fairy lights. Equally, if you’re planning a summer celebration, then make the most of venues with natural light and garden features, but ensure there’s enough indoor space for all your guests if the weather turns sour.

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Shane Weber Photography

size matters

The size of your venue (and of your guest list) can make a real difference to the feel of your wedding. If you love the idea of an intimate wedding with all your loved ones close by, then picking a smaller venue can help you get that feeling – think about a beautifully-decorated restaurant, wine cellar, or pub if you want a wedding day with a cosy feel, rather than booking a larger space that will feel empty. Alternately, brides with masses of friends and family attending may prefer a large, glamorous ballroom with high ceiling, which won’t be overwhelmed by a large group, or even a festival-style wedding outdoors with plenty of space to spread out.

what’s important

Focusing on areas that you know you and your partner want to make the most of on your big day can help you find the perfect setting. For example, if you’re live music fans and want a rocking dancefloor all night, then be on the lookout for venues with raised stage areas and generous noise allowance. If you’re both foodies who are dreaming of a wedding feast, find a venue with lots of outside space for food trucks, or built-in pizza ovens or outdoor fire pits. If you know you’ll have elderly relatives or lots of young ones at your day and your priority is making your family comfortable, keep your eye out for easily-accessible rooms, comfortable seating or children’s play areas.

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Daz Mack Photography

go non-traditional

You may feel that stately home, barn and marquee are your only venue options, but these days plenty of couples are thinking outside the box when it comes to their wedding setting. Consider a zoo or aquarium, quirky museum, art gallery or warehouse. If you want something meaningful to you both, why not ask the school where you met, or the place you got engaged if they can do weddings?

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Dream Venue: Rise Hall – An interview with Sarah Beeny

November 30th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Do I have a treat for you lot this freezing November morning!

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Ms. Sarah Beeny – of Property Ladder fame – has agreed to talk to Brides Up North about her latest venture, a beautiful stately home and dream wedding venue in Yorkshire, Rise Hall.  This idyllic setting for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies is the subject of Sarah’s latest TV show – Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare.

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I am also pleased to announce that Rise Hall has joined the celebrated ranks of Brides Up North’s Featured Supplier Directory.

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Lets hear from the lady herself…

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Sarah Beeny.

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How did you come across Rise Hall?

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Unfortunately Tepilo.com wasn’t around back then, otherwise we could have saved a fortune, but we had been looking around for some time at old ruins and other possibilities and eventually found Rise Hall through a local estate agent.
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Why Yorkshire?  I thought that you lived and worked in London?

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Quite random really! Yes, we have a house in London where I spend most of my time, mainly as it’s convenient for work and school etc, but we have been using Rise as a home from home and have spent our holidays there with the children for years now.

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What state was the house in when you bought it?
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The house was literally falling down, and was riddled with dry rot, wet rot and there was hardly a problem we didn’t have to start with. Great experience if you like coming up with solutions to these sorts of things…

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How long did the renovation project take?

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We’ve owned the property for some time now, so had already started to improve the property, but the bulk of the work happened while we filmed it for the show, over a period of about 8 months. The work is still ongoing though and it will take several more years to complete if we ever get that far.

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What needed to be done?

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Almost everything. We had to replace the roof, all the windows, heating systems, electrics, plumbing, decorate every room, get rid of the plants growing through the building – you name it, there was something that needed to be fixed.

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You have made a television show about the project – Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare.  Was it really a nightmare?  Why?

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The nightmare was really taking on the challenge in the first place and then the sudden realisation of what was involved. Getting the place ready for the first wedding was incredibly stressful, if we didn’t get it finished, they wouldn’t have been able to have their wedding!

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Was it all worth it?
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Ask me in a few years time, Julia! It’s wonderful watching the house come back to life. When we bought the property it really was in quite a state. It’s an ongoing project and one we will probably never finish – but it’s getting better all the time.
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When can Brides Up North readers watch the TV show?

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The TV show is currently being shown on Channel 4, Thursday’s at 8pm, but the last episode is this week, Thursday 2nd December. I believe you can catch up if you missed it on 4od.

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The photographs look beautiful, is the Hall available to hire for weddings?

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Yes, Rise Hall is the perfect venue for weddings, birthday parties, photo shoots, film shoots, larger or more intimate conferences etc.

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Are you licensed for civil ceremonies?

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Yes, we have a full wedding licence and can also perform a number of other ceremonies.

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How many can you cater for?

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We can accommodate celebrations from 10 to 200 people for a seated reception and 250 standing. There’s also 32 bedrooms to accommodate any guests who want to stay.

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What sort of price are we looking at?

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Charges currently range from around £2,000 to £7,000 for the exclusive use of our home, catering costs vary depending on your requirements. We are happy to accommodate most requests.

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Why should a bride choose Rise Hall?

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It’s a magical setting, with plenty of space and quite a unique chance to get married in a huge stately home The advantage is that it’s your own home for your wedding day – it is very much NOT a hotel – and it’s beautiful. The building itself is a 97 room, Grade II* listed Georgian stately home, it really is a great location and there’s 30 acres of beautiful land around you too. We will do everything we can to make your special day perfect.

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Where did you get married?  Tell us a little bit about your wedding day…

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We got married at Rise Hall too – that was one of the funny things! Graham, my husband said that he would only marry me if we bought a stately home, so I did, and he proposed to me on the roof. It came as a bit of a surprise, but I said yes, and everything went from there. It was only a small wedding, but a fantastic day.

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What is next for Sarah Beeny? What projects do you have lined up?

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The websites: Tepilo, mysinglefriend and Rise Hall are keeping me busy at the moment, but I’m also starting to film a new series to be aired next year. The series is called Village SOS and is focused on local enterprise.

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How can a bride who wants to book Rise Hall get in touch?

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You can get in touch with us via www.risehall.com or on twitter @risehall (or click the Featured Supplier tile on the right of this page) – it’s hard to predict availability at the moment as we’ve only just launched, but there have been thousands of enquiries already.

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All photographs courtesy of Sarah Beeny.

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Chic Chocoholics

November 1st, 2010 | Julia Braime

 

 

For the prettiest favours, I adore these gorgeous little champagne truffle filled hearts, in the palest pink and gold packaging, brought to us courtesy of French chocolate house Charbonnel et Walker

 

 

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They are almost too perfect to eat. (I said almost).   

 

These cute chocolate heart pops from the Cocoa Bean Company (available from John Lewis) are also sure to be adored by your guests.

 

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For a chic alternative to individual favours, a larger sharing box can be delivered with coffee, and is a great talking point for your guests.  I like this vibrant offering from Prestat.

 

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And for divas who like something different, aren’t these just fabulous?

 

Cocoa Bean Company Truffle Glasses 

These Cocoa Bean Company Truffle Glasses are available at John Lewis.

 

And, if you prefer to stick to tradition,  clever Charbonnel et Walker have also got that covered.  Sugared almond anyone?

 

 

Charbnnel et Walker sugared almonds

 

 

Check out the Charbonnel et Walker and Prestat online shops for more chocolatey goodies.  Feel free to send some to me!

 

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