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Planning your Perfect Day

At The Oak Tree of Peover, we understand that every wedding is unique, as is every couple who are getting married, each bride and groom will have their own ideas for what makes a wedding and how it will be special to them. It can be exciting when it comes to organising everything, from big decisions to the finer details.

Wedding planning can be stressful and decisions which once may have sounded exciting, can become a problem and something that you may start to panic about. But don’t worry, The Oak Tree of Peover has you covered, take a look at our helpful guide which covers four important areas to consider when planning your wedding.

 

Timing

Timing will play a big part throughout your wedding planning process and is everything when it comes to your big day, as well as the big day itself. From selecting and booking your dream venue to the timings throughout the day, timing is a very important part of your wedding.

Having involved friends and family is also good as when you have a good network around you, this can make things easier as they’ll help with the planning and organising. If you know people who have been married before themselves, this is great as they’ll have experience and be able to share tips with you.

 

Appearance

Appearance tends to be one of the most important things for the bride, this will cover a range of things from deciding how to wear your hair to makeup as well as the dress. Vanity plays a big role in wedding preparations which can also add extra pressure.

It’s a good idea to make sure that you prepare well in advance, especially if the way you look is important to you, this will give you all the time you need to prepare yourself so you can make sure that you feel good on your big day.

 

Guests

It’s important that you take some time out with your other half and create a list of your guests to help you decide who to invite, then get the invitations sent out. Once you’ve sent your invitations you may have had a few responses or you may have not, but it’s important to not take these responses as gospel.

People can be quite unorganised and forgetful, so they may have forgotten to save the date, however, but just because someone hasn’t responded to your invitation, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t coming, they may have just forgot or may have received the invite.

 

Transport

Another big part of the day is how you arrive at your wedding and your wedding transport will be involved in the success of your special day. You will need to consider different types of transport to suiting the theme and budget of your wedding. The earlier you book your wedding transport, the more organised you will be, making it a much smoother, hassle free planning process than what happens when you leave things to the last minute.

February 8th, 2019|

4 Key Things to Remember when Planning your Wedding Day

Every wedding day is unique, as is every couple who are looking to get married. Every bride and groom will have their own ideas for what makes a wedding and it can be exciting when it comes to arranging everything from big decisions to the finer details.

When it comes to the actual wedding planning, things can start to get stressful, decisions which once sounded exciting may now start to become part of your daily panicking about whether you’ve forgotten something. There’s no need to worry though, help is at hand, take a look at the four important areas to consider when it comes to planning your wedding.

 

The timing

Timing plays a very important role throughout the wedding planning process, as well as the day of celebration itself. From booking the wedding venue in the early days through to the time you need to arrive on your wedding day, timing should be one of the first things that you think about.

When you have a great network of friends and family around you, this can make things a lot easier, mums can be very helpful, as well as close friends who may have been married before. The people that know you better than anyone can help you to make all of the important decisions at the best times.

You could get yourself a wedding calendar that will help you to keep track of key dates and times, you can also make a note of when tasks need completing or when things need to be booked in. From wedding cars, invites, caterers and beauticians, these are just a few things that you will need to keep track of.

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Your appearance

For the bride, your appearance will be one of the most important things that you think about when getting married, from deciding how to wear your hair and makeup, to weight loss and your wedding dress itself. Vanity tends to play a big role in wedding preparations, this can add extra pressure from the usual pressures of getting married.

It’s a clever idea to prepare well in advance, especially if the way you look is really important, it’s a challenging thing to do, but joining the gym early is a wise idea. The will give you plenty of time to get in shape, regain some fitness and ultimately, feel good about you. Trust us you’ll feel much better losing weight the right way, rather than trying an unhealthy fad diet in the lead up to your wedding day.

 

Don’t forget your guests

So now you’ve spent time make your list of guests with your other half, you’ve decided who to invite and who not to invite and your invitations have been sent, you may have had a few responses of you may not have, it’s important not to take these as gospel. People are unorganised and forgetful, so some may have forgotten to save the date. However, just because someone hasn’t responded to your invitation, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t coming, they may have simply forgotten or may have not got the invite.

 

The transport

Wedding transport is an important part of success when it comes to planning your wedding day, it’s vital to consider types of transport to suit the theme and budget of your wedding. The earlier you book your wedding transport, the more organised you can be, this will make for a much smoother, hassle free planning process than if you left things to the last minute.

September 19th, 2018|

Wedding Favour Ideas

Favours are one element of a wedding that couples are always on the fence about, they’re a sweet little gesture to give thanks to your guests but when added up they can end up as an expensive extra. We’ve come up with some cost friendly ideas, whatever style or theme you’re going for, you’re bound to find a favour to suit your wedding.

Lucky Lottery Tickets or Scratch Cards

Who doesn’t love the thrill of a scratch card, package the lotto tickets up nicely in a envelope that incorporates your theme, you can also add the guests name and this can add up as a place card. You could even give guests a lucky penny to use when scratching.

Personalised Playing Cards

There’s nothing like a good game of cards, a deck of cards is extremely underrated, especially when you think of what can be achieved. Not only are there hundreds of games that can be played, there’s lots of places where you can play them. With so much that can be achieved, personalised playing cards are undoubtedly make the perfect wedding favour for your guests to enjoy.

Food favours

What’s better than a wedding favour that involves food, in this day and age, wedding favours have become less traditional more quirky, this includes popcorn, lollipops, chocolates, sweets, cakes, spices and mini condiments, all great ideas for wedding favours. What’s more is most food related favours will be snapped up and eaten before the end of the evening.

Charity donation

When it comes to favours, donating money to a charity to your heart is a great idea, you could also leave a card which explains the significance of the charity that you’ve donated to. Some charity donations provide badges with donations, so this is something that you can include to show you’ve made a donation.

A little tipple

Looking give the adults something to enjoy on the night, miniature bottles of spirits are a great option. There’ll always be a drink to suit the mood or theme of your wedding and they’re always sure to be well received. The choice of miniature could compliment the season of your wedding, so for a mid summer celebration, you could choose gin, whereas a winter wedding may be suited to a cream liqueur.

Scented candles

Everyone loves a candle, nowadays there’s lots of weird and wonderful scents available too. So you can find something different and unique for your wedding favour. You could even create your own unique wedding scent, something for your guests to enjoy and remember your wedding by.

Bottle openers

Cute and personalised bottle openers will be a fun wedding favour and something that your guests will find useful and they can use them again and again.

Flower seeds

Your guests will adore these packets of seeds, you can choose from a range of blooms, whether it’s your wedding flowers or something significant to you. You can add charming designs t the packaging and ensure that your loved ones will be reminded of your wedding when their flowers start to grow.

 

July 30th, 2018|
  • Wedding Venue

Still Need Help Choosing Your Venue? We’re Here to Help!

With thousands of potential wedding venues, all over the country, how do you choose? Your choice of venue is one of the most important decisions you need to make and with there being many different factors that you need to consider before finalising your choice of venue. So, where do you start? Here at Oaktree of Peover, we have some tips for you to consider, to get you started and narrow down your options.

Guest List

Firstly, and most importantly, you need to look at your guest list. How many people do you want to be there for your special day? After you have come to a number, only then should you look at what venues are available. You may find the perfect looking venue, that looks beautiful when fully decorated but does not accommodate for the whole of your guest list. This will mean that you’ll either have to find a new destination or reduce your guest list.

Another thing you need to consider, is if your guest list is too big. Is it necessary for you to invite your cousins’ neighbor to your wedding? If you have a smaller budget, then it is crucial for you to think deeply about who you want to your wedding reception and wedding party.

Budget

Been saving for years for your wedding or are the wedding expenses coming as a shock to you? Some venues give you a fixed price or a price per guest and so you need to take this into consideration as it could massively impact your final spending. Only look at venues that are realistic to your budget, as you don’t want to have your heart set on a venue that is too expensive and then feel like you are settling for a venue that isn’t as good.

Location

Looking for a venue close to home or to maybe venture abroad for your special day. When it comes to the location there are many different things that you need to consider. How are people going to get to the venue? Where are people going to stay? Are you going to pay for them to get to your wedding venue? Does your venue have any special meaning to you and your partner or are you choosing this location due to the environment and the beauty of the place?

Theme

After looking at the three above points, it is then time to decide whether your venue meets the theme that you would like to go for with your wedding or not. Is the venue a suitable place for the type of atmosphere you are looking for? If not, keep searching.

Food

Once you have narrowed your options down to three or four venues, you then need to look at what opportunities there are for catering. Some venues may have their own catering services with a range of food options for you to choose from or you may have venues with the option to hire your own catering company.

Corkage

Will the venue charge you for opening and serving bottles of wine, champagne and even spirits? Make sure that you understand how much they charge per bottle opened as some venues may have a cork charge that may surprise you.

July 11th, 2018|
  • Wedding Transport

Which Car to Choose for your Wedding Day

Wedding Day Transport

It goes without saying your wedding day is without a doubt one of the most important days of your life, whether you are planning an extravagant gathering or intimate get together with close family and friends.

Choosing your wedding car is an important decision in the wedding planning process, but with so many choices and a range of factors to take into account, it can seem totally overwhelming. We’ve gathered a list of our top tips to consider when it comes to choosing your wedding car, and what you should look for before making that all important booking.

Try Before You Book

In order to avoid any disappointment, its crucial for you to view the car you’re wanting to use before booking. That way you know exactly what you’ll be expecting on the day of your wedding, and you’ll be better informed to make a decision on which type of wedding car you’d like.

Compliment Your Colour Scheme

Your wedding car will more than likely appear in many of your wedding photos, so it is important to think about the style and colour of your wedding car. Whether you decide to got for a neutral car that compliments your theme, or if you prefer something which stands out in your photographs, just consider whether your car goes with your vision before booking.

Consider Hiring a Chauffeur

Hiring a private chauffeur for your wedding day provides several benefits that will truly allow you to make the most out of a memorable event in your life. One of the best things about hiring a chauffeur driven car is that they are driven by trained, professional, experienced and mannered chauffeurs. Chauffeurs are professionally trained and experienced to provide you with the best wedding car experience.

Will the Dress Fit?

Your dress is often overlooked when it comes to choosing your wedding car, will it fit inside? It is advisable that in your final dress fitting you practise sitting down. It is often that the first time a bride sits down in her dress is when she’s getting into her wedding car. It can be very uncomfortable and difficult to breathe – so make sure you and your dress are in for a comfortable ride to your venue!

Don’t Forget the Rest of your Bridal Party

With the excitement of booking your wedding car, it is easy to forget about others! Don’t forget that your mother and bridesmaids will also need to get to the venue, along with the groom and his party – if you want everyone to get there in style, ensure you consider how many cars you’ll need.

July 9th, 2018|
  • Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue

The Venue

The perfect wedding venue is more than likely to be at the top of any newly engaged couples to do list. With the venue being a vital role in the success of your day, it is the big decision you need to get right.

It is easy to view a venue and become overly excited and fall in love with the place without checking the venue can cater to your wedding requirements. The venue you pick will determine multiple factors on your special day such as how many guests you can invite, your décor, your wedding date and the impact it has on your wedding budget. So its is important to get it right Oak Tree of Peover is a unique contemporary venue is set in the heart of Cheshire surrounded by stunning countryside views. Oak beams and lots of natural light makes this venue fresh and bright whilst subtle lighting in the evening gives it a magical, romantic feel.

Here are our top tips to choose the perfect wedding venue!

Narrow your Search

Just like finding your wedding dress, it is true for some brides that when you find the one, you’ll just know it. You’ll be able to picture yourself there on the day and the style of the building, both exterior and interior will work with the theme of your wedding.

Is the Capacity Right?

It is important to consider if you want a large capacity wedding venue or you’d prefer a smaller, more intimate wedding venue is the first step to narrowing down your search. The size of your venue will impact on budget and your guests enjoyment. If your venue is too small it may feel over crowded for your guests, where as a bigger venue may make your guests feel lost.

Does it Fit the Theme of your Wedding?

Think about whether the venue works with and even enhances your wedding aesthetics. Your venue of choice can even influence your choice of wedding dress. Consider the formality of the venue, how the weather will affect it, and the facilities.

List Your Non-Negotiables

You are more than likely to have an idea of what your day will be like and the venue which needs to live up to this, this is why its important before viewing any venues with your partner you need to discuss any non-negotiables which can include:

  • Budget – Can the venue provide everything you need within your budget
  • Catering – What type of catering would you like at your wedding? Can your venue provide this?
  • Live Music – If you’re thinking about hiring a band or a string quartet during reception, does your venue allow music outside?

Finding your venue will be one of the big milestones in your wedding planning and will determine your date and location and impact a lot of your other wedding planning decisions.

June 12th, 2018|

Your Wedding Checklist

Here’s our wedding checklist, this has been designed to be saved as a bookmark in your browser, or you could print it off as a checklist and cross something off each time you have purchased or arranged it. Having worked in the wedding industry for a number of years, at The Oak Tree of Peover we understand the large task of planning a wedding and that some of the below points may not apply to your big day. You can cross these off or alter them to suit your requirements and ensure that you have the wedding of your dreams.

Planning your special day

The amount of preparation and planning that goes into a wedding is huge, from the extravagant to the most simplistic weddings, your wedding is important to us, no matter what the style or theme is, at The Oak Tree of Peover, we’ll help to make all of your ideas come to life. We aim to make your special day as memorable to your guests as it is to you, whilst we’re not officially wedding planners, we definitely know a thing or two about weddings. From ensuring that the happy couple to be arrive on time, planning your meals, your wedding theme, the dress, the rings, the flowers and arrangements, the wedding transport, the list just goes on and on…

The earlier you have your arrangements booked, the less chance you have of disappointment, you’ll be able to book and arrange everything months, if not years in advance, making sure that your wedding date is not only available for you, but to the services that you require as well, from wedding cars, flowers and food. This will all make sure that your wedding day exactly plans out to how you imagined, leaving you with no disappointments or second choices or last minute arrangements. You wedding day will only every happen once, so make sure that it’s a good one by planning the big day down to the very last point. You can never be too organised!

No matter how you imagine your wedding day, whether it’s bold and extravagant or simple and delicate, at The Oak Tree of Peover, you can trust that your venue will be just perfect, meaning that you can tie everything else in beautifully. Make sure that your big day is remembered for all of the right reasons and ensure you don’t miss anything off your checklist!

 

Before the Big Day

18-12 Months

  • Choose the date, venue, amount of guests and other arrangements
  • Agree a budget
  • Put together your guest list
  • Invites – Engagement and Save the Dates
  • Book your church or registrar
  • Make a mood board – this may help when it comes to brainstorming ideas and themes

12-9 Months

  • Wedding dress
  • Bridesmaids dresses
  • Book your flowers
  • Shoes for the bride or brides, groom or grooms, bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Brides accessories
  • Photographer
  • Wedding cake
  • Catering and food
  • Entertainment and music
  • Wedding transport for all parties

9-6 Months

  • Wedding rings
  • Book your honeymoon
  • Book the wedding night accomodation
  • Choose your music, poems, readings etc.
  • Buy all shoes, underwear and accessories
  • Agree on your order of service with vicar or registrar
  • Suites for grooms and groomsmen
  • Invites – day ceremony and evening
  • Discuss your requirements for flowers if you have not already done so

6 Months – 1 Day

  • Check all guests are attending
  • Choose or write wedding vows
  • Trial run make-up and hair
  • Ensure dresses and suits all fit
  • Hen and Stag parties
  • Confirm all timings with your bookings
  • Gifts and thank you presents
  • Wedding favours
  • Table arrangement

On the Big Day

For the bride or brides

  • Wedding dress
  • Shoes
  • Hair and makeup
  • Accessories and jewellery
  • Perfume
  • Flowers
  • Transport
  • Tissues

For the groom or grooms

  • Suit
  • Aftershave
  • Shoes and accessories
  • Flowers
  • Transport
  • Lucky socks

After the Big Day

  • Thank you cards
  • Honeymoon
May 11th, 2018|
  • Wedding Reception Venue Cheshire

4 Important things to remember when planning your wedding day!

When it comes to your wedding, every wedding day is different, this is all based on each couples’ tastes and requirements. Each wedding day is unique and contributes to how it is such a magical occasion when a couple ties the knot.

Every bride or groom will have their own ideas for what their wedding should be like and how they’d like the day to flow from start to finish. Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life, they’re packed with love, laughter and all of your family and friends. Planning a wedding will take a lot of time and patience, but that doesn’t mean that this part can’t be fun too.
Whilst there is lots of things to remember, no one told you that it would be this difficult, who knew that a wedding for just a handful of people would cost so much and why is it important to think about transport and accommodation for those relatives and friends that you haven’t seen for years.

Should you still be in the early stages of planning your wedding, try not to worry, you just need some organisational skills and a steady hand, try not to panic and most importantly, don’t forget any of the day’s most important parts. A wedding checklist can come in handy to make sure you don’t forget anything.

At Oak Tree of Peover, we’ve been home to many weddings, all uniquely beautiful in their own way, take a look at our list of suggestions to ensure that your wedding day is successful and you don’t miss a thing.

The timing…

First of all, and the most critical decision is the timing, it’s all about the timing. The timing will play a crucial role throughout the whole wedding planning process as well as the day of the celebration itself. From booking the venue in the early days, through to the precise time you need to make your grand entrance, timing should be at the forefront of every decision you make about your wedding.

Timing is one of the most important things to remember, as is your wedding cake, a wedding cake maker should be found as soon as you book your big day, to avoid disappointment. Lots of people arrange to have their wedding cakes made a year or two before the big day.

Should you have a big network of friends and family to help you, things can be much easier. Parents can either be very helpful or not so helpful, as can close friends who may have been married before so know the situation well. The people that know you better than anyone else can also help you to make the important decisions at the best times.

A wedding calendar is a useful idea that can be helpful when it comes to monitoring dates and times, make a note of when a certain task needs to be completed or when it needs to be booked. Wedding cars, invites, caterers and beauticians are just some of the things that you can keep track of by using a calendar system.

Your appearance…

With most brides and grooms, appearance is one of the things that’s most thought about when getting married. From deciding on how to wear your hair and make-up, weight loss, through to finding, buying and fitting of the dress or suit, vanity can play a huge role in wedding preparations. The mere thought of wedding day appearances can sometimes add extra pressure for different people.

A good idea is to start your preparations well in advance to avoid any issues, joining the gym is something that should be done months or even years before your wedding day, not just two weeks before the big day. This will give you plenty of time to get to a weight that you’re happy with. The distraction of going to the gym can help to keep you focused, whilst helping you get in shape, regain some fitness and feel good about yourself on your big day. You’ll feel much better losing weight the right way, rather than attempting some unhealthy fad diet in the weeks leading up to the day.

Your guests…

So now you’ve sat down and made a guest list with your other half, you’ve decided who to invite and who not to invite and now your invitations have been sent. You’ve had lots or responses or maybe you haven’t. People tend to be unorganised and forgetful, so they may not have saved the date like you had hoped. However, just because someone hasn’t responded to your invitation, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t coming. They simply may have forgotten or they may not have got the invite.

Take the time to contact your guests again in advance of your big day, 2 to 4 weeks is probably the right amount of time, however you may prefer longer than this. For guests who have already said that they are coming it can provide an effective way of reminding them about the times, transport, location, colour schemes or wedding roles.

Your wedding transport…

Wedding transport undoubtedly plays a key role in the success and planning of your wedding day. It’s a wise idea to import wedding transport types early in the planning process, booking well in advance means you can find the best deals and transport to suit the theme and budget of your wedding.

By taking these points into consideration a wedding day isn’t the easiest thing to plant, start early, don’t panic, keep organisation, remember your guests, transport and appearance and you’ll find that all the pieces of the puzzle start slotting together nicely.

May 1st, 2018|