GETTING MARRIED AND THE CORONAVIRUS

Can I still get married whilst a pandemic has been declared? Should I change aspects of my wedding day due to the Coronavirus? Should I postpone my wedding due to the Coronavirus?

We are undoubtedly in unprecedented times and you may be feeling concerned about the Coronavirus (also known as Covid-19). We wanted to reassure you that our Supplier List members are working hard to help each other and their clients by offering regular updates and following Government Guidelines. However, whilst the overall message is not to panic, it’s hard when you aren’t prepared. How can you prepare when the information on gatherings isn’t clear?

We have asked Industry experts Charlotte Hay – Owner and Director of Healing Manor,  Brilliant Travel By Tracy Clark and Robyn Wood owner of Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing to give our followers some guidance and it goes without saying, there is no short answer in this ever evolving situation.

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Here is what Charlotte Hay – Owner and Director of Healing Manor had to say

“Whilst we all need to take a few moments just to breath in some fresh air and step away from the mass of ‘information’, mainly peoples own views and opinions which are plastered all over social media right now, we also need to be sensible and start trying to pre-empt what’s going to happen in the next few days and months.

For couples out there who are set to tie the knot in the upcoming months, I feel your pain! Whilst Steve and I have already done the legalities of our wedding, we’re set to have our wedding party this July, so completely understand everything that must be going through your head as a perspective bride and groom right now.

Whilst we say this to everyone, take the hour by hour and day by day advise regarding health and wellbeing from the government websites, as this is ultimately so much more important than anything else. In regards to your big day, speak to your suppliers who are all going through the same thought process.

The biggest bit of advice I can give any couple, including myself is to be flexible. If the government do decide to put the country into a lock-down state or ask businesses from certain sectors to close, this is completely out of all of our hands, so just have an open mind, mainly to changing your date. Most if not all suppliers will follow suit.

Whilst you’ll have terms and conditions in place, businesses such as ours are becoming more flexible when it comes to the dates of celebrations, as we just can pre-empt what the governments next move will be. 

We as a business implemented extreme measures in regards to cleaning methods weeks ago, with hand sanitisers fixed at every entry point to public areas, a change of disinfectants and cleaning products which are ultimately much stronger and have a quicker bacteria kill rate and a strict hygiene and COVID-19 plan relating to both our work family (Team) and customers.” 

It was important to gather information from different professions. Robyn Wood is a Hair Stylist and owner of Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing

“It’s a scary time for everyone at the moment with the spread of coronavirus and when you’ve been planning a wedding for the last 18 months this is the last stress you need! But try not to panic, as hair stylists, we are doing everything we can not only to protect ourselves from getting ill but also protecting our clients and brides. We are taking extra precautions make sure everything is hygienic, like wiping down chairs, sterilising all tools, washing all gowns and capes and using disposable equipment where possible. If your wedding isn’t for a while your stylist may ask you to move your trial to a later date or may even limit the amount of people you can bring to your trial. Check in with your stylist to see if they have made any changes to protect yours and their own health. In the event that your stylist has to self isolate on your wedding day, don’t panic! Most of us have a large support network that we can call on to find a replacement stylist to step in for you. We are all in the same boat and would hate to let a bride down so we are all ready to help each other where we can to make sure you look and feel fabulous on your big day! In the event that your wedding has to be postponed, you will find most stylists will be more than happy to transfer your booking to an alternate date aslong as they are available. Just try not to worry, we are all here for you! Robyn Wood, Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing.”

The first industry to see the effects from the Coronavirus was without question, our travel industry. Honeymoons are such a magical experience so we wanted to hear from Brilliant Travel by Tracy Clark.

“It has been a difficult few months in the travel industry. We have seen the collapse of one of the oldest tour operators and an airline. Now there are travel restrictions in place like we have never seen before. Restrictions on travel, cruise ports and airports closed and now almost entire countries on lock down.It is at times like this that people are grateful that they have the support and experience of a travel agent.

This week I have spent my time contacting clients and keeping them up to date with the latest travel advice in relation to their bookings. I have also had calls from people who have booked online and are looking for a friendly person to speak to who can give them advice. 

It is impossible for anyone to say what is going to happen over the next few weeks and months, but I will keep my clients up to date with the latest advice and action any amendments, cancellations and refunds as necessary.

I can promise that by booking with myself Tracy Clark at Brilliant Travel I will offer you full financial and package protection to give you peace of mind that should any changes occur to your travel plans I will be on hand to make the calls necessary so you don’t have to and at no extra cost.

If you book with myself and the foreign office advise against travel you will receive 100% of your money back. If there are any changes I will take care of all of the amendments on your behalf.” 

We hope that you have found this blog post helpful. Before we leave you, we wanted to highlight one simple thing which we feel our followers should be reminded of right now. You are so fortunate to have found your soulmate who you want to spend the rest of your life with, you really are! Celebrate the love you have, whenever and however that may be.  Thank you to all our brides and grooms for supporting Lincolnshire Weddings and our Supplier List members. Click here to view all our Supplier List members. 

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THE FIRST LINCOLNSHIRE WEDDING FAIR

With 2019 being a year of firsts for myself and my brand, I knew I would regret not capturing this special event that will forever remain close to my heart.

My aim has always been to make the Lincolnshire Wedding Fair feel current and to utilise my platform so that my audience will be captivated again and again, long after the fair has taken place.

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Before I give you a guided tour I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the brides and grooms who attended with their families and friends. The feedback from you was truly heartwarming. To every single supplier who took a leap of faith and created the most incredible spaces for all the guests to explore, thank you!

I am very lucky to call Healing Manor home to the very first Lincolnshire Wedding Fair. The venue and grounds are beautiful but what makes this venue standout is the team that pushes it forward. Special thanks to Managing Director Charlotte Hay and all her team.

Thank you to my dear friend Holly Bryan Photography who has captured the atmosphere and each of the stalls perfectly. To Megan and her hardworking team from Coates Couture, I couldn’t be prouder of you for creating a showstopper catwalk which was beautifully decorated by Unique Your Wedding.

As you arrive up the stoned driveway your eye line is immediately drawn to Healing Manor‘s Barn which is perfectly placed for a dreamy rustic wedding. Walking through the main entrance, the exposed brickwork and beamed ceilings made for the most incredible backdrop for our Suppliers.

VW 4 Weddings Treasured Bouquets Luxury Invite Company Chris Waud Photography Katie’s Cupcakes Kate Atkinson Makeup Artist The Chocolat Story A Booth and Beyond Holidays by Design Cleethorpes Proposal Photography Vaas Florist Sophie Jane Musician Jalousie Boutique Stem & Co Salt + Silver Studio Blossom Events Hire The Confectionery Lounge

 

Healing Manor’s Cadogan Suite was an extra special place to visit. Not only were you greeted by talented suppliers from across the County but it was a real visual treat! Supplier List member Coates Couture and their team was on hand throughout the day and had over 24 gowns adorning the runway. Unique Your Wedding added her decorative touch and wowed everyone with her floral creations.

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What an experience the Lincolnshire Wedding Fair was! With so many places to explore at Healing Manor, I couldn’t wait to utilise the outdoor space overlooking the beautiful moat. The Suppliers within this area really helped to bring your outdoor wedding dreams to life.

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Jelly Dot Party & Events Party Time Grimsby Holly Bryan Photography The Tipi Tribe Stories of Style Raspberry Rose Designs Natalie George The Makeover Fairy Amour Occasions

I hope you hold this first fair close to your hearts and have enjoyed looking back! Until next time.

 

MEET THE MAKER

After 5 years I thought it was about time I introduced myself!

My name is Lisa and I’m 34 years old. I have an incredible husband who hasn’t been able to escape the wedding world since marrying me! I’m also a very proud part-time working Mummy to Edith who is 3. I thought after having Edi I would slow down but quite the opposite. She has given me so much determination to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

From a very young age I’ve always been creative, my oil paints and easels still reside in my home. Art and Design was the one subject I really excelled in and having a creative vision has never really left me.

My Dad has played a huge role in my life. Growing up he spent most of his time away from home, having created his own company at the age of just 21, he was a well respected Skipper within the Grimsby community. It wasn’t until I became much older that I realised the sacrifices he made to put a roof over our heads and the dangers he faced in the old and very distinctive light blue, danish trawler boats. At the age of 15 I was encouraged by my Dad to work every weekend at our local Post Office in North Thoresby. I realised back then that I had my Dad’s work ethic and dreamt that one day I would follow his footsteps and create my own business.

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How did I get here?

It’s been a very exciting process creating Lincolnshire Weddings and one that’s felt right from the start. Back in 2014, barely over a year since becoming Mrs Templeman, I started The Lincolnshire Wedding Blogger. Born purely out of frustration, I just couldn’t shake off the feeling that I’d failed somehow because I really struggled to find suppliers that portrayed our relationship and style. I was sure that the perfect suppliers were out there but I became too distracted by the mainstream advertisements and couldn’t see the wood for the trees. I like to call it #bridefog! After starting the blog it became clear I wasn’t the only one finding themselves in my predicament. As the website grew so did questions from brides and grooms looking for recommendations. What struck me the most over the years, was how many amazing suppliers came out of the woodwork. Our beautiful County has an abundance of talent and I still to this day stumble across new and exciting suppliers.

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This led to the biggest shift in direction for my website. I’d finally cracked it! After years of building up contacts, here’s all the suppliers that I’d been searching for, not one the same, with an abundance of style and budget options. They just needed a platform! Before I knew it, I had created a Wedding Directory for the County and Lincolnshire Weddings was born.

Lincolnshire Weddings has been such a creative outlet for me and I’m enjoying every challenge that creating your own business brings. I’m now on to the next chapter and that’s bringing the suppliers to you! I hope you find the perfect supplier here on the website or at one of my Lincolnshire Wedding Fairs. Please let me know if you do!

In-between creating content on Lincolnshire Weddings and organising fairs, you’re likely to find me in the countryside, with a decent pair of wellies beside my family and maybe a few four legged friends, whether that be dogs or horses!

Photography by Supplier List member Holly Bryan Photography.

LINCOLNSHIRE WEDDINGS STYLED SHOOT

This shoot represents every single word of encouragement I’ve received, showing what can be created by having confidence in your ideas.

It was important to have the location of our shoot at Healing Manor, where the first Lincolnshire Wedding Fair will be hosted. I look back at my first meeting with Charlotte Hay fondly who is the Managing Director at Healing Manor and face behind The Creative Larder. I am a bundle of ideas but however much you believe in yourself it’s always daunting telling someone for the first time. Charlotte not only listened to my ideas, she ran with them. From that day on, the Lincolnshire Wedding Fair was created. I came away completely inspired, with a newfound confidence, which was needed In order to promote the Fair to suppliers within the industry. I have quickly learnt that you could tell a room full of 100 people your ideas but you only need just 1 person to believe in you.

My goal was to create a photo shoot to help promote the Fairs and incorporate as many exhibiting suppliers as I could but also encourage collaboration between businesses that may not have previously worked together.

My first point of call was Lincolnshire Weddings Supplier List member Holly Bryan Photography. I have followed Holly’s work from the very beginning, seeing her progress from family portraits onto engagements and weddings. This shoot would certainly show off how far she has come in the last year. Holly had such a clear vision for the day, which would lead to her taking on the role as stylist and photographer. It is no mean feat to undertake such big roles within a shoot but Holly perfected both and I couldn’t be prouder of her work.

Holly had help with styling from florist Sarah Wyatt of Treasured Bouquets. Sarah’s attention to detail is incredible, she has an amazing ability to stick to a brief but create something beyond expectations. Sarah created a wild style bridal bouquet and matching flower crown using deep burgundy, plums and blue flowers. She incorporated lots of mixed foliage, pine cones, berries, pampas blooms and a splash of gold. The hand tied bouquet was finished off with beautiful floating hand dyed silk ribbons. A table centrepiece, tall floral arrangement along with foliage detail on the napkins and chair signs completed the look.

Meet our model Megan Battersby. Holly and I could not recommend Megan enough. Not only is Megan incredibly beautiful, she is a pleasure to deal with on and off set. Numerous times, Megan was called upon at a moments notice and she delivered. I can’t wait to see where Megan’s modelling career takes her, skies the limit!

Makeup was created by the very talented Kate Atkinson Makeup Artist. Kate’s work speaks volumes, Megan looked stunning and her makeup lasted the entire day. However, Kate did more than beautiful makeup, she created an atmosphere that set the tone for the entire shoot. Kate made everyone feel at ease by starting conversations and creating a rapport with each supplier. Having Kate with you on the morning of your wedding day will make your nerves melt away.

The lovely Natalie George The Makeover Fairy and Lincolnshire Weddings very own Supplier List member took over the reins with hair. Natalie worked tirelessly to produce not one but two beautiful, timeless hairstyles under tight deadlines. Most notably, Natalie was a great team player working closely with myself and Victory Designs who trusted Natalie implicitly to produce a style that would enhance her customised headpiece. 

Proposals Bridal Room situated in the exclusive Abbeygate of Grimsby allowed Lincolnshire Weddings to borrow the most beautiful gown by Ronald Joyce, called Naomi. This showstopper, tulle and soft satin fishtail wedding dress with all over lace detailing, high neckline and illusion back, fitted perfectly with our theme. Proposals became a brilliant addition to the team.

Victory Designs headpiece completely took my breath away. Di paid homage to the Gown and created a bespoke design using high quality pearls, Swarovski beads and Swarovski crystal drops. The forehead detailing was stunning and couldn’t have complemented the look any better.

I felt incredibly lucky when Katie Buffey from Salt + Silver agreed to supply her beautiful handmade jewellery for our shoot. Having the opportunity to showcase the New Collection was so exciting. “You are my sun, my moon and all my stars” is just one of the quotes that inspired this collection, bringing such a romantic touch to the day.

Katie’s Cupcakes experienced her first photo shoot with us and I hope she enjoyed the day as much as we all did having her. Seeing Katie’s work up close and the amount of detail that goes into her designs is incredible. Katie created a beautiful four tier wedding cake using gold lustre, navy and grey marble with blackberries, various autumn coloured berries, roses and the odd pine cone. Seamlessly fitting into our shoots colour scheme.

What would a wedding shoot be without Lincolnshire Weddings Supplier List member The Chocolat Story‘s expertly crafted artisan chocolates? We’d be absolutely nothing! These luxurious chocolates tasted sensational and looked divine. Trace created bespoke wedding bonbons using deep red, navy blue colours with a touch of 24k gold and a personalised quote.

Flat Chance created two beautiful Mr & Mrs gold signs for the table and the back of the chairs, which added personality to the shoot. One of my favourite photographs from the day is due to these stand out signs creating a unique contrast against the beautiful backdrop that is, Healing Manors moat.

Stationary was provided by the Luxury Invite CompanyRecommended by Treasured Bouquets, it gave two businesses an opportunity to work together who wanted to collaborate on a table plan. I’m proud that my business enables people to cross paths that may not have done so without these opportunities.

Fun fact, Cromwell Black the beautiful great Dane made his debut appearance in the Lincolnshire Weddings Styled Shoot whilst celebrating his 1st Birthday in style at The Pig & Whistle. Thank you for giving me palpitations around the dress Cromwell, although I needn’t of worried.

Check out Cromwell Black’s Blog over at The Doggy Deli based in Cleethorpes.

Thank you everyone.

 

NEW SUPPLIER LIST AND ADVERTISING

Lincolnshire Weddings is so excited to introduce to you a Supplier List membership and Advertisement Banners which are exclusively available to local wedding businesses who serve our amazing County.

Your wedding day should represent how beautiful and unique your relationship is but finding the right suppliers to deliver your vision isn’t always easy. Lincolnshire Weddings was created by a bride to be who struggled finding the right suppliers. The hope is that every bride and groom who visits this website will stumble across a fantastic local business that you previously weren’t aware of, helping you achieve your perfectly unique wedding day.

If you are a local Lincolnshire wedding supplier and would like to be a part of the Lincolnshire Weddings family, please read the Advertising document.

Thank you

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Lincolnshire’s Wedding Directory and home to the Lincolnshire Wedding Fair.

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