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Make your wedding into a party to remember

Every couple wants their wedding to be unique, memorable, and special – but it’s easier said than done! Remember, weddings usually follow a certain flow, so they can easily become predictable. But yours doesn’t have to be.

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If you want to throw an epic party that your guests will talk about for years to come, follow these tips.

  1. Consider a unique venue

Step out of the box when it comes to traditional wedding locations by planning a destination wedding. Just make sure you choose a location both you and your partner will enjoy.

For instance, if you love travelling, consider an island experience where you and your guests get to enjoy warm weather and a picturesque setting.

Picturesque Setting

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  1. Offer functional wedding favours

Wedding favours come in various options and sizes, and if they’re not practical, meaningful or useful, your guests are more likely to forget or never use them again. Granted, wedding favours can stretch your budget, but you’re better off choosing something functional if you want your guests to cherish them.

So, consider an item that’s reusable, easy to handle, and uniquely useful. For instance, you could opt for:

    • Stemless wine glasses
    • Customized bottle openers
    • Pizza cutters
    • Cozy blankets
  1. Splurge on the open bar

One thing people hate at planned events is having to buy their own drinks. Therefore, consider splurging on an open bar to make your wedding party memorable. If you’re working with a tight budget, offer just beer, wine, and a few cocktail options but don’t ask anyone to open their wallets.

Take it a notch higher by having a signature cocktail. It’ll make your wedding reception feel more personal!

  1. Arrange pre-wedding activities

As you, your partner, and your wedding party prepare before the ceremony starts, you want your guests to be engaged and active as they wait. If they get bored, they might become restless.

Arrange activities that are accessible and adventurous to encourage pre-ceremony mingling. This can be anything from a wine-tasting session to a mini scavenger hunt that keeps them entertained.


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  1. Plan a surprise during the wedding or reception

Get creative and innovative with your wedding by doing something unconventional to surprise your guests. For example, you could hire a special party band to perform at the reception to get everyone up on their feet. There’s nothing like live music to get everyone excited and engaged – and it’ll be a nice highlight for everyone to look back on afterwards. The genre of music you choose is completely up to you, and another way to stamp your personality onto the day.

The surprise doesn’t have to be extravagant. A simple idea that shows your hidden skills or talents and wows your guests is enough to make your party stand out.

  1. Choose a theme

Everyone loves a themed wedding, as they get to wear a costume and play a character for a day. Pick a theme you love and find fun ways to incorporate it into your wedding – from the styling elements to the décor and food.

Ultimately, ensure your wedding has a touch of something unique and different to make it more memorable and enjoyable


Planning your ‘Boho’ Wedding

With smaller weddings still taking place, elopements and micro weddings are becoming ever so popular. So why wait for restrictions to lift? When you can still have a wedding of your dreams that doesn’t hurt your purse or the environment! Enter the latest trend of 2021. ‘Boho Weddings‘.

Boho Weddings’ are infamous for their distinct soft yet romantic feel, inspired by nature and the beautiful outdoors. Here are our tips on decorating your perfect eco-friendly dream wedding from a mythical woodland enchanted book.

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Reconnecting with nature

Reconnecting with nature

Explore earthy details and greenery installations for decorations that transform a traditional reception into a beautiful eye-catching ‘Boho wedding’. To create the ultimate ‘Boho’ theme, use dried flowers and feather centrepieces in a rustic style container. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for a low table set covered in light linen vintage tablecloth with comfortable patterned cushions for seating?

What to avoid?

It is essential to avoid modern decorations for your wedding. Instead, combine natural elements, antique rugs, fairy lights and macrame décor. A great way to source these unique pieces for your wedding is to scour thrift, vintage and charity shops and give that up-cycled pieces new life for your big day. Alternatively, save your precious time and hassle, opt for bespoke ‘Boho’ wedding planners like ‘The Luxe Occasions’. Who creates your entire decorations and tableware? Tell them the colours or theme you would like, and they bring your unique ideas to life to create the perfect wedding. Visit their Instagram @theluxeoccasion for more details.

The essentials 

The most crucial foundation for a ‘Boho’ wedding is the venue. It is essential to consider which venue will create a natural, rustic atmosphere to suit your weddings aesthetic. With nature on your side this June, many create their ‘Boho wedding’ outdoors surrounded by natural elements like water, fields, or woodland.

The happy couple created their own ‘Boho’ wedding on our Lawn at Ravens Ait, with unrivalled views of the River Thames and Hampton Court. ‘The Luxe Occasion.’ supplied beautiful table settings and decorations that transformed our bright and spacious front lawn for the couple’s micro wedding.


Bogo Weddings

So why not try to embrace your inner child and spirituality by booking a viewing of our beautiful Marquee and lawn space.



5 High-street shops for Gorgeous but Affordable Wedding Attire

Affordable high street bridal attire that doesn’t compromise style:

While looking at wedding dresses seems like the most exciting element of wedding planning, (for the bride anyway!), it is a lot harder than you think. That Pinterest board you have but you can’t find the source or any shops that sell anything similar that isn’t well over budget. Don’t worry we’ve done the work for you.  We’ve found some of the most Pinterest-ing dresses and found their high street counter parts

  • Pinterest VS Phase Eight

Pinterest Vs Phase 8

Phase Eight – £450

  • Pinterest VS Coast


COAST – £159 (111.30 discount)

  • Pinterest VS Next

Wedding Attire

Next –  £220

  • Pinterest VS Monsoon

Gorgeous Wedding Dress

MONSOON  – £499 (£349.30)

The average bride will spend somewhere between £1200-£1300 on their dress alone and 15% of that on their shoes. You shouldn’t have to compromise on style and you don’t have to.

Here at Ravens Ait we offer competitive pricing to local wedding venues. With our venue hire ranging between £1,200-£5,400 and lots of deals all year round, we can give you the best prices without compromising a magical day.  Whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or a grand wedding for the masses, we can ensure a perfect package tailored for you.

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Debating Arranged Marriage (2 of 2)

In one of our previous articles, we reflected on how current arranged marriages function and in this article we are going to provide you with some insight into why there is a decline in arranged marriages in certain communities.


Debating Arranged Marriage (1 of 2)

“Arranged marriage or Love marriage?” – This is a common question that lots of wedded couples face in the East and for all purposes a question that seems to unfairly suggest that marriages can only be one or the other.

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