What we mean when the island has a venue for everyone: Part 1

This Little Island i call home truly has a venue for everyone, whatever your vibe is there is something for you.

Ventnor Botanic Garden, home to subtropical trees and shrubs organised by region.
Most favoured area to wed is in the New Zealand garden as it has the delightful summer house that is licensed. I myself married at Ventnor so it has a place in my heart. It truly is a beautiful location.


Osbourne House; Famous for being the summer home of Queen Victoria. You’d be hard pressed to find a more regal venue, Marrying at this grand venue you’ll have the option of choosing from three different but all glorious rooms to the wonderful areas outside such as the walled garden, the Belveder terrace and the lower terrace or even “the queens alcove” situated on the beach.

*East Cowes

The Wedding Barn; is an open sided barn with an adjoining stone barn within a working farm, providing an idyllic rural setting for weddings and parties.

*this one is somewhat new on my radar but the images i’ve seen of the place are really really lovely.


Haseley Manor;  is a 14th-century, Grade 2* listed property, a beautiful manor house with use of the barn for ceremony and feasting. beautiful grounds to get those perfect couples shots.

This venue only takes for bookings a year, currently they are booked up for 2022.

Images Credits:
Holly Cade Photography – Haseley Manor and Osborne weddings
Jess lyon Photography – The Wedding Barn wedding
Albartross and Mariner photography – Ventnor Botantical wedding

Choosing the right ceremony:

Wedding planning is a big undertaking, I’m not kidding; that goes for the little weddings, big weddings or even if you decide to elope! They take time, can stir up emotions that you may not have been expecting, but it will; as to quote an old TV host “be alright on the night” And choosing how you get married I think would come up on top for getting it right
So what are your options?

Church wedding
Traditional religious ceremony, you’ll need to work out which is your parish but you are also able to wed in other churches. You can find some really helpful advise over on www.yourchurchwedding.org

Cost: The required legal fee for marrying in a church. If you marry outside your own parish, it is £497 in 2017* and £456 if you marry in your home parish (providing you both live there). This is set by the Church of England nationally and is the same for every church.

This basic legal fee includes the cost of the vicar, the church, calling your banns, a banns certificate, the marriage certificate, lighting and all administration.

Reading of Banns
Most Church of England marriages will require banns to be published before the wedding can take place. You won’t need to arrange banns until about four months before your wedding date. Read more about what’s special and important about banns.

If there is not enough notice given for the banns to be read before the marriage is due to take place, or in the case of the marriage of people who are not nationals of a country within the European Economic Area, or if one or both of you does not live in England or Wales, it is recommended that the Licence procedure be used rather than banns.

There are some circumstances in which you may need a Special Licence, Common Licence or a Superintendent Registrar’s Certificate to marry in church. Your vicar will let you know if these apply to you.

*souce yourchurchwedding.org

Approved premises
Approved premises is a venue where you are legally allowed to get married, the local registrar will come out to your choose venue and conduct the service, which can be tailored to you and yours.

Cost: Approved Premises Mon-Thur £375 (excludes marriage certificate)
Approved Premises Fri £400 (excludes marriage certificate)
Approved Premises Sat £425(excludes marriage certificate)
Approved Premises Sun/Bank Hol £450 (excludes marriage certificate)
for approved premises please check out Council Approved Premises

Requirements: Before a civil partnership can take place, couples must give formal Notice of their intention to enter into this partnership. This must be given to the local register office in the district where you have been living for at least the last 8 days. Giving Notice of Marriage or for a Certificate of No Impediment £35 each

A non-refundable booking fee of £45 is payable to secure a venue, date and time with the Isle of Wight Register Office

*source www.iow.gov.uk

Registrar’s office
Cost: Register Office Ceremony (Mon – Sat) £50 (inc 1 certificate)
Requirements: Like the approved premises you’ll have to give notice and pay a Booking fee £45 (non-refundable) as well £35 each for giving notice.

A celebrant is someone will is able to conduct a more personified ceremony/blessing, In parts of the UK certain religious ceremonies are not legal but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the celebration you’d like, they cater to handfastings (although you would also be able to opt for a pagan priest) unity candle ceremony and many other symbolisms that work for your big day.

Cost: UK average £300
Requirements: You will have to go to your local registrar and do the legal bit. But after that you and your future spouse can have a blessing pretty much anywhere you wish with permissions from landowners and venues of course.

Island Celebrants – http://roger-holmes.co.uk/, http://www.love-me-do-ceremonies.com/

Or of course if none of those things tickle your fancy and you’re thinking of  a far flung wedding, the world is your oyster.

Cost : £35 and up
Requirements: Each country does their legal stuff differently, so first up you will have to call the local authorities of where you intend to marry and they will give you all the information you need to go ahead with your wedding, You’ll also have to go to your local registrar to give notice and attain a CNI (certificate of no impediment)
for more information please check out https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad

So, I hope this helps!

Images Holly Cade Photography


Wedding trends for 2017

It feels just like yesterday I was doing the same post about trends for 2016! How quickly a year passes!

So happy new year, I truly hope this year is filled with more laughter, more smiles and lots of happiness!

Heres just a snippet of what 2017 has in store

Colours: Pantone have named their 2017 colour  “Greenery” as colour of choice. And it’s already made its way into the trends of 2017.

Themes: This year seems to be about the world around us. Foliage in all its glory, be that woodland or tropical, marble and watercolours seem to be firm favourites.

Décor: There are some “here to stay” items such as jars, burlap and hessian that rustic look has a firm footing for weddings. Something a little different and that’s industrial style, so think cooper colour vases, venues with bare walls and simply decorated with globe/cadged string lights, metal candle holders, folding wooden chairs and even the use of little concrete items, such as plants holders.

Flowers: It looks as though just having greenery is going to be the bouquet choice,  it may seem a little lacking in the colour department but you can have a fab arrangement of different greens and the use of textures such as succulents, herbs, palms and grasses do a make a stunning combination, but also cascading bouquets look set to make a comeback.  


Treats: Out goes (it would look like) the sweet buffets and in are cake tables, one big wedding cake isn’t quite enough these days, growing in popularity is having multiple cakes… more cake in my eyes is most welcome. Doughnuts! I saw plenty of these last year as go to options, they come in so many flavours, styles and toppings I think they are a great choice! The last few years naked cakes have been widely popular, but i think this next trend will become very popular, made hot by Anges de sucres these drippy cakes can be done any whichway you want! nothing is off limits, anything you like! Have a sweet that does it for you why not have that for decoration? Like macaroons have those adorn the side, heck even have popcorn or biscuits… I could go on and on, but go and have a browse on Pinterest and you’ll see something that you’ll like!.

But of course, whatever your style, interest or likes bring that into your big day!
Happy wedding planning!
Sharon xxx

#bridalmusings YES to the dress

Good morning, I hope you all had fab weekend!…. i know i did,
I’ve said yes to the dress!!! 50 weeks till W.day and I’ve got the dress!! I actually thought this would have been a quicker process, having the group and page for isle of wight brides I’ve seen many many dresses and I thought that when it was my turn I’d bag a dress and be on my merry way. Well 3 wedding shops and multiple dresses later I was starting to think I’d never find one, that all changed this past week, Gems Bridal posted a few new sale dresses – I’ve said from the get go I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a dress, so when one of them caught my eye Wednesday I got in contact straight away made an appointment for Saturday and waited till I could go and try it on. We showed up and the girls were lovely they brought out the dress I had seen but also encouraged me to pick a few others as well, I’m glad I did as it cemented that the one I had seen was the dress, as it slipped over and fitted into place I had that “yes, this is it” moment, the other dresses were truly stunning but I had found mine, I keep looking back at my little snap shot and I still can’t quite believe that I will be saying I do in under a year!


We also went and had a nose around our venue, it was wet windy and very grey! but also quite romantic at the same time. The gardens were very quiet, who wants to wander around in cold and wet…. well we did, I fall in love with this place a little more everytime we visit. Although the weather merisble the plants and flowers were beautiful. We took a few snaps and like my dress i keep looking and that flutter of excitment rises everytime, i’m like a child waiting for father christmas. i’m loving it!14324358_10157458725190338_2953551779137094783_o



A touch of boudoir

Afternoon Readers,

I hope I find you all well and rested after the long weekend.

Today I’m bringing something a little different to the site, I was contacted by Jason Mark Harris – A fab island photographer who has big popularity in his wedding work both here on the island and as far flung as Australia,  It’s great to see an islander flying far! – about his new venture Frisson.

“Frisson” is a raw and artful boudoir shoot for you ladies who want to take a moment to feel empowered. We’re strong and far too often we are lead to believe one thing or another about what we are supposed to be.

These images are like nothing I’ve come across, no bright lights, no forced poses; and those that these ladies do strike, are soft and easy. Now many may not admit it but I appreciate the lines of the female form, the dips of the collar bones, the curve of the waist and hair that tumbles across the face. Theres no hair dresser or make up artist just your natual beauty shinning through.

While not aimed to those looking for “bridal” undie shoots, I do think this could make for a lovely intimate gift for your Mr, the images come in stunning wooden boxes – one being made from Maple, handmade and locally sourced. You could add some other extras to finish it off perfectly, his favourite tipple, a tumbler or anything you know he’ll like.

If you’re interested in booking a session, then get in contact with Jason to find out more.

A Year since our engagement.

I really can’t believe it has been a year since my wonderful Mr proposed. That morning is still so vivid and the emotions just as fresh.


So where are we a year on? If I talk to anyone  about planning I will say get to thinking about your date, as once you have that everything else tends to fall in line. Our date had been in my mind for a long while before getting engaged, we’d met back in early September of 2006 and I knew there and then that this person would become someone important, so I wanted to have that as our wedding date which I was in luck for – well just about. So with our chosen date it was time for the venue, this Island has so many wonderful places to choose from, we had two possible venue themes in mind, something near the sea or something with lots of open space. It would be the later that won, in late May the Mr and I went for our first (and only) venue viewing, within the first few seconds of arriving I just turned to Lee and said “I think this is it” and he was in agreement. Chatting with the event’s organiser and her showing us round we felt 100% ready to book there and then. And so we did.

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So with the big three chosen within months there was a little breathing space, not sure if other brides experienced that feeling of “I need to book all the things NOW!” but I certainly did/do.

0baff74dfb4a95c1a16078edf640d8a4-vert*Image credit – Mandy Meadows Photography

For the rest of 2015 I just enjoyed being engaged, but that raring to go came back, so earlier this year I finally decided on who I wanted for flowers and then cake – it’s not been easy as there is just so much to choose from. I’m really looking forward to working with them and seeing what they/we can come up with!

As I sit typing we’ve no dresses for me and the girls, the gents have no suits and I’ve no solid idea of what the end result will be, although Pinterest really is a big help, but we’ll get there! – Just 1 Year and 5 months to go!!

Til next time!
Sharon xXx