A wedding venue is a location used for celebrating a wedding, and where a party is held after the completion of a marriage ceremony. The reception party is usually organized by the happy couple, and sometimes by their parents. At the wedding, the new couple greets their guests, as a new family. Hosts provide their choice of food and drink, although in some cases, they also ask their guests about what they would love to eat and drink at their reception party.
In Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain, the most appreciated wedding venues selected by couples in 2012 were Suriya, Aalto Restaurant and The Karczma.
Suriya is an Indian restaurant, located at 426 Kingstanding Road. This restaurant offers the best curry in all England, is lovely decorated with Indian objects and provides a warm welcome. A great wedding menu at this restaurant could include lamb chops and prawn puri. Also, guests will be able to enjoy a traditional dish, called biryani, lamb Tawa with lemon and the saag rice, which is another specialty of this restaurant.
Aalto Restaurant is for those who love the British cuisine and atmosphere. This restaurant is included in La Tour, a hotel found on Albert Street, in Birmingham. Just like the previous restaurant, this is a rather affordable one, a wedding there being evaluated at less than 2000 GBP (around 25 people). Unlike other restaurants in Birmingham, the Aalto really knows the lesson of presenting beautifully a dish, which is also accompanied by a great service. Everybody at your wedding will be impressed by the atmosphere at this restaurant and also by their large collection of wines. Regarding the drinks there, we have to say that the personnel is trained to tell you what type of drink you should choose for a certain meal, so in case you or your guests did not spend a lot of time in restaurants, and you do not know how to combine drinks with foods, the staff there will help you out.
Our third and last option for today is The Karczma, another exotic restaurant where a happy couple could organize a wedding in Birmingham. Dishes there vary around $30 and are very tasty, made after 100% Polish recipes. The Karczma is found on Bordersley Street, in the Polish Millennium House. This restaurant has a very interesting interior design, allows happy couples and their guests to get immersed into a nice atmosphere, and is easy to find, being located in the Ladywood neighborhood in Birmingham. Whether marrying couples have Polish roots or not, The Karczma is always a great choice for a wedding: portions are huge, the service is very friendly and attentive, and the restaurant looks fabulous from top to bottom.
A beach wedding triggers great emotions only when you hear someone speaking about it. But you have to know that from planning a beach wedding reception to having the most exquisite reception party that you have ever dreamed of is a long way. You need to find the best beach wedding locations, then vendors, then you have to travel to that location along with your wedding guests and much, much more.
Luckily for those who plan a destination wedding, organized on a beach somewhere, all that they have to do is to book a room at a hotel in that location, and then follow the advice provided by the concierge there. The representatives of all the hotels found in exotic locations are trained to provide their customers with everything they could desire, including names of wedding vendors. So if a marrying couple will want to know some wedding decorators, for example, the front desk staff at a hotel should be able to recommend several decorators activating in that area.
However, if the couple does not want to address wedding vendors and they want to organize their wedding in their own way, without being helped by others, they can always consider these next ideas that we have for those planning a beach wedding.
The first idea is to use the benefits provided by the sand in that location. God knows that there are tons of sand on a beach and that you can take several grams to enhance your table settings, because sand is free for everybody (as long as you do not take it from a private beach). Use that sand in small trays, that will be used as table centerpieces, and also as guest books. Why use the ordinary guest books that everybody knows, when you have the possibility of being extraordinary? Let your guests write their wishes of well for you on some small pieces of paper, that will be placed in those trays full of sand. At the end of the wedding, you and your partner will have the joy of discovering all those messages covered by sand.
Another idea is to use some pearl-colored calla lilies and roses, surrounded by candles, nestled into sand-filled glass vessels. Here is how, one more time, sand plays an important role at a beach wedding. Instead of roses, the happy couple could use some more exotic blooms, such as cymbidium orchids, red cone ginger and King protea, all of them plants that grow in exotic locations.
But sand is not the only element used with success at a beach wedding; happy couples who plan destination weddings should choose also to use the beautiful color palette provided by that location where the wedding will be held. And if we talk about beach weddings, clearly the most impressive color that has to be considered is blue. So choose some nautical centerpieces in case of planning a beach wedding, by purchasing blue hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and dahlias, placed in galvanized buckets, if you want to create fragrant centerpieces that will remind your guests of the open sea. In case of such idea, one could also use some small lanterns, reminiscent of some old lighthouses.
Are you planning to throw a wedding party on which you do not want to spend thousands of dollars? Then consider some inexpensive wedding centerpieces, that can be used by any marrying couple, in any season.
Fruit basket centerpieces
Fruits are just like flowers; they vary from season to season, and when they are used for a special occasion like this one, they manage to create the perfect atmosphere. Baskets filled with seasonal fruits imbue a reception party with a rustic charm, that will be enjoyed especially in case of an informal wedding. Consider using some Nantucket baskets in various sizes and fill them with apricots, apples, pears, bananas, cherries or any other fruit, depending on your preferences and on the season when your wedding will be celebrated.
Flower box centerpieces and table numbers
Flower box centerpieces have been very popular at weddings in the past few years, because flowers used in this situation can be also offered as wedding favors. We are talking about flowers that do not require too much water, therefore they can be placed on various boxes, that could contain wedding favors, such as candies, fragrances, salt and pepper shaker sets, interior decorations, ceramic figurines and many others. A marrying couple that wants to show their guests that they care for them very much could offer besides these boxes filled with goodies, those flowers that are placed on top of these boxes. Most likely when the wedding will be over, no one will take care of those flowers, so the option of offering them as wedding favors is very good indeed. Plus, one of these flower box centerpieces could also feature a table number, helping guests finding their right way towards their seats.
Personalize your wedding reception with one-of-a-kind details and allow your guests to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere. Consider using decorations for chairs, tables, use light strings to illuminate the wedding venue, think of a main color that will be featured even by the wedding cake, and maintain a positive attitude throughout your whole wedding and discuss with your guests when you have the time, because your guests are there for you and your partner, not for the wedding reception.
Wedding chair décor
We have searched the Internet in order to find interesting decorations that can be used in case of wedding chairs, and here is what we have liked most. A great idea would be to decorate the backs of your chairs with long strands of ribbons in the same color of your wedding. Ribbons can be made of paper or silk. Another idea is to tie several roses to each of the two corners of the backs of your chairs, and then adorn the chairs with some swags of blue ribbon. If we are talking about wooden chairs, you can use some air plants, that can be tied onto the bride and groom's chairs. This idea is very popular in case of destination weddings, where exotic air plants are found in a large number.
At a wedding reception, not only the chairs are important, but also the tables where wedding guests will sit and enjoy the foods offered by the marrying couple. A lovely idea that we have considered is the one that refers to an outdoor reception, for which the happy couple has used simple white tables, that were not covered by any tablecloth whatsoever; what the couple wanted was to create an atmosphere full of personality. Another idea is to serve dishes on just several tables and allow your guests to select what dishes they want to eat; this is also known as a Swedish buffet and is an idea considered mostly by those to which dancing and partying are much more important than eating and drinking.
A marrying couple wanting to have a beautiful wedding decor should take into account the next ideas that are capable of enhancing any wedding venue.
Front door decorations
This is available not only for the wedding venue, but also for the bride and groom's houses. Let's not forget that many wedding guests will visit the bride/groom before going to the church, where they will be officially married, so the bride and groom have to prepare for a high number of visitors. And because they simply cannot redecorate, just because they get married, they can at least use some lovely interior and front door decorations, that will announce not only their guests that a wedding celebration will start in that house, but also their neighbours. Front door decorations can include flowers, swags of greenery, garlands, and other centerpieces that serve as a visual welcome.
Keep your expenses low
A happy couple does not have to spend a lot of money only on decorating their wedding venue; in most cases, restaurant managers offer happy couples the possibility of selecting from the decorations that they use every time, in case of a wedding. If the happy couple does not like the decorations presented by the restaurant manager, and also they do not want to spend thousands of dollars only on buying all sorts of ornaments, they can always rent their wedding decorations. The disadvantage of this kind of solution is represented by the fact that, at the end of the wedding, they would not be able to enjoy those decorations, like they would do, if they would purchase them.
Choose a theme
Whether we are referring to a color, a certain object (such as butterflies, deers, horses, cats or dogs), a food or flowers that evoke a favorite place, that you and your partner have, an element that will be repeated at your wedding will give personality to your wedding venue and also unify your event. You can choose the main symbol not only when sending the wedding invitations, but also in the little details of your wedding, such as a monogrammed cocktail napkin or perhaps an interesting string of lights.