Archive for September, 2012

Not just Weddings….. Christenings too!!
September 25, 2012

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A lovely Christening last Sunday… a great day for family and friends of the cute Oliver William!




Destination Wedding on your mind……
September 23, 2012

A stunning place to get married ….. Venice, Italy.  If you would like a Destination Wedding – then this is the place to be….  Simply beautiful..xx

New wedding legislation coming soon…..
September 19, 2012

Fantastic news!……

Hey! Guess what! From October 2012 all you lovely couples will be able to ‘tie the knot’ whenever you want…

Up until now within England and Wales, the wedding laws state that a ceremony (complete with signing of the Register) must take place between the hours of 8am and 6pm, with very strict exceptions being made for Jewish and Quaker weddings. However, within Scotland there are no such legal restrictions and couples are free to marry at any time of day or evening that they choose.

But come 1st October 2012, a new law, brought in by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, will come into force in England and Wales allowing couples to be married or conduct civil partnerships at any hour, allowing ceremonies to take place around the clock.

Registrar General Sarah Rapson said the change in hours would “allow people to make the day unique to them”.  But it has been stressed by the Home Office that local authorities and religious groups will be able to determine their own timings and not be forced to conduct marriages or civil partnerships outside the traditional hours of 8am and 6pm and the rules of at least 15 clear days advance notice will also still be required.

So what do we think?….

It’s a perfect way to make your day very different, and may open up the opportunity to tie the knot in venues (suitably licensed of course) that are open to the general public during the day and enable weddings (and renewal of vows) to take place after visitors have been and gone.

Of course, it may be beneficial to be married later in the day from a financial point of view… not a very romantic aspect I hear you say, but this means that there will be one wedding reception leading into the night rather than the more traditional day and evening celebrations. This has the potential of reducing the cost somewhat, which in these tough economic times may be what makes it preferable for some couples to decide to get married rather than putting it off until a later date  Or, then again, should you opt for an early morning wedding… it brings a whole new meaning to having a ‘wedding breakfast’!!

So if a midnight wedding or sunrise celebration sounds idyllic, bear in mind your guests!  It may be the most romantic thing for you, but your guests may think otherwise especially if they have to travel any distance, have young children or need accommodation and may find they are unable to attend at such unusual times.

Personally though, as a Wedding Planner, wherever – or from October – whenever you choose to get married is absolutely no problem to us.  Here at THE CHIC WEDDING COMPANY we are available 24/7 as always to make your wedding the perfect day (or night) you wish it to be!

© Wendy Smulski, The Chic Wedding Company

Very happy clients!
September 18, 2012

Very happy clients…..It’s so great to be able to share such wonderful comments.  I love my job!!

“I.wasn’t sure at first if a Wedding Planner was for us. We pretty well knew what we wanted. However, Wendy was able to step in with some lovely suggestions, source one or two items I would never have thought of and was at all times mindful of my daughter and her husband-to-be’s wishes. She also kept us on track so that nothing was overlooked, and acted as a sounding board for worries and decisions. It was so re-assuring to hand the last minute checks and ‘on the day’ arrangements over to Wendy. Her calm competence was so re-assuring I could completely relax and fully enjoy the day. We only have one daughter and I am so pleased that I could leave the worrying to Wendy and spend the day focusing on my daughter before the ceremony, and my family, friends and guests afterwards.

Wendy’s consummate professionalism and attention to detail was exactly what we needed to ensure a perfect day for everyone concerned. You only have one chance for a perfect wedding day and there is no going back to do it again. The new Mr and Mrs, and us as the parents of the bride are all so grateful to The Chic Wedding Company for their discreet presence ‘behind the scenes’ working to ensure flawless organisation and arrangements.”

Mr & Mrs Wilson


Another comment….. lovely!
September 3, 2012

I received this lovely message via Twitter this afternoon…..

“Beautiful wedding at the weekend, well done @ChicWeddingCo !!”
from Cecily one of the guests at this weekends wedding.  What can I say…. Thank you so much, it’s great to hear. xx

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