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26 Feb 2016

Introducing a new monthly column from Bijou Wedding Venues, designed to answer all your wedding woes and worries.

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When it comes to organising, planning and throwing an amazing wedding, the team at Bijou Wedding Venues know their stuff. Operating four luxurious and completely unique exclusive use wedding venues in the UK and one fabulous chateau in France, Bijou understands how important it is to get your wedding day just right.

With their knowledge and expertise, the team at Bijou Wedding Venues will be helping potential brides and grooms-to-be each month by answering your questions. If you’ve got a venue related question that you’d like to ask, then please email:

February question:

Help! I’ve always dreamed of having a big white wedding, but my partner wants a small wedding without a lot of fuss – we’re going round in circles and we really want to get something booked, can you help?

Julia K. from Hampshire


Bijou’s advice:

It’s rare to find a couple who both want exactly the same when it comes to a wedding. Usually the bride has had the whole day planned out in her mind since childhood and the groom doesn’t know what he’s let himself in for. Between you there may be room to compromise.

You can still have everything you’ve ever dreamed of in terms of a wedding by not having a huge guest list. A small country house wedding with 60 or 70 guests could still mean that you get to wear a beautiful white dress, walk down the aisle, enjoy a sumptuous three course meal with copious amounts of champagne and dance the night away.


If nerves are getting the better of your partner in terms of the size of wedding, then would you both consider getting married with immediate family at a registry office or abroad and then having a larger party to celebrate with friends at a later date?

Regardless of whether you have a big or small wedding, there’s still a lot of planning, time, effort and money that will need to go into the whole organisation of things, so if you are going to have a wedding at all, make sure it’s really special.


Think about visiting a handful of different wedding venue styles together; from cosy and intimate venues to country houses that have a licence to hold a ceremony outdoors – perhaps even a marquee wedding reception might be ideal?

Book the next couple of weekends out to focus on visiting venues and perhaps between you you’ll realise how to create the dream wedding experience. You’ll both have a super time on the day and once you’re past the ‘I dos’, the rest should be pure fun and enjoyment.



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