(Closed) UK Bees

posted 7 years ago in United Kingdom
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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chronicwhimsy:  Your wedding looks amazing, all those colours are just beautiful together! And your wellies – lush!!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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Mrs_Purple:  south Wales too! Are you getting married in Wales or where you currently live?

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m from Durham! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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libraryowl:  yay!! I’m getting married in Wales, since gay marriage isn’t legal here and Fiance and I are both women lol

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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

 

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Mrs_Purple:  awesome congratulations! Have you picked your venue? 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

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barbie86:  Thank you! I really wanted lots of bright colours because Autumn is quite a bright time, I think. For me anyway!

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springbee2015:  Yes I did make the confetti myself! It took aaaages, haha, but I’m glad it turned out so well! We got married in my home town in the Midlands, with the reception at Brownsover Hall. It’s a pretty venue, but I wouldn’t recommend them. The on-the-day manager was great, and the food etc; but the general manager and the wedding service were pretty useless and tried to screw us over in the five months before because they’d booked an exclusive use wedding the day before, so tried to kick all my out-of-town guests out of the hotel the night before, tried to bar them from the building the morning of the wedding, and turned my florist away the morning too; and were horribly rude, and none of the items from my final meeting were passed along to the day-of staff, so we arrived and nothing was ready (this is just a short summary of troubles, we ended up having to get legal advice twice). The day-of manager was an absolute wonder, but when the general manager and the wedding service were so unhelpful when it was THEIR mistake, there’s only so much she could do.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

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han182:  Thank you very much! They’re actually Radley wellies my mum managed to find on sale, a total bargain!

Post # 128
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

loving all the UK bees! 

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Bee Keeper

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springbee2015:  We got married in Reading, Berkshire; our ceremony was at the Town Hall, then our reception was at The Forbury Hotel ๐Ÿ™‚ 

When we started looking at venues, the weather was a major consideration; we discounted quite a few because they relied too heavily on good weather, and the back-up arrangements weren’t up to scratch (ie it would have been amazing with great weather, but pretty pants without). I’d just make sure you have a really good ‘rain plan’ in place; while we planned on rain, we didn’t plan on torrential rain, and we should have done and have had taxis booked and waiting; not having that slowed everything. Otherwise we’d planned, with colour-coordinated brollies for the bridal party, alternative locations for photos, etc. 

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Worker bee

I am ๐Ÿ™‚ Essex!!! xx

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We both come from and are getting married in Shropshire. We’re currently living in Coventry ๐Ÿ˜€ 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Excited to heare about your special days and see pics! woohoo! 

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Engaged in Paris:  I thought I’d add to the great suggestions that 
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catgirl: has given you now I have more time!

I think a show/opera/ballet is a must. Lastminute.com sometimes has good deals on tickets, so it’s worth having a look on there. Ballet/opera wise, the Royal Opera House is AMAZING, but has prices to match (think £180 for top-price opera, and £125 for top-price ballet). The London Colisseum (English National Ballet/English National Opera) also puts on some great shows and prices are about 30-40% cheaper. Royal Albert Hall is also worth a look.

Markets: there are loads of markets in London, and it really depends what you want. Borough Market is great for foodies, Grey’s Market and Portobello Market are great for antiques, Covent Garden for arty bits and pieces, and Camden for pretty much everything from clothes and jewellery to some awesome food stalls (it’s my favourite place in London for food). Spitalfields is nice for clothes etc, and has plenty of eateries around (albeit chain ones).

Shopping: Bond Street is pretty awesome for crazy-expensive designer boutiques. I also love the Harrods Food Halls, and if you like shoes, their shoe deapartment (Shoe Heaven) is just that: heaven. I also love Liberty as it’s such an unusual building; their champagne bar is very pretty and quaint with hand-painted glasses, and also worth a look (approx £15 a glass). You also have the two Westfield shopping centres (I’m not a huge fan), and if you like designer stuff, you might be able to catch a sample sale (ask me for more details as I’m registered with a couple).

A short walk from Liberty is one of my favourite pubs in London, the Argyll Arms, at the top of Argyll Street which is just off Oxford Street and literally round the corner from Oxford Circus tube station exit: http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/theargyllarmsoxfordcircuslondon/ It’s an old pub with glass and wood partitions; grab a drink and sit in the front or middle section to feel like you’ve stepped back in time about 100 years! Prices aren’t bad, either.

On the theme of pubs, if you like pubs, do some exploring down the back streets ie away from the main thoroughfares; there are so many tiny little pubs with their own quirks and charm, and I love exploring them.

Ronnie Scotts: I love this place, and it’s well worth a visit if you happen to like jazz. It’s just so iconic, and they get great musicians. They also have a nightclub there later on, which you can book separately.

Shakespeare’s Globe: if you’re going in summer, I would highly recommend squeezing in a trip to the Globe to see a play. The productions are excellent; I saw A Comedy of Errors last year and was literally crying laughing, it was brilliant. The only way to see Shakespeare, IMPO. If you do go, get a seat in the bottom tier along the back wall; the seats are all bench-style so if you’re in the back, you have the support of a wall behind you which makes it much more comfortable. Afterwards, grab a drink at The Anchor http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/anchor-bankside-southwark/p0977/; it’s a pretty traditional pub with a nice roof terrace which is pleasant if you get good weather. When we go we ususally take the Thames Clipper which is a nice way of getting there (as it’s a little awkward to get there by tube)

Afternoon tea: I’m going to echo catgirl’s recommendation to try afternoon tea; most hotels in London offer it, with prices around £30-40 pp on average. The most famous are The Ritz, Claridges, and The Dorchester. I’ve done the Ritz and also The Goring (where Kate Middleton got ready for her wedding) and loved The Goring for the cozier, more laid-back atmosphere, but the Ritz was great too.

Tattershall Castle: this is basically a pub/comedy club on a boat. We were lucky enough to see Micky Flanaghan there testing out material for his tour for just £13 a ticket (plus it’s a tiny, intimate venue). They have a range of acts so if you like comedy, def check out their website to see what’s on: http://www.thetattershallcastle.co.uk/ At the moment it’s undergoing restoration/repair, but will be back after Easter.

Museums and galleries: there are obviously LOADS in London, but my favourites are the Science Museum (mainly the interactive section), the Natural History Museum (especially the dinosaur exhibition), and the British Museum (especially the Mummy exhibition). These places are huge, so if you did visit, I’d probably home in on those sections personally speaking. Gallery-wise, maybe see what’s going on in terms of exhibitions eg I’m not a huge fan of the Tate Modern but have thoroughly enjoyed some of their exhibitions of specific artists eg Kandinsky. Victoria and Albert Museum is also worth a visit, and they have a lot of fashion-related exhibitions which are worth a look if that’s your thing (they do get booked up though so advanced booking is recommended).

Hope that helps, and if I think of any more I’ll let you know!

 

Post # 135
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Another UK Bee here! South Hampshire… getting married at home in the New Forest ๐Ÿ™‚

Edited to say wedding is on 11th April, so coming up very quickly!

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