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Title: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 3 January 2019, 06:30:07 pm
I’m going to get married at some point this year, I think we’re gonna try and have it in the north east.

Anyone got any ideas or experienced any nice, relatively large venues that aren’t daft expensive? We liked the look of Blackfriars but you obviously can’t get outside catering, and their veggie/vegan stuff isn’t very inspiring.

Looked into getting a big room at the Baltic, amazing views etc but they don’t allow outside catering either.

Any nice options in Tynemouth or Whitley Bay?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Darth Crooks on Thursday 3 January 2019, 06:33:16 pm
Not the NE but I can highly recommend getting a big f*** off barn for the week and buying all your beers and wines on a booze cruise and thus having space for most people to stay plus a free bar for guests. There’ll be loads of farm land type places like that.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Klaus on Thursday 3 January 2019, 06:35:23 pm
The grand hotel in Tynemouth is very popular for weddings, and not crazy expensive.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: LFEE on Thursday 3 January 2019, 07:28:44 pm
Main thing is wherever it is you choose make sure the drinks are cheap for your guests. Always a key ingredient to a good wedding.
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Post by: SEMTEX on Thursday 3 January 2019, 07:33:24 pm
You don't pay for your guests drinks?
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Post by: Disco on Thursday 3 January 2019, 07:45:28 pm
St Mary’s Lighthouse
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 3 January 2019, 08:34:20 pm
Not the NE but I can highly recommend getting a big f*** off barn for the week and buying all your beers and wines on a booze cruise and thus having space for most people to stay plus a free bar for guests. There’ll be loads of farm land type places like that.

Aye, I’ve thought that was definitely an option like. I think this is what we would do if we could find the right venue to do it. A barn or an old warehouse that has some charm and do it ourselves. One problem is that my gal’s family are Muslim so the wedding has to have something about it other than the drinking, so we need to make the meal but a bit special too...on a budget haha
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 3 January 2019, 08:37:09 pm
The grand hotel in Tynemouth is very popular for weddings, and not crazy expensive.

That’s where we got engaged :) it’s lush, not sure if it isn’t a bit small. Will check it out, the setting is amazing. Could even get married on the beach I suppose, or have the sesh down there :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: James on Thursday 3 January 2019, 08:40:07 pm
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Dr Venkman on Thursday 3 January 2019, 09:16:34 pm
Tynemouth

I've been to wedding's at all of those venues, there's probably more but that's just off the top of my head.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Thursday 3 January 2019, 09:20:03 pm
Wedding at the Watch House would be mint.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Troll on Thursday 3 January 2019, 09:22:56 pm
Get Greggs to cater it.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Greg on Thursday 3 January 2019, 09:24:18 pm
Vegan sausage rolls all round.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Dr Venkman on Thursday 3 January 2019, 09:26:24 pm
Wedding at the Watch House would be mint.

DJ'd my mates wedding party there, roughly 2005, was a roar.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 3 January 2019, 09:50:29 pm
Tynemouth
  • Grand Hotel
  • Crusoe's (on Longsands Beach)
  • Park Hotel (big, but a bit grim)
  • Sailing Club (on the haven beach, my mate got married at St Mary's Lighthouse and had his party there in a marquee on the roof)
  • Watch house (up from the haven)

I've been to wedding's at all of those venues, there's probably more but that's just off the top of my head.

Watch House looks interesting! Cheers. Can you stay late there?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Slim on Thursday 3 January 2019, 10:00:09 pm
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Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 3 January 2019, 10:39:58 pm
:lol: thanks Slim, can always count on you.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Thursday 3 January 2019, 10:40:37 pm
Congratulations!

:) Thanks James
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Post by: Slim on Thursday 3 January 2019, 10:49:30 pm
NO stag doo yeah?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Beren on Thursday 3 January 2019, 11:03:12 pm
Mildly disappointed this isn't an anecdote about the logistics of taking a s**** on your wedding day.

Congratulations anyway
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Varadi on Friday 4 January 2019, 09:34:15 am
Went to a wedding at the George Washington golf club last year and the vegan food was fantastic.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: SuperFlat on Friday 4 January 2019, 09:41:05 am
We got married at the Baltic, and the vegan options they provided were decent. Amazing venue, and fantastic staff, too. :thup:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Friday 4 January 2019, 10:15:26 am
We got married at the Baltic, and the vegan options they provided were decent. Amazing venue, and fantastic staff, too. :thup:

So you used Six for the catering then? We would do it right now but we want to have a vegetarian if not possibly vegan wedding. I know they're quite highly rated but I'm pretty uninspired by their vegan/vegetarian options on their regular menu. Food is very important to us in terms of a celebration so it would have to be really good, not just okay.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Friday 4 January 2019, 10:17:27 am
Went to a wedding at the George Washington golf club last year and the vegan food was fantastic.

I'll check it out :thup:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Disco on Friday 4 January 2019, 10:24:51 am
We got married at the Baltic, and the vegan options they provided were decent. Amazing venue, and fantastic staff, too. :thup:

So you used Six for the catering then? We would do it right now but we want to have a vegetarian if not possibly vegan wedding. I know they're quite highly rated but I'm pretty uninspired by their vegan/vegetarian options on their regular menu. Food is very important to us in terms of a celebration so it would have to be really good, not just okay.

I think they'll tailor it depending on budget. Were you looking at hiring the floor inside the BALTIC? My lass' bro got married there and they just let them decorate as they wanted so if you're looking to save money on that side that could a goer. They had it really basic with just a few candles and other odds and ends.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Friday 4 January 2019, 11:00:42 am
We got married at the Baltic, and the vegan options they provided were decent. Amazing venue, and fantastic staff, too. :thup:

So you used Six for the catering then? We would do it right now but we want to have a vegetarian if not possibly vegan wedding. I know they're quite highly rated but I'm pretty uninspired by their vegan/vegetarian options on their regular menu. Food is very important to us in terms of a celebration so it would have to be really good, not just okay.

I think they'll tailor it depending on budget. Were you looking at hiring the floor inside the BALTIC? My lass' bro got married there and they just let them decorate as they wanted so if you're looking to save money on that side that could a goer. They had it really basic with just a few candles and other odds and ends.

You can get the whole shebang with decorations and food etc or you can decorate yourself, but you still have to get their food. You can have it on the river terrace or on the first floor, both look class. It's just the food really, maybe we should go and have some food at Six soon.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Greg on Friday 4 January 2019, 11:09:07 am
Very few of the popular wedding venues will allow you to use your own caterers, make too much profit on the food.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Dr Venkman on Friday 4 January 2019, 11:11:02 am
Tynemouth
  • Grand Hotel
  • Crusoe's (on Longsands Beach)
  • Park Hotel (big, but a bit grim)
  • Sailing Club (on the haven beach, my mate got married at St Mary's Lighthouse and had his party there in a marquee on the roof)
  • Watch house (up from the haven)

I've been to wedding's at all of those venues, there's probably more but that's just off the top of my head.

Watch House looks interesting! Cheers. Can you stay late there?

As far as I recall it's a midnight curfew, but that may have changed. It's the RNLI that run it, I believe, so contact the Tynemouth branch and I'm sure they'll put you on to the right person.

Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Friday 4 January 2019, 11:18:18 am
Very few of the popular wedding venues will allow you to use your own caterers, make too much profit on the food.

Aye, I know! It seems that way, so I thought maybe alternative venues or places not traditionally used for weddings might be an easier shout. Places like Lighthouses, warehouses or events spaces, I suppose. Everyone has been a great help already though :)
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: alijmitchell on Friday 4 January 2019, 11:49:40 am
Got married up here in Scotland, and we hired a venue only and brought in caterers, and got our own booze (got a bar in for the evening session). I'd say the benefits of that is that you can really get what you want, and if the caterers are good they may offer to set up reception drinks as well as canapés. It also meant we could get in shitloads of booze for the tables, which would have been limited on a package. I think we ended up with something daft like a bottle of wine for every 2 people. We had people that worked at marks to help with wine deals, used majestic and lidl I think. It's cool to be able to do your own thing.

Trade-offs - you'll end up in discussion with you bride to be about things like table cloths, glassware etc. Since you have to get that hired in. Usually isn't a problem to get that hired in from a catering company, and if you have the venue for a while you can spend time setting up yourself the day before. Again, if your caterers are sound, they will help you make sure that glasses don't get mixed up with bar glasses, and also turnover the tables if you are using the same room for dinner and dancing. We had a venue where the two rooms were separate so we didn't have people hanging about waiting for the changeover. Straight from dinner to dancing do farting about!

Also - speeches-wise - PA system of some sort if the venue doesn't have one. We borrowed from a mate. Also highly recommend speeches after dinner - everyone was already nice and warmed up for the speeches and therefore on your side!
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Dr Venkman on Friday 4 January 2019, 12:10:05 pm
Very few of the popular wedding venues will allow you to use your own caterers, make too much profit on the food.

Aye, I know! It seems that way, so I thought maybe alternative venues or places not traditionally used for weddings might be an easier shout. Places like Lighthouses, warehouses or events spaces, I suppose. Everyone has been a great help already though :)

When my mate had his party on the roof of the sailing club he got the Waterfront restaurant to deliver fish n chips for everyone, it was lush.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Friday 4 January 2019, 12:29:38 pm
Got married up here in Scotland, and we hired a venue only and brought in caterers, and got our own booze (got a bar in for the evening session). I'd say the benefits of that is that you can really get what you want, and if the caterers are good they may offer to set up reception drinks as well as canapés. It also meant we could get in shitloads of booze for the tables, which would have been limited on a package. I think we ended up with something daft like a bottle of wine for every 2 people. We had people that worked at marks to help with wine deals, used majestic and lidl I think. It's cool to be able to do your own thing.

Trade-offs - you'll end up in discussion with you bride to be about things like table cloths, glassware etc. Since you have to get that hired in. Usually isn't a problem to get that hired in from a catering company, and if you have the venue for a while you can spend time setting up yourself the day before. Again, if your caterers are sound, they will help you make sure that glasses don't get mixed up with bar glasses, and also turnover the tables if you are using the same room for dinner and dancing. We had a venue where the two rooms were separate so we didn't have people hanging about waiting for the changeover. Straight from dinner to dancing do farting about!

Also - speeches-wise - PA system of some sort if the venue doesn't have one. We borrowed from a mate. Also highly recommend speeches after dinner - everyone was already nice and warmed up for the speeches and therefore on your side!

:thup: Excellent tips man, thanks! I would like to do it in Glasgow or Edinburgh actually but my 90 year old Gran would likely not be able to come from Gateshead so I think we should do it in Newcastle or the surrounding areas.

f***ing speeches man :lol: I hadn't thought about that at all! That makes me bab already. It's my day, maybe I won't even do one.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Friday 4 January 2019, 08:43:00 pm
Congratulations Jim.

Do we have a wedding thread? I'm getting married in October. Starting to brick it with how quick it's going to come in. :lol: wouldn't mind reading other people's experiences.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: firetotheworks on Friday 4 January 2019, 09:00:54 pm
Of the weddings I've been to over the last few years I think I liked The Parlour at Blagdon the most. Not too far away and probably the nicest venue with the best food as well. No idea on the cost though.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: LFEE on Saturday 5 January 2019, 01:09:50 am
You don't pay for your guests drinks?

Not on the night time party which what I was referring too but didn’t make clear :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Darth Crooks on Saturday 5 January 2019, 08:27:27 am
Got married up here in Scotland, and we hired a venue only and brought in caterers, and got our own booze (got a bar in for the evening session). I'd say the benefits of that is that you can really get what you want, and if the caterers are good they may offer to set up reception drinks as well as canapés. It also meant we could get in shitloads of booze for the tables, which would have been limited on a package. I think we ended up with something daft like a bottle of wine for every 2 people. We had people that worked at marks to help with wine deals, used majestic and lidl I think. It's cool to be able to do your own thing.

Trade-offs - you'll end up in discussion with you bride to be about things like table cloths, glassware etc. Since you have to get that hired in. Usually isn't a problem to get that hired in from a catering company, and if you have the venue for a while you can spend time setting up yourself the day before. Again, if your caterers are sound, they will help you make sure that glasses don't get mixed up with bar glasses, and also turnover the tables if you are using the same room for dinner and dancing. We had a venue where the two rooms were separate so we didn't have people hanging about waiting for the changeover. Straight from dinner to dancing do farting about!

Also - speeches-wise - PA system of some sort if the venue doesn't have one. We borrowed from a mate. Also highly recommend speeches after dinner - everyone was already nice and warmed up for the speeches and therefore on your side!

We did basically this. Had a live band in a marquee just outside of the barn conversion we’d hired. This was in August so we were outside a lot.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Kevo on Saturday 5 January 2019, 08:34:36 am
Went to a wedding at the George Washington golf club last year and the vegan food was fantastic.

I'll check it out :thup:
I got married there May 2017. Cost around £5,500 IIRC for the venue inc food and a welcome+toast drink for each guest. Drinks were a bottle of Sol or champagne or soft drinks on request.

I had 50 (ish) day time guests and was allowed up to 125 guests for the evening. Plenty space. Orangery room I had for the breakfast and reception.

Evening food was quality - BBQ pulled pork wraps with wedges and other picky bits. Exactly what people wanted after 7 hours of drinking. Last orders was around 1am.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Saturday 5 January 2019, 11:54:17 am
Congratulations Jim.

Do we have a wedding thread? I'm getting married in October. Starting to brick it with how quick it's going to come in. :lol: wouldn't mind reading other people's experiences.

Thanks man! Congratulations yourself. Stick it in here, I didn't think we had one specifically so I made it. I need all kind of tips, not just ones for the venue.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Wullie on Saturday 5 January 2019, 12:20:54 pm
I always said I'd never want to spend a huge stack of money for one day, in the end we spent a bloody fortune that we're still paying off now but the only regrets we have are the things we scrimped a bit on. Best day of my life like, by an absolute mile.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: alijmitchell on Saturday 5 January 2019, 02:00:29 pm
I always said I'd never want to spend a huge stack of money for one day, in the end we spent a bloody fortune that we're still paying off now but the only regrets we have are the things we scrimped a bit on. Best day of my life like, by an absolute mile.

Same here!
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: alijmitchell on Saturday 5 January 2019, 02:03:14 pm
Got married up here in Scotland, and we hired a venue only and brought in caterers, and got our own booze (got a bar in for the evening session). I'd say the benefits of that is that you can really get what you want, and if the caterers are good they may offer to set up reception drinks as well as canapés. It also meant we could get in shitloads of booze for the tables, which would have been limited on a package. I think we ended up with something daft like a bottle of wine for every 2 people. We had people that worked at marks to help with wine deals, used majestic and lidl I think. It's cool to be able to do your own thing.

Trade-offs - you'll end up in discussion with you bride to be about things like table cloths, glassware etc. Since you have to get that hired in. Usually isn't a problem to get that hired in from a catering company, and if you have the venue for a while you can spend time setting up yourself the day before. Again, if your caterers are sound, they will help you make sure that glasses don't get mixed up with bar glasses, and also turnover the tables if you are using the same room for dinner and dancing. We had a venue where the two rooms were separate so we didn't have people hanging about waiting for the changeover. Straight from dinner to dancing do farting about!

Also - speeches-wise - PA system of some sort if the venue doesn't have one. We borrowed from a mate. Also highly recommend speeches after dinner - everyone was already nice and warmed up for the speeches and therefore on your side!

:thup: Excellent tips man, thanks! I would like to do it in Glasgow or Edinburgh actually but my 90 year old Gran would likely not be able to come from Gateshead so I think we should do it in Newcastle or the surrounding areas.

f***ing speeches man :lol: I hadn't thought about that at all! That makes me bab already. It's my day, maybe I won't even do one.

Yeah we had some grandparents that couldn't make it for location, was a bit s***, but in the end, they probably wouldn't have enjoyed it even with it being closer to Newcastle due to mobility issues and that. If you go Glasgow there are a few places I can suggest that we looked at. Not really sure about Edinburgh, but there are some excellent places across the water in Fife too - been to a bunch of weddings over there and all been fantastic.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Dr Venkman on Saturday 5 January 2019, 07:27:10 pm
Tynemouth
  • Grand Hotel
  • Crusoe's (on Longsands Beach)
  • Park Hotel (big, but a bit grim)
  • Sailing Club (on the haven beach, my mate got married at St Mary's Lighthouse and had his party there in a marquee on the roof)
  • Watch house (up from the haven)

I've been to wedding's at all of those venues, there's probably more but that's just off the top of my head.

Watch House looks interesting! Cheers. Can you stay late there?

I was wrong about this yesterday, it's the TVLB that run the watch house.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Saturday 5 January 2019, 07:39:00 pm
I always said I'd never want to spend a huge stack of money for one day, in the end we spent a bloody fortune that we're still paying off now but the only regrets we have are the things we scrimped a bit on. Best day of my life like, by an absolute mile.

By any chance are you comfortable sharing what you spent? :lol: We set a budget of £15k initially and it's rocketed up to around £23k. That's for a wedding of 100 guests. While we haven't held back on anything there's nothing extravagant. It's a killer.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: chopey on Saturday 5 January 2019, 08:56:07 pm
The Beamish area has some cracking wedding venues.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Wullie on Saturday 5 January 2019, 09:05:06 pm
I always said I'd never want to spend a huge stack of money for one day, in the end we spent a bloody fortune that we're still paying off now but the only regrets we have are the things we scrimped a bit on. Best day of my life like, by an absolute mile.

By any chance are you comfortable sharing what you spent? :lol: We set a budget of £15k initially and it's rocketed up to around £23k. That's for a wedding of 100 guests. While we haven't held back on anything there's nothing extravagant. It's a killer.

Ah it was less than that like, think it cost us about £10k in the end, plus a few more for the honeymoon.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Saturday 5 January 2019, 09:06:55 pm
I honestly don't know how we could have done it any cheaper without getting a package/hotel wedding. It's hiring the venue and separate catering that is the biggest cost in ours. Basically £8k for hire of the venue and food alone.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Sunday 6 January 2019, 04:52:24 pm
:lol: f***ing hell. We're aiming for 6-8k, making it a BYOB type affair with no entertainment, just a big PA system, a load of self-curated playlists and relaxed food. It may well go over that but you can literally have the whole thing done for you at BALTIC including award winning food and 2 drinks for guests for about 8k...I've no idea how you are going to spend 23k :lol: is it in a palace?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: NEEJ on Sunday 6 January 2019, 05:09:36 pm
£23k? That's absolutely ludicrous. :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 6 January 2019, 05:11:06 pm
:lol: f***ing hell. We're aiming for 6-8k, making it a BYOB type affair with no entertainment, just a big PA system, a load of self-curated playlists and relaxed food. It may well go over that but you can literally have the whole thing done for you at BALTIC including award winning food and 2 drinks for guests for about 8k...I've no idea how you are going to spend 23k :lol: is it in a palace?

:lol: A rough breakdown is as follows:

Venue hire: £4400 (this is for the hire, an extra charge for having the ceremony in the same place, and £3 per chair per guest)
Food: £4600 (3 course sit down meal, hog roast for the evening, little bit extra charge for vegetarian options)
Photographer: £1400 (Whole day photographer + album. Probably could have got this a little cheaper but she found someone she loved and that was that. She is pretty f***ing good to be fair.)
Videographer: £1200 (Personally wouldn't have cared a whole lot for a video but on advice from friends they said it's very important)
Wedding Dress: £2000 (I nearly dropped)
Hair and make up: £600
Groom/Groomsmen suits: £770 (This is for me, four groomsmen, my dad and her dad)
Bridesmaid dresses: £780 (This is the budget for four bridesmaids, two flower girl dresses and accessories)
Interfaith celebrant: £400
Wedding cars: £600
Entertainment: £2000 (Ceremony music, drinks reception music, evening music, caricature artist and a magician for me and the kids)
Picture bus: £500 (I didn't think we needed this with the caricature artist but she really wanted it :lol:)
Cake: £150
Save the dates/Invites: £200-300
Wedding rings: £1000 (I stupidly designed her engagement ring myself so it needs a bespoke wedding ring to fit with it)
Wedding favours: £200-300
Flowers: £500
Decoration: £500

A lot of that is the budget for it and we're hoping to cut down on the likes of flowers/favours/decoration etc. but there's nothing wild there at all in my opinion. :lol: We both agreed quite early on we didn't want a hotel wedding and wanted it to be something unique so it's in a renovated barn that we'll pretty much design ourselves. That's where a big bulk of the cost is coming from.


Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 6 January 2019, 05:13:54 pm
Minimoon to Lanzarote three days after the wedding as well so that's something else we're paying off at the minute. :anguish: I'm so broke man. :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: SEMTEX on Sunday 6 January 2019, 08:06:38 pm
That's more in line with what ours cost tbh. Different country I know.

Also, different numbers of guests is really a huge factor in price... Some people invite 30, some 300.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Sunday 6 January 2019, 08:20:34 pm
The last two I've been two were friends of hers and they were £27k and £21k.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Wullie on Sunday 6 January 2019, 09:08:42 pm
That's more in line with what ours cost tbh. Different country I know.

Also, different numbers of guests is really a huge factor in price... Some people invite 30, some 300.

Aye we were pretty ruthless with the guests, none of this inviting-everyone-in-the-office s****, even then we had about 70.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: SEMTEX on Monday 7 January 2019, 12:27:17 am
:thup: I didn't have too many people given the travel, but her family probably had like, 20 sets of parents alone. Barely anyone from work, but in total we hit maybe 140. Invited 170ish.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Monday 7 January 2019, 09:22:52 am
You've got me scared that we're totally under-budgeting :lol: although I don't doubt ours will be very different to yours based on your budget Froggy.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Monday 7 January 2019, 09:27:48 am
Hold on, you've got a £110 suit and she's got a £2000 dress? :lol: tack a couple of hundred on at least, treat yourself man!
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Monday 7 January 2019, 09:31:28 am
Can't polish a turd.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Flip on Monday 7 January 2019, 09:34:54 am
Can't polish a turd.

:lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Monday 7 January 2019, 09:39:44 am
 :lol:

My girlfriend wants to sew her own dress for the wedding, hopefully that means more budget for my suit...and probably a crying fiancé in about 7 months time.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Monday 7 January 2019, 09:49:40 am
Can't polish a turd.

At least some people try to polish it though.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Disco on Monday 7 January 2019, 09:59:28 am
If you're getting a relatively normal suit it's worth getting a decent one like, not like you can't wear it again for other occasions such as court appearances and dressing up as Clockwork Orange characters.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Monday 7 January 2019, 10:03:09 am
That £110 suit is a rental. It's a lovely suit. :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Monday 7 January 2019, 10:12:05 am
:lol: Ah I see, I thought that was pretty cheap considering. I think I want to buy mine, get it tailored etc.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: neesy111 on Monday 7 January 2019, 10:47:29 am
If you're getting a relatively normal suit it's worth getting a decent one like, not like you can't wear it again for other occasions such as court appearances and dressing up as Clockwork Orange characters.

:lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Crumpy Gunt on Monday 7 January 2019, 12:04:50 pm
Was at the dome in Whitley for a 50th recently. Very smart inside. Room would accommodate 100+
Beer was £4.60 a pint (Coors iirc)

Food was first class. Maybe ask about there options.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Hanshithispantz on Monday 7 January 2019, 02:32:59 pm
The Biscuit Factory started doing weddings a few years ago and it was canny like. I’m not too fussed about art but it’s a decent building and the reception area downstairs is massive - they were just starting out when I went so they’ve probably gotten better.

Food was absolutely s**** at the time like but they might have sorted it.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: firetotheworks on Monday 7 January 2019, 07:14:38 pm
On a similar note, I went to a wedding at the Discovery Museum just before Christmas and the food was honestly atrocious. Like worse than a bad school dinner, so I'd avoid there.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 01:29:42 pm
Through budgeting with flowers, wedding rings and bridesmaid dresses, we've managed to shave off a grand.

Also had a friend of a friend step forward and offer to make our cake. So happy with that. :lol:

How's your progress coming along Jim?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:00:23 pm
We're gonna try for Newcastle, got a venue booked in but we haven't actually seen it, and we're in talks with Karma Kitchen to do the food...but we've never eaten there :lol:. Up in Newcastle for this weekend with Saz so we'll see the venue and try the food out.

So food, venue and marquee are all but sorted. Guest list pretty much finalised, minus some inevitable politics. Need to send out invitations next week, thinking of making them to keep costs down, gonna try a few designs this week to see if we can do anything resembling decent, if not we'll just do a vistaprint type job. She's going to make her own dress, so that shouldn't cost much more than a hundred or two.

Haven't looked into flowers yet, or decorations. Are they costly?

We have a friend who is a DJ so he'll hopefully do a set, then we both love music so it will just be homemade playlists for the rest of the time. PA with the venue...I'd like to test it out though because the whole night is basically going to be music and food.

Haven't thought about a photographer yet, was thinking about just asking various friends who are good at photography to do it casually, maybe having a load of disposables available as well. No videographer :lol:

Actual ceremony we don't care about at all but we think we should probably give the guests something to look at so maybe we'll try and book the civic centre if it's free, nowt fancy. Few hundred quid.

Think it should be about 6-7k, if all goes to plan. Inevitably there will be hidden costs.

Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Wullie on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:13:37 pm
We used these for flowers: https://www.fleurcouturefloral.com and can recommend. Based next to the Biscuit Factory.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:16:34 pm
:thup: I voted for you in best football poster. Knew it was the right choice.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:20:01 pm
Her bouquet was £90. :lol: Flowers are dear enough. Think we've got all the flowers and decoration sorted for about £700.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:27:24 pm
Like f*** we're having a bouquet then. :lol: Is that flowers to chuck? The more I hear about weddings the more I want mine to just be a party where people get dressed up in nice clothes.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: firetotheworks on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:29:46 pm
This might sound a bit mad, but I was at a wedding last year that had a magician going around the tables (think more Derren Brown than Paul Daniels) who was incredible and all the guests loved. I know it sounds proper naff, but he was honestly class and not at all cringey.

http://www.northeastmagician.co.uk/

One of the definitely authentic testimonials: “You amaze me every time. But I wish you could make Marcellino disappear for me!” – The late Sir Bobby Robson
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:31:02 pm
Definitely haven't thought about cake either :lol: wor lass loves cake too so that will be a few days of strife. Really starting to look forward to it though, when is yours, Frog?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 02:32:53 pm
This might sound a bit mad, but I was at a wedding last year that had a magician going around the tables (think more Derren Brown than Paul Daniels) who was incredible and all the guests loved. I know it sounds proper naff, but he was honestly class and not at all cringey.

http://www.northeastmagician.co.uk/

To think I voted for you in Poster with Best Taste :(

Nah but srs, if you say he was good then I'll accept it. Don't think I could deal with it though. Ideally I want as few non-guests as possible really.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 29 January 2019, 09:02:33 pm
We've booked a magician. :lol: £200 for 3 hours. He's funny and can make balloon animals and s*** for kids so well worth it.

October 11th Jim. :thup:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Tomato Deuce on Tuesday 5 February 2019, 09:52:09 pm
I take it this is why I never received my invitation, Jim  :huff:

https://www.reddit.com/r/insanepeoplefacebook/comments/andl11/this_lady_banned_all_nonvegans_from_her_wedding/?st=JRSASXGF&sh=68f21d48
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Dr Venkman on Wednesday 6 February 2019, 06:32:05 pm
We're gonna try for Newcastle, got a venue booked in but we haven't actually seen it, and we're in talks with Karma Kitchen to do the food...but we've never eaten there :lol:. Up in Newcastle for this weekend with Saz so we'll see the venue and try the food out.

So food, venue and marquee are all but sorted. Guest list pretty much finalised, minus some inevitable politics. Need to send out invitations next week, thinking of making them to keep costs down, gonna try a few designs this week to see if we can do anything resembling decent, if not we'll just do a vistaprint type job. She's going to make her own dress, so that shouldn't cost much more than a hundred or two.

Haven't looked into flowers yet, or decorations. Are they costly?

We have a friend who is a DJ so he'll hopefully do a set, then we both love music so it will just be homemade playlists for the rest of the time. PA with the venue...I'd like to test it out though because the whole night is basically going to be music and food.

Haven't thought about a photographer yet, was thinking about just asking various friends who are good at photography to do it casually, maybe having a load of disposables available as well. No videographer :lol:

Actual ceremony we don't care about at all but we think we should probably give the guests something to look at so maybe we'll try and book the civic centre if it's free, nowt fancy. Few hundred quid.

Think it should be about 6-7k, if all goes to plan. Inevitably there will be hidden costs.



Why bother with the DJ bit? Just play music you actually like all night imo.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Wednesday 6 February 2019, 07:46:50 pm
Getting married in 2 months. We've managed to keep it pretty cheap :lol: That's involved having a friend make the cake, no entertainment (outside of a magician who owes a mate a favour & my fiancee's brother who's a singer), our own playlists, creating our own centrepieces, relying on a florist friend for the flowers, and having the ceremony itself at a registry office. We've also got less than 50 guests.

Basically, we're making sure we have booze & good food covered and are hoping the rest will take care of itself.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: bovineblue on Wednesday 6 February 2019, 09:16:10 pm
Getting married in 2 months. We've managed to keep it pretty cheap :lol: That's involved having a friend make the cake, no entertainment (outside of a magician who owes a mate a favour & my fiancee's brother who's a singer), our own playlists, creating our own centrepieces, relying on a florist friend for the flowers, and having the ceremony itself at a registry office. We've also got less than 50 guests.

Basically, we're making sure we have booze & good food covered and are hoping the rest will take care of itself.

It's the way to go. We had a back yard wedding (in Australia admittedly). We invited only the people we wanted, made the food ourselves (including 2 tiered mars bar cheesecake wedding cake), got some booze and played some music.

We had a great time and got the comment from a mate saying that he had more fun there than he had at the $50,000 wedding his wife made him have.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: SEMTEX on Wednesday 6 February 2019, 09:27:01 pm
It's a decent way to go, but I'd advise you get some random to be in charge of the music. You may have playlists etc, but interruptions to music are common. Volume changes etc. It's much easier if you don't have to deal with it yourself.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Disco on Wednesday 6 February 2019, 09:31:01 pm
The f*** is everyone getting a nonce magician for?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Wednesday 6 February 2019, 11:18:06 pm
The f*** is everyone getting a nonce magician for?

In our case, this bloke had been at a friend's wedding and was pretty much a comedian first with a few tricks - he was really funny, like. I'd never have had a magician but when we were offered free entertainment, we took it.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: leffe186 on Thursday 7 February 2019, 03:26:34 pm
Definitely haven't thought about cake either :lol: wor lass loves cake too so that will be a few days of strife. Really starting to look forward to it though, when is yours, Frog?

Cake tasting was mint. Giant Eagle is a supermarket over here that does a good sheet cake that everyone likes, so we used that for the proles and got a really nice one for the top table. There were three tiers, and the pink champagne one was amazing.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: leffe186 on Thursday 7 February 2019, 03:33:57 pm
It's a decent way to go, but I'd advise you get some random to be in charge of the music. You may have playlists etc, but interruptions to music are common. Volume changes etc. It's much easier if you don't have to deal with it yourself.

Yeah - one of our key priorities was making sure we had to worry about as little as possible ourselves. The wife has a billion family members and friends in Akron and Cleveland, so we managed to get virtually everything done by people we knew. A mate of ours is a DJ, and it was well worth having him, particularly as they do that thing here of having the wedding party come in two at a time to music (Land of 1000 Dances for us). Sounds s****, but it was terrific :lol:.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Gallowgate Toon on Wednesday 10 April 2019, 09:27:55 am
Had mine last week. What a day, man. In the end, the good booze and food method worked a treat for us. We did the playlist ourselves with my wife's brother (musician) keeping an eye on it.

All in all, we kept to budget, but my wife did a bloody incredible job on room and flowers with her sister. We pulled in a lot of favours - immensely grateful for that.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Wednesday 15 May 2019, 06:20:29 am
How you getting on now Jim? My woman had a bit of a breakdown last night as she never has any money left at payday. :lol: A lot of pressure now. Under 5 months for us. Basically everything is done except paying for it all.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Wednesday 15 May 2019, 09:07:56 am
Alright man :) We've just finished 2 months not even thinking about it, so now we're back to doing a bit of organisation. :lol: I don't think we're stressing at all yet.

We've got venue, food, music, guestlist, invites, seating plan, second feed and hotels sorted. Sorting out our actual legal wedding (the day before) now.

Haven't organised any drink, decorations, the ceremony (we're going to get her twin sister to do a humanist one for us) or our vows or anything like that. We're going to get our arty mates to bring their cameras and do the photography.

Money hasn't been an issue really, we've barely had to pay for anything yet :lol: That will come soon. Are you doing your own vows and stuff or going traditional?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: TK-421 on Friday 17 May 2019, 01:52:22 pm
I got married last year. Wife and I had been together for 20 years (almost to the day) and never been bothered about doing ti before, but with it being 20 years, we felt it worth marking. We already had our son, who is 15. We had thought about getting married in New York ,with just the 3 of us there, but there's a lot of heading off to different places to sort paperwork and stuff, which would have impacted the time there, so we decided to do it here before going away on holiday to NY.

We just did it small... just had a registry office wedding (Neither of us is religious, and never wanted the big church wedding), then a small informal reception/function at Nancy's Bordello, with about 30-40 family and close friends. My son was my best man. I also know a school friend who makes cakes, so she made ours. We sorted decorations and stuff ourselves, but the staff at Nancy's dressed the room for us. I booked a nice S-Class Mercedes to pick the wife up beforehand and then take us down to the venue.

We had our wedding night at The Vermont, and then went on holiday (mini-moon to New York) a few days after the wedding (this was already booked, so not included in wedding costs).

We didn't spend a fortune on our wedding and had a great day, and we wouldn't have changed anything.  I think our wedding cost us around £1500 altogether, once everything (ceremony, reception/food/drinks, car, dress, suits, decorations, cake, etc) was taken account of.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: SEMTEX on Friday 17 May 2019, 05:07:54 pm
For some reason, with the way you started that post I was expecting you to say that you'd split up or something. "20 years and the second we got married it all went to s***" or something to that effect.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: chopey on Monday 20 May 2019, 07:41:33 pm
After putting it off for 18 months I've got to start writing my best man's speech, anyone got any ideas? The weddings on Saturday.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: newsted on Monday 20 May 2019, 11:41:22 pm
There are books, as if anyone reads them these days. Thank the bride's parents for coming, and particularly the bride's father for coming x years ago. That went down a storm when I coached the bairn at his brother's, but the fam lapped up any old filth, no idea what your people are like. He had googly eye specs on and is a right show-off, but that was the one I thought landed best from my suggestions.

It's got to be suited to the person. when my mate got spliced his bro was best man and said they all called him The Olympic Flame because he never went out. That was funny because there was an element of truth. I've known him 47 years and I'll see him on Weds - he'll have 2 pints and f*** off home, that's fine. I'm just pleased he's reconnected after a hiatus of a few years, we just pick up where we left off, you guys know how that is.

I like my people.

Get a book.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Saturday 31 August 2019, 09:07:48 am
Big day today eh lads
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Disco on Saturday 31 August 2019, 09:18:09 am
All the best on your Princess Diana memorial event Jim la’.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Yorkie on Saturday 31 August 2019, 11:50:07 am
Big day today eh lads

Have a good one, Jim.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Saturday 31 August 2019, 01:13:26 pm
All the best Jimburst, lad. Hope you both have a great day. Go easy tonight, big lad.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jill on Saturday 31 August 2019, 04:37:32 pm
All the best Jim!
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Tomato Deuce on Saturday 31 August 2019, 04:47:53 pm
Congrats Jim :)
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: neesy111 on Saturday 31 August 2019, 04:55:17 pm
Amazing stuff @Jimburst all the best.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Ian W on Saturday 31 August 2019, 05:44:58 pm
Congratulations man :smitten:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: HTT on Saturday 31 August 2019, 06:23:29 pm
Congrats Jim, get smashing away Bonny lad!
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: LFEE on Saturday 31 August 2019, 07:05:58 pm
Congrats Jim, get smashing away Bonny lad!

:lol: Not sure I’m reading that right.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: madras on Saturday 31 August 2019, 07:55:43 pm
Big day today eh lads
Ha, one of my best mates git wed on the day of a home draw to Watford (2-2, Lee Clarke scored a header past David James), hope you are as happy as they still are.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Saturday 31 August 2019, 09:25:12 pm
Congrats Jim. Come a long way from the meat eating, tab stealing deviant you once were.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Interpolic on Monday 2 September 2019, 03:19:50 pm
All the best mate, congrats and hope it was a great day for all :thup:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 11:17:32 am
Thanks lads! Best day of my life, absolutely amazing. All the planning is worth it, although it was all over so quickly.

Coming down now, back to work, feel utterly depressed :lol: Even getting some anxiety over how little I interacted with some guests, it's really hard to 'do the rounds'. Hopefully anyone who wanted to speak to me managed to get to, everyone said they had an incredible time so I'm probably just being daft.

So lovely though :)
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Beren on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 11:31:02 am
Quality man :laugh: congrats
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 11:57:41 am
You had pingers at the wedding?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Haz on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 12:14:33 pm
Even after all these years, I remember how everything zoomed by, everything seemingly lasting seconds. I hope you and your blushing bride have a great life together and may you never forget your best day.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 12:17:00 pm
You had pingers at the wedding?

:lol: Of course.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 12:17:59 pm
Even after all these years, I remember how everything zoomed by, everything seemingly lasting seconds. I hope you and your blushing bride have a great life together and may you never forget your best day.

That's lovely, thanks. Aye, it's mad. Wish it could have been over a couple of days, really.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Shay's Given Tim Flowers on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 12:18:10 pm
Glad you had a good day Jim, I wouldn't worry about not talking to people enough. People know you're spread pretty thin.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Super Duper Branko Strupar on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 01:01:12 pm
You had pingers at the wedding?

:lol: Of course.

:lol: Mega
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Beren on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 01:07:22 pm
You had pingers at the wedding?

:lol: Of course.

:lol: Mega

Degenerates :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Froggy on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 01:32:15 pm
The f*** are pingers? :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 01:41:27 pm
Darts, we were playing darts.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 01:43:45 pm
I went to a wedding last weekend with a Greggs buffet.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:01:51 pm
I went to a wedding last weekend with a Greggs buffet.

:lol: Was that at Summerhill? My wedding was there this weekend just gone.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: samptime29 on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:07:55 pm
You had pingers at the wedding?

:lol: Of course.

:lol: Mega

Degenerates :lol:

Incredible  :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:18:04 pm
I went to a wedding last weekend with a Greggs buffet.

:lol: Was that at Summerhill? My wedding was there this weekend just gone.

Yes! Great venue.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: TBG on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:30:23 pm
I went to a wedding last weekend with a Greggs buffet.

Was there a limit on how much you could have? Was it regular pastie sizes? So many questions.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Jimburst on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:43:55 pm
I went to a wedding last weekend with a Greggs buffet.

:lol: Was that at Summerhill? My wedding was there this weekend just gone.

Yes! Great venue.

It's an amazing place like, like an oasis of calm off Westgate Road :lol: We had lush weather too.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:45:57 pm
We did too, beautiful. I’d never been there before.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Haz on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:46:18 pm
I went to a wedding last weekend with a Greggs buffet.

Did they do Meal Deals for the special day?
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 02:46:56 pm
I went to a wedding last weekend with a Greggs buffet.

Was there a limit on how much you could have? Was it regular pastie sizes? So many questions.

Just loads of trays of Greggs products arrived in a taxi. No limit that I knew of, I was being restrained though because there was a woman I was trying to impress :lol:
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: TBG on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 03:05:01 pm
She doesn't deserve you Ian if she can't handle you eating a 4 pack of Sausage Rolls.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Ian W on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 03:26:26 pm
Good point. I even held off on a caramel donut, which is one of life's greatest pleasures.
Title: Re: Wedding s****
Post by: Troll on Tuesday 3 September 2019, 06:52:44 pm
If she's not impressed by someone inhaling some steak bakes, a sausage and bean melt and a cheese and onion pasty, then she's not worth it.