Wedding at The De Vere Devonport House

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De Vere Devonport House Wedding Venue

If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the Greenwich area to make an impact then you might like to check out De Vere Devonport House.

De Vere Devonport House is a four-storey red-brick building in an ensemble of historic buildings that was once the Royal Naval College. It is located  right by the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Park, with the River Thames, Greenwich Pier and Cutty Sark DLR station just a short walk away. With its grand sophisticated stature and rolling well kept lawns this venue would make an impressive place to hold your wedding or party.

De Vere Devonport House is available for Wedding Ceremonies, Civil Partnership Ceremonies and private functions with a beautiful front lawn that is perfect for wedding photographs, and traditional suites for reception parties.

The Nelson/Hamilton Suite can accommodate 82 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast with up to 120 guests for dancing. For more intimate occasions De Vere Devonport House can offer the Churchill or Drake Suite which can seat up to 50 guests but with 99 rooms, there is ample space for your guests to stay over so they can enjoy the party for as long as they can.

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There is also a fantastic catering staff on site at the De vere Devonport House and the kitchens are run by professional waiters and chefs who will ensure that your guests are happy throughout their stay and their drinks topped up! There is also a wedding coordinator who you can liaise with on the lead up to your big day to make sure that all arrangements and timings are kept on track, leaving you and your guests to  relax and enjoy yourselves on the big day.

We would recommend this historic hotel for anyone looking to book a party or a wedding in the area of Greenwich, especially if you’re looking for some old English charm.

If you are still looking for a band to play at De Vere Devonport House or any venues in the Greenwich area then get in contact to book a top class wedding band along with your top class wedding venue and make it a wedding no one will forget! The Right Hook have performed to thousands of guests at events large and small. But no matter what the event they always work closely with the client to make it a unique and special occasion. This involves learning bespoke first dances, altering their attire to match the event theme and more.

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Money saving wedding tips

Here are our top money saving wedding tips

The wedding tips that will save you hundreds

With an average wedding costing around £25,000 we thought it would be useful to have some money saving wedding tips to help you enjoy an amazing wedding for less money – remember there are always ways to cut back! Before you begin planning make a list of all the things you need to do and prioritise them. This can really help with budgeting as well. Is that cold embossed paper more important than a plainer paper but inviting an extra person to the reception? wedding tips

Venue

This is one of the biggest costs for your wedding and you could say one of the most important (apart from the dress). For that reason you are more likely to splurge more money here. However you can still have that perfect venue for less by picking an unpopular day. Most people go for a weekend but if you pick a week day you will find some places will reduce the cost as much as half! The benefit of this is that you will also get good discounts for other things such as florists or photographers as they are less likely to have work then. Yes there is the worry that less people can make it but you know the people that really matter will make an effort and take a day off work to be there.

Guest List

Try not to over invite. It’s easily done but remember the bigger the guest list the bigger the cost. Seventy might sound a lot but that’s only fifteen members of each persons family, then ten friends each with their partners. You can see how the number can add up very quickly. So try and stick to family and few best friends for the main reception and invite the rest to the evening.

Wedding dresses

One of the biggest wedding tips where you can save hundreds is the wedding dress! So many woman may say “I want a brand new dress” but remember most wedding dresses are worn for a matter of hours and you could be saving a small fortune. With the average wedding dress selling for over a thousand pounds why wouldn’t you want to save some money and still have that dress you’ve always dreamed of for a fraction of the cost? These days you can pick up designer dresses and find the exact dress you may have seen in a bridal magazine. We would suggest looking on some sites online such as SellMyWeddingDress, Preloved and Confetti‘s for sale section. Other good bets are The Dressmarket, Gumtree and of course Ebay.  Another great place to search is Oxfam, they have eleven specialist bridal departments. Its says on their website that some designers often donate their dresses to the charity straight from the catwalk so you might even bag yourself a designer bargain.

Make upwedding tips

Whilst a lot of brides do their own make up, some opt to pay for beauty expert to come to their house. That’s great but it does cost a lot and if you aren’t sure its worth that to you then there are other ways you can look gorgeous without spending so much. Why not try a beauty counter in a department store such as House of Fraser or Debenhams? Or ask a friend who you trust and whose make up you have admired. You buy the make you like but perhaps get them to help you on the day.

Alternatively, check out beauty training schools. They may do your hair and make-up free on the day as part of their training course. Check Beautyfinder for a directory of training schools and colleges that are local to you.

Invitations

Designing and making your own wedding invitations can be fun but also it makes them more personal to you. There are loads of great sites out there now which can help you do this such as Wedding chicks. You would still have to pay for the paper and ink but if you are really on a tight budget you could email them to your guests instead. Also instead of making save the date cards and posting them out, why not let people know by text or email. Alternatively create an event on Facebook (choose ‘private’ in the event’s privacy section, so only guests can see).

We hope these wedding planning tips have been useful.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds if weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

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How to pick your wedding photographer

Here are our top tips on how to pick your wedding photographer

Choosing your wedding photographer needs some serious planning. When planning your wedding you can directly view items such as your dress, sample the cake, and watch your chosen band in action. But when it comes to your wedding photos, you won’t see what you’re getting until after the event. And you don’t want to have to do it all again to get those special shots!

That means careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills and artistic style are even more important when selecting your wedding photographer. We’ve put together a few handy tips to help you pick your wedding photographer and to make sure you have amazing photos that capture your day and create lasting memories for you both in years to come.

Pick a style

wedding photographer, wedding day, wedding, bride and groomBefore you start researching local photographers we suggest that you first discuss and decide what style of photography you prefer. These could be candid and spontaneous photos which are not posed. For example it might show the bridesmaids dancing whilst sipping on their champagne and a group of men laughing or joking around by the bar. These types of shots are unplanned so in most cases people will not be staring into the lense. You may feel these types of images are more of a realistic portrayal of your day than the more posed photos. The classic photos tend to be posed shots of the two of you, your friends and family in front of various backdrops. That’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity in this category. Depending on your venue you can have some truly beautiful backdrops so it might be an idea to show your photographer around your chosen venue first so they can get an idea of your requirements.

Research is the key

This is where many people fail. They meet one photographer that they like and just book them before reviewing all the options. But its better to look around first. Start your search by reading reviews from recent newlyweds and browsing local wedding suppliers. Then review potential photographer’s websites to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style and personality. Also check out their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages too if possible. That enables you to read other people’s reviews and check they are positive whilst also seeing how the photographer responds to any comments.

Arrange to meet them

Set up some meetings with your top 3 or 4 photographers that you have researched and make sure when you meet them you explain that you are seeing a few people before you decide to book. First of all check they are free on the date of your wedding and then go on to talk about your venue, wedding style and what you envision for your photos. Its always important to meet your chosen photographer before booking so you can see if you like their personality and view their wedding album portfolio.

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When reviewing a photographer’s album, look for the key aspects you would like captured. Such as whether they got photos of both the bride and the groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also look for the thoughtful expressions and shots that show emotion from the day. Do people look relaxed and joyous, not like a deer caught in headlights! Also make sure the images have good lighting and beware of any photos that are poorly focused.

Make sure you get on

Don’t dismiss the fact that you need to like your photographer. Is the photographer excited by your thoughts and description of your wedding? Are they interested and positive when responding to your questions and are they making good suggestions? Any good professional photographer needs to have good social skills and be confident and bold enough to go out hunting for great images. Whilst doing so they need to be able to put you at ease and avoid irritating or pestering guests. Remember they will be shadowing your every move and the more comfortable you are with them the better.

Time to book

Once you have researched your photographers its time to make a decision and book one.  While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony events (getting ready with your bridesmaids or first-look photos) to the end of the reception. It’s usually better to pay for more coverage if your preference is to have them until the end and there’s a chance you’ll run over (overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate). Make sure you go over all the pricing and pay the deposit by credit card incase of any problems nearer the day.

Ask about your rights

Most contracts have a clause that says that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, the wedding photographer can use them promotionally on their website or for ads, etc. That also means you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you’ll have to buy the rights to the images.

We hope these  tips have been useful and wish you lots of luck in your search for finding your wedding photographer.

If you haven’t booked a wedding band yet and you need one then check out the Right Hook. We have performed at hundreds of weddings and know exactly how to make sure everybody, from the oldest to the youngest has a great time. We also love to work with you to make the event as personal and special as possible so contact us for more information on how we can do that.

 

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We have used all our experience and that of some choice expert wedding suppliers to bring you a FREE wedding planner with articles and tips on every aspect of your wedding, plus some exclusive discounts. Click here to get it.