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How to handle a bridesmaidzilla | Coochicoo Cards

How To Handle A Bridesmaidzilla

What to do when your friend has big plans for your wedding day and starts behaving like a diva. Here are some common bridesmaid problems and tips on how to solve them:

1. She won’t wear the dress you have chosen
If your heart is set on having your entire bridal party in a particular colour/style tell her how lovely she looks in the dress you have chosen and emphasise that the colour/style suits her. But if she sulks after that gently remind her that it’s your day and you would happily wear whatever she chooses for you on her wedding day. Or consider letting each bridesmaid choose a different style which suits them but keep to the same colour theme. There is nothing to say that they all have to wear identical outfits.

2. Your bridesmaids keep arguing
If your bridesmaids do not know each other very well then get them all together for a proper bonding session before your hen do. Make it a fun girly day out or night in. But if it’s still muskets at dawn between them, remind them it is your day and ask them nicely to at least tolerate each other until after the wedding, you could even try to limit the amount of time they spend together.

3. She has very strong opinions on your choices.
When helpful advice turns into pushy badgering, it might be time to say something. Tell her the awful dress she has picked out is not the one of your dreams, or her choice of venue is just not you! It’s your day and if she loves you, she’ll understand.

4. She is organising the hen do from hell
Although surprises are nice, when it comes to your hen-do its best to give your bridesmaid an idea of what your perfect night/weekend is. If you do not want an expensive weekend away that is outside everyone’s budget then tell her, if you do not want strippers then tell her.

5. She expects you to pay for EVERYTHING
Remind her that weddings are expensive and that you are not made of money. Tell her that while she is an important part of your day she may have to pay for her own shoes/hotel/make up etc.

Remember that your friends should love you and always have your best interests at heart. If they won’t toe the line then maybe you need to reconsider if they are the right girl for the job!

5 ways to make your wedding more personal | Coochicoo Cards

5 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Personal

Your wedding day is all about you and your partner, but sometimes your personalities and style can get lost along the way. Here are 5 simple ways you can make your wedding a little bit more personal to you both:

Create Your Own Unique Hashtag
You and your guests can use this on social media so be imaginative with your hashtag name. Use it in the build up to your day, on the day and afterwards too. Keep track of messages from friends and family, photos etc. Make sure to include it in your invitations to let everyone know what it is.

Customise Your Invitations
The choices of personalised invitations are endless, so make sure you choose the right wedding stationer to work with who can create a design personal to you. You could include caricatures of you and your partner, artwork of things that represent your relationship, places of importance etc. At Coochicoo Cards we have created designs which included everything from children to pets, Paris to New York, tractors to tea parties, ladybirds to woodland creatures…nothing is impossible.

Write your own vows
This is the ultimate personal touch to your wedding. Do not be afraid as your vows do not have to be too gushy and romantic – just personal to you both – even if you include a sense of humour. Speak from the heart, it’s the one chance to show your friends and family how you truly ‘get’ each other.

Use old photographs
Instead of using table numbers use photographs of places/things special to you both. Or create a display of old photographs of you and your partner from babies to now. This is sure to entertain your guests.

Choose your own playlist
Work with your DJ to make a playlist filled with your favourite songs and music that has meaning to you both. Rely on the DJ to make sure the right songs are played at the right time though.

Jersey Farm | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 15

And finally we reach the end of our the second week of featuring the best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the quirky Jersey Farm Hotel on Darlington Road, Barnard Castle, Co Durham, DL12 8TA.

Jersey Farm | Coochicoo Cards

The Jersey Farm Hotel is set in 12 acres of luscious farmland, with a peaceful and calming charm and provides a tranquil retreat from the everyday world. They pride themselves on bringing a personal touch to your wedding and offer various options of where to get married: The Lounge Suite is a warm and friendly room that overlooks green fields and small receptions of up to 30 guests work very well in this room. The Garden Suite overlooks the patio and lawn area and has a light and airy feel, excellent for small/medium sized receptions of up to 60 guests. The Barn is large and spacious with a balcony and a stage (for the top table). Doors behind the stage lead out onto a fountained terrace and lawns, Balustrade, and private garden. This room is ideal for larger size weddings seating up to 200 for the day reception and up to 300 guests for the evening. The Barn Side Room runs adjacent to the barn and is segregated by concertina doors. It has subtle pale lilac walls with contemporary lighting, a wooden floor and interesting floral photographic art on the walls. This also leads out onto the terrace as well as to courtyard rooms and is suitable for up to 90 guests.

Jersey Farm room setting | Coochicoo Cards

 

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit www.jerseyfarmhotel.co.uk/weddings. Contact: Ruth , T: 01833 638223, E: reception@jerseyfarm.co.uk

 

Tipi Chic | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 14

We are almost at the end of the second week of featuring more best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the amazing TipiChic at well, anywhere you want it really!

Tipi Chic | Coochicoo Cards

TipiChic is an event in a tent, well a giant series of Tipis to be exact, the tipis are linked, lit and heated as required. With flooring, tables, seating, fire pit and mood lighting giving you a chilled or vibrant wedding in a surrounding that suit your tastes. It is about showing who you are on your wedding day. Everything from their giant indoor fire pits to their huge glitter ball and everything in between can be transported to a location of your choice. With plenty of room for their reasonably priced licensed bar, large dance floor and as many guests as you require you could have the Chic wedding of your dreams in a location that suits you. The Nordic Tipis are warm and cosy when the winter weather sets in and in the summer the sides can be opened to allow the outside in. Hay bales and fire pits outside are a welcome chill out spot for the summer nights. With their lantern lit carpeted pathways and huge choice of décor to dress the internal areas of the tipis your wedding can be as individual as you are. The team are on hand to not only make this the best day of your life but also the best event any of your guests have ever attended.

Tipi Chic inside tipi | Coochicoo Cards Tipi Chic outside | Coochicoo Cards

 

For more information visit http://tipichic.co.uk. Contact: James Calvert, T: 07582 661868, E: info@tipichic.co.uk

Crathorne Hall | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 13

We continue the second week of featuring more best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the beautiful Crathorne Hall at Crathorne, Yarm, North Yorkshire, TS15 OAR.

Crathorne Hall | Coochicoo CardsCrathorne Hall is a magnificent Edwardian country house set in 15 acres of stunning grounds and gardens just on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors with captivating views of the Leven Valley. With their award winning food and friendly service you have the ultimate wedding venue in Yarm. Crathorne Hall will leave nothing to chance and their dedicated co-ordinators will advise on everything from cars to caviar. When your big day arrives, an experienced member of the team will be there from start to finish. All you need to do is relax, mingle with your guests and enjoy the moment. They have a range of rooms licensed for civil ceremonies: the Presidents Lounge and Yorkshire suites are perfect for intimate services; the gorgeous Edwardian Room can seat up to 90 guests with additional 10 standing for a ceremony; while the Drawing Room can accommodate up to 100 guests for the wedding breakfast. For the ultimate in indulgence, take over the entire house and grounds, especially perfect for a Winter wedding in Yorkshire.

Crathorne Hall room decor | Coochicoo Cards Crathorne Hall room decor | Coochicoo Cards

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/crathornehall/weddings . Contact: Nicola Jones, T: 01642 700398, E: njones@handpicked.co.uk

Manor House Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 12

We continue the second week of featuring more best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the Manor House Hotel at The Green, West Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 9HW.

Manor House Hotel | Coochicoo CardsThe Manor House hotel is a 12th Century building and the perfect wedding venue for you. It is reputed to have been Henry VIII’s hunting lodge and home to the Eden family. The hotel has original wooden beams, sloping roofs and creaky floorboards, nooks, cracks and crannies that are all part of the building’s original foundations and give it its unique charm. The Manor House is situated in the beautiful village of West Auckland just 10 minutes away from Darlington and Durham. It is family owned and they pride themselves on friendly customer care and high quality food. It has a beautiful garden which is the perfect back-drop for your wedding photographs. They offer a wide selection of menus and drinks packages, or if you want something else they will work with you to create your own unique wedding day.

Manor House Hotel Gazebo | Coochicoo Cards Manor House Hotel room decor | Coochicoo Cards

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit http://strhotels.co.uk/manor-house-hotel/weddings. Contact:Angie T: 01388 834 834, E: angie@manorhousehotel.net

Cover photo by Simon Hogben Photography

Thief Hall | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 11

We continue the second week of featuring more best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the unique and stunning Thief Hall at Thornton Le Moore, Northallerton, DL7 9EH.

Thief Hall | Coochicoo CardsThief Hall is a barn conversion restored in stunning style, offering a classic venue with open beams and a clean modern finish. It is set in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire, the perfect backdrop for your special day. It is a blank canvas venue for you to put your own unique stamp on, choosing your caterers, bar, entertainment, décor etc. Thief Hall can hold up to 100 guests for an indoor ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 180 guests for an evening reception. For larger numbers you can hire an outdoor marquee. Thief Hall also boasts a unique opportunity for you to have a dream woodland wedding.

Thief Hall room setting | Coochicoo Cards

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit www.thiefhall.co.uk/weddings. Contact: Jessica, T:01609 801700, E: jessica@thiefhall.co.uk

Bannatyne Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 10

We continue the second week of featuring more best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the beautiful Bannatyne Hotel on Southend Avenue, Darlington, Co Durham, DL3 7HZ.

Bannatyne Hotel | Coochicoo CardsBannatyne Hotel is a stunning Grade II listed town house hotel which is the ideal setting for your special day. With character, style and warmth from the moment you step through the front door. Their ultimate desire is for you to enjoy your special day so the hotel has created the perfect setting, with superb cuisine and impeccable service, allowing thier devoted staff to provide everything that you need to make your wedding truly wonderful and unforgettable. They offer various rooms to cater for all sized weddings: Maxines Restaurant is charming yet dramatic, where traditional meets contemporary, with original marble fireplaces and original Georgian windows, caters for a wedding ceremony of 80 guests; The Wilber Suite is for the modern day couple and offers a light, airy and spacious setting for up to 120 ceremony guests; The Study overlooks the garden and is enhanced by its impressive original features and elegant decor and offers space for up to 20 guests; The Pavilion which is a unique backdrop to an outdoor ceremony, located in their beautiful gardens.

Bannatyne Hotel gazebo | Coochicoo Cards Bannatyne Hotel room decor | Coochicoo Cards

 

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit www.bannatyne.co.uk/hotel/darlington/weddings. Contact: Jade MacGillivray, T: 01325 365858, E: events.darlingtonhotel@bannatyne.co.uk

Hammer and Pincers Tipis | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 9

We continue the second week of featuring the best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the less formal Hammer & Pincers at Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6JH.

Hammer and Pincers Tipis | Coochicoo Cards

The Hammer and Pincers public house is situated in the rolling countryside but still convenient for nearby villages and towns. Owned and run by husband and wife, Peter and Rachel and Rachel’s brother Neil (Head Chef), the country pub is traditional but has been updated with a slightly more modern and contemporary look. Not only is it a pub but it is also a wedding venue with a difference! If your are looking for a relaxed and chilled out venue then you have come to the right place. The Hammer and Pincers is licensed to hold civil partnership/wedding ceremonies, which can take place in 2 rooms inside the pub or in a rustic garden wedding hut with giant tipi’s in the garden to hold your unique reception. Top quality catering and bar services come as standard with every event. The onsite camping and caravan site with toilet and shower facilities completes the outdoor theme, with camping pods planned for 2019.

Hammer and Pincers wedding | Coochicoo Cards Hammer and Pincers tipis | Coochicoo Cards

 

For more information visit https://www.thehammers.co. Contact: Rachel Walton, T: 01325 314873, E:thehammers.pub@gmail.com

Northern Echo Arena | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 8

We begin the new week featuring more best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East who we are very proud to work with, and be preferred wedding stationery provider for. This follows on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post and we are showcasing a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks. So in no particular order today we feature the Mowden Park Northern Echo Arena at Neasham Road, Darlington, Co Durham, DL2 1DL.

Northern Echo Arena | Coochicoo Cards

The Mowden Park Arena is an iconic venue in Darlington and prides themselves on giving you the perfect wedding reception. They have a range of rooms to suit any sized wedding with their Presidents and Platinum suites holding up to 180 guests. Their in-house catering team offers a wide menu choice from finger buffets to hog roasts to 3 course silver service using fresh local produce. Mowden Park is a 25,000 seater stadium and the bride and groom can have their guests photographed in the stands or even on the pitch. This is a totally unique experience exclusive to the Arena.

Northern Echo Arena | Coochicoo Cards

Book your wedding here and receive £25 discount off a wedding stationery order with us (terms apply).

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit their website  Contact: Amanda Baker, T: 01325 350267, E:amanda.baker@mowdenpark.com.

Walworth Castle | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 7

Continuing on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post we bring you details of the best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East. At Coochicoo Cards we are very proud to work with each of these venues and to be their preferred wedding stationery provider. We are featuring a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks, so in no particular order today we end our first week with the gorgeous Walworth Castle at Walworth, Darlington, Co Durham, DL2 2LY.

Walworth Castle | Coochicoo CardsWalworth Castle Hotel is a stunning 12th century castle set in 18 acres o beautiful lawns and woodlands. This premier wedding venue in Darlington prides itself on superb customer care, being a high quality venue with food that is second to none. The hotel offers a wide selection of menu options and drinks packages, or if you are after something really special, you can work directly with their chef and management team to create your own unique wedding menu. Walworth Castle boasts a choice of settings for your day including a beautiful outdoor ceremony area in their Lady Palmers Pavilion which holds up to 80 guests; a unique historic Dungeon for your ceremony with a capacity for 40 guests; the beautiful and elegant Prince Bishops Ballroom with a capacity of 100 guests; and the Cardinals Court.

Walworth Castle Pavillion | Coochicoo CardsWalworth Castle table setting | Coochicoo CardsWe recently had the honour of being included in their wedding promotion video created by www.getfilm.co and working alongside www.lisacharlesvenuestyling.co.uk and www.flowersbynattrass.com which can be viewed here PROMO VIDEO .

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit www.bw-walworthcastle.co.uk/weddings-at-the-castle. Contact: Ailsa Long, T: 01325 485470, E: events@walworthcastle.co.uk

 

Hall Garth Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Part 6

Continuing on from our Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue post we bring you details of the best of the best #weddingvenues in the North East. At Coochicoo Cards we are very proud to work with each of these venues and to be their preferred wedding stationery provider. We are featuring a different #weddingvenue every day for two weeks, so in no particular order today we feature the Hall Garth Hotel at Coatham Mundeville, Darlington, Co Durham, DL1 3LU.

Hall Garth Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

From the moment you arrive outside the magnificent 15th century country house, standing proudly within 70 acres of its own beautiful parkland, the scene will be set for a wonderful wedding day. The Hall Garth Hotel boasts various reception suites including the contemporary Summerson Suite with its panoramic views and delightful private courtyard garden; the spacious Brafferton Suite with its charming woodland views and warm welcoming interior; or the Secret Garden for outside ceremonies. The Hall Garth Hotel pride themselves on personal attention to detail and when it comes to selecting the right menu, wines and decoration and they have a comprehensive guide of options to guarantee they are the perfect setting for your perfect day.

Hall Garth Hotel gazebo | Coochicoo CardsFor more information and to download their wedding brochure visit https://hallgarthdarlington.com/weddings/
Contact: Kelly Simpson, Emma Luke or Lindsey York, T: 01325 300400, E: events@hallgarthdarlington.co.uk