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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

Solberge Hall | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Day 5

Continuing on from our 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 Solberge Hall at Newby Whiske, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 9ER.

Solberge Hall | Coochicoo CardsWith its tranquil setting in formal gardens tucked into the Northallerton countryside, the Georgian mansion Solberge Hall is the perfect venue for the wedding day you have always imagined. Their beautiful Hambleton Suite has capacity for 250 guests, is naturally-lit, has its own bar, with panoramic views over the gardens and countryside. Guests can mingle on the terrace on warm Yorkshire days before sitting down for your wedding breakfast, the menu chosen from their excellent and carefully prepared selection of dishes. You can even take your vows in the Garden Pavilion in their lovely gardens, before heading across the lawn to your reception. For smaller weddings, the Hambleton Suite has the flexibility to be reduced into The Beech Room and Dales Room. The elegant Drawing Room in the original part of the Hall is also perfect for smaller celebrations and ceremonies, and is positioned next to the Garden Room and bar area, which are ideal for a drinks reception and canapés.

Solberge Hall Reception setting | Coochicoo CardsSolberge Hall Gazebo | Coochicoo Cards

We are pleased to have our products featured in the hotel’s in-house wedding display and we regularly attend their open evenings and wedding fayres.

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit www.classiclodges.co.uk/our-hotels/solberge-hall/weddings. Contact: Kate Green, T: 01609 779191, E: events.solbergehall@classiclodges.co.uk.

 

George Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Day 4

Following 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 lovely George Hotel at Piercebridge-on-Tees, Darlington, DL2 3SW.

George Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Situated on the bank of the River Tees in the village of Piercebridge near Darlington, The 17th Century George hotel is a stunning location to make your wedding dreams come true. Whether you want a small intimate wedding or larger numbers The George Hotel can cater for you. You can choose their Pavilion which has large windows and plenty of natural daylight with a capacity for up to 80 guests, or the Ballroom with breath-taking views across the River Tees, private bar, stage and sprung dance floor with a capacity for Up to 150 guests seated or 180 for the evening.

George Hotel room decor | Coochicoo Cards

 

Book the hotels Diamond Wedding package and receive some of your wedding stationery free from us or book any other package and receive £20 discount of a wedding stationery order (terms apply).

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit www.thegeorgehotelpiercebridge.com/weddings-events-at-the-george. Contact: Mark McGrath, T:01325 374576, E: gm@thegeorgehotelpiercebridge.com.

Morritt Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Day 3

Following 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 Morritt Hotel at Greta Bridge, Co Durham, DL12 9SE.

Morritt Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Surrounded by rolling fields, the River Greta and the handsome hamlet of Greta Bridge, The Morritt Hotel is just a 5-minute drive from the market town of Barnard Castle. They offer world renowned northern hospitality and an unstuffy, romantic atmosphere with award-winning food. The Morritt Hotel understand each wedding is individual and they offer expertise in order to build a package totally exclusive to you. Whatever the size of your party, you are likely to find a place to fit, whether it’s for a civil ceremony and reception, or just for your celebration. They have the romantic Garden Room, which can seat up to 100 for a civil ceremony or 60 for a wedding breakfast; the stunningly impressive Ballroom which can seat up to 200, and can accommodate 300 for dancing and buffet; the elegant oak-lined Gilroy’s Dining Room seats up to 50 and has an adjoining bar; the charming Rokeby Suite can seat up to 30 and can be used as an extension to the Garden Room or Ballroom; or the bijou Blue Room is ideal for an intimate and cosy ceremony for up to 16 guests.

Morritt Hotel room decor | Coochicoo Cards Morritt Hotel Gazebo | Coochicoo Cards

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit http://themorritt.co.uk/weddings-and-functions. Contact: Johnathon Cairns, T: 01833 627232, E: weddings@themorritt.co.uk

Blackwell Grange Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Day 2

Following 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 stunning Blackwell Grange Hotel at Grange Road, Darlington, Co Durham, DL3 8QH.

Blackwell Grange Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

From the moment you catch a glimpse of the wonderful 1693 Georgian Facade you know you are somewhere special at The Blackwell Grange hotel. Whether you envisage saying ‘I do’ in the newly refurbished Bruhenny Suite or the glorious garden gazebo, The Blackwell Grange Hotel has the potential to make your dreams reality. The Bruhenny Suite has recently been refurbished, making it a light, airy room filled with natural daylight. A staircase within the room leads you to the Bruhenny Bar which has been completely transformed. This magnificent suite can accommodate up to 140 guests by day and 200 by night. The George Allan Suite with its traditional décor looking south over the grounds has direct access to the gardens and their stunning Wedding Gazebo giving you the perfect fairy-tale backdrop for those most important photographs. Along with private use of The Blackwell Bar, this suite can accommodate up to 80 guests by day and 130 guests by night. The Blackwell Grange offers all-inclusive packages as well as bespoke wedding packages, tailor made to suit your requirements.

Blackwell Grange Hotel wedding ceremony setting | Coochicoo Cards

Book the hotels Ultimate Wedding package and receive some of your wedding stationery free from us or book any other package and receive £25 discount of a wedding stationery order (terms apply).

For more information and to download their wedding brochure visit Blackwell Grange Hotel Contact: Deborah Smith, T: 0330 102 7238 , E: weddings.blackwell@bruhennyhotels.co.uk

Photos by CameraA and Claire Hirst Photography.

How To Survive Wedding Fayres Blog | Coochicoo Cards

How To Survive Wedding Fayres

So you’ve got the ‘ring on it’ and now you want to spring into action planning your wedding. With so many ideas out there where do you start? We recommend visiting local Wedding Fayres so you can get a feel for your dream venue and meet lots of lovely wedding suppliers who can advise what they can do to make your big day special.

Good news – the wedding fayre season is upon us with lots of events happening every Sunday from now until November. They can be fun and exciting but also a little overwhelming at first so here is our handy guide to what you can expect and how to ace it!

1.Bring Your Bestie
You need some support at a wedding fayre but only invite close friends/family who are not going to be controlling or over opinionated. Don’t bring an entire entourage or all the different opinions will just stress you out.

2.Take Your Time
There’s a lot to look at so make sure you get the most out of your visit by having a list of which types of suppliers you want to talk to and tick them off first. Grab your map/floor plan when you register at the door. If you forget the names of your favourite suppliers when you get home, you can refer back to it. Don’t feel rushed and take your time to enjoy the experience and take it all in. Exhibitors are experts in our fields so tell us about your wedding day and ask as many questions you need to.

3.Pack Light
Bring an empty bag and leave your coats in the car. No matter how cold it is outside, with all the people milling around and the goody bags/leaflets/freebies you’ll be handed, you won’t want to have to carry your coat as well! Wear comfy shoes as there will be mooching and generally standing room only.

4.Just Say No (Thank You)
If you are not interested in a particular product or service just say no and don’t feel like you have to indulge every exhibitor. There is plenty more for you to see and honestly exhibitors would much rather our time and leaflets are not wasted and you won’t hurt our feelings.

5.Catch The Catwalk
Bridal catwalks are the best place to see a wide variety of beautiful wedding dresses with bridal boutiques showcasing the year’s most sought after designs. Shows often also include bridesmaid dresses, shoes, accessories, mother of the bride/groom and even suits for the boys.

6.Register, Register, Register
Pre-register with the event organisers to pick up a fantastic goodie bag on the day. Many exhibitors offer special prices, unique offers, free products or run competitions if you register with them or book their services on the day. Make sure you register with them or sign up to their newsletters to keep up-to-date with the offers and wedding planning advice. You will talk to lots of suppliers so keeping in touch with the ones you liked after the event is a great idea. (You can always unsubscribe later if it gets too much).

7.And relax…
Once you’ve been round the event finish off in the bar or lounge with a glass of fizz or a cup of tea and reflect on everything you’ve seen. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a supplier again just head back at the end. We really won’t mind.

8.After The Event
If you loved the venue but not sure how it will look on your day, it is a good idea to revisit at their quieter Wedding Open Evenings. The rooms are generally dressed and you can talk to their Wedding Coordinators in a quieter more relaxed environment.Wedding Fayres | Coochicoo Cards

 

 

Croft Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

Best North East Wedding Venues – Day 1

Following 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.  Over the next two weeks we will feature a different #weddingvenue every day.  So in no particular order today we feature the gorgeous Croft Hotel at Croft on Tees, Nr Darlington, Co Durham, DL2 2ST.Croft Hotel | Coochicoo Cards

If you are looking for that special kind of venue, then the Croft Hotel, would be an exceptional choice. Originally built in 1835, located in the historic village of Croft on Tees overlooking the River Tees, The Croft is a beautiful hotel and can easily cater for any size celebration from an initiate wedding of 20 guests up to an evening celebration with 200 guests. The Croft boasts a unique two-storey Bridal Suite with its own private beauty salon and Jacuzzi bath.

Croft Hotel table setting | Coochicoo Cards Croft Hotel dancefloor | 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 www.crofthotel.net/weddings. Contact: Courtney Cox,  T: 01325 720319,  E: events@crofthotel.net
Photos by TimStewartPhotography

 

Top Tips on Choosing your Wedding venue | Coochicoo Cards

10 TopTips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Knowing where to start looking or ‘if it’s the one’ is a dilemma that lots of engaged couples face when choosing their wedding venue. Well worry not, as here are 10 helpful questions you can ask to help you decide if it’s the right one for you……

1. Can it accommodate your numbers?
If you have a guest list of 100’s that you absolutely cannot cut, but the venue is a small boutique hotel that only has room for 50 people, then it’s not for you.

2.What exactly is included in the package and/or price you have been quoted?
Always get a full list in writing of what is and is not included before you book, so there are no unwelcome surprises of hidden ‘extras’ charges.

3.What are the menu options?
Find out what the menu options are and make sure the venue offers you a tasting session so you can be confident that the food is up to standard.

4.Does the venue have a designated wedding coordinator and will they be there on the day?
You need to have confidence that there is one person in charge of arranging and coordinating your wedding from start to finish who fully understands your requirements.

5.Will there be any other weddings on the same day?
Some larger venues can host multiple weddings on the same day, so find out if you will have sole use of the venue and facilities or if you will be sharing it with another wedding party.

6.How many bedrooms are available for guests and can they be reserved in advance?
If there are not sufficient bedrooms for all your guests, find out if there is alternative accommodation nearby. If not you may need to provide transport for your guests.

7.Does the venue have a list of preferred/recommended suppliers and do you have to use them?
Some couples prefer to have a helping hand from their venue and use the wedding suppliers they recommend (e.g. stationers, florists, room styling etc). Other couples may already have chosen their own suppliers and want to use them instead.

8.Are there restrictions on the type of music that can be played and what time must it end?
Some venues, particularly those close to residential areas, may have limitations imposed on them regarding the type of music, how loud it can be and what time it must be turned off.

9.Is there adequate parking on site for guests?
You want your guests to relax and enjoy your day and not have to worry about parking.

10.Is there a backup plan in case of bad weather?
If you are having an outdoor ceremony make sure the venue has a contingency plan in place. Find out where the ceremony will be moved to and will there be sufficient time to turn the room around for the Reception?

Over the coming weeks we will be showcasing some of the best wedding venues in the North East who we are proud to work with. So please keep checking our blog.

New Wedding Stationery

We have listened to what the wedding market want and bring you a brand new range of simple, elegant, no fuss wedding stationery. The range includes Save The Dates, Day Invitations, RSVPs and Evening Invitations. Whether you want the full set or just one product, they can still be customised to match your colour scheme and you will still get the same great Coochicoo Cards service, but they can only be purchased directly from our Etsy store. So don't delay, buy now today!

Here is a sneaky peek at some of our new designs.

Simply Blush

blush dusky pink floral simple save the date | Coochicoo Cards
dusky pink floral simple wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
dusky pink floral simple rsvp | Coochicoo Cards
dusky pink floral simple evening reception invitation | Coochicoo Cards

Simply At The Beach

Beach themed Beach Hut simple ivory save the date | Coochicoo Cards
Beach themed Beach Hut simple white wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
Beach themed Beach Hut simple ivory rsvp | Coochicoo Cards
Beach themed Beach Hut simple white evening reception invitation | Coochicoo Cards

Simply Chalkboard

Dusky pink chalkboard blackboard simple save the date | Coochicoo Cards
Dusky pink chalkboard blackboard simple wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
Dusky pink chalkboard blackboard simple rsvp | Coochicoo Cards
Dusky pink chalkboard blackboard simple evening reception invitation | Coochicoo Cards

Simply Watercolour Splash

Purple splash water colour save the date | Coochicoo Cards
Purple splash water colour wedding invitation | Coochicoo Cards
Purple splash water colour RSvP | Coochicoo Cards
Purple splash water colour evening reception invitation | Coochicoo Cards

To see the full range please visit our Etsy shop

Meghan markles wedding dress | Coochicoo Cards

The Meghan Markle Effect

The ‘Meghan Markle Effect’ is sweeping the nation as brides aim to replicate the look that the Duchess of Sussex wore so beautifully on her big day. Meghan opted for different day and evening looks - her day gown was reported to cost £200,000 and her evening gown a mere £80,000! But fear not ladies as there are a multitude of more affordable designer dresses out there. Here are some similar gowns available to bridal boutiques across the nation:

The Day Look

Meghan's day dress (designed by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy) was simple and elegant with a bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves and a stunning silhouette made from silk cady. The look of this fabric can be replicated by a dress in silk crepe. Keep your accessories simple as the focus should be on the gown. The first one is from Justin Alexander and the second from Pronovias

The Evening Look

Meghan's evening dress (designed by Stella McCartney) was less traditional with a halter-neck and maded from lily white silk crepe. Again, the first one is from Justin Alexander and the second from Pronovias. 

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