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    5 top wedding tips from a London wedding venue


    Top 5 tips on planning the wedding of your dreams from a wedding venue, London…

    Yes folks, it’s that time of the year again, when shops, online retailers and colleagues’ desks are full of everything red! Dreary and depressing for some, but oh so exciting for others who’ve been waiting in anticipation ever since they were left short of a proposal on New Year’s Eve! So if you were you one of the lucky ones to receive a sparkling ring on the 14th February: a huge CONGRATULATIONS to you.

    Now is the time to get planning for your big day, but where to begin? We think that as a wedding venue in London, we’re well placed to give advice to first-time planners. So here are my top five tips in the best order to get cracking to ensure this lovely engagement period is smooth and as stress-free as possible.

    1. Choosing your wedding venue

    First thing first, you can’t have a wedding without a wedding venue, so put this at the top of your planning list.

    Questions you should consider discussing with your fiancé before you call up for a visit are; where is the venue located? If far away, you’ll need to think about accommodation the night prior for yourselves, as well as places for friends and family to stay.

    Are you dreaming of your drinks reception and photos outside in luscious greenery, or a modern barn setting where fun garden games and tug of war games take place? If so, look for a venue with plenty of outdoor space, but what is key is choosing a venue as much for its interior as its exterior.

    No one’s going to want to be sipping champagne and tottering around in high heels in the mud, so make sure you are prepared for all guests to be indoors and for your wedding photos to have an inside backdrop, unless you’re happy to put on fashionable wellies, grab a big brolley and enjoy the English rain!

    As far as wedding venues London goes, BMA House has four gorgeous inside rooms, each licensed for both civil ceremonies and wedding receptions for up to 200 guests, together with two stunning outdoor spaces ideal for live music and your champagne and canape reception.

    Speaking of food…this WILL be the talking point for all your guests so ensure your venue offers the variety and cuisine you are hoping for.

    If you’re keen on serving your uncle’s best wine or your fiancé’s favourite craft beer, ask if the venue allows you to bring in your own alcohol and if they charge a corkage fee.

    And lastly, get as much help as possible, see if the venue offers an in-house wedding planner who can help plan your day, after all you’re likely to have never done this stuff before. BMA House offers a dedicated wedding planner to guide you on all aspects of planning your special day.

    1. Picking your perfect photographer

    Good photographers will get booked up surprisingly far in advance, so look around as early as possible so you can secure your photographer.

    Once your wedding is over, all you will have left are your memories of the day and photographs, so it’s important you choose the right person to photograph your special day, and in a style you’re comfortable with.

    Meet a range of photographers and ask to see some of their work, as well as browsing their online galleries. It’s also worth asking your venue if they have any photographers they’d recommend.

    More often than not, they’ll have a few – all of which already know the venue well. This means they’ll know they best places for the most romantic shots, the best angles and the best lighting. Win-win!

    Another popular option nowadays is to have an engagement photoshoot, which is a lovely opportunity for you both to meet your photographer and to get used to being behind a lens, bearing in mind this person will be with you all day from bridal preparation through until the first dance, you’re going to want to feel at ease with them.

    1. Bridesmaids

    Choose them wisely and don’t take any abuse from friends and family if they feel hard done by if you’ve not chosen them as your bridesmaids.

    People can be funny when it comes to this subject, but stick to your guns; you’ve chosen your favourites for a reason.

    If you have close friends who you’d like to make part of your day, get them to help out in other ways, for example, doing a reading during your ceremony, helping you make your wedding favours, or assisting setting up your dining tables.

    This way you’ve involved everyone.

    1. Finding your ultimate wedding dress

    Dress fitting is another daunting task, and usually, the dress you’ve dreamed of since you were a young girl is often not the dress you’ll go for.

    Fittings need to be booked in advance, most bridal shops will not let you just turn up and try on a range of dresses, so make sure you book an appointment and take along mum or your chief bridesmaid as a second option is worthwhile.

    Be wary when buying from places online and do check out the supplier’s ratings, as some dresses can appear to be one thing, then when they turn up, many a bride I’ve known has been disappointed but the seller has not had a refund policy due to this being a bespoke dress.

    My advice is to do your homework and try it on before you buy.

    Don’t rush into buying the first dress you see, you’ve got to be 100% happy with the style and fit.

    Your dress will be the first thing your guests will glance at when they see you walking down the aisle.

    1. Honeymoon destinations

    Another big job, but a very exciting one to plan!

    With so many destinations to choose from, the first thing to think about is the time of year you are looking to jet off as this will condense your country search, for example, it’s unadvisable to travel to some parts of the Caribbean during their hurricane season.

    I’m seeing more and more couples taking a ‘mini-moon’ immediately after their wedding, then going on a longer break months after.

    This is a nice idea as it allows you time to reflect on your wedding, see friends and family again the following day, to unpack and open up your cards and gifts…and still have something to look forward to later on in the year!

    This option is also good if you’re ideal honeymoon destination is in its rainy or stormy season around your wedding day, meaning it may not be ideal to fly out then.

    Written by Rebecca Hurley

    Contact us on 020 7874 7020 or email [email protected]

    BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

    Dickens Fellowship


    The Dickens Fellowship Dinner

    On the 7th February 2017, BMA House will be hosting the anniversary dinner for the Dickens Fellowship, to mark 205 years since Dickens’s Birth

     

    On the 7th February 1812 a child was born into humble beginnings in Portsmouth, the son of a clerk and the second of eight children  who despite his lack of formal education, went on to become the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His name was Charles Dickens.

    In 1851 Dickens purchased Tavistock House, a plain, spacious brick building located just off Tavistock Square and screened from the public thoroughfare by iron railings. During his time at the residence he began and finished novels which have become classics and are read throughout the world including; Bleak House, Hard Times and Little Dorrit. He lived at this residence for 9 years, eventually leaving it behind in 1860 when he and his family moved to Kent.

    Where Tavistock House once stood, now stands BMA House, our workplace and the beautiful events venue which we hire out. The remaining bricks of Dickens’s house can still be seen in our tranquil medicinal garden, standing unassuming and undiscovered to many who walk past the building.

    205 years after Charles Dickens’s birth, the Dickens Fellowship has chosen our Prince’s Room as the location for its celebratory anniversary dinner on the 7th February 2017.

    The Dickens Fellowship is an international organisation of enthusiasts and scholars who share interests in the life, works and times of Charles Dickens. The Fellowship was founded in London in October 1902 and to this day, brings together people from all over the world, comprising the Central Fellowship and 54 branches.

    Set in the stunning space of our Prince’s Room, the interior provides the perfect backdrop for the intimate dinner, with its domed ceiling, centrepiece chandelier and original features.

    We will set the room for a three course dinner, with catering provided by Ampersand. On the menu is; a trio of oak smoked salmon for starter, roast rump of lamb for mains and topped off with a dessert of lemon cheesecake with white chocolate and raspberries.

    Crisp white linen cloths will be laid over the tables and we will use storm lanterns as the table centres, embedded with candles and pebbles. There will also be a display of images of Dickens’s house and some information on his time spent at the residence.

    Further information about the Fellowship and how to become a member can be found on its website at www.dickensfellowship.org

     

    Written by Maxine Reynolds

    Contact us on 020 7874 7020 or email [email protected]

    BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

    Post Christmas Motivation


    How to feel motivated after the holidays…

    After the Christmas break or even a holiday, I am sure we all get the back to work fear – even those (like us) who love their jobs! It might be overwhelming or difficult to feel motivated for that first day back.

    Finding some external motivation might just be the thing you need. There are a few tips I keep up my sleeve to help shake off those January blues and I want to share some of my best ones with you.

    Exercise!

    It might be the last thing you want to do after a relaxing break but you are relaxed now so waking up early should be a little easier. A 20 minute HIIT session before work will wake you up and refresh you. I recommend Joe Wicks Body Coach TV on youtube for a free session. He is also doing 3 weekly workouts live on Facebook in January as well

    Make plans!

    Feeling a bit down post-Christmas is incredibly normal.

    Once Christmas has been and gone you might not have anything major lined up until, well, next Christmas! Fight that feeling and plan something to look forward to in the next 2-4 months.

    A holiday somewhere nice and warm? A relaxing spa weekend away with friends? If you’re in London, have a look at Timeout. They have tonnes of recommendations and offers – especially in January.

    Be social.

    Despite all that December socialising and catching-up, that doesn’t mean January has to be a write-off! Bare in mind that a lot of people might be committing to health kick or attempting dry January so try and find social activity that don’t revolve too much around food or booze. Why not arrange cinema trips, organise a book club or start a regular games night with friends.

    Inspire yourself

    YouTube is a treasure trove of motivational content and TED Talks are some of the best for finding new ways of thinking and looking at things.

    This is one of my favourites:

     

    Set goals!

    Giving yourself something to work towards or stay accountable to is a fool-proof way of giving yourself direction in January. It can be easy to get complacent without one, so if you only take away one thing from this article – set some personal goals!

    Our lovely events team have some great goals this year. Here are some of them:

    • Write more letters
    • Travel somewhere new every month
    • Be able to spin on ice
    • Cook a new recipe every week
    • Climb high peaks & mountains in the UK
    • Worry less and enjoy life more
    • Do one new thing in London every month

    We’ll let you know how we get on… Happy 2017!

    Written by Kat Winfield

    Contact us on 020 7874 7020 or email [email protected]

    BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

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    BMA FEST


    Opening our doors…

    Festival season… the best time of the year is finally with us, and kicking off this years’ season with an impressive selection of headliners was a new contender – BMA Fest 2016!

     

    April the 28th saw the first BMA Fest held at BMA House showcasing the venue, the caterers and a selection of headliners showing off the supplies they can offer for any type of event. Over 200 of you came through the door, welcomed by the team of festival marshals, a festival guide and a showround of our key event spaces before heading off to enjoy the evening. Thank you to our wonderful caterers, BaxterStorey for creating some amazing street food stalls, InWater for our flowers, YaHire and Freelove Group for making our Great Hall shine and Buffalo Tale for keeping you all dancing all night long.

    To set BMA Fest up as a proper festival, the sun disappeared just as the gates were about to open but that didn’t stop you heading out in to the Courtyard to play table tennis and take some great photos in our photobooth, provided by Eco Furniture and Megabooth washing down the fun with a cheeky craft beer from Meantime Brewery.

    The biggest talking point was the ‘Wheres Welly?’ competition which saw lots of you finding them and snapping pictures of you sporting the bright pink wellies hidden around the venue. After a lot of Instagramming and Tweeting, #BMAfest was trending on Twitter at number 3 and five lucky winners were chosen for prizes including an overnight stay with our lovely friends at Montague on the Gardens Hotel.

    Here are a selection of our favourite photos from the evening taken by James Neale (jamesnealephotography.com). If trending on twitter isn’t proof enough that this venue is worth talking about, I don’t know what is! Next time, make sure you don’t miss out…

    Written by Hannah Anderson

    Contact us on 020 7874 7020 or email [email protected]

    BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

     

    BMA House, London, Credit Daniel Orford

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