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Hire a boat for your wedding

Having travelled on most of the boats on Lake Windermere from being a young girl, as an adult I was completely unaware that you could hire them out for personal use. I am assuming that other people are in the dark about this also, which is why I am writing this article.

When it came to booking our wedding at Langdale Chase, it seemed extravagant at first to arrange a boat ride from their private jetty for our wedding guests. However, the more we looked into it- it seemed like the natural choice.

My husband proposed to me in a rowing boat and we were getting married beside the biggest lake in the district, so it felt like the decision had already been made for us.

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It turned out to be one of the best things we did over our wedding weekend. We decided that with a full wedding day, we would invite guests staying the night before on the lake with us as a precursor to our evening meal. A ride on a boat after all is the perfect way to work up an appetite, and that it did!

Everyone commented afterwards on how it helped to break the ice between our guests from both sides of the family and brought them together as one.

Windermere Lake Cruises allows you to take food and drink on the boat as long as you tidy up afterwards. Between 25 of us, we managed to drink 18 bottles of bubbly and an assortment of food including nuts, cakes, strawberries and crisps, which certainly helped to cement some new friendships!

The two hour trip also allowed us, as the bride and groom to be, to get around everyone to thank them for coming and have a well needed catch up.

The boats are rented out by the hour; however for an additional £100, for every extra hour you have, you can extend it for as long as you like. Two hours seemed like a lifetime when we were booking it, however, the time passed quickly and upon reflection I think an hour would have not warranted enough time to speak to all of our guests.

I would suggest if you are thinking of doing this for your wedding that you book early as the boats are needed for tourists if you are getting married at peak times.

When we arranged the boat we met with Sandra Tonge who was extremely friendly and helpful when were going through the booking process. Of all of our wedding arrangements this was the least stressful and had no complications along the way.

We hired out Princess of the Lake, which is one of their traditional wooden launches, as we felt it was in-keeping with the hotel decor and period. This seats 50 people, with 25 under cover and 25 exposed to the elements. We were worried about the weather and it did rain a little, however everyone came prepared in their waterproofs, as it can not only get wet but chilly on the lake. But anyone who has visited the Lakes before knows that you need a back-up plan! There are other boating options if your wedding party is larger, that have a bigger capacity an on board bar and toilets.

The boats can be decorated by your stylist with ribbons if you want to tie it in with your colour scheme for the big day too, so you can customise them to match your wedding décor.

Overall, I would not hesitate to arrange a boat again for a big occasion, as it was the best way to introduce everyone while enjoying the beautiful scenery around Lake Windermere. It is obviously a great photo opportunity too, with the backdrop of the mountains in all of your pictures!

My Mum made us an album of all the best pictures from the boat, so we now have a keepsake from the eve of our wedding. I would urge you to do the same; even though our wedding is just over a month ago now, I am already forgetting minor details of the weekend- so if you hire a boat for your big day make sure you capture plenty of moments on camera!

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Have you been invited to a wedding this summer? If so then you're probably wondering what to wear, and what on earth you're going to do with your hair and your makeup for the big day! There's no need to get your bridal bloomers in a twist, however. Just have a read through our top tips below:


So how do you go about choosing your wedding outfit? In short, it depends on what kind of wedding you're attending. The clue, if you can't ask outright, can usually be found in the invitation:

It's wedding season!

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Chic and sophisticated? Obviously, avoid all-white (you're not the bride) and all-black (this isn't a funeral, or Paris) ensembles. That said, there's nothing wrong with an on-trend monochrome outfit à la Kate Middleton. Horizontal stripes are the most flattering, but if they're too thin you'll look like you're wearing a hologram in the photographs!

Bohemian or beachy? A maxi-dress is always a good idea if the wedding is going to take place outside. Team it with a pair of wedges and a firmly pinned-on hat and you're good to go!

Trendy? If you're worried about not looking 'cool' enough, stick to a simple dress in one colour, then show your personality through the accessories. Try a chunky graphic cuff or a fun clutch bag.


Once you've decided on your outfit, makeup is the next most important aspect of your look. This year, our two favourite makeup looks are the pop of colour and the subtle smoky eye.

Pop of colour: Keeping your eyes very natural-looking (mascara and a thin line of kohl under the eye) means you can afford to choose a really bold colour for your lips! Bear your outfit in mind when picking your shade.

Subtle smoky eye: Using a grey or brown-toned eyeshadow, give yourself a light smoky eye and a couple of coats of mascara. For your lips, keep them neutral in a nude or natural hue.

Top tip: Don't forget the waterproof mascara!


When it comes to hairstyle, a lot of it depends on whether you're wearing a hat/head-piece or not. Our favourite wedding guest hairstyles that we've seen so far this season have included pretty half-up hairstyles and, of course, braids.

So now you have your wedding look sorted, you can relax and focus on the celebrations. Have fun!

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That big, fat beach wedding

A wedding reception by the sea with the moon and stars playing guests is the kind of romantic wedding that would leave most couples ecstatic.

Weddings on the beach are becoming quite popular with Chennaiites who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city say hoteliers, travel agents, wedding planners and event managers.

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“The trend began some five years ago and has slowly caught on with more and more couples opting for weddings by the sea or the pool side. A dinner banquet by the sea has a different feel all together. It’s a value addition only beach resorts can offer. Some couples who look for good rates find weekday weddings comfortable in resorts. There are also people who just host the reception at resorts,” said M.K. Ajit Kumar, CEO, Asia Pacific Tours.

Both couples M. Smitha and G. Murali and T. Alexander and A. Preethi were on the lookout for something new when they zeroed in on weddings at beach resorts on the ECR. Smitha said that the staff at the beach resort in Muttukadu was extremely helpful. “They made all the arrangements, which was a big relief since we had only come down for two weeks for the wedding,” she said.

According to freelance photographer N. Manogar, many elite weddings have shifted to ECR and for the more exclusive weddings, people prefer either their own houses or rent beach houses. The trends for wedding photo shoots have also changed, with many people preferring an outdoor shoot on the beach, he said.

G. Sarathy, who owns a beach house in Uthandi, said that in the past two years, there have been a number of requests from his friends and relatives to borrow or rent the place to host weddings or receptions. Wedding planners Jai Mundra and Hemal Mundra of Beep Weddings said that even weddings where a havan (fire) is required are also happening by the sea. “Around 30 -35 per cent of the weddings we organise happen at resorts. We are seeing people’s perceptions change. Traditionally, the couple has to face the east, but with the sea, now many don’t mind facing the other way so that they get good photos,” they said.

Shreya Prakash and Siddhartha Das, who work in Mumbai, chose a beachside wedding because their families wanted a natural setting. “My mother wanted the sea, the sky, the birds and the trees — everything witnessing the wedding and not just humans since a wedding is the most important thing in a person’s life,” said Shreya.

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