Top tips for getting married in 2017

From the Hitched Wedding Planning Platform the Galgorm Resort & Spa team give their tips for a 2017 wedding.

Yet To Say Yes to the Dress?
The bohemian styles we have seen across the runaways and aisles for the last few years show no signs of disappearing. Championed by Grace Loves Lace and their iconic Hollie dress, aka the most pinned wedding dress, this effortless look is here to stay. If you haven’t said Yes to the Dress we implore you to check out Jenny Packham’s 2017 collection. Inspired by the afterglow of a wild night and featuring ethereal sleeves, glitter tulle trains and beaded lace, the collection epitomises whimsical romance.

The Day After The Night Before

Once the dancing shoes are gone and the confetti has settled, what sweeter way to foray into wedded bliss than with the award-winning Thermal Village as your backdrop? Perched on the banks of the river, Oliver suggests enjoying an hour of contentment with your partnering your own private log fired hot tub before returning to your loved ones.

The After Party, But Not As You Know It
Stay with us on this one! Far from being averse to extending the party, Karen suggests making the most of the time with your nearest and dearest. After all, sometimes twenty four hours simply isn’t long enough! Prolong the wedded bliss with a post-wedding BBQ the following day. The relaxed vibe provides the perfect atmosphere for reminiscing on the happiest of days, not to mention discussing those dance moves from the night before! For a wholesome family meal, why not try our Italian offering Fratelli where the focus is on great food paired with great company.

Time For You Until ‘I Do’
As the whirlwind day fast approaches, why not while away the hours with your partner in the luxurious surroundings of a spa. Feel the stress melt away with side by side treatments – the ultimate pre-wedding pamper for the two of you!

Your Wedding is a time for all-out pampering. Jade recommends gathering your bridal squad and beginning the cathartic ritual of beautifying whilst enjoying breakfast and bubbles. The beautiful surroundings of the Boudoir at the Galgorm Spa is a haven for your Bridal Breakfast. Collect your thoughts while the wedding preparation begins and the butterflies settle ahead of the day you’ve been dreaming of for months.

It’s The Little Things
We all remember the finer details, the intricate details that reflect you and your partners personalities, the thoughtful favours for your guests. Donna suggests tying these quirky details into your reception. Why not fill your a candy cart with your ultimate childhood favourites, while keeping your little guests happy – hello bon bons!

Living The Suite Life
Have you heard of the Signature Suite? Rose recommends kicking off married life in style and living the suite life the night after your wedding. What better way to fully unwind and relax as Mr & Mrs in unadulterated luxury with your very own private hot tub on your balcony – the cherry on top of your Wedding Celebrations!

Late Night Snacks & Delights
Head Banqueting Chef Donna is proud to introduce a twist on the classic. It’s Galgorm’s take on the late night buffet, but not as you know it. Forgone are the queues to grab a bite to eat once you pry yourself away from the dance floor. Your guests can now enjoy your choice of snacks, whether it be sandwiches, goujons or our very own Galgorm Sliders, at the comfort of their table with individual platters designed for sharing among the table (unless of course you’re Joey! Joey doesn’t share food).

A Piece Of Cake
Wedding cake, or lack thereof, is one of the best ways to incorporate a theme into your big day. While the trend-led Naked Cake is still very much having a moment, Head Banqueting Chef Donna suggests making a statement with a decadent macaroon tower or perhaps individual cupcakes which give the option of opting for simplistic buttercream or an intricate sugar craft masterpiece.

A Tasty Welcome
The arrival reception creates the vibe for the remainder of your day, and is the perfect bridge between the ceremony and dinner while you achieve those all important shots with your photographer. Wedding Planner Oliver recommends wowing your guests with a traditional afternoon tea selection upon arrival. Delicate finger sandwiches, macaroons and freshly baked scones displayed on Afternoon Tea stands reflect a truly regal affair.

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Don’t miss Karen Beech from Galgorm Resort & Spa this Friday at the Hitched Wedding Planning Platform talking about the venues viewpoint of wedding planning.