Saturday, January 20, 2018

Finding the perfect Wedding Venue...

For some, this is one of the most exciting parts of the planning process. It certainly was for me! But for others, it can be stressful if you can’t find “the one”. Especially as the venue is essentially the important shell for your big day. I’m here to hopefully help!

Everyone has a different view of “perfect” and for me, it was really about gut feeling when I arrived at the venue and also the friendly staff. Yes, I really did get “THAT feeling” as we were driving up to it. 

At first, I was quite overwhelmed with the amount of venues that you could view online, and the different ways they calculate the prices, their different offers. So I thought it would be useful to go through the steps that I eventually took to find my perfect venue. 

  1. Set out the criteria of what you’re looking for 

I would set less than 10 things that you definitely want the venue to cater for and this can help you sieve out the ones that you won’t need to see in person. 

If you’re interested, I will list out our criteria that we had in mind when looking online before choosing a few to see in person. 

  • Location - it had to be close to all our relatives and friends
  • Budget
  • Rough number of guests (150)
  • Large Manor House 
  • Large, bright, open rooms
  • Not too large so that the guests get lost on the day!
  • Gardens
  • Clean guest bedrooms

  1. Go on wedding venue sites ( and search venues by filtering by your criteria

So... as you can see from above, we didn’t have THAT much to ask for..!! Everyone will have different criteria but once you set that out, you can begin your search online! I started with and they allow you to filter venues by location and by type e.g castle, Manor House, barn

  1. Go on the all the websites of your short listed venues and request brochures to be posted to you 

Have a look at their websites and get a feel of the venues and whether or not you can imagine your wedding taking place there. I would go through their photo gallery and look for the most photographic scenes! There’s no harm in ordering a brochure to see more photos and look through their price list. 

  1. Go through the brochures with your fiancé and email the shortlisted ones

Now is the time to decide which venues you would like to see in person. 

However, it is a good idea to email them before you visit them (especially if it may be a long drive) to confirm that they can actually cater for your numbers. 

Another thing I would suggest would be to give them rough number of guests (as close as you possibly can) and request for a quoted price. That way, if it’s way out of your budget, it may be wise to not even visit it incase you fall in love with it! 

  1. Visiting the venue

Keep in mind your criteria but also be flexible. It’s not impossible, but it’s rare that everything will be to your taste and liking so this is where you’ll have to compromise and evaluate how important it is to you. 

I will have to do a separate post on visiting the venue as there is so much to say... 

For now, I can tell you which venues I had short listed. We only went to see 4 before we found the one which was a huge relief!

These were all around the Hertfordshire/Essex area where I live. 

  1. Ashridge House 
  2. Down Hall
  3. De Vere Latimer (Buckinghamshire) 
  4. Quendon Hall

Let me know if you want me to do pros and cons of each one of the ones I visited and why I chose my venue :-) 

Wedding planning can be stressful but try and have as much fun as you can as you’ll only be doing this once! 

Stay tuned for my next post where I talk about what questions to ask and what to look for when visiting the venues... obviously I’m no expert but I did learn a few things as I was going along! 

Love, Chelsea

Saturday, December 30, 2017

I'm Engaged! ...Now what?

Hi Everyone,

It's been a very long time! A lot has happened since I last posted here, although I am still as obsessed with skincare and beauty as ever.

The main reason I wanted to start writing again was because I recently got engaged! (If any of you reading this are also engaged or have been engaged, I'm sure you'll agree it feels amazing.)

As many of you are aware, one of the first few thoughts after getting engaged and celebrating this is to get on with the wedding planning. I am one of those people who will go through as many Pinterest photos and Instagram photos to get more inspiration and ideas on how to decorate it.

As my Fiance and I are both British Born Chinese, we wanted to merge both traditions for our Big Day. Other BBC's may be able to appreciate that elder relatives would want to do the 'Chinese Tea Ceremony'! This is basically where the couple pour Chinese tea for the elder relatives and in return, we receive kind words and a Red Envelope.

You can imagine that trying to fit so many things into one day can be tricky so I wanted to document this on my Blog with the aim to help others in the same situation or just for those who are interested in seeing how others plan their Wedding Day.

I'm hoping to document most of the main decisions on here so hopefully you can all take something from it.

Everyone has their own wedding style, however, I'm going down the fairy tale route.. so lots of pastel flowers, bows, light airy spaces, and don't forget the fairy lights! If you're interested, you can head to my Pinterest Boards where you'll be able to get a better idea of the style I'm aiming for.

My Pinterest:

Let me know if you've recently gotten engaged or already married, I would love to share ideas!

Love, Chelsea.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Party Outfit

Following on from my previous post about Christmas glitter nails, I thought I would do an outfit post showing you what I wore on the night of the Christmas Party. The good thing about my Christmas party being unusually early is so that I can help give you some ideas for how to dress for yours!

After a lot of online browsing looking for the perfect dress, I found an amazing dress on ASOS by Chi Chi London. I will let you look for yourself but the top has lovely gold detailing with a sweetheart neckline and capped sleeves. The skirt itself has netting underneath to give a fuller look.

Sorry I don't have a proper outfit photo but we all got ready in a rush to get to the party on time after work!


I paired the dress with a pair of cream and black peep toe heels I bought from Next last year and a black and gold clutch bag I bought from ASOS a few years ago. 

Christmas Makeup 

I went for the gold glittery eyes and classic red lip. I used the Nude on Nude Eyeshadow by NYX and also Barry M Glitter Dust in Silver and Etude House Bling Bling Eyestick to add shimmer to the eyes. I wanted a lip colour that would last for most of the night without me having to re-apply it every 10 minutes! I opted for my favourite red lip colour of all time by Bourjois in Framboise. It's a lovely matte red that lasts for the whole night! 

What kind of look will you go for at your Christmas party? 



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Personalised Chroma Notebook

I am very excited to have received my Personalised Notebook from Chroma Stationery in the post the other week!

I love how you can personalise your notebook from the colour, binding, page preferences and logo/quote on the face of it. This can all my done on their website. It has changed drastically since I last went on it to place my order and there are now many more colours available.

As if this hasn't enticed you enough, these notebooks are so affordable compared to a lot of personalised notebook services that I've experienced coming it at £7.50.

I think these would make great little stocking fillers as it's coming up to Christmas. I've seen ones where people have personalised it to have a motivational/inspiration quote on the front. That may have to be on my next order once I've used up this one.

I got mine in the colour Joanna - it's a lovely mint green, but leaning more towards the green side than I imagined it to be.

Let me know if you place an order with them! And also, it would be great if you have any good motivational quotes for me to put on the front of my next notebook!