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Music Wedding Videos’ Top 5 Wedding Venues

Music Wedding Videos' Top 5 Wedding Venues

Music Wedding Videos have shot at lots of venues over the last 3 years. We’ve even travelled to the USA and Portugal to capture those beautiful wedding memories for some happy couples.

Some venues we go to and have never returned, others we visit regularly. Here are five more local venues that we enjoy visiting regularly to shoot at our couples’ weddings…

Hogarth’s Hotel

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Wroxhall Abbey

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New Hall Hotel

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Nuthurst Grange

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Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield | Sutton and Birmingham Wedding Photojournalist Stuart James

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Bad Weather Doesn’t Mean Bad Wedding Photographs

Bad Weather Doesn't Mean Bad Wedding Photographs

Your wedding is meant to be one of the most special days of your life. If not the most special. The photos taken that day are there to capture those amazing feelings and memories so that you can look back and think what a beautiful day.

It is understandable that the weather on their wedding day may make some weds-to-be a bit nervous. Especially in a country like Britain, where we see all of the extremes in weather to some extent.

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 I would say these pictures do a good job of putting across just how annoying the weather can really be; it can be a burden to us all at times. You might think you would be extremely unlucky to have to face having your wedding photos being taken on a day like any of the ones above; yes, it could get a little chilly, you might get a little wet, you may even risk being picked up and flown away by a hurricane, but look how stunning some of the photos these clever photographers and brave newly weds have produced. They get a little more adventurous as you keep scrolling…

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This was taken in a drought!

Image by Cassandra Sutton Photographer

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This adventurous couple didn’t even let a flood stop them, amazing!

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This couple was featured on an american news channel for having a tornado in their wedding pictures!

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I think the weather in these photos make them seem even more powerful and moving to look at. These couples have endured these crazy conditions to capture their love on a day they will never get back. My message to you here is to take the weather on your big day into your own hands and do whatever you want with it. Remember, you won’t ever be able to capture those memories again, so make the most of what you have got to work with! Thanks for reading guys 🙂



 

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Why Have Your Hen Night in Birmingham?

As a Brummie and a huge lover of Birmingham, I am going to do my utmost to not be too biased and opinionated towards my home city here. But it does just so happen that ‘the second city’ is renowned for its many attractions and buzzing atmosphere. I have to be honest, you can’t really go wrong with a hen night here. One thing I say about Brum to anyone that will listen is that it has something for everyone.

So why throw your hen-do in Birmingham? Well, there are a few factors worth taking into consideration…

Shopping

You all know what I’m going to say. And if you haven’t heard of it, then you’ll at the very least have seen a picture of it somewhere…

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Yep, you got it. The Bullring. And there is nothing quite like a huge shop with the girls in one of Britain’s most famous shopping centres. I must add, Birmingham has shops to suit each and every person’s weird and wonderful style. Not to mention budget. You certainly won’t have to worry about a lack of choice regarding shops in Brum. Shopping is a great activity to fill up daytime hours before your big night.

Places to see

We all know you can’t visit the second city and have no-where to go and see. Every big city has its points of interest. If you are all shopped-out, fear not. You’ll still find plenty to do. Have a gander at a few of these if you are looking for things to do during the day;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And many, many more! You certainly will not be struggling to find things to do here. You will also have no trouble getting around with buses and trains running from early till late going in all directions.

The National Sea Life Centre is a fun and interesting day out for any age!

Accommodation

From Travel Lodges dotted around left, right and centre, to the luxurious Radisson Blu, you will not find it hard to find somewhere to stay in Brum that suits your requirements. If you’re only going to be spending a few hours in your bedroom while you sleep, or if you want to spend the day having a relaxing spa with the girls, you’ll have lots of choice as to where you can stay.

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Nightlife

Like I mentioned earlier, Birmingham has something for everyone. Especially when it comes to nightlife. Get your hen-gear on and head down to the famous Broad Street, which is FILLED with bars and clubs with all sorts of different atmospheres and music. Don’t forget the beautiful Brindley Place as well, where lots of lovely bars and restaurants sit alongside Birmingham’s 35 mile canal (that’s longer than Venice’s). Brindley place is personally my favorite spot in Brum to go for a drink. Although there is a bustling atmosphere, it is a prettier and more tranquil spot in comparison to clubbing areas like Broad Street. There is something oh-so-lovely about taking a stroll along the canal at night, when Brindley Place comes alive.

Birmingham honestly will not leave you feeling like there is nothing to do. You’ll be spoiled for choice no matter what kind of things you decide you want to do. In fact, you will probably want to come back ASAP! Make sure you take Birmingham into consideration for your hen-destination!!

Thanks for reading guys xoxoxo

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My First Ever Wedding Fayre!

I was filled with excitement and anxiety when Kevin invited me to join Music Wedding Videos in their adventure to the NEC last weekend to exhibit at The National Wedding Show. I didn’t really know what to expect. I was aware that many exhibitors would know each other, and that The National Wedding Show meant serious business. I felt like I was being thrown in the deep-end; a 19-year-old social-media apprentice that had experienced about two weeks in the wedding industry. I knew it would be a huge insight to what the wedding industry was all about.

Shortly after we arrived, couples began buzzing around the building. I was most nervous about pitching Music Wedding Videos to complete strangers, and having them walk past with no real acknowledgement that I was trying to talk to them. Inevitably, this did happen. But before long I began to learn the kind of things I needed to say to catch people’s attention. As I chatted away with visitors, the product on the screen behind me helped sell itself. It was fabulous seeing people’s faces light up at the fun, crazy videos being played. “That’s brilliant!” and “I absolutely love it!” stick in my mind especially. It was also amazing to find that the relatively new concept of ‘marryoke’ was not unknown to everyone. Some visitors were completely unaware of idea, whereas others stated they were in fact searching for the perfect marryoke for their big day.

We met lots of amazing people over the weekend at the NEC, visitors and exhibitors alike. We were surrounded by some fabulous looking stalls. One of our neighboring stalls was Funky Fudges; I had never seen so much delicious looking fudge in one place at one time! Close-by we also had Chris Fletcher the Magician, who regularly swung by to perform some side-splittingly funny tricks on us. Down the way we also had the fabulous Briefly Demure Lingerie, who certainly raised a few eye-brows with their marketing techniques this year! With live models strutting their stuff, they were pretty hard to miss!

It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of The National Wedding Show over the weekend. It was a big eye-opener to how people tick in the wedding industry, that’s referring to businesses and weds-to-be. After three years at The National Wedding Show, Music Wedding Videos made record numbers of bookings – our most successful show yet! I very much look forward to getting involved in future wedding fayres!

Although I’m not in them, I will leave you with a few pics of Kev and some of the lovely people who booked with Music Wedding Videos. Thanks for reading guys! Xoxoxoxo

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Best season to get married?

Now, I’m pretty new to this whole wedding thing, but I was thinking about how increasingly more people are deciding to get hitched later on in the year as oppose to in those traditional, hot summer months.

When is the best time of year to get married? The date of your wedding has a big impact on the day in all sorts of ways. The weather being a big focus point for many. I picture a summer wedding to be warm, still and sunny; ideal for being outside, where there is plenty of space for kids to run around and choosing outdoor venues with beautiful scenery. This is why the summer season is so much more expensive than the others, something worth bearing in mind. The big ‘but’ here however is we live in Britain. And we all know the British summer is not a predictable one!

A wedding in the fall would be my personal choice. There’s something all too beautiful about the colours of the leaves in the autumn. Trees swell with glorious golds, oranges and yellows, spilling onto the surrounding ground. If you had your wedding location in a more wood/forrest-like location then the fall would be a pretty stunning time to be wedded. Autumn is also practical in the sense the weather doesn’t tend to bring the extremes that the other seasons bring, as well as still having relatively long days.

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In Britain, we picture winter here as months of relentlessly overcast, somber skies, a wind so cold your nose would turn shiny and red, and at times, heaps of snow (and a lot of rain/slush). But, your wedding is what you make it. Around December, you can be as festive as you please with lots of red, green and gold, grand Christmas trees, perhaps a more cosy atmosphere and lots of food and drink to warm bellies. The outdoor light in the winter months will give your photographer the chance of capturing some beautiful and dramatic pictures on your wedding day. If you do pick a date that encounters snow, then you will be photographed with a stunning, snowy scenery. Sounds pretty appealing if you ask me.

Spring brings connotations of new life and renewal. Nature is seemingly asleep over the months of winter, hiding from winter’s bitter touch, then as spring comes into play, everywhere appears to explode with new life. What better time to turn a new page in your life than when the world does too? After the long, gloomy couple of months after Christmas, everyone will be excited and warmed by seeing you get married.

What you must remember is that no matter what the season may be, your wedding is what you make it. The weather may seem like something that might overrule other factors worth taking consideration when choosing a time of year to get hitched, but really, you are the one in control. It’s always good to have a plan B in case it does start drizzling, or if it’s a bit too hot and stuffy inside. Choose your season and make it work for you!

Thanks for reading guys!

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My first ever post for MWV – Don’t stress!

Hello all!

So, I am Kevin’s new apprentice in all things social media;
I will be keeping you guys updated with everything via the likes of blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and more, which sounds like great fun, but where to start?

The wedding game is a very big one, there is what seems to be a million tiny little details that must be presented perfectly, and I know that all those brides and grooms-to-be want to find out everything they can to make their day as perfect as possible. I like to think of myself as quite a laid back person, but no matter how laid back you are, if something is important to you and you want it to be the best it can be, it is easy to turn into a stressed out, moody so-and-so.

Well, a wedding begins with that all important question – Will you marry me? Before you begin stressing to the point of wanting to pull your hair out, just remember… you, he or she said yes; YOU ARE GOING TO MARRY THE PERSON YOU LOVE! And nothing can get in the way of that. When you feel bogged down with 1,098,786 things to be getting on with, just let that thought sit in the back of your mind and console you.

One must also remember, you are not in this alone! It is easy to let yourself feel like you have the weight of the world sitting on your shoulders, but why should you feel like that? You have your wonderful fiance by your side, sit down, drink a cuppa, CONVERSE! Don’t let yourself think you’re in this alone! Take a few evenings off and go out for dinner, or have a movie night and a takeaway (remember that wedding day body though ;)). You’re also surrounded by people wanting to see you have an amazing wedding day who are bound to want to help out too, it’s always worth an ask if you have too much to do!

Everyone tends to up their game in terms of exercise in the run-up to their wedding day so they can look extra-fab, but not everyone likes to spend hours doing cardio every day, or sitting in the gym sweating until they look like they’ve gone for a swim. However, when you can feel your stress-levels raising the roof then do yourself a favour (actually two favours), go and do some exercise! This will not only help you de-stress but will keep you looking extra sharp for your wedding day. If you aren’t the Jessica Ennis type then just take yourself for a walk, or a gentle run or swim for an hour or so. If you feel like punching someone in the face because they are constantly getting on your last nerve, then get yourself down to a boxercise class or find the nearest punchbag! Those dreamy toned arms might even come into play. Two birds, one stone!

Don’t forget, it’s normal to get nervous or feel stressed; you’re only human!! Everyone feels bogged down with things to do before their big day. Got the wedding jitters? Feel like putting it off? That’s only natural. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to get married to the person you love. You simply want it to be perfect. Have a bubble bath, wind down before you go bed, and remember, your wedding is going to be one of the most special days of your life, don’t let your anxieties get the better of you. Pursue your dream wedding with patience and perseverance. Remember to chill.

Thanks for reading guys, you’ll be kept posted with all sorts of weird and (maybe) wonderful tips for your weddings.

Maddie

 

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Locations For Your Wedding

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 11.26.36Location is a massive element of your wedding and it has the potential to be the hardest. However, I think for most of us, we have always had an idea in our heads since the seed was first planted of where we’d like to make it official with our life-time partners.

Okay so, first thing’s first, choosing your location. You probably already have an idea of where you want to get married. Whether that is sticking with the traditional setting and getting hitched in a beautiful church. Or whether you’ve gone for a more quirky scenery by enhancing nature’s beauty  by tying the knot in the branches of the trees.

Personally, that idea appeals to me. To choose a location and to be able to make it my own somehow. It doesn’t even have to be extravagant. Just whack some fairy lights round the area of the perimeter and you’re set for a homely, humble vibe.
As you might have read in one of my earlier blog posts, my dream wedding in my youth years was on a white beach aboard somewhere, with a handsome groom. However, things change as you grow and I no longer fancy a white beach wedding or a groom either. Now, I’m actually quite keen on the outdoorsy theme and the potential it has to offer.

My ideal wedding vision from my 18 year old self is definitely in the woods somewhere… So, that’s locations sorted!

Next, timing: I’ve always liked the look of subtle lighting in the outdoors at night… But I wouldn’t actually have the ceremony at night. I’d say around the time the sun starts to go down so that the suns rays are glimmering through the trees. Imagine the photo’s! And then once that part is over, we’d celebrate in the dark evening in the woods with the pretty lights and mystical atmosphere, with a bonfire, some live music and fireworks to top it all off! And then once everything has settled down, some stargazing would not go a miss! (I have a somewhat fascination for the skies). This little ‘time-out’ would allow me and my bride to unwind from the overwhelming day.

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          So, enough about me.
How open are you to new ideas? Because some people take their wedding locations to another level completely. Would you consider any of the following?

1. A Nudist Colony
I suppose it is a great way to save money on a dress, and what a great way to integrate into your spouses family…
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2. Underwater – sink or swim?
Some people are just destined for the depths.
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3. A Star Trek Convention?
Think of how they could celebrate their anniversaries!
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4. Body Suspension Wedding
You could almost say that he’s swept her off her feet.
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5. Zero Gravity
They weren’t kidding when he said ‘you take my breath away’. No wonder. You’re in space!
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View more bizarre wedding ceremonies on the links below:
http://www.oddee.com/item_98424.aspx
http://www.bridalguide.com/blogs/bridal-buzz/craziest-weddings-2012
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-strangest-places-to-get-married/2

I don’t think any of those examples tickle my fancy. Although, I’ll take note of the nudist beach idea if the budget doesn’t quite cut it…
So, remember:

  • Location
  • Timing
  • Pros/Cons of the location
  • Is it suitable for guests?
  • And if you opt for an water-themed wedding, invest in a waterproof camera.

Thanks for reading.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog that could appeal to you!

Bryony Williams.

 

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On-Screen to Reality

cluelessAs humans in the 21st Century, it is most natural to have T.V/film in our modern livelihoods.

So, as a person who has grown up around television with my parents influences of Soap Drama’s, Emmerdale was a particular favourite in my household. For those of you who can relate to this, who can forget Matthew King’s big day, which, being a soap opera, had to have a dramatic yet convenient disruption, or others may say ‘death’.
Yet, I don’t think this has inspired my own wedding day to go along those events….  Instead, films are the real influences for weddings. They tend to capture the romance (in the end) by having one huge roller coaster journey through the up-coming events of the wedding, that challenges both groom and bride. But more than likely ends in joy and happiness as somebody comes to the rescue to make one spectacular wedding that make our hearts melt, causing floods of soppy tears and scrunched-up tissues all over the floor. (And then a feeling of despair with a pinch of pathetic sighs as we can’t believe we just cried our bodies dry over a film. Yet we’ll do it again the following week).

Here are some unforgettable wedding scenes from films that will spark recognition in your mind:

1. Love Actually
I don’t think there is anyone who can say they haven’t seen this or at least heard of it. It’s heart-warming ending is too amazing to forget. With a surprise like that, I can’t see why any of us should want our own big day to be like that.

2. BridesmaidsThis film may not be as lovey-dovey as our first example, but after all the tears of laughter, we can honestly wipe them away and root for the wedding finale. This film is a prime example of a roller-coaster journey through the eyes of the Maid of Honor, and how things can clash between the roles of bridesmaids.

3. Mamma Mia
I couldn’t not include a musical into this category, and Mamma Mia fits perfectly. With the distress of stress getting to the bride for admittedly, issues you probably won’t encounter in real life. It is one of those wedding films that with a good storyline and some musical numbers, the wedding comes together just in time for the set date. However, even then there is a twist. And who can fault a film with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Julie Walters?

4. Sex and the City
This film gives various different takes of love. With plenty of ups and downs and crude but cute scenes. The two main characters who go through this all and even after all the pain love has thrown on them, they have their happy ending despite everything. But then again, the man involved is called ‘Big’… I suppose women do like their men tall and handsome.

5. My Best Friend’s WeddingA film that reflects upon normal life as two child-hood best friends make a pact that they’ll get married at a certain age if neither have found anyone else. This actually happens in real life! So many of my friends say stuff like this yet we all know it isn’t going to happen but in this film, it has the potential. This film shows how having your best friend contribute to your wedding isn’t always the best idea… But that’s just to make the film what it is. Of course you want your best friend there!

I didn’t even include the real classics that hold the key to activate our emotions… One liners from films such as: 10 Things I Hate About You, The Wedding Singer, Pretty Woman and so on.
I’m quite confident that you, yourselves have a list of films in your mind that have rekindled during this blog post.

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So, my advise for when it comes to wedding inspiration? Buy yourself a membership on Netflix and watch countless streaming of love-filled films. (Or sign up for a free month, cram them all in and quickly delete. Not that I am suggesting anything unlawful…)

Thanks for reading. It’s been a pleasure to dive into a montage of love films to start my week of work.

Bryony Williams.

 

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Bryony’s Blog: My Insight on Weddings

holding-hands-sunsetHello everyone! I’m Bryony Williams. I am a new recruit to the MWV team and so I thought I’d compose my first blog post about my own, personal opinions and views on weddings, along with other dwindling ideas I may have while writing this.

So, first thing’s first, I think weddings are great! In fact, more than great! They symbolise two individuals undying love for each other, (plus, it’s a fantastic excuse to be center of attention and to have a romantic honeymoon away.) But lets have less of that from me, lets talk about every girls dream wedding. I’m talking about the one you created in your mind as a kid (hopefully you can relate/remember yours, because even I can’t fully-picture what I had somewhat imagined when I was younger.) But more importantly, I hope your childhood wedding dreams became reality because every woman and man deserve their big day to go as perfectly as they’d imagined.
Although, I don’t suppose you considered a music wedding video to be incorporated into your big day, did you? (Well, for those who have done so.) But hey, we change, all of us. We grow, we learn, we experience… But with that one special person who stands by your side as you do and vice versa. That is what makes them so special.

Currently, I can’t say I have that. I am 18 after all… So I have plenty of years ahead of me to get to this stage of my life. Most people can’t wait to meet the love of their life and to experience everything together, to share all those moments that we’ll never forget (or at least have our partners to remind us on special occasions/anniversaries.) However, I think I can. Yeah sure, I’d love to have someone close to my heart that IS my heart (too much?…) but it’s got to be with the right person and I’m quite content with waiting for the day I possibly bump into them at a bus stop or some other cliche scenario like that.

Though, me being me, (an organised ‘my way or no way at all’ kinda girl), then I can’t wait for the planning of a wedding. I’m still unsure if I, myself will get married. I suppose I’ll only know once I’m half way down the aisle! But what I love about weddings is the: decorations, the colour schemes, flower arrangements and the joyful atmosphere. Oh and to quickly slot in; photo-bombing (Google it if you have to, but even as a bride, I wouldn’t be able to resist a good old game of photo-bombing.
Oh! And another thing! The cake! How was that not the first on my list? Okay, so maybe I can’t actually note anything I dislike at weddings… Except, perhaps the one who takes full advantage of the free bar and ends up in a state that primarily embarrasses themselves (which is usually me… It’s a vicious cycle.)

However, the main issue I began to be educated on as I grew up was that same-sex marriage was illegal. Yes, ILLEGAL! And now as you might have guessed, that affects me. Although, to turn the gloomy tone around, it is now LEGAL! It is just bizarre to even think how one’s judgement/opinion gets to overrule another’s… Especially when it comes to love.
When it comes to love, you should feel giddy, happy, over the moon! Nothing else that captures even a hint of negativity. Anyway, this little blog is turning into some sort of political debate with myself so I shall move on from the subject.
But I guess what I am trying to portray is simply love.

Love.

It’s in each and every single one of us and no matter how macho you may be, or how hurt you could be through previous experiences, (quote: “And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one, ’cause most of us are bitter over someone.” – Daughter (the band).
I genuinely believe that there is the perfect someone out there for everyone. It could be on your doorstep or half way across the globe, but who cares? It’s out there! Either wait for it to come to you (patience is a virtue), or go out there and get it! And if you have the chance to do that, then I am definitely giving you the go-ahead. Forget the “what if’s” and the “but’s”, because every obstacle is worth tackling if it means being with the one you love.
It might not be a fairy-tale ending, but you can sure make it your own fairy-tale wedding and your own story that is yours, no one else’s.

(Oh! And in case you were wondering, my childhood dream wedding was on a beach abroad, preferably Miami.)

Thank you for reading, I hope you don’t regret doing so.
All the best,

Bryony Williams.

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