Archive for September, 2016

Hot Honeymoon Trends for 2017

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Your engagement ring is still sparkling madly, the venue and reception are all booked, so now it’s time to think about the best bit of all… your honeymoon!

Our Manor By The Lake wedding planners have rounded up the current hot trends for honeymoons so you can lust over sun-kissed beaches and dream of your first few days of wedded bliss.


Honeymoon For Food Lovers

shutterstock_237295936_smIf you and your loved one are passionate foodies, then why not combine your love of food with your love for one another on your honeymoon? The world is quite literally your oyster where food is concerned but for us, we’d head to Asia where the climate is tropical, and the cuisine, equally hot! Thailand has a fabulous reputation for unspoiled beaches and luxury hotels, with many including the famous Mandarin Oriental, now offering cookery courses to their guests.

If Mediterranean food is more your style, then why not learn to make pasta in Tuscany, tapas in Barcelona or tagine in Marrakech. You certainly won’t go hungry on a foodie honeymoon!

Honeymoon For Adventure Lovers

shutterstock_257399221_smFor adrenaline and exertion, we love the idea of a ranch honeymoon in Montana where you can learn cattle driving and trail riding. Or perhaps you’d prefer to go hiking through the rainforests of Belize, or white water rafting in Brazil?

For winter sports lovers, you can comfortably combine a luxurious honeymoon with high-octane mountain thrills and spills in Europe, or head to the glamorous North American resorts of Whistler, Aspen or Lake Tahoe.

Honeymoon For Road Lovers

shutterstock_305567459_smHire yourself a drop dead gorgeous soft top and hit the road for the honeymoon of a lifetime. Choose between well-loved routes in the USA such as Route 66 from Chicago to LA, or delight in the deep south from New Orleans to Savannah. Wine lovers will appreciate the San Francisco to Napa Valley route, or head over to the east coast and go from Boston to Cape Cod and experience the awe-inspiring coastline and outstanding seafood.

South Africa is another wonderful location for a fly drive honeymoon, with the garden route, winelands and safari options all easily discoverable by car. Or for something really different, why not head to Iceland to discover the beauty of the fjords and the Northern Lights?

Honeymoon For Eco-Lovers

Join the growing number of honeymooners who want to explore the world, whilst making a minimal impact on the environment. Popular destinations for eco-exploration include Costa Rica, Australia and Borneo where you can be at one with nature, staying in solar powered resorts, eating locally sourced food and all without losing any sense of luxury.

When it comes to weddings, our talented team have oodles of expertise and are dying to share their wealth of wisdom with all our couples. To discover the magic of Manor By The Lake for yourself with a private viewing just give us a call on 01242 245 071 or email and we’ll look forward to welcoming you to our stunning venue.


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Celebrate a Milestone Birthday in Style!

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You’re nearing a milestone birthday and the pressure is on. How should you celebrate in style, with an event that you and your friends will never forget? At Manor By The Lake, our talented party planners have rounded up their favourite milestone birthday party ideas.

A milestone birthday for you, or for a loved one?

If you’re planning a milestone birthday party for your other half, always think about what they would like to do on their special occasion, even if it’s you that’s in charge of the planning. Some people could think of nothing worse than a surprise party being sprung on them, so if this is the case, even if it seems like a great way to celebrate, put your loved one first. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Accept the inevitable

If you’re celebrating a 40th or 50th (60th or 70th!), the chances are all the people you’re going to invite will know how old you are so there’s no point being coy about your age now! Embrace your age and work it into the theme for the night. Ask people to come in fancy dress with your birth year as the theme – the 60s and 70s provide fabulous inspiration for some great outfits!


shutterstock_106657724With your age as a starting point, why not ask each guest to nominate a song from the year of your birth and use these as the beginnings of your party playlist for the night. Whether you’re supplying the music yourself, or employing a DJ to do the honours, this is a great way to get people involved in the planning, and looking forward to hearing their choice on the night.

If you’re organising a multi-generational milestone birthday party, why not ask the youngest guests to nominate their favourite track from this year so that they too feel involved, and there’s a better chance of getting them onto the dance floor.

To really get into the swing of the era, you could try and track down a tribute act to perform live – we’ve seen some great Jacksons, Rolling Stones and Beatles acts over the years and the iconic chart-topping hits are popular with young and old alike.



As well as music, maybe consider booking some additional entertainment. Magicians, illusionist  and comedians will often have different acts suited to different age groups so you can have one session for children, and then a second act that’s aimed at the adults.

If you fancy a more sophisticated affair, why not host your own casino night and give everyone fake money to gamble with? Produce your own bank notes with the birthday girl or boy featured, and hire roulette and black jack tables and we can always supply you with gambling chips if you’re stuck. It’s a great excuse for a black tie dress code, and of course, it goes without saying that cocktails should be featuring heavily in your celebrations.

Milestone Birthday Food

There are literally thousands of options for party food so our advice would be to go with a crowd-pleasing option. If you’d rather have relaxed finger food, and let everyone mingle as they eat, we have a great number of exciting options to choose from. Likewise, if this is a great excuse to dress up and enjoy a fine dining experience with silver service, then go on and treat yourself. This is your moment to mark the occasion exactly as you wish.

Whatever the occasion, if you need more milestone birthday ideas, then we’d love to help suggest some memorable options for marking a magical birthday.

For expert advice and guidance on planning a decadent party to celebrate a big birthday, call Tina on 01242 245 071 or email