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Has one of your closest friends recently announced that they have got engaged? Asked you to be their best man, or maid of honour? Decided that they would like YOU to arrange a stag or hen party that will go down in history? Have no fear – help is here!

Whether you’re planning a couple of days in Blackpool or a longer stay somewhere more exotic, Sophie at Viva Vacations can ease you through all the details and keep your stress levels at ‘chilled’!

Here are Sophie’s top tips for a fantastic and well-organised celebration (apart from enlisting her help with it all, of course!):

It’s all about THEM. Ask the bride or groom what they are looking to get out of their stag or hen do. Some people will want to party all day and night, with personalised t-shirts and a full bar crawl. Others will prefer to relax by the pool or at a spa, or try a new sporting activity.

Budget, budget, budget. Weddings are expensive and with an increasing number of people choosing to hold their stag or hen party abroad, guests are also finding it harder to commit to everything that they are invited to. If a two week trip to Las Vegas means that the Groom’s younger brother won’t be able to attend, think again and switch your plans to suit.

Manage your travel plans carefully. Whilst you may get last minute deals, you really are much more likely to get a good deal, and have much more choice, if you book well in advance. A travel agent will have access to group discounts and will remove a lot of the hassle for you in organising your group – particularly if you are all departing from more than one airport and at different times. Some hotels will not accept stag or hen parties, but a travel agent will be able to advise you of any restrictions before you book.

Don’t assume that people will do what you ask them to! It may seem like a simple idea to just send 20 people details of the flight that they have to book – but in all likelihood some will forget, some simply won’t bother and others will leave it too long and the price will shoot up. Instead, give people an all-inclusive price for the trip, take deposits, and book everything together.

Get help. Travel plans do not always go smoothly! If you have booked flights and accommodation with a travel agent like Sophie, they can take care of any hassles and unexpected changes for you, and they may even have SAVED you money rather than being more expensive. That leaves you free to concentrate on the fun stuff, ensuring that the bride or groom (and their guests) have the time of their lives!

Weddings at Hodsock Priory

Weddings at Hodsock Priory


Every bride and groom want to be treated like Royalty on their wedding day and Hodsock has almost a millennia of tradition of entertaining Queens and Kings. From Henry II (great-grandson of William the Conqueror, he of Thomas Becket fame) through to the most famous Tudor of them all, Henry VIII (who had some experience of weddings himself) Hodsock has cosseted them all. The house has been royally entertaining its guests for centuries and would welcome you most warmly.


Top of most brides’ lists for a wedding venue is probably atmosphere and stunning backdrops for wedding photography, to forever capture that most precious of days. Hodsock’s Tudor Gatehouse provides a movie-like setting for a wedding entrance, with the aristocratic 19th century house providing elegance and style. Atmosphere and sheer class abound in the gloriously maintained interior rooms with every modern facility the perfect nuptials could require.


An absolute ‘must’ for any stunning wedding venue are picturesque grounds for the guests to wander in and for the happy couple to pose in, against mother nature’s canvas. Hodsock has extensive gardens visited by tens of thousands of visitors every year and there is always something to relish. Hodsock’s snowdrops are now a famous event on their own, followed by golden daffodils, stunning bluebells, then the finery of Summer flowers fading gracefully into Autumn’s golden glow. The small wooden bridge over the lake, the lawns and flower beds, trees galore, Hodsock’s gardens are a treasure all year round.


Hodsock has built up an enviable track record of catering for the special and the wonderful for their wedding guests. Every wedding is magical, but the wedding team at Hodsock together with their range of specialist support companies can produce the truly outstanding. How about a Narnia-themed wedding? Dress code strictly glorious 1940s style, ration-book menus and guests entering through – you guessed it – a wardrobe lined with fur coats. Step out of the wardrobe in to a winter-wonderland effect with the iconic streetlamp for the C S Lewis tales – nothing is too much trouble for the Hodsock team. The bride’s entrance down the grand staircase, the ring in a bird’s nest (specially woven, of course!) – providing moments of inspiration forever. Even the menu has a war-time theme, but don’t be fooled – this is the best food you’ve ever tasted, rationing or not!


Or how about a round-the-world travel theme, the bride and groom paying homage to all the places they have visited on their way to each other? With every detail themed accordingly, no guest could fail to be impressed or could forget a single moment. Find your place at the table by looking for the place markers shaped like countries which the bride and groom have visited – we’re at Peru, you’re over there in Vietnam. Guests hearing-impaired? No problem, add signing to the whole event, so every guest gets the most out of each phase of the day. And the food – did we mention the food?


As the sun gently sets on the perfect day, the floodlighting paints a warm, golden glow on the centuries-old building to form yet another photo opportunity to capture that perfect moment. Priceless.

History of Nottinghamshire

There has been a settlement in the area that now makes up the city of Nottingham since before Anglo Saxon times. It has been known by several names in the past such as Tigguo Cobauc which means place of caves and Snotingaham when the area was ruled by a Saxon chieftain by the name of Snot.

During the Anglo Saxon period a castle was constructed and the existing settlement began to grow around this castle. This castle was completed in 1068 and one of the most notable features was a defensive ditch which was very large. This was filled in when the Normans made their conquest and by the time the Domesday survey was made in 1086 it was no longer a feature of the castle.

Nottingham has a close association with the legend of Robin Hood who was believed to have lived in the nearby Sherwood Forest. The Sheriff of Nottingham was a supporter of Prince John who occupied the castle as the time that his brother Richard The Lionheart returned from the Crusades.

Nottingham had become a centre of trade by the 15th Century. The material of alabaster was used to make religious carvings during this period because it was a lot easier to carve than marble. The production of these carvings was made all around the area but Nottingham was the centre.

The area continued to prosper during the Industrial Revolution. It became the centre of the lace making industry and many new factories were built in the city where this was manufactured. Nottingham gained its city status in 1897 as part of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. The textile industry began to decline after the Second World War and Nottingham was no exception, meaning that many factories stood empty for many years.

Today Nottingham is still a thriving city with an economy that is the seventh largest in the UK. It has a large city centre with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. It is also a popular destination for tourists and the money that visitors spend in the city make up a large portion of the income of the city.

The British Council

Lewis Romane Photography is pleased to present an evening with the prestigious British Council.

You will have the opportunity to either allow us to print your images in high quality silver halide fuji print, or download for free for you to use, email, reproduce and print.

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