Create your wedding website

Wedding planning

You’ve got the ring, you’ve set the date… what’s next? After the last year and all its uncertainty, many of our plans have been altered or cancelled altogether. And, whether you’re replanning your wedding or just starting, a trend that looks set to stay is creating your very own personalised wedding website. Think of it as a one-stop-shop to showcase everything about your big day to your guests.

Wedding websites are rising in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why. They are great from a practical point of view – from storing your guest list, keeping track of RSVPs and logging specific dietary needs to updating guests with necessary info on venue locations, transport details and even links to your gift registry. There’s also an all-out romantic side to them: you can include the story about how you met and even detail your all-important proposal. There’s a heap of features to take advantage of. It also means you can keep your postal invites nice and simple!

Of course, your website can be as basic or as detailed as you like – you can tailor your website in just the same way as you’re tailoring your wedding. It can be a great taster of what people can expect on the day itself.

You don’t have to be a web developer to create one, either; there are plenty of website builders offering easy-to-use templates and drag and drop features. You can easily set your theme and font and, in some instances, even match it to your invites.

Fancy setting one up and don’t know where to start? Here’s a round-up of some of the best wedding website builders to consider:

The Knot Wedding website builder

Site: The Knot

What it offers: You can choose from over 100 free professionally designed wedding website templates while matching them to your invites. You can also download The Knot Wedding Planner app to get notifications and manage your website on the go.

Best bits: It’s super simple to keep guests updated and for them to RSVP in a click. Your site also easily integrates with your guest list and gift registry so that you can keep track of everything from one single place.

Cost: Free.

Find out more: https://www.theknot.com/gs/wedding-websites

Hitched wedding website planner

Site: Getting’ Hitched Rocks

What it offers: Style and design are at the heart of these custom-made websites, personalised for you by a team of in-house designers, with themes ranging from rustic to floral.

Best bits: You can send automatic RSVP reminders, hide ceremony details from your evening guests, and see all RSVPs in an easy-to-use dashboard. You can also order your invites and save the date cards to match your website. You can even include a wedding countdown!

Cost: From £235.

More info: https://gettinhitched.rocks

Joy Wedding website planner

Site: Joy

What it offers: There are tons of styles, fonts, colours, and templates to customise with this completely free service catering for weddings of all shapes and sizes. Plus, if a section of the site doesn’t apply to your day, you can simply remove it.

Best bits: You can add your photos, story, schedule, greetings, etc, which is then beautifully represented on your website, app, emails, paperless and printed invitations… even save the dates. Guests can easily access your app, and there’s even an area for your guests to upload pictures so that you can keep everyone’s snaps!

Cost: Free.

More info: https://withjoy.com/

Minted wedding planner

Site: Minted

What it offers: With website templates designed by independent artists, there are stunning design templates to choose from, or you can also have a bespoke site made. The site also sells invites and party decorations.

Best bits: You can match invites and other stationery to your website theme, import guest lists and even familiarise your wedding party using a special introductions page.

Cost: There are free sites and paid-for versions available, which include extra features.

More info: www.minted.com/wedding-websites

Weddings with Lavender

Choosing a Lavender Hotel for your wedding means you’re in good hands and guaranteed a memorable wedding day. Our exclusive wedding packages include extra special Lavender touches, such as elegant table centres to enhance your room décor. We have a superb choice of magnificent wedding suites, each licensed for civil ceremonies and steeped in individual charm and character that open out onto their stunning grounds creating an ideal setting for a fairy tale wedding.

Together, we’ll create your perfect wedding day.

Take a look at our venues and find your perfect venue.

How big can your wedding be this year?

Higher Trapp Wedding

If you’re planning a wedding this year, we can make it memorable for a small spring celebration or a larger summer gathering. Our special venues in the North West offer bespoke packages geared to suit your budget and needs.

This year, the size of your wedding very much depends on the date – and it’s important to remember these aren’t set in stone and could change as we move further into the year.

In England, the current easing of lockdown guidelines signal that smaller weddings could be back on later this spring, with no restrictions in place from 21 June.

From 12 April, 15 people will be able to gather for ceremonies, while receptions can take place outdoors as a sit-down meal, in venues – like Lavender Hotels – that can be open at this time.

Just over a month later, from 17 May, 30 people can gather for wedding ceremonies and receptions, either indoors or outdoors, in a covid-secure venue.

The big date that we’re all looking forward to – 21 June – is when the limits on social contact will be lifted – great news for weddings!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showing you helpful ways to celebrate your wedding this year – however big or small.

Take a look at our wedding venues and packages here, and get in touch today to talk over your plans. Together we can plan your perfect wedding.

Cycling holidays in Pendle

Research says that exercising in the great outdoors can be more beneficial than indoors – and it’s especially good for our mental health. After a long winter of lockdown, what better way to recharge, get out in the fresh air and explore the stunning countryside than cycling around Pendle and the surrounding areas, followed by a night of home comforts and good food in a Lavender hotel.

Cycle routes to explore

Gisburn Forest

There are three signposted cycle routes in the largest forest in Lancashire. Suitable for mountain bikes and takes from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the route you take. Find out more.

Salter Fell

This 3- to 4-hour Cross O’Greets circuit offers a beautiful way of experiencing the high moorland of the northern Bowland block. Find out more.

Grand Tour of Pendle

Explore the beauty of this peaceful area travelling through bustling market towns and heather-clad moorlands on this demanding 2.5- to 3.5-hour hill route. Find out more.

Foulridge

For a more family-friendly route, try heading north on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. You can stop along the way for refreshments and rest in Salterforth village. Find out more.

Pennine Cycle Way

Another family-friendly option, this route forms part of the National Cycle Network. It’s perfect for families and beginners with a 40km route following the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Along the way, pay a visit to Pendle Heritage Centre, discover the historic lime kiln and canal cruises at Foulridge, and the must-see lock at Greenberfield. Find out more.

The Lancashire Cycleway

If you’re looking for a real challenge, this 280-mile route is rated in the top 10 cycling rides in the country. It takes you around the edge of the Pennine Hills to experience the majestic countryside views. Find out more.

Bike rental is available in Pendle if required.

Stay with us and make the most of it

Lavender Hotels Summer of Fun means you can stay in one of our hotels on an all-inclusive break to make the most out of the great outdoors and refuel and recharge indoors. Enjoy a two-course dinner, evening drinks, bed and breakfast from £149, just £74.50 per person.

Find out more and book HERE.

Gym and swim with Lavender

Whether you want to grab your fitness goals by the horns, get back into it or simply start on the road to exercise, our gym and leisure clubs are a great place to start.

We all have our own way of doing things. The same goes for exercise. Adding a national lockdown into the mix has seen plenty of inventive ways people keep active at home. It’s been great to see YouTube workouts along with sales of weights and at-home equipment go through the roof. But the motivation hasn’t been there for all of us, particularly if you’re working from home or stuck for space.  

Now, as restriction ease and gyms are set to reopen from 12 April, it’s time to reclaim your lounge, take a break from family or housemates, and instead make use of the fantastic facilities at both the Stables Country Club and Oak Leisure Club to work wonders on your fitness. Here are some tips for getting back into it and what you can expect from our facilities:

Set your structure

No matter what your fitness goals are, gyms offer a secure structure and routine with their dedicated space to work on yourself with access to a variety of high-tech equipment from free weights and cardio-based machines to group classes.  Plus, our experienced PTs are on-hand to offer any tips to on technique, helping to avoid injury or get the most out of your workout.

Gently does it

Some of you will be counting down the days for the gym to reopen, while others may feel daunted by the thought of getting back into a routine. Either way, it’s good to ease yourself into the gym and not overdo it. Start at your own pace and build-up for the best results – it will help keep that motivation in check.

Plan your workout

What are your goals? Simply to keep active and move more, lose weight and tone up or reach peak fitness? Making use of all of our facilities will help keep things varied and help you see the results you want. That doesn’t mean hopping on every machine – being consistent and sticking to your plan is key. Our PTs will help with a routine and give you a refresher on all the equipment if you need it!

Group effort

The pros of group exercise go further than simply fitness – exercising with others is also beneficial for your mental health and can help keep you motivated, especially if it forms a part of your social life. Our jam-packed timetable from aerobics to Zumba is the perfect blend of fun and fitness. 

Relax and revitalise

If lockdown has taught us one thing, it’s to look after ourselves more. Both of our clubs have an indoor pool and spa facilities for you to enjoy – perfect for winding down after a workout or a long, busy day.

Book a bit of you time

We’re looking forward to welcoming you from 12 April, showing you around and getting your fitness back on track. In the meantime, take a look at all of our facilities at Stables Country Club and Oaks Leisure Club and get in touch to arrange your membership needs today.

See you soon!