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Poco Diablo Resort recently had an opportunity to learn a bit about wedding in the United Kingdom and wanted to share some of our findings with our bridal couples. It is always fun to learn about other cultures and their traditions as much of the American tradition originated in the United Kingdom. This is understandable since much of our background has come from England and other parts of the UK.

Chester Bridal Gallery in the quaint town of Chester, England

Chester Bridal Gallery in the quaint town of Chester, England

In recent years, most couples choose a Saturday to hold their wedding but in the past, getting married on a Saturday was considered unlucky. They also reported that it is unlucky for a bride to create and produce her own wedding dress.

Wedding Services at Debenhams

Wedding Services at Debenhams

Having a white wedding is still traditional both in the US and in the UK. We saw a number of bridal shops with a large range of wedding gowns.

Lovely Bridal Wear Offered at Debenhams

Lovely Bridal Wear Offered at Debenhams

We still have the saying, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. In the UK, they added “and a silver sixpence in your shoe”. This is interesting since they no longer mint the sixpence coin and have not done so for many years. We happen to have a number of them in the office, helping some of our bridal couples with good luck.

British Six Pence Coins

British Six Pence Coins

Cutting the cake is a long tradition. Having the couple cut their wedding cake together will represent their future together. Cakes have really evolved over the years with original cakes in Britain containing fruit and nuts to symbolize fertility. You will enjoy reading more about Wedding Traditions on line here.

Florist and Wedding Shop in Ruthin, Wales

Florist and Wedding Shop in Ruthin, Wales

The tradition of throwing rice at the bridal couples have changed throughout the years with many couples using rose petals or confetti. The idea was originally thought to bestow prosperity and fertility on the newly married couple.

Wedding Decor in Portmeirion for Wedding on July 14

Wedding Decor in Portmeirion for Wedding on July 14

We thought that idea of the Best Man was very entertaining as his duty was to protect the bridegroom from bad luck. His job was to make sure the groom showed up for the wedding ceremony. At one time, it was the duty of the best man to pay for the wedding officiant and the amount must be an uneven number to bring luck to the couple.

Wedding Decor leading up to the Hercules Hall at Portmeirion

Wedding Decor leading up to the Hercules Hall at Portmeirion

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion, Wales

One thing that greatly differs in the US and UK is the British tradition of female guests wearing elaborate hats for the wedding. I know many of you have seen the royal wedding in London and one of the highlights was the coverage of a variety of hats. At most American weddings, guests do not normally wear hats.

Wedding Guest in Portmeirion

Wedding Guest in Portmeirion

One of the most lovely wedding venues in Wales is Portmeirion, designed as an example to show how you could develop a naturally beautiful setting without spoiling it and that with sufficient skill and care, architectural good manners can actually enhance the natural environment. Walking through the village makes you think you are on the Italian coast with lush flowers, trees, walkways, gardens and much more. The day we visited this quaint village they were preparing for a civil ceremony in the Hercules Hall. Some of the wedding guests were approaching the hall just prior to the wedding ceremony. It was a perfect day for a wedding as you can see.

Portmeirion, Wales

Portmeirion, Wales

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Poco Diablo Resort loves to experience special traditions in our wedding here in Sedona. Check out our wedding packages and start your own traditions here at Poco.

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Cassi and Jill at the Sedona Bridal Fair

Cassi and Jill at the Sedona Bridal Fair

For the past six months, we have really enjoyed working with Cassi and helping her plan her June 16th wedding at Poco Diablo Resort. She visited with us at the Sedona Bridal Fair hosted at our resort last February. Cassi was a lovely bride and was so happy and excited about her wedding. She was kind enough to share some of her wedding photographs with us and we would like you to enjoy them as much as we have. Thank you Cassi for thinking of us. We appreciate it.

Our Lovely Couple Cassi and Joseph

Our Lovely Couple Cassi and Joseph

Sand Ceremony Incorporated in their Wedding Ceremony

Sand Ceremony Incorporated in their Wedding Ceremony

Gazebo Wedding Ceremony beneath the Weeping Willow Tree

Gazebo Wedding Ceremony beneath the Weeping Willow Tree

Procession of Bridal Party

Procession of Bridal Party

Wedding Portraits on the Golf Course

Wedding Portraits on the Golf Course

Canopy Patio Decorated for Wedding Dinner

Canopy Patio Decorated for Wedding Dinner

Wedding Dance

Wedding Dance

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Poco Diablo Golf Course

Poco Diablo Golf Course

Planning a wedding can be a stressful time in a couple’s lives, but Poco Diablo Resort can help you relax and enjoy your wedding with your family and friends. Our resort surrounds our lovely 9 hole par 3 golf course, one enjoyable way for the groom and his groomsmen to spend the morning of his wedding day. Our chip and putt golf course can offer your wedding party a bit of competition along with fun and amusement. We also offer night golf, a great alternative to the knack of playing golf. This can be arranged for your wedding group, a unique way to include your guests in celebration of your union. This can be tied in with a rehearsal dinner or “day after” event.

Poco Diablo Tennis Courts

Poco Diablo Tennis Courts

Outdoor Dining at Resort Restaurant

Outdoor Dining at Resort Restaurant

While staying at Poco Diablo Resort, enjoy a couples massage offered by Rosemary Anderson, our Massage Specialist. This is a great way to relax and rest up before the wedding ceremony. You will see your cares and troubles depart as you enjoy personalized and professional service. You can add on a number of great options for your massage services for your wedding party here at Poco Diablo. Click here for a menu of options.

Massage Services

Massage Services

Massage Services Manager Rosemary Anderson

Massage Services Manager Rosemary Anderson

Poco Diablo Resort offers two Jacuzzi spas, heated pool, tennis and an opportunity to work out in our fitness room – all ways for you to relax and enjoy your wedding weekend. Sedona offers so many activities that can be arranged to include your wedding party and guests – hiking, mountain biking, jeep tours, swimming… the list goes on and on. Our concierge staff can help you plan all of these activities including hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides, airplane rides and more. Let us take the pressure off and help you and your guests enjoy all that Sedona has to offer.

Poco Diablo Pool

Poco Diablo Pool

Friendly Concierge Staff

Friendly Concierge Staff

Poco Diablo Resort is pet friendly so bring along your “best friend” who will comfort you and maybe even participate in your special wedding. We love dogs here at Poco so bring them with you and let them enjoy the weekend as well.

Poco Diablo is Pet Friendly

Poco Diablo is Pet Friendly

Resort Restaurant

Resort Restaurant

Our resort restaurant is happy to host your meals during your stay. We’re available for breakfast and lunch on the day of your wedding or you can order room service that can be delivered to your bridal suite. Many couples plan on having breakfast the morning after their wedding and our restaurant is the perfect place to say a final farewell to your wedding guests, many of them have traveled from other cities and countries to be with you on your special day. Guests enjoy outdoor dining with lovely views of the golf course. It will be a fond way to remember Poco Diablo Resort and your great experience you had with us.

Rose Terrace

Rose Terrace

When planning your wedding in Sedona, let us help and make the event memorable and perfect. Our friendly staff is waiting to assist you and your guests.  We’ll take care of things so you can sit back and enjoy! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Poco Diablo Staff Waiting to Serve You

Poco Diablo Staff Waiting to Serve You

Chef Felipe with Douglas our Food and Beverage Manager (right)

Chef Felipe with Douglas our Food and Beverage Manager (right)

Photo Courtesy of Pamela Duffy Photography

Photo Courtesy of Pamela Duffy Photography

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Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course

Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course

Saturday, June 30, 2012. Poco Diablo Resort. Adam and Cassidy chose the last day of June to celebrate their marriage and we were thrilled to host the event. Wanting to share in the jubilation of their marriage with their family and friends, their ceremony was quite special and unique. Guests gathered in front of the garden gazebo while Adam played guitar as his lovely bride approached. Cassidy’s mother pulled their darling son Elijah in a decorated wagon while guests watched on with love and joy. We truly loved their ceremony that included so many personal touches.

Adam Played Guitar as the Bridal Party Approached the Gazebo

Adam Played Guitar as the Bridal Party Approached the Gazebo

Baby Elijah - An Active Participant of the Wedding Ceremony

Baby Elijah – An Active Participant of the Wedding Ceremony

The lovely bridal floral was designed by Kim Sutherland with Mountain High Flowers.

Cassidy's Mother Pulls the Wagon with Baby Elijah

Cassidy’s Mother Pulls the Wagon with Baby Elijah

Adam Plays Guitar as Groomsmen Watch the Bridal Party Approaching

Adam Plays Guitar as Groomsmen Watch the Bridal Party Approaching

Cassidy and her Father As they Approach the Golf Course

Cassidy and her Father As they Approach the Golf Course

Wedding Ceremony at the Gazebo

Wedding Ceremony at the Gazebo

Following the ceremony, guests proceeded to the Rose Terrace for the cocktail hour. Their DJ was set up on the patio, ready to play for the wedding guests and we saw that he was playing vinyl records! This was really something since we have not experienced this for many years. It was once again, very unique and special.

Cassidy and Adam Saying their Vows as Officiant Marc Maclean Watches On

Cassidy and Adam Saying their Vows as Officiant Marc Maclean Watches On

Dinner was served on the Canopy Patio with a lovely view of the golf course and surrounding area. Everyone was having a great time throughout the evening. The special touches that accompanied the table decor were created personally by our bride Cassidy. So many personal details were added to their wedding. It was very special.

DJ Station

DJ Station

Cassidy and Adam's Wedding Cake by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Cassidy and Adam’s Wedding Cake by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

The wedding cake was prepared by Donna Joy with Sedona Sweet Arts. Guests enjoyed cake following dinner and toasts were made to the bride and groom. Dancing and fun continued and we were so honored to host their celebration. Thank you Adam and Cassidy and please come back and see us the next time you are in Sedona.

Personal Table Decor Created by Cassidy

Personal Table Decor Created by Cassidy

Congratulations to Cassidy and Adam from all of us at Poco Diablo Resort

Congratulations to Cassidy and Adam from all of us at Poco Diablo Resort

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