22 November, 2010
Tamara and Nathaniel had planned the perfect wedding, but wanted the peace of mind that the logistics were managed to ensure it became a reality on the day.
We met a year before their wedding and were in regular contact to provide supplier suggestions. Closer to their wedding we extensively discussed the day's arrangements. Following this meeting we produced a wedding day plan and a timings schedule, then spoke to and confirmed the details with all the suppliers.
Tamara paid great attention to detail with lots of special Zimbabwean touches that made their day meaningful, from the invitation design to the family wedding car, sourcing the national flower to relabelling the bottles of wine and the cake topper to the favours; there was a whole host of personal touches that made for an extra special day. During the week of the wedding we reviewed the final plans and timings together as well as collecting and storing all of their decoration items.
On the morning we decorated the church and Lillibrooke Manor, see the video of the set up here. Luckily we were equipped with our emergency kit with our ivory umbrella to hand when the rain came. We greeted all of the suppliers and supported their set up, organised the guests going to the buffet table, helped book taxis, stored the veil, moved garden games and liaised with the best man for announcements amongst many other things.
Being the point of contact on the wedding day ensured everything went smoothly and relieved the couple of any stress.
Wishing you both a wonderful married life together filled with much love and happiness x
Photography: Studio Rouge
Videographer: Capture the Day
String trio: Giardino Strings
Caterers: Complete Catering
DJ: Sound Bookings
Cake: Especially Delicious
15 November, 2010
Further to our recent top ten tips on saving time when planning your wedding, here are another ten suggestions:
11. High street bridesmaids
There are lots of dresses in high street shops such as Debenhams, Coast and House of Fraser that are just as gorgeous as any bridal shop ones, but without the time delay of ordering the dresses in.
12. Use a Wedding Planner
Ask an expert to create shortlists for suppliers you are having specific trouble sourcing. They will know of reputable local companies and may even be able to negotiate you a better rate.
13. Manage your RSVPs
Send a stamped self addressed envelope if you are mailing RSVP cards with your invites to speed up the replies. Or quicker still use an online RSVP option on a wedding website.
14. Back to basics
Skip some of the unnecessary tasks, such as having wedding favours, that can take a lot of hours to find and you may not feel are critical.
15. Thank you notes
Write your thank you notes as you receive gifts to save having a long list to complete when you return from your honeymoon.
16. Venue styling
Save time on the day by using wedding decorators to set-up and remove the decorations for you.
17. Pre ceremony photo shoot
Meet with your husband-to-be before the wedding ceremony for a photo shoot to save time after the ceremony, leaving you to relax and enjoy the arrival drinks with your guests.
18. Cheat with the cake cutting
Have an extra cake in the kitchen that your caterers can pre-cut so after your cake cutting ceremony is complete they can serve the cake much faster.
19. Skip a receiving line
Depending on how many guest you have these can take a huge amount of time, a less formal way would be to visit each table between courses during the meal.
20. Keep storage simple
Have a room aside to keep everything related to your wedding in- so everyone know where to put things after they have been used and most importantly where to go to pack everything up swiftly at the end of the day.
Photo credit: A SugarBlossom wedding at Brockhurst School, Newbury by Francis Beaumont
27 October, 2010
- A focused checklist Work out what needs to be done in what order to prioritise your time, always start by finding your venue and booking the registrar/church to get a date confirmed.
- Know your budget Before you start looking for the perfect wedding dress, flowers etc.. make sure you know what your budget is to save time further down the line having to rethink what you can afford.
- Decide on your guest list Scribble down a rough idea of numbers to invite for the day and even to help direct you when making your venue choice, this may rule some options out straight away.
- Wedding fairs Local wedding fairs can be a great inspiration at the start of your planning. Wear 'comfy' shoes and bring friendly support to help collect all the information to browse through at home.
- Surf the web Visit supplier websites to find pricing, see portfolios of work, and read testimonials to build a shortlist before spending time calling or meeting with lots of different suppliers.
- Wedding chat rooms Sites such as www.youandyourwedding.co.uk are a great place to meet with other likeminded brides to ask questions for quick answers or pick up new ideas.
- One email fits all Once you have found a selection of suppliers online you can draft an email with all your questions to copy and email to multiple companies. This approach will save time calling each person and help get consistent replies to compare.
- Let your friends and family help Make a list of things that need to be done (but not necessarily by you) and delegate! Your bridal party can help make phone calls, prepare invitations, do odd jobs when you need them.
- Meetings at your house Most suppliers will be more than happy to come to you to meet to save you time driving between locations.
- Referrals Sharing tips on excellent service providers with recently married friends will give you piece of mind that everything will run smoothly on your special day.
Look out for the next 10 time saving tips!Photo credit: A SugarBlossom wedding at Englemere, Ascot by Neale James at www.breathepictures.com
11 October, 2010
23 September, 2010
10 September, 2010
01 September, 2010
Q&A: Our reception venue is quite dark, but we are not allowed to use candles. Can you suggest some alternatives for lighting up the room?
Photo Credit: One Love Photo via Rock n’ Roll Bride
26 August, 2010
22 August, 2010
20 August, 2010
These short 20 minute slots are an easy way to quickly gain expert help and guidance from experienced wedding planners from SugarBlossom. Meet with us to discuss a wedding issue or to ask any questions you may have about wedding planning, such as choosing your venue, your theme and styling, money saving tips, choosing and managing suppliers or wedding etiquette. We are taking a limited number of bookings for complimentary wedding consultations at:
- Fredricks Hotel, Maidenhead Sunday 5th September http://www.fredricks-hotel.co.uk/
- Wokingham Town Hall Sunday 3rd October http://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/
Both fairs are free to attend and open from 11am to 3.30pm. After each consultation you will be given a SugarBlossom Wedding Planner to check you are on track with your all important tasks. Simply click here to let us know which fair you will be attending and your preferred time to meet. We look forward to hearing from you, Hannah and Janet
02 August, 2010
Q&A: Do you know if there is a gift list company for outdoor present, we’d love to create our dream garden?
The Bottom Drawer is a more flexible online gift list option, you can choose to have your garden landscaped or pick products from turf and flowers to lights and decking.
28 July, 2010
This is an incredibly fun and creative idea for a Save the Date.
"After ten years together, Jen + Kevin got engaged in Paris – a location they subtly acknowledged in a nod to Albert Lamorisse’s short film The Red Balloon when designing their save the date announcement. Wanting to treat their wedding as a big party more so than a traditional event, each guest received a deflated, red balloon tied to a letterpress printed card reading: “Hello! Please inflate the balloon.” Once inflated, the piece reveals all relevant information and sets the desired tone with humor and playfulness."
Photo credit: http://www.underconsideration.com/
15 July, 2010
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29 June, 2010
Expecting guests to send a postal reply can be a slow process unless you include your own RSVP cards, removing any delay in guests having to find a suitable acceptance card. Including an addressed and stamped envelope makes this even simpler and speeds up the time for you to get your numbers confirmed.
Tip: Number the guest list and the backs of the RSVP cards, in case someone forgets to write in his or her name.
Image credit: www.studiobelle.co.uk
16 April, 2010
07 April, 2010
06 April, 2010
“Thank you so much for all of your support and assistance in the run up to our wedding. You have been fantastic ever since we met you... I know our guests will love everything you have done...”
29 March, 2010
- Ramada Newbury Elcot Park - Sunday 11th April 2010
- Fredrick's Hotel -Sunday 5th September 2010
- Donnington Valley Hotel -Sunday 12th September 2010
- Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke -Sunday 19th September 2010
- Reading Town Hall - Sunday 26th September 2010
- Wokingham Town Hall - Sunday 3rd October 2010
- Grovefield House Hotel -Sunday 3rd October 2010
- Ramada Newbury Elcot Park -10th October
- Norton Park Hotel - Sunday 10th October 2010
- Badgemore Park Gold Club, Henley - Sunday 24th October 2010
- The Royal Adelaide Hotel, Windsor - Sunday 24th October 2010
- Trunkwell Mansion House, Berkshire- Sunday 7th November 2010
24 March, 2010
17 March, 2010
16 March, 2010
This print would be perfect to encourage some impromptu photo silliness if you are planning a photo booth at your reception. In the past we have set up informal photo areas to capture some ridiculous shots with:
- Empty photo frames to pose behind
- Silly sunglasses
- Fake moustaches on sticks
- Piles of marker pens and doilies to make signs
- Boxing gloves
- 'I'm married!' flags
- Piles of hats
- Piles of disposable cameras
- oh anything wacky we could get our hands on!
To buy the kissing booth sign for notonthehighsteet.com. click herePhoto credits: www.notonthehighstreet.com and www.breathepictures.com
15 March, 2010
26 February, 2010
19 February, 2010
Is there a particular season you would prefer, is it important to have a summer or winter wedding? Are you inclined to opt for a traditional Saturday over weekdays? These considerations can affect the cost, out of peak times can mean venue hire and many suppliers are less expensive.
Do you know how much you want to spend on your wedding? Are you planning a long engagement to give you time to save, have your family been able to offer to contribute towards the day? Be honest with yourselves to eliminate any anxiety further in the planning and use this budget as a guideline when choosing your suppliers.
Will you have your ceremony and reception in one venue, or is there a church’s alter you have dreamt of walking up? Is it an urban city wedding, a sandy sunny destination wedding, a marquee in the countryside or a grand stately home celebration? Regardless of where it is held, the venue must be one of your first decisions to book and set the date. When you walk around take a check list with you to help compare against other options, does it match your vision for the day, is it easy for guests to reach, is there accommodation, is there parking etc
Once you have decided on when, your budget and the venue, you should start selecting the team that make your special day happen. It really is crucial to take the time to find suppliers that match your requirements and that you like. This may be when you decide to hire a wedding planner who can help source options that fit your style and budget.
Photo credit: www.stylemepretty.com
14 February, 2010
Enjoy picking a delicious cake!
10 February, 2010
- Civil Licence - 120
- Indoor Dining Capacity - 116
- Marquee Dining Capacity – 200
- Address- Hermitage, Newbury, Berkshire, RG18 9UL
- Telephone- 01244 571208