Should our venue list with Wedding Directories? The ‘why’ and ‘how’ for the best ROI

Prepare yourself for what I promise you will be a really insightful and practical read.  If working with third party wedding directories has ever been, is or is likely to be a strategy for you (or even if you’re not convinced) then I urge you to read this thorough explanation of the why, and how investing with the right third party directory/s for your venue is a super valuable marketing...

The Reason Why Your Team Are Moving On

Today’s blog is one for you if you have a team at your venue or are soon to be building a larger one. I’m thrilled to bring HR Consultant, Soniamarie of Event HR back to the blog again to share her expert insights today on ‘Why Your Team are Moving On’ and what you can do about it. I know that retaining staff in the wedding & events sector is a...

Wedding Season  – Looking After Your Couples and Looking After You

Wedding season is most definitely here.  I’ve only got to have a quick scroll through my Instagram feed to know that you wedding venue hosts are pulling out all the stops delivering those beautiful summer weddings.  I’ve been seeing flooring going down, tipi builds going up, bar units installed, painting and repairs finished this spring and of course stunning images of wedding guests being hosted and spoiled this past few...

Wedding Plus – Ideas on How to Increase Revenue

Upselling, Add-Ons and Protecting your USP It’s been very on trend for the new breed of wedding host venues to offer flexibility, to allow couples more of a blank canvas on which to paint their ideal wedding and to be more “hands-off”.  All well and good and millennials certainly want to plan their wedding their way, HOWEVER, and this is a big one, they still need help knitting together their...

From a Bride’s Perspective – Interview with Eleanor about her venue searching experience

If you’re a regular to our blog, then you will have been reading Eleanor’s features over the past few months as she shares with us her experience and advice to venues as a millennial bride-in-the-planning, marrying in July this year. In today’s feature I put some questions to Eleanor, seeking to dive deep into how she and her fiancé found their wedding venue, what things were vital to them with...

Wedding Inspiration at Waddesdon – March 2019

Gone are the days of boring and bland. It’s now about creating something truly inspiring, innovative and interactive that every couple with their friends and loved ones can enjoy. Couples now are looking at involving everyone in their wedding journey, yes even including their pets. Visiting a venue showcase to really see first hand what is on offer is an absolute must for most newly engaged couples. So, as a...

What’s Cooking in 2019 – Our Favourite Caterers Tell All –  Part 2

You may recall the culinary colour and taste that burst onto the blog in January. Well, I promised a short Part 2 and today here it is: I asked a selection of my favourite old and new caterers, with a collective tonne of wedding experience, to share their predictions for what’s hot and in demand right now when it comes to wedding food. As leading venues, it’s important that you...

From A Bride’s Perspective: Online and on social

Eleanor, bride-in-planning-mode is back!  I’m delighted to welcome back to the blog this lovely millennial bride who is sharing her insights during her own wedding planning journey here to help you as successful wedding venues understand and deliver a great experience from early sales, planning through to the wedding day and beyond to the likes of Eleanor. Today Eleanor is covering your all-important online and on social presence... An online...

What Do You Do When Wedding Sales are Stagnant?

If you’re struggling to convert your enquiries into booked dates and confirmed weddings; know that you’re most definitely not alone. It is, without doubt, a SLOW kind of start to the year for many sectors and the wedding venue sector is by no means immune. We don’t need to look too far to be aware that there is a key factor that’s causing a lot of engaged couples to hesitate, to...

4 Ways to Keep Loyal, Engaged & Motivated Staff 

Today’s blog is all about your team. As the new year is well underway, I’m having lots of exciting conversations with clients old and new about recruitment and team expansion. I, therefore, thought it timely to put together a feature with the help of an industry colleague and HR expert, with practical tips for you on nurturing your wedding venue dream team.  I’m delighted to introduce you to Soniamarie of  Event HR. Over...