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Hothorpe Hall and The Woodlands {Case Study}

“We've had just over 300 enquiries in January 2018, as opposed to 128 in January 2017” -Nicola Firth, Managing Director, Hothorpe Hall and The Woodlands  Today I’d like to share with you a client case study detailing exactly how I’ve worked with one of my ambitious venue clients who invested in my 6-month ‘Refine and Shine’ programme. Please step forward - Hothorpe Hall. Hothorpe Hall and The Woodlands is a privately-owned exclusive use...

A point of personalisation

This week's blog is about the importance of personalisation at each and every wedding. Although most brides like to take control of what is offered to their guests (or at least like to feel they do,) there is always a point in their planning process they will crave some innovative inspiration and ideas from the people who are in the know. This year we will find couples wanting to make...

The importance of your in-house wedding co-ordinator

It never ceases to amaze me how undervalued in-house wedding coordinators can be by their employers (considering the extent of their dedication to their role). The wedding department is so often seen as the ‘little sister’ department to room sales or corporate events, meaning that less investment is made in wedding marketing. It often falls to the wedding coordinator meaning that not only do they have to wear a great...

Showcasing your venue through real weddings this 2018

As a wedding venue, the beginning of the year is all about capturing exciting new bookings. A great way to do this is to reflect on your successes from the previous year and look at new ways to inject some excitement into what you do and how you are portrayed to your audiences. As everybody now knows, image is everything. It’s a daily sprawl of trendy blogs and social media posts...

The importance of a Brochure

Not all wedding venues and businesses need fancy brochures, but if you’ve decided it’s something you need, then make sure you do it properly. Who needs a brochure? Frankly, not everyone. Just because most venues, hotels and suppliers have elaborate upmarket ones, doesn’t mean you need to as well. But if having one flatters your business, then you should go with your instincts. A brochure ultimately serves as an expanded business...

Bringing in Extra Help

Late last year I was delighted to be part of the expert speaker programme at the UK Wedding Conference organised by the team at Guides for Brides. Through the wedding surgeries I ran, in speaking to around a dozen venues, certain questions cropped up time and again. I thought I would share some of these on the blog over time.  Today’s question is: How do we best expand our team...

Up and coming trends for 2018

Marking the start of a new, fresh and dynamic approach to your business for the exciting year ahead? What better time to reflect and be inspired than January! Trends are ever evolving and emerging and 2018 looks set to be yet another exciting year. Enhancements on what may have already been popular, a nod to tradition with a tempting twist and new ways to continuously excite and wow wedding guests,...

Keeping ALL your wedding guests happy – how your venue can best host children

With an increased focus on relaxed, family friendly weddings and events, more and more venues who want to get ahead and beat the competition need to look at how they provide for children.  Today’s blog is brought to you by Stephanie, childcare expert and owner/founder of Safe & Sound Events, who is the go-to provider for many an independent wedding planner (myself included) seeking the most professional, varied, creative and...

Nurturing your dream team

I talk a lot about the importance of team collaboration and team spirit in running a successful wedding venue in the modern wedding market.  And my blog today is sticking to that theme, by giving you some inspiration for nurturing and securing the ongoing loyalty of your absolute dream wedding team. So what do I mean by your dream team? I’m talking here not about your internal team (although they...

Warmwell House – Venue Launch

Today’s blog post is dedicated to showing you the details of one of our most exciting projects of the year, helping to launch the charming Dorset manor, Warmwell House to the wedding market. Warmwell House is a Jacobean manor in Hardy’s Dorset. Privately owned and a very much loved family home. The Ross-Skinner family took the decision to host special weddings and celebrations (alongside an existing glamping business) to secure a...
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