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Chiswick House & Gardens – Industry Showcase

Cast your mind back to the switching of the seasons and the changing of colours and today’s post is dedicated to showcasing a collaborative industry event which I headed up on behalf of one of my consulting venue clients, the beautiful Chiswick House & Gardens. The team at Chiswick House & Gardens are always seeking to grow and improve their commitment to the wedding market which the house & gardens...

The little touches that brides will love you for | Wedding Venue Extras

Sometimes it’s the little things which really make all the difference. It sounds cliché but I really believe it’s true.  As wedding professionals we are here to make all our couples planning journey fun, inspiring as well as smoother and easier. We are mainly dealing with very busy people who have endless social and work commitments and, with the greatest will in the world, usually have limited time to plan...

What wedding clients want to see on your venue’s website | Tips for Wedding Venues

What wedding clients want to see on your venue’s website Impressive imagery – and by this I mean high-quality, emotive images in large sizes that showcase your venue. Brides and grooms want to see images of the spaces they are going to be using and backdrops to their wedding photos, so close-ups aren’t so great. Think wide shots of the dining space, the civil ceremony set up, the evening party...

Cherish your Dream Team | Wedding Venue Must Haves

So you have a stunning location, fabulous venue features, a brilliant chef, a wonderful events team but what about your extra dream team who transform your venue from ‘nice’ to ‘absolutely wow’? The florists, the cake designers, the décor specialists, the DJs and more. I see a huge disparity in the way venues treat the team of wedding professionals who work alongside them to deliver their customers dream day and...

Back to Basics – it really is simple | Making Money Hosting Weddings

I’m regularly asked by journalists, researchers, clients, friends and the generally wedding-curious, what is your favourite venue? Where do you love to work? My answer is never what they expect. I am lucky to have inside access to some breathtaking and utterly unique locations, yet no matter how beautiful the venue looks, it’s the staff and the team that make it tick and who deliver the amazing experience. What makes...

No Nos and Must-Dos in hosting wedding planners

You’re keen to market your venue through wedding planners (good decision), but how do you do this most effectively – how do you get it right and what should you avoid? Here’s my quick checklist based on a lot of years experience being one of these wedding planners: We’re a very lucky lot – wedding and event planners are invited to a lot of venue launches, showcases and the like,...

Should our venue work with independent wedding planners?

It might come as no surprise that I answer 'yes' to this question. I am proudly biased as a company owner and wedding planner with my other hat on at The Bespoke Wedding Company. I am however, still surprised that more venues don’t target wedding planners as a good route for business as I constantly see the success stories of venues who proactively make this part of their business plan....

Wedding venue must-haves for thoroughly modern ‘I do’s’  – Part 2

I’m in a privileged position as owner and wedding planner at The Bespoke Wedding Company to get under the skin of engaged couples at the early stages of their planning.  There are key wedding celebration wishes which crop up time and time again and where I quite often find venues slow to the table to meet the demand. My series of posts aims to cover some of these key trends...

Wedding venue must-haves for thoroughly modern ‘I do’s’ – Part 1

I’m constantly meeting and talking to engaged couples at the start of their wedding planning journey, delving into their minds to discover how they envisage their wedding day looking.  It’s a privileged position and through this I get plenty of insight as to what these couples are seeking.  Over the coming posts I’m covering key features that crop up time and time again which modern couples are desiring and expecting;...
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