Guest Blog- How to choose the perfect music for your wedding!

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

Music is such a large part of the atmosphere AT A wedding but WITH MUSIC BEING SUCH A PERSONAL CHOICE - WHAT SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ENSURE YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT AND YOUR GUESTS ENJOY THEMSELVES?

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Amid picking out the perfect dress and selecting colour themes, music might be an afterthought in the wedding planning process. But, music can help to enhance your theme and set the whole ambiance of your big day, taking you from the emotional ceremony to the last dance of the evening before your guests head home.

You want the music of your wedding to complement the other aspects of your nuptials that you’ve put some much time into choosing, as well as reflecting your personal taste. So, what will it be, a DJ playing the latest dance tracks or a jazz band keeping you entertained throughout dinner? When you’re picking out music that matches the rest of your big day, here are some things to consider.

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Does your theme have musical links?

Some wedding themes are associated with music from the outset. If you’re channeling an old school Hollywood/Gatsby vibe, a live lounge singer can really add the wow factor to your reception. If you’re all about creating a fun, lively atmosphere, you definitely want music that will get people on their feet and dancing the night away. Live bands are a great pick to match your theme, with so many different ones to choose from. Whether traditional Celtic music would fit your Scottish details or a folk band blends into your boho style, you can find the right music for you.

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Do you want different music for each part of the day?

Depending on your wedding plans, different parts of the day can have a very different feel. Choosing music based on how you want the atmosphere to be is a great way to get your guests in the wedding mood. Before and during the ceremony, emotive, romantic, classic tunes are ideal. If you’re having a cocktail hour, the music will help set the ambiance you want, from relaxing to celebratory. During dinner and the reception party, you can change to something upbeat.

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Do you want the music to be in the background or a key event?

How important is the music to you? If you simply want to give some background music and opportunity to dance, a DJ is ideal. But if you want it to be a feature of your wedding that everyone talks about, other options, such as a live jazz band or singers, are more interactive. When you want the music to be truly memorable, think about how it will be performed and what the guests will get to see as well as hear.

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What music do you love to listen to?

Amid all the other things to think about, don’t forget one of the most important factors – you! Your wedding day and theme is all about celebrating you as a couple and that includes the music. Play the music and book the performers that are going to make you happy and make your wedding day that bit more special when you’re looking back on it.

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Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog- Five perfect gifts for your Bridal party

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

 

Your bridesmaids have played a pivotal part in your wedding so it’s only right that you give them a gift as a token of your appreciation. Below are my favourite five gift ideas to give your treasured ladies.

There are so many different gifts you can choose for bridesmaids depending on if you want something extravagant or small, a bit of fun or a gift to be cherished forever.

Whatever you choose, be sure to give them their gift at just the right time and wrap it so they know just how special they are.

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Gorgeous jewellery

Weddings are romantic days filled with love and prettiness, so why not extend that to your bridesmaid's gifts by giving them a piece of jewellery? If you want to make it really special, choose something that matches their dresses on the day and give it to them in the morning while you’re all getting ready. This way they can wear it throughout the day and will always remember just how lovely your wedding was and how valued they felt by you. In need of wrapping inspiration? Buy small gift bags and some extra flowers that are similar to their bouquets and use the petals as tissue paper. Fill the bag with them and then place the jewellery box at the bottom.

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Stunning makeup

If your bridesmaids are into beauty products they will love the gift of makeup, especially if they can wear it on the day. While most things on the day will be uniformed for your bridesmaids, makeup is different and it’s going to be important that you consider their hair and skin tones before you buy anything. It’s unlikely that the same colour will suit all of them. If you are choosing a lipstick, opt for dusky pink shades for bridesmaids with fair skin. Those with a darker complexion will be able to carry off a bolder colour, so choose something like deep orange or red.

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Scented candles

Weddings can be stressful for everyone involved and it’s likely that your bridesmaids will be tired after spending the day looking after you and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Why not give them a scented candle that they can use to unwind? Add in some bubble bath and maybe some chocolates with a note telling them how much you appreciate all of their help and assistance and now you want them to relax and take care of themselves. They’ll be so grateful for the thoughtful sentiment.

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A framed photograph

For a more personal token of appreciation, find a picture of you and your friends and get it framed for them all. You could even pick a frame with two spaces and leave the second one blank. Put a message over it asking your friend to fill it with a photograph from the wedding. This way, they’ll be able to look at it and see just how much you’ve shared together over the years.

A wine set

Buy your bridesmaids a basket filled with their favourite types of wine. To add a more personal feel, stick notes on each of the bottles reminding them of a good time that you’ve shared together. Finally, include a gorgeous handwritten card explaining to them that nothing will change now that you are getting married, and that you hope to be present when those wine bottles are opened.

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Until next time, have fun planning with the girls that will get you through!

Mwai

Guest Blog- Top tips for wedding ready skin

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Ensuring your skin is perfect to walk down the aisle can be difficult. Today, we share our top tips that you can help ensure your skin is ready for "I do."

Every bride wants to look flawless on their big day. From your stunning wedding dress to having your hair professionally done, there are lots of areas you need to think about to create your dream look. The health of your skin is vital, helping to create that glowing, immaculate finish that will show through on your big day and in the photographs that you’ll treasure after the day. 

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Starting a skin care routine as early as possible before your wedding can give your skin a huge boost but if you’ve left it until the last minute, don’t worry there are still some steps you can take to get that enviable look. We cover both scenarios below...

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Watch your water intake

Everyone knows that you should drink more water for your health and to improve the appearance of your skin but it’s something we often don’t stick to. Drinking two litres a water a day for a couple of months before your wedding will help you flush out toxins for a radiant look!

Eat superfoods

Like water, superfoods have a big impact on your skin. For a healthy, glowing look you need to make sure you’re snacking on hydrating foods and getting all the vitamins you need, including vitamin A and vitamin D.

Use salt scrubs

Exfoliate your body to ensure it’s all soft to the touch and has a glowing look. Salt scrubs can be used as part of your usual routine in the shower once a week or so.

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Minimise your pores with microdermabrasion

If large pores are something that you’re concerned about, microdermabrasion can be something to consider. It works by removing the dead cells on your skin for a non-invasive treatment that leaves you with a great complexion. 

Regularly deep clean with a mask

Masks can give you an instant boost but using them regularly can give you even better results. By deep cleaning your skin frequently, you can move the toxins that build up and the associated problems.

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Use sun cream

If your wedding is in the summer months be sure to put on plenty of sun cream – no one wants to be red or have peeling skin in their wedding photos. Don’t forget to take care of your lips by using a balm with SPF in it too.

Last minute skin rescue tips!

If you’re wedding is suddenly just around the corner and you haven’t yet started a skin care routine, don’t panic. We’ve got some last-minute steps you can take to give you skin an instant pick me up.

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1. Schedule a professional facial – A facial helps remove all that dirt that’s clogging up your pores. Professionals will massage your skin to promote better circulation, resulting in a healthy glow. 

2. Get a spray tan – A professional spray tan can give your look an instant lift, giving you that healthy, holiday look. Whatever you do - DON'T run the risk of fake tan disasters by experimenting the day before the wedding though.

3. Use a mask – Using a mask the night before can revitalise your skin, there are plenty of options to choose from depending on your main concern, whether it’s dryness or blocked pores. Just be sure it’s a product you’ve used before to avoid any reactions.

Until next time, happy planning.

Mwai

Guest Blog - Five reasons why blush is the perfect bridemaid dress colour.

Each month we have Mwai Yeboah, a multiple award winning planning and designer join us on the blog. With over nine years’ experience in the London wedding scene she gives Brides and Grooms the best wedding inspiration and advice. Read below what insight Mwai can give this month…

Picking the perfect bridesmaid dresses can be a daunting task with so many colours and styles to choose from. Today, I share 5 tips on why I think Blush could be the perfect option.

 

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Choosing bridesmaid dresses that suit everyone can seem like an impossible challenge and there are many different aspects to think about including body shapes and sizes. One of the most important decisions is of course the colour and we think blush is the perfect option...

Why? We’ve got five reasons for you below...

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1. It's a timeless colour 

Blush is a beautiful colour that doesn’t go out of style, so even years and years down the line your bridal party can still slip it back on. Choosing a colour that’s on trend right now might look incredible on your wedding day but it can become dated when the new fashion season arrives. Timeless, classic colours, including blush, are the way to go if you want your friends to be able to wear the dress again.

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2. It suits all ages  

If you’ve got a mixed bridal party when it comes to age, some colours can look too mature for younger members or too bold for the adults. If you want all your bridesmaids in the same colour, blush is the perfect option. It’s a feminine and fun colour choice for everyone escorting you down the aisle.

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3. It complements traditional wedding dresses  

If you’ve chosen a traditional coloured wedding dress, such as white, ivory, or even champagne, blush is a stunning colour choice to complement it.

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4. It's a colour for all seasons

From summer to winter, the blush colour scheme is stunning, giving your wedding a soft vibe. It means that your pink toned wedding dresses will look beautiful on your big day and can suit events throughout the calendar too.

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5. Perfect for adding elegance 

If you’re planning an elegant wedding ceremony and reception, blush is ideal. It’s a classic colour that is feminine without being overpowering. It creates an unstated glam atmosphere for your wedding day.

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Of course, choosing a bridesmaid dress that can be worn again is about more than just the colour. It’s likely that each member of your bridal party will be a different size and have their own personal style. Finding a dress that they will all want to wear again can be a challenge. But an option here is to set the colour scheme and let them choose their own flattering style. Bridesmaid dresses that are different, from the neckline to the hemline, are on trend at the moment and guarantee that each member of your bridal party feels comfortable throughout your big day.

With the right plan, you friends will be wearing their bridesmaid dresses to other celebratory events whenever they get the chance for years to come.

Until next time, happy planning!

Mwai

Our Five Stationery Predictions for 2018

Are you in the process of deciding on stationery for your special day? We are delighted to have partnered with Papeterie Eugénie for this guest blog to look at trend predictions for 2018. 

 

At Hedsor, you have the privilege of making your day your own - which means we have the pleasure of creating some truly individual stationery, for couples wishing to define their day.

January is a great time to view some of the beautiful stationery created for Hedsor weddings in 2017.  It is when we compile our trend predictions for 2018 and look forward to creating more unique pieces over the next 12 months. 

Take a look at the evolving styles we’ve been developing for our recent Hedsor couples, infused with a few classic touches, set to continue as ever and the five biggest trends for 2018...

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1. Monogram motifs

Monogram motifs are still in high demand and a great way to personalise your stationery.  Whether stunningly simple or encased within an pretty design, create something you both love and that is truly unique to your day. 

 

2. Hedsor inspired

Stationery that has been taken to a new level!  While our mini Hedsor sketches continue to be loved, this year we have created everything from a bespoke floorplan of a wedding day to an embossed replica of the beautiful wallpaper in the Boudoir!  

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3. Hand illustrated

Hand illustrated designs are always appreciated by Hedsor couples, looking to create something special that has been thoughtfully produced. These can encompass a wide range of styles from actual silhouettes, to heritage-inspired art, or even a delicate pattern. 

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4. Statement invitations

Make a statement in 2018! These invitations are increasingly in-vogue, where exceptional hand-crafting, unfolding layers and superior finishes, all come together to make a thud as they drop on your doormat!  Add a special lining or wax seal to complete the look. 

 

5. Pretty romantic

These styles are definitely continuing to be trending for 2018, with an update on the blush and charcoal colour palettes to bridal whites, pale pinks and soft blues.  Pearlescent papers and sophisticated lazer-cuts will also be big!

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If you would like to get in touch for a consultation with Papeterie Eugénie you can email her at [email protected] In the meantime, happy planning!

Guest Blog - Four Decisions to consider before choosing your Dream Wedding Photographer

 

Your wedding photos should perfectly capture your big day, from details around the house to the emotions. As your lasting mementos of when you say ‘I do’ that will proudly be adored for years to come, you want to make sure that the images of your nuptials are exactly what you want.

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But with so many different photographers and styles to choose from, how do you ensure that your snaps end up looking exactly as you imagined?

Your first challenge is to decide on which style you prefer. Browsing through online wedding albums or perhaps Hedsor's Real Wedding Blog to get a feel for your preferred wedding photography styles is a great place to start. Many Brides like a mixture of styles to capture different parts of the day and so they have a selection to choose from when it comes to picking out the ones to put on display.

1. Black and white or colour?

Colour photos are perfect for showing off your theme, colour palette, and for bold results that will attract the eye. Colours are part of your wedding and an excellent way to help tell the story of your big day. In contrast, black and white images offer a timeless elegance and dramatic, romantic appeal. It’s likely that any wedding photographer will offer you a selection of both colour and black and white images to choose through.

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2. Candid or posed?

Choosing between candid or posed is a personal preference and they both have pros. If you love the photos with couples standing still as they pretend to cut the cake or with family standing around them, you should be choosing posed images. Candid, reportage or documentary style images, are a growing trend among couples who want natural, genuine photos from their big day – they aim to catch the spontaneity and narrative of your day.

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Photography by Kitebox

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Rémi Dupac Photography

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Photography by Claire Macintyre

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Photography by Greg Finck

3. Traditional or artistic?

Everyone knows what traditional wedding photographs look like – showing the bride and groom in all the usual wedding poses. Artistic shots offer something a bit different, experimenting with focal points, reflections, lighting, or other photography features.

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4. Do you like their previous work?

Once you’ve got a good idea about the images you want, it’s time to choose a photographer. It’s an important decision and part of your wedding but with the right steps and questions, you’ll find one that can live up to your expectations. Most photographers will have an online portal where you can look at previous weddings they’ve covered, allowing you to see if the end results match your style. Keep an eye out for the small details, they’re part of what makes a good photograph look great.

View full wedding albums – Every wedding photographer will be able to pull out a few excellent photos from a wedding but do their complete albums tell a story? By looking at complete sets of pictures you can get a better idea of how your final album will look.

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Kerry Morgan Photography

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Kerry Morgan Photography

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Kerry Morgan Photography

Make sure you meet in person – You want to be able to get on with your photographer, they will be there by your side throughout your big day after all. Having someone who you can explain what ideas you have and rely on to take unobtrusive photos, can make all the difference when you’re in the moment.

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Pippa McKenzie Photography

Professional wedding photographers will know that every couple is unique and will want to help you get this across in your images. Your consultation is an opportunity for them to get to know a bit more about you both as a couple and what it is that you’re looking for. Explaining the type of photos you hope to place in your album can be a challenge, so take some examples of your favourite wedding shots along.

Join me for my next blog where I will be discussing how to incorporate a colour theme elegantly into your big day.

Until next time,

Happy Planning.

Mwai X

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Harrow & Hope: Award Winning English Sparkling Wine in the Thames Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Thames Valley sits Harrow & Hope, one of the UK's new leading sparkling wine producers. Hedsor House could not be more delighted about our new partnership with this family run business for so many reasons. Get to know Harrow & Hope a little more below...

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Meet Henry & Kaye

Henry Laithwaite is part of a family obsessed with wine for over 50 years and thanks to his parents all he has ever known is vineyards and wineries, from staggering around Chablis Grand Cru vineyards in his nappies, to making his first wine (pineapple!!) aged just 13.

Henry and his wife Kaye met at Durham University, a girl who stuck with him for years whilst he disappeared to Australia and France to do harvest for months on end. Marrying in 2008 they headed off to rural France to set up their first vineyard project at Chateau Verniotte in Castillon, Bordeaux. Although they still love the place, they wanted to start a family in England. And just at that time it had become clear, thanks to the work of others, that the chalk hills of England were capable of producing sparkling wines that were more than just good; that were world-class.

They searched for and eventually found their perfect site on the rolling hills behind Marlow. Vines planted, two kids born, winery built and 7 years later they're ready to delight the world with their fizz. They did bring one French souvenir with them back to England - their beautiful vineyard dog called Alfonse, who was rescued from the streets of Bergerac! He is now affectionately known as Alfie in keeping with their new British surroundings. 

Our recent team visit to the vineyard...

The Hedsor team had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous vineyard and were amazed by just how much work goes into making the perfect sparkling wine. Henry and Kaye's whole life is dedicated to ensuring they produce the perfect blend and their efforts know no bounds! They have even been known, in the case of cold temperatures to go around in the night lighting tiny candles to keep the vines from freezing. One bad freeze could completely destroy a whole year of hard work.

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Henry and Kaye have given this once in a lifetime project the best shot with the help of family and friends along the way. Mike Roberts OBE and his family Tamara and Simon from Ridgeview were vital when they first started this journey and they continue to seek the best guidance today including a bi-annual visit from Dr. Tony Jordan, the Australian sparkling pioneer.

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The Harrow & Hope team are overjoyed with the product they have created and are enjoying the countless awards that continue to roll in. In 2016 they were able to pick 16 tonnes of grapes and this year they picked an astonishing 55 tonnes. This is no easy feat so the team had the help of 25-30 helpers to pick the crop with 12 tonnes getting picked per day. About 30% of Harrow & Hope wines are aged in oak 'Bordelaise' barrels to give extra character and completity to the final wines.

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If Harrow & Hope are successful with 55 tonnes of grapes they expect for that to translate to around 35,000 bottles for us all to enjoy! Hurrah! 

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It's great to have another family run, independent local initiative to support and so Hedsor House is delighted to currently offer our clients a choice of Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve NV and Harrow & Hope Rosé NV on our wine list.

 

 

 

Emsworth Polo Grounds

Chukka Away!

Hedsor House is delighted to announce a new partnership with Emsworth Polo Grounds creating the perfect, quintessentially British day between our two enviable locations. The partnership has been formed with a variety of events in mind including corporate board retreats, company away days, celebrations and perhaps even a quick game of polo before saying 'I do.'

Just a twenty minute drive from Hedsor House, down leafy country roads, is the beautiful Emsworth Polo Grounds. It is proudly home of the 'Four Quarters' polo team, one of the UK's most successful polo teams.

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Photogrpahy by Marcos Cerdeira Photographer

Emsworth is set in 72 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside and, like Hedsor, it is an exclusive hire venue perfect for your team building activity when combined with a meeting or event at Hedsor House.

As part of your Hedsor House event we can organise for Emsworth to be hired on a dry hire option or on a 'learn to play basis.' Your learn to play option includes;

  • Exclusive use of the Emsworth facilities being used for the duration of the event. 
  • Light refreshments in the form of fresh pastries, fruit, hot and soft drinks. 
  • Polo experience approximately 3-4 hours.
  • Lunch - a delightful Asado style BBQ with delicious accompaniments.
  • Personalised polo playing shirts.
  • Prize presentation.
  • Host, commentator and all of the equipment needed to play.
  • Photographer and digital images of the event.

Upon mastering the game everyone will head back to the pavilion for the coveted prize presentation and a well earned lunch. Set beside Ground 1, this modern structure with its sliding glass panels is the ideal setting for all of your guests to sit back and enjoy the views. 

Hedsor House has 11 x luxury guest bedrooms onsite and when additional accommodation is required the lodge at Emsworth Polo Grounds is the perfect solution. The lodge sits on exquisite grounds offering open plan living and a further 5 x bedrooms. 

Prices vary and depend on the date, guest numbers and your preferred experience. If interested in obtaining a bespoke quote please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.

Five ways to entertain your wedding guests

One of the most common questions we get asked by Hedsor couples is how they can entertain their guests on their special day to ensure it's the most memorable wedding day possible! Whether this is an unusual activity or lawn game at Hedsor we think there always needs to be some sort of wow factor or experience. We have have teamed up with a few unique suppliers to suggest five unique ways to entertain your loved ones...

1. Create a personalised live challenge based on you as a couple

Wildgoose has created an interactive and entertaining app-based challenge. This is a wonderful opportunity to make the event personalised and even more memorable! Guests will complete a series of tailored questions, trivia, tasks and challenges set up by the hosts and powered by Wildgoose.

In small teams, guests will embark on a journey around the beautiful venue and grounds of Hedsor House, learning about their hosts, the special couple, whilst also taking on photo and video challenges. Each challenge has an element of competition too, with guests competing for points by answering questions correctly and for being the most creative with their photos and videos, which makes for hilarious post- event viewing! 

2. Croquet on the South Lawn

Croquet works perfectly here at Hedsor on our lovely South Lawn. Couples can choose how many sets they would like or if they want to be more creative with the rules depending on how much Pimms has been consumed! Plus side: lots of hilarious photos of intense concentration & smashing victories!

3. Duck Herding

Ducks and dogs at a wedding? It would obviously be the cutest wedding in history.

Bright Vision Events will arrange a fast moving and humorous display that lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. The instructors will demonstrate the commands used for the sheep dogs and how they manoeuvre and control your quacking friends.

Guests are then asked to put into practice what they have just seen and have to direct all sixteen 'Runner Ducks' between a series of slalom poles, through tunnels and finally into a small fenced enclosure. Some of the ducks might 'go astray' which adds to the fun and excitement of this enjoyable experience. 

4. Cocktail Masterclasses 

 

This is available through most of our caterers who could work with you to find a drink that fits the style of your wedding. We love when Brides and Grooms create a unique cocktail and then the guests learn how to make it on the day. 

5. Carousel at Hedsor

A fairground carousel adds sparkle to a wedding reception and ensures guests, young and old, enjoy all the fun of the fair at a very unique occasion.

Carousels, or Merry-go-Rounds, have been entertaining crowds through history and they always create smiles and laughter with their traditional, colourful look and the distinctive music.

Irvin Leisure carousels are a perfect backdrop for a wedding and make it that more memorable. We have a range available for hire and guests often tell us about their delight at seeing a carousel in the grounds of a wedding venue or hotel.

It's great to see families enjoying the attraction together and these special moments!

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StationEry Trends for 2017 - a guest blog by Eugenie Streather

Hello Eugenie here from Papeterie-Eugenie, a bespoke stationer for Hedsor House. We believe stationery is the first step in 'wowing' guests starting with Save the Dates. We are predicting the below trends to be very popular throughout 2017...

1. Telling your story with illustration

This trend was seen last year with Hedsor's very own Hamish and Rosie Shephard. Imaginative personalised maps are the perfect way to connect with guests and differentiate your special occasion. We anticipate customised maps, magical fairy tales and Mr. & Mrs. silhouettes for 2017.

2. Create your own brand

We tend to memorise all our favourite brands logos by heart, right? Why not let us create an emblem unique to you both! Monogram motifs are often inventive at Hedsor and our hot trend prediction. Use this on everything from your wedding cake to dance floor lighting. What would make it even better? A foiled or letter pressed motif across all stationery including thank you notes after the wedding.

3. Embracing the romance

Always a classic showstopper, even at the most recent Hedsor showcase. Who doesn't love delicate, beautiful and super-luxe? This combination is the marriage of monogram motif with letterpress, blush papers and pearled laser-cut. For the Bride who wants it all!

4. Couture crafting 

This trend is for couples who want truly superior hand-crafting. We are thinking bespoke foiled crest, tissue lined boxes, signature seals and miniature bow-ties... need we say more? Hedsor couples know how to impress. 

5. Elegant metallics

A style favoured by Hedsor clientele. Metallic hints add luxury touches to classic stationery, complementing the magnificent venue. We've created meaningful motifs, family crests or beautiful borders- the list is endless. This year, we predict chic metallic hints of rose gold, dusky blues and muted gold. 

6. Our very own Hedsor!

Finally, look at this beautiful Papeterie Eugenie's mini Hedsor! This Hedsor replica was first created in 2016 and no doubt will  be requested on everything from save the dates to seating plans, no-one can resist its charm.

Rectangular or Round Tables? - Guest Wedding Blog - Love from Mwai

You have already asked or answered the first big question however it's now time to answer the next!

Whether you’re going for an intimate setting or lavish affair, your wedding reception seating has the ability to transform a venue but the question is rectangular or round tables?

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Pros

  • On-trend. The start of 2016 has shown that banquet tables are in this year, and likely become even more popular. Plus, they make for stunning photos!
  • More style options. Rectangular tables come in standard form (intended to be covered by décor), but they also offer more variety in style. Set the tone for your reception with organic wood farm tables or elegantly dark-stained banquet tables.
  • Cost. With fewer tables to drape, cut costs on linens and centrepieces. Line the table with floral boughs and greenery, accented by big blooms and twinkling votives.

Cons:

  • Cost. On the flip side of lower linen and centrepiece costs, rectangular tables can be pricier to rent and transport. At Hedsor round tables are included in your venue hire however rectangular tables would need to be hired in.
  • Space saving. At Hedsor you can seat more guests (up to 150) on Round tables opposed to up to 120 on rectangular / banquet seating.
  • Strict seating. If you are assigning each place setting, be wary of rectangular tables. If a guest cancels last-minute or your best friend suddenly asks to bring her new beau, an entire table of carefully calculated seating will be thrown off. We recommend leaving the head and foot of the table unassigned, so you can more easily shuffle guests if someone unexpected arrives.
  • Reception flow: rectangular tables don’t allow as much movement if space is limited, since guests have to squeeze in between two people. This makes rectangular tables ideal for smaller, intimate receptions and seated dinners where guests are not expected to frequently move about the venue.

ROUND TABLES

Pros:

  • A classic, traditional choice. Round tables have long been a staple of wedding décor, so you can’t go wrong with a classic seating layout.
  • Conversation. With smaller round tables, guests can more easily converse across tabletops with their entire group. This works best if most of your guests are well-acquainted and will likely be enthusiastic to chat.
  • Flexible seating. Adding or removing guests is much easier with round tables. Be prepared to handle any unexpected changes in guest list seamlessly. You can also mix table sizes to accommodate different groups of guests.
  • Easier flow. Round tables often make reception flow a little easier—guests don’t have to walk around each other’s chairs quite as much as with rectangular tables.
  • Cost. Round tables are typically less expensive to rent and transport and at Hedsor are included in your venue hire fee. Since the tables will be covered with your pretty wedding décor, you don’t have to worry as much about the look of the table itself; you may be able to get away with an inexpensive table, topped with all-out décor.

Cons:

  • Cost. On the other hand, round tables can be expensive to accessorise. Multiple centrepieces, linens, chair drapings, etc. can add up if you’re not careful.
  • Space. Round tables take up more space than rectangular tables, so plan carefully to make sure you’ll have ample space at your wedding reception venue.

If you’re unsure which table fits your wedding style, there’s no reason you can’t have both at your reception. No matter which style you choose, don’t worry too much; I seen countless successful weddings with either option. Being informed about your options certainly helps make a wise choice on this key decision, but I assure you that either option can turn out beautifully Choose what works for you!

Join me next time as I talk about all things ‘Wedding Cake’. Until next time!

Happy Planning.

Love from Mwai x

 

FOUR REASONS TO HAVE A MID WEEK CORPORATE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Check out our latest blog post about planning your Christmas party and why booking a midweek celebration is the new big thing...

Available Dates

Unless you're super organised you're probably only just getting around to booking your office Christmas party. Don't worry you're not alone and Hedsor House is excited to say we still have a few exclusive hire midweek dates available! Give us a call to chat through your options. 

More Cash Behind the Bar...

We're currently offering special rates on our Gatsby packages on Mondays and Tuesdays meaning you'll save some money and be able to put this behind the bar. Just don't blame us the next morning!

Keep Your Main Social Diary Clear...

December is the ultimate month for social events in terms of catching up with the most important people in your life. Save your Thursday to Saturdays for friends & family and schedule your corporate party for the week to maximise being a social butterfly! 

Office Etiquette

The best thing about having a midweek office party means ordering pizza or takeaway to the office is absolutely acceptable the next day. 

 

To speak to us about a potential Christmas Party please call Alexis Awtrey at 01628 819050

Groom Style Tips - Guest Blog Love From Mwai

Over the last few years I have seen Grooms becoming more and more confident regarding their choice of wedding fashion and style. Grooms are now paying attention to accessories, colour and how his style will fit in with the whole wedding theme.

Tri-tone brogues and sterling silver cufflinks

I must admit that it's been a lot harder to write a blog on men’s fashion - the Bride's seem to completely steal the show when it comes to dressing at the wedding!

But not anymore - I have spoken to some of my male clients and together we will take you through some of the key looks that are currently trending.

Trend 1: The English Groom

This look embraces geek chic and some adventurous colour combinations. Anything goes with this look and you can add colour contrast slacks. This is definitely for the daring grooms amongst you.

English country wedding

Trend 2: The Quirky Groom

The quirky look can be a two or three piece suit and it’s all about what you decide to add or takeaway. Perhaps lose the jacket and go for the shirt and waistcoat look?

Trend 3: The Tux
 

Tuxedos are the traditional choice for a wedding, but over the decades they have evolved. They can now be found a variety of colours and shades like black, dark or light grey, and navy, and in fits from classic to slim. A range of sizes lets you outfit everyone from the smallest ring bearer to the big & tall men in your group. With everyone in tuxes, your wedding party will have a cohesive, polished look. 

Trend 4: The Suit
This is usually a preferred option for the grooms. You can achieve this look by adding a vest or taking non-traditionalist approach by pairing it with a fun bow tie or braces. Perfect for the modern look.

Otherwise know as 'The Cool Groom'

 

Trend 5: The Blue Hues
A blue tuxedo offers an unexpected alternative to the classic black. Equally elegant, this suit is ideal for the groom who wants to add a pop of color with a bold hued ensemble that's anything but basic. 

I adore this suit texture and colour!

And there you have it, some Groom’s fashion style that are on trend. Join me next month as I discuss one of my favourite wedding topics “Round tables vs long tables”.

Until next time.

Be Inspired!

Love from Mwai

X

Photo credits: http://www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk/

 

Guest Blog - Love From Mwai

Wedding Dress Trends

Spring has sprung! And for Spring 2016 I have to share the top trends I noticed from some of my favourite bridal wear designers. From dramatic headpieces to soft capelets and tulle ball gowns, take a look at the wedding dress trends have wowed me and my favourite picks. 

Tiered skirts have come back in a big way with flowing layers of tulle, silk and organza creating a grand finale for many of the designers' collections.

Many of the new details focused on creating layers and adding dimension to the gowns. The Illusion Neckline, this peek-a-boo design takes sheer to a new level. Giving the bride the option to show some skin while keeping her secure.

 

Amsale

Over-skirts have resurfaced as a play on popular silhouettes, creating the illusion of various shapes. They volume and intrigue to your wedding day look with an over-skirt. The dramatic add-on is perfect for making a gasp-worthy entrance.

BERTA Bridal

Thigh-high slits, this sultry look is ideal for the bride who isn't afraid to show a little leg. Sexy but classy, thigh-high splits are heating up the spring collections.

Alon LivneDennis Basso

Left;

Barely There Gowns, dare to go nude in the trending naked gown.

The super sheer design is only for a bride who isn't afraid to break tradition.

Right;

Fit to Flare Minis, this dress is fun and flirtatious.

The easy style is perfect for a casual ceremony and rocking reception.

Inbal Dror

Statement Headpiece are the new veils. Putting a modern twist on a classic tradition, statement headpieces range from lace accessories to ornate crowns.
viktoria novak. 

There you have it! The Spring bridal wear trend has a modern twist, meeting that happy medium between fashion forward and tradition. Join me next month when I discuss all things men’s wear and my favourite groom looks!

Until next time…

Happy Planning! X

Guest Blog - NOTORiOUS KiDS at Hedsor House

NOTORiOUS KiDS recently visited the stunning Hedsor House and we were blown away by the venue and the infinite possibilities that the building and its surroundings have to offer for all types of events. Incredible spaces invite creativity and we couldn’t resist getting our heads together to conjure up some thoughts on the endless possibilities.

As children’s party planners we are always looking for new and amazing venues and spaces to offer our clients and Hedsor House is definitely one of them. When looking at venues we look for the size of the rooms, easy access to adjoining rooms and outdoor space. Hedsor House has all of this and more!

Here are a few ideas for different occasions and how to entertain your guests

WEDDiNGS

To invite children or not to invite children – that is the question. Here at NOTORiOUS KiDS we always say YES!!! Having children at your wedding can make it that extra bit magical and there are many ways to keep them entertained without having them tugging on your trouser leg mid speech. A summer wedding at Hedsor House lends itself to garden games out on the stunning South Lawn where children can run freely with our entertainers, or how about creating a Crèche area in the Boudoir or Drawing Room just off the Centre Hall with storytelling and crafts. Knowing the KiDS are being looked after and entertained will allow your guests to relax and ensure everyone is happy.

SUMMER PARTiES

With the stunning South Lawn Hedsor House screams summer parties and why not make it a family affair? Giant Garden Games to entertain old and young, adventurous treasure hunts led around the gardens by magical characters, Stalls with Traditional Games such as Hook a Duck, Hoopla and a Coconut Shy! Themes such as a Magical Midsummer Party with Fairy Folk, Traditional English Fair or a Summer Carnival would be perfect! So many fun possibilities!

BAT & BAR MITZVAH’S

Special occasions such as Bat/Bar Mitzvahs are perfect to host at Hedsor House. The stunning entrance and Centre Hall can be themed and dressed with so many possibilities. How about a Circus Extravaganza with Circus acts and a Ring Master welcoming guests as they arrive, fun ideas such as the Drawing Room used as a transformation studio where guests can get made over and come out via the Boudoir transformed, a hall of mirrors created in the staircase hall before entering the Ballroom would be so much fun! Or how about a Spy Party or Movie Mystery (a spin on Murder Mystery) where guests all have characters and they have missions to solve! Make up stations with makeup artists and nail technicians are always a hit at these events too as well as dancers on the dance floor encouraging guests to dance and teaching them funky moves!

BiRTHDAY PARTiES

We love a birthday party and adore creating tailor-made and bespoke experiences for our clients. Watching as the children grow up year after year and the different themes we can create for their new interest always excites us. The beautiful mezzanine in the Centre Hall is perfect to use to drape themed props and dressing off such as fishing nets with jellyfish to create an underwater party and life rings attached to the bannister as sea level. Sweetie tables as a special feature and themed costume characters can really bring the theme to life.

SEASONAL PARTiES

Seasonal parties are so much fun to create, occasions such as Easter with Egg hunts on the South Lawn with the Easter bunny, Halloween and a Wizards and Witches School in the Centre Hall, Christmas and a Winter Wonderland full of magical goings on! We cannot wait to start planning!

 

Victoria Pearce – Managing & Creative Director of NOTORiOUS KiDS

Looking for help with your next family event at Hedsor House then get in touch

NOTORiOUS KiDS

w. www.notoriouskids.com

E: [email protected]

T: 020 7326 0210

Guest Blog: 9 Ways To Cut Down Your Wedding Guest List written by carriages weddings & events

The lovely team from CARRIAGES Wedding & Events are gurus when it comes to Asian Weddings and beyond, emphasising individuality and styling to reflect your personality. Read their tips below on how to manage a BIG wedding guest list. 

It’s a tough job organising an Indian wedding, we totally get it! One of the hardest things about wedding planning is to coordinate your guest list. Most venues aren’t equipped to deal with more than 300-400 people indoors, and even if they are, do you really need 600  people plus at your wedding? When will you ever get the time to speak to them all and if you do, when will you get the time to do anything else?

Everyone will have had a close friend or family member tie the knot at some point and will understand if they’ve not quite made guest list cut (ok, some people won’t but your time is better spent worrying about other actual necessities). Family guest list discussions can sometimes get a little heated so if you’re trying to persuade your other half or your parents to reduce their numbers, here’s a good base to start from.

1. The one year rule

If you have any friends or family members who you have had NO communication with over the last year then chances are you probably don’t need them at your wedding. By communication, we’re talking social media, phone, email and even WhatsApp. There may be one or two overseas cousins who might be an exception, but on the whole you get our drift..

2. The numbers game

If you’re close to someone then you’ll probably have their number saved on your phone. Most of us will probably have far more numbers in our contacts list (which we don’t even need), so think of it this way, if you don’t have their number, you’re not really friends and therefore they don’t need to be sent an invite.

3. Face to face

We might be stating the obvious here, but if you’ve never actually met some of your potential guests, why would you call them to your wedding? Yes, he or she may be your mum’s sister’s daughter’s cousin but what has that got to do with you? If a relative is that distant to have never even shown you their face then there’s no reason you need to suddenly see them while you’re sitting in the mandap.

5. Friends

Your friends are one thing but do you really need to have your parents’ or siblings’ friends there too? It’s fine if you’ve got enough room but if not, just explain this to them and we’re sure they’ll understand. After all, if you haven’t got enough room for your own friends at your wedding, then why should anyone else’s be there?

6. Multiple functions

We understand that due to the nature of Indian families it can sometimes be difficult to simply say no to certain guests, and one way to avoid family tension is to have separate functions for your ‘extra’ guests. Look to organise a larger sangeet or mehendi night where you can invite extra people who then don’t need to be called to the wedding.

7. Mr & Mrs

A great way to get rid of any extra guests is to keep your invite as couples-only. Sure there may be certain close family members who need to be there, along with one or two who have young children they aren’t able to leave behind, but on the whole keep it as Mr & Mrs and you’ll be fine.

8. Co-workers

Even though you may want them present, it may not be practical to invite your co-workers due to numbers getting out of hand. If you have one bestie at work that’s fine, but what if you’re equally as close to 20 people? If your list is getting too long then perhaps have a separate wedding celebration lunch or meal with them instead.

9. Plus ones

If there are any singletons attending, though it is normal wedding etiquette to let them bring along a plus one, don’t feel pressurised to do this. It’s absolutely fine to invite people on their own, as long as they’re going to know someone else at the wedding who they can mingle with. If for example they’re a complete outsider, then consider letting them bring someone along, but otherwise – its okay. 

Want to avoid the the 9 things your guests will most likely complain about OR read the perfect guide on how to handle your in-laws head across to the brilliant CARRIAGES blog

Hedsor House Summer Party with Mahiki At Home

BOOK YOUR TICKET TO The Summer party of the year...

Summer is fast approaching, and the Hedsor team are all patiently awaiting a few consecutive days of sunshine to convince us that its time to dust off our BBQs, update our summer wardrobes and sunbathe on the South Lawn.

We're super excited to be hosting our Annual Summer Party on Sunday 24th July 2016 in partnership with Mahiki at Home.

The Mahiki pop up’s have travelled the world bringing a little bit of paradise to the most prestigious fashion, music and lifestyle events and venues for the last decade. This summer we are opening our doors for the first ever Hedsor House Summer Party with Mahiki at Home

Hedsor House holds a reputation for being a playground for partygoers with many famous stars choosing to hold their bashes here. Mark Ronson's 33rd Birthday party was a particular favourite of ours! The 'blank canvas', creative and flexible approach to event management will allow the space to be transformed in to a wild, tropical oasis of fun. Expect delicious fresh fruit cocktails served from Tiki style bars, Hawaiian dressed staff, Polynesian inspired décor with tropical flowers adorning every corner.  

This very special garden party promises to be a little slice of paradise right on our south lawn at the exquisite Hedsor House with press and celebrities attending. Chill out on the South Lawn and enjoy the summer vibes... 

Don't miss out book your tickets....

 

For those wishing to re-create a ‘Mahiki at Hedsor House’ party for themselves taking complete ownership of the event, Hedsor is available for exclusive hire and will work with ‘Mahiki At Home’ to bring to life individual clients’ wishes. Our eleven guestrooms complete the package, meaning partygoers can now stay the night and need only to stagger up the grand staircase to bed in the early hours…

 

 

Throughout Hedsor House’s past it has always been a place to gather, celebrate, see and be seen. The owners mission is to deliver innovative experiences that are grand but not formal, to avoid country house clichés and to ensure events continue to be trend-setting and, above all, fun. We are able to pull off outstanding, and often unusual events, ensuring a memorable experience for our clients and their guests.

Guest Blog - Ellie Sanderson 2017 Bridal Trends

ELLIE SANDERSON TALKS 2017 BRIDAL TRENDS AND ADVICE FOR CHOOSING YOUR GOWN

Summer is an exciting time in bridal, it’s when the new collections for next year start to hit the catwalk!

Separates have landed in a big way; we love the flexibility of picking exactly the right top with exactly the right skirt. You can even swap into something different for the evening. Plus, we’re sure you’ll be able to find an excuse to wear these gorgeous little pieces again!

It’s been impossible to miss the huge love of lace in bridal over the past few years. And whilst there’s nothing quite like a delicate, romantic scattering of lace, it’s starting to get a bit of competition. There’s a new trend for plain, clean fabrics that’s just started to emerge – all the girls here at Ellie Sanderson are sure it’s going to just keep growing and growing. So why do we love a plain dress? It just lets you shine! No busy detailing to distract from how glowing you look! Don’t think we’re turning our back on lace all together though; statement lace veil, clean contemporary dress = pure match made in heaven.

What to keep in mind when shopping for your dress....

Buying your wedding dress can be as stressful as it is exciting, so make sure you follow our tips for a stress-free, smooth shopping experience!

Use the internet – with caution! It can be so helpful to create a Pinterest board to brainstorm ideas for your dress, but it can’t show you how the fabric feels, how the colour brings out the warmth in your skin tone and how a dress makes you feel ready to take on the world! Remember that like all clothes, wedding dresses look different on everybody, so don’t rule anything out until you’ve tried it on. Maybe you overlooked a designer because you didn’t like the theme of their photoshoot? Maybe the model had awful hair so you didn’t focus on the amazing dress! Don’t be the bride who overlooks the dress that’s perfect for her, just because it’s not the picture she liked best online.

Stay true to your style - Never feel like you should wear a long, ivory ball gown because it’s the done thing. It’s YOUR wedding. Wear the dress which makes you feel like the best version of you! Do you ALWAYS wear pink? A couple of Ellie’s girls here wouldn’t be seen dead without a little rose tint to their outfits, so why would you want to leave behind your signature colour from your wedding outfit? A subtle blush colour is so romantic, so flattering and so on trend for 2017. For the less girlie amongst us, how about a warm cappuccino, a subtle soft blue or even a head turning metallic? We have the most beautiful bronzes, silvers and golds.

Don’t overthink it! And this is the real bottom line. Although it’s nice to consider how the neckline will sit with your grandmother’s necklace and to take into account the opinions of your bridesmaids, the only real question to consider is ‘Do I want to get married in this dress?’ – a question only you can answer.

Ellie Sanderson has boutiques in both Beaconsfield and Oxford, with an unrivalled collection of designers from both the UK and further afield. Be spoilt rotten trying on the most beautiful and exclusive dresses across the home counties, find out more and book your appointment at www.elliesanderson.co.uk