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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?

RECTANGULAR TABLES

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

 

SUMMER WEDDING SHOWCASE 'Through the looking glass'

On Tuesday 17th May Hedsor House was dressed for a glorious Lewis Carroll inspired 'Through the Looking Glass' wedding. Step inside to explore our magical night...

We recommend that you take 2 minutes and 47 seconds out of your day to watch the beautiful video by The Wedding Filmmakers of our Wedding Showcase! If you enjoyed it keep scrolling down to view the stunning photos by Nigel Chapman.

The Centre Hall looked magical with inwater flowers creating a stunning backdrop to the ceremonial set-up by hanging white wisteria from the balcony at the end of the white aisle provided by Bespoke Events London

The evening was a perfect opportunity to explore all of our elegant rooms including the grand reveal of our newly refurbished oak panelled Ballroom. The lighter carpet and sparkling chandeliers complimented rhubarb's silver and grey table set-ups.   

The Boudoir was transformed into an enchanted woodland forest filled with a dessert buffet thanks to rhubarb's pastry chefs and their clever arrangements. 

The details and final touches are what differentiates your wedding from others, Papeterie Eugenie blessed us with her creative stationary throughout our entrance hall and Ballroom.  

We all love a wine tasting and thanks to Jascots  the attendees were treated to a few of the best, the fizz didnt stop flowing by the award winning Nyetimber  - all available on the Hedsor Wine list. 

The Photo Lounge and "The Blind Tigers" from Sternberg Clarke provided entertainment between the talks from a few of the industries best such as Love From Mwai with 'Top Tips on How to Plan Your Wedding'. The Cake was provided by Rosalind Miller Cakes.  


The best bridal event we have ever attended
— Shimmering Ivory

Heading upstairs we found a brilliant display of pink and white teapot balloons from Bubblegum Balloons. The ‘Grooms Room’ was a hit with Clements and Church offering free suit fittings throughout the evening. 

The ladies were spoilt and pampered in the Bridal Lounge by Mach Management and then had the chance to chat to Sian from Shimmering Ivory who creates bespoke wedding dress. The Bridal Bathroom walls heard a lot of 'wows' as they moved towards the Bridal bedroom and were greeted by Georgia's beautiful smile form Pompadour Couture Lingerie. 

Loving the vibe and look of our Wedding Showcase? Keep clicking through the slideshow below to view the entire evening ....

Thank you to all the suppliers that came together to create this amazing event...we can't wait for our October Wedding Showcase! Stay tuned!...

Guest Blog - Love From Mwai

Mwai's 'Victorious Tips' on Finding Your Dream Wedding Venue  

I’m so honoured to have been asked by the wonderful team at Hedsor House to blog on all things weddings. I’m excited to share my love for weddings, advice and hopefully inspire all the wonderful couples as they plan what I would like say is one of the most important days of a person's life! No pressure!

A little about myself, my name is Mwai, I am the owner and creative director of Love from Mwai.  I love all things weddings so much that I planned my entire wedding on my own four years ago. I understand the intricacies of a wedding and that it is more than just walking down the aisle and reciting vows. To me, a wedding is about telling a story of who the two of you are as a couple, which is told in the many minute details of the day.

Join me on my monthly blog as I discuss all the wonderful, interesting and of course worries of the wedding world. I thought it is only right for my first blog to be about “finding the perfect wedding venue” especially as the venue is the backbone a wedding and planning only starts once you have found the perfect venue...

Factors to consider when finding the perfect venue

Once the initial excitement of your engagement settles down, it is time to get down to business. As a wedding specialist, I have seen so many beautiful venues I remember. When I walk into my dream wedding venue, it is always love at first sight.

In an ideal world that’s the way everyone’s venue search would go. But when looking for your own dream wedding venue,  you may not have that “ah-ha” moment right away. In fact, it can become very overwhelming and frustrating. But by narrowing down the type of wedding you would like to have, your venue search can be virtually stress-free and a lot of fun! So here are my “Victorious Tips” for choosing the perfect wedding venue:

1. Budget – Cost is often the main factor people use when considering or ruling out venues, and of course the price tag of hiring the venue must fit within your event budget.

2. Space specifications – This would include things like space/room capacity, load in/out amenities; and technical capabilities (like lighting, electrical, A/V, etc.).

3. Day/time availability – This factor almost goes without saying, but it’s a good rule of thumb to have several day/time options in mind (or at least be somewhat flexible with day/time of the event) before you start reviewing venues so you don’t immediately limit the number of venues you can consider.

4. Appropriateness for type of wedding you want – This may be the most subjective, but it may well be the most important. And it first requires you to know precisely the needs and what type of wedding you want in order to match up a venue with those specifications.

5. Other groups using the venue at the same time as your event – If you are planning an intimate wedding, you probably don’t want a loud function going on in the next room so make sure any simultaneous events at the venue (or even nearby) won’t conflict with or interrupt yours. Even better - choose an exclusive hire venue to make sure the space is all yours.

6. Customer service – Not only does the venue need to be responsive to your needs prior to your wedding, but it also needs to have adequate support staff on site during the event to respond to the needs and requests of you and your guests.

7. Travel convenience – The location of the venue needs to be conveniently located for your guests and within a reasonable distance so as not to require excessive travel; otherwise your guests will spend most of the time on the road travelling to your wedding venue.

8. Parking and proximity to transportation options – Onsite or nearby parking options for your guests are important (and cost of parking for your guests can be a deciding factor here). In addition, proximity to airports and public transit is also important if you have many guests who aren’t driving their own car to your wedding..

9. Reputation – Ask other event planners/ vendors regarding their experiences with the venues you are considering. In addition, look at online reviews in forums to round out your assessment of a venue’s reputation and track record.

10. Vendor restrictions – Some venues have a list of exclusive vendors that they will allow to perform work in their venue, so make sure if you are using outside vendors that you can bring them into the venue and that the venue will amicably work alongside them.

And there you have it folks, I hope these tips will be as useful as they were to me when I was searching for my dream wedding venue. Bonus points for Hedsor House as they definitely meet all the above criteria.

Stay tuned for my next blog post where I’ll be talking about how to choose your wedding flowers. Until next time!

Happy Planning!

Love from Mwai

 

A Big Hello from Jennie - Our New Award Winning Wedding Specialist

 

Hello I'm Jennie and I'm delighted to have joined Hedsor House as the In House Wedding Specialist.  On the 11th of July 2015 I organised my 250th wedding and have joined Hedsor from another luxury venue where I held the position of wedding coordinator for the previous nine years. Just typing those numbers gives me goose bumps as I can’t believe I've already had the honour of being part of so many special events!

 

I adore all things wedding and am in love with my career. I am incredibly proud to have won some major awards in the process including two National Awards and three Regional Awards at The Wedding Industry Awards. http://www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk/

In terms of my personal life - I have an unbelievably amazing family, partner and friends around me and consider myself a very lucky girl indeed.

I have already been at Hedsor for a month and I feel so privileged to be working at one of the UK's most prestigious wedding venues. The grounds and the house are incredible and look stunning no matter the weather. I have been enjoying looking at lots of pictures from previous weddings and feel inspired for the many more to come.

For those who have already booked your wedding with us, I hope all your wedding plans are coming together nicely and I am hugely looking forward to meeting you in the next few months ahead.

Hopefully you are registered to attend the Bridal Wedding Showcase on May 17th 2016. I would love to meet you then!

For all of those considering Hedsor - please do get in touch. I'd love to chat about your dream wedding...

Warmest regards, 

Jennie Hopcroft ([email protected]

Why Sundays are the new Saturdays

When planning your important nuptials, most people automatically veer towards choosing a Saturday when getting married. Considering a Bride & Groom can maximise time over an entire weekend and guests can avoid that potential ‘morning-after’ feeling (probably best reserved for a day when you don’t have to be in the office) this does, after all, make complete sense.

So why are Sundays suddenly becoming the preferred day of the week to get married? The Hedsor team talk about our observations on this hot new booking trend….

For the majority of us Sunday is the day of the week when we get to relax, catch up with friends and family enjoying some all-important time out from our hectic schedules. This naturally slower and more casual pace of life on a Sunday provides our first clue. Here are some other reasons why Sundays are proving to be so popular; 

  •  A relaxed and casual vibe - having a Sunday wedding ensures guests and suppliers are relaxed, prepared and organised for the day. If the majority of guests are travelling a distance to the venue this provides them that extra day to make sure they arrived and rested. Your nearest and dearest have Saturday to make sure they’re ready and set to support you on your special day. With a naturally calmer atmosphere, the ceremony becomes even more meaningful with everyone more focused on the vows rather than waiting for a raucous party to start*
  •  Spoilt for choice – despite Sunday becoming an increasingly popular day to get married, they are surprisingly budget friendly. By choosing a Sunday and saving some money, you can focus on other aspects of creating your dream wedding. (Jimmy Choo here you come!)
  •  Unique and memorable – Stand out from the crowd and create a wedding that’s different to all you've attended before. Your guests will remember your wedding and the meaning of it not the day of the week it falls on.
  •  Make your day last longer - if you decide to celebrate your wedding on a Sunday, go for an earlier ceremony and reception so that you and your guests can enjoy an extended day. Those guests that do need to leave earlier are free to do so after a wonderful day spent celebrating. Your remaining guests can use the opportunity to book a Monday off work* and enjoy an extended weekend.

*Please note - raucous parties can and do still happen on Sundays! #SundayFunday

To find out about Sunday availability contact the Hedsor Team on 01628 819050 or email [email protected]

By Grace Lloyd-Jones, Marketing Executive and Wedding Aficionado