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Spring ’17 Summaries

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How is it possibly May already? Typing away, the sun is shining and the birds are singing! Spring is most definitely here and that can only mean that Summer is just around the corner and with it event and wedding season is upon us. Although we’ve already had quite a few events and a wedding, summer is the traditional time to say ‘I Do’, however our season starts mid-April and continues through to September. Busy (but fun) times ahead! Intermingled with some corporate events (one tomorrow actually) and a few big birthday’s and special occasions this year looks set to be a big one.

Summer Pud

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Before we have all these though, let us recap a little over the past 3 months. So what have we been up to…well you would think that these months are the quietest; not exactly! Although not literally, we have been making hay whilst the sun shines, in other words prepping for the many events and weddings that the year holds. We have been busy with tastings galore, looking at our menus and re-jigging them, coming up with some exciting new menus and ideas and organising ourselves and our staff ready for when it’s all systems go.

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We also have some exciting plans for our premises and are hoping to create and install something quite special! You’re going to have to wait for a few more details, but let’s just say it’s going to good!

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Amongst all of the prep and admin, we’ve had a weddings and events galore! It’s never really quiet for us! One of our lovely weddings fell on Valentine’s Day – how romantic! Guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet full of goodies and brimming with food. “I just wanted to touch base and say thank you for helping our wedding day be amazing! The lamb was the hit of the day as were the burgers and chips and the puddings were also super yummy! I wish I could do it all again and sit and eat it all again! You and your staff were wonderful on the day and really helped with the smooth running of things.” Such fab feedback received too, which always makes us smile!

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Weddings

It’s fair to say we have been busy little wedding planning bee’s at the start of this year. As with the food and events side, in the ‘quiet’ months, it’s great to get everything in order, planning, prepping and generally making sure you are being productive and finalising plans for your summer weddings. All this, mixed with meetings and some tastings keeps us busy, but we do love this part when all the plans start to take shape and the couples can really start to see their big day coming together. Absolutely love seeing that!

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In addition to all of the planning, we’ve also been asked to help style a few wedding inspiration shoots and organise a couple of our own. We sadly can’t give much away yet, but once we know when they are published, all shall be revealed. We also had a few previous shoots feature on Bridal Musings, Fine Art Wedding Boutique  You & Your Wedding Online and in Perfect Wedding Magazine and You & Your Wedding Magazine. The feeling you get seeing your work really is quite special; getting to be creative and working with some fellow amazing industry pro’s is just amazing and is something that we just love to do and help other suppliers do too. We don’t just plan, we also style and that seems to be quite a popular request currently; not only for fellow suppliers, but for couples who have the planning side nailed, but need some help with the creative side and bringing a vision to life. In this visual and social media driven world, couples are wanting to be more and more unique and décor and styling is one way to do so…mixing up linens, the way you fold a napkin or have a runner, installations and florals and various lighting effects. There are so many ways to inject personality and style and we totally love this part of weddings and events. Another biggy is on the day management, which we have a lot of this year. From doing over 500 weddings, we like to think we know a thing or two about the wedding day and if it means our couples can relax the whole day through, knowing we have everything sorted, then it works for us! We always aim to please!

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We also received some exciting photos this week from the fab Melia Melia Photography from a wedding we planned and catered for last year at Wickham House. Seriously dreamy images and we are so excited! We can’t wait to share these with you all soon.

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However with all this in mind, we have to get back to a final few plans and finish prepping! The smell wafting from the kitchen is H E A V E N L Y!

Until next time…Emma & Team GB. x

Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Being a Bridesmaid – The basics you need to know

So you’ve been asked to be a Bridesmaid…congratulations! One of the most exciting things to happen and possibly one of the biggest roles you will play in your friend’s life. No biggy! She trusts you…after all, you are one of her best friends or family and she wouldn’t have asked you if she didn’t want you!

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Sadly I have never been a bridesmaid. Shocking I know! A wedding planner and never been a bridesmaid…I don’t think this means I will always be the bride, if the saying is reversed, but first I do really want to be a bridesmaid…so any of my friends reading this…you know what to do! Anyway, despite my not being a one, I am lucky enough to have worked with and chatted to well over a hundred or so of these beauties, so know a thing about bridesmaid and maid of honour duties.

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I bet you were asked in a really cute way, this seems to be ‘the thing’ to do currently. So many inventive ways of asking, which I absolutely adore…and it’s basically excuse for another party or girly get together. I am all for those! Obviously you are going to accept / have accepted, but how to do it! I personally love a good written thank you note / card. Nobody seems to write these days, but I’m a traditionalist and I know you don’t have to formally accept being a bridesmaid but I think it’s a pretty sweet thing to do and the bride can always start to build a keepsake / scrapbook. If she isn’t then maybe you should think about starting one. This makes a great present on the morning of the wedding. A lovely personal touch means the world. Especially to a sentimental soul like myself. Pass the tissues!

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So down to duties…the Chief Bridesmaid or Maid of Honour has most responsibility. Above all, she will need to be calm and collected, reassuring the bride and super organised (Spread sheets and To Do Lists are key!) Before the big day you will have the hen do to plan and sort. Always consider the bride and what she will / won’t like and invite people you know she will want there. Think about budgets, locations and numbers and plan well in advance!

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Other things you may be asked to do before the wedding are:

  • Attending wedding dress shopping – woohoo! Shopping, girls together and usually a glass of fizzy. Maybe make a day of it and go for lunch or supper. Any excuse really!
  • Bridesmaid dress shopping – remember it isn’t your wedding, but hopefully the bride will respect that you all have a say. However, don’t whinge and sulk if you don’t like your dress! That won’t go down well.
  • Acting as support with any planning and in the lead up to the wedding. So important and it will keep the bride, sane!

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For the day itself, you will have several duties. Don’t worry, they are all manageable and hopefully you will have a few other bridesmaids to help (if not, then keep calm and you will be fine, remember you wouldn’t have been asked if she didn’t think you were the right person for the job!) Duties include:

  • Helping the bride into her dress and being around her while her hair and make-up is done. Your hair and make-up will probably be done at a similar time.
  • Keeping hold of any make-up or necessities for the day ahead. The bride won’t want to be carrying around a huge bag, but make sure you have the essentials to hand!
  • Looking after any small bridesmaids or flower girls.
  • Escorting the bridal party into the cars and waiting with them outside the ceremony venue, ready to enter with the bride.
  • Once the bride has stepped out the car / carriage etc helping to arrange her dress, veil and bouquet.  Making sure everyone is lined up and in order ready up to walk down the aisle.
  • Keeping hold of the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony, and handing it back to her before she is ready to walk out.
  • Exiting the ceremony venue on the arm of the best man (traditionally), and escorting the bridesmaids to the reception.
  • Communicate with the best man throughout the wedding day to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Perhaps arrange a meeting or talk to him before hand –he will have his own duties too!
  • Keeping an eye on the bride and looking after her, making sure she has everything she needs (be prepared for a bathroom trip and helping with the dress!)
  • You may be required to do a speech – if you have, make sure it’s rehearsed and you are prepared.
  • Helping the bride when she is about to ‘go away’. Assisting her into a different outfit and checking her dress, hair and make-up.
  • Arranging, with the best man, for champagne and flowers to be put in the couple’s wedding night room – it’s a kind gesture. Also liaise with the venue about moving any gifts and cards to the room or into cars if they are being taken that night.

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Now I know this seems a lot, but broken down, it really is manageable and although you are ultimately a personal PA for the day, remember it’s also going to be a whole lot of fun! You get to spend time with your friend / sister / sister-in-law and your friends and family, eat and drink lots and party. As long as you are keeping an eye on the bride and assisting with everything you need to, you are still allowed to have fun and hopefully it will be your turn to be the bride one day, if you haven’t been one already.

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Words by Emma

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

www.gooseandberry.co.uk

Did you know we also Plan and Design Weddings and Events! http://www.gooseandberry.co.uk/event-design-goose-and-berry

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