Sunday, 22 November 2009

Buckingham Gate Visit

Buckingham Gate

It’s been a busy summer and after many rearranged appointments I finally made it The Private Rooms at Buckingham Gate at the invitation of Aali Ghufran the Conference & Private Rooms Manager.

So one rainy Friday morning Akansha from Vivah Weddings and Ericka from Fluttery Fly Events (we have found a real benefit in meeting up every couple of months just to talk & brainstorm about the world of wedding planning) and I arrived in Buckingham Gate which is just a short walk from some our most famous and beautiful landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Royal Parks.

Just walking into the lobby area gives you a feeling of grandeur and aristocracy and this was before we even started our show around.

We set off from the wonderful courtyard garden with its famous Victorian Fountain, where you could hold your Civil Ceremony or Drinks Reception surrounded by the most stunning architecture all around you.

It was then off to Spa at Fifty One which is included in Harpers & Queen’s Worlds 100 Best Spa’s and from the moment you walked in you were greeted by the most amazing aromas from the Anne Sémonin spa treatments and oils, the Spa is used by many a famous face who may be staying at Buckingham Gate whilst on tour, filming or appearing in the West End. Of course we were keeping an eye out for familiar faces.
Whether you want an intimate candlelit dinner party or your Wedding Reception the historic private dining rooms are a perfect location. Ornately furnished with turn-of-the century chandeliers make this a stunning back drop for your event and the location could not be better.

Aali kindly invited us to have lunch with him and I would highly recommend doing so the food like everything else was exquisite and we were truly spoilt.

We were all in love with The Private Rooms and discussing endless possibilities by the time we said good bye to our host Aali.
I have to say that this gem which has played host to Presidents, Princes & Her Majesty the Queen along with sportsmen and film stars is definitely a venue with sophistication, elegance, consummately professional staff not too be missed.

Friday, 13 November 2009

A Guide to a stress free wedding!

Getting married should be the happiest time of your life but it can also be the most stressful!

To try and elevate the stress element get organised!

Keep a wedding file and store all your wedding information together in one place. Have sections for each element of your wedding such as ceremony, venue, photographer, music, cake, transport etc and file all the relevant information in the correct section. Type up a status report for your wedding, covering all aspects and up date this regularly and keep it in the front of your file.

Don’t be afraid to delegate to your friends and family, they won’t mind a bit. In fact they will be honoured that you asked them to help you, especially your mum! Try to remember this is a big day for her as well.

Always remember though this is you and your partner’s big day and you will drive yourself mad trying to please everyone. Be polite and thank them for their thoughts, suggestions and ideas but at the end of the day please yourself!

If you have a budget stick to it! Don’t feel that you have to have bigger and better than friends or a wedding straight from the pages of magazine. Remember that after the wedding day a phone call from your bank manager will be something you will not want.

At don't let yourself get stressed about the weather, it is the one thing that you just cannot do anything about, everyone hopes for a sunny day but a rainy day can be just as much fun & your photographs still fantastic.

Don’t let your wedding stress take the fun out of being together, have date nights and make them ‘wedding free’ nights – so that you can chill out and remind yourself why you are getting married in the first place.

ISIS Weddings – 13th November 2009