So most of you will have read the title of the blog and thought ‘that seems logical’ but what the title doesn’t tell you is that I am the event planner and it’s MY wedding I’m planning!
For the past 10 years, I have sat at this very desk completely unaware of the chaos being planned around what I consider the ‘most important part of a wedding’ (it’s the catering if you hadn’t guessed), asking myself why brides become bridezilla’s? Why couples say the table plan nearly resulted in the cancelation of the wedding? And Why couples say it’s the most stressful process of their live?
Well you will all be delighted to hear I have to agree with everything I have been told previously… planning a wedding is a tough job and I have 10 years’ experience, god knows how everyone else does it!
Follow my story over the coming year whilst I finally stand in my client’s shoes and plan for the happiest day ever (surely it has to be after all the misery the planning process causes – right?)
Its soon approaching; The one day of the year where you feel you should go above and beyond to show your mother how very special she is to you, and how better to show how much you appreciate her, for all she has done for you, than bringing a smile to her face and giving her a unique and treasurable experience at Castle Goring.
We are offering Afternoon Tea for Saturday 25th March or a Traditional Sunday Lunch on Sunday 26th March.
Enjoy a palatable Afternoon Tea served with a delightful selection of Tea Pigs or Origin Coffee.
Starting with Finger Sandwiches to include:
- Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Lemon Mayonnaise
- Rare Roast Sirloin of Beef, Horseradish
- Classics Egg Mayonnaise, black pepper & chive
- Fruit and Plain Scones with Strawberry Jam and Roddas Cornish Clotted Cream
As well as…
- Lemon & Raspberry Meringue Posset
- Mini Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart
- Mini Victoria Sandwich, Elderflower Cream
Treat your mum to a divine dining experience at Castle Goring where you will all encounter sublime dishes created by the Castle Kitchen Chefs. The menu, yet to be released – watch this space – will include three starters, three mains and (my favourite) three desserts followed by complimentary Tea and Coffee with homemade Fudge to the table.
Please click here to read further details for Mothers Day at Castle Goring.
What better way to enter the new year (can you believe it’s nearly 2017?) than to be dancing the night away with family and/or friends at the home of Lady Colin Campbell – I can guarantee this has not been ticked off your bucket list.
Castle Goring, definitely knows how to hold a ball and is sure to impress all ticket holders, you’ll be celebrating in style alongside Lady C with cocktails, a 4-course gala dinner, and live music ranging from the 50’s era to today’s chart toppers, including some of the best-known classics!
On arrival, all guests will be greeted with a themed cocktail, whilst being able to take in all of Castle Goring’s beauty, before shortly being seated for a 4 course dinner:
Springs Smoked Salmon, Charred Cucumber, Caper & Parsley Arancini, Horseradish Yogurt, Rye Crisp
To Refresh the Palette
Apple & Basil Sorbet, Apple Puree, Wild Basil
The Main Meal
Beef Two Ways
Thick cut Fillet of Peppered Beef, Braised Short Rib of Beef, Girolles, Shallots & Celeriac Mash, Braising Juices
Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Peanut
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart, Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream, Berry Jelly, Caramel Sauce
Origin Coffee, Tea pigs Tea, Vanilla & White Chocolate Fudge
But by no means is the end of your meal the end of your night!! Castle Goring will have a fantastic live band set up to ensure your celebrations for 2016 end on a high and you begin 2017 in a way never been done before (apart from maybe having a headache in the morning).
With tickets selling fast be sure to contact the Castle Goring team on email@example.com or call 01903 790 254 to secure you booking for an end to the year that must not to be missed!
It’s that time of year again, you’ve come into work and at the top of your lengthy to do list is to arrange the yearly staff Christmas party.
Are you lacking inspiration? Tired of looking at barn after barn? Fancy something a little more unique?
If you are wanting to make this year’s Christmas Party the one to be remembered, then you need not to sit there for the next few hours, longing for your lunch break, scrolling through your internet browser to find somewhere that offers everything you need. Castle Goring, the home of Lady Colin Campbell, is guaranteed to impress all parties from the moment they set foot on the castle grounds to when they all stumble into a taxi!
Our Castle Goring team can help create bespoke parties, and even help with sourcing music entertainment and festive themed decorations, just think of how much more internet scrolling that will save!!!
To gather more information about Castle Goring and what it has to offer for your company’s Christmas party please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01903 790 254.
So it’s that time of year where we’re slowly saying goodbye to that Great British sunshine and hello to the darker mornings and chillier evenings and with that in mind I thought it best to write a blog with a little bit of inspiration from the changing seasons.
Now if you’re planning a wedding for this winter you may be well accustomed with the wonders of pine cones and how easily you can incorporate them into your wedding but for those who want to try adding your own personal touches to your special day with a little bit of DIY and a whole lot of patience then here are just a few ideas to get you started.
First things first you need to dedicate some time to go pine cone picking – take the dog for a walk down the woods, or your soon to be husband/wife, whichever is easier to persuade out of the house, and get collecting!
I’ll start by getting the easiest DIY option out there – wedding cake toppers. A Him pine cone and a Her pine cone, a little bit of felt and a little bit of lace and maybe a little sparkle – easy, you could even get the hubby-to-be to do it!
Table decorations, whether you decide to go tall, flat or cute and in the middle, you can add candles, flowers, ‘fake snow’ anything!!! Now it takes me a while to write these blogs but it takes me even longer to find the photos that match what I want to say, but, I’ve managed to find three images, all completely different, but all easily adapted to make your wedding decorations that little bit more personal. I personally love the tall standing vase, for me all i would add is a little bit of colour or sparkle – I love sparkle.
Now this one depends on your number of guests and just how many pine trees there are around where you live – name card places. What a quirky little way to stand your name cards up on the tables – so long as you’re able to balance the pine cones, and put in the hard work find the perfect pine cones, the effort here is minimal but at the same time i think the look is really effective.
Why not jazz it up a little bit with these cute little firelighter pine cones that could easily be used as name cards in the same way as the photos above. They could be used if you plan to have a fire for the evening or even as a gift for your guests to take home with them and place on their fires back home, you could even add essential oils to them so for those friends that don’t have fireplaces they’ll have a pretty and delicious smelling decoration instead!His and Hers flowers – from bouquets to buttonholes, of course you both have to be matching. Now my personal favourite that I have found, with the hopeful intention of being a bride one day, is this bouquet with different feathers, sticks and flowers. With a simple lace dress and something like this in your hand you’re bound to have him weeping at the altar – which is what we all want, right ladies? And for buttonholes – to be in keeping with the bouquet, add a little flower and possibly add a feather and he’ll be looking nearly as beautiful as you.
Now i’m back to the girls in the wedding party, bride and bridesmaids – what better token to keep forever than this cute little necklace, fair enough, I know you can’t make this, but it really can’t be missed!
And of course what better way to remember your pine cone themed wedding and to start of your wedding photos than with a beautiful photo of your rings rested on a pine cone – it’s a must for the photographer list!
We began this week with 3 slightly burnt and bruised chefs, 2 newly refreshed event managers (after a whole tonne of sleep on Monday) and a warehouse filled with ‘stuff’ – the aftermath of an extremely successful and busy weekend for RED.
Delivering events at a supreme standard is something we pride ourselves in doing here at RED, and to have completed the weekend having delivered 3 beautiful weddings and 2 superb private events, all with impeccable feedback which only encourages us to continue working towards being the best.
Coincidentally, this weekend we had two Tipi Tents at two lovely venues of which we got to show off our skills for the first time at both venues. Not only was it the first time for venues it was also my first time working in a Tipi Tent. At first when we were in the process or setting up the tents the week prior I have to admit, I was a little anxious – there were giant wooden poles and ropes sticking out in all directions, but all my worries were washed away (no not by the rain – may I add we all looked very flattering in our wellies and rain coats!) once tables and chairs were in position, and the bride and groom’s-to-be with friends and family started to add their finishing touches. First things first Heaven Farm; Wow, just wow. What a perfectly picturesque venue complimented by a lovely Tipi Tent. Even with a few minor showers this weekend for our lovely bride and groom, there was no way a little bit of rain was going to stop these newlyweds from celebrating the wedding they’ve been dreaming of.Once the showers had shied away the arrival drinks were in full swing, guests were all offered a glass of prosecco with the possibility of ‘pimping’ their prosecco.
Following shortly thereafter were 5 mouth-watering canapes that went down a treat:
King Prawn and Chorizo Skewer, Mango Glaze
Blue Cheese & Spring Onion Potato Cake, Roasted Garlic Aioli
Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait, Brioche, Orange Jam
Strips of Sussex Chicken in Sesame Seed Crumb, Hoi Sin Sauce
“Cheese & Pineapple” Parmesan Shortbread, Roasted Pineapple, Goats Cheese (v)
So that’s one successful Tipi wedding; The second successful Tipi wedding, after the minor bridesmaid hair setting alight drama was over, was, again, just another muddy field transformed into, again, a beautiful wedding venue – Chafford Park. This particular couple decided to go ahead with having their ceremony in the newly refurbished Hop Barn. It was hay bale galore for this given wedding as the bride and groom had done away with chairs in the ceremony instead hay bales decorated with hessian runners for a more unique feel and also fitting very well with the barn. Whilst the drinking and dining were well underway, what the guests didn’t know was that happening behind the scenes was the 6-hour long cooking process of two giant hog roasts! Hog roasts are not only a perfect way of soaking up the alcohol mid evening and feeding 100+ hungry party animals, some of our bride and groom’s decide to kick of their wedding in style with the chefs on show serving the deliciously cooked meat along with complimentary salads as part of their wedding breakfast.Looking for a way to make your wedding day slightly more special and bespoke, why not get in touch with us here at the office and who knows we could be seeing you in the coming years looking incredible in your breathtakingly beautiful dress or extremely dapper in your suit, celebrating the wedding you’ve been longing for.