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!
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.
A weekend like no other… until the next time. This weekend just gone marked a first for RED Anywhere; Months and months of organisation, discussing menu choices and finalising timings, exchanging emails/calls with suppliers and being followed by a camera crew (thankfully myself and Sophie had filed our nails before being recorded folding napkins and setting up the marquee), allowed for the RED team, full of determination, to deliver our first Castle Warming Ball. As you may be able to imagine it was slightly chaotic at times.
Castle Goring, as you may already know if you’ve been following us on social media, is our current ongoing and exciting challenge. Our biggest challenge yet, we hope, has been marked with a huge green tick, on behalf of ourselves and Lady C – To deliver Lady C’s Castle Warming Party with unsurpassable everlasting impressions for Lady C and her guests. The party was in fact the first time that Lady Colin Campbell has ever experienced our food and what we do, which meant that our game faces were worn from the moment we stepped out of bed (after an added caffeine boost).
Praises were sung highly throughout the evening as guests were delivered sublime courses. Take a look at the bespoke menu designed for Lady C:
Foie Gras Pate, Smooth Foie Gras Pate, Toasted Brioche, Kumquat Chutney, Herb Salad
Duo of Guinea Fowl
Confit of the Leg, Breast Roasted and Sliced, Fondant Potato, Sussex Asparagus, Morel Mushroom Sauce
Theme on Chocolate
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, Double Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Crumble, Raspberries and Raspberry Sorbet
Flower displays created by Jay Archer Floral Design, complimented the castle immensely!! The thought that went into each display was apparent to all guests who attended from the moment they walked through the castle doors, viewing the beautifully decorated stair case, to the entrance into the marquee (provided by our sister company Blank Canvas Marquees) for dining where the table centers were very cleverly thought out for the round table dining style.
Now this is me slightly going off on a tangent, but the spiral staircase decorated elegantly with foliage and dotted with lanterns/candles, has to be, for me, one of the top unique selling points for the castle and all it has to offer – just imagine the possibilities for photographers to be able to capture the stunning brides and handsome grooms.
So with the tables laid for service, flowers arranged and great food to come, there was only one thing needed to complete the feel to the event. Sophistication and elegance were two themes Lady C, Sophie and myself had been insuring we worked towards and we wouldn’t have been able to create and/or perfected this feel if it wasn’t for Elegant Stationery, who captured exactly what we wanted through table numbers, menus and name cards.
Lady C’s certainly knows how to host a party, once the alcohol had started taking effect and the dancing antics were in full swing, instead of the music coming to an end and guests departing, Daniel Clarke, our very own Master Chef of Great Britain, was on show cooking breakfast (Springs Smoked Salmon & Duck Scrambled Egg) at 2:30am, helping to soak up the alcohol already consumed to allow for more drinking and celebrations to continue into the even earlier hours of the morning.
It would be unfair of me to finish this blog without giving congratulations to all of our kitchen/back of house/front of house staff who helped us to not only deliver Lady Colin Campbell’s Castle Warming Party, but two beautiful weddings; one on Friday, which with the lightning and thunder storm takes the phrase ‘angels confetti’ to a whole new meaning, and another on Saturday for yet another stunning couple who’s big day was well and truly celebrated by all guests invited! So a big well done to all of the team and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me soon with more updates about our busy and event filled weekends to come!
‘What shall I do for the last half hour Sophie?’ I ask willingly anticipating her reply.. ‘BLOG’ oh the joys.. Now don’t get me wrong I do enjoy writing the blogs for you RED followers but I am honestly not lying when I say I can easily sit here for half an hour and write 100 words. wedding writers block..
Can you believe its nearly the end of May already, that’s almost half a year that’s flown by, oh and nearly two months completed at Red HQ for me, still avoiding the QRS_UVWXYZ duties!!
The end of last month marked my first event since starting in the offices and wow is it a stunning venue; Northfields Country House, located in Eastergate, Chichester, West Sussex.
Northfields could possibly be the ideal setting for your wedding reception, parties or corporate events if you are after somewhere a little more private and tranquil. Together with Northfields, Red and Blank Canvas (Red’s sister company) the venue is able to offer the perfect setting for a marquee wedding or party on the lawns.
Having worked this venue a few times now in the past 2.5 years, I can quite easily say the new curved roof marquee with a clear view has got to be my favourite style for this particular venue. The clear/open sides allows newlyweds, with their desired table arrangement, to look out and over their guests and onto the house itself (which has a lovely family/friendship history), decorated with a beautifully scented climbing Wisteria that has naturally entwined itself around the windows and door.
The Marquee’s interior is a neutral cream(which is a ‘blank canvas’), easily allowing for brides, grooms and party holders to customise the marquee to their desired colour scheme or themes, meaning you can put your own stamp on your day!
Another reason as to why this Marquee structure is so special at Northfields is because you can have it customised to however big you want it. Extra bays can be added, creating the perfect space to allow a dancefloor for yourself and your guests to dance the night away once the dining formalities are over (not forgetting that the food element to your event has got to be by far the best bit, unless you’ve just got married of course, that’s got to be up there with being one of the best feelings, not just satisfying your stomach).
And who said your wedding day or big event only has to be the one day; newlywed couples or avid party goers can easily continue the after party and celebrate with their family and friends the whole weekend at Northfields House – just another brilliant reason as to why Northfields would be the perfect venue for you.