Monthly Archives: July 2016

Five things to ask your Wedding Venue Manager

By Lauren Hayes, wedding co-ordinator at The Deckers Group  

Wedding venue

Finding your perfect wedding venue is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your dream wedding.

Just beginning the search can be daunting so it’s important to be thorough and ask the right questions.

It’s easy to get carried away and see yourself walking up the sweeping driveway or having photos taken on the top of the double staircase. However, it’s just as important to find out all the nitty gritty details about the wedding venue and how they will help organise your day so it’s as enjoyable as possible.

Here at Pennine Manor wedding venue, we speak with couples from all over Yorkshire and the North, and aim to answer all of their questions, as well as giving them as many practical details as possible.

So you can continue to enjoy your wedding planning as much as possible, we have put together five questions you may not have thought about asking, BUT are crucially important to the rest of your dream day.

 

  1. Can I see a copy of your bar prices?
    It is a legal requirement to display bar prices or make them available to guests, but many hotels and wedding venues do not always make this easily accessible. This could be because they see wedding guests as a captive audience to exploit. Make sure your guests don’t need a mortgage to buy a pint.
  2. Could you explain your service style?
    Service style differs dramatically from venue to venue. Some venues allocate one member of staff per table to specifically look after the needs of that table. Other venues group their employees into teams. A good venue manager will be able to describe how they organise their teams to best look after the needs of you and your guests.
  3. May I view the toilets please?
    This might seem like the most ridiculous question, but the cleanliness of the toilets will give you an idea of the standards of hygiene throughout the venue. Look for toilet check sheets on the doors, or in the communal area of the toilet. Make sure these are being filled in regularly. You are looking to make sure the venue has high standards and systems in place for managing all of their facilities.
  4. How many bar staff do you allocate per number of guests?
    We all know how frustrating it can be waiting to be served at the bar. You need to make sure the venue allocates enough staff to get your guests served quickly and efficiently. If the ratio of staff to guests is less than 1:40 then you need to think twice about the venue.
  5. Will you be here on the day?
    Establish how much time the venue manager will be spending managing your wedding on the day. It is unlikely that they will be with you from the moment you arrive, to the time when you go to bed. What times will they be available to you? Who will you contact if you need something when the manager is not on duty?

Remember, a stress-free wedding is all about the preparation! Think of as many of your own questions to ask when you go to look around a wedding venue before you make any decisions. And good luck with your planning!

Summer Cocktail Ideas For Weddings

By Joe O’Neil, events manager for The Deckers Group

Welcome drinks are so important when planning your wedding and are not a detail to be overlooked. Your guests will be thirsty after enjoying the wedding ceremony and ready to celebrate!

As bride and groom, you will also be very ready for your first drink as a married couple and to mark the official start of your wedding reception and party.

Very often reception drinks are classic tipples such as champagne or Pimm’s if it’s a summer wedding. However, here at our wedding venues near Rochdale, we have created a menu of very special wedding-themed cocktails especially for reception drinks this summer to make your wedding really stand out.

The Blushing Bride – aww, doesn’t she look pretty!The Blushing Bride cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 25ml archers peach schnapps
  • sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 few drops of grenadine

Pour 25ml of peach schnapps into a champagne fruit, top up with the fizz and add a few drops of grenadine to the top to make the bride blush. We recommend using a light and fruity prosecco to keep this summer cocktail easy drinking.

Forenoon Fizz – the gin trend continues!
Forenoon Fizz cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp orange marmalade
  • 50ml Hendricks gin
  • 15ml Cointreau
  • sparkling wine or champagne

Spoon some good quality marmalade into the base of your champagne flute. Add the spirits and mix gently with the spoon. Top the glass up up with sparkling wine or champagne. We recommend using a marmalade with all the bits in, so they look unusual in the finished drink. This is rather an adult cocktail, so we would suggest a drier style of bubbly to complement the gin.

Lagerita – one for the boys!
Lagerita cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 25ml good quality tequila (Don Julio Blanco)
  • 15ml Cointreau
  • 15ml lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Corona

Shake the spirits in a cocktail shaker with lots of cubed ice. Strain into a long glass and top with the lager. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Choose your glass right and the boys won’t be complaining about having to drink cocktails. The tequila and lime counteracts the bitterness of the hops making this easy drinking on a beautiful summer’s day.

Planter’s punch – sometimes you can’t beat a classic. That doesn’t mean you can’t give it a twist!
Planter’s punch

Ingredients:

  • 200ml spiced rum, such as Sailor Jerry
  • 50ml grenadine
  • 200ml orange juice
  • 200ml pineapple juice
  • chopped fruit to garnish eg – orange slices, pineapple chunks, lime wedges

A traditional planter’s punch contains dark rum, but the more modern spiced rums give a lighter, more modern twist to the classic. You can vary the recipe to suit your taste and add more or less grenadine to change the sweetness. Maybe consider some mango or passion fruit juice, to change it up a bit! Add all the ingredients to a jug of ice and stir.

Our tips are to cater for 1.5 cocktails for each guest to ensure you don’t run out. Some cheeky guests will grab two drinks, and some guests might arrive a little later if they have to check into their hotel or wait for a taxi – so ensure they don’t miss out!

Wedding guests will always appreciate a thirst-quenching welcome drink to really kick off the celebrations in style.

Find out more about bespoke cocktails and menus from our Lancashire wedding venues: Crimble Hall and The Royal Toby.