Your wedding – changing the plans due to the pandemic

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As the saying goes, it is every woman’s (and mans!) prerogative to change their mind.

We have all done it. You plan the most extravagant night out with your best girlfriends for your birthday. Slip in to a tight sequin number and fish out your tallest stilettos. Come 11pm you are all giving each other the side glance that confirms you would rather be in your pjs, snug as a bug at home, watching a movie under a duvet with a hot chocolate and a box of chicken nuggets… but of course you couldn’t have planned for that in the first instance could you! It’s your birthday and you need to dance the night away in a sweaty, overcrowded and – if we are being truly honest here – slightly too loud nightclub!

Ok, so maybe that is a slightly extreme analogy there that I have attempted to use to relate to your wedding day plans changing. But the sentiment remains the same. Sometimes we plan this big day in our minds for years and years but lose sight of what is actually important to us. I am seeing it time and time again in my inbox following these ghastly few months we have all been going through, brides and grooms being forced to change their plans to smaller, intimate weddings but ultimately feeling so relieved and ten times better about their day because of it!

Likewise, postponement really doesn’t need to be seen as a negative. It is frustrating and disappointing when thrust upon you without a choice, but it also gives you time to re-evaluate and focus on what is important to you. What you really want your wedding day to look like. Tastes change, our priorities shift and as such our wedding plans adjust.

Let me give you an example. The planner becomes the bride, or at least, this was meant to be the case this year with my own wedding which has now had to move back by a year. When my fiance and I sat down two years ago and started to plan our day we set out with a very traditional order of events in mind. A ceremony at 1pm followed by drinks and a meal, speeches and cake cutting, then  a boogie to round it all up. We felt so smug, everything was mapped out perfectly – what could go wrong? Fast forward 2 years and we are going through a pandemic with half the guest list not even able to travel to us from overseas. So we have postponed.

Our wedding has gone from a traditional day to a rustic soiree starting in the early hours of the evening with live music, cocktails and canapes, a cheese buffet and the most perfect menu that we have had the time to carefully select. If none of this had happened to us, we would have stayed in our neat little box of the classic wedding day and missed out on putting our personal stamp on everything because, well, we just would have never thought to explore it! Having to wait even longer for this special day reignites that passion to make it as perfect as possible and personal to both of us.

Perhaps you have planned to marry now, legally, with your nearest and dearest and there is an absolutely awesome sequel celebration on the horizon that is not to be missed. Or maybe, you are due to marry in a few weeks or months time with the people that mean the world to you both and have helped nurture this beautiful love story you’re set to celebrate. Whatever your change of plans – I am so excited for you! When we are forced to step back from a situation and highlight what is truly important to us, perhaps even make more sacrifices than we had hoped for, it is usually all written in the stars and turning out just the way it is supposed to.

Bri

Wedding & Events Co-ordinator

The Uninvited Guest at your Wedding – Covid -19

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As we settle in to our new normal as a nation, the world, it is necessary for life to continue. Nobody can predict what will happen tomorrow or next month or next year. For our wellbeing and sanity, it is necessary to carry on celebrating milestones within our lives, finding joy where we can, with the greatest joy of all in life arguably being LOVE.

The wedding industry has been impacted greatly by Covid-19. How could it not be?  We are delighted to work with our couples to find positive postponement arrangements and are encouraged that many of our recommended suppliers are doing the same, far beyond any contractual agreements. We understand how devastating this is for brides and grooms who have been building up to their special day over the past months. We hear you! We understand. We want to help.

The Oakhouse is perfectly suited to smaller, intimate celebrations and now, more than ever, we are committed to making dreams and visions become a reality. Under no circumstance will covid-19 be permitted on your guest list! Your wedding day will be remembered for walking down the aisle towards your life partner as if there is nobody else in the room, delicious food and drink enjoyed with your closest friends and family and the special moments that could never be quantified by a number of guests on a guest list.

What makes our lives so magical and exciting is that nothing at all is really certain. We adapt to every situation in the best possible way that we can. Perhaps you are reading this as you are one of the many couples that have been forced to postpone or worse, cancel, your original wedding plans. I’m sorry this has happened to you. We are here for you.

There are a number of benefits to having a smaller, intimate wedding day including more quality time with each one of your guests, a reallocation of funds to allow you to indulge in those added extras that would have been unachievable for a large number of people and not forgetting many more venue options that can accommodate your requirements.

If you are searching for a local venue that can accommodate your new needs and make your day as special, if not MORE SPECIAL, than you had dreamed then please do get in touch with us so that we can discuss and arrange a socially distanced tour of our spaces. Your day will happen and it will be one of the best days of your lives.

Bri

Wedding & Events Co-ordinator

The Calm Before the Magic – Your Bridal Prep @ The Oakhouse Hotel

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It’s perfect.

The sun is shining across the medieval square of Axbridge, the birds are chirping quietly, sweetly in the background, behind the chatter of the bridal party and the odd ‘pop’ of a champagne bottle.

You close your eyes as a soft brush glides forwards and backwards over your eyelids, dusting them with iridescent powder that makes your eyes gleam, wide and bright. Simultaneously, a brush is gently, delicately pulling your hair in to an effortlessly gorgeous up-do, the diamond hair pin catching a sun ray for a moment and reflecting rainbow patterns against the window.

It’s not really a surprise to us that our brides consider the morning ‘bridal prep’ for their wedding, a highlight of their day. The excitement builds in your stomach, yet you feel serene, calm and pampered.  

With its separate dressing area with Louis style furniture, slipper bath in the bedroom and beautiful views across the square, our Junior Suite at the Oakhouse could not be better suited to host you and your bridesmaids on the morning of your wedding.

For those few hours it is just you and your closest friends and family, enjoying the comfort of your surroundings and letting your suppliers and venue do what they do best. All the planning, midnight to do lists, budgeting and the dreaded table plan are done, this is it and your day is here.

Today everyone will be looking at you and smiling. You will be celebrating love and embarking on one of life’s most wonderful adventures. We’d be honoured to be a part of it.

Bri

Wedding and Events Co-ordinator.