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You don’t often get to see a room at a venue at night – generally show rounds happen during the day and sometimes if you visit a venue during the week the rooms can be empty so it can be hard to envisage how things might look on your own special day.
From our own experience at pollen HQ and from talking to our couples, there are two parts to the wedding reception, first you have the fine dining and all the traditional bits, the speeches and the cutting of the cake and then later on its time for a big old party
Everybody wants their guest to have a good time and after the event remember it as a very happy and a really good do!
Our lighting backdrop can go behind the top table and also cover the big seascape picture which I understand is not to everybody’s taste – no comment at Pollen HQ then it stays up for the dancing, the dance floor goes down in front of it.
What we are looking into doing for couples who have booked with us already and who prefer the daytime to be more low key and understated (without the backdrop) then once the evening want their day guests and evening guests to get the full party treatment (with the backdrop) – we will offer a set up service when the room is turned round for the DJ/band/dancing – obviously that means that Pollen4hire team members would need to come back to the hotel but for our valued Buxted customers who have booked with us already this is an available option – in the first instance contact Donal or Dex to see what they can do for you too.
Another option which we have already started to work on is where we have set up the back drop as we did this weekend for a couple and then the following day the next couple also wanted to use it – we can leave it up and they share the cost – that saves a bit of money so you can treat yourself to an evening buffet upgrade, late night bacon sarnies, or put a bit more behind the bar!
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Buxted Park is a beautiful historic house.
When we came to start designing our draping for the ballroom we wanted to accentuate the features and columns, not hide them and one of the the things to point out at this time of year especially (as the clocks are about to change) is that potentially a wedding reception could be taking place in darkness from late afternoon, whereas in the summer it may be mainly in the light- due to the long evenings.
It made us realise that potentially nighttime ambiance is very important and how amazing to have two ‘looks’ – low key soft fabric draping for the meal and then more dramatic lighting to accentuate the draping for the evening.
……………and here is the result, gorgeous fabric draping during the day the floaty fabric adds a pretty softness to the curtains and then at night we can turn it up with stunning uplighters to accentuate the columns in colours to match your theme
we can put this up for your special day too, during the winter months all you need to do is book us for chair covers ( if your chair covers are part of the hotel package- no problem) or chiavari chairs and ask us for a quote and we will drape the curtains. After the event we discreetly take it all down – we can also work a bit of magic in the orangery too (see our next blog post) …………….Buxted Park, buxted park ballroom, Buxted Park bride, buxted park chair covers, buxted park civil partnership, buxted park hotel, Buxted Park Hotel ballroom, Buxted park hotel bride, buxted park hotel chair covers, buxted park hotel chiavari chairs, buxted park hotel features, Buxted Park Hotel orangery, Buxted Park Hotel Uckfield, Buxted Park Hotel wedding, buxted park hotel wedding fair, buxted park hotel wedding fayre, buxted park hotel wedding flowers, buxted park hotel wedding package, buxted park hotel wedding packages, buxted park wedding, buxted park wedding fayre, buxted park wedding package, buxted wedding hire
Following a grand proposal in Las Vegas, Tamsin and Craig chose Premier photographer Sarah Critchlow to capture their special day. With a gorgeous French Vintage theme, the couple were joined by their family and friends to celebrate at the stunning Buxted Park in Sussex.
Photographer Sarah said, “I arrived at Tasmin’s parents’ house in the morning and it was buzzing with excitement. Tasmin was having her hair and makeup done whilst the bridesmaids were busy in the other rooms, getting ready for the day ahead. As Tasmin was nearly ready to get into her dress, all the girls gathered for champagne. The excitement continued throughout the day and as the sun shone brightly all afternoon, the guests enjoyed a relaxed drinks reception on the lawns at the wonderful Buxted Park Hotel. What I recall the most from Tasmin and Craig’s day was the attention to detail – I have never seen so many special touches which Tasmin and her family had applied around the hotel venue and this continued into the evening entertainment with a big box of fancy dress accessories available for guests to wear and then have their photograph taken on Tasmin’s own camera.”
Bride Tamsin told us:
In November 2009 Craig and I went away to our dream destination of Vegas. The second night we
were there Craig asked me to put a nice dress on as he was taking me out. We went down to the lobby area to be greeted by a chauffeur; Craig had organised a limo to take us to a secret destination – Red Rock. Unfortunately things don’t always go smoothly for us and he took us to the Red Rock Hotel which was 30 minutes in the wrong direction! Craig really wanted to catch the sunset to propose to me at the Red Rock Mountains – sadly we missed the sunset but instead we had the beautiful view of the Vegas strip. It was still early evening so there were a lot of tourists about to watch the grand proposal! It was so magical I didn’t realise that there were about 15 people clapping and cheering – it felt like we were in our own little bubble!
I have heard of other brides rocking up to their first wedding dress shop and finding “the one”. I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t have much clue of what I wanted. I found myself driving all around Sussex going to dress shops and trying on half their stock! Well, 14 shops and 70 dresses later…… I found the one! It was from Whyte Weddings, Worthing – such a beautiful looking shop and lovely helpful staff. I also bought all my accessories there.
Our ceremony was at All Saints church in Lindfield, Sussex. The Reverand conducted such a moving ceremony that made people laugh and cry – he brought so much meaning to the ceremony.
We decided to go for Thursday wedding. I had my concerns whether guests could make it due to work commitments etc but we knew that if we wanted a beautiful venue like Buxted Park we would have to take a chance and go with a less popular day. We were so lucky that our guests took the time off work and made our day so special.
Buxted Park had everything that we wanted in a venue, from its historical charm to its beautiful countryside soundings. The staff at Buxted Park were so attentive and helpful throughout the whole planning process as well as on the day. They had their work cut out for them as both of us had never been to a wedding before!
My theme was French vintage. We had a sweetie table which was displayed with all vintage glass jars that I collected from charity shops and car boot sales.
One little touch that went down really well with ladies was that we had a little basket of toiletries in the toilet. It had everything from hair pins to dry shampoo to chewing gum, just so they could fresh up throughout the day.
For evening entrainment we had a DJ, but we also had a vintage style suitcase with different props like moustaches on sticks and oversized sunglasses. It went down a storm with our guests and we all laughed so much looking at the pictures the day after!
The words of wisdom we were given were just to enjoy the day – the guests will always be happy as long as they can see the bride and groom having a good time. I can truthfully say we had a great time!
My most memorable moment was when Craig and I were driven from Lindfield to Buxted in our vintage Bentley wedding car. The journey takes 30 minutes but we asked the driver to take a longer route as we were enjoying each other’s company so much. We knew it would be hard to get that time alone with each other again that day so we just wanted to savour that moment. We just sipped on bubbly and chatted about our mornings and what we ate for breakfast! We loved it!
The Dream Team:
Wedding Photographer: Sarah Critchlow Photography
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee
Wedding Dress Shop/Accessories: Whyte Weddings
Wedding Reception: Buxted Park
Videographer: Family Film Company
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we love this picture from a recent weddings so much and it was taken by Sarah Critchlow www.critchlowphotography.co.uk Sarah has always been very generous with her pictures and has some gorgeous albums at the hotel too.
pictures at Buxted Park by kind permission and copyright of www.kdhphoto.co.uk
Buxted Park Hotel is a stunning setting for your very special day and they now can offer Al Fresco ceremonies too, we were very pleased to be part of the first one with Elissa and Luke tying the knot on the lawn outside the Coat of Arms lounge. Superb ambient chillout music from Ian at www.discofever.co.uk really got the pre-ceremony Cafe Del Mar Ibiza vibe so spot on (Ian offers a great package that can take care of all your requirements for music on the special day)
the weather was superb, which seems like a sentence we haven’t been able to say often in 2012 and Elissa’s special personal touches really added to the decorations and chairs we supplied
They have generously supplied some of the shots from Chris Giles for us to share
many thanks to the lovely couple Elissa and Luke for sharing these with us and the fantastic Chris Giles who is on the recommended supplier list for the stunning Buxted Park Hotel and also has an album at the hotel