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Make it a Merry Christmas and Get Planning for your Festive Event NOW

So the summer holidays are over. That familiar chill has returned to the mornings and darkness is starting to consume the evenings all too quickly. It can only mean one thing … Christmas is on its way!

Firstly we apologise to anyone who’s just had that ‘oh no’ feeling! However, if you are charged with organising something as big as a Christmas staff party, then this post should serve as a helpful nudge to get moving with your plans sooner rather than later, because there is heaps to do!

The good news is, the outstandingly organised people at Sourcerer are here to help. So if you are currently holding your head in your hands, recalling last year’s Christmas event and how it consumed all your time, we have some useful advice for you to make it much less of a chore this time around. And of course, as professional event planners, we can always help you in a practical sense, in whatever capacity suits you. Have a think about it – there’s still time – well, a little!

Christmas Party Planning Checklist

1. Set the Date

You may think dealing with this step further down the line is more logical, once you have decided on the theme and venue. But if you go making bookings before you are aware of what date suits the majority, then you could find yourself facing a dilemma. The festive season is a busy time when it comes to social calendars, so don’t delay and get those potential dates out there to gauge majority preference. Once decided, send a save the date email and note any ‘cannot attends’. Now you have your numbers, even a rough idea, it makes everything so much easier!

2. Set the Budget

Before you start any sort of planning you need to be clear on the budget. This will have a major impact on the party style and venue so you need to be certain from the start. Don’t forget to include a contingency to deal with unexpected expenses – they always tend to arise – so don’t spend it all at once!

3. Decide the Party Style

So now you know the budget it makes it easier to work out what type of party you can afford to hold. There are ways to rein in costs, so if you have your heart set on a fancy do, but are trying to stick to a limited budget, think about things like holding the party earlier in the year – November dates will often be less costly than December slots – and consider the day of the week. Parties are more often than not held towards the end of the week or at the weekend. Go for a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and it’s likely you’ll enjoy cheaper rates. You could even consider a January party instead, a welcome to the New Year – that way you’ve got a little more time – and you will be able to negotiate favourable prices.

There are three main types of party to choose from. Bespoke events take a lot of organising with venue hire, theming, catering and entertainment all to deal with individually, but they can be very memorable and have a lovely tailored feel about them. Pre-packaged Christmas parties supplied by venues – where you get a meal, crackers and drinks followed by entertainment – are often good value for money, but a little less personalised. And then you have your lunch or dinner in a local bar or restaurant with those who wish to going on for drinks or dancing afterwards. It really depends on the personalities involved, and of course the budget. Don’t forget to factor in things such as whether partners are invited as well as transport and accommodation if necessary.

4. Book the Venue

The venue will suit the party style and budget, will need to have capacity to accommodate your numbers, and of course have your preferred date available. Precisely why all the other steps need to come first! Think about location and accessibility too, and if necessary, whether there is overnight accommodation nearby. If you can’t decide at this stage, try making a few provisional bookings to keep your options open. During your research, have your preferred choice, then a plan B and plan C too, so that if you cannot get what you want, you are ready with a back-up and don’t have to return to the drawing board.

5. Choose a Theme

You don’t have to theme your Christmas party, but it does help make it memorable and is a great ice breaker too. Setting a theme and styling the venue is fun, but if you are lost for inspiration, speak to a professional party planner, as they’ll have lots of ideas. You can tie the theme in with your business somehow, perhaps a 1970s or 1980s theme for example if that’s when it was established. Film inspired themes are often popular, or you could go for a popular TV show, a location-based theme such as Spanish or Hawaiian, or something music-orientated. Whatever you choose you’ll need to incorporate it into every aspect of your party, so perhaps think about how you’ll do that before you disclose anything!

Don’t forget that an experienced events planner will be experienced in event theming and venue styling, so if you really want to go to town, get professional help! Last year, Sourcerer Events organised a large scale bespoke Christmas party for AVL Powertrain Ltd. The theme was Hollywood, and we really went to town on making every aspect of the event fit, with 7-foot Oscar statues, filmstrip props and a giant Hollywood sign. We even arranged usherettes to dispense popcorn in AVL’s corporate colour blue. Needless to say, it was a most memorable evening for all, including Sourcerer!

6. Organise Transport

Make getting to the venue hassle-free for everyone, and don’t forget arrangements for getting guests home safely too. Book taxis or mini-buses well in advance as these services are well in demand during the festive season. If you are holding a bespoke event, you may want to tie in the transport with your theme, such as hiring a bus decked out in 1970s garb, or Hollywood style limos.

7. Finishing Touches

The finishing touches will depend on your party style. A bespoke event will call for far more finishing touches such as cloakrooms and security for example, as well as corporate coloured popcorn and logo-decorated cakes of course!

If you are holding a packaged event or meal in a restaurant, then think about goody bags or personalised crackers. You may also want to hire a professional photographer to capture the event. Lots of businesses use such mementoes in their marketing and social media to show their customers what a nice company they are and how they take care of their staff. If you are watching the budget but fancy this idea, look for a student photographer who will do a good job for a fraction of the price.

Help is at Hand if you Need it!

We sincerely hope you have found some inspiration and useful advice in this post! If you would like a splash more, or have decided to make this year the year you call in professional event planning assistance, please get in touch! We look forward to helping you make your Christmas party a real cracker!

Shelley Morris of Sourcerer Wedding Planning & Event Management

www.sourcerer-events.co.uk

07816 759607

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Make it a Merry Christmas and Get Planning for your Festive Event NOW

Tour de France Victory for Sourcerer as Finchingfield Event Attracts 8,000 Visitors

The UK branch of the Tour de France was always going to be a major tourist pull, and for businesses along the route from Yorkshire down to Cambridge and London via Essex, it was set to be a very lucrative event. One of the key points on the route was a village called Finchingfield in Essex: the Tour de France competitors were to pass right through it on Monday 7th July. And Finchingfield just happens to be where Sourcerer Events is located!

A Fruitful Opportunity

Recognising such a fruitful opportunity, Sourcerer was keen to lend its support to one of the village’s local businesses, encouraging them to pull out as many stops as possible to take advantage of such an auspicious occasion. Our client, a public house and restaurant, had the perfect opportunity to position itself as the central catering hub for the event, ensuring all visitors to Finchingfield were adequately provided for and thus putting their business on the map courtesy of official Tour de France recognition and a host of PR opportunities.

Twelve Weeks in the Making

After our initial consultation in April, we had 12 weeks to plan the whole event from concept through to delivery. Not a problem for Sourcerer: bring it on we said! Our first task was to meet with the local council to pitch the proposal. This we did and it was well received and accepted. And so it was all systems go! Sourcerer took on both a practical, hands-on coordination role and an advisory one too.

Expert Advice all the way

It was decided that the client’s premises should be extended by way of a marquee, so as to comfortably tend to the expected 2,500 visitors who were to pass through the village throughout the day. Originally the client suggested locating it in the car park, but on our considered suggestion they agreed that a position on the village green would maximise exposure for publicity purposes and that it would appear more like an extension of their premises. To this effect, we suggested erecting a banner across the marquee to ensure instant recognition. And what a good idea that turned out to be, as it was picked up by numerous newspapers, radio and TV stations!

Something for Everyone

To make sure the day would be a memorable one for all who attended, including the media, a host of activities and entertainment was planned and coordinated. This included a hog roast and BBQ, a Pimms bar, a large screen TV (courtesy of Spains Hall event venue), face painting to keep the younger visitors occupied, a performing arts academy show, a live music performance with a DJ and buffet during the evening and of course, the most quintessentially English of all spectacles: Morris dancing! One of Sourcerer’s preferred suppliers is a producer of luxurious picnic hampers, so we introduced them to our client with the suggestion that visitors could pre-order a delectable packed lunch to enjoy on the village green, ensuring that all tastes and dietary needs were catered for with traditional, vegetarian and gluten free options. VIP packages were also arranged and Sourcerer introduced an excellent wine merchant to assist in carefully selecting fine wines to accompany the 4-course lunch. We really do love forging relationships that both our suppliers and clients can benefit from, and we are delighted to report that our wine merchant is now a preferred supplier of our client!

Cultivating Commercial Success

When it came to catering, our client felt that outsourcing was the way to go, but we pointed out that there would be much more scope for commercial success in the long term if they took direct responsibility. We are pleased to say they agreed and went on to provide both the hog roast and the BBQ, both of which were a roaring success and bestowed much kudos upon our client. With such a huge crowd expected, we thought it would be a good idea to offer paid-for fast track wristbands so that visitors wishing to avoid the queues to access the marquee could gain priority access. All of this we coordinated, taking responsibility for design, print and delivery.

Taking Care of the Finer Detail

Throughout the 12 weeks of planning and preparation, numerous meetings were required with the local council, and Sourcerer accompanied the client to all of them. Early on in the organisation of the event we took responsibility for updating the client’s website with promotional information, right down to arranging professional copywriting so the content would benefit from maximum impact. We also took care of organising the design and print of leaflets and for managing a social media campaign. Sourcerer was also responsible for arranging private security to assist with crowd management and to ensure the safety of patrons, given the extended drinking hours and large crowds expected.

And the day of the Event Finally Arrives!

 

Shelley Morris: Sourcerer Wedding Planning & Event Management

www.sourcerer-events.co.uk

01371 811108

Tour de France Victory for Sourcerer as Finchingfield Event Attracts 8,000 Visitors

What to Consider When Choosing a Venue for Your Business Event

If you are planning a business event your main objective will be to leave a lasting impression. A key factor in this is the venue. There are many things to consider when choosing a venue, and as luck would have it, the helpful events managers at Sourcerer are here to help you with some insider tips!

1. Space

You obviously need a venue that will accommodate all your attendees. But think beyond this. Will guests need space to move about and network? Do you need room for demonstrations or activities? Make sure there’s enough space to cater for anything you’re planning to include and liaise closely with any speakers or trainers. But also remember not to overdo the space. It can feel daunting and intimidating if you have a small number of attendees and a huge venue.

2. Catering

If you’re serving food and drink at your event, check what the venue can offer. Ideally you’ll want a venue that will take care of everything for you, and to a high enough standard. If you’ve got to deal with catering yourself separately, that’s another drain on your time. Talk to the venue about the options they offer and how they accommodate the growing number of dietary requirements. Don’t leave anything to chance: survey your guests’ needs and then make sure your venue can cater to them.
 

3. Audio-Visual Requirements

If you are planning an event with guest speakers or hosting some form of corporate entertainment, you will probably need audio-visual equipment. Assess in advance the availability of things like flat screen monitors, overhead projectors, PA system and microphone, internet access, whiteboards sufficient power outlets. If not directly available, see if the venue can offer favourable rates for AV-hire
from an approved partner – better still, talk to Sourcerer Events and we will take care of all your AV and visual requirements

4. Venue Reputation

Company profile is always at stake when hosting any event. So you need to consider whether your chosen venue will present a positive impression of your business. Think helpfulness and presentation of staff, venue reputation and condition and make sure it’s all fitting in as far as the expectations of your guests will go.

5. Location & Accommodation

Think about where attendees will be travelling from. If the event is due to run late into the night, does the venue have accommodation on site or are there plenty of hotels nearby? See if you can negotiate with the venue on cost of overnight rooms, or let your events manager negotiate for you!

These are just some of the things we think you should consider when choosing a venue for your business event. Of course if you hire an event organiser – like Sourcerer – then you’ll have everything taken care of. But if there’s one piece of advice we’ll leave you with, then it’s check out your shortlisted venues in person, don’t rely on websites and photos!

If you need help choosing a venue for your business event, please get in touch
– Sourcerer is here to help!

Sourcerer Wedding Planning & Event Management

020 8938 3514

shelley@sourcerer-events.com

 

 

What to Consider When Choosing a Venue for Your Business Event

Top Tips for Planning Your Wedding (Budget Options Included)

There’s no denying it: planning a wedding takes an incredible amount of time and calls for organisational skills worthy of an award. If you are about to embark on shaping your dream wedding, you are more than likely experiencing that overwhelmed feeling. We’d like you to take a few moments to relax and have a read of some useful advice we’ve got for you. Grab a cuppa and read on…

Main Aspects First, Finer Detail Later

The key is to take time at the outset to plan the major aspects and realistically calculate how much time and money you can afford. Once you have the main facets in check, you can start to plan the finer, fun detail!

Here we take a look at seven main areas of wedding planning, offering advice and ideas to help when making key decisions. Don’t forget: don’t get carried away with the finishing touches until you’ve settled on these core aspects!

1.   Budget

Make setting a budget your first consideration: it will influence absolutely everything. It’s easy for costs to spiral out of control, so either make a point of keeping a watchful eye on all your outgoings with the help of a spreadsheet or schedule, or hire a wedding planner to manage it all for you. Whilst you may initially be put off by the additional cost of a wedding planner, they can actually help save youmoney: it’s one of their greatest talents, so don’t discredit it too early!

2.   Date and Season

The big question: when to get married? Summer is obviously a popular time and whilst you can’t guarantee good weather, there’s a better chance that your outdoor ceremony or reception will be bathed in sunshine. Don’t discount other seasons though. A winter wedding can be a lovely, cosy affair. Think of roaring log
fires, scenic snowy wedding photos or even ice sculptures to set off your venue. Getting married any season outside summer is more likely to land you your preferred date and venue and discounts too, so it’s worth considering.

3.   Venue

Draft your guest list and think about how much you can realistically afford to spend. Then and only then start looking at possible venues. Think about location: is it accessible for all guests? Is there accommodation nearby for all budgets? Is
there capacity for your full guest list or will it be too vast for a smaller gathering? Are there facilities on site for you and your wedding party to stay or get ready? What are other couples saying in their reviews? Do your homework but also go with your gut instinct: if you get a good feeling when you visit, that stands for a lot!

4.   Style of Wedding

Wedding styling is where your flair for finer detail can kick in, but don’t forget: focus on the core aspects first. Setting a main theme is all you need to do at this stage. Gathering your accessories and working out your décor – the fun part – comes later. Your choice of venue will impact upon how you style your wedding. A country barn will lend itself to a rustic theme and a grand hotel to classic fashioning. If you are starting with a blank canvas, the limit is your imagination. Think about whether you want formal, fun or something in between. A good idea is to let it portray your personality.

5.   Catering

Would you prefer a formal sit down meal, or a more relaxed buffet or BBQ? Discuss catering options with your venue; they’ll work closely with caterers and will have a recommended list they’ll share with you. A good caterer will offer consultation and tasting sessions to help you choose your food and wines. It’s one of the most fun parts of planning your big day! If you are working to a budget, consider a homemade buffet (rope in some willing budding master chefs to help sprinkle some gourmet into the mix!) or hire out a restaurant on one of its
quieter nights.

6.   Photography

It is vital to be clear on how you want to preserve your special memories before you choose your wedding photographer, so you can be sure they offer the service you need. Would you prefer mostly formal pictures, natural shots or a mixture of both? Perhaps you want photos taken of certain family members together? Do you want pictures taken at the ‘getting ready’ stage as well as during the ceremony? And at the reception too? If you are on a limited budget, ask around to see if anyone knows a semi-professional or student photographer, but do check their past work!

7.  Entertainment

Here’s where you’ll want to pander to your own tastes, but also consider how you can keep everyone entertained too. If you have an eclectic mix of guests you’ll need to think of ways you can please all the people. Think outside of music too: consider magicians, garden games, bouncy castles, a casino or a photo booth with amusing props for guests to pose for their own fun photos. Remember that good wedding entertainers get booked up a long time in advance, so make this one of your priority decisions.

How a Wedding Planner can Help

Planning a wedding eats up an incredible amount of time and can be very Stressful. A wedding planner helps ease the pressure by liaising with all the suppliers. Here at Sourcerer we have a vast book of contacts and experience of working within set budgets and negotiating the best prices. We can guide, recommend and inspire as much as you need and best of all, we’ll be there on the day making sure everything runs like clockwork so all you have to do is enjoy your wonderful wedding!

If you’d like to find out more about getting some help with planning your wedding, please get in touch.

 

Shelley Morris

Sourcerer Wedding Planning & Event Management

www.sourcerer-events.co.uk

01371 811108

Top Tips for Planning Your Wedding (Budget Options Included)

Reviving a Great British Tradition on Bank Hol Monday 5th May

We’re known for the wonderful traditional treats of afternoon tea and English picnics.  We’re known for spreading the word about etiquette and manners (and no, you don’t stick your little finger out when sipping your tea!).  Now we are launching the revival of another great British tradition:

The TEA DANCE!!

Do you love Downtown Abbey, Call the Midwife etc?  Then this is for you!

Love a very fine Afternoon Tea and a glass of Bubbly as well?  Then this is for you!

Want to know the best etiquette of tea manners?  Then we have world-expert William Hanson (TV personality) for you.

Love to dance or happy to have a go?  Then we have music and dancing for you.

 

We have even revived the traditional Gateaux Trolley to come round with delicious treats after all the afternoon tea goodies as well.

 

Www.englishcreamtea.com for tickets – but hurry.  Two left feet?  No worries – just join in the fun from 2.45pm at Pledgdon Barn Venue set in countryside near Stansted Airport or ring for further info: 01279 876661

We’re waving the flag here for all things wonderful and British.  Come and join us!

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Reviving a Great British Tradition on Bank Hol Monday 5th May

Business Awards and the arrival of the Tea Dance

The Scone Gnomes at The English Cream Tea Company were smiling this week because we’ve just won a second business award in a few months.  However, there’s an irony.  In November we won the regional Small Business of the Year Award.  Now, we’ve just been named the regional Micro Business of the Year.  Isn’t Micro smaller than Small – does that mean we’re going backwards?!

Well, we know we’re not going backwards and we’re delighted to be sending out more hampers and gifts around the great British traditions of Afternoon Tea and English Picnics.  We’re even suppling the picnics for Audley End Summer Concerts on 2nd/3rd August.  Of course, you can take your own picnics but for those who want to treat themselves to our indulgent and delicious picnics awaiting your collection on site, we’re awaiting your order!

Also, we’re reviving another great British tradition on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May: the TEA DANCE.  Enjoyed back in Call the Midwife and even Downtown Abbey days, we’re offering you a chance to get your dancing shoes on too.  Fantastic afternoon tea, an entertaining talk by top etiquette man William Hanson and dancing too (complete with music from Denyse Donnell and dancing inspiration from Vicky Wright of Shake and Shuffle).  The Champagne will be flowing and there’s even going to be an old-fashioned Gateaux Trolley.   Do come along and bring Auntie/Mother too – they’ll love it as well!  Tickets from www.englishcreamtea.com

Business Awards and the arrival of the Tea Dance

Latest Trends in Wedding Venue Styling

Wedding venue styling takes a great deal of organisation and consideration. How you style your wedding venue will depend on many factors such as the type and theme of your wedding.

So for example if you intend to have a country barn wedding, your wedding venue might be styled with plenty of flowers and vintage accessories like birdcages and lanterns. In this post we’re going to take a look at the latest trends in wedding venue styling, and possible ideas for inspiration.

Hollywood Glamour

Revived by the Great Gatsby film, this trend is all about sophistication of a bygone era of the 1920s.

Think crystal candlesticks, chandelier lighting, feather centrepieces and big band dancing. This trend oozes elegance.

Romantic Florals

One aspect of this trend is the flowers themselves.  Wedding venue decoration incorporates garlands for such things as the bar and doorways. Jessica Ennis’s 2013 followed a floral style, not only in her fabulous dress, but with plenty of garlands and flower arches.

The second aspect of this trend is within the decoration: blossom flower trees, made with either extremely realistic silk flowers or fresh flowers, have become very popular in wedding venue styling. They can be used as centrepieces, ceremony aisles or as stunning features.

Aisle Runners

A new trend in wedding venue dressing that has made its way from The States is personalising your aisle runner. Think about matching the colour to your wedding chair covers or overall theme. You could decorate with flower petals or even personalise with your initials.

Candles

Wedding venue lighting has a huge impact on the feel and atmosphere of your big day. Candles always give a romantic impression, but they can be interpreted in different ways. You might want to opt for pretty tea light holders as a nod to a vintage theme. Or you may wish to think about something more elaborate, such as a candelabra chandelier or candle globe centrepiece.

Crystal

Crystal gives a decadent, luxurious feel to any wedding. Used with the right wedding venue lighting, crystal can elude a fabulous sparkling glimmer. Crystal trees have become popular in creating statement centrepieces and when combined with LED lighting, offer wonderfully striking appeal.

Likewise, crystal table chandeliers can look amazing on dining tables and can be lit to any colour. Crystal candelabra combines the beauty of romantic lighting with a striking centrepiece.  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are known for their opulence, especially as Kanye rented out an entire baseball stadium to propose to Kim! Their wedding is due in May 2014 and this flamboyant couple are probably the most likely to follow this wedding venue styling trend.

Whichever trend most appeals to you, it’s important to plan and take time to achieve the look in a way that will most befit you and your partner.

At Sourcerer Events, we are right here on hand to offer insightful advice and inspiration in wedding venue styling. Give us a call to find out how we can help bring to life that dream look that you’ve got your heart set on.

Latest Trends in Wedding Venue Styling

Hollywood Comes to Beautiful Essex Venue for Corporate Christmas Party

 

AVL Powertrain Ltd. Is the world’s largest independent developer of powertrain systems and we were thrilled to be engaged to organise their annual Christmas party, bringing together around 120 staff from their Essex and Coventry offices to convene for much fun and revelry on 29th November.

Click on any thumbnail image below to view the full photo gallery for this event. Scroll down to keep reading about how it all took shape!


Bring on the Challenges!

We started with a small – but resolvable – challenge. Due to the large numbers involved, many venues would only house a party of this size in a marquee. As AVL had held their previous two Christmas parties in marquees, which can be a little chilly in the winter, they wanted something a bit different for 2013.

Sourcing a Venue

Spains Hall

Our first step was to research potential venues which would fit the bill, both in terms of capacity and cost. Essex was the chosen location, so we presented a choice of five we felt would be suitable. Spains Hall, in Finchingfield, was chosen for its historic charm. This stunning English Heritage estate, a wedding venue cherished Essex wide, has recently added corporate and fundraising events to its offering. It certainly had the indoor capacity required, and the staff were incredibly
enthusiastic about playing host to this party.

Setting the Theme

Here at Sourcerer, we’re great believers that a themed event is a memorable event. So we delved into our imagination and came up with a selection of options.

‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Masquerade Ball’ and ‘Hollywood Movies’ were put forward with Hollywood coming out the winner. And then we got to work on producing an Oscar-winning Christmas party!

Three Months in the Planning

Spains-Hall-Before-&-After

Over three months of meticulous planning, we worked closely with the staff at Spains Hall, ensuring the venue was styled to perfection and that every aspect of the brief was adhered to. We also went to great lengths to make sure the caterers followed the theme to the letter; all working together to achieve something that we were certain would really wow the guests.

The venue’s transformation was something to behold and there was an incredible buzz during set-up as the general manager, staff and owners of the Spains Hall estate were all gathering to take a sneaky peak as the creation came to life.

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A Night at the Oscars

Sourcerer Events took care of every aspect, from working with the DJ so guests were met with movie-themed music on arrival to arranging 7-foot Oscar statues, filmstrip props and a giant Hollywood sign. There were even usherettes dispensing popcorn in AVL’s corporate colour blue, a red carpet entrance and guests were made to feel like real A-list film stars with a paparazzi welcome. The occasion was also turned into a fundraiser, with generous donations made to Cancer Research UK.

Feedback & Flexibility

Having organised the company’s Christmas corporate events for the past two years, we acted on the feedback from those and tweaked this year’s event to produce even greater satisfaction. This included plumping for a winter-friendly indoor venue, and swapping from a sit down meal to a buffet for a more informal feel and more time for partygoers to hit the dance floor.

“Nothing was too Much Trouble” 

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Flexibility is our middle name here at Sourcerer, so we weren’t fazed by unusual
requests and changing guest numbers. Christopher Tytler is responsible for HR and finance at AVL Powertrain UK Ltd. He said, “Shelley was really up against it, the numbers kept changing and there were specific things we wanted. There were lots of instructions and these did change fairly often. She worked tirelessly and nothing was too much trouble. She is totally flexible and never says no. She is open to anything. She can even find blue popcorn!”

It’s what we do: we handle each and every detail of the event organisation, which in this case included not only the party planning but also booking accommodation and transport.

Hollywood Success – “Everyone Loved it!” 

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The party was a roaring success according to AVL. Christopher told me on the night that his staff were coming up and thanking him for creating such a wonderful party. “Everyone loved it! All the finer details made it just perfect. Shelley worked tirelessly throughout and her ideas and input were fantastic – especially the blue popcorn. The venue was beautiful and their staff were a joy to work with too,” he said. 

Sourcerer adored working on this event, and we were very impressed with Spains Hall. We’re absolutely thrilled to have learnt that we’ve been placed on their preferred suppliers list – it’s like winning a Hollywood award!

If you’re planning an event in Essex, and would like to make it magical and memorable, give Sourcerer a call on 01371 811108. We love what we do, and we’d love to do it for you!

Hollywood Comes to Beautiful Essex Venue for Corporate Christmas Party

Planning a Wedding? Plan ahead…

If you recently became engaged over Christmas or New Year then you’re probably still floating on cloud nine. Congratulations! Whilst you may 

want to bask in the glow of being newly engaged, if you’re intending to tie the knot this year or next, it makes sense to plan ahead or talk
with your wedding planner now about some key factors for your wedding. 

 

Wedding Venue

Spains Hall at night

Deciding on where you get married is probably one of the most important decisions you can make in organising a wedding. Whether you opt for a
traditional church wedding, a stylish manor house or rustic country barn, the choice of venue will be likely to reflect upon who you are as a
couple.

Understandably, you want this decision to be just perfect and so it’s essential to get out and see as many places now as you can and get the venue booked
early. Gorgeous venues understandably get booked up quickly and some may be booked two years or more in advance. Talk to your wedding organiser
about venues you are interested in viewing, or book some appointments directly. You’ll quickly get a good feel for the style and ambiance and
can then seriously think about booking your preferred choice.

 

Setting the Date

Wedding invitation

You may have your heart set on a winter wedding for this year, but the date for your wedding will be closely linked to the availability of your
chosen venue. Start planning now and you can look to secure both your top choices of venue and season.

It makes sense to think over other key dates in the calendar with your wedding planner that you may want to use or avoid. For example, it might be best
to avoid planning a wedding on certain dates this summer when the World Cup will be taking centre stage, especially if you have plenty of
guests who are football fans! Likewise, would you look to avoid the bank holidays in May and August or perhaps consider getting married on a
Sunday if many of your guests would have the Monday off work as a public holiday?

Other Key Decisions

Corporate entertainment

Whilst organising the venue and the date are essential in planning ahead for a wedding, there will be other key factors such as entertainment,
photography and catering. If you have particular ideas in mind for these, it is a good idea to start planning early so you can secure your
first choice suppliers.

We find the weddings that run the most smoothly are those which have been planned well ahead and with the greatest attention to detail.

What Can a Wedding Planner Do for You?

If you feel swamped in making decisions, or need some help or direction with planning your dream wedding, we can help. At Sourcerer we can become as
involved as little or as much as you like. We can help with budgeting, styling and theming your wedding as well as organising the venue,
caterers and other suppliers. Call us, we’d love to help!

Planning a Wedding? Plan ahead…