Supplier Spotlight: The Cotswolds Event Planner

This weeks Supplier Spotlight is for wedding and events coordinator Louise Pritchard.  With her trademark bob and love of sparkles, this lovely lass is just the gal you need planning your wedding – find out more about Louise, her experienced hospitality background and passion for planning below.

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Tell us about you

Hi my name is Louise Pritchard and I am The Cotswold Event Planner.

I help businesses and individuals save time, money and stress when planning their events by using my industry experience, my network of the very best local suppliers and some good old fashioned hard work! On the day itself, my clients can relax and really enjoy the event, knowing I’m on site making sure all the well planned details run smoothly and any loose ends are tied.

How long have you been in business?

I have been The Cotswolds Event Planner for 8 months, although my entire career has been in hospitality and events.

From my very first weekend job at 16, it’s always been about hospitality.  My university years and also those that immediately followed were spent getting to know event and wedding planning in hotels.

I followed that with an incredible couple of years working for an Event Management company in Swindon, as account manager for 2 large clients. My work took me across Europe and further afield with planning and on site event management of events from 10 to 250 delegates. My knowledge and understanding grew exponentially.

A wedding and a relocation brought my husband and I to Cheltenham. After a few years in a beautiful country events and weddings hotel, an opportunity to be part of the opening management team for the Montpellier Chapter – now the Malmaison, Cheltenham – came along and was simply too good to pass up. It was a thrilling time at an amazing venue that I will never forget.

How and why did you start your business?

The time just felt right. Working in the events industry  can be unforgiving and isn’t always easy with 2 small children- the hours don’t necessarily suit family life, but I missed the buzz organizing and planning gave me. So I decided to work for myself, this way I can control my work life balance, and I’m thrilled I did.

For you what is the best part of running your business?

There is just nothing like the feeling of being at an event you’ve planned, watching the guests having a fantastic time, grins all round, knowing that you’ve been part of that. It gives me goose bumps!

Contact details to find out more:
Additional info you’d like to share:

I offer prospective clients a 30 minute, free of charge, no obligation meeting. With a range of services I can provide feel free to get in touch if you’ve got an event to plan. I offer event consultancy at an hourly rate, with full, partial and on the day packages, making my services accessible to small businesses and individuals.

Here’s some pics of Louise and her handiwork:

Happy planning!

Sophie

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Venue Spotlight: Lapstone Barn

On a chilly February day i was thrilled to be invited to Lapstone Barns for a Champagne Lunch and exclusive look see around this new exclusive use events venue. Having heard about Lapstone on the grapevine for a while and how fabulous it was, meant it was top of my list of must see new venues.

I am always on the hunt for beautiful, unusual, eclectic venues to showcase to you and Lapstone Barn does not disappoint. Situated on the outskirts of Chipping Campden, and a stones throw from Broadway and Moreton-In -Marsh.

Lapstone barn is an Grade II listed 18th Century Barn, which up until the 1980s was part of a working farm. More recently it was granted change of use status and a series of workshops and business were run from the site before the decision to renovate the barns and create the ultimate North Cotswolds events venue.

Situated in the middle of a field, with panoramic views over the cotswolds, the barn makes an eye catching sight in her traditional honey coloured Cotswold Stone hue, making it every inch the idyllic Cotswold stone barn

As with all barns, you usually expect that slight chilly feel when you step through the doors, the thick stonework either preventing the sunshine of summer to penetrate or allowing the chill of winter to escape. In their careful renovations of this listed beauty the owners Kate and Henry have taken every consideration to retain the barns identity, whilst ensuring that every luxury and modern amenity that today’s modern bride/guest could crave.

The first thing to note as I walked through the door was the warmth…. the barn is beautifully warmed with a state of the art heating system. What was also surprising was the space available for guests to move around in, so even in inclement weather you’d still be able to celebrate in style.

In house kitchens and bar complete with roaring log fire and snug ensures that all everything has been taken care of.

You’ll Love This Venue If

Your in love with the barn wedding craze, and looking for a aesthetically pleasing, spacious venue with panoramic Cotswold views that isn’t going to cause goose bumps! The barn also has its own well stocked bar and comfy snug area for the evening.

Lapstones also have a civil license meaning you can get married either in the beautiful barn or under the trees in the central courtyard. Before moving onto the larger space for your wedding breakfast.

Can my guests stay

Whilst there is no current accommodation on site, there are plans to renovate the adjoining Edwardian farm house into luxury accommodation. Lapstones location means there are plenty of local options for guests including Dormy House Hotel, Manor House Hotel along with a variety of smaller boutique establishments and B and B’s. Lapstones can provide a list of local places to stay on request.

The barn does have a hayloft suitable for brides and her maids to get ready in – containing a wet room and spacious lounge area.

How Many Guests Can It Hold?

The barn can hold up to 200 guests for the ceremony, and able to comfortably sit up to 250.

Should you need to, a marquee can be erected next to the barn to cater for larger parties.

Why Chose This Venue

If your after that perfect barn wedding or a venue with stunning views that is a completely blank canvas then Lapstones is for you. The experienced in house team are happy to cater for all whilst the beautiful hayloft is the perfect place for brides and her maids to get ready in or to use for a few quiet moments during the day to regroup.

Not too mention it’s exclusive use offering meaning you can party freely with everything at your finger tips.

The main draw for this beautiful barn is its light, spacious floor space and deliciously warm interior. Whilst a central inner courtyard gives the option to mingle outside and provides additional floorspace meaning you and your guests will never feel crowded.

More images to swoon over:

Contact Lapstone today to secure your wedding date:

Website: https://www.lapstonebarn.co.uk

Call: 01386 849024

Email: info@lapstonebarn.co.uk

Happy Planning

Sophie

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Wedding Planning Series: 1 – Wedding Venue Recce

Following on from ‘We’re Planning a Wedding’ post and the revelation that ACW are planning a wedding here’s the first post in our Wedding Planning Series.

I touched base that the venue was booked pretty early on – way back in September 2017. As this is the generally the one element of the day that is booked first I thought a quick blog post on what to look for venue wise was order of the day and the reason behind why the venue that the couple have chosen made the cut.

Your venue will be the largest spend item for your wedding day. Therefore its an investment that needs careful consideration and hence a sizeable chuck of time will be required researching to find your dream venue that isn’t over your budget. Things to consider are:

Style of Wedding day

Maximize your budget by choosing a venue that is reflective of your overall wedding style. If your planning a country, rustic affair then barn venues will be more suitable to your needs, if your looking for a modern wedding feel then check out boutique hotels.

Depending on your style and theme for the day it may be that the additional investment in a venue may mean that any venue styling is kept to a minimum, although personally I find that fresh florals always add that extra je ne sais quoi.

Number of Guests

Venues will have a max guest capacity  for the ceremony and reception, be sure to check that your shortlist can accommodate your required capacity. If your looking to cater for a large wedding say 150-200+ your options may be limited to larger chain hotels.

Exclusivity

Do you require exclusivity – be aware you will pay a premium for this and if the budget is tight might not be something you can accommodate. Also something to consider – many exclusive use venues have a list of suppliers that you must use – mainly caterers. Be sure that you are happy with the additional tie ins before you book to avoid a costly disappointment later.

Accommodation

Will you need additional accommodation at venue for guests? what are the accommodation options like near the venue? Whilst not a necessity, it is courteous to provide guests with options available should they need/wish to stay overnight in order to attend your special day

Ambiance

Its all well a venue looking the part but whats the atmosphere like? If possible try and visit your short listed venues at varying times to get a feel of the place.

Adverse Weather

Heaven forbid that it rains but what are the venues wet and adverse weather options? Can it comfortably cater for your needs if everything has to be brought ‘indoors’? How does it feel for guests – can they flow between reception rooms freely? Is there room to breathe?

When to Book

Unless you are happy to, and your venue has the capacity to share your wedding day with another couple, if you find the wedding venue of dreams, BOOK! A small deposit will often secure your date and prevent other couples from booking. Remember popular venues can be booked two to three years in advance!

So the ACW venue for our September 2018 wedding is…. Manor By The Lake.

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This venue has been chosen for the following reasons:

  • its a gorgeous venue that the couple fell in love with and has it own lake and tree lined walkway perfect for those all important memory making photographs
  • onsite accommodation as guests will be travelling from varying locations across the UK
  • plenty of room for guests to mingle and move around – plus an option of a games room which I’m pretty sure got the grooms vote!
  • the classic styling of the manor house fits the couples ideal for wedding styling and minimal additional styling /props will be needed
  • plenty of onsite parking for guests
  • the food was delicious!
  • complimentary stay in the honeymoon suite or the option of staying in the private cottage on site

Happy Planning

Sophie & Sarah

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Venue Spotlight: Elmore Court

Let me take you back to the balmy summer nights which on warm breezes the scent of honeysuckle flows….. it seems like these midsummer nights were so long ago, but for those of you having weddings in summer 2018 I bet it feels like its around the corner.

Well it was on one of these beautiful evenings that I was invited to an exclusive event at Elmore Court. Its sad to say but its a venue I hadn’t actually been to before so i didn’t need asking twice!

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Situated above the banks of the River Severn in Gloucestershire and with views across the Cotswolds, this stunning stately home has been lovingly passed down through the generations since the land was granted to the Guise family in 1274 by Henry III.

Reaching its current keeper Anselm Guise in 2007, Anselm and his family (who currently live on the estate) are passionate about preserving the property and the family’s long history, via extensive renovations they have assured this beautiful homes future and subsequently opened Elmore as an exclusive use wedding and events venue in 2013.

You’ll Love This Venue If

You love the comforts of modern entertaining but adore the original period influences that only 800 hundred years of history can bring. Take the ceremonies room as an example, wonderfully light and bright room but with feature fire places and one heck of a stained glass window!

Can my guests stay

Elmore offers a choice of 16 bedrooms with all mod cons which guests may utilize. Each bedroom has an equally stunning view across the surrounding countryside too. Perfect for today’s modern families, allowing you to all gather under one roof and reconnect without the worries of time pressures  – and the added bonus of being able to catch up again at breakfast the following morning.

 

This is in addition to the ‘Coach House’ a purpose built 2/3 bedroom property, situated a stones throw from the main house and offering Brides and their maids the chance to hide away the night before the big day.

 

How many guests can it hold?

The great hall is the perfect place for ceremonies and able to hold 200 guests, whilst dining capacity is at a healthy 250 in the purpose built Gillyflower (what an awesome name!)

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The Gillyflower is essentially a purpose built party pad – care has been taken to ensure that this addition is practical yet unobtrusive to the rest of the venue – its meadow roof allows it to blend seamlessly into Elmore’s perfectly kept grounds.  As for noise pollution,the state of the art sound system and sound proofing means you can party your hardest to the wee small hours without fear of upsetting the neighbours.

Did I mention that the Gillyflower has a wonderful outside area with fire pit!

 

Why chose this venue

Aside from its exclusive use, meaning it is yours for the duration – the house, Gillyflower, coach house and meadows,  it offers couples and their guests all the home comforts that you could want alongside original period features making this venue super special and unique not to mention a photographers dream.  Anselm and the team here are on hand 24/7 and from the event they through for us they certainly know how to party!

Here are some additional pictures to swoon over:

 

For more details and information of Elmore as a Wedding Venue Anselm and the team would love to hear from you. You can contact them here:

www.elmorecourt.com

Elmore Court

Elmore

Gloucestershire

GL2 3NT

+44 (0)1452 720293

life@elmorecourt.com

 

Featured image courtesy of Cotswold Pictures

 

Happy Planning

Sophie

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