Have the wedding of your dreams with Proposal

It’s the season of love and if you were lucky enough to get engaged this Valentine’s Day then we know you’ll be eager to get started and begin planning the wedding of your dreams.

At The Brewery, we are delighted to be the wedding location of choice for so many couples every year and this extensive experience means that we understand how to make your day as special as can be.

However, if you have just got engaged then your wedding day can seem quite far off still, with what can feel like mountains of work to do in order to get there. Here are our top tips of what to consider first.

Where you will get married

Determining where you will tie the knot is important and should be one of the first decisions you make. Start by considering what type of wedding you want to have – do you want a church wedding, registry office or perhaps a destination wedding? The possibilities are endless, but once you have narrowed down what you are after, the rest of the planning all works towards this decision.

At The Brewery, we have a wedding licence, so you can have the ceremony and reception in the same stunning building. Adjacent to the venue is the luxurious Montcalm London City hotel – perfect for you, the happy couple, and your guests. The advantage of doing this is that you don’t then have to organise any transport for either yourselves or your guests, which can save you a lot of money and make the day run smoother.

We have a choice of rooms for you to hold your ceremony in, each one with its own unique history to add a little something extra to your day. The rooms also differ in terms of capacity, so if you want a small intimate ceremony with only a few friends and family present we would suggest our ‘James Watt’ room which holds up to 80 people. Alternatively, for a wedding extravaganza, we have ‘The Porter Tun’ which can hold up to 800 guests.

We’ve also hosted culturally diverse weddings from Asian, Jewish and Greek communities so whatever it is you are after we are likely to have the space for you.

Decide when you will get married

Again, this decision will be unique to you and your circumstances and the type of wedding you have always wanted. If you love the idea of enjoying al fresco drinks after the ceremony out in the garden, then a summer wedding is ideal or if you fancy having a big party for your reception why not consider a Christmas wedding and jump onto the festive spirit?

Don’t forget to consider people you want to invite – for some, the date you choose will be the difference between them attending and having to decline. If several guests have school age children or work as teachers, then a wedding in the school holidays is going to be much easier for them. Once you know the date have a chat with us and we will get you booked in. It’s true that some people book their wedding years in advance, but if you want to get married in the next few months, don’t let that put you off. Give us a call and we will be happy to check what we have available.

Save the date

If you intend to hold your wedding in the next 12 months, it is important to let those guests you really want to be there know the date and venue as soon as possible. If people will be travelling to your wedding from abroad, this will give them plenty of time to book flights. It also prevents your guests from booking their holidays for the same date.

If you are recently engaged, then congratulations! Here at The Brewery we would love to be a part of your special day, so to find out more about what we can provide, visit our dedicated wedding website The Proposal and call us today to arrange a visit.

Spring Themed Weddings

Wedding and events planner, Jayne Mountford, and Executive chef, Steve Connell, have been sharing their thoughts on spring weddings with Vows and Venues Magazine. Here is what they had to say, which can also be found here.

Julie Michaelsen Photography

As we enthusiastically wave goodbye to winter and the first flowers begin to bloom, say it quietly, springtime is on its way!

Spring is a time for new beginnings and clean slates, bringing with it a sense of renewal and creativity. With the glut of new brides getting engaged over the Christmas and Valentine’s Day period, spring is the perfect time to wed and embark on your new life together as a couple.

When designing your perfect spring wedding, take advantage of the plethora of newly sprung flowers and wildlife available and use it to accentuate the more intricate details of your theme. Seasonal floral arrangements are a great way to make a big impact during your reception or ceremony. Garlands of ivy, cherry blossoms, hyacinths, tulips and peonies are all fantastic choices and will add an enchanting feel to long tables or aisles while flooding the room with the sweet aromas. Giving guests something to take home is another nice touch; give guests wild flower seed bombonieres they can sow in their own gardens as a reminder of your day.

There’s something wildly romantic about the untouched and untamed elegance of natural flowers and this is never more prominent than when unified with a beautifully contrasting background.

Spring is known for its spring showers, so, weather permitting, it’s a nice touch to get guests outside, even if only for a drinks reception or to toast the newlyweds. Combine the crisp, fresh spring air and a blue sunny sky, and you’re on to a real winner. To avoid the unpredictability of the spring weather a simply themed marquee is not only practical, it’ll evoke a garden party-esque feeling that offers guests a change of scenery as well as the chance to enjoy the season in all its glory!

If the outdoor space is something you know you want to incorporate into your day, add some quirky fun with a Mad Hatters tea party to replace the traditional champagne reception. Serve floral cocktails in jam jars or china tea cups and use playing cards as table settings. A trend I’m loving at the moment and which fits well with the tea party theme is swapping individual tables for one long centre bench. This creates a more communal feel while adding some fun to the occasion and giving a slightly rustic feel. The table can then be decorated to match your theme, while lanterns can be used to offer a more ambient setting if the meal will last into the evening.

Alpesh Rabadia Photography

Spring is a great time to keep things simple and let the natural beauty of the season take centre stage. It’s all about making the little things shine and incorporating little touches that will leave a big impression.

The first thing to remember is cook for the season. Spring is the perfect time for cool, crisp and refreshing treats and fresh fruit and veg. I’d always encourage people to make the most of your local larder, which can be hard in London, with its array of variety, flavours and nationalities (let alone limited greenery and pasture to harvest food). Getting married in spring allows you to enjoy and theme your dinner with the season – this means you can go one of two ways with the texture and flavour of your menu, cool and light or rich and warm.

Developing the menu for your wedding party is the fun part – it’s the time to get creative, and, best of all, test lots of amazing food and wine.

Couples have different tastes, and so do guests, which is why it’s important to consider vegetarian and dietary options. Salads offer a nice light start with Waldorf salad, roquefort and pickled grapes being a particularly popular choice, but a great spring alternative is cold seasonal soup like Gazpacho. This acts as a great palate cleanser and appetite stimulant, while still ensuring your guests have room for the main course.

Make your main the stand out course with a whole Crispy duck – keep it seasonal and serve alongside champ, cavolo nero, braised pine nuts, toasted citrus crumb and a brioche sauce. If you aren’t wanting a meat course then a fresh fish dish is the perfect substitute; such as Pumpkin seed crusted sea trout, with brown shrimp, crushed new potatoes, tender stem broccoli and a savoy cabbage puree with sweetened lemon and seaweed dressing.

Any vegetarian options shouldn’t fail in comparison either, where possible I encourage couples to experiment with ingredients; the flavour is in the quality of produce so however simple a dish it’s important to choose quality over quantity – one of my favourite dishes that stands out during the spring is beetroot gnocchi with roasted cauliflower, spinach, vegetarian parmesan crumble, fried avocado chips and a ricotta sauce.

Spring is the beginning of a new food cycle and as such it’s a good idea to switch out the preserved and pickled foods of winter for fresh produce. We are still spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh fruits, particularly apricot, blueberry, currents and cherries, so dessert should be light and enticing, especially when it’ll be followed by cake and dancing! One of my favourite spring desserts is black pepper crème caramel with apricots, spiced brioche croutons, toasted and burnt meringues, finished with a dollop of fresh apricot ice cream.

By getting the best out of the season you’ll take your wedding dinner to the next level, in sight, smell and taste – the triple whammy.

Hundreds enjoy our Knowledge Guild event

Knowledge Guild even - The Brewery

Our latest Knowledge Guild event was a great success on Monday as our attendees enjoyed an evening of inspirational talks.

Run in conjunction with the Speaker’s Corner, and entitled ‘The Path to Achievement: Extraordinary Lives’, guests heard from three people who have achieved extraordinary feats.

Hosted by TV presenter Clive Anderson, our speakers included Miles Hilton-Barber, an amazing man who having lost his sight in his early 20’s has since gone on to sledge across Antarctica, running ultramarathons through the Sahara and climbing 17,500 feet into the Himalayas. Miles told the crowd: “Everyone has two lives, you start the second one as soon as you realise you only have one.”

Next we heard from Cathy O’Dowd, who was the world’s first woman to climb Mount Everest from both the North and South sides. Speaking about her amazing adventures, Cathy told the assembled crowd “It takes a crisis to realise how bad your plan was” and that “when taking a new path, keep the objective in sight but be flexible with your plan.”

Finally, we heard from Liz Johnson. Liz was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, yet overcame her challenges to become a Paralympic swimming champion, getting a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Liz said: “A weakness doesn’t define who you are but shapes who you are going to be.”

This is just a small flavour of what was an amazing night but to find out more search the event’s hashtag #knowledgeguild on Twitter.

We regularly host these events with the Speaker’s Corner so be sure to check back for details of the next event.

Join us for an extraordinary evening

Knowledge Guild even - The Brewery

Our next Knowledge Guild event is taking place on Monday 6th February 2017 and to inspire you for the year ahead we are talking extraordinary lives.

Run in conjunction with the Speaker’s Corner, we have put together a panel of motivational speakers who will tell us how they progressed from humble beginnings to achieve amazing things.

The Path to Achievement: Extraordinary Lives event will begin at 6:15 PM at The Brewery with a drinks reception before the talk begins at 7.15pm.

 

Knowledge Guild Event, The Brewery

 

Our speakers are:

 

Miles Hilton-Barber – Sledging across Antarctica, running ultramarathons through the Sahara and climbing 17,500 feet into the Himalayas are just the tip of the iceberg with Miles Hilton-Barber. The adrenaline junkie leaves no stone unturned and no mountain unclimbed.

Did we mention that he lost his sight in his early 20s? A champion of not letting the past determine your future, Miles’s stirring story helps us all to recognise the fragility of life as we know it. Poignant and heart-felt, Miles’s ability to overcome adversity is positively infectious, spurring any individual to dream big and conquer their own mountain peaks.

Cathy O’Dowd – Cathy was the world’s first woman to climb Mount Everest from both the North and South sides. Despite surviving life-threatening storms, treacherous avalanches and critical food shortages, Cathy maintains that the biggest challenge to any mountaineer is team communication.

An expert in self-motivation and challenge accomplishment, Cathy’s incredible tale of leadership and risk assessment leaves her audience on the edge of their seats, as she draws comparisons between the soaring peaks of Everest and the sky-scrapers of the corporate world.

Liz Johnson – After being diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, Liz Johnson was introduced to swimming to help with her neurological condition. Falling in love with the sport, at just 14 she rose to a national level and by 2008 she had fulfilled a lifetime ambition of becoming a Paralympic champion, despite her mother passing away during the Games.

With a home medal under her belt from the 2012 Games and a spot as a Paralympic pundit in Rio 2016, not to mention an accounting degree too, Liz’s unstoppable enthusiasm, energy and resilience is undeniably inspirational.

To book your place at this inspiring event, contact us today or if you are unable to attend you can follow the conversation online using #KnowledgeGuild.