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Ideas to theme your wedding!

Ideas to theme your wedding!

Vintage, rustic, classic, or wonderland: just some of the great wedding theme choices by brides and grooms as they prepare to celebrate their big day.

Whatever you dream to be your wedding theme, depending on your budget you can go large or small, both with great effect.

On a small budget we see many couples leading up to the big day impressively trawling antique shops and car boot sales to up-cycle everything from tea cups to pallets to old suitcases which act as a great way to display your table plans.

Visit Remade in Britain to see some great upcycling ideas.

For larger budgets, there are some amazing ideas to check out in The Knot’s 18 of their favourite over the top wedding ideas, from flower-filled dance floors to an all white hanging centrepiece.

And to review what the themes were in 2016, read Wedding Ideas’ blog on their six themes that wowed them in 2016.

Our top tip is to choose a venue that is a blank canvas and one where you can tell your own story, whether it be retelling childhood memories, or something that’s special to you both.

What will you do to make your wedding one to wow your guests in 2017?

Why not visit The Sadler Venue in Oxford to see how you can create the wedding of your dreams.

We will soon be hosting a Alice in Wonderland themed wedding and will share the photos on here, so be sure to check back in.

How to arrive in style at your wedding reception

How to arrive in style at your wedding reception

That journey to your reception venue is all about being together for the first time as a married couple but also arriving in style as you great your families and guests.

From sports cars to stretch limos, horse drawn carriages to Rolls Royces, tractors to London black taxis, to one of our favourites, a pink VW campervans – we’ve seen it all.

For some great photos of transportation from around the world, check out BridalGuide.com’s transportation ideas.

Not forgetting the guests, what about treating them to transport to the venue, either with a coach, which these days can come with a full travelling bar! Or what about a classic vintage double decker bus? Whenever we see guests arriving in these, they always have smiles on their faces.

And when timing is everything, have a read of this great piece from TheKnot.com about wedding transport mistakes. Good warnings to make sure your big day goes smoothly.

The Sadler Venue is a beautiful venue just four miles outside Oxford and has the added advantage of plenty of overnight car parking and a boulevard of trees leading to the building to your waiting guests. Talk to us about how we can help make your special day perfect and for ideas and recommended wedding transport suppliers.

10 top tips for planning your corporate event

10 top tips for planning your corporate event

When it comes to planning any event, especially corporate ones, there are a few key things to think about from the outset that will mean that everything will go smoothly.

  1. Date of event – check bank holidays, school holidays and any big sporting events
  2. Time of event – for a corporate event, two hours is usually a good guide
  3. Location of event – consider accessibility and parking, security, seek references and testimonials
  4. Event team – who is coordinating, who is the project sponsor, do you need an events company for staging, lighting, AV and sound systems etc, flowers, what about food and catering – drinks and canapés, buffet, or something completely different!
  5. Target audience – who are your guests, where is the guest list/data coming from – how good is it?
  6. Message – what do you want to say to the guests and what do you want them to know/do
  7. Objectives – be clear about what you want to gain with your event
  8. Description of event – what is it, in the simplest sense
  9. Risk assessment – what – identify possible risks and develop strategies to minimise risks. Also check Display Energy Certificate (DEC) – find out about a public building’s energy use and carbon emissions
  10. Established evaluation criteria – especially with corporate events these are useful so after the event you can look at return on investment

For example, these can include:
– What were our aims/objectives?
– Did we achieve what we set out to do?
– Did it come in on budget?
– What were the intended/unintended outcomes?
– How do we measure effectiveness?
– What tools do we use to measure our success?

Lastly, when hosting a corporate event, to make sure that yours is memorable, it’s always best to think about surprising and delighting your guests so that they leave feeling nurtured and special. Think about doing something personal for each guest on arrival, or wowing them with innovative technology or a first class presentation or video, or providing a goody bag with bespoke items to hand out as people leave.

The main thing is to prepare and plan, and think about choosing a venue that allows you to have stand out so that your event is impressive and meets the objectives you set out from the start.

Here at The Sadler Venue we host many corporate events because we have a unique venue that can be dressed in your brand or event style, a super team that is here to support you from start to finish, and not to mention lots of parking.

Get in touch to find out how The Sadler Venue would be great for your event.