The Spring 2018 Wedding Exhibition Season Is Well Under Way
Exhibiting at wedding shows is a core part of any wedding professional's marketing toolkit. Showcasing your product or service at an exhibition involves a huge commitment both in terms of financial outlay and also the time away from family and friends. Most shows are on a Sunday which impacts upon your Saturday night plans: most exhibitions will require you to drive to the venue (having packed your vehicle the night before) and to be onsite and set up a minimum of 30 minutes before the show opens, usually by 10.30am.
The pressure to create more visually appealing exhibition stands
(see our page)'There has been a growing trend for wedding show stands to become more visually appealing and eye catching. This has been driven by a number of factors: the rise of Pinterest and its influence on wedding themes and styles; the introduction by wedding show organisers of the 'Best Stand' award, often accompanied by a winner's graphic for use in social media and, most importantly I argue, the increase in the acceptability of a DIY Wedding option (see January post). As more couples look to hire and transform standard spaces this has fuelled an increase in the number of Venue Stylists who in turn have raised the bar for what a typical exhibition stand looks like by introducing show attendees to many of the Pinterest-inspired themes 'in the flesh' so to speak.
How to attract visitors to your wedding exhibition stand: standing out from the rest
Sunninghill is a wedding venue: the venue can't be transported to the show so we are still reliant on large images that clearly identify who we are and what we do - the roller banner has to stay. Beyond this, it is as tricky for us as it is for all wedding suppliers to stand out and attract show visitors to share their wedding plans with us. For the 2018 wedding show season we have taken the brave decision to break the mould somewhat and feature an eye catching table set up adorned with fernery that marries with our Garden Room conservatory ceremony room. Our aim is to build on the eternally popular 'greenery-theme' with the introduction of a contemporary twist - see pics below for some of the component parts. The final result is put together by our venue florist on the day, the very talented Oonagh, also known as The English Florist.
Our last wedding exhibition of the Spring 2018 wedding show season is currently The East Dorset Wedding Show on the 18th March 2018 whilst we await the rescheduling of the Weymouth Riviera Hotel Wedding Fair which was postponed due to the 'Beast from the East' snowy weather conditions.
Sunninghill Weddings Plan Over The Next Few Months
Week commencing 26th March 2018 Sunninghill Weddings are holding a photoshoot to capture the new room layout of the Old Music Room Bar - more to follow about this. Our wedding season at the school starts in the May half term holiday and will remain so throughout the Summer before we start the Autumn Wedding Shows in October - such a busy life!
Sunninghill Weddings Will Be On Hand To Discuss Wedding Ceremony Options at the Dorset DIY Wedding Fair on Sunday 28th January 2018.
There is a growing trend in the UK for wedding couples to want to fully embrace all aspects of their special day be it making their own wedding invitations, flower decor or venue dressing to name just a few. The Sunninghill Weddings team are delighted to be attending the first DIY Wedding fair in the county on Sunday 28th January 2018. Couples can learn more about the wedding venues recently launched wedding ceremony only option, an ideal way to combine the legalities, a perfect photo backdrop and DIY celebrations.
Savvy wedding couples get creative in DIY Wedding trend
The wedding sector has a growing number of suppliers who can help the DIY wedding couple, many of whom will be on hand at the wedding fair. Not only does this growing trend towards DIY weddings fulfil a creative need in wedding couples, research also shows that if you have the time, there are significant financial savings to be made.
Sunninghill Weddings £750 Wedding Ceremony Only Service fulfils the legal requirement and provides a stunning venue to exchange your vows
Couples wanting to head off to the beach or a picnic in the park, their local pub or their own home (just a few of the after ceremony plans we have heard) can exchange their wedding vows at Sunninghill, a licensed civil wedding venue in the heart of Dorchester town centre and its easy public transport links (not forgetting the free onsite parking for guests). Couples can choose either a morning or afternoon wedding ceremony with prices starting from £750 for up to 50 guests. For further information visit the Sunninghill Weddings stand at the DIY Wedding Fair, at the Hamworthy Club on Sunday 28th January 2018 between 11am and 3pm - we look forward to meeting you there!.
The Sunninghill Weddings Event Team is supported each year by a core group of third party wedding experts who we know will deliver a professional, first class service alongside us for our wedding couples.
Sunninghill Weddings will commission the following suppliers as part of the venue hire fee.
Venue Floral Work by The English Florist
When you marry at Sunninghill Weddings part of the full day venue hire package includes a floral decoration for your wedding ceremony. This can be wall mounted, free standing or table mounted and displayed indoors or out. The very talented Oonagh from The English Florist will design this for you to match your wedding theme or colour and, this is a complimentary service!. Of course, if you haven't yet decided on wedding flowers then Oonagh can also supply these for you from button holes, flower wands, flower crowns and bridal bouquet, not forgetting of course any additional table decorations you might want to provide or surprise bouquets for key guests such as Mother of the Bride or Groom. Don't you just love the trailing bouquet provided by Oonagh on display in the picture above (Photograph courtesy of Wimborne Photography. The Model Sam Shapley is wearing a fabulous vintage inspired dress from Bridal Reloved in Dorchester with Hair and Make Up by Kirsten Sare.
Visit The English Florist's Website For Wedding Flower Inspiration
Rochesters Event Hire Offer Sunninghill Wedding Couples A Wide Choice
where appropriateFor each wedding we hire tables, chairs, table linen and tableware - our wedding couples choose which style of items they prefer all of which is provided as part of the venue hire and catering package.
Visit the company here
Sunninghill Catering Partners
We work hard to ensure that we are able to offer our wedding couples a broad selection of menu options from the traditional sit down table-served meal through to an Afternoon Wedding Breakfast or Hog Roast.
If you want to cater your own wedding this is also possible: please ask a member of the team who can talk you through the requirements to use the venue kitchens.
We recommend the following catering suppliers:
Loose Moose Catering: a local company that can deliver ALL your catering needs; their sharing platters above are extremely popular and also delicious!
Vintage china and glassware hire from Swingletree Vintage China Hire and Rochesters Event Hire for classic white crockery plus glassware and cutlery.
Your Vision: Your Way
In addition to our key suppliers each year we also work with new suppliers introduced to use by our wedding couples: Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, DJ's, Musicians and Guest Entertainers. If you have a particular supplier in mind lets chat! Sunninghill is an extremely flexible wedding venue and we love to meet new people.
How to Make A Memorable Entrance At Your Wedding
Making an entrance at your wedding is a key element of the wedding day planning. Traditional wedding cars such as limousines and classic cars are always a firm favourite alongside the popular VW Camper van, Wedding Bus and, for more rustic weddings, entrance by tractor.
We have been extremely busy here at Sunninghill Weddings listening to some exciting plans for future weddings. So far this year (only the middle of March now) we have researched: arrival by helicopter (possible but extremely weather dependent); arrival by horse and carriage and by tandem bicycle for some of our 2018/2019 wedding couples.
It's always lovely to hear about wedding plans; some are traditional in style whilst others could be considered more unusual. Whatever our wedding couple's vision, we take pride here at Sunninghill Weddings in our flexible approach to helping couples achieve their vision for their special day.
If you know of or if you are a supplier that can help our Dorset wedding couples to make an entrance with a difference, we would love to hear from you and to keep your details on file.
The Photo Shoot Team:
Thank you to Alaina Thornton of A.J Photographic for capturing our venue so well.
Our model for the day was Samantha Shapley who wore a dress created by Dorset based ChantelleSophia Bespoke Bridal.
The florals were provided by Carousel and Co Dorset.
The pictures were taken at Sunninghill Weddings venue on 13th February 2017.
Brides-to-Be marrying at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester have the option to hire the Bridal Changing Suite; a fab way for the bridal party (up to 8 people) to share in hair and make up preparations.
On the morning of your wedding, arrive at Sunninghill in your PJ's. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee, freshly baked pastries and a bowl of fruit - a bottle of fizz can also be arranged :)
Once dressed, enter the ceremony room via the Grand Staircase - perfect photo opportunities abound.
The Grand Staircase at Sunninghill Weddings proved to be a great favourite with wedding couples at our open day last Sunday; the double height stained glass oriel window coupled with the warm oak wood offers a perfect photographic backdrop.
Those looking for a quirky wedding ceremony location were also intrigued that you can marry on the staircase - think guests winding around the staircase, looking down or up as the happy couple take their wedding vows.
Thank you to Alaina Thornton of AJ Photographic who took these wonderful photographs and to model Sam Shapley who is wearing a bespoke gown created by ChantelleSophia Bridal. Flowers were provided by Carousel and Co, based in Dorchester.
Wedding Hair, Nails and Make Up All In One Place - Your House or Ours, the Sunninghill Weddings Bridal Changing Suite
You are invited to view our Bridal Changing Suite and meet the Morgan Brown Hair and Beauty Salon team at the Sunninghill Weddings venue open day this Sunday, 12th February 2017
The Sunninghill Bridal Changing Suite can accommodate up to 8 people; it is a perfect way for the Bride and her Attendants to prepare hair and make up in the one location.
At our open day, Morgan Brown Salon will be offering wedding hair, make up and nail services.
Morgan Brown Hair & Beauty Salon
Need a wedding outfit? Sunninghill Weddings Open Day has all points covered: ladies, gents and children's special occasion wear!
The Old Music Room will host four outfitters - here you will find something for everyone - bridal, mother of the bride, groom and best man, bridesmaids and pageboys and wedding guests - outfits and accessories.
Exhibiting at the Sunninghill Weddings open day on 12th February will be: