It’s been a busy couple of weeks for The Little Cocktail Box. We have been at Hylands House followed by The Wild Meadow meeting couples who are planning weddings. We absolutely love events like this where we can build relationships with new customers. And it has got us thinking about venues.
These two were very different, in a good way! The Hylands House Wedding Show was organised by Main Weddings & Events and we were blown away by the breathtaking landscaped gardens and parkland, and the features within the house itself. We can really imagine giving out welcome Negroni’s outside as people arrive to begin celebrating. The Wild Meadow was equally spectacular - rolling countryside with impressive Tipis by Timber & Canvas, a woodland ceremony area and amazing photo locations dotted throughout. As well as Timber & Canvas, this Open Day was also in association with Festival Brides and didn’t disappoint - I thought I might finally have stepped into Glastonbury with the glamping village and Flower Crown stand by Locate to Create, and delicious food offerings from The Pizza Project and The Herb Kitchen. We could picture people dancing away until the wee hours around the roaring fires, cocktails in hand… We even found out that we can put the bar inside the Tipi - we love finding out about new options!
We talk to a number of couples who wish that they could book us but are restricted by their venue so if you haven’t picked a venue yet just remember to check out their T&Cs when it comes to other suppliers. Also, don’t assume that they won’t change their minds - at the request of one bride recently we spoke to her venue and are now on their suppliers list and able to hook her guests up with our delicious cocktails!
There are plenty of venues that will let you have a bar like us - Hylands House (near Chelmsford, Essex) is a great example. It is a Grade II listed mansion, but there isn’t a bar and so you’re free to hire whoever you would like. And then there is The Wild Meadow in Kent, a natural outdoor venue in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You’re free to choose your suppliers there too.
Don’t forget that if you are lucky enough to have access to some private land for your wedding reception - we can get a TEN (Temporary Events Notice) to licence us to sell alcohol on site. We cover the cost of this and get the paperwork sorted for you, so that’s one less thing for you to worry about. We’ve got potential customers getting married in Nanna’s garden, Auntie’s apple orchard or Mum’s vineyard - make the most of those connections!
Finally, thinking back to our first wedding show of the year with Suffolk Wedding Shed - you can now get married at some village halls who have a really nice amount of open land to have a bar like ours and some food vendors too! And forget what you think you know about village halls, once Boomting Bunting’s work is done you won’t even know that is what it started as, their draping is stunning.
Feel free to get in touch with us to talk about how we can make the cocktails flow at your wedding whether you have picked a venue or not - it’s never too early to start thinking about your drinks!
The Wild Meadow
Main Weddings & Events
Timber & Canvas
Locate to Create
The Pizza Project
The Herb Kitchen
Suffolk Wedding Shed