Debs, our wedding guru gives us a behind the scenes insight into running The Carriage Hall.
It’s been a hard year for hospitality, particularly the wedding industry. But the days are getting longer, the daffodils are ready to bloom, and the vaccine roll out is offering a glimmer of hope for the future. We are desperate to get back to work and see our wonderful couples married, but in the meantime, we thought we would give you a sneaky peek into what it’s really like to run our wedding venue.
“It’s not as glamourous as you may think…”
Don’t get me wrong, I adore my job, but if you think we stroll around in high heels, arranging flowers and tweaking name-place cards, think again! It’s incredibly hard work. In all honesty, we spend most of the time lugging around heavy objects. We’re always hot, always hungry and I just can’t tell you the things I’ve had to clean up at the end of the night. But despite the long hours and late nights, it is just the most rewarding job. I cherish working in such a stunning building, looking out to beautiful countryside, and meeting the loveliest couples. What could be better than turning dreams into reality?
“Calm is a superpower”.
Planning a wedding is stressful. The pressure in creating ‘the best day of your life’, not to mention the time and money invested, is immense. Our role is not just about organising the day, it’s about building relationships and trust with the couples to be. The bond you make at this time is so special and can last for years after the wedding itself.
On the day, confidence is key. You’re going at 100 miles per hour, dealing with the team, guests, chefs, suppliers, and things just happen. And let me tell you, it never rains it pours. You can have the smoothest day, and then suddenly, all at the same time, the cake collapses, granny gets stuck in the lift and the best man trips over his own feet and head-butts the desk. All you can do is stay calm, smile and deal with it!
“Our team is everything”
Oh the team! I can’t tell you how much I miss them. When you spend so much time with the same group of people, they become your colleagues, friends and family all rolled into one. Whatever role they have, they are cherished and respected because every single person is so important. And no slacking is allowed, we literally don’t stop. I miss the banter with the naughty chefs, the hidden treats back of house and celebrating the special occasions.
“It’s all about the food”
We LOVE food. It’s what gets us through the day (along with coffee and the promise of wine when we get home). We are so lucky to have a team of such talented and passionate chefs. From the bread to the ice cream, everything is handmade from scratch - you wouldn’t imagine the hours of work that goes into creating the food for a wedding. Speech time means break time for us, and would you believe we get to eat the same food as the guests do, sometimes there’s even dessert!
“The antics later on…”
The next time you throw a dinner party, invite someone who works in weddings. Honestly, we have enough stories to write a book! Apparently, after enough drinks, the thought of doing something stupid becomes irresistible. Trust me, I’ve seen it all… tears, injuries, and don’t get me started on car bars.
But there’s also so much joy. People can be so kind, so thankful, and you’ll never feel more popular than the waitress carrying a tray of fresh sausage and bacon cobs through the room at 9pm. When you are in a constant race against the clock, it’s so important to take a step back, and just look. To see a room full of people relaxed and happy is such an achievement. And there’s nothing better than watching the vicar lead a 60 person conga around the hall…
“I can’t wait to start doing this again”
So yes, it’s hard work, and incredibly stressful at times, but the team will always get you through. I can’t wait for the moment when the groom catches the first glimpse of his bride. The absolute delight on the couples faces when they see the hall set for the first time, and all of their plans have come together. The heartfelt thanks the following morning when they are full of joy after their perfect day. It’s truly an incredible job, and I am so honoured to be able to share in such special moments. I just cannot wait to do it again.
If you like the sound of this, and think you would fit with our team, we are currently looking to recruit an Event Manager at the Carriage Hall. For full details and to apply click here.