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  • “Best Party Planner” nomination – Bridelux Awards 2022

    We are delighted to be nominated for the “Best Party Planner” award at the Bridelux Awards 2022. The votes are cast by industry professionals, and announced at the Awards dinner on 4th October 2022 at the Rosewood Hotel.

     

    We are grateful to all our wonderful suppliers who help us to be good at what we do, and we very much appreciate your support. To vote, click here.

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  • We are hiring!

    We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Events Planner to join our team at Albion Parties.

    The role is client-facing, and will involve taking on projects planning luxury weddings & parties in the UK & Europe. Salary is dependent on experience, and additional benefits apply.

    To apply, please send your CV to: parties@albionparties.com

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  • What are the new rules for Weddings (21st June-19th July 2021)

    For those of you looking for a list of the new rules for Weddings in the UK from 21st June until no earlier than 19th July 2021, there is a useful summary provided by the UK Weddings Taskforce here.

    Essentially, the Government are moving towards a stance where the wish to social distance will fall to the individual, which means space for social distancing must be provided.

    Stay tuned for further updates over the next month, and we all have our fingers crossed that from 19th July, all social distancing regulations will be removed.

    If you have queries about weddings or parties in European countries, get in touch and we will give you a summary of what’s possible and what is restricted.

     

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  • 3 amazing places to get married once Covid is over

    We may be in lockdown, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of beautiful places around the world which would make amazing spots to get married once Covid is over.

     

    Top of the list is the magnificent Castello di Reschio in Umbria, an 11th century castle transformed by the stylish owners into a hotel and villas. The pool is dreamy, with a view to die for, and the restaurant is supplied predominantly from the estate’s organic garden. A wedding here would be stunning, with a number of beauty spots to choose from for each part of the day.

     

    Second in line, Wilderness Reserve in Suffolk has just opened a second part of the estate at Chapel Barn, meaning you can now sleep over 100 guests amongst the 15 houses. With expanded options for where you can hold your wedding, the estate has also used lockdown to improve areas like the bonfire night up in the woods perfect for a fun and unusual pre-wedding party, and a Prosecco truck and an oyster shucker around the sunken pool for a post-wedding knees up.

     

    Finally, Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro remains high on our list of places we’d really like to hold a wedding. Set on its own peninsula, the hotel lends itself to a private buy-out so the place becomes your own. The multitude of different piazzas, gardens and beaches mean you can pick where to have your wedding ceremony, your wedding dinner, your party, and all the pre- and post-wedding events.

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  • Getting married in 2021?

    As we welcome in 2021, there’s a spark of hope that weddings will soon be able to take place. We are bringing you tips and inspiration to help you get on track with wedding planning.

    The fallout from 2020 means questions that are usually easy to answer are more challenging. The where? when? who? how? questions take more consideration to work out.

    Today we are focusing on where to get married in 2021:

    With Government lockdown restrictions in place for England (and corresponding rules in Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland), currently you can only get married in special circumstances. However, the UK Weddings Taskforce is working with the Government to work out how to open up the weddings industry by April, which is likely to be in stages as the year progresses.

    Here are options and we outline advantages of each one:

    Wedding venues: most venues are taking bookings with conditional covid cancellation terms. All venues must comply in a covid-secure way, which will become clearer once the industry opens up. Venues may have a reduced capacity if social distancing measures are in place, so try to keep an open mind and remain flexible.

    Availability: Many 2020 couples have moved their weddings to the 2021/2022 seasons, meaning Saturday dates are generally booked up for the next two summers. If you’re open to having your wedding on a different day of the week, you may also get a better rate for it. Ask as many questions as possible about postponement and cancellation terms, and ask about what percentage of your deposit can be returned if the venue have to cancel or go out of business. It’s a difficult time for couples and suppliers alike, and building a good relationship with your venue will stand you in good stead.

    Wedding at home: This is currently not possible, however once restrictions are lifted it will likely be necessary to adhere to similar covid-secure regulations as venues. As above, talk to your suppliers about postponement/cancellation terms so you know exactly where you are with any deposits you put down. Having a wedding at home will allow you to be more flexible with numbers, so you can book your suppliers in now and confirm exact numbers closer to the time.

    Destination wedding: This entirely depends on your destination and on your expectations. It could be that more travel corridors open up and you will be able to get married abroad this year. Flexibility is key, as even if the country you’re going to is open for business, you need to think where your guests are coming from and whether they’ll have a decent chance of making it there. One would hope that with Covid-19 vaccinations taking place around the world at a fast rate, reasonable-sized weddings will have a chance of going ahead as planned.

    In summary, the key to planning your wedding in 2021? BE FLEXIBLE. We understand you want to get on and set your plans in stone, but if you can hold your nerve for a few months, by the Spring a lot will become clearer.

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  • Stylish looks for Christmas

    This year, Christmas is going to be slightly different from years past. With smaller gatherings and many families staying at home, we’re channeling our inner creativity to bring you touches that will make your Christmas at home look chic.

    Make your own Christmas crackers by taking Christmas illustrations or wrapping paper and covering cracker templates bought from Etsy, along with writing family jokes that beat the usual terrible cracker jokes hands down.Personalised presents for each person will have everyone shunning shop-bought crackers forevermore.

    Write each person’s name beautifully on the cracker with a coloured ink pen, and tie each end with velvet ribbon.

     

    Snowglobes are another fun way to jazz up your place settings, which can be personalised with a bespoke designed backdrop, and they appeal to every age group. We’ve had guests call us asking for their snowglobes to be delivered to them after the party as they loved them so much!

     

    Parties may not be allowed in 2020, but a good cocktail made at home can still put you in the party mood. The Rum Runner suggest a “Jilted John”: mix 2 shots of tequila with pineapple juice, coriander and fresh chilli, shaken with ice, and served in a whisky glass. For those who prefer vodka, the “KK” is made from mixing 2 shots of vodka, lemongrass, ginger beer and kafir lime leaf.

    However you’re spending Christmas this year, embrace your creativity and challenge yourself to making all those aspects you’d normally buy, you might surprise yourself!

     

     

     

     

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  • Top Tip: How to make a wedding chic in the era of COVID-19

    We’re constantly being asked for top tips on how to make a wedding chic in the era of COVID-19. With face masks now mandatory in public places in England, and mixing between households limited, couples are feeling overwhelmed trying to find ways to make their wedding feel special.

    Our first tip is to find the aspects you can’t avoid, and embrace them! For example, send a bespoke face mask to each of your guests with their invitation, and have your joint initials embroidered on the side, so on the day everyone looks glamorously in tune with each other. Ask your caterer if the waiting staff can all wear the masks too, and tie in with the colour palette of your floral arrangements.

    We love Twilight Trees’ Living Spaces screens which elegantly separate tables from each other. Choose a pattern that suits your wedding design, and you’ve automatically created a “look” that could have been deliberate.

    If you’re planning an outdoor wedding reception, put up a stretch tent. It has the advantage of looking stylish, as well as allowing for ventilation (we suggest you add outdoor flame heaters to keep guests warm).

    Have a photographer and a videographer shoot every moment of your day. It’s even worth talking to your videographer about live streaming the ceremony and the speeches to guests at home, so they feel like they were there.

    For your tablescape, use this moment to go wild with the design, and reflect your character as a couple. You may not be able to have a wedding on the beach in Santorini, but you can bring Greece to your wedding, with handmade plates and bespoke printed table linen, miniature olive trees and baskets piled high with fresh lemons down the tables. Maison Margaux has the best collection of plates, glasses and cutlery, and one of our secret suppliers can print any design you choose on specially made tablecloths.

    Photo credit of this photo and main photo: Maison Margaux

    For music, musicians from ALR Music are masters at enhancing the atmosphere of any wedding. Position them on a stage at a distance from guests to make it safe for everyone, and have them play songs that are meaningful to you both as a couple.

    Photo credit: ALR Music

    A 2020 wedding may not be in the style of the wedding you had always imagined, but you can still make it a memorable day. When big parties are back, you’ll be able to throw a huge anniversary party, full of fabulously decadent details, and have the chance to finally celebrate your wedding with all of your friends.

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  • Up the Style Stakes: Add personalised and inventive details to your wedding

    Have you had to postpone your wedding due to Covid-19? Use this time as an opportunity to ‘up the style stakes’ and find personalised and inventive details to add to your wedding.

    For all you brides out there who have had your weddings postponed due to Covid-19, many of you would’ve been putting finishing touches to your weddings, but now may have to wait until next year to walk down the aisle.

    However, why not put this extra time to good use and come up with personal details to make your day truly unique, as well as upping the style stakes!

     

    CALLIGRAPHY

    The clever Era Calligraphy are now selling”Learn Modern Calligraphy at Home” kits meaning you can learn to write beautifully like a pro at home in your pyjamas! The kit comes with everything you need so you should be an expert by the time your wedding comes around, meaning you can write all your own place settings and invitations.

    Not only are you adding a personalised element to your wedding, but you are also saving money (which perhaps you can now justify to spend on a second pair of wedding shoes!). Once you have mastered the art of calligraphy, there is no need to stop at writing on card, you can write on items such as these little marble tiles for a chic twist.

    WELCOME GIFTS

    Are you planning a destination wedding? If so, why don’t you use the extra time to make little welcome gifts to be waiting in guests’ hotel rooms. This bride getting married in Athens chose locally sourced olive oil and a bottle of wine.

    PLACEMENT

    Make chic placements to really inject your personality into the wedding. We love these bespoke lavender bags, especially pretty for a wedding in the South of France

    COCKTAILS

    We love these personalised water jars a bride made that were also used for the soft drink during the wedding reception

    CRACKERS

    If you are planning a winter wedding, get going with making personalised crackers. They take time to make, but are really worth it.

     

    AFTER DINNER DIGESTIFS

    If you want to give guests a little pick me up after dinner, make little bottles of after-dinner digestifs. You can personalise each bottle so that they also double up as the placement. You have a bit of time before you need to start as the damson and sloe picking season starts in September.

     

    ILLUSTRATIONS

    If you are a budding artist, consider drawing or painting an illustration for your wedding invitation. This graphic can be used throughout the wedding on menus and placement cards. What could be more personal?

     

    SEATING PLAN

    Are you drinking a little more during lockdown? Justify it by saying you are collecting corks to display your seating plan!

     

    GOODBYE PRESENTS

    Once we are allowed to gather again for weddings, we think guests will be in need of a big party. Why don’t you use this time to make hangover bags to help your friends heads the next morning? We fill ours with Berocca, Big Tom mix, face masks, mints and vodka!

     

    Get in touch if you’d like to discuss fun ideas for your party or wedding: katie@albionparties.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Adapt, survive & thrive: Successful stories of wedding suppliers in the era of Coronavirus

    We are fascinated by the clever ways our suppliers have adapted to these extraordinary times of COVID-19. Surviving, and in many cases thriving, they have pivoted their business models to bring their clients joy in these challenging times.

    With parties and weddings outlawed under lockdown, survival is key in an industry full of small businesses who rely on a busy summer season.  As we currently sit at home, unable to gather in large groups, these companies have used their ingenuity to bring cheeriness and comfort to our lives. We salute them.

    Kitten Grayson Flowers

    The amazingly talented Kitten has started an online shop for farm-to-vase bunches of flowers delivered to your door. Each week they offer two looks in their signature KGF-style: Bacchus, the darker look, named after the god of agriculture, wine, and theatre, and the lighter look, Apollo, inspired by the god of sun, dance and light.  Our houses are going to look so cheery with some of Kitten’s beautiful flowers.

    Archie’s Food

    William Deal from Archie’s Food was one of the first to adapt to our new way of life. Introducing weekly deliveries of delicious ready-to-eat dinners, as well as fresh pasta, fruit & vegetable boxes, and latterly 3-course weekend suppers with cocktails thrown in. Their order process is super easy on their new website, and their food is a delightful break from cooking ourselves.

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    Maestra Group

    Usually found designing themed sets for luxury parties, this talented production company had the inventive idea of making slot-together flatpack furniture for home-working and home-schooling. It’s super stylish and can also be packed away at the end of the day. In addition, Maestra are supporting NHS England by using the company vans to deliver over 1000 meals daily to feed NHS frontline staff at hospitals across London. We are in awe of their effort and hard work to use what they do best to forge forward in this new world.

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    Lucy Vail Floristry

    The uber-talented Lucy Vail has teamed up with Doggart and Squash to deliver food and flower boxes to your door. It’s a one-stop-shop: a fantastic selection of flowers and plants, and a variety of delectable food.

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    Sharky & George

    For children’s entertainment, we always call the fantastic team at Sharky & George, leaders in keeping children entertained during any event so the parents can let their hair down! They have adapted to lockdown with virtual parties and after-school clubs to keep little ones entertained, with live streams of an at-home science lab and a quarantine rave. If your child has a birthday coming up, they will also send out Isolation Birthday Boxes to everyone that was due to attend your child’s party. Lockdown hasn’t stopped these guys having fun!

    Sharky & George

    Jenks & Co

    Clever Daisy and Kitty have come up with a way for you, your friends and family to make a lip-sync movie from home when you can’t be together for birthdays and parties. Compile guest list, choose a song, give lines to guests, invite them to film their clips, review the clips, add your own photos and then get Jenks & Co to edit into a finished video

    Harry’s Kitchen

    One of our favourite caterers has launched Goodness.London with a daily changing menu as well as meals for the freezer, cocktails, deli & store cupboard essentials and drinks. Order their barbecue box for a real treat now that small scale socialising is back on the cards.

     

    Get in touch with us at Albion Parties to hear more about these dedicated suppliers. Taking what they’ve learnt from these past few months, they will be back stronger than ever catering, flower arranging, and production designing as soon as weddings and parties return.

     

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  • COVID-19: Albion Parties’ update during Lockdown

    UPDATE: 1st June 2020 from Katie and Charlotte at Albion Parties:

    Our office has re-opened, and the Albion team are back at 61 Eaton Terrace working in a socially distanced way. We are conducting meetings on Zoom, and we can have client meetings and site visits, abiding by government guidelines.

    With many weddings and parties moved to 2021, we recommend moving quickly to secure 2021 dates and key suppliers, to have the best choice available before everything is snapped up. The 2021 season is going to be busy so get in touch soon if you are thinking of having a party or if you’re newly engaged and we can get the ball rolling for you.

    Call us on 0207 183 4852 or email katie@albionparties.com

    23rd March 2020 from Katie and Charlotte at Albion Parties:

    The UK government has decreed that during lockdown no social gatherings can take place, and weddings are outlawed unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    Our Albion Parties team will continue to operate from home, however we have advised our clients to postpone their weddings and parties to 2021. It’s possible that events may be able to take place on a smaller scale later in the year, however to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, we recommend you think carefully about when you want to postpone to, so that you don’t have to move it twice.

    Do keep in mind that 2021 dates are already looking busy, as suppliers are having to work on the basis that next summer will be flat out with double the number of events taking place as a result of the 2020 & 2021 season combining.

    Details on how social events will incorporate new concepts of social distancing (yes this is possible!) will be set out by the government further down the line. We have ideas for certain scenarios of how to manage this for private events, and we will wait to see as the new regulations are laid out.

    Our team are currently safe and well, and continuing to work with clients to plan their events for next year. We wish you all can stay safe through this extraordinary time, and look forward to a time when we can all celebrate with friends and family once more.

    Get in touch with the Albion Parties team to get expert advice on your wedding or party

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