Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

During the Easter holidays, myself and my Hubby were invited to spend the night at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire, the most beautiful hotel and wedding venue I have ever been privileged to stay in. I was invited to see the Hall and everything that it has to offer for a couple planning to their wedding and why it would be a wonderful location for a wedding. Which it is, absolutely wonderful, but not only is it the perfect venue for a wedding it’s also the perfect location for a romantic getaway I thought I would share our experience of the hotel and the food as well.

A little bit of history

Eynsham Hall is a grade 2 listed building that was once home to the police training head quarters, from 1946 until 1981 when it was taken over to become a hotel. The current owners father was a police recruit who trained there. The current owners have redesigned and renovated Eynsham Hall into a stylish boutique style hotel. As it was the training head quarters for the police service for many years, during the interior design process they have incorporated ‘copper’ elements throughout the Hall. There is a collection of police memorabilia in the lounge area, a collection of police hats lining one of the hall ways, but my favourite is the copper bar in the brasserie. Throughout the hotel there are little nods to the police forces who trained there, even the door numbers have copper stitching, perfectly co-ordinated that unless you were aware of Eynsham Hall’s history you would just think the interior design team were brilliant…….. which honestly they were!

Eynsham Hall

After I had met with the wedding co-ordinator and had a tour of the venue we decided to have a drink in the Gun Room bar. Which, I had visions of it being full of guns and animal taxidermy however this was not the case. The Gun Room was in fact an interior style award winning bar, from it’s dark panelled walls, orche sofas, chairs of geometric patterns, zebra print rugs and a bar made from copper pipes and full of bottles to make the perfect cocktails, or in our case a pot of tea and a coffee. Before checking in.

Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

After our drink in the bar we headed to check in, we had visited a few of the rooms in the main hall during out tour, each one unique in style, however all coordinating beautifully. So, I was excited to see what our looked like. We were given the room cards for room 35, after a walk through the hotel and up the old stair case we arrived at our room. Wow, the honeymoon suite. I was not expecting the honeymoon suite, but was so pleased to be spending the night there.

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I was amazed to see a fabulous copper bath sat in the bay window, that looked out over the beautiful gardens designed by Owen Jones in 1862 and across the fields. It really was quite a pleasant surprise. The honeymoon suite was large as you could imagine, perfect for spending your wedding night in. There was a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities. My Hubby was most impressed with there being a cafetiere for his morning coffee, plus it came as bag of cafetiere coffee, that saves the mess of loose coffee, something neither or us had seen before.

The large bed, with tv in at the bottom, was really comfy. I loved the checked throw over the bed, it was very me. I do love a bit of check and tweed. A large desk with a nice big mirror, plus a DAB radio that was playing as we entered the room. It was really welcoming to go into a room with a light on and some music playing. Lots of little extra touches that makes Eynsham Hall every bit as wonderful as it looks.

The arm chairs prodived a nice place to sit a read my book for a hour along with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit while my Hubby went to sleep, he wasn’t well for the whole of our trip so it could have been alot more romantic. Neither the less I was able to relax reading for a hour.

The ensuite was a good size, with a double shower, well it was probably bigger than a double. A marble sink and the WC. I fell in love with the floor and wall tiles, which I will now be having in our bathroom when we get our forever home. The bathroom had a nice collection of soaps and shampoos, but there was also plenty of fluffy white towels and dressing gowns. By the copper bath they was again some pretty toiletries for us to be able to use.

After a couple of hours of relaxation it was time to head down to the brasserie restaurant for dinner.

Dinning in style at the brasserie

Although the brasserie restaurant is not a large place, it’s really well set out. With quirky little accessories placed around and lime green chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, which sounds completely out of place in this stately home, however they work perfectly well.

Arriving in the restaurant we were shown to our table, and they kindly gave us a couple of different options for tables. We chose I our table, ordered a drink each and looked through the menu.

It’s not often we both choose the same food from a menu, but this time we did. We both choose the Seven and Wye smoked salmon, horseradish cream, rye bread starter. It arrived with some lovely pieces of the most delicious smoked salmon, I’m not a big horseradish fan but it worked beautiful along side the smoked salmon and the rye bread.

For our main course we both choose the belly pork, dauphinoise potatoes with black pudding bonbon and vegetables. To be honest I have no idea why I chose this, I don’t really eat belly pork and I never eat black pudding. However, I really enjoyed the pork with the vegetables and I did try a tiny bit of the black pudding bonbon, but I didn’t like it. My Hubby however loved it and really enjoyed the whole dish.

It was only me for pudding, as I went for a raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake with a wafer tuile and raspberry ice cream it was fabulous and so pretty and tasted amazing. I do love a pudding and I would order the same one again.

Breakfast and check out

After we returned to our room from dinner, my Hubby got straight into bed and was asleep before I could even take my make up off. He really wasn’t very well. So I ran myself a hot bubble bath, it was to good to miss taking a dip in that gorgeous copper bath. I set up my laptop next to it and watched a couple of episodes of the Crown while enjoying a bottle of Prosecco.

The next morning, after a fabulous nights sleep by me, not so much the Hubby who woke to take pain killers a couple of times, we headed down for breakfast. A very good breakfast it was too. There was a buffet of the traditional English breakfast times to help yourself too, plus cereal, pastries and then you could order some items from the menu as well. We both went for a mini English breakfast followed by fruit and yogurt. Breakfast was very good, my Hubby was impressed with the coffee, he is a bit picky when it comes to coffee, so it must have been good.

Check out was vey straight forward, hand in the room key, let them know if you have had anything from the mini bar, pay your bar bill and head home, well actually to Bicester Village for a bit of shopping.

Not only is Eynsham Hall the perfect wedding venue, it is also the perfect place to have a romantic get away. They also offer dog friendly rooms, which so some people is great. Not sure that my dogs would be coming along for the stay but I have friends who are always looking for dog friendly hotels.

Thank you Eynsham Hall for having us along to stay for the night., we had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting again in the future.

 

*We were given the night and meal at Eynsham Hall, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Top tips and tricks for throwing the ultimate wedding

Planning a wedding can be an exciting yet daunting process, and you want to make sure that everything is perfect ahead of your big day. You’ve been dreaming about your wedding for as long as you can remember and already have the finer details of every aspect planned out.

From your wedding attire and flower arrangements to venue lighting and entertainment, there’s an awful lot to consider when it comes to planning your wedding. It will be a monumental day in your relationship, so it must stand out for all the right reasons! To help you achieve that, here are our top tips and tricks for a successful wedding:

 

A dash of colour

Of course, some parts of your wedding will follow traditions that have been with us for centuries, such as the white dress. However, this shouldn’t stop you from adding a dash of colour elsewhere to ultimately show off your personality.

When it comes to how your venue looks, why not take the chance to be different? Inject a pop of colour where you feel is appropriate to enhance the energetic energy of your guests.

There are a few spots where you can add vibrancy to your wedding, from table placements to lanterns that light the way. Don’t forget that you could even set a colour-code so all your guests turn up sporting the same coloured accessories!

Light the way

The lighting of your venue has a huge influence on the way that your guests feel. From making an area feel too congested to making a space look empty. Illuminate your venue as well as you can considering both indoor and outdoor spaces.

With venues that have an outdoor area, your lighting options have been influenced by social media aesthetics. Hanging bulbs to fairy lights wrapped around trees, the outdoor lights that you choose can even complement your indoor lighting and create a cosier atmosphere for your guests and a more inviting space for them to enjoy.

Not only that, you want to make sure that you always look your A-Game for any impromptu photographs with your guests and bad lighting can be a recipe for disaster.

If you want to go all-out on spectacular lighting, buying a portable gobo projector can make all of the difference and allow you to present your venue in the way that you had imagined. Simply put, using this technology will allow you to design walls, dance floors and ceilings. Customise your walls to recreate a forest or create a ceiling full of night stars, the opportunities are endless and are perfect if your wedding has a theme.

Social media savage

You can’t plan a wedding without a little help from social media and although you want your day to reflect your relationship, it will undoubtedly play a big part on your big day. After all, 25% of couples actually create their own hashtag for their guests to interact with.

Aside from the day itself, social media can help in the lead up. Pinterest is a platform that is commonly used when planning a wedding, as you can create a dream board and attach any ideas that you would like to incorporate, whether this is the style of cake you wish to have or the interior décor. Similar to Pinterest is Instagram, one of the most popular platforms around today which will allow you to think outside of the box when it comes to the presentation of your day.

You want to make sure that your guests are talking for days, weeks and months after your wedding and this can only be achieved by implementing something unexpected that can help your guests look incredible on their own social profiles. People love taking photographs and dressing up, so why not rent out a photo booth or create an Instagram-frame that has the details of your wedding on.

To ensure the perfect Instagram feed, why not have different areas that are perfect for taking selfies? From flower walls to fabulous pastel balloons, your wedding will stand out on all social media platforms and everyone who wasn’t in attendance will be totally jealous!

Entertaining entertainment!

Every successful wedding must have entertainment, that’s one of the most important rules. Of course, you can go down the route of a DJ and a band, but why not try something different? People will have a better time if they’re experiencing something that is different to other weddings they go to throughout the year.

Some ideas can include:

  • Magician
  • Comedian
  • Games e.g. — oversized Jenga.
  • Karaoke
  • Fortune Teller

These are just some ideas that you can introduce to the planning stages of your wedding, all you need to plan now is your honeymoon!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Average British Weddings, or so Google tells us

When should you start planning your wedding? (according to Google) As the summer wedding season starts for many of us, many people may be wondering about the planning process of the big day and what an average wedding looks like. We have teamed up with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of luxury engagement rings, to analyse Google search data and find out more about the planning process of a British wedding.

‘wedding venues’

When looking at the keyword research over the past 3 years, the peaks in the search volume regarding ‘wedding venues’ occur in the month of January of each year. Often, choosing a wedding venue is at the start of the wedding planning process as a venue can become fully booked more than a year in advance. This suggests that people begin to actively plan their wedding at the start of the year — in 2017, almost 1,500,000 searches were made around wedding venues in January.

The lowest search volume around this term occurs in December (this was 658,800 in 2016). It is likely that this is when people are more focussed on Christmas festivities than wedding planning. Another explanation for this is that couples become engaged over the Christmas period and begin to plan their wedding the month after — the peaks in searches for ‘engagement rings’ can be seen in December each year.

‘wedding florists’

It appears that people begin to choose their wedding flowers in March time. From 2014 to 2017, this is when the greatest peaks were for people searching ‘wedding florists’ (aside from in 2015 when February saw the highest search levels). In 2016, around 1,200,000 people searched for the term — suggesting that deciding on wedding flowers occurs around 2-3 months after they’ve secured a venue.

When it comes to pricing, the average monthly searches over the past year for ‘cheap wedding flowers’ was 720. This was over 70 times more than those who searched for ‘expensive wedding flowers’.

‘wedding invitations’

Similar to the searches for ‘wedding venues’, people search for ‘wedding invitations’ around January — supporting the idea that this when people begin to actively plan the big day. More people are searching for wedding invitations through their mobile in recent years. Between 2016 and 2017, 61.1% of searches for this term were conducted through a mobile, this is almost 20% more than between the years 2014 and 2015. Searches on a tablet however, fell by over 10%, perhaps more people have made the transition to a smartphone since 2014.

Overall, less people are using the internet to search for wedding invitations. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of searches around the term was 90,500 and this fell to 74,000 between 2016 and 2017. This could be explained by the rise in the use of social media for wedding inspiration or the fact that 56% of brides surveyed in 2017 said that they made their own invitations according to Confetti.

‘wedding planners’

According to Google, less people are conducting searches about wedding planners. This could be due to people organising the wedding themselves or with the help of family and friends.

From 2014 to 2017, most people were searching for ‘wedding planners’ in the month of January. In January 2014, around 1,500,000 searches were made around this term and in January 2017 this had fallen by close to 4,000.

Those living in London, Birmingham and Glasgow made the most searches for ‘wedding planners’ between 2016 and 2017. Although these cities are among those with the highest population, Glasgow has around 900,000 less residents than Manchester, yet 0.2% more searches came from the city.

‘wedding dresses’

Overall, it appears that there are more people searching for wedding dresses online than in the past. The searches around this term have risen by around 500,000 between 2014 and 2015. More people are using their phones to search for their perfect dress too — between 2016 and 2017, 66.3% of searches were carried out on a smartphone. Between 2015 and 2014, this figure was 44.6%.

When looking at search volume, around 3 times more searches were made for ‘wedding dresses’ than ‘wedding flowers’. This suggests that people may prefer to visit the florist in person or may be finding out about florists through word of mouth. 

‘wedding rings’

More people are turning to the internet when it comes to searching for wedding rings, search around the term have increased by around 400,000 from 2014 to 2017 — with most of the searches being made in December.

When comparing the search for men and women’s rings, it appears as though people turn to Google more when they are looking for a men’s wedding ring. Over the past year, ‘men’s wedding ring’ was searched for on average 22,200 times per month and ‘wedding rings for women’ was searched for 8,100. Considering the variation of women’s wedding rings compared to men it could be explained by a women’s preference to choose their ring in person.

So, it appears as though the wedding planning process truly gets underway around January — following a surge of engagements across the festive period. More of us are using our phone when choosing a wedding dress and those living in London are more likely to sit back and let someone else deal with the stress of planning the big day!

 

*This is a sponsored post.*

Sources

https://www.confetti.co.uk/wedding-statistics/uk-wedding-statistics-2017