Old Amersham Gin, your next garden tipple…?

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WHERE IT ALL BEGAN, Old Amersham Gin  is a start- up, family business which begins (like all good stories do) in the pub. The wonderful Nelli had always worked in her Dad’s pubs and together, they began Old Amersham Gin two years ago. Firstly by learning, growing & experimenting with lots of different British botanicals with the help of The Nagundo Tree Flower Studio; infusing gin naturally in very small batches. After a lot of trial and error, they began working with Laurence from Wharf Distillery.

All of the botanicals used in the making of Old Amersham Gin are seasonal, home grown in the Kings Arms Hotel garden or locally foraged in Old Amersham itself!

The perfect tipple for your next day soaking up the sun in your very own home “pub garden”, you can buy Old Amersham Gin here!

We recommend enjoying OAG PINK with a ginger ale and a wedge of lime. We recommend enjoying our London Dry with your favourite classic tonic and a slice of orange// sprig on mint.

10 must watch wedding films during lockdown

  1. FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL – What a classic and how can it not be our number one when part of the movie was filmed here at the Kings Arms and the famous bedroom scene, down in the Crown Inn! Pop it on Friday night and see if you can spot out us, i’m not spoiling it for you!

2. THE WEDDING SINGER – All the cheese, sing along hits and the great pairing that is Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

3. MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING – Ohh what’s not to love? The ugly duckling transformation and happy ending, not to mention that hideous dress, we can’t help but feel for the girl!

4. BRIDESMAIDS – Have you heard of a Nexflix Party? Yep that’s normal now. Get the girls all to press play at the same time, have a bottle (or two, I’m not judging) and watch the film together Facetime Style. A great movie focusing on gall pals rather than the typical couple storyline.

5. WEDDING CRASHERS – The iconic what not to do at a wedding but happy ending nonetheless.

6. THE PROPOSAL – Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, check, hilarious dance to to Get Low, check. Let’s put this on the watch list now.

7. MEET THE PARENTS – Because no matter how bad your parents and In-Laws are no one can ever top this family!

8. THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT – Emily Blunt and Jason Segal postpone their wedding, again and again (however not due to a global pandemic). This one is a funny look at just how things can stray far from the original plan.

9. MY BEST FRIEND’s WEDDING – You’ll be torn between rooting for Julia Roberts and hoping Cameron Diaz beats her bum to the ground. Definitely worth a watch

10. FATHER OF THE BRIDE – Don’t even try to tell me this one doesn’t bring a tear to the eye. Daddy’s little girl is finally grow up and it has us all dreaming of a wedding in our parents mansion house!

Popcorn anyone?

Alexis xx

Lockdown To Do List

While some of us are still working, perhaps home schooling, some of us are learning yoga or how to wallpaper (yes I did that) a lot of people are leaving their Wedmin or To Do Lists but this is the perfect time to tick a few things off! Here are just a few of my ideas to keep you and the gang, kids, Mother In-Law and all busy. Purchase and Walk-in Your Wedding Shoes

Pick slightly over flower blooms (roses and peonies work well) and turn into confetti by drying between sheets of kitchen towel or microwaving for a few seconds. Totally biodegradable and so easy to do!

Master home-made gin, jam, jaffa cakes?! Anything goes in the world of wedding favours so why not learn a new skill and put it to use making guest favours?

Teach yourself calligraphy! Once you’ve mastered the basics you can work on your own style then place cards, signs, menus all become possibilities. I used this little gem to learn myself “Modern Calligraphy”

Channel your inner Mary Berry and learn to bake. Not just the “Lockdown Bannana Bread” the world and their wife have had a go at during the outbreak but real luxury. Perhaps a classic Victoria Sponge or a silky Red Velvet cake. Lean to “naked ice” with butter cream, or go for a classic fondant drape. If you have time on your hands you could turn that CAKE Pintrest board into tomorrows lunch!

Embroider hankies for the ceremony (no one loves an ugly crier). This one may take a while, but who am I kidding all these ideas will take a while! I have very fond memories from one wedding a few years back now with the best embroidered hankies on each chair.

Any other ideas for lockdown Wedmin, let me know. I may even chose one to fill my time too!

Alexis xx

So what are you waiting for?

Let me tell you there are a few things I cannot wait for… A good coffee, one not out of my machine. A good meal, one I haven’t had to cook or wash the dishes for. A pud garden icy G&T, ideally overlooking the Cornish coast. A hug. Yes, one thing I really miss is hugging my family and friends.

What is it you cannot wait for?

But one thing we are all waiting for is the magic words telling us gatherings and weddings can recommence. We are literally sitting on the edge of our seats every night during the briefing hoping for a glimmer of an idea. So far, not so much.

While we know it might seem like normality was so long again, and perhaps a long way off but all those things you want to do you will be able to do again. (I mean perhaps not marry Tom Hardy, dreamy, but still…)

If you feel like a chat, drop me a message, I’d love to hear what you are waiting for!

Alexis xx

How to celebrate what should of been your big day…

Here’s a few ideas on how to celebrate what should of been your wedding day….

Love, Alexis x

Those dreaded words, Corona Virus

It’s taken me a while to bring myself to blog about the awful situation we all find ourselves in, it’s hard to find the right words. I’ll keep this short and sweet…

This year has been the hardest in my career, simple.

Speaking to you wonderful people daily about the possibility and then eventuality that your big day needed to be postponed was heartbreaking. You’ve spent so long leading up to the day, planning, day dreaming, Pintrest-ing those ideas, all to lead to this. Up until March this year the most common worry I put to rights for Brides and Grooms was how to handle rain on the big day, or how to seat the top table! Now we find ourselves in a global pandemic with few answers, no real time scale to the situation, a great deal of fear and the unknown.

If you are reading this and you have had to move your wedding date or are thinking about it now, take a deep breath, I am here for you, your friends and family are here for you. You are not alone.

Postponing the big day with us is hard but I am here to make it as easy as I possibly can. Together we will talk about new date options, be that in a few months, a new Christmas wedding date, or the same time of year, but in 2021. We will find a way through this and I am here to lean on… To quote the song that’s just popped into my head “Lean on me, when you’re not strong, I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.”

We will move over every detail we have worked on for the day, every menu note, timing, or detail and nothing will be lost.

With the office closed all you need to do is pick up the phone and dial 07776198682

Stay safe,

Alexis x

Upcoming SE Wedding Fair

We are delighted to announce that this year we have taken a marketing leap to introduce engaged couples from further afield to the wonderful Kings Chapel.

September 7th and 8th sees the lovely Tash and Alexis heading to Farnborough International to showcase the venue and meet some newlyweds to be.

 

If you’re lucky drop us a message and you may be able to grab 2 of our free tickets to meet us there!

With experts in every aspect of WEDDINGS you’re sure to have a wonderful day immersing in all things beautiful, tasty, floral, and sparkly.

 

The show is boasting craft platforms to make unique items for your day, a scrumptions afternoon tea lounge, and 2 catwalks each day at the below times.

Saturday 11.00am, 13.00pm and 16.00pm
Sunday 11.00am, 13.00pm and 16.00pm

Please pop along, we’d love to see you then and talk all things wedding with you!

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Engagement Touches for your Big Day

|So, how was THE question popped?

I adore couples that pull their engagement into their wedding day plans. But i hear you ask, “how?!”

Well here’s a few ideas…

  • Table names – think about calling your tables after the beaches, towns, cities, tourist attractions surrounding the “Will You Marry ME” location
  • The Wedding Breakfast – Did they go down on one knee at a romantic dinner? Chat to us about concentrating your wedding meal around the engagement dinner!
  • Favours – were there candles filled when the big question was asked? How about mini candles as favours? Or perhaps there were wild flowers blooming around you in the middle of the country… think about bags of wild flower seeds for each person
  • Were you having your favorite tipple at the time? Think about center pieces like A&M’s gin bottle table pieces.
  • The first dance – pick the song that was playing at the time they asked, a lovely nod to the most important question of your life

Top Tips, with love, Alexis

I’ve been doing this a while now, and while I’d like to say I’ve seen it all (including a melting cake, a run away doggie ring barer and a groom step on his newlywed’s dress and rip it!)  I haven’t… but it’s pretty close!

 

Today while sipping my daily cup(s) of coffee, I’ve popped a few things you might find useful

 

Your Dancing Shoes!

Ladies, and gents, there is nothing so sole- (ha, punny) -destroying than a blister on your wedding night. You’re meant to be dancing the night away, not limping around the room!

Wear in those shoes at home! The groom traditionally can’t see the dress before the big day but shoes….. I think we can all cope! Wear them to do the hoovering, while you do the ironing, while you put your feet up and catch up on the latest Netflix series you are bingeing on. It will all help and believe me you will thank me for reminding you! 

(Don’t worry though, I always have blister plasters in my top drawer should the need arise!)

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Time Alone! 

I cannot stress enough how lovely it is when newlyweds take a moment to embrace and really be together on their wedding day. A moment away from the crowds and your photographer will really be a wonderful few moments together.

All day you will be pulled from friend to family, to group shot to toasts. Believe me, send the photographer off to capture some candid family photos and hang back with each other. You’ll remember that moment.

(Ask me about some good moments to do this if you’re unsure when you can sneak away!)

 

 

The Most Expensive Slice of Cake You’ll Ever Devour 

Now everyone who knows me well, KNOWS I adore cake. A classic Victoria sponge, elder flower and blueberry, good old chocolate cake (or my lunch-break favorite, Old Amershams, The Grocer’s,  Guinness and Chocolate cake, yummmm).

Anyway, I digress. You’ve most likely bought a wedding cake, and let’s be honest now, it’s most likely been a few pounds to purchase!

Get your coordinator to box up a slice of each tier (or 2) and have it popped in the honeymoon suite for your midnight arrival. It’s a great snack and ensures you get to indulge in that sweet treat.

 

Now the best tip I can honestly give you is calm! 

If you are worried about the day and eveyone else’s opinion of the day it will dampen your enjoyment! Try not to let too many people push you in directions you don’t want to go, or spend time worrying if so and so will enjoy the delicious guinea fowl because all they eat at home is chicken nuggets!

If it rains, don’t panic, umbrella shots are cute and we can always dry you off later. If someone decides they aren’t coming, well more fool them.

I have yet to come across anything that the girls and I cannot overcome so please trust in us and you will have the best day ever.

It is your day, you will do this once, enjoy it and make sure you can look back at the best day of your life with love.

 

 

 

Remember I always happy to chat about your special day. Just drop me a message. 

Alexis x 

Booking Wedding Bedrooms, Made Easy!

It’s likely that a few of your guests will need to book rooms so we have some easy steps to help.

 

We automatically block 20 bedrooms* (under your names) for the night of your wedding to ensure that your everyone who needs a room gets one. If it looks like these are filling up quickly we can add more if needed. The initial 20 include:

  • 1 x Complimentary Honeymoon Suite
  • 13 x Double Executive
  • 4 x Double Deluxe (Needed to ensure Late Bar)
  • 1 x Family Suite
  • 1 x Townhouse

 

To book your guests will need to call with the following information:

  • Full Name (of everyone in the room)
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Card Details (for confirmation; payment is taken on arrival)
  • The date of arrival and departure
  • Quote your booking eg W. Jane Doe & Joe Bloggs

 

-A simple enough process but we do find that bookings are not always made within the group to ensure the event rate. If Aunty Sue does do this we may be able to rectify her rate but it depends how she has booked. 3rd party listings such as Expedia pose the problems-

 

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Two months prior to your wedding, any rooms not booked will simply be released but your guests can still call and book as part of the group.

 

A few extra notes:

  • Any bedrooms with over two guests will be required to pay an extra £20 per person. This covers breakfast and set-up/cleaning fees
  • Guests will need top specify if they require cots/z-beds/twin rooms as most rooms are usually set up as doubles
  • Check-in is from 2pm
  • Check-out is at 11am

 

We hope this helps, but as always let us know if we can help with anything else.

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