Emma Williams, has worked as Events Organiser at Judges Hotel for 13 years, with nine of those being in charge of weddings. But what does being in charge of weddings at a big hotel mean and what roles and responsibilities does it include to ensure the bride and groom’s day runs smoothly?
Emma says: Here at Judges, I do like to treat all my couples as individuals so from the start to the actual day itself, I find no couple is exactly the same. I usually start by taking an idea of their perfect day and then seeing how and if I can fit it in here at Judges. This would then be followed with a viewing of the available options and a discussion on prices. Hopefully, all being to their liking, they will choose to have their day with us and then the real planning starts!
What does your job involve?
My job involves giving people a lot of advice on what works and what doesn’t. I therefore feel it is very important for me to keep up to date on what new things couples might like. I also spend a lot of time re-thinking formats and ideas to try and improve what we offer.
A day here at Judges sees me spending a large amount of the day answering numerous e-mails about the many different wedding related matters – if it’s not which chair cover company or florist to use it might be who to sit where on the tables or what menu they may like to have. I also spend a large amount of time on weekends showing new couples their options and hopefully arranging a booking for them too. I also have the privilege of arranging the bridal party before they make their entrance into the ceremony space – and fluffing the dress for the bride as she makes that last, long and important walk as a single lady!
What advice do you give to couples?
The most important piece of advice I’d give to couples is ‘it’s your wedding’. Sometimes it’s very easy to spend a lot of time, money and worry trying to think how to please all the guests. For me though, at the end of the day, they are coming to celebrate your marriage. Therefore although all the extras are nice, as long as you end up married, then that’s the most important part.
What elements make a wedding great?
Essential elements are making sure you have picked the right ceremony location and venue to bring your ideas to life. We all dream of how we want our wedding to be and picking the wrong location for either of them, can totally change the feel of the whole day.
What do you love most about Judges?
When considering which venue to choose, there is a lot to think about. After holding my own wedding reception here nearly six years ago, I can speak with some experience on this! For us, the best thing about Judges was the privacy and exclusivity the Courtyard Suite offered. Having a private lounge, dining room and garden meant that all our guests were kept together but without being squashed. It also meant that we weren’t overlooked by other guests having afternoon tea, lunches and dinners in the restaurant. As an added bonus to all this, there is the access to 31 acres of amazing gardens for your pictures.
What are the most popular wedding trends?
There are different trends every year but for quite a while now, it has been the vintage theme. Pastel colours, birdcages, candles, vintage suitcases and flowers – all very pretty and girly!
Judges wedding fair – Sunday 2nd November 2014 (11am to 4pm – Free entry)
(Book this year (before October) for 2015 or 2016 and get this years prices (subject to T&C’s)