This is the perfect solution to keeping all your guests happy, and something that is becoming more and more popular! We mentioned it in a previous blog and now want to expand on it as it is a trend that we're seeing definitely more of. The after reception party probably caters for about 30 - 40% of your guests and is more informal than the reception. So, rather than band or DJ, it's perfectly acceptable to play music on an iPod and the location can be a bar at the reception venue, a local pub or even a suite in a hotel. As long has the music plays and the bar is well stocked, it doesn't matter where you hold it! Pictured above is the bar at Babington House - a gorgeous venue for a wedding. (They also have fabulous suites too).
We've noticed that more and more brides and grooms want a room away from the dancing so that their guests can drink and mingle and not shout to make themselves heard.... A relaxed setting is what is required and many venues do provide excellent ones. A sumptuous sofa, soft lighting, a private members feel with maybe a snuff bar, a games table or perhaps the fabulous Powderpuff Girls (pictured below) who can touch up the your make up and tidy up your hair after you've been dancing wildly to The Arctic Monkeys!
Following our visit to Asylum last Saturday night (check out the previous blog) and after a swift visit to the opening night of 'Franks' (a pop-up bar on the top of Peckham's multi-storey car park... told you Peckham was the new Hoxton) we ended up at a friend's house for what we imagined to be a quiet evening. How wrong we were! Our lovely friends the Dulwich Ukulele Club had just come back from playing at an engagement party and, still in vibrant mood , set up outside on the street and proceeded to do an inpromptu one-hour set, much to the surrpise and delight of the crowds teaming out of 'Franks' and indeed waiting on Peckham Rye BR platform just across the road. We've told you
A few weeks ago we met Robin Dunlop, aka Oyster Boy who offers an experimental and alternative eating experience at your wedding. Wearing a kilt he serves fine oysters straight from a traditional wicker basket. He was a delightful man to meet and would add a wonderful atmosphere to any wedding party. The oysters were completely delicious - he can even offer you tabasco and lemon to boot! Oyster Boy is part ofa bigger company called Temple and Shian who "strive to push the boundaries of food design". They combine creative food solutions with a boutique and entertaining edge so alongside Oyster Boy there is Mussel Men and Gastronomy Guys (lovin' the tags, guys!).