Planning your wedding at Godwick – meeting the team
Welcome to a series of blog posts about planning your wedding at Godwick.
During these posts I hope to explain how things work here and how we ensure that your wedding day goes smoothly, so you have a stress-free day enjoying your time in the spotlight and having fun with your family and friends.
As well as being the owner of Godwick Great Barn and Godwick Hall, I recently got married at Godwick towards the end of October last year and so this is my chance to pass on some tips and also help explain the way our personal service works. Hopefully, you will find them useful and if you have any questions, then fire away and we will try and answer them .
Lets introduce the Godwick team. I’m the Grand Poobar at Godwick and generally look after things across the site and in particular at Godwick Hall – this includes cooking the breakfasts over the wedding weekend or whenever your stay at Godwick is. We pride ourselves on our great breakfasts, but more of this later.
Head of numbers or chief combobulator is Sue. Sue is a director at Godwick and ensures that the finance side of the business ticks along like clockwork. You will hear from Sue when you book your wedding at Godwick, as she organises quotes and sends out invoices for deposits etc.
Then we have two freelancer wedding planners and coordinators, who have loads of experience in the wedding industry. We have two now, because as we have become more popular as a venue, we felt it necessary to have two wedding co-ordinators to ensure we offer couples the level of service and support for which we have built our reputation on.
Kevin has recently joined our team but has worked in the wedding and hospitality industry for over 10 years and his experience is a valuable addition to Godwick and the service we offer couples. He joins Penny, who also has her own business The Little Lending Company. Penny is a great wedding planner, but is also a master of creativity, styling and finishing a venue giving it those quirky touches that make sense of everything and make your guests think, “wow! I never realised they were such a creative couple!”
After you have booked, we assign either Penny or Kevin to you as a couple and they become your point of contact at Godwick. They will help you with the planning process, by organising catch ups and meetings with you, whether that be over the phone or at Godwick Great Barn itself. The planners task is to produce an exhaustive running order that details all the things happening over the course of your wedding, down to breakfast choices and times to the time you are having your first dance or catching the Godwick little red tractor ride to the Church tower for your photos.
This running order is passed to the event manager so they can run the event. You see with a Godwick wedding there can be many moving parts with a few different suppliers involved, so it’s important that the event manager knows who they have to co-ordinate, so everything runs smoothly and just as importantly that it is an enjoyable and relaxing experience, rather than a stressy one.
From my own experience, once the ceremony ends, the day just flies by so you really don’t want to be worrying about what’s happening and when, particularly once you have got your speech out of the way and you have had a couple of drinks! And the Godwick team are great at ensuring that you can be swept along by the day and that everything just happens without you worrying about it.