What Makes Lillibrooke Manor an Award-Winning Venue? Let’s go behind the scenes and find out!
Just this year Lillibrooke Manor won the ‘Thames Valley Wedding Venue of the Year’ award, which is why we thought we’d tell you about what goes on behind the scenes of an award-winning wedding and events venue.
The large Heritage Venues team based at Lillibrooke Manor works as one to delight their clients, never losing the personal touch however many events there are.
Facilities & Venue Management – Rory deals with everything that a listed 15th century venue and 15 acres of grounds can throw at him. All those things that are taken for granted behind the scenes keep everyone comfortable and safe in a beautifully maintained environment, all managed personally by him.
Sales & Events Team – Jonny, Ellie and Laura start by sending detailed information immediately to any enquiry, then arranging a one-to-one viewing. During the venue tour they get to know their customer, tailor the tour to their needs, show them every area of our stunning venue, and answer every question – including some they may not have thought of yet! The customers are then given continued guidance, tailored quotes to fit their budget, and ongoing support.
Operations & Events Team – Alys, Fiona and Kate step in closer to the event to work on logistics and detailed planning of the itinerary, including all the special requirements, menus, table plans, regular liaison with the Chefs, full briefing to the event team, and providing invaluable guidance and support to the customer throughout. Their organised and experienced approach helps calm even the most nervous brides, and the most time-poor corporate organisers!
Kitchen Team – Head Chef Krimo, who trained under Marco Pierre White amongst others, leads an experienced and highly creative team of Chefs. Bartosz, Noreddine, Kasia and Deyan all share his passion to deliver superb food, beautifully presented, using the best ingredients. Working from the purpose-built banqueting kitchens opened at Lillibrooke in the summer of 2018, they all acknowledge that they simply couldn’t do what they do without the amazing support of their tireless KPs, Jon and Aldona.
The event itself sees an army of trusted and highly trained event staff to set up the venue, laying everything out as planned with an unsurpassed attention to detail. The dedicated Event Managers Vincent, Sam, Annabel and Louise are long-standing, highly qualified and experienced in their craft, calmly overseeing their teams and providing hugely appreciated personal service to the customer throughout their event.
Feedback and glowing reviews are what the team live for, to know all their combined hard work led to the customer and all their guests having the most wonderful time. Emails are displayed in the offices as a reminder during demanding days of how worthwhile it all is!
The success of Lilllibrooke Manor & Barns has led to the very recent appointment of the Heritage Venues team to manage another local venue – the stunning Stanlake Park Wine Estate in Twyford. With a beautiful Coach House, Walled Garden and Barn in the stunning setting of their vineyards, the estate caters for the growing trend for quality British wines.
If you would like this award-winning team to look after your event, please get in touch with Jonny or Ellie.
Published on 12.09.2019 at 14:10 Written by
What Wedding Dress Suits Me?
The Lillibrooke Manor office team LOVE weddings, and we especially love to guess what our brides will wear. We are involved in every detail running up to the big day but what we don’t know is what the bride will be wearing! A princess dress perhaps? Could it be lacy this time? Only time can tell!
As 3 of our team are hoping to be engaged soon, we love getting inspiration from all of our brides – you should see us all taking (very) sneaky peaks of the dress as the brides walk past the office for the first time! We all swoon over our bride’s chosen dress every. single. time. And that’s why we’ve come up with (and had a great time with) this super fun and easy way to choose the perfect style of your wedding dress!
Let us know if it works for you!
A-line Wedding Dresses
Perhaps the most popular all, this dress is perfect for that sophisticated, perfect look that many brides dream of. It’s simplistic cut can suit any bride, and for those who want to have a more intricate a-line dress, our bride Jess shows us just how to do that!
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Sheath Wedding Dresses
The sheath dress is also a popular choice for many. Its elegance and simplicity strikes a beautiful angelic look for the bride. It is a relatively easy dress to wear, which is why those who want everything at their wedding to be perfect and relaxed would be suited to this style of dress.
Ball Gown Wedding Dresses
This captivating style is perfect for brides who dream of a fairytale wedding. It certainly will keep everyone’s eyes on the bride as many will marvel at the beauty of it. Our bride Emtinan shows us exactly how a big dress should be worn, and she does it effortlessly too!
Princess Wedding Dresses
The princess wedding dress looks stunning, its large skirt and delicate top is an idyllic dress for any wedding theme. Much like the ball gown wedding dress, this is certainly one that will draw the much-deserved attention, our bride Lisa shows us just how beautiful it can be!
Empire Wedding Dresses
The empire wedding dress is perfect for an easy-going relaxed, happy wedding day. Even though it isn’t as bold and intricate as other dress styles, our brides love this look for its simplicity and ethereal feel. This romantic style is also suited to all body types, making it an obvious choice for many.
All the brides pictured above were married at Lillibrooke Manor. If you would like to have your wedding day at our charming and exclusive-use venue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Published on 29.07.2019 at 16:03 Written by
Your Christmas Party at Lillibrooke Manor
Even though Christmas traditions never change, we still find that the organisation of a Christmas party is one of the most stressful challenges of the year. What do I make for the vegans? Where is that homemade stuffing recipe? How can I avoid the in-laws this time?(!)
At Lillibrooke Manor, the stress of organising is passed off of your shoulders into our trusting planners’ hands. We provide an classical Christmas dinner with consideration of all your specific wants and needs to make your Christmas party dinner unforgettably special. We also offer exciting menus to all those with dietary requirements.
Putting the all-important Christmas dinner to the side, we have plenty of space for your Christmas party to make it the best one yet.
Baby, it’s cold outside
There’s no need to worry about the cold outside, baby. Our heated Great Barn could keep even the 3 wise men warm and toasty! Along with warm mulled wine, a freshly baked Christmas pudding and hot chocolates in the evening, nothing could keep you from feeling content while the cold winds blow outside.
Santa Claus is coming to town
Even though Santa will be very busy in the Christmas months his joy, kindness and caring qualities are present at Lillibrooke Manor through our dedicated and passionate team of operations, event organisers and event teams.
We will attend to all of your needs, no matter how small, to ensure that your Christmas party is perfect and full of wonder.
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree!
During the Christmas period, Lillibrooke Manor has various beautifully dressed Christmas trees around the estate, the biggest being in the Great Barn. The Christmas decorations don’t stop there! We have ivy that lines the chandeliers and the walls in the Great Barn and fairy lights too. If you would like a better idea of what your Christmas party could look like, click here.
We also accept additional Christmas decorations our guests want to bring along too!
All I want for Christmas is… you food
Honestly, all I want for Christmas is the feast that comes every year. The roast potatoes, the stuffing, the gravy and the all-important turkey (or Linda McCartney’s ‘beef’ wellington for the vegetarians)!
Lillibrooke Manor’s team of highly skilled chefs, however, take the Christmas feast to another level of magnificence. We offer multiple menus to fit your own traditions and are flexible to your needs to ensure your Christmas meal is tailored perfectly to you.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Even Michael Bublé would have to agree, booking a venue early in advance guarantees a Christmas that feels like Christmas. If you’re interested in booking a Christmas party at Lillibrooke Manor and Barns for festive celebrations, contact us today and don’t forget to check out our special offer!
Published on 22.07.2019 at 15:06 Written by
There are so many different ways to entertain your guests, but what are the secrets to making sure you have a fun and creative wedding at Lillibrooke Manor?
Personalisation is key to make your wedding your own, but how can one turn the tables to make it the best wedding ever?
For example, having a sweets buffet with jars named after different inside jokes or names of different family or friends can be a fun twist to make your day more entertaining. But don’t just stop at sweets buffets; personalise anything you want! For example, change your table names to different places you’ve had dates with your other half, or put people’s nicknames on the seating plan instead of their full name – it’s the small details that put the cherry on top!
Next? You guessed it… Games!
Games are a great way to have an exciting wedding for all; it makes your wedding unique and encourages friends and family to mingle and have fun. Over the years, Lillibrooke has seen games such as giant Jenga, mini golf and even inflatables! At Lillibrooke Manor, you can also choose where to have your garden games: we have 3 different gardens all suitable for outdoors games.
For those planning a winter wedding, having alternative entertainment, like singing waiters, magicians, selfie mirrors and caricature artists is an excellent alternative to keep guests busy! Check out our preferred suppliers page for help on finding excellent wedding entertainment and more.
Speeches are a classic tradition to weddings across the UK, but to make it one of the highlights of the wedding, we suggest asking your speakers to make their speeches engaging and creative. This is where the fun comes in! Playing ‘wedding speech bingo’ or giving your guests a quiz where they have to find the answers in the speeches.
And finally… Socialise!
As the bride and groom, you should try to speak to all of your guests to celebrate your wedding day with each and every one of them. Showing your appreciation will keep guests happy and pleased they made time to celebrate your day.
Also, speaking about being social – you could even take your wedding day to social media. Using a particular hashtag of your choosing will let everyone know you’re tying the knot, but also you can search the hashtag afterwards and see everyone’s photos!
But most importantly, relax and have fun!
(More inspiration below)
Published on 9.07.2019 at 12:21 Written by
Here at Lillibrooke, we have a whole array of wedding styles; from modern to traditional to fantastically quirky, we have the lot! However each year, different decors, colours and styling are popular, and 2019 is no different.
Guests are sending their messages in different ways this year. Instead of the standard book where guests have previously been able to write on a page sharing their love to the happy couple, we have seen much more creative ways.
Jigsaw pieces, wish jars, wooden letters – anything that involves more fun and creativity for guests to partake in. We have been loving these new ways of sharing messages, but also the entertainment guests get from doing this! How will you ask your guests to send messages to you?
What we love:
- posting messages in a mini post-box
- a scrapbook to write in; offering a polaroid camera for them to put a picture next to their message
- providing small pieces of paper to put ‘a message in a bottle’!
Lucy Davenport Photography
Centrepieces can vary depending on the personality of the couple and the chosen theme of the wedding. Lillibrooke couples are beginning to prefer small and simple pieces, a big move away from larger single centrepieces from past years.
Small jars of flowers, tealights and wooden features are preferred items for the centrepiece. Clusters of smaller items are growing in popularity, which we have noticed has improved conversations across tables, and has made it easier for guests to communicate with all others sat at the table with them, so a great development all round!
What we love:
- hessian materials
- wooden rustic-look boxes or rustic jars
- quirky glass designs for tealights to sit in
Flower décor is a key part to designing your wedding theme and we have seen many fabulous and dainty flower displays over the years here at Lillibrooke. However this year we have seen a popular development in the ways flowers have been displayed at our venue.
Lillibrooke has seen flower décor develop this year from thick flower arches in the Great and Small barn to hanging flower instillations and personalised floral hoops. These fabulous developments have become beautiful finishing touches to the wedding theme design.
What we love:
- flowers at entrances of doorways
- flower hoops and arches
- flowers in centrepieces
Hannah McClune Photography
Personalisation of Wedding Ceremony
Even though a traditional registrar-led ceremony remains most popular at Lillibrooke, we have seen more couples opting for personalised ceremonies, even if they are only small changes.
We have thoroughly enjoyed this development, as every wedding should be the couples own, and unique to them. This lovely development has led to a much more personal and intimate wedding ceremony for those who choose to have their ceremony personalised.
What we love:
- writing own vows
- decor in the ceremony room
- owl/dog/animal ring-bearers
These are just some of the trends we’ve seen in 2019, for more inspiration and ideas, view our Pinterest page which has thousands of images for you to see!
Published on 2.07.2019 at 13:26 Written by
The timeless truth in having a stress free wedding is to relax once you get to your day and leave it to us! We are renowned for running stress free weddings, proven by our professional Events Team, who have been heaped with praise time and time again for their success in running wedding days smoothly and their ability to successfully adapt to unforeseen change, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
‘The staff were so accommodating, really going above and beyond for us on the day. Please do pass on our thanks to Vincent, who was so helpful on the day and really made sure the day went as planned, overseeing every detail.’ – April 2019
Our Event Managers’ wealth of experience in the running of weddings, along with their enduring love and enthusiasm to make your day beautiful and relaxed is what brings couples to Lillibrooke to celebrate their day. Their ambition is to make your wedding day the happiest day of your life so far which can be recognised in our many reviews thanking the Event Managers for their efforts.
‘Thanks to everyone there but especially to Annabel – who was fantastic – she made the whole process really smooth and easy for us in a very friendly and supportive manner’ – March 2019
Our Event Team also play a major role in making your experience stress free on the day. They will meet all of your desires no matter how big or small, along with whatever your guests need to make the day as enjoyable as possible. We are very proud of our Event Team, and they are often acknowledged in our reviews online.
‘All of you played a part in making our day truly amazing. I apologise for any messes made. But thank you all for a wonderful stress free day that we can honestly say was the happiest day of our lives.’ – April 2019
The Lillibrooke team would love for you to come and get to know us. If you are interested in just how stress-free we can make your day, contact us and book a viewing! https://lillibrookemanor.co.uk/contact
Published on 26.06.2019 at 11:16 Written by