Brides love their venue wedding coordinator – they become their friend and rock for months before the wedding. There is an emotional attachment as a good wedding venue co-ordinator creates a personal bond between the couple and the hotel. It is important to a bride that she feels she can contact her wedding coordinator at any time to discuss anything, how trivial it may seem at a later date.
So, the wedding co-ordinator makes sure the day runs smoothly and the photographer captures the most amazing wedding photographs, which bride and groom will love and treasure forever.
I do believe the relationship between the wedding venue co-ordinator and the photographer is really important to ensure we provide a bride with a complete ‘wow’ wedding experience.
I recently took photographs of Gillian and Nigel’s wedding at Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa and instantly fell in love with this venue. I met Abi, the wedding co-ordinator, on the day and knew she was there if I needed anything. The after-wedding communication between Abi and myself has been fantastic. I can tell we both have the same passion; to make our bride’s day wonderful. On chatting to Emma, Abi’s “partner-in-crime” wedding co-ordinator, she told me she was disappointed that because she had a great relationship with Gillian and Nigel and couldn’t be there on the day. After months of planning a bride’s wedding, both girls said that it was really special to be a part of such an amazing day!
Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa’s ethos is definitely the right one that fits with my photography brand! It is a family run chain of hotels that really have the family ethics at the heart of their business. Both Emma and Abi clearly focus on building a relationship with their bride and grooms to ensure their special day runs smoothly. With both girls working between them 7 days a week, they are always there for there brides. Macdonald Frimley Hall & Spa hold regular wedding fayres and open evenings so there is always an opportunity for bride and grooms to call in. And of course, regular email contact is always encouraged.
With Macdonald Frimley Hall & Spa currently doing 60-70 weddings a year, it is without a doubt a popular choice with bride and grooms. The landscaped grounds are stunning and the hotel has some amazing features; dark oak wood fireplace, picturesque listed building, ornate dark wood balcony, to name a few. Together with a current promotion to increase Sunday weddings – “Say ‘I do’ on a Sunday” and other promotional activities, Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa are looking to increase their wedding bookings for 2016! Abi and Emma agreed about how the demand for 2016 and 2017 has been increasing – we’ve passed the 2013 year, which bride and grooms really wanted to avoid. The future looks bright for 2016 and 2017.
I could tell that Abi and Emma really love what they do and are fully commitment to their roles. Emma took a hospitality and events degree course and whilst on her placement year got offered her dream job as a wedding planner – that was meant to be. She hasn’t looked back and now has been a wedding planner for over 9 years. Abi has worked for Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa since 2011 and has progressed her career within the hotel. She did briefly leave Frimley to work at a sister hotel but felt a less corporate hotel and a more family friendly based hotel was where her heart really is. Both girls were in full support of their General Manager, Stephen and felt that he was someone who really believes in his staff.
Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa also makes a perfect location for a bride’s pre-wedding bridal pamper afternoon with the spa and afternoon tea – what a perfect excuse to spoil yourself before your wedding!
So, as a wedding photographer I asked Abi and Emma what they thought made a good wedding photographer? To them it was about having the ability to direct people and be flexible to go with the flow of the wedding day. Photographers have to remember they cannot dictate the day and it is what the bride wants. Whilst it is important to get amazing photographs of the wedding day, a bride and groom should also be allowed time to enjoy themselves. A photographer that stands out for them is one that looks at their venue and can create something new and also builds a personal relationship with the wedding coordinator. For Abi and Emma it is important that the photographer is there at key moments of the day.
I asked Abi and Emma what were their three top tips for brides…
- Book Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa as soon as possible (I suppose that was a given!)
- Don’t worry about the weather! It’s your special day despite the weather – your photographer will capture some amazing photographs, even if it’s raining.
- Make your day about what you both want – it is your day!
Like every wedding co-ordinator and wedding photographer, there are always some weddings that will bring back memories. Even brides that go into labour on their wedding day! There have been weddings where the bride has been late and themed weddings but no matter whatever the wedding it is unique and special in its own little way.
So what do weddings at Macdonald Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa look like for the future? … Well, it definitely sounds like Emma and Abi are going to be busy looking after lots of brides-to-be! Both said they look forward to seeing the forthcoming trends in wedding styles… currently vintage is in but maybe black and white will come back in… who knows? One thing I do know is that working with Abi and Emma at wedding at Macdonald Frimley Hall & Spa will be very exciting.