Wedding day must-haves

19 Aug 2014

There are certain things on your wedding day that you must have. Jackie Moe, wedding co-ordinator for Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel, shares her views.

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You must:

Have a wonderful venue
Work with the experts
Decide your colour scheme and your decorating style
Chose your flowers – simple or elegant
Have great food
Fun with the traditional wedding cake
A receiving line to welcome guests and thank them for sharing your special day
A comfortable relationship with your co-ordinator

But most importantly surround yourself with those who make you relax and smile!

Here are my tips to make that happen.

Chose the venue

At the Burford Bridge we have two different rooms to meet our bride’s needs for her wedding.  We have the wonderful Tithe Barn which can hold up to 220 guests and for those smaller more intimate weddings we have the Garden Room.  The Garden Room has several French doors that lead out to your own private garden and holds up to 60 guests.  What is more important, the venue is surrounded with beauty.  Nestled in the foot of the Box Hill – and its National Trust Property – every season through our windows gives you a different view. Once you find the venue that fits your taste everything else truly does come together.

Work with the experts

At Burford Bridge we pride ourselves with some of the best in Surrey.  We offer several different choices from florists to cakemakers to photographers.  Have them liaison with the co-ordinator.  We take the stress away from you – we worry about arrival, set-up, storage, forms, etc.  Your co-ordinator should be just as excited as you are about your wedding.  Personality counts for everything – surround yourself with happy people.


Enjoy colour all around.  Flowers, objects, candles all of these items can add pizzazz.  They enhance your wedding tables and add special touches of your personality throughout the wedding day.

The menu selection

Invite both sets of parents to join you for the menu tasting and use the occasion to discuss all the exciting plans you have up to this point.  Again, use this opportunity to discuss the day – walk through the plans with the co-ordinator, ask questions – but most importantly let your parents ask their important questions.  Remember everyone is nervous about the special day.   It’s a super time to get to know the venue and enjoy your great food.  Once the tasting is completed, at the Burford Bridge you will be introduced to the head chef and you will build a relationship with the operations manager so you will know everyone who is working on your special day.

Have a receiving Line to meet the guests

Receiving lines are very popular now in all ceremonies – we suggest immediately after the ceremony you walk as husband and wife down the aisle and through the doors out to the beautiful gardens at Burford Bridge. We will then have your guests walk out to greet you and hand them a welcome drink to start your reception and evening festivities.

Selection of wedding cakes

Flexibility is a wonderful thing.  Make everyone happy and enjoy your cake.  Have different tiers made with different flavours so it appeals to everyone’s tastebuds.  You can also have a couple’s tier for the cutting and surround it with cupcakes – this is very up and coming.  The stress reliever with the cake is that you have accomplished satisfying everyone’s desire for fruit cake, Victoria sponge and that delicious chocolate cake.

Find the one that works for you

In the next several months you will search many venues on line. I suggest you visit the venue.  Appearance and intuition is everything when planning your day.  At the Mercure Burford Bridge we enjoy meeting people and make it our goal for your visit to be a very memorable one.  We look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and help with your special day planning.



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