Showing posts from June, 2019

How to Make Small Talk at Weddings

We first wrote about making small talk at weddings back in 2014.   It quickly became one of our most popular blog posts so we updated it a year later.  In 2019, we’re still getting regular hits on the page so we thought it might be a good idea to revisit our advice and see if anything has changed.   It’s unsurprising that so many of us still feel uncomfortable about making polite conversation at a public event.  Weddings can be particularly difficult as we may have to spend an extended period of time sitting and eating with complete strangers.  We’re all human and most of us want to make a good impression but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Why Is It Important to Make Small Talk at a Wedding? Few social occasions expect us to interact so closely with strangers as a wedding.  At other events, we’re often able to stay within a circle of friends or family members.  Small talk may be limited to a brief chat at the bar or in the line for the ladies toilets.  At a w

Gilwell Park Wedding Venue: Show in November

Gilwell Park in Chingford, Essex , is hosting a wedding show on November 3 rd 2019 between 11am and 3pm .  Visitors can enjoy a glass of bubbly prosecco as they meet the local suppliers and service providers exhibiting at this gorgeous venue. Sitting on the border of Essex and London, Gilwell Park is a beautiful rural retreat but with excellent national and international transport links nearby.   Chingford station, for example, is only minutes away! And when we say rural, we’re not kidding.  It’s surrounded by 108 acres of countryside.  What Makes Gilwell Park a Great Wedding Venue? At the heart of the Gilwell Estate is the gorgeous white house which, dating back to 1754, is a Grade II listed property.  This isn’t a cookie-cutter wedding venue.  Gilwell Park offers a good range of options to couples but without being overwhelming.  Few venues are so flexible with catering, decoration, ceremony and reception space, and guest numbers. You’ll be we

UK Guests Spend £65 On a Wedding Present with Cash Gifts Most Popular

UK GUESTS SPEND £65 ON A WEDDING PRESENT WITH CASH GIFTS MOST POPULAR The average Brit spends £65 on a wedding present with cash or gift cards the most popular present Only 1 in 5 (20%) buy something from a gift list The most generous guest is the Father of the Bride spending £80 Wedding season is upon us, along with the common conundrum  of what to buy the happy couple and how much to spend. A survey from  One4all Gift Cards  examining the present-buying habits of wedding guests reveals the average Brit now spends £65 on a wedding present, with monetary gifts topping the list as the most popular way to spoil the couple as they begin their marriage. Of those buying gifts, today’s guests are avoiding the traditional gift list with only 1 in 5 (20%) picking a present from the couple’s wish list , while almost half (44%) opt for cash or gift cards for the newlyweds. Other popular presents include something for the home (21%) or a bottle of somet