If your chosen venue doesn't provide the catering then you’ll need to call in the professionals to feed your guests. There's a plethora of options from a formal sit-down dinner comprising of a three-course meal to a variety of fun, informal ways of feeding your guests such as hog roasts and barbecues. Whatever option you choose for your big day make sure you meet with the caterers to discuss your requirements; a reputable supplier will provide a tasting menu so that you can sample your planned dishes making sure they are the perfect choice for your wedding day.
Please mention An Essex Wedding when contacting wedding service providers.
Premium in taste with an understated flamboyance. Natural botanicals, including poppy seeds from the county flower, are carefully selected to produce a smooth and sophisticated dry gin. This is a gin that is handcrafted in small batches and bursting with Essex spirit.
Sarah Knowles MW joined The Wine Society in March 2014 and passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015. She is responsible for Champagne, North America and Italy, as well as overseeing the portfolio of sparkling wines and spirits; so, there really is no better person to be advising you and answering all of your wedding questions? Red or white for a meat course? Wine or Champagne for your wedding toast? This is the second part in our three part guide, check back here every Friday to have these questions answered!
Posted: 13 May 2022
From cocktail stations to party favours, David Cooper from glassware company Forever Crystal shares his top tips on how to get creative with your drinks on the big day. Here are four inspiration ideas for your wedding drinks and toast with something special when you say, 'I do'! Signature cocktails: While you might want to give your guests an open bar, hiring bar staff and footing the bill can end up being an expensive gesture. One way to sidestep this added cost while still providing some free refreshment is to make your own batch of signature cocktails. Choose two mixed drinks or cocktails that you know your guests love and stock up on plenty of ingredients before the big day. For a spring or summer wedding, mixed drinks like Pimm's and lemonade or gin and elderflower tonic are great options, especially as you can provide bowls of fruit and mint leaves to use as a garnish.
Posted: 5 May 2022
Sarah Knowles MW joined The Wine Society in March 2014 and passed her Masters of Wine qualification in 2015. She is responsible for Champagne, North America and Italy, as well as overseeing the portfolio of sparkling wines and spirits; so, there really is no better person to be advising you and answering all of your wedding questions? Red or white for a meat course? Wine or Champagne for your wedding toast? Read our three part guide over the next three weeks (check back here every Friday) to have these questions answered!
Posted: 3 May 2022
If you had a festival proposal last weekend - lucky you - and it means this New Year there will be double celebrations now you're embarking on your wedding planning journey and entering 2022 as an engaged couple!
These delightful Gin cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate and bring in the New Year, restrictions maybe looming once again, but gin can travel!
Pinkster is locally grown and distilled in Cambridgeshire, Mermaid is crafted in the sea air of the Isle of Wight, Aviation American Gin is produced under Ryan Reynolds' watchful eye in Portland, Oregon and Jaisalmer Gin, inspired by the imperial age of Maharajas and Maharanis has flown all the way from Jaisalmer, India!
Posted: 28 December 2021
Award-winning NINE ELMS No.18 is a ruby velven – a new type of sophisticated non-alcoholic drink, created in London, that has been specially designed to complement good food.Intricately crafted from the juice of four types of dark berry and aromatised with a complex blend of botanical infusions and distillates, this intriguing non-alcoholic indulgence is full of flavour & character – complexity that gradually reveals itself when sipped & savored with something delicious to eat.With its juicy red & black fruit, uplifting herbaceous notes, warm & earthy spice, gentle acidity & soft tannins, NINE ELMS No.18 is most enjoyable served with something richly savoury - try it with antipasti, charcuterie, chargrilled vegetables, roasted meats or cheese.
Posted: 28 June 2021
World Cocktail Day is today, Thursday 13th May, and the expert mixologists at The Lakeside, a hospitality, wedding and events venue, have pulled together a selection of their favourite cocktails, coupled with a few interesting facts about each one.For any cocktail lover, World Cocktail Day is one of the best days in the social calendar, especially now bars and restaurants are reopening, it is the perfect time to read up on a new cocktail you are eager to try! The mixologists at the Lakeside have done all the hard work for you, so simply sit back, relax and fall in love with a new cocktail from the list below...
Posted: 13 May 2021
Tapp'd Cocktails is a family run, Essex-based ready to drink bottled cocktail company which launched in 2019. The business has taken the UK by storm with perfectly blended ready to drink cocktails with packages to suit all requirements; 2020 may not have been the year to raise your glasses to the happy couple but 2021 is certainly looking brighter. With more restrictions being lifted, now is the time to organise your guest's drinks package - ours is a Pina Colada!
Posted: 29 March 2021
If you have a gin loving partner, friend or family member that you want to surprise and delight this Valentine's Day, then look no further than these two fabulous offers from Pinkster Gin, the Limited Edition 'Let the love beGin' bottle and The Pinkster Gin Home Tasting Kit for Two.Pinkster Gin the pioneers of pink gin have an exclusive offer on their 'Let the love beGin' limited edition bottles. What's more, if you order a bottle of this fabulous raspberry infused gin by Sunday 14th February then you will also receive a free pack of eight Fever-Tree tonics (usually £5.00)
Posted: 8 February 2021
February is nearly here which means the end to Dry January - yipee - and the arrival of Valentine's Day! The Cotswolds Distillery has created three delicious cocktails to be enjoyed on Valentine's night in the comfort of your own home. They are easy to make and will create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening for you and your partner. They can equally be enjoyed alone or over zoom with friends and are a great pre-amble to a delicious meal.
Posted: 29 January 2021
Perhaps an idea for after Dry January, why not send each of your bridal party members this gift in the post and then you're all set for your virtual hen do! This beautiful gift set comes with a 75cl bottle of delicious STARLINO Rosé and a large stemmed aperitivo glass which is engraved with the STARLINO branding. If you haven't got a celebration planned, then why not schedule a pre-wedding date night with your loved one for some much-needed R&R?
Posted: 25 January 2021