A Perfect Setting For a Nostalgic Wedding

The county of Lincolnshire has some amazing wedding venues filled with ambience and steeped in history and The Angel & Royal Hotel based in Grantham is just one of those beautiful venues. It is said to be the oldest Inn in England.  The Angel & Royal hotel hosts weddings, private parties and corporate functions.


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My wedding planning services were called upon to organise a photo shoot to showcase the hotel to its full glory and create images for the new wedding brochure and wedding fayre posters.  I set out to think of a concept and theme, which would lend itself to the building and created a mood board which would emphasise an opulent and rich theme coupled with; candelabra, reds & pinks, soft delicate florals, vintage props, antique books and lace and vintage styled clothing.

Armed with the task of pulling together many of my preferred and talented wedding suppliers I work with in the area and after many weeks of phone calls and emails, we all convened at the hotel one sunny Sunday afternoon.  On arrival, I was greeted by Andrew and his wife from Anglo-American Car Hire Leicester.  Andrew had kindly brought along his gorgeous classic car, a Herald Triumph for the afternoon,  who was by far the star of the day!

I then gathered up the models and took them through to the dressing room where the very creative Casey Askew Hair Stylist And Make-Up Artist, who transformed and created a nostalgic vintage look for the hair and make-up.  Jeanette from Celtic Belles was on hand on the day to dress the models in her hand made wedding gowns and assist where needed and suits were provided by Chad from Empire Design.  Coupled with vintage accessories from myself, The Alternative PA , the models were ready to go.


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On arrival in the Kings Room, I couldn’t believe my eyes, the entire room had been transformed into an opulent and grand and colourful wedding dining room oozing sophistication.  The whole look was created by Le-Anne from Make My Day Venue Dressing and blooms beautifully adorned the room from Sue from Flowers From Holland and the quirky and unique wedding cake was made and decorated by the extremely talented Sophie from The Confetti Cakery. The whole look was complete!


With the building steeped in history, it is an amazing venue to hold a photo shoot, wedding or business function.  Chris from Englands’s Finest Photography was keen to capture the essence of the building, the history and the surroundings.

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The hotel did not disappoint as far as providing such a splendid set for this collaborative photo shoot showcasing very talented suppliers and creating a most decadent look and feel and makes the perfect setting for a nostalgic wedding reception.  It was a pleasure to spend time with the team and I can’t wait for the next photo shoot!

The Alternative PA is organsing a Wedding Fayre With A Hint Of Vintage at The Angel & Royal Hotel on Sunday 23 October.  If you would like more information on the fayre or any of the suppliers involved in the photo shoot, please contact thealternativepa@outlook.com.


Photography:  England’s Finest Photography

Got a Wedding to Plan?

Chapter 1

Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some top tips with you on how best to plan your wedding.  We’re starting this week with Chapter 1 in your wedding adventure.

We would recommend planning the following 12-18 months prior to your wedding day.

Kick start your wedding plans by being organised and one step ahead of the game!

  • Pop open the bubbly and inform your friends and family of your engagement and celebrate!
  • Treat yourself to a pretty scrapbook and gather all your ideas in here.  Purchase some wedding magazines or pop into wedding shops as often they are available for free!
  • Start a Pinterest board on-line and gather wedding supplier’s business cards at wedding fairs you attend.
  • Book a wedding planner!

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Setting a budget

  • Depending on who is paying for the wedding, you need to have conversations with everyone involved.  This is a key element of planning your wedding, as the budget will dictate, the venue, catering etc and you don’t want to be disappointed further down the line.
  • Open a savings account!


Get The Date In The Diary

  • Obviously the spring/summer months will be more popular when weddings are concerned, so one way to reduce your spend is to hold your wedding in the autumn/winter months.
  • As soon as you have decided on the month/date you wish to hold your wedding and the approximate number of guests it’s time to start looking at venues.cropped-bag-and-hands.jpg

What Type Of Wedding Venue

  • You will need to decide if you would like to get married in a church or to opt for a civil ceremony. Civil ceremonies can take place at a licensed venue or indeed a registry office. If you would prefer a church wedding, you will need to book an appointment with the Minister to talk through your wishes and check dates, plus discuss formalities such as the reading of the bans.
  • There are many options now for wedding venues and depending on your personality and what style or theme of wedding you want, there is a many different venue types available ranging from; Castle, Manor House, Hotel, Barn, Marquee, Country Pub.  Depending on which option floats your boat, be careful to check with the venue provider what exactly is included in your day, i.e. tables, linen, flowers etc, as if you have to book these on top of the venue fee, this will add a significant amount to your budget.

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  • You will be required to put down a deposit when booking your preferred venue.  It is wise to take out wedding insurance should there be a change of plans due to illness, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Save The Date

  • When you have made the exciting decision and booked your wedding venue, it’s time to inform all your wedding guests by sending out ‘Save The Date’ cards.
  • You also need to chat with your friends who you have chosen to be your Best Man, Maid of Honour, Bridesmaids, Ushers etc and make sure they are free!


That’s all for now folks, Chapter 2 to follow soon…

Happy Planning!

The Alternative PA

If you’d like help with planning your wedding, please contact The Alternative PA @ thealternativepa@outlook.com.  We can take away the stress and strain!

Win a Wedding Planner & Engagement Shoot

Are you feeling overwhelmed with planning your wedding and not sure what to do next, then we can help solve your problems…

Photography: England’s Finest Photography

Here’s your chance to win half a day’s wedding planning support from ‘The Alternative PA’. The winner will receive 4 hours of wedding planning support; be it help required leading up to your wedding day or overseeing suppliers on the big day itself and managing the day so it runs smoothly, alleviating the stress, leaving you to enjoy this magical experience. Chris from ‘Englands’s Finest Photography’ is offering an engagement shoot inclusive of  edited digital images too as part of the wedding competition prize. This is a great opportunity for Chris to get to know you and alleviate any fears of the camera and bring out your personality.  A fantastic runner up prize is also up for grabs; a romantic dinner for two at the beautiful ‘Angel & Royal’ Hotel, Grantham, one of the oldest inns in England – check out their wedding ackages http://www.angelandroyal.co.uk/pages/weddings.php

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Photography: England’s Finest Photography

Complete our wedding competition form Competition Entry Form and tell us why you deserve to win this fabulous prize. Don’t forget to leave us your contact details so
we can contact you should you be the lucky winner! Please email your entry to thealternativepa@outlook.com.

Best of luck ladies and gentlemen!

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Thank you

The Alternative PA

Wedding Blooms & More…

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When you step inside ‘Flowers from Holland’ you are greeted by the lovely & talented Sue, who runs her newly revamped floristry shop in Grantham, Lincolnshire.   The shop is filled with sweet scents of the finest Dutch flowers set in contemporary, traditional, or bespoke designs.  ‘Flowers from Holland’ is a family run business, so customer service is of the upmost importance.  The newly refurbished shop is exceedingly spacious and  with flowers being delivered daily, you know they are at their freshest.

The shop is divided into departments; the first being the fabulous Bouquet Bar!  Personally select your flowers for the perfect colour combo, then pair it with your choice of cellophane, colour of tissue and then the perfect bow. Further selections of bouquet bags and boxes, and other adornments to make that bouquet personal and perfect.  Sue also has a new look gift corner, with an exclusive range of special handmade teddy bears, gifts for the new baby, and that extra special bear for one you love!  At the back of the shop is the client consultation area, where there are comfy chairs to sit and relax and discuss your requirements over a coffee with Sue.


Sue is delighted to offer a free consultation to ensure that she knows exactly what the client wants and she will discuss your favourite flowers, colour scheme and budget. Through in-depth research and consultations, ‘Flowers from Holland’ are able to design bespoke bouquets and wedding flowers that match your requirements, making use of many types of flowers to design stunning arrangements.  When it comes to their bespoke bouquets, the world truly is your oyster. They are able to take inspiration from styles used throughout the world, replicate arrangements from images, or work around your requirements. For customers without a clear vision, they have a portfolio containing the latest trends and fashions to provide inspiration for your special day.


To book your free consultation, contact Sue on 01476 564007 or alternatively visit their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FlowersfromHollandGrantham/?fref=ts for more information.  If you would like help choosing the right flowers but don’t have time to organise them, let’ The Alternative PA’ wedding planner take away the stress and strain and we can liaise directly with ‘Flowers from Holland’ on your behalf.  Call ‘The Alternative PA’ on 07888 679118.

Stay Focussed With Your Wedding

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When it comes to organising a wedding, The Alternative PA, wedding planner service can offer you a cost effective and stress free option.  Firstly we’re focused and dedicated and we’ve got flair and creativity and we’re super organised!  We have many years experience in event management and know all the pitfalls.  We have good relationships with lots of professional and talented wedding suppliers in the local area, not to mention some fabulous wedding venues. We can act as a sounding board for when decisions need to be made and help you in making the right decision to make your day a perfect one.

Planning a wedding can be extremely overwhelming, with so much to organise and think about and we can help you as little or as lot along your wedding journey.  We can provide a full wedding planning service. The Complete Package – I spend time getting to know you both, your personality, likes and dislikes, quirky things about you and what makes you tick.  I can be on hand throughout the entire process ensuring your day is a special and memorable occasion, alleviating any stresses and strains.

We provide a venue finder service; sourcing the right venue to your specification, personality and budget.  We can  also come to the rescue and can pick up the pieces if it’s just getting a bit too much and getting you down. After all this should be a most pleasurable experience.

We’re available too, to help on the big day itself with on the day management; taking deliveries, ensuring everything is where is should be.  Checking tables correct, catering, styling, seating plan etc as it can be highly embarrassing if a guest has been missed off and this does happen believe me as its happened to me before as a wedding guest!

We’re available for a free consultation, so please contact us at your earliest convenience on 07888 679118 or email thealternativepa@outlook.com.  We look forward to working with you.


Planning a Vintage Wedding?

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Are you in the midst of planning your Vintage wedding? Vintage weddings never go out of fashion. Whether it’s vintage because of the reception venue, a vintage wedding dress or because of the colours and flowers and vintage china, ‘The Alternative PA’can help with with all you need. Our wedding planner can plan the day itself, including sourcing the perfect venue, organising catering, the wedding photographer http://englandsfinestphotography.pixieset.com/, guest list and even the dress, handbag, pair of shoes or some vintage china, leaving you to relax and switch off and enjoy your special day.