A perfect setting for a nostalgic wedding…  ‘Wedding Fayre With A Hint of Vintage’

Step back in time at the ‘Wedding Fayre With A Hint of Vintage. . . ‘Wedding Fayre With a Hint of Vintage’ is being held at the beautiful ‘Angel & Royal Hotel’ in Grantham, Lincolnshire on Sunday 23rd October from 11am to 4pm.a5-front-final-cmyk-jpeg

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.

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We will have 20+ local hand-picked wedding suppliers on the day; from bridal and menswear, to vintage inspired gifts and jewellery.  We have a jam packed schedule of local musicians who are sure to keep you entertained on the day.  Stop and have a chat with Debbie from ‘The Alternative PA’, who is a local wedding planner and is sure to give you some valuable tips and advice.  The hotel will be conducting ‘show rounds’ throughout the day so you can take in the beautiful surroundings and envisage your wedding day at this most stunning venue.

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If you haven’t already found your wedding transport, then take a seat in a cute stretched VW beetle wedding limo amongst other cars which will be parked in the hotel courtyard on the day.

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The first 100 visitors to the event will receive a FREE goodie bag and complimentary drink, so be sure to arrive early!

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The Angel & Royal will be serving light lunches and afternoon tea on the day, so if you would like to book ahead, please contact them directly.

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To keep up to date with the event information please visit our Facebook page; TheAlternativePA or call 07888 679118.

To register for the event please do so here Register via Eventbrite here

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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…

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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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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!

Like us on ‘Facebook’   TheAlternativePA, England’s Finest Photography & The Angel & Royal Hotel.

Thank you

Debbie
The Alternative PA

Stepping Back In Time…

Two weeks ago, myself and my bride, Marie, who I am currently working with had the pleasure of visiting Abigail from ‘Abigail’s Vintage Bridal’, an avid collector and lover of an eclectic mix of original vintage bridal gowns.  Being a lover of all things vintage myself, I  was so excited to be visiting this vintage bridal business, which I discovered whilst tapping away on my laptop and I was elated, as you can imagine when I realised the business was only half an hour drive away!

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Abigail’s passion for the history of fashion started in her youth, most of which was spent watching black and white movies whilst her mum did the ironing; her formative influences were very much more in the vein of Myrna Loy than Madonna: vintage wedding dresses were already on the horizon.

After college, a number of years were spent in film, theatre and television. Abigail turned to fashion and worked for a top ladies evening and bridal wear designer in London. Abigail’s Vintage Bridal was formed in 2009 to perfectly encapsulate her love of history and fashion, offering one of the UK’s largest collections of original vintage wedding dresses.

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Abigail has created the perfect stage setting for her splendid dress studio, set in the heart of Rutland. When entering the ‘The Atelier’,  you are transported back in time.  Her amazing collection ranges from the 1800’s through to the 1970’s so caters for all tastes and genres.

We spent a couple of hours trying various styles and dresses from the era’s and Abigail was most patient and happy for us to take some snaps, so the bride was able to see herself in a photograph modelling each dress afterwards over a cup of tea, served may I add in a bone china cup in keeping with the atmosphere!

It is clear to see, she is extremely passionate about great design and devoted to providing reassurance, guidance and advice to create your vintage bridal dream.

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Vintage accessories complete the look

If you have your own ideas or if there is anything she is able to improve or you would like see more or less of to make you feel even more like a million dollars on your special day, she is more than happy to accommodate your every need.  As well as the dresses, she has some fabulous accessories to compliment the vintage look.

Myself and Marie were truly in awe of the stunning collection of dresses and you would be hard pushed not to find anything suitable which would make the perfect asset for your amazing and magical and nostalgic day.

If you’re in the midst of planning a ‘Vintage’ or themed wedding, then swing by and take a look at Abigail’s website http://www.abigailsvintagebridal.co.uk.  Alternatively, if you require assistance with your wedding planning and finding the perfect bridal gown, ‘The Alternative PA’ is on hand to help http://www.thealternativepa.com.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

There’s not much a Virtual Assistant can’t do!

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‘The Alternative PA’ offers a free 2 hour consultation

With Christmas now come to an end, you are probably feeling that you’ve indulged a little too much, so making a New Year’s resolution list will of course make you feel much better.

So if you’re a brand new business just starting up; own a small business or a budding entrepreneur, then hiring a virtual assistant should most definitely be on your list of new year’s resolutions.

The overhead costs involved in hiring permanent staff, providing them with desk space and equipment to carry out the job, as well as tax, national insurance, employee benefits sickness, holiday pay and pensions are all excellent reasons why you should take the plunge into hiring a Virtual Assistant and it is by far a cost effective way of operating your business.

By hiring a Virtual Assistant or Virtual PA, you’ll reap the rewards of having a highly skilled and experience Executive PA, who only works for the hours you pay them and with ever increasing diaries and social lives, the Virtual Assistant is here to help you with not only your work life but your personal life too.

Virtual Assistants manage your diary, emails and phone calls, design PowerPoint presentation, prepare excel spreadsheets, provide book keeping management, manage your social media and marketing and events.  We’re also happy to help with household chores, such as walking the dog, purchasing gifts for a loved one and collecting the dry cleaning.

It’s entirely up to you how you utilise your Virtual Assistant’s skills and don’t be afraid to ask them what they are capable of doing.  They may even suggest easier ways for you to work, by implementing different ICT systems, thus saving you time and of course money.

Virtual Assistants are keen to help small businesses to grow and stand out in the business world and to enable them to operate more efficiently, enhancing  productivity, thus enabling them to free up time to look after current customers and most important of all gain new customers!

So what you waiting for!

Contact The Alternative PA on 07888 679118 or email thealternativepa@outlook.com

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10 things a Virtual Assistant can do for you in the lead up to Christmas

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With not long now to go until Christmas, it’s an extremely busy time for everyone, especially for small business owners and entrepreneurs. There are presents to organise, parties to attend, cards to send and a whole stack of work that needs to be finished before the end of the year!

When you think about it like this, Christmas can quickly feel like the most stressful time of the year, not the most wonderful! But there is a way you can relieve the festive pressure…..

Hire a virtual assistant!
A Virtual Assistant can help you with a wide variety of seasonal tasks, helping you to enjoy the Christmas period, rather than feel increasingly stressed as the end of the year draws closer.

Here are 10 suggestions for tasks that you can delegate to your virtual assistant to make your life a little easier on the run up to Christmas:

1.Organising presents
Are you planning to send present to clients and colleagues? If you have something in mind, or even if you don’t, brief your virtual assistant on what sort of present you would like to send out, your price range and they will do the rest, including ordering and sending!

2.  Christmas cards/e-cards
Want to send some Christmas cheer to your favourite business contacts? No matter whether you choose the traditional card, or opt for the more environmentally friendly e-card, your virtual assistant will be able to put them together and send them out without you having to lift a finger!

3.  Organising your Christmas party
If you plan to hold a Christmas party, your virtual assistant can help with finding the perfect venue, setting up caterers, sending out invites and keep a list of RSVP’s. There is nothing more stressful than trying to be a gracious host while planning everything yourself, so take the pressure off by getting your VA to help!

4.  Bringing festive cheer to your home
Haven’t quite managed to bring some festive cheer to your home as yet? Let us go buy the tree and decorations for you and decorate your house for you, garlands, baubles and snowflakes can adorn your home.

5.  Newsletter
Got something to shout about? Provide your assistant with a draft with your latest news, tips and offers, and they can send out a festive newsletter to your mailing list for you. Now is a great time to send a newsletter wishing your clients a Happy Christmas and letting them know your plans for next year.

6.  Chasing outstanding payments
Got a few outstanding payments due from earlier in the year? Now’s the time to chase them, when everyone is full of merriment and cheer! Your VA can send out a few polite, gentle reminders to tidy up your books, ready for the new year.

7.  Manage your diary
Lunches, dinners, Christmas parties, it can seem never ending! Ask your virtual assistant to keep track of all the invitations and enter them into your diary and set reminders so that you are aware of what you are doing and where you need to be! Plus we can get your diary organised for next year’s appointments

8.  Updating social media
We all look forward to closing the doors over Christmas, shutting down our laptops and switching off from work for a couple of weeks, but you still need to be active on social media! Your VA can schedule some festive content for you so that you don’t drop off the radar.

9.  Last minute travel arrangements
You’re off to spend Christmas in London but haven’t booked your train tickets and you would really like to book tickets for a show and dinner while you’re visiting, then let us take care of this for you

10.  Unfinished projects
If you have a list of unfinished projects that need to be complete by the end of the year and you are struggling for time, hand it over to your virtual assistant who will finish them all off so that you can have a fresh start in 2015.

These are just a few ways that your virtual assistant can help you to feel less “Bah-humbug” and more “Merry Christmas”!

 

PA For A Day…

The Alternative PA

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Ever wondered what it would be like to have your very own PA (Personal Assistant)?  Well, now’s your opportunity to try. The ‘PA for a Day’ package allows you the opportunity to outsource those mundane tasks, such as organising client meetings, scheduling some urgent travel arrangements, assistance with a photo shoot, compiling presentations for that all important meeting, amongst other things. The Alternative PA is a professional, flexible and affordable Virtual Assistant solution to meet your business requirements, be it full PA support, administration tasks and a full event management service. If you need help just for today or need more regular assistance ‘The Alternative PA’ is your answer.

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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.