An Interview With Sian, Our Assistant Events Manager at Ellenborough Park


Ever wondered what it’s like to plan weddings for a living? 

If you’ve always thought that choosing party favours and making wedding breakfast decisions sounded like the right career move for you, or if you are simply planning a wedding and are keen to know more about the process, we’ve got our wonderful wedding coordinator, Sian, with a little help from the Events Team, to answer some of your burning questions and fill you in on the perks of planning events at our gorgeous wedding venue in the Cotswolds.

How did you get into wedding planning?
Having planned various different types of events in the past, I found myself drawn to the personal aspect of wedding planning and being able to help newly engaged couples bring their dreams to life.

What do you like most about your job?
Definitely seeing a couple’s journey from the initial phase of their planning right through to their special day. It’s great to be involved on the wedding day, making sure that the couple are having the time of their lives.

How do you stay motivated when things don’t go as planned?
At Ellenborough Park, our wedding venue in the Cotswolds, we have a very supportive team. We all pull together when unexpected challenges arise in order to make the couple’s wedding day run seamlessly – we find tea and chocolate helps!

What’s the most unusual wedding theme you’ve had to try and pull off?
Two spring to mind – the first was a Vegas themed wedding, complete with dancing girls and an Elvis Impersonator for the first dance! The other was a Christmas Narnia wedding – the couple hired a snow machine to ensure their outdoor photographs featured a blanket of fresh snow!

Are there any obvious trends in weddings for 2017?
Colour wise, we are seeing a lot of mint green and coral this year, fitting in with a more informal wedding style.

Where do you seek inspiration?
We get inspiration from our beautiful surroundings and our building – Ellenborough Park truly is a stunning place to work.

What do you like most about weddings at Ellenborough?
The fact that each wedding is different! We love seeing the different styles and personalities in each wedding; seeing the couple and their families so happy and celebrating together is so uplifting.

Which is your favourite ceremony room at the hotel?
The Gallery is such a special location for ceremonies; it is a former chapel so is wonderfully atmospheric and the neutral décor lends itself to all styles, however the room is beautiful even without any decoration.

What is your most memorable moment at Ellenborough?
One of our couples had just pulled up outside the front to take photos with their car when David Hasselhoff was staying – he stopped to take photos with the couple and The Bride’s face was priceless – she ran over to her guests yelling “I’ve just had a wedding photo with The Hoff!”

If you would like to know more about our gorgeous wedding venues in the Cotswolds, call us on 01242 802543 to speak to a member of our team and start planning your special day today.

Alternatively, download our wedding brochure to find out more.

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