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Make your wedding into a party to remember

Every couple wants their wedding to be unique, memorable, and special – but it’s easier said than done! Remember, weddings usually follow a certain flow, so they can easily become predictable. But yours doesn’t have to be.

Wedding Party

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If you want to throw an epic party that your guests will talk about for years to come, follow these tips.

  1. Consider a unique venue

Step out of the box when it comes to traditional wedding locations by planning a destination wedding. Just make sure you choose a location both you and your partner will enjoy.

For instance, if you love travelling, consider an island experience where you and your guests get to enjoy warm weather and a picturesque setting.

Picturesque Setting

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  1. Offer functional wedding favours

Wedding favours come in various options and sizes, and if they’re not practical, meaningful or useful, your guests are more likely to forget or never use them again. Granted, wedding favours can stretch your budget, but you’re better off choosing something functional if you want your guests to cherish them.

So, consider an item that’s reusable, easy to handle, and uniquely useful. For instance, you could opt for:

    • Stemless wine glasses
    • Customized bottle openers
    • Pizza cutters
    • Cozy blankets
  1. Splurge on the open bar

One thing people hate at planned events is having to buy their own drinks. Therefore, consider splurging on an open bar to make your wedding party memorable. If you’re working with a tight budget, offer just beer, wine, and a few cocktail options but don’t ask anyone to open their wallets.

Take it a notch higher by having a signature cocktail. It’ll make your wedding reception feel more personal!

  1. Arrange pre-wedding activities

As you, your partner, and your wedding party prepare before the ceremony starts, you want your guests to be engaged and active as they wait. If they get bored, they might become restless.

Arrange activities that are accessible and adventurous to encourage pre-ceremony mingling. This can be anything from a wine-tasting session to a mini scavenger hunt that keeps them entertained.


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  1. Plan a surprise during the wedding or reception

Get creative and innovative with your wedding by doing something unconventional to surprise your guests. For example, you could hire a special party band to perform at the reception to get everyone up on their feet. There’s nothing like live music to get everyone excited and engaged – and it’ll be a nice highlight for everyone to look back on afterwards. The genre of music you choose is completely up to you, and another way to stamp your personality onto the day.

The surprise doesn’t have to be extravagant. A simple idea that shows your hidden skills or talents and wows your guests is enough to make your party stand out.

  1. Choose a theme

Everyone loves a themed wedding, as they get to wear a costume and play a character for a day. Pick a theme you love and find fun ways to incorporate it into your wedding – from the styling elements to the décor and food.

Ultimately, ensure your wedding has a touch of something unique and different to make it more memorable and enjoyable


Intimate Summer Parties!

Now that lockdown restrictions have begun to become loosened in time for the summer, why not plan an intimate gathering of 30 people?
It’s been a while since families have managed to fully gather together to celebrate a birthday, or maybe even grab your ‘back to the office’ colleagues and catch up over a few drinks? Fathers day is also a fantastic excuse to get your family and friends together again!

Lockdown had a lot of people saving their pennies whilst quite a few of us ending up spending more on online shopping than ever! Here at Ravens Ait we’ve got plenty of cost effective rooms and packages to help you celebrate.

Our Thames Suite can be hired out by the hour, this room has plenty of natural light and comes with our outdoor terrace. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the sun setting over the River Thames with a glass of bubbles.

Intimate summer

Our Thames Suite prices vary from

Monday – Wednesday at just £70 per hour   |  Thursday, Friday and Sunday at £100 an hour  |  Saturday at £150 per hour.

We have options to suit everyone’s budget.

We also offer a great variety of buffet options for you and your guests to choose from. Our wonderful Finger Buffet starts at just £22 for a selection of mini brioche sliders, BBQ style chicken wings, pulled pork slider rolls and plenty more!


Picnic Week !

With summer fast approaching and the weather getting seemingly warmer, what better way to make future plans than a group picnic! Whether it be in the local park or your own garden, a picnic is something everyone can enjoy.

With June being the official ‘National Picnic Week’ this is great for planning ahead. Our lawn here at Ravens Ait is the perfect place for a picnic to be shared amongst friends and family.  Relax with a glass of prosecco and enjoy the sunshine with one of our buffet menus. Perhaps take it a level up and take advantage of our BBQ menu?


Plan your Picnic

The official National Picnic week is from June 17th – June 29th. With government restrictions, with the hope that restrictions will be significantly loosened by mid June, this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate picnic week in style. Until then, you can make the most of the British summer in your very own garden.


Mother’s Day Gift Experience Ideas

With mother’s day just around the corner we thought we would give you some amazing gift ideas to treat your loved one to! Here are our top 4 gift ideas to get you inspired.

Mother's Day

  1. Afternoon Tea

We know that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to lockdown. Pre booking an afternoon tea is the perfect way to celebrate together and treat your mum to a lovely afternoon out. You could create a DIY version at home, bake some mini cakes and mini sandwiches paired with a bottle of PROSECCO or two and give it your own personal twist. This is guaranteed to be loved by mother’s everywhere!

  1. Home cooked restaurant style dinner

We may not be able to go to a restaurant JUST yet. There are loads of amazing restaurants / chefs that you can order a home kit from. This is not only a great bonding experience but you’re also getting the restaurant quality food in the comfort of your own home. Add that extra gift by getting personalised aprons for you both.

  1. Home cinema

Why not turn your front room into the perfect home cinema? Cook up some mini pizzas, have a variety of snacks and popcorn and set up fairy lights to create a cosy feeling. Have your mum’s top 3 favourite films to hand and have a movie marathon weekend. It’s something thoughtful and a little different she’s guaranteed to love.

  1. Online shopping trip

 Treat your mum and surprise her by ordering shopping basket that she’s had her eye on! You can have a day of trying on these outfits and seeing which ones she loves. This is a great way to spend the day together and treat her to some lovely new clothes. Jazz things up a bit with homemade cocktails and snacks for the afternoon.

Let us know if you have any other great ideas for mother’s day, we would love to hear !

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