A wedding breakfast?

August 28th, 2012 by Georgine

The meal following a wedding ceremony is often referred to a ‘Wedding Breakfast’ in the UK. This is because, historically, the couple would be wedded at a Catholic mass, where they would have fasted prior to the celebration; hence the food and drink provided would have literally meant ‘breaking’ the wedding ‘fast’.

We are looking forward to hosting our first Wedding Breakfast at this beautiful country house in Surrey soon!

Poetry evening 18 August

August 21st, 2012 by Georgine

Last weekend was the hottest one in months and it also saw one of the busiest at Bonham Weddings & Events since our inception. After meeting up with C & J to prep for their wedding at Foxhills, we rushed back to get ready for our poetry evening with Jennifer Wong (www.jenniferwong.co.uk), one of the very few Hong Kong-born poets in London.

After a few rounds of drinks and delicious nibbles, Jennifer began by reciting one of her beautiful poems – Matoshinos – which describes this quaint town off Porto in Portugal. We took turns to express what we felt and appreciated all the imagery so richly depicted in her use of words:

“One day we’ll learn

to make all the sailor knots again

and drink Douro’s sunset

in the sweet wine of our language.”

Jennifer continued to share her other brilliant pieces of work which included Cappuccino, School and Steamboat, surrounding our lives in London and embracing our memories from Hong Kong.

Thank you for a great evening, Jenny!

Introducing Bonham Weddings & Events

July 31st, 2012 by Georgine

It has been a busy few weeks of summer in London celebrating the Diamond Jubilee weekend and welcoming the Olympics, a truly special British summer indeed. The weather has only just started to reveal its true season and we are loving the summer sun.

At Bonham Weddings, we have been working closely with our brides who are getting married later this year, reaching out to our partners and reviewing our goals and objectives. As much as we love weddings, we are also fond of organising events to gather minds alike on various lifestyle activities. We are therefore, proud to present, our events arm to create Bonham Weddings and Events. More to be announced over the next week days, so watch this space!

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Jazz piano

May 16th, 2012 by Georgine

In addition to the Ali wedding, we also hosted a jazz afternoon at the Windsor Castle pub near Regent’s Park, performed by the brilliant Ms Wendy Long on the keyboard.

Wendy is a professional jazz pianist and has done numerous gigs in London and beyond. A brilliant addition to jazz up your event, Wendy will sure not to disappoint. Her lovely music is still ringing in our ears. Click here to view Wendy’s profile.

Our very own Jeff Young also jammed for a bit on the sax – looking forward to more chemistry next time!

Celebration of faith

May 16th, 2012 by Georgine

For those who believe, faith forms the fundamental part of their daily lives, festivities and celebrations. We took part in our first Muslim wedding last Saturday at a mosque in south London, attended by over 1,000 guests.

 


Men and women celebrated in separate halls, with the groom’s party and male relatives of the bride rejoining the ladies afterwards for photo-taking. The ceremony began with the recital of prayers, followed by a delicious meal which was freshly prepared by volunteers of the local community.

 

The bride was seated centre-stage throughout the whole evening and relatives took turns to go up and keep her company. Dressed in a traditional heavily embroidered wedding costume made in Pakistan, the bride looked absolutely stunning and gleamed in radiance. Everyone looked beautiful as well in their colourful dresses and saris.

 

The evening ended with special blessings for the couple, and we had the pleasure of driving the newly-weds back to their hotel. Many congratulations again!

 

 

Mehndi

May 8th, 2012 by Georgine

Celebrating weddings through observing rituals is a great way to embrace one’s cultural heritage. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend my first ever Mehndi last Sunday night – a fun-packed ladies-only evening with non-stop singing, chatting and eating. Sometimes this will also involve the application of henna, a form of skin decoration in the Asian community. Mehndi is one of the most important pre-wedding traditions, especially for the bride-to-be and her family.

Everyone was dressed up in their colourful traditional costumes, beautifully accessorised and made up to suit the occasion  - this is to respect the solemnity of the ceremony and share the joy of the imminent marriage.

I was absolutely chuffed to be seated next to the lovely bride-to-be at her ‘shrine’ throughout the evening – a great way to catch up amongst all the action on the floor! Looking forward to the wedding this weekend!

 

Singing hymns of praise and joy

Traditional candles

With the beautiful bride-to-be

 

Beautiful matching accessories

 

 

Leeds Castle, Kent

April 29th, 2012 by Georgine

Ever dreamed of getting married in a fairytale castle? We visited Leeds Castle yesterday and despite it raining cats and dogs, were stunned by this hidden gem at the heart of the Kentish county, only an hour’s drive east of London.

A very well preserved site which saw its last occupants nearly 40 years ago, you can hardly tell it has withstood 1,000 years of English history. Up to 20 rooms are available for accommodation inside the castle and more in its vicinity.

Leeds Castle also houses numerous bird species, with its characteristic Black Swan, originally imported from Australia and now a feature of the grounds. It is a real bird haven and the creatures live in perfect harmony with men. Greeted by this beautiful peacock outside the loos – what a pleasant surprise. Also had a chance to feed the ducks from my hand!

         

It is the most beautiful setting to create the event of your dreams and also a wonderful backdrop for engagement pictures. For more info, visit www.leeds-castle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BW is on social networking sites

March 31st, 2012 by Georgine

So pleased to have set up our Facebook and twitter pages. Please LIKE and follow us!

 

Bonham Weddings

March 21st, 2012 by Georgine

Planning your magical moment every step of the way

Wedding Planning

December 5th, 2011 by Georgine

Wedding planning can be quite overwhelming when you start to get into the nitty gritty of it all.  The first step is to think through all of the major items you need to plan/secure.  These are pretty obvious and include:

1) Date of wedding

2) Location and Venue

3) Wedding party – Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Maid of Honour, and Best Man

4) Guest list – people to be invited

5) Overall Budget

All these are quite manageable, except for the last one.  At Bonham Weddings our goal is to keep you within your budget and still give you the most magical and memorable wedding.