Vendor of the Week – The Guildford Hotel

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Happy Monday Dotties! How is your December looking? Has the festive season business kick-started yet for you? This is our last week in the Polka Office for 2020 and we’re madly scurrying to get everything ticked off!

It’s nearing the end of the year – plenty of time to look at our Polka Dot Directory with our Australian vendors who are standing by to assist you create your perfect day. We have Destination Wedding Venues, we have Photographers, we have Bridesmaid Gowns and Styling & Hire – we even have Destination Wedding Planners and Menswear!

Check out the Polka Dot Directory for wedding vendors who will love your wedding as much as you!

Phone one and two by Simone Addison Photography Photo three by Lana Pratt

Standing proudly is this historic icon The Guildford Hotel right in Guildford – restored to its original glory. Its grandeur along with modern touches with several spaces to use for your wedding day, will leave your guests in awe of the decor which includes original brick, repurposed timber, brass finishes and an impressive collection of recovered décor throughout. With an experienced team who will help you craft your day with imaginative styling, fresh ideas and above all calmness in what may sometimes seem like a crisis. Delicious and generous menus to choose from and drinks packages will keep the celebrations and bubbles flowing well into the night.

We asked Harveen from The Guildford Hotel five questions in five minutes:

What is the most important piece of advice you can give to engaged couples?

Do what you are comfortable with. I often find couples trying to meet the expectations of family or society. For “the image”. Breaking banks and sacrificing their visions for something they might regret doing down the road. The Bride & Groom should have their vision, plan and comfortable budget establish. People will always have something to say about your wedding even if you have a $5,000 or $25,000 wedding. Do what makes you happy and try to incorporate little wishes of family members but never going overboard.

Finally, enjoy the process and the day. Some wedding planning causes a lot of tension and fights. It should bring families together and not break them. All that planning and fussing will be over before you realise it and you want happy memories to look back on.

Tell us about a hidden talent you have?

I can keep calm in stressful situations. Come to me with a problem, and I will help you find a solution so your special day goes unspoiled.

As a vendor, what excites you about the wedding day?

Watching it all fall in place together. The smiles of couples as they walk into a finished room. Most importantly ceremonies. Ceremonies are so crucial, and it should be perfect for any couple as it will be the one to remember.

What are you known for?

Styling ideas: I have plenty of ideas to offer as I feel a wedding should always explore options and not stick to the norm. Go with your heart and not by the rules – that’s what I tell my couples.

Experience: I have experience in all sorts of weddings, including Afghan, African, Indian etc. I can cater to each one when required as well as always share my experience, be it good and bad, to help couples learn from it. Ceremonies can also be tricky. As couples are the most anxious during that time and you must be able to multitask yet handle the bride at the same time.

Emotions: No wedding is perfect. Things can go wrong. I’ve seen situations turn really ugly at weddings. The most important thing is to not PANIC. The one person who has to stay calm and carry on is the coordinator/Manager. He/she can`t afford to break down, but to resolve or act fast.

 If you could choose a song to play for the rest of your life what would it be?

Hero – Enrique Iglesias (weird, I know).

Visit The Guildford Hotel’s pages to find out more about our Vendor Of The Week. The Guildford Hotel is a member of the Polka Dot Directory.

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