Yesterday, the Guides for Brides team escaped the office for our mini AGM, held at the recently refurbished Sudbury House in Faringdon. We had a brilliant morning reviewing our recent progress and development. With fantastic web statistics and an exponential growth of brides using our Directory, Planner and new Dress Finder, we were delighted to see what we have achieved in just half a year.
Our meeting room was spacious and modern, opening out onto a lovely rooftop terrace with comfy seating and a stone wood burner – perfect for a small wedding reception! After a morning of hard work, we stopped for a fabulous lunch in the Magnolia Brasserie, where we enjoyed a delicious 2 course meal.
The beautifully presented lamb shoulder was a popular choice among the team along with the chocolate and banana millionaire shortbread, which came complete with an adorable mini milkshake.
During the afternoon we discussed the highlights from the Las Vegas Wedding MBA which highlighted what more we could be doing to develop Guides for Brides. Whilst we were lucky enough to attend the conference last month in Las Vegas, we were also keen to share what we learnt with businesses in the UK who are keen to push their development and growth in an ever changing industry. We will be sharing our new found knowledge at our UK Wedding Conference along with other expert speakers who are keen to inspire wedding businesses. The conference will be held on November 10th at Whittlebury Park.
The afternoon ended with a tour of the recently refurbished hotel – what a transformation! We loved the way that Sudbury House successfully balances old antique charm with contemporary and chic modern interior. Brides to be can choose whether they want to utilise the new or old side of the hotel – or even indulge in both. We enjoyed the quirky art and antique clocks in the Old House, which is also home to the fine dining Restaurant 56.
The Autumn gardens were picture perfect, with the renovated terrace overlooking the hotel’s stunning Magnolia Tree and all its Autumn glory. Thank you to Sudbury House for hosting our mini AGM – it was a wonderful day and lovely to experience your refurbishment firsthand!