You’ve both said ‘yes’ to each other. You intend to spend the rest of your lives together. The date has been booked and you’ve found the perfect venue for your day, here on the Symondsbury Estate, West Dorset. That however, is the easy part.
Now all the logistics of planning the big day loom before you. This is where the dedicated, cheerful and unflappable team of Symondsbury Estate Weddings step in.
It is said that your wedding day can be one of the most stressful occasions of your life. Luckily the team are there to help and assist you along the way, to smooth out any little creases and give you the full benefit of their combined experience…
How long have you worked here? Since 2018, but I’ve been known to make the odd appearance behind the bar for a couple of years before that.
What’s a typical week like? No such thing! This job is so varied that no two weeks are the same – which I love! Every wedding here is so different which keeps it interesting and makes sure I’m on my toes.
Favourite memory from work? I can’t pin it down to one! I love it when I see a couple enjoying themselves on a crowded dance floor with the biggest smiles on their faces. I go home feeling amazing knowing they’re had the best day.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Home is as busy as work with three children and a husband to try and keep up with. Can’t beat a bit of family time.
What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know? I’m originally from Birmingham and love going home for a family catch up (and shopping trip!)
What’s your favourite biscuit? A chocolate covered NICE biscuit – dunked in a cup of tea… obviously!
How long have you worked here? 6 and a bit months. I started on 1stMarch 2019.
What’s a typical week like? No week is ever the same… from meeting couples, to preparing for upcoming weddings and events that are being put on here at Symondsbury.
Favourite memory from work? My favourite memory has to be my first wedding I did on my own. After working alongside Sarah for a number of weddings to find my feet, the achievement in doing one on my own felt great… Seeing everyone enjoying themselves and the couple starting their lives together in such a memorable way!
What do you like to do when you’re not working? I enjoy dancing and performing with the local pantomime players. I also enjoy organising and creating the costumes for the shows.
What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know? I have a stationery addiction. Everything is labelled and in its place (can you guess I used to work in a school?)
What’s your favourite biscuit? It depends on the day but I do love a ginger nut!
How long have you worked here? Since wedding number 2… 5 years!
What’s a typical bar shift like? Hard work but entertaining and great fun.
Favourite memory from work? Dance off with Holly behind the bar and watching the guests have a lovely time.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Rowing, rugby, walking my dog (who is my favourite, more than my husband… Don’t write that down)
What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know? I know The Lion King film word for word (I LOVE The Lion King!)
What’s your favourite biscuit? Shortbread – with chocolate chips.
How long have you worked here? 4 years!
What’s a typical bar shift like? Busy, full of energy, and a good mix of coordination and team work.
Favourite memory from work? Building bonds with colleagues and helping create the perfect environment for our guests. The fun we have with each shift, dancing and working hard! A happy team is a productive team!
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Spending time with my partner and new daughter! I’m a social butterfly so you’ll always see me out and about, dancing or being silly!
What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know? I’m a bit of an open book, most people here know my wacky ways! I have a party trick… I can make strange shapes with my tongue.
What’s your favourite biscuit? Umm… All the biscuits! Fox’s chocolate rounds, custard creams, Leibniz… or a good old plain digestive.