Located at the heart of Kegworth village close to East Midlands Airport, the Yew Lodge Hotel offers style and comfort with outstanding service and a huge personality. We caught up with their amazing wedding co-ordinator Grace Daft, to see what she finds so exciting about weddings.
How long have you been in the industry?
6 years in hotels and (almost) 3 years in Weddings & Events.
What made you want to become a wedding co-ordinator?
I’ve always loved weddings, right from when I was only little – say yes to the dress was my absolute favourite thing to watch! The white dresses, the suits, the flowers – I just love it all!
What is your favourite part of being a wedding co-ordinator?
Seeing our couples walk back down the aisle together with the biggest smiles on their faces, just thinking YES! You’ve done it!… oh and getting to sample loads of wedding cake.
What makes planning weddings at your venue exciting, unique, or different?
The Yew Lodge Hotel has had the pleasure of hosting weddings since 1957 and it’s always been a family run business. Our couples are part of our ever-growing family. The staff here are by far some of the best I’ve ever worked with (not that I’m biased) and we pride our- selves of taking your dreams and making them your reality – no matter how intimate or how grand the occasion.
What is the best advice you would give to a couple planning a wedding?
Relax and enjoy the process. You’re only going to do this once so just sit back and enjoy the ride, take comfort in knowing you’re in the hands of some cracking professionals that are in one of the most passionate industries.
Share some details from one of the most memorable weddings you have been a part of.
The most wonderful wedding moment I have witnessed was during a grooms speech. He started thanking all the flower girls and page boys, leaving the bride’s daughter till last. He handed out big gift bags and wrapped goodies. He then called up the bride’s daughter and handed her a single envelope. A little confused, she opened the envelope and pulled out the paper contents – adoption papers. It’s safe to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
What are the biggest trends you are seeing in weddings right now?
Rustic, festival-ly type décor with lots of hessian and eucalyptus!