Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - August/September 2023 (Issue 102) Harriet Havelin is the business owner and lead planner at VanHeil Events, a Cotswold-based wedding planning service for weddings throughout Berkshire, Oxford, the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Harriet says, “The benefits of hiring a wedding planner allow somebody who is not emotionally involved in your day to support you both during the planning process. They will use their extensive knowledge and experience of what works – and more importantly – what doesn’t, to help tailor your day so that it flows seamlessly. On the day itself, your chosen wedding planner will look after every detail and ensure that you and your guests have the most memorable experience. If anything doesn’t go quite to plan (which happens sometimes) then they’ll fix it before anybody notices. By having a planner in the background overseeing your special day, you can relax and take in every second, without worrying if the band have arrived or if the caterers are on track!;; PLANNING A HEN PARTY? DISCOVER OXFORD’S PARTY SCENE WITH VANBRUGH HOUSE HOTEL’S SUITE CELEBRATION PACKAGE Calling all party animals! Vanbrugh House Hotel in Oxford has launched a bespoke party package to save guests the fuss of working out where to go and where to stay in the city. The Suite Celebration Package is the essential pre-party package, perfect for friends and families looking for a space to get ready in. Guests can stay the night in lavish surroundings, before waking up to a champagne breakfast hamper in the room. The suite has a separate entrance with a VIP private area to welcome ‘the crew’, with a red carpet and champagne waiting on arrival. The spacious suite offers plenty of space for parties to host the perfect celebration – with huge bathrooms offering separate baths and showers, as well as plenty of sink space and mirrors for pre-party pampering! Oxford is perfect for a night on the town, filled with historic charm, eclectic bars and restaurants and a thriving nightlife. Located on a quiet side street just off the main shopping hubbub, Vanbrugh House Hotel is perfectly located as a base for a night on the town. Groups can head to Sandy’s Piano Bar for a romantic and intimate live music experience, complete with a few glasses of wine, or laugh the night away at the infamous Jericho Comedy, showcasing top comedic talent from the UK and beyond. Partygoers can head up to The Mad Hatter for some quintessential English eccentricity, with exquisite drinks and endless entertainment. Guests can anticipate the wildest tea parties, music and entertainment lasting into the early hours, and there are cocktail masterclasses for up to 30 people, too. The clock strikes Gin O’clock at the Oxo Bar in George Street, which specialises in gin-based cocktails with a happy hour every day. Known for its impressive collection of 150 gins there is bound to be something for everyone. Keep drinks flowing on a rooftop terrace boasting excellent views of Oxford’s dreaming spires. The Roof Terrace at The Varsity Club offers unparalleled 360-degree views of the city and is the perfect spot to pop open a bottle of prosecco among friends. For those who prefer pubs, Oxford boasts numerous venerable alehouses in its city centre, with low ceilings, creaky floorboards, and real ale on tap. The oldest pub in the city, The Bear Inn, is an ideal starting point for a pub crawl, serving pints for over eight centuries, decorated with 4,500 ties that represent Oxford colleges and clubs over the years. After dancing, singing and drinking the night away, the suite at Vanbrugh House awaits, with an in-room breakfast hamper delivered for the perfect morning after the night before. To find out more and to book, visit PLANNING 55