Your Big Day Needs Big Plans

So the question has been asked and the answer was Yes! Now, the fun part of planning your big day begins.

Planning a wedding can sometimes seem a daunting task but, with a little organisation, it can be one of the most enjoyable parts in the lead up to the big day.

We’ve been involved in helping to arrange thousands of weddings so we thought we would share our top five wedding wisdoms to get you to the wedding winning post!

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  • Focus on the big things not the little – Getting the venue, guests, dress etc are important, not whether you should have Jimmy Choo’s or pearl earrings. Those little things will all fall into place.
  • Look at the entire wedding picture first  – Firstly deciding on a civil or church wedding will give some direction to your plans and once this has been decided it’s time to choose a venue. With such a myriad of places to get married in now ranging from castles, to stately homes, to zoos, it is well worth doing your research to make sure they can cater for everything you need during the day, not just the service. Have a rough guest list in mind too so that the venue you choose can cope with your intended numbers. Remember too, that if you are planning a sizeable ‘do’ then accommodation and travel needs to be taken into consideration. You don’t want to make attending your wedding tricky for your guests.

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  • Be Social – Social Media platforms can play a massive part in co-ordinating wedding ideas and providing inspiration. Check out Pinterest and even create your own board. Follow wedding bloggers who often share the latest and greatest ideas to be taking the wedding world by storm and, if you’re looking for a particular service or product either in your home town or the one where you are having your nuptials, the power of social media can unearth some true gems.
  • Find the fun – Getting married should be fun and this goes for all the planning to make your day simply perfect. Don’t view it as an ordeal, make it fun and this spirit will feed into your plans too. Some of the best weddings we’ve hosted are the ones where the happy couple don’t take themselves too seriously and inject a little humour and sincerity into every part of their day

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  • Individuality – Whilst it’s great to see what the current trends are it always makes a wedding more personal if there is a little individuality sprinkled in there too. A wedding isn’t all about three course meals, speeches and first dances. Make it work for you and you will have a day to remember forever.

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Doncaster Racecourse is a hugely popular wedding venue and is able to cater for ceremonies and wedding parties from 2 to 1,000 guests. It also has the individual “The Old Weighing Room” restaurant which offers guest a smaller, more intimate venue from which to enjoy their celebrations whilst overlooking the Champagne Lawn.

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Win £1,000 Personal Shopper Experience at Robinsons of Bawtry

The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is one of the year’s most anticipated events and it’s never too early to start planning an outfit that’ll make you feel a million dollars.

Ladies and Gents designer fashion boutique Robinsons of Bawtry have teamed up with Doncaster Racecourse to offer one lucky person the chance to win a fabulous prize at this year’s iconic 4 day Festival.  Every customer who makes a purchase at Robinsons of Bawtry  between 1st – 31st August 2016 will be entered into a prize draw to win two County tickets to Gentleman’s Day on Friday 9th September 2016 including lunch in The Old Weighing Room Restaurant & Bar plus a fantastic £1,000 Personal Shopping Experience at Robinsons of Bawtry.

Robinsons of Bawtry, who are celebrating 30 years in business this year, are  official stockists of Armani, Hugo Boss, Eton Shirts, Jeffery West, Jacob CohenMulberry, Moschino, Michael KorsRalph Lauren, True Religion, Versace, Wolford and many more top designer brands. And with a  range of over 50 styles of gents suits & jackets in sizes 38″ Slim to 48″ Classic in store (with bigger sizes to order) they have something to suit all tastes and sizes.

So to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize pop into Robinsons of Bawtry today and let them help you find the perfect look for this year’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival.

  • The competition winner will be drawn and notified on the  1stSeptember 2016 and the voucher for the Personal Shopping experience at Robinsons of Bawtry will be presented on Gentleman’s Day.

Robinsons of Bawtry, 2 South Parade, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6JH Tel: 01302 711477 Open 7 days Mon-Sat 9.30 am – 5.30 pm, Sunday 11 am – 4 pm

 Terms and Conditions:-

The £1,000 Personal Shopping Experience prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative can be given, it cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. The prize must be redeemed within 14 days of the competition closing date. The prize must be claimed in store only at 2 South Parade, Bawtry, DN10 6JH. The prize can only be used to purchase items at full original prices and cannot be used on ‘sale’ or discounted goods. Exclusions apply. Over 18’s only. Winner must agree to have their picture taken and allow us to use this in future promotional materials.


The Old Weighing Room Steps into Spring with exciting new menu

Start with Mackenzie’s hot smoked salmon
Start with Mackenzie’s hot smoked salmon

Our award winning Doncaster restaurant, The Old Weighing Room has recently launched a tempting new seasonal spring menu developed by experienced Chef, Richard Robinson and his team incorporating a variety of locally sourced ingredients.

Originally from Scunthorpe, Chef Robinson has previously worked for the Jamie Oliver Foundation, and his wealth of experience has taught him the value of customer feedback, he said: “We really listen to our customers and reviews, and we have taken this feedback into consideration when designing our new menus.  That’s why alongside our exciting new dishes you’ll see some of our tried and tested favourites, including liquorice cheesecake still on the menu.

“The Old Weighing Room holds so much history and heritage of the racecourse, and I wanted to reflect this in the menu, using classic British cuisine and using locally sourced ingredients where we can, my personal favourite is the calves liver which we get from one of our local farms.  When we’re planning our dishes on our prep days we’re always looking at what’s in season, what local suppliers have available and then experiment with complimentary flavours.

“Since opening almost a year ago our team has expanded to include three additional chefs and our apprentice Chef Brian who’s still learning the ropes but is progressing really well.  It’s great being able to mentor and train apprentices and see them grow, and in turn gain a fresh perspective on the menu, and new dishes.”

The restaurant’s new menu features a range of dishes to suit every pallet, including potted spiced crab from Redcar, wild mushroom and spinach pudding, one of the new spring menu dishes and Wharfedale crispy lamb’s belly with pea and mint risotto.

The Old Weighing Room can accommodate up to 70 covers with an exclusive bar area, serving a range of specially selected wines.  It opens Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for Sunday lunch every week, pre booking is recommended however, due to popular demand.