September 8, 2021

Meet the Team: Amie

Wow – what a busy August of weddings and celebrations! It’s wonderful to see the barns buzzing with guests again and to be back doing what we love after a very quiet summer last year.

It couldn’t happen without our incredible team so we thought it was the perfect time to shine a light on one of our talented wedding co-coordinators. Introducing Amie…

Here Amie discusses her role with us and shares her top 5 tips for couples on their wedding day…

My role at Southend Barns is so varied, which I absolutely love! No day is the same, which is perfect for me. I show prospective clients around the venue, which is so lovely, I love seeing a couples’ face as they walk into the venue for the first time. I look after couples from their very first viewing right up until their event date when the front of house manager takes over. I do all their planning meetings and help them to organise the day. I’ve recently taken over the Roots Instagram, which has been great fun! I’m a massive foodie, so this was an absolute dream for me! I also support with the Southend Barns Instagram.

How long you’ve been working here?
I started working at Southend Barns whilst I was at university as part of my work experience, I studied Public Relations and Communications, but I’d always had an interest in event management. This was back in 2017, I then took on a full time role in 2019.

Tell us a bit about you?
I grew up in the Witterings by the sea and it really is my favourite place in the world, I feel so lucky to have lived in the same house my whole life. I’ve recently moved to Chichester with my partner and 3 year old dachshund who is literally the sassiest dog you’ll ever meet. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising (sometimes!) cooking in my new kitchen (with a glass of rose!) and spending quality time with my family and friends.

Your favourite part of the job?
Ahh, that’s literally impossible to say. I love meeting new couples, showing them around the venue, and hearing about all the wonderful ideas they have for their wedding. I also love the wedding ceremony, seeing a groom’s face as he sees his bride walk down the aisle – it’s just the most precious moment.

Some of your most memorable moments?
Am I allowed to say the Christmas party of 2019!? The most memorable moments I’ve had have actually been over the last year during the pandemic with the intimate weddings. A couple that have been brave enough to completely re-plan their special day and go ahead no matter what is so beautiful, it’s true what they say, love always wins.

Your 5 top tips for couples on their wedding day:
1. Please book a videographer, they capture the day so beautifully!
2. Canapés in a drinks reception are a must! Nobody wants drunk guests too early on… oh and evening food is very important for this too. I’d choose pizza every time. Who doesn’t love it?
3. Live music during the drinks reception really sets the tone for the day! Something like a saxophonist or steel drums.
4. Cocktails are a nice touch after dinner, especially an espresso martini, it’s a nice warm welcome for your evening guests.
5. Remember it’s your wedding, Plan the day that you and your fiancé want and try not to worry about what anyone else thinks, you only do it once!

Photo by Hana Venn Photography

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