Welcome to Mackintosh's May Newsletter

Spring is now in full bloom and the arrival of the month of May can only mean one thing – the annual Chelsea Flower Show. Soon the pavements of SW11 are going to be bustling with people, as they make their way to the Chelsea Hospital's Albert Gate, knowing that they are going to see one of the most stunning flower and garden displays in the country.

The month of Spring is also the start of the wedding season and therefore Mackintosh's has decided to dedicate this month's newsletter to Weddings. Big or small, organising a wedding can be very stressful so we have put together a list of the top ten things you need to remember when planning your own big day. When deciding what to do for ones own wedding it is always useful to look and see how others have been styled. Mackintosh's, would be very pleased to help you with this process and to give you an idea of what can be achieved please take a look at one of our weddings.

One of this month's delicacies has to be British spring lamb, which is now gracing your local butcher's window displays. Please treat your family or friends to a wonderful meal, as nothing is better than succulent lamb with its sublime taste of delicate meat that has been reared on some of the best pastureland in the world. Since lamb is the seasonal meat, Matthew our head chef, has use it in his recipe of the month, together with a wonderful wild garlic crust. Wild garlic is not available for very long so now is the time to go to your green grocer and really give your Spring lamb a stunning compliment.

The start of the first test series in England for 2009 can only mean that the summer is just around the corner and people are starting to plan their garden parties. London is a wonderful city in which to cater outdoor events, whether it's by the river, on a roof terrace or in the back garden. Warm summer days and evenings are the perfect time to get together with friends and have that long promised drinks, lunch, or dinner party.

You've found your prince, now what about the palace?

A beautiful building, steeped in history, centuries of majesty and splendour – is there a better place than Kensington Palace to celebrate your marriage and the start of a new life together?

Situated within its own private gardens, The Orangery at Kensington Palace combines the atmosphere of a royal palace in the heart of London with a feeling of rural serenity. It adds a certain thrill to know you are walking in the footsteps of kings and queens; to invite your friends and family to toast your future happiness just as courtiers would have with their crystal glasses hundreds of years ago.

The graceful interior of The Orangery lends itself to wedding receptions and is available for functions throughout the year. The original Portland stone terrace situated along the south of the building may also be used for receptions and offers a fine view of both the private gardens and Kensington Gardens. The expansive lawns beyond are in the formal English style and they too may be used for receptions and dinners by special arrangement.

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Magical Wedding

When the last glass had been polished and carefully placed on the table the team looked on and admired the shimmering dining room, ready for the 230 guests to arrive. Behind the top table was a backdrop of lights that cascaded to the floor, which looked fabulous.

The bride looked beautiful when she arrived with her new husband, family and friends for the pre dinner reception of canapés and champagne. The toast-master resplendent in a red jacket caught the attention of the guests with a wooden gavel and called the guests to dinner.

Once seated the Prawn cocktail starter with a contemporary twist was presented to the hungry and expectant guests. It was served in a cocktail glass with a magnificent prawn clinging to its side and an oversize wafer crouton emerging from the delicious starter. The main course of free-range sausage and mash with onion gravy was simplicity itself, served on elegant large white plates the rims trimmed with silver. As a fun twist to the sweet course each guest was given a different dessert and encouraged to share a morsel with his fellow guest. It really produced a party atmosphere with spoons darting from plate to plate and some guests having at least two desserts. All that was left was to party the night away.

Royal Academy of Music

Mackintosh's was given the real privilege of being asked to cater for 'an evening of music' at the Royal Academy of Music on Marylebone Road. HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and many other luminaries were regaled by the evening of classical German music and song introduced by Richard Stokes. The music was written by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, some of which was sung by the world renowned soprano, Dame Felicity Lott, who was accompanied by fellow singers Gerard Collett, and Peter Davoren, with Peter Wilkinson on piano. Before and after the performance Mackintosh's served the guests drinks and canapés which featured its new creation of a mini Egg Florentine. The evening was a big success and for the Mackintosh's team this really was ‘music while you work', which they hope will be repeated in the near future.

Top ten things to remember when planning the perfect wedding.
  1. Choose the venue first as they can get booked up quickly, and it will determine the tone of your wedding
  2. Set the date
  3. Decide what style and size of wedding you want.
  4. Set the budget realistically.
  5. Get quotes from all the suppliers, such as florists, photographer, videographer and caterers, Mackintosh’s will provide an unforgettable wedding.
  6. When choosing your photographer and videographer make sure they know exactly what pictures you expect.
  7. Be willing to compromise on small things as it will reduce your stress levels incredibly
  8. Make sure you confirm all of the details one month before the day so that you are confident everything will run smoothly.
  9. Entertainment: choose the style and start auditioning bands or DJ’s. Remember good music gets booked up months in advance.
  10. Make your life easier by creating and sending an online save-the-date.

Did You Know the history of the wedding cake?

The origins of the wedding cake can be dated back as far as the Romans when a small cake made of wheat and salt was baked for the ceremony. Part was eaten by the groom and the rest was broken over the bride’s head as a blessing. Interestingly enough, it was only the children born to the couple, whose marriage had been celebrated in this way that could qualify for high office in Roman culture.

The origins of the wedding cake as we know today can be traced to Medieval England, where there was a custom of stacking small buns in a large pile in front of the newlyweds.

In the 1660's a French chef, who was travelling through England, noticed the inconvenience of piling smaller and smaller cakes into a mound and conceived the idea of constructing them into a solid stacked system, thereby creating the first tiered wedding cake.

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Venue Of The Month - The Orangery, Kensington Palace

Built for Queen Anne in 1704, The Orangery is situated within its own private gardens and is a delightful characteristic blank canvas with large windows overlooking the grounds, exquisite white panelling, Grinling Gibbons original wood carvings and Corinthian columns. The graceful, serene venue also features a removable bar and is the perfect shape for a wedding reception. The space can be extended outside with the use of a marquee on the Portland stone Terrace or manicured Lawns below.

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Special offer

Book a Wedding with Mackintosh's at The Orangery and we will supply a top makeup artist for the Bride. Find out more....

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