Friday, 20 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

It's been a fantastic year for Do Events & Weddings. I have been lucky to work with a number of very talented and inspirational people from the Event and Wedding Industry over the past 12 months.

Thank you to all my super clients, brides, their families and guests.  
Happy Christmas everyone!  

Here's a taster of what we are up to at the start of 2014...

Our Fantastic Band - The Love Handles will be playing in the New Year at The Queens Head in Weybridge

Wine & Beer Tasting Event for Teddington Athletic Football Club

Fundraising Event at Moidul's of Teddington

20/20 Cricket Match and Indian Wedding at Teddington Cricket Club

If you have a Wedding, Corporate Event or Party and want some help with the panning and production call Caroline on 07711628703 or email

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

A Very Special Little Wedding

It was a very early, cold and miserable start to Thursday 21 November 2013 when I arrived at the Wedding venue. A small and unique place in the middle of nowhere in Oxfordshire.  I sat in the car park looking out through the drizzle at the fields, farm and a large Red London Bus!

I had reached my destination for the day - The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton.  The venue is truly magical, being an old Sixteenth Century Inn, which has been fantastically transformed into quirky little Hotel and Wedding Venue with an oriental twist. Yet the bare bones of the cozy little Inn have been retained including what was to become during the day a very welcome and toasty log fire in the bar!

I was welcomed by Charlie with a warming cup of coffee and started to prepare for the Wedding of my couple, the very lovely Louise and Justin.  The Wedding was to be a small intimate affair with 31 Day Guests and a further 30 arriving in the evening.  The venue was perfect for this.  The Wedding Ceremony took place in the gorgeous Oak Room, which was to be the centerpiece for the day. Set up began with the overarching Royal Blue theme - Bows on chairs, simple ivory floral arrangements on the tables and a lot of tea lights! 

By the time the Bride and Groom and guests arrived the sun was shining and thank fully it had turned into a bright winter's day.

The Bride entered the Ceremony to Canon in D. Louise and Justin made their promises to one another watched by their close family and friends.

Every guest invited to the intimate ceremony wore an ivory rose button hole with diamante pins made by Lucinda The Balloon Lady. A lovely gesture by the Bride & Groom to signify how special each and every one of their guests were.

Cake Sweet Cake provided delicious Cup Cakes and Snowflake Shortbread biscuits for favours. Louise created her own beautiful bouquet from broaches, diamante and pearls.

The Oak Room was then transformed for the Wedding Breakfast. The contrasting white floral table centerpiece and the dark paneled walls and black cloths created a wintery yet cosy setting for the Breakfast.  A huge thank you goes to Atilla, Guy, Jason and all the team at The Crazy Bear for all their hard work and attention to detail. Nothing was too much trouble and they were a fantastic team to work with.

The venue took on yet another persona after dark. A dramatic pathway of burning torches greeted the guests when they emerged from their Wedding Breakfast. Guests enjoyed a typically unusual Crazy Bear 3 course meal of Smoked Salmon, Pate and Roast Beef with a trio of puddings to finish.

The already stunning Glass House was simply dressed by the Balloon Lady with high cocktail glass vases, with blue gels and floating candles for the Champagne Reception and Evening Party. The guests danced the night away to music played by Sound Bookings London.

Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Bucknell. I have had such fun working with you over the last 12 months to help plan your perfect day and wish you all the best for a fantastic future together!  The official photos will be appearing on the blog soon, taken by superbly talented Faye Cornhill.

I would love to work with you to help you plan your perfect Wedding Day or Party.  Please contact me for a chat about your plans on 07711 628703 or email:

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

News and Mentions!

With less than a month to go until Louise and Justin's Wedding it was lovely to see some promotional photographs of the couple by the fabulously talented Faye Cornhill taken at Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire.

Louise and Justin will be getting married at The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton at the end of November.  It is a unique and beautiful venue, created within a sixteenth century Inn.  The Wedding will be a small and intimate affair and I have had such a lot of fun working with Louise to create her perfect day.  I can't wait to share Faye's photographs with you later next month.

Copyright Faye Cornhill Photography

Copyright Faye Cornhill Photography

Do Events & Weddings were very proud to get a very lovely mention in another photographers recent BlogI met John Turner Photography whilst planning Claire and Harry's Wedding which took place in July this year at Aylesbury Rugby Club.

Copyright John Turner Photography

I have been busy working on Shetal and Matthew's Wedding, which is taking place right on our doorstep at Teddington Cricket Club in the beautiful surroundings of Bushy Park.  Their Wedding will see a fusion of Indian and British cultures, with a quintessentially English Cricket Match and Afternoon Tea on Good Friday followed by a Hindu Ceremony on Easter Saturday 2014. 

I have just started to work with Jenna and Mark who will be getting married in 2015.  They are about to embark on a 5 month break snowboarding in France, leaving the UK in a months time.  I will be their UK connection whilst they are away and I can't wait to start planning their Wedding.  Jenna also has a very unusual Wedding Dress in mind, which will keep me extremely busy whilst they are away!  More details will follow in subsequent blogs.

I am offering Brides a free consultation and advice session - if you would like to know more or have a chat with me, please call me directly on 07711 628703 or email

Teddington Update
I have also been involved with Teddington Athletic Football Club, taking on the role as Sponsorship Co-ordinator.  The 2013 season is well underway and the 22 teams are all doing really well in the various age groups.  We are delighted to welcome 2 new local Teddington sponsors on board and are about to announce a 3rd!

Moidul's of Teddington are the new U12 Girls Team Sponsor
Vet4Life, Teddington are the new U13 Girls Team Sponsor

Do Events will be managing a series of Fundraising Events for the TAFC in the coming months.  More information will follow in subsequent blogs.

The Small print!
We are a proud member and approved supplier of the Ice the Cake Networking

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Summer 2013

Forgive has been a long time since my last blog!  In fact it has been so long I have no idea where to begin.

We have had such a hectic Summer with Weddings, Events and Holidays.  I think a little photo diary might be the best way to illustrate what we have been up to since we last met and what is coming up this Autumn!
 July 2013

Claire and Harry Jackman were married at Weston Turville Village Church, followed by a Reception at Aylesbury Rugby Football Club in July this year.  It was such a pleasure to help Claire plan her Wedding and I'm glad that I could be there to share her special day.  

The Wedding was a very relaxed, family affair.  Guests enjoyed a traditional Wedding Breakfast within the Rugby Club with the room being beautifully decorated by Hire Heaven 

Delicious Cake pops made by Jennifer Cakes.

Evening Guests were entertained by Do Events & Weddings favourite band The Love Handles 


A little added magic was provided by Sylar! Fabulous Cocktails were created by Aaron from the Bar Staff UK.

Later in the evening guests enjoyed a BBQ and toasted marshmallows on firepits.  Whilst others had lots of Rugby inspired fun with the Photo Booth!
Harry and Claire's kind words after their Wedding make my job all the more rewarding.
"The best decision we made! Caroline was an absolute star and a pleasure to deal with.
Caroline you were absolutely worth your weight in gold.  I have no doubt that we wouldn’t have had such a great day if it had not been for Caroline and would have absolutely zero hesitation in recommending her!"

August 2013

In August we took an extended break with the family in Puglia, staying at an apartment in the beautiful town of Alberobello, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

We returned from holiday to attend my cousin Sarah's Wedding at the lovely Ashton Lodge in Warwickshire.  It was to lovely to attend the Wedding as a guest and our son James played a starring role as Sarah & Russel's Page Boy.

September 2013

Do Weddings once again took part in the Ice The Cake Wedding Show at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury earlier this month.  The event was attended by over 400 brides and their families.  We offered a free Consultancy and Advice Session to all those who registered and attended the event and we are busy speaking to lots of brides we met on the day. If you would like to book an appointment with me please call 07711 628703 or email:

To read more about our Wedding Consultancy & Co-ordination Services please visit the website and to read testimonials from our Clients and Brides please click here.

On Friday 27th September we will once again be returning to The Lensbury, Teddington for the now infamous bi-annual Do Events Quiz Night.  The event is again sold out with 19 teams set to pit their wits against one another in this popular 6 round quiz and the Do Events Quiz Master!

November 2013 

November brings our next Wedding at The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton. This is a fantastic venue - a mix of Asian and British Design, within a 16th Century Public House. The Wedding will be an intimate affair for family and friends with a number of very personal touches and twists dreamt up by the bride. I look forward to being able to share some photos from the day with you soon.

Looking ahead to 2014....

I am delighted to have been asked to plan Shetal and Matthew's Indian Wedding in 2014.  The Wedding has 2 parts, starting in Mumbai, India in February, then moving on to Teddington, Middlesex in April. 

The bride and groom have also decided to hold a Cricket Match at Teddington Cricket Club with a quintessentially English Cream Tea on Good Friday, followed by a Hindu Marriage, Blessing and Reception on Easter Saturday with a spectacular 80s inspired party in the evening.  The whole Wedding will take place in the the beautiful surroundings of Bushy Park.

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Lots of Brides to be and their excited families braved the snow to come and speak to us and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios earlier this month. The venue and its spectacular grounds offer a very unique and impressive place to Marry situated at the heart of the world famous Pinewood Studios.  Heatherden Hall has a fascinating history, being privately owned by a number of notable individuals. In 1900 the house was transformed into a Victorian showpiece with a huge ballroom and a Turkish bath. In the 1920's it became a retreat for politicians and in 1934 it was bought by builder Charles Boot who later met J. Arthur Rank who went on to become his partner in the studio project. Many famous movies were filmed at Heatherden Hall including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Carry on Films.

We met some lovely suppliers including Avica Bridal, Vesuvius, Andrew Gleed Photography, Floribundi Flowers and Theme Marriage.

Do Events & Weddings are now supplying Vintage Crockery for parties and Weddings. A list of prices are listed on our Website here. Please contact Caroline Doughty Smith for more information and pictures.

We were so delighted to receive a Silver Award for our website from MumpreneurUK . This was such an unexpected surprise and we thank all the team who worked on the site.

We are now listed on the fabulous Ice the Cake supplier network, look out for our official new approved supplier welcome coming soon.

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Friday, 1 March 2013

March Madness

Last week I visited the National Wedding Show at London Olympia. It is one of the biggest Wedding Shows in the UK and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of excited Brides to be and made some great new contacts with a number of exhibitors.

I met up with the team from a fabulous new and exclusive Wedding venue - Ocean Kave, near Westwood Ho! in North Devon.  The venue offers bridal couples bespoke Weddings with 5 star accomodation for guests, quirky and stylish marquees, all set in an area of oustanding beauty with endless breathtaking sea views.

It was particularly nice to finally meet Gillian Million, who like me is also based in Teddington. Gillian's stand was packed with Brides, Bridesmaids and Mother's of the Bride all desperate to have a closer look at her beautiful bespoke Headdresses, Veils and jewellery.

I also met up with James Robinson the Founder of Jalloro Weddings. James is a designer and photographer with a difference and I was particularly drawn to his work as it offers brides something a little bit different from the norm and draws on his design background. Jalloro's party trick is to print & deliver memories from your Wedding or Event on the same day.

Photo Booths are now a very popular and current addition to many Weddings, offering immediate and fun and very personal Wedding photos and videos! A number of the Brides I am working with at the moment are including them in their budgets as a must have item!  I met with a couple of Photo Booth Companies at The National Wedding Show including Smiley Booth and Picture Booth and I look forward to working with them in the future.

If you would like to meet up with me to discuss your Wedding, Do Events & Weddings will be one of the exhibitors at the forthcoming Buckinghamshire Wedding Show on Sunday 10th March 2013.  The Wedding Fair is taking place between 11am and 3.30pm at the beautiful Pinewood Studios Venue, Heatherden House, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, SL0 0NH.

We will be offering a 25% discount on our Wedding Planning Services including our Full & Bespoke Wedding Consultancy and our On the Day Wedding Services to all Brides to be who attend the Heatherden House Wedding Fair.

If you would like to feature in Do Weekly, please contact Caroline Doughty Smith today on 07711 628703 or email


We are now a featured supplier on and Mumsnet Richmond-upon-Thames

Looking forward to the launch of new boutique venue No 11 Pimlico Road, not quite a bar, not quite a restaurant who open their doors in 11 days! 

If you need Vintage Crockery for your Party, Wedding or Event then contact us today as for more information, pictures and hire rates.

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Call us on: +44 (0)7711 628703 / or Email Caroline Doughty Smith today 

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Snowdrops and Spring

Lytham Hall
Snowdrops at Lytham Hall
I have escaped to a quiet corner during our family half term holiday to write a quick update on what's been going on over the past couple of weeks. We are currently enjoying some beautiful spring days near Lytham, where I grew up. It is so nice to be back by the sea and to catch up with some old friends and visit some old favourite haunts of mine.

Lytham Hall is one such favourite - a beautiful Grade 1 Listed 18th Century Manor House. The Hall is a local venue open to the public for walks and can now be hired for parties, Weddings and conferences. The Hall is run and funded by the Lytham Town Trust and has received a £2.44 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and have sought match funding from local people and organisations to help them to restore the Hall to its former glory. There is a comprehensive programme of events including Snowdrop Sunday, Mega Mini Meet and Outdoor Theatre.

A stay on the Fylde Coast would not be complete without a trip to Blackpool down the Golden Mile, on a tram past the Tower to Fleetwood! 

Stopping of course, for a Fish & Chip lunch on the way....

Congratulations to everyone who got engaged on Valentine's Day. Please do take a look at our Wedding pages and contact me today if you would like to arrange a free consultation to talk about your Wedding plans. Wedding Planners are not just for the rich and famous - we can save you valuable time and money, offer lots of advice and help with ideas to make your day that little bit different.

Here is a quote from one of my brides following our first planning meeting..."Thank you so much Caroline, I can see now, how much the added support from you will help me! I'm really beginning to look forward to our day rather than feel overwhelmed by the thought of it! So thank you again, I look forward to working with you!"


We were delighted that Do Events & Weddings were the featured supplier in the fabulous Twickenham based Blink Photography's own Blog this week. I met Emma Coleman through my own Wedding at Clandon Park in May 2006 and we have kept in touch ever since. I cannot rave enough about Emma's talent as a Wedding, Portrait and Commercial photographer. Take a look at her Blog and get to know Emma and Blink a bit better here.

We have also been listed this week on the Award Winning Ariella Strings website.

The Love Handles our most popular band traveled to Nottingham and then on to Oxford for a mini tour last week, playing at two fantastic Weddings. You can now listen to some of their tracks online at SoundCloud

We wish all our fellow Wedding Suppliers and Brides to be, who are attending the forthcoming Wedding Fairs at Mentmore Golf & Country Club and the National Wedding Show, Olympia a fantastic few days of fun and all things Weddings!

We will be announcing a date shortly for our next Quiz Night at The Lensbury Club, Teddington. The event will be held in the newly refurbished Thames View Suite, so watch this space for further details.

If you would like to feature in Do Weekly, please contact Caroline Doughty Smith today on 07711 628703 or email


Contact Do Events and Do Weddings:  

Call us on: +44 (0)7711 628703 / or Email Caroline Doughty Smith today 

Follow us on Twitter @DoEventsuk   

Like us and see our Friends on Facebook   

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Registered Company Number: 07817991

About Me

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Caroline launched Do Events Limited in 2010 after gaining her events experience whilst working for a number of high profile UK arts and media organisations, including the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Royal Society of Arts and D&AD. She has also worked for Deloitte Consulting, Reuters and has several years of experience of the charity sector. In addition, Caroline is an experienced sales and marketing professional and her personal clients include: Credit Suisse, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Lehman Brothers, Barclays, Diageo and Sony BMG. Over the last 8 years, Caroline has organised large scale Corporate Events, Dinners, VIP Receptions, Product & Press Launches and Fundraising Events. In addition, Caroline has worked for many Private clients organising large and small scale parties, birthday celebrations, anniversary events and intimate dinner parties. Caroline particularly enjoys working with couples to plan their Wedding Day, working with them to create a special and unique day.