Introducing a lady who is a Fountain of knowledge and at the top of her game in the wedding and events industry. She is based in Suffolk and is the Venue Director for the prosperous Hengrave Hall and thriving All Saints Hotel. She is…… Hannah Bibby!
Hannah has really taken up the reins in her role and is revelling in her sweet smell of success. It’s a pleasure to know such a lovely lady and accomplished individual.
The Interview of Hannah Bibby
Right, I think I have made by feelings on Hannah Bibby crystal clear by now (hope I haven’t made her blush!). Whilst I was visiting Hengrave Hall, I managed to nab Hannah on a fly by, busy co-ordinating an event. We arranged a coffee for later at the newly refurbished All Saints Hotel. This is how it went……
Where do we start…. I must say, All Saints Hotel looks absolutely stunning. How’s it going here?
Thank you – the transformation that the owners have done really does make the hotel unrecognisable from what it was when they purchased it in October 2015. Having launched the weddings side of the business only eight weeks ago we are thrilled with the response and our books are already filling for next year which is just fabulous.
Looking back, it was August 2009 we first met and got involved with you and the team at Hengrave Hall. How are things at Hengrave going?
Time flies when we you are having fun……. it’s unbelievable to think back to Hengrave eight years ago when I joined with two weddings booked in to where it is now. Hengrave is an extremely special place for many people and the team has grown hugely in the past years – with Catriona and Shona supporting me day to day. We are proud to continually offer a very personal service and are there for our brides seven days a week when they need us. The beauty of Hengrave is every wedding is different; different couples, different colours, different guests, different clients and different requirements and that’s what makes it fun and exciting for every wedding. You don’t realise how well you to get to know your clients, but working with them (some for over two years in their build up to their day) means we are like friends by the time the wedding comes around. We all still get very emotional when those doors open to the church or banqueting hall for the entrance of the bride. It makes you very proud and we do think we have the best job to make peoples dreams come true.
For our readers who don’t know, we are your exclusive recommended supplier for DJ and Lighting Hire. What do we have to offer that you like and your clients want?
You are indeed and have been for the past 8 years!! We are so lucky to have the Dreamwave Team on board with us and we know our couples absolutely love working with you and the creative things you do! We hear so much amazing feedback all the time. I love the way you are ahead of the latest trends and the way lighting has evolved over the last 8 years is crazy. Hengrave lends itself to such stunning lighting to really show off the amazing architectural features of the Grade 1 * listed mansion. My firm favourite still has to be the stunning festoon lights hanging in the courtyard. Of course all of your DJ’s must get a special mention as many a FABULOUS night is had on our dance floor thanks to Dave, Paul, Spikey, Martin, George and Darren!
The guys always say what a great night they have when DJing in your Banqueting Hall with you. That room has something about it, doesn’t it?
It does, and I just love the way it gets transformed, particularly after people may have had a civil ceremony in the Banqueting Hall. Once those doors close (whilst guests sip champagne on the West Terrace) the team come in and transform the room, with the black and white dance floor laid and gorgeous different lighting options. The extremely high vaulted ceiling and stunning stain glass bay window reminds you of the age of the house but with the modern twist of lighting and the dance floor it really does bring the whole room to life! We love it…!
As you know Dreamwave Events Lighting and Décor has completely rocketed and flying high especially at Hengrave. What areas do you like to see lit up?
It has indeed. I am not surprised. As I said before its because it compliments the Hall so well. As you know I LOVE the Courtyard, but the West Terrace must get a special mention particularly if our couples opt for fireworks, seeing the shepherds crooks line the path with festoons or fairy lights whilst the fireworks are going off in the distance really is an amazing sight (and great photo!). I do also love the personalised gobos you have done for some of our brides on the wall in the Banqueting Hall. It just completely personalises it and I think its a stunning touch.
And how can we not talk about your wedding. Eeeeek! How are your plans going? Can we give our readers a sneak preview of what we are providing?
Oh, it has come around so fast. I am so excited and so lucky to be working with many of our recommended suppliers at Hengrave….. Paul and Dave have been absolutely amazing from our first meeting in late January when we had ideas flying around too now seeing it all come together. We have a Whatsapp group where we bat ideas around and they keep me posted on a couple of the surprises they are kindly sorting!! I am desperately trying to keep lots of things a secret and I don’t know who is reading this…. but there is a big focus on the courtyard for the early part of the evening after dinner, before the dancing. I know the guys have got some brand new bits which are launching then which I am sworn to secrecy about! As you can tell I am soooo excited!!
A big thank you to Hannah for taking the time out of her busy day to chat to me (though I’m sure she needed the caffeine!). I hope you all enjoyed reading this. Look out for the spotlight on Hannah’s wedding in September……