The blog from West Park - all our latest news and views — articles for July 2014

Six ways to make an impact with your wedding breakfast

 

Making your wedding breakfast memorable is an easy feat with West ParkThey say that the things people most remember about a wedding are the food and the entertainment, so you’ll want to make sure you get your wedding breakfast just right! It’s one of the most important parts of your big day, so check out our guide to make sure your guests’ taste buds are still tingling long after the toasts have finished:

1. Food for thought

It sounds obvious, but you need to make sure there’s going to be something that everyone will be able to eat, whether vegetarian, vegan or dairy free.  You definitely won’t want the stress of any of your guests saying on the day that there’s nothing they like! At West Park we can offer you the option of pre-ordering specialised dishes and any dietary requirements from our menu.

A great tip is to write your guests’ meal choices on the back of their place names, so on the day there won’t be any confusion as to who ordered what!

2. Timing is the key

Picture this – you’ve just sat down to your amazing meal, and the next thing you know your evening guests have started arriving and the DJ is ‘discreetly’ setting up in the corner! Not an ideal scenario for your wedding day. It can take longer than you think, so make sure you leave enough time to enjoy your wedding breakfast, you really don’t want to feel like you need to rush. Remember, it’s traditional to have the speeches following the meal, so include enough time for that too.

3. Drink up!

No matter what food you order, you’re going to want delicious drinks to go with it. We can offer you the whole works at West Park, including reception drinks, wine with your wedding breakfast and a bit of sparkle for the toasts. Check out our drinks packages which start at just £13.95 per person. If you prefer, we can offer something tailored just for you, get in contact with us to have a chat.

4. Type of service

Buffet or sit down meal – which way do you go? Lots of couples are opting for an informal buffet for their wedding breakfast these days, often it can keep the costs down and is a great way for your guests to mingle. On the other hand, a sit down meal being brought to you at the table can make your day even more special and sometimes you can get a bigger choice of food this way.

Whatever you choose, we can cater for it at West Park.

5. Food for the kids

We’ve all been there. Those weddings where the little ones don’t fancy the food that’s being served to them, and run around screaming during the meal! Speak to your venue before the big day to make sure they can offer your youngest guests food they’ll enjoy. At West Park we offer a kid-friendly menu, as we want all your guests to feel looked after no matter what their age!

6. Those little extras

That time between the ceremony and wedding breakfast can be when guests’ stomachs start rumbling, so why not think about providing some canapés? It doesn’t have to be huge, just some tasty little nibbles to tide everyone over until the main meal.

Another hungry time for your guests can be during the reception, when the wedding breakfast has gone down and everyone is getting on with having a good time. An evening buffet can be just the thing to keep your guests happy.

We can offer you both of these options at West Park with our special evening buffet and canapé menus. 

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Five reasons to take your meeting away from the office

The large and spacious conference room at West Park.Looking for a bigger and better venue for your team meetings? Why not organise an away day with your colleagues? Away days are great for sharing ideas, brainstorming, fostering team work or communicating key messages. Being away from the hustle and bustle of the office is a bonus and can help get those creative juices flowing.

Do you need some help with planning your away day? Our checklist will point you in the right direction:

1. Location

The location is always important for a group meeting, you don’t want your delegates having to travel too far or hopping from train to train. West Park is located just outside of Dundee city centre, so if you’re on the hunt for a meeting venue in and around Dundee, come and pay us a visit!

2. Facilities

Being away from the office you want to be sure you’ve got the facilities and equipment you need for the day. We provide projectors, screens, laptops and flipcharts upon request. We also offer free Wi-Fi.

3. Refreshments

Providing the catering for a number of delegates can be a real headache. Not all venues provide catering, so it’s important to find this out. We offer a number of lunch packages including delicious delicatessen nibbles and freshly-made sandwiches.

4. Flexibility

Our dedicated team at West Park will be on board from the word go, we can help- you create a successful away day for you and your colleagues. Our team can assist with seating and layouts of your choice, setting up equipment on the day and most importantly, providing your refreshments.

5. Motivation

There are many truths to working away from the office; some have claimed speed and quality are compromised when employees work away. We believe it’s good to mix up your working environment, taking colleagues away from the office at least once a month is a great way to crank up those brains!

If you’re interested in booking an away day at West Park we've got some fantastic packages. Get in touch with our team or fill out our conference and meeting enquiry form.

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Classroom training or virtual training? Choosing the best way for your employees to develop

West Park offers facilities for staff training and meetingsTraditional classroom training can offer greater benefits than virtual training, if you choose an inspiring location, a motivating trainer and the right equipment. Check out the advantages of offering training in a classroom environment:

Staying focused  

An inspiring environment means there are fewer distractions and interruptions, so trainees are more likely to concentrate and stay focused. You can take advantage of useful tools, from audio visual equipment and projector screens to flipcharts. West Park, located in the quiet suburbs of Dundee, offers spacious training rooms and all the equipment you’ll need. Providing refreshments and a brain-stimulating lunch will also help your team to stay focused throughout the day. Our menus offer delicious healthy food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Interact with your trainer

The more interaction your staff have with the trainer, the more likely they are to learn. A good instructor will adapt the training content and the pace to meet your staff’s needs. Face-to-face learning also offers the chance for staff to pick the trainer’s brain.

Share experiences

The downtimes during breaks and over lunch provide ideal opportunities for staff to interact informally with each other. This is of particular value for staff from different teams, as it can help build relationships and break down silos. While online discussion forums provide an opportunity to interact, they don’t match the experience of sharing opinions face to face. West Park provides relaxing spaces both indoors and outdoors for trainees to network.

Removing the desk shackles

Offering some time out from the office environment can be the perfect way to motivate staff. The fresh air and the captivating scenery of West Park should help to build team spirit and get the creative juices flowing again. Opportunities like this can be rare, so your staff should be more likely to seize it with open arms.

If you’re planning a training session, our team at West Park can help you to deliver a successful event. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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