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COVID-19

Dear customer,

I want to update you on the precautionary measures which Bentleys Restaurants Limited is taking to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to our customers and staff.

  • Regular updates to all employees.
  • Continuous training on personal and service hygiene.
  • Thorough and frequent hand-washing reminders to both staff and customers.
  • Methods of preventing the spread of the virus.
  • Cleaning and sanitising throughout our premises.

The above is not exhaustive. We are continuing, daily, to follow and monitor official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England.

Kind regards,
Aidan Coughlan
Director
Bentleys Restaurants Limited.

Styling your wedding photography with Isaacs on the Quay

You’re getting married and you’ve chosen your location and your date. There’s much more to plan and your photography is on the list. For weddings at Isaacs on the Quay, our team of wedding coordinators is on hand to help.

When it comes to wedding photography, many couples select their photographer based on the style of their portfolio or via personal recommendations. Your special day will probably take months, if not years, of careful planning and consideration.

So, choosing the style of the photography that will capture that day, as well as the shots that will bring memories flooding back, should be given as much consideration as any other aspect of your wedding.

Here at Isaacs, we have a trusted network of wedding suppliers, including Suffolk-based photographer, Gavin King. We teamed up with Gavin to cover the different styles of wedding photography, and what shots should not be missed.

Your wedding, your style

While every wedding is unique, the styles you could choose for your photography will largely fit into two different themes – reportage and traditional. Within these, you could add in a more creative approach, some more candid shots, or a more look and feel.

Whichever style you choose, it should fit with your own wedding theme, as well as the location you’ve selected for your day and into the evening.

“Weddings at Isaacs on the Quay can accommodate many different photography styles” says Gavin King. “The historic back drop of the Ceremony Room allows more romantic shots to take shape, while the Ipswich Waterfront can offer the opportunity to be dramatic. The Private Garden and the Top Floor are both great places for more candid pictures.”

Reportage

Reportage-style photos are, by nature, more candid, genuine and in-the-moment. They capture mood and emotion, as well as some of the wonderful interactions during your entire wedding day. Reportage-style photos work well for weddings at Isaacs on the Quay, where there is a mix of the old and the new. The Ipswich Waterfront is great for this style of shot.

Traditional

More formal yet just as beautiful, traditional photos capture the simple moments perfectly, with your photographer staging the composition to ensure the agreed line up of images takes place. For weddings with Isaacs, traditional photos can be set up in the Private Garden, or in the formal rooms inside, and complemented with more candid shots in other areas.

Candid

Showing the raw emotions on show on your wedding day, candid-style shots are perfect for the party and make fantastic memories – ones you may well have missed yourselves– to look back on. For your after-party, either in the Isaacs Private Garden area or on the Top Floor, candid shots really capture the moment and bring you details of your wedding day that you might have missed!

Dramatic

Great for more interesting locations, whether they include an historic backdrop with period features or a unique skyline, dramatic photos can add breath taking character to your wedding album. Isaacs on the Quay delivers on both of these fronts and offers the old and the new as backdrops for your wedding photography.

Romantic

For pictures of the happy couple, there can be nothing more romantic than the wedding day itself and romantically-styled photos can capture the love and happiness of the moment, perfectly. The history of Isaacs on the Quay brings romanticism into full effect, especially in the Ceremony Room.

Capturing the moments

“My job is to capture the story of the wedding day, so each wedding portfolio typically starts with the bridal preparations around two hours before the main event, moving through the build-up to the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and speeches and to the party and celebrations afterwards. Often, this means I’ll bring an additional photographer with me, to help ensure no moments are missed.”

Gavin’s checklist of unmissable moments includes:

  • The dress and the shoes, set up and ready to be put on
  • The flowers and buttonholes, before they’re pinned in place or held
  • The wedding party preparations – the bride dressing, the father – or the person who is to give the bride away – seeing the bride for the first time
  • Hair and make-up in action, and a bridal party shot once all are ready
  • The car and occupants on their way to the wedding
  • The fully laid wedding breakfast tables
  • The bride and her parents
  • The bridal party entering the ceremony room
  • Magical moments: the first kiss, putting on the rings, the first dance, cutting the cake

The Ipswich Waterfront and the historic backdrop at Isaacs on the Quay can make the ideal setting for a wedding to remember. To find out more about planning your wedding with Isaacs on the Quay call the team on 01473 284000 (option 2) or email us at weddings@isaaclord.org.

You can find out more about photography packages from Gavin King at https://www.gavinkingphotography.co.uk/wedding-photography-suffolk/

Save 10% on a 2020 wedding at Isaacs

Save 10% on a 2020 wedding at Isaacs*

If you’ve recently got engaged or are now starting to plan your wedding with a 2020 date in mind, here at Isaacs we are giving couples the chance to save 10% when they book before 31 January 2020.

Isaacs really is a magical venue to have your wedding. Its Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings are situated on the elegant Ipswich Waterfront. The ceremony room boast exposed timber beams, vaulted ceilings and atmospheric lighting.

Book a private viewing today, and our wedding coordinators will take you around our stunning venue. Then book before 31 January 2020, and you could save 10% on your wedding when you quote 2020 at the time of booking. Weddings must have a minimum of 50 day guests and 80 evening guests for the discount to be applied.

Call us on 01473 284000 (option 2) or email weddings@isaaclord.org and start your wedding planning today.

*The 10% saving is available on 2020 weddings only. It is applied against weddings with a minimum of 50 day guests and 80 evening guests. Weddings must be booked before 31 January 2020, and you must quote 2020 when booking.

 

 

 

Isaacs Wedding Fayre

Wedding Fayre – Sunday 27 October, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Making the most from Wedding Fayres – Your Isaacs Weddings Guide

There’s so much to take in when you start to plan your wedding day and attending a Wedding Fayre can be a great way of finding inspiration and making connections. Here, at Isaacs, we know that these events can be invaluable, so we run our own Wedding Fayres twice a year.

With our next event – at Isaacs on the Quay and Venue 77 – fast approaching on Sunday 27 October, our team of coordinators share some top tips on making the most from Wedding Fayres.

  1. Make a plan

With a host of suppliers showcasing everything from favours and flowers to fruit cakes all ready to show you how they’ll make your day special, it can be a good idea to make a list of exactly which elements you’d like to focus on. That’s not to say that our Isaacs Wedding Coordinators can’t help you with the rest later down the line – we’re a treasure trove of wedding knowledge!

  1. Spend time with our Wedding Coordinators

The team of coordinators here at Isaacs Weddings is always here to help and the Wedding Fayre is your perfect opportunity to grab us to find out more about what makes weddings at Isaacs on the Quay or Venue 77 so beautiful.

We’ll be on hand to help you at the Fayre and to guide you through the array of choice on offer. We’ve also popped a handy wedding planning checklist into our goodie bags.

  1. Remember to take in our venues, as well as the Fayre

Weddings at Isaacs are so much more than first meets the eye. Whether you choose to have your special day with us at Isaacs on the Quay or at Venue 77, make sure to check out the Merchant House, where you could stay with us for your wedding weekend, and take time to imagine how beautiful the Ipswich Waterfront for your wedding backdrop.

  1. Snap up your inspiration

You’ll be blown away by the creativity of our suppliers and the beautiful surroundings at our Wedding Fayre, but you need to make sure you take away all the inspiration you need. So, bring your smart phone or your camera and get snapping. That way you’ll also be able to share what you’ve taken from our event with everyone else involved in planning your special day.

  1. Grab your goody bag

If you haven’t had enough inspiration at the Fayre (we’re sure you’ll have had lots!), we put together a free goody bag for you to take away, fully loaded with treats, ideas and contacts to help you with your planning right up to your big day.

  1. Have fun

Perhaps most important of all, we want you to enjoy your experience at the Isaacs Wedding Fayre. So have fun and, if you have the time, why not combine it with lunch with us while you’re here.

Why choose a winter wedding with Isaacs on the Quay

Crisp bright daylight and twinkling lights in the early evening…winter weddings can be truly spectacular and, at Isaacs on the Quay, the colder months bring a special dimension to your big day. Winter weddings can also represent great value for money and, for these reasons among many, they’re becoming more and more popular.

While summer is still the favourite season for couples getting married, a winter wedding offers a beautiful backdrop, too. That’s especially true of weddings at Isaacs on the Quay, where the carefully restored Grade I and II* listed buildings offer a unique indoor setting that is complemented perfectly by their stunning Ipswich Waterfront surroundings.

Whether you want the big day to have a festive, Christmas feel, or if you dream of a white-winter wedding, the team at Isaacs on the Quay are on hand to bring your ideas into reality.

 

A touch of romance
With darkness falling earlier in the winter time, your evening guests will be treated to a real wonderland on the Ipswich Waterfront, with fairy lights bobbing on the boats in the quay and along the quayside, too.

At Isaacs we dress up your wedding venue to bring real atmosphere, adding extra romance to your occasion.

White winter weddings
It would be an amazing stroke of luck to have snow on your winter wedding day, but a touch of frost on the Ipswich Waterfront, as well as some stunning sunsets, set the scene for some amazing photos.

Remember, in winter it’s a good idea to book your wedding ceremony fairly early in the day, so you make use of the daylight for photos, before your evening guests arrive.

Deck the halls for a festive scene
For weddings during the festive season, Isaacs delivers an even more magical backdrop, decorated with Christmas trees and lights for extra sparkle.

The Christmas holidays also mean that more of your guests may already have time booked off, giving them more opportunity to attend and making a mid-week wedding even better.

Whatever the weather
Of course, everyone prefers fair weather for their wedding day but, come rain or shine, Isaacs offers a great setting for your marriage ceremony, for your celebrations and for your photos too.

Our wedding coordinators create the perfect indoor wedding, so you don’t need to worry about the weather.

Making more of your wedding
Winer weddings represent great value for money, and availability is often easier to find, too. At Isaacs on the Quay, you can take advantage of a range of great, hassle-free packages. Prices start from just £4,995, including use of our Ceremony Room and Reception Areas, as well as an overnight stay in the Merchant House.

Alternatively, you can work with our wedding coordinators to create a wedding package that’s tailored especially to you. Whichever route you choose, you’ll have access to your own wedding coordinator, who will assist with your wedding planning – making it the perfect day.

Wondering about weddings at Isaacs on the Quay?
The Isaacs on the Quay wedding coordinators would love to discuss your wedding with you. Give the team a call on 01473 284000 (option 2), email us at weddings@isaaclord.org or why not come along to our open evening on Thursday 25th July 2019. Taking place between 6pm and 9pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to see for yourself why Isaacs is the perfect wedding venue for your big day.

Wedding and Events Fayre 2019

Find your perfect venue at the Isaacs Wedding and Events Fayre
Sunday 10th March 2019
11:00am – 3:00pm
Isaacs on the Quay, 7 Wherry Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1AS

From wedding ceremonies and parties to corporate events, family gatherings and big celebrations, Isaacs on the Quay is the perfect venue. Visit us on 10th March 2019, and you’ll find out why at our wedding and events fayre.

The Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings are full of historical features and are sure to wow you and your guests. Its location, right on the Ipswich Waterfront offers some great views of the moored boats and across the water.

Why attend? With an array of exhibitors, including makeup artists, florists, wedding crafts and favours, live bands and much more, it’s a day not to be missed.

Our very own fashion show

Plus, we will also have our very own Fashion Show hosted by Pam Davis MD of Fashion Candy Style. Also seen as a regular model on ITV This Morning. The fashion show will showcase Just a Day Bridal and Coes and will take place between 11:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

Our current exhibitors

  • VIP Balloons
  • Maria Boyle – Independent Tropic Ambassador
  • Nails & Beauty by Ali
  • Konjo Photography
  • BKP Limousines
  • Henley Flowers
  • Just a day Bridal Wear
  • Coes Grooms Wear
  • Big Fat Wedding Disco
  • Wedding Craft
  • JoJos Cake
  • Extravoganza – chair covers and sash
  • Rich Young (Band)

Entry is free and guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival, plus a goodie bag.

Your wedding checklist…made easy with Isaacs

When you start planning your wedding in Ipswich, or anywhere else, for that matter, there’s a lot to remember.

Not an everyday event, you’ll probably need a wedding checklist to help make sure everything’s falling into place when it should, and where it should.

Choose the right location and you may also benefit from a wedding coordinator and a list of approved suppliers, helping you to ensure everything’s perfect on your big day.

That’s certainly the case when you choose Isaacs Weddings. As well as being able to relax knowing our wedding coordinators will prompt you when things are needed, you’ll skip a few things on the wedding planning list. For instance, we’ll take care of all the catering for you – including your wedding breakfast and your drinks.

To make life even easier for you, our wedding coordinators have shared their wedding planning checklist, covering off the final few months before you get married:

 

First things first…

Of course, the first stop along your wedding planning path is to book a venue for your big day. Once you’ve done that, there are a few things you need to tie in to make the date a success:

  • Book your registrar immediately to make sure they’re available on the date you’ve chosen.
  • Send out save the date notes to ensure the important people in your life can make it on the day.
  • Shop for your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and wedding suits – fittings can take some time.
  • Secure your suppliers – from your photographer and videographer to your florist, cake-maker and evening entertainment.

 

With around eight months to go…

Not everyone needs a theme for their wedding, but as you start planning, you’ll need to decide how your invites and decoration might look:

  • Begin your guest list – think about who you’d like to invite to both the daytime and the evening celebrations.
  • Choose or design your wedding invitations and start planning who’ll receive one.
  • Start planning the decorations for your big day. And decide if you’ll have a theme.

 

About four months beforehand…

You’ll have had a few months off the organisation after you’ve sent your invites out, but with about four months to go, things start to get exciting:

  • Meet with your catering team to finalise menus and check everything is as you’d like it.
  • Send your invitations, together with travel and accommodation information for those coming from afar.
  • Schedule in dress fittings – both for the bride, the bridesmaids, the groom and groomsmen.
  • Book hotel accommodation for yourself and consider block-booking some rooms for your guests too. Don’t forget, if your wedding is at Isaacs on the Quay, you could book into The Merchant House, with its stunning bridal suite. It sleeps up to 14 guests and is full of character and charm.
  • Select and book the transport you’d like to take you to and from your wedding venue.

 

Three months before your wedding…

  • As your date draws nearer, you’ll need to start thinking about the finer details for the day itself:
  • Create a seating plan – this is never as easy as it sounds, so make sure you have plenty of time to hand.
  • Compile all your acceptances and send off your guests’ food choices to your caterers.
  • Order your wedding decorations and favours – these may take a while to arrive so order early.

 

With just one month to go…

Your big day is nearly upon you, plans are all in place and all that’s left to do is to check you have everything exactly where you want it:

  • Pick up your wedding rings and put them somewhere safe – make sure you remember where!
  • Finalise wedding playlists with your DJ or band. And don’t forget to discuss your first dance.
  • Liaise with all your suppliers to make sure they have everything they need to meet your expectations.
  • Meet with your wedding venue to have a last look around and to plan where decorations will be placed.

Once everything’s in place, all that’s left to do is to enjoy your big day. At Isaacs we take the hassle out of your wedding planning, with a team of wedding coordinators and a network of approved suppliers all on hand to help you enjoy every moment of the run up to getting married.

To find out more about weddings at Isaacs on the Quay and to talk to one of our experienced wedding coordinators, please call us on 01473 284000 (option 2), email us on weddings@isaaclord.org or visit us online today.

Last-minute wedding planning made easy with Isaacs

Planning a last-minute wedding in Ipswich? At Isaacs Weddings we’re here to make life a little easier for you.

They say spontaneity is the spice of life, and you’d think in today’s fast-paced world, organising things that are a little last-minute would be easy. Arranging a last-minute wedding needs a lot of attention, though, and it can be daunting. This needn’t be the case and, with a check list in hand, together with the help of the Isaacs Weddings Coordinators, they can be a piece of cake.

One of our happy couples talks us through their last-minute wedding experience.

“When we decided to tie the knot, we didn’t leave ourselves with much time to prepare – just sixteen weeks, in fact. We’re used to doing things with short deadlines, but it wasn’t until we started to list the things we needed to get done that we realised the scale of the task ahead. First, we needed to find a venue.”

However long the planning phase, finding a suitable venue that’s available for your wedding will be one of the first items on your check list. Located on the waterfront in Ipswich and boasting beautiful timber-framed rooms in an historic setting, Isaacs offers a stunning wedding backdrop.

“When we found Isaacs was available, we knew we’d be able to get everything arranged in time. As a part of their last-minute wedding package, we had the help of one of their Wedding Coordinators. They came armed with a full list of contacts for everything from bridal hair and make-up through to flowers and photographers too.

“Marcella was hugely supportive and helped us to work out what needed doing and when. We quickly sent out save the date texts to our friends and family, giving us time to get official invitations in the post. Then the planning started in earnest!”

With the last-minute wedding package at Isaacs on the Quay, you can rest assured that the main aspects of your happy day will be taken care of.

As well as your wedding ceremony, which takes place in the beautiful Sale Room, together with 72 guests you will be able to enjoy welcome drinks in the private gardens and the option of either a barbecue or a three-course wedding breakfast.

Your evening reception – in our top floor and private garden – can extend to up to 150 guests and includes a buffet too.

“With Isaacs, nothing was too much trouble. We explained what we had in mind and they set it up for us – right down to the food and drink we wanted on the day. Everything was perfect.

“Isaacs also had our wedding accommodation sorted. As well as needing a room for bride-to be beautification, with guests coming from far and wide, we needed a venue that could also put friends and family up. Merchant’s House was a home away from home for us. Perfect for the night before and for our wedding night and a great cost saving, too.”

Accommodating up to fourteen people, Merchant’s Guest House is a welcoming space just next door to Isaacs. For the bride-to-be, getting ready to tie the knot here is easy, with the space for hairdressers and beauticians to come to you in calm and comfortable surroundings.

“When we set the date for our wedding, we left ourselves with little time to prepare. But we can honestly say that, with the help of Isaacs Weddings, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

To find out more about last-minute weddings at Isaacs on the Quay and availability for the weeks ahead, please call us on 01473 284000 or visit us online today

Last Minute Summer Wedding plans?

Isaacs Wedding Image

Don’t worry we have Summer Weddings covered…

Now you think the hard work begins right?

Well you’re wrong. With our experienced coordinators here at Isaacs you will not have to worry, we have it all under control. All you must do is…turn up!  Here at Isaacs we are offering a great 2018 package, that will help you keep to your budget as well as not having to worry about every minor detail, as this deal has it all! Just call up or come in and speak to one of the wedding coordinators who will show you around the outstandingly gorgeous venue.

After showing you around we will make our way to our cosy coffee tavern to grab a hot drink to then go over any final details and requests.

All you need to do now is…

Sit back, relax, and get ready for the big day!

View A Masterpiece – The Isaacs Wedding Open Evening

We think our Wedding Room is a masterpiece! Come and see for yourself.

We will be showcasing what Isaacs on the Quay has to offer as a Wedding Venue, set on Ipswich waterfront  creates the perfect location for your day. You will be shown around our wedding venue by a dedicated member of our wedding team, who will help you plan your wedding day from start to finish.

*we will be offering exclusive prices on the evening only*

We are also very proud to announce that Isaacs on the Quay our 2017 Weeding Industry Award WINNERS of the best wedding venue in East of England.

Free entry and a glass of Prosecco on arrival