Q&A with Mirbeau’s Wedding Specialist Sarah Bramhall

It’s officially Engagement Season! We sat down with our resident wedding specialist Sarah Bramhall to ask her about her favorite wedding trends for 2018, her top wedding-planning moments, and her best advice for brides-to-be.

What is your wedding planning background?

Between myself and the rest of our seasoned sales team, we have a combined 15 years of experience in the wedding-planning industry. We’ve planned and executed weddings in a variety of locales, from country club settings to elegant 5-star ballrooms overlooking Boston Harbor… and from tented venues to intimate chapels. We’ve also worked with all types of brides, from the bride who’s looking for a fairytale dream wedding in a castle to the laid-back bride looking for a more casual garden setting. We’ve seen (and done!) it all.

What is the first thing a bride should do in the wedding planning process?

The first thing I always recommend to a bride is that she defines her guest list. The size of her wedding will ultimately influence many of her decisions about the day, like the location and overall budget for those special “extras”. I also suggest that brides determine the most important things to her and her fiancé; do they want a fabulous 12-piece band, an upscale and unique menu, a wow-factor like a midnight balloon drop? I recommend that the couple focus on those things that, to them, are really going to make their wedding special. From there, we can help connect them with vendors and incorporate those things into their big day.

What is your favorite thing about planning a wedding?

For me, seeing the couple’s vision come to life is so rewarding. I end up spending so much time getting to know the bride and groom and their families, that seeing them all come together and enjoy this picture-perfect day is just wonderful. Watching them live out the day they’ve been envisioning for all these months is amazing.

What are your favorite trends for 2018 weddings?

I’m so excited to see more micro-weddings. The industry is really taking a turn from the large-scale weddings we’ve been seeing for the past several years to these more intimate affairs, where couples are more focused on quality over quantity. They invite only the most important people in their lives, they spend more time and attention on details like a specialized menu and high-end décor, and really focus on making their wedding day unique, personal, and memorable for both themselves and their guests.

What’s a wedding trend that you wish would be retired in 2018?

Photobooths! They’re a fun activity for parties, but I think they’ve run their course. Instead, I love seeing couples take advantage of hashtags so that every guest can take their own photos and share them on Instagram; it ultimately creates a much more authentic remembrance of the day, without all the props and confetti.

What do you think is the most important thing about a bride’s big day?

That she feels relaxed, taken care of, and surrounded by a team of professionals who will ensure that every detail is covered so that she can live totally in the moment and enjoy every bit of her big day. I pride myself in attention to detail and leaving every one of my brides feeling totally confident that her wedding will be executed flawlessly.

What’s your best piece of advice for brides-to-be?

Take advantage of all that Mirbeau has to offer— relax before your wedding with a yoga class and mani-pedi in our spa with your bridesmaids, and treat yourself to an overnight stay at Mirbeau on the eve of your wedding day so that you can wake up and get ready in one of our luxurious guest rooms. After your wedding, enjoy a couple’s massage in the spa and relax with your new hubby before departing on your honeymoon… so you can enjoy just a few more hours of total relaxation after your wedding. Trust us, you want to hold on to that wedding day magic for as long as you can, because it’s pure bliss!

To request more information about weddings at Mirbeau or to schedule a meeting with Sarah, email her at [email protected].

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Our Valued Mirbeau Guests,
 
Like the rest of the world, we at Mirbeau have been keenly monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is an unprecedented time in history that leaves us all with great uncertainty. One thing that is certain, however; is that we at Mirbeau will continue to strive at all times to do the right thing. The health, safety, and security of our guests and employees have always been, and will continue to be, our highest priority. Each of us must act with courage and swiftness to do our part in this fight. This means taking unprecedented action to ensure we meet this priority, even if it is detrimental to our business goals.

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In accordance with CDC guidelines to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to take the following measures beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice:
 
SPAS
  • Our Spa Mirbeau facilities will be temporarily closed until further notice
  • All Spa Mirbeau Wellness Memberships will be extended for one month
  • All $50 Gift Card Vouchers will be extended extended 1 month from the time we re-open. 

HOTELS
  • Our Mirbeau Inns will be temporarily closed until further notice

RESTAURANTS
  • Our Mirbeau bistros and restaurants will be temporarily closed until further notice


All Spa appointments, Hotel reservations and dining reservations are canceled through April 30th at our Skaneateles, Rhinebeck and Albany locations and through May 5th at our Plymouth location.


While we are saddened that we cannot continue to provide all of our services, we acknowledge the way we can most care for our beloved guests at this time is by not providing those services. We do not presently have a definitive timeframe on when we will resume all operations back to normal, but rest assured, we will.    

This will pass, and we will get through it together. We greatly look forward to continuing providing - Life. Classically Balanced. - as soon as safely possible. We will be staying in close communication and will send updates on our status as they become available.
 
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