18 Apr Dundas Castle Team- Genevieve and Rose
The next members of the Dundas team to give an insight into their favourite parts of the Castle are our brilliant operations managers, Genevieve and Rose. Every event that takes place at Dundas is overseen by either one of this wonderful duo, to ensure that it runs smoothly and to plan. They both have great experience in running weddings and corporate events which is shown in the amazing feedback they frequently get mentioned in. From ringing the bell when a couple ties the knot and announcing speeches for emotional family members to sharing their knowledge of Dundas to create a magnificent corporate event for hundreds of people…. these ladies have seen it all.
Genevieve has been managing events at Dundas for four years and has recently trained Rose up as a new recruit following her own experience in event venues across Scotland, Holland and Canada.
What is your favourite activity from those offered throughout the Dundas estate?
Genevieve: The 4×4 off-road driving course allows guests to see and experience the beautiful 500 acre estate in addition to the Castle. Guests can choose to take a back seat and enjoy the thrilling ride or they can take to the wheel and drive the course with an instructor by their side. The activity is also really good fun for all ages.
Rose: Falconry is hard to beat as it is thrilling for all the event guests and creates an opportunity to get some memorable photographs during their stay. This activity lends itself to so many different events, we have seen it during corporate incentive days, private residential stays and intimate weddings.
What has been the most ‘breath-taking’ decor you have seen at a Dundas wedding?
Genevieve: We had one couple who completely transformed the Pavilion with a full blossom tree in the middle of the room, flower strands hung in between the fairy lights on the ceiling and beautiful large floral arrangements framed the room. It really brought the outside in and was absolutely gorgeous.
For guests that are travelling from overseas, what dining would you suggest during their stay to get a full Scottish experience?
Rose: When you think of Scotland, whisky, incredible Castles and colourful tartan all come to mind. Combine the lot in our medieval Auld Keep which can be dressed up to give you the true Scottish experience. Enjoy a taste of the famous haggis and whiskies from across the country. If you want to make the evening even more special, a piper can provide entertainment throughout the night and teach you some traditional ceilidh dancing in the front hall.
What advice would you give to a wedding couple to ensure their day ran smoothly?
Genevieve and Rose: Plan out which group photographs you would like in advance and keep them to a realistic number. This way it doesn’t take too much time away from your drinks reception and gives you a chance to chat to your guests, enjoy a glass of fizz and really get the celebrations started. It prevents you from feeling under pressure and allows you to relax and enjoy the day.