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Weddings at Manor of Groves - Experience a day to remember...

by Katie 10. December 2015 11:03

You’ve found the perfect partner, and now you’ve found the perfect venue to celebrate your wedding or civil partnership – Manor of Groves.  As you drive through the stunning parkland setting to arrive at the venue which perfectly blends the old with the new, you will be enchanted by what’s in store for your special day.

The hotel has two charming outdoor gazebos that are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and partnerships allowing you to exchange your vows al fresco in the stunning grounds.  All of the banqueting suites are also fully licensed for civil ceremonies.

We understand that your choice of venue plays a major part in your once in a lifetime event and will make your day unforgettable.  Our dedicated team of wedding co-ordinators will guide and assist you with your planning to ensure that your special day will be just the starting point of beautiful memories.  When the big day comes, an experienced manager will be dedicated to the running of your wedding, ensuring your requests and wishes are carried out in full.

Whether your dream is to have a small, intimate wedding or large, lavish celebration with all the trimmings, Manor of Groves, Hertfordshire have a choice of styles and size of rooms to suit.  For those looking simply for venue hire, our contemporary Manor Suite can be hired for your own speciality caterer to provide services on your behalf and comes with its own kitchen space.  We pride ourselves with our long standing relationship with many Kosher, Asian, Greek and Italian caterers within the Home Counties.

  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Complimentary parking (including coach space)
  • Special Packages available
  • Venue hire only permitted (Manor Suite only)
  • Special bedroom rates available for your guests
  • Services of a dedicated manager on the day (excludes venue hire only)

5 Things to Know Before Choosing a Wedding Planner

by emma 8. December 2015 11:55


First you will have to make the decision: plan it yourself or hire a wedding planner to do it for you. In many cases such a service will increase your budget with 10%, but if you choose carefully you will get that back in discounts that you will not get yourself.

Also, there is nothing to be compared to the burden that a wedding planner will take from your shoulders leaving you the opportunity to enjoy this special event.


So YES our advice is to hire a wedding planner, you will just have to be careful which one.


Ask for a consultation before closing the deal

Consultation is a very important aspect before choosing a wedding planner. Make a list of your concerns and things that you think should be taken care of, like catering, flower arrangements, wedding speeches, rehearsal dinner, chapel and so on. Show that list to your prospect wedding planner and look for their reaction. A good one will optimize it, will add things that you forgot and eliminate things that are not efficient. You will not get it right (unless you are a wedding planner yourself) and they should see it. The more they will want to improve it, the more suitable they are for your wedding.


Ask for the amount of time the wedding planner intends to devote towards your wedding as well as their personal backgrounds and relevant experience in wedding planning. Pictures and maybe some videos are great in this situation.


Ask for a contract

It is important to go for a wedding planner who is willing to sign a contract when hired. The good thing with a contract is that you are sure that you are investing your money safely. If the wedding planner breaches the contract terms, you will at least have some leverage.


Don’t overpay

One of the common mistakes that many brides do when hiring a wedding planner is failure to compare prices and making a good decision budget wise. You can go for single day consultation or a full-service wedding planner depending on your budget.


Ensure good communication with your wedding planner


It is very important to make sure that you are in contact with the service that you choose. Even if they should manage every small detail, you should be the decision maker and you should be always in control of that. The bride needs to connect well with the planner so that they can understand one another and to make sure that they are on the same page in every aspect.


Andrei Comsa 


Weddings & Celebrations at the Horn of Plenty

by Katie 3. December 2015 10:31

At The Horn of Plenty, we understand the importance of creating a day that nobody will forget and where the memories go on to last a lifetime.  It’s the innovation and sentiment which goes into the thought and planning that forms the makings of something truly special.

Beautifully bespoke

Every wedding here is completely bespoke.  Our friendly expert wedding planners will help design, organise and implement your Big Day to be perfectly tailored to you.   From your own bespoke menu to dedicated service from an attentive team of staff; from luxury rooms to exquisite grounds, we have the substance and expertise to create your perfect day.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony or a fairy tale marquee wedding for 200 guests, everything will be crafted to your individual hopes, dreams and budget, creating for you a wedding that is both lavish and unique.

If you wish, you can enjoy exclusive use of our Devon country manor for a day or a weekend. We can offer exclusive use for 40 – 90 guests in the Main House, or up to 200 guests in a marquee located in our stunning grounds.

For those who would prefer a smaller event, we offer both afternoon weddings and weddings without exclusive use.

A reputation for excellence

Our romantic country house hotel is home to one of the South West’s top restaurants.  Over the years we have earned a reputation for superb cuisine (3 AA rosettes), outstanding service, elegant surroundings and show-stopping views overlooking the Tamar Valley. We host a number of Chef’s weddings each year and are widely regarded as the region’s best wedding venue for foodies.

We are proud to have been awarded a number of sought-after accolades, including “Small Hotel of the Year” (Devon Tourism Awards 2014), “Devon Wedding Venue of the Year” (West Country Wedding Awards 2013) and “Best Fine Dining Restaurant” (Devon Food & Drink Awards 2012).

A show-round is by far the best way to find out if we’re your perfect match – please do get in touch to arrange your viewing.  Wedding Co-ordinators Julie Leivers and Emma Mulford will be more than happy to give you an exclusive tour of this beautiful venue and discuss your specific requirements.

Please call us on 01822 832 528 or email weddings@thehornofplenty.co.uk

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