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Weddings in Hampshire

by Katie 15. March 2016 11:37

Your wedding day should be the most memorable of your life – for all the right reasons. And that’s why Old Thorns ensures every single aspect of your big day is planned and executed perfectly.

And, it’s not an idle boast. Old Thorns is ranked in the top 10 wedding venues in the UK and was recognised as such in the 2014 Wedding Industry Experts Awards.

Our team of wedding planners and organisers can do as much – or as little – as you wish in ensuring your day goes without a hitch … except for the one that really matters! With a team as creative as they are fastidious, you can rest assured nothing will be overlooked, whether your wedding is an intimate occasion or a grand event.

Old Thorns, Hampshire has five rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, each with its own individual ambience and style, with each offering fine views and catering for up to 500 guests.

To discuss your requirements or to arrange a tour by a member of our weddings team, please call 01428 725 847.

 

Weddings at Avington Park

by Katie 8. March 2016 10:29

From the grandest wedding to a small intimate gathering, Avington Park provides a stunning setting for your wedding or reception. This beautiful and imposing family home has been granted a licence to hold civil wedding ceremonies, enabling the bride and bridegroom to enjoy their wedding and reception at the same idyllic venue. At Avington we only offer exclusive use, so it really is yours for the day.

Approach through wrought iron gates, down the lime tree avenue alongside the River Itchen and sweep round to the elegant façade. Guests may be greeted in the magnificently painted hall, where in winter, log fires will offer a warm welcome. In summer, extensive lawns provide a wonderful setting for a drinks reception before sitting down to a sumptuous wedding breakfast in the library.

The library can hold 175 guests for a drinks reception or 100 for a silver service wedding breakfast. Larger wedding parties may be accommodated in a marquee adjoining the library.

This glorious Hampshire venue provides unique opportunities for photographs both inside and out – a photographer’s dream!

Testimonials

The venue was absolutely beautiful with a superb ambience for the wedding

I am writing to thank you and your staff for the professional and exceptional service provided to us at my daughter’s wedding last Saturday – everything was perfect!  I would also like to convey special thanks to John who was absolutely outstanding throughout the evening in helping us to enjoy such a special occasion.

Andrea and Mark – June 2015

Your perfect wedding at Fanhams Hall

by Katie 1. March 2016 13:06

Dreams fulfilled
Our goal is to see your wedding day dreams fulfilled. Here at Fanhams Hall our dedicated team of professionals pull out all the stops to ensure we deliver the best. Our stunning country house hotel in Ware plays host to civil and religious wedding celebrations, offering indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships.

Stunning weddings, all year round
Our luxury and unique wedding venue is outstanding with warming open fires in winter, tumbling waterfalls in summer and beautiful private rooms with stunning features of the original Grade II listed Jacobean manor house all year round. We offer impeccable service in comfortable and relaxed surroundings.

With both formal gardens and rambling grounds, carved staircases and ornate fireplaces, there are a wealth of perfect picture opportunities to enjoy at our country house wedding venue.

It's all in the detail
We want to know what is important to you... is it the food, the wine, the entertainment? We will never lose sight that it is your day and are always thinking of the smallest detail, the personal touches and complementing our unique location as one of the finest wedding venues in Hertfordshire.

Come for a personal tour
A stunning wedding venue as unique as the day itself. We would love to show you around our Jacobean Manor House, so when you are ready, just give us a call!

To arrange to view our beautiful wedding venue call Sarah or Emma on +44 (0) 1920 885245

 

 

Your Perfect Wedding Venue - The George in Rye, East Sussex

by Katie 23. February 2016 12:33

The George in Rye offers the perfect venue for your wedding day in the heart of Rye, East Sussex, close to the Kent border. Our original Georgian Ballroom is unrivalled for its elegance - it seats over 100 guests and is licensed for civil ceremonies. It is truly one of the most romantic wedding venues in Sussex and Kent.

Why the George in Rye the perfect wedding venue for you.......

 

  • townhouse property in historical Rye
  • 16th Century coaching inn
  • short walk to Town Hall for ceremony
  • 34 luxury bedrooms to take over
  • seasonal and locally-sourced menus
  • capacity for up to 120 guests
  • Georgian Ballroom
  • the acclaimed George Grill
  • private dining in the Benson Room
  • dedicated wedding cooordinator

 

Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions at the Old Mill Aldermaston

by Katie 9. February 2016 11:56

Situated in one of the most picturesque locations in Royal Berkshire, The Old Mill has become one of the top locations for both wedding ceremonies and receptions in the UK. Whether you choose a church or civil ceremony, The Old Mill is a fairytale venue, complemented by the experience of husband and wife team - Robin and Diane Arlott - who, together with their dedicated staff will ensure that you and your guests are looked after from the moment you arrive until you toss the bouquet!

The Old Mill offers a spectacular backdrop for your special day, it is quite literally, a photographer's paradise. We can cater for receptions of up to 150 guests, and both the Mill Room and Stable Room are licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies 

The Old Mill is the perfect venue for your dream wedding to become a reality.

Situated in our extensive grounds the Stable Room, formerly an old dairy parlour, was converted in 1983 to make an ideal venue for smaller parties. This was the first location of now many to be licensed for wedding ceremonies and has since become one of the most popular and unique in the area.

We are pleased to announce that we are now licensed for ceremonies in the Conservatory also, for up to 90 people. This is a beautiful glass conservatory, with breathtaking views over the river.

The Stable Room seats up to 75 people for wedding ceremonies and 50 for parties and functions and has a fully licensed bar.

Weddings at The Queensferry Hotel

by Katie 2. February 2016 10:50

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Set in spectacular surroundings with unrivalled views across the Forth and its famous bridges, The Queensferry Hotel is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and magical wedding locations – whether you are looking for an intimate celebration with family and close friends, a spectacular wedding on a grand scale or something in between! 

With fabulous wedding suites and beautiful outdoor space, the Queensferry Hotel could be the picture perfect venue for the most important day of your life. 

Our wedding consultants would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your requirements – plus, we’ve got fabulous wedding packages to tempt you. 

Stunning vistas, exquisite dining, delightful wedding suites and an enthusiastic team passionate about making your day unique …. Simply pop in or call to make an appointment!

  sales@queensferryfifehotelco.uk / Tel 01383 410 000 

A LUXURY COTSWOLD WEDDING VENUE - COTSWOLD WATER PARK FOUR PILLARS HOTEL

by Katie 26. January 2016 10:45

An idyllic Cotswold wedding venue, the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel offers everything your wedding dreams are made of: a stunning backdrop complete with a wonderland of lakes, rivers, woodland, and open countryside, as well as gorgeous state-of-the-art hotel and event facilities.

The Cotswold Water Park Hotel also enjoys a convenient central Gloucestershire location, in the heart of the Cotswolds, close to Bristol, Cheltenham, Oxfordshire, the Midlands and Swindon. It is easily accessed from the M4 and M5 motorways.

A FAVOURITE AMONG WEDDING VENUES IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Flooded with natural light and surrounded by breathtaking views, our flexible wedding and reception rooms are stunning backdrops for any event and have the versatility to accommodate a range of set-ups and sizes.

The ideal Cotswold wedding venue, the Cotswold Water Park Hotel:

  • Offers the flexibility to host events both large and small, in rooms ranging from our glass-fronted suites overlooking the lake, to our impressive 600-guest capacity marquee

  • Features the sought-after Kingfisher Suite, boasting beautiful views across the lake that can be enjoyed from the private decking as well as its own private entrance and small lobby

  • Is an excellent choice for a multicultural wedding venue, providing you the flexibility and accommodations needed to achieve your dream wedding with room hire for up to 800 guests and a range of self-catering options

  • For more information about wedding planning with the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, honeymoons, travel, the venue, or your budget, phone: 01285 864000

 

Your Wedding at The Elvetham

by Katie 19. January 2016 10:47

With 35 acres of beautifully manicured grounds paired with ornate and luxurious ceremony and reception rooms,The Elvetham provides the perfect backdrop for a truly unforgettable wedding day.

Boasting romantic charm, a wealth of history and warm hospitality from the moment of arrival, you can be assured that our experienced team will be on hand every step of the way to ensure that your wedding day is both beautiful and unique.

Whether you are looking for an intimate and romantic wedding or would prefer a lavish affair with family and friends, The Elvetham in North Hampshire is the wedding venue with endless possibilities.

Beautiful whatever the season, you can exchange your vows outside in our Summer House surrounded by rolling countryside or in one of our elegantly appointed rooms within the Main House.

 

Sample Wedding Package Pricing

Each of our wedding packages are created bespoke to you and alternative options are available. We would be delighted to discuss our packages with you in more detail. Please enquire for further information.

  • Your choice of function rooms for your ceremony and reception
  • Sumptuous canapés from £7.95 per person
  • Delicious Wedding Breakfast menus from £48.00 per person
  • A selection of wines from £19.95 per bottle
  • Perrier-Jouet Champagne from £39.95 per bottle
  • Sparkling wine from £30.95 per bottle
  • Tasty evening buffet options ranging from £8.95 - £17.95 per person

Please note, the above package is an example only.

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 

www.bigweddingspeech.com 

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