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Whether you hold your wedding reception in a stately home, hotel, village hall or your favourite pub, it’s going to be the best party of your life, so to avoid any misunderstanding, always confirm every detail in writing.
Wherever you choose, make sure there’s enough space for your guests in the room itself and enough parking spaces outside for their cars.
Try to opt for a reception venue which is reasonably close to where you are holding the ceremony – no problem if you’re marrying at a licensed venue and holding wedding and reception under one roof.
If you’re planning a hotel reception, have a meal there before you make the booking, so you can check on the food and the service, as well as the atmosphere and the facilities.
Many hotels will offer a host of additional services, included in the cost of the reception – from a red carpet welcome to fresh flowers on the tables, from the services of a toastmaster to the hire of a cake stand and knife, from complementary wedding night accommodation for the bride and groom to special rates for wedding guests who want to stay overnight. Some will even invite you back for a complementary celebration dinner on your first wedding anniversary.
Check exactly what is offered and make sure you get a written list. Wherever you choose to hold your reception, find out during what times the rooms – and bar facilities – will be available. If you’re using a village hall and your own caterers, for instance, you will need access early in the day to set up decorations, flowers and your cake and you may need a drinks licence for your bar, which the committee will have to apply for on your behalf. Check also whether you have to hire crockery, cutlery, glasses, tables and chairs.
If you’re having small children at your wedding, find out whether there’s a separate room where they can be entertained and think of providing a mobile creche so both you and their parents can relax and enjoy the day without having to worry about them.
If you would like to enjoy the finer things on your special day, The Bristol will provide the luxurious experience you are looking for.
They have designed beautiful wedding packages to make your special day easier to plan. Each has been created to offer options for all tastes and styles. In addition, they can assist with a variety of additional services in order to create the perfect bespoke wedding for you.
The Bristol prides itself on its warm wealth of hospitality, beginning from your initial enquiry through to the most memorable day of your life and beyond.
With a licence for civil ceremonies and capable of hosting reception for up to 350 guests, this home to Gloucestershire Cricket Club is a real hidden gem in Bristol with one guest even describing it as ‘an oasis of calm’.The fabulous event rooms have natural daylight and outside areas for guests to enjoy the fine weather and with the cricket pitch at the heart of the venue, why not have a cricket themed wedding to really embrace this award-winning location?
A uniquely beautiful and prestigious setting in the heart of Bristol, with the spectacular backdrop of the school buildings and a large, green close. From the time of your first enquiry right up to the end of your special day, the dedicated team will ensure you receive the best service, tailored to your individual taste, and make your wedding celebrations exactly as you alway dreamed. Clifton College caters for receptions for up to 180 guests.
A venue for all seasons, set in over 200 acres, with superb photo opportunities, gardens, meadows and countryside views.
Gloucestershire’s exclusive use wedding venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, offers superb seasonal cuisine and has a choice of packages for every budget.
Gants Mill is the perfect country garden venue, where you can be confident of an enchanting and memorable day. Their aim is for you to have as much freedom and choice as possible. Therefore, while they can recommend excellent caterers and other suppliers, you are free to choose whoever you want. Gants Mill has a full alcohol and entertainment licence, but you decide what arrangements will best suit your event: corkage is a banned word here!
Gants Mill is a very different venue: with as few restrictions as possible, they hope you can feel this is your own place for the day.
You get exclusive use of the secluded 50-acre river valley, the idyllic gardens and the stunning Mill itself, which has a history stretching back over 1,000 years. There is a choice of sites for your civil ceremony, including the lovely Gazebo and for your reception there’s a traditional furnished marquee, positioned to give your guests views of the flowers and the beautiful grounds.
Make an appointment today to view romantic Gants Mill. You won’t regret it!
With four unique function areas available, this completely different wedding venue is set in 17 acres of magnificently tended gardens and grounds and surrounded by well established trees and lakes. Licensed for civil ceremonies, it can accommodate all sixes of reception from intimate to 500 guests – and the award-winning chef and his team will create the perfect food for your perfect celebration.
Midweek weddings start at £2,999 for 60/100 guests and 21 en suite bedrooms are available for you and your guests.
Situated on Lansdown with magnificent views over the city, Kingswood makes an ideal private setting for a wedding. Large outdoor terraces provide the perfect extension to your wedding reception and, unlike many other places in Bath, you have exclusive use of the venue for your special day, enabling you to make Kingswood your own. Whether you would like a sophisticated gathering with first class food, fine wines, and the perfect period setting, or a celebration with all your friends, there is a range of different venues to suit your taste and pocket.
Luxurious, romantic Grade II* listed mansion set in 25 acres of beautiful parkland – a stunning backdrop to your perfect day. Licensed for civil ceremonies, receptions and evening parties and offering a choice of suites, the entire mansion or a marquee in the grounds. Traditional original features including a grand double staircase in the Great Hall, outstanding in-house caterers and dedicated wedding co-ordinator.
With exclusive use of the marquee and gardens – and with a licence for civil ceremonies – Old Bridge offers the freedom to arrange your own food, drink and entertainment, with no corkage or VAT. This 16th century Elizabethan manor house, surrounded by two acres of enchanting wooded grounds and gardens, is a listed building, built with the local, honey coloured Ham Stone. It has a wonderfully warm and unique character and offers complete exclusivity for you and your guests.
The historic Great Hall, overlooking the front lawn, is licensed for wedding ceremonies and is available the day before the wedding for you to decorate as you wish, while the magnificent marqueeis fully lined in ivory and can be carpeted with your choice of colour. The marquee seats up to 200 people and has a dance floor, tables and chairs, lighting and heating included in the price. There’s a discreet catering area and plenty of parking for your guests.
Everything is flexible and functional so you can run your whole day exactly as you want to. The bride, groom and the ‘I do’ crew also have access to a large, ensuite bedroom in the house so they can freshen up or take a moment to relax during the day.
Old Bridge is available for ceremonies all year round and for receptions from May to September.
The Bimbeck Suite, with its sweeping bay windows, boasts idyllic sea views across Weston Bay. Together with the extensive lawns, it’s a perfect setting for your special day. The Royal Hotel holds a civil licence, so you can simplify your arrangements if you wish by holding your whole day in one venue.
Every wedding includes a host of extras, from a red carpet welcome to a dressed top table, table scatter crystals to a master of ceremonies and midweek all-inclusive wedding start at under £2,000.
There are preferential accommodation rates for your guests – and the bridal suite is complimentary for the wedding night.