Our wedding at Hodsock Priory in August 2019 was the best day of my life - and no event ever goes that well without an amazing team of people behind it.
We fell in love with the venue from the moment that we saw it - the historic archway, the beautiful grounds and lake, the high ceilings and the feeling of history throughout the building. Courtney was a great first point of contact for us, always enthusiastic, never pushy. She shared her enthusiasm for the venue without us ever feeling like we were being 'sold to'. From the moment we saw the archway to the moment we left, we didn't stop smiling that day.
The experience carried on getting better from there - the Hodsock team were great to deal with. Prompt communication, helpful suggestions, great senses of humour and always a welcoming smile when we visited for planning meetings.
Accommodation is good, and getting better as more rooms within the priory are refurbished and made available for use - for our wedding day there were four grand rooms within the priory building itself, including a spectacular bridal suite and a dedicated bridal 'getting ready room' on the day itself. There's a lovely courtyard on site with further rooms for wedding guests, each with a mini-kitchen for the 'morning after' coffee. Guests staying on site benefit from having breakfast in the priory building on the morning after the wedding, which was a lovely relaxed way to spend time with family after the whirlwind of the wedding day.
We chose to go with Hodsock's package deal option for our wedding day. Not only did it give us a good price, but it also meant that we used Hodsock's recommended vendors for areas like flowers, cake and DJ. In every case, the vendors were amazing and exceeded our high expectations on the day. In hindsight, this was one of the best decisions we made - we didn't have to shop around for vendors and go to endless wedding shows, we skipped countless sales pitches, and we worked with vendors who knew the venue and had earned the trust of Courtney and Vicki.
The food was incredible. Some of our family and friends have sent us photos of the "inspired by Hodsock" meals that they've cooked since the wedding! Dietary requirements were catered for without a fuss, and we even had some vegan wine provided for one of our tables.
On the big day, the whole team of staff were flawless. As the happy couple, we were looked after brilliantly from start to finish without ever feeling that the staff were hovering around, and I got so many comments from our wedding guests about how lovely the staff had been. As soon as we left the ceremony room as a married couple, they were there with glasses of champagne for us and a huge smile. The Hodsock team truly felt/feel like part of 'our' wedding team, not vendors.
If it hasn't come across clearly enough - we had an absolutely PERFECT wedding day, and I would highly recommend this venue and this team to make your big day as incredible as ours.