Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
It's hard to say because every wedding is very different but we love weddings that have surprises. Recently, we had a swan shaped ice sculpture that was unveiled to all the guests during the evening. They liked it even more when they found out it could be used as a luge and that the couple had ordered lots of bottles of vodka!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Just don't panic! It's likely that things aren't always going to go to plan - it could rain on the day, you might run a little bit late to the ceremony etc. but it's all things that can be dealt with on the day and there is no need to worry about them. When they do happen, you realise that when you have all your friends and family around you, it's enough for you to have an amazing day and that the small things you do worry about become unimportant.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
We see so much creativity and variety with the weddings we host and each one always has a gorgeous personal touch to it. We did have a couple that were keen cyclists and their cake stand was actually a bicycle, which had their names written across it. It was just so lovely to see such an original idea and it really wowed their guests.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
There are so many fantastic photo opportunities as the hotel, as we have extensive gardens and lawns, but also the function rooms are so beautiful and characterful (especially good if it does rain on someone's big day). We are also only a minute's walk away from the Valley Gardens where there are also lots of photo opportunities.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We were the chosen retreat of the famous crime queen Agatha Christie, when she disappeared in the 1920s.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta, Mini Fish and Chips or Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
We offer a wide range of evening buffet options, which are paired perfectly with wedding cake.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
There are so many gorgeous features of the hotel, but our garden pavilion is truly gorgeous and one of the only outdoor venues in the area. We also have our huge Garden Ballroom, which is adjacent to the Red Lounge, creating a gigantic space and flexibility for wedding receptions. Our Wedgewood Restaurant has an ornate glass ceiling, which fills the room with sunlight. There are so many amazing and unique features in the hotel!
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Our fantastic feedback and testimonials from previous couples.