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Celebrating in style at Crabwall Manor

Crabwall Manor

Vows & Venues' managing editor Emma Hatherall took a trip to historic Chester for a relaxing spa weekend in a romantic setting…

Crabwall Manor is located a short taxi ride from the historic city of Chester and has a lot to offer whether you're looking for a wedding venue, a hen do or even just a chilled out spa weekend. Set in Mollington, it’s a stone's throw from all that Chester has to offer – the shopping, the horse racing, the history – Crabwall Manor still has that lovely country house feel to it. I took my Mum for an overnight spa break and we loved it

Why opt for a vegan wedding?

Vegan wedding desserts

As World Vegan Month draws to a close, Vows &Venues find out more about vegan wedding options with the team at Best Western Plus Mosborough Hall, the luxury Sheffield wedding venue.

Catering at a wedding and ensuring that the wedding party and guests are 100% happy with the food choices is one of the most difficult parts of a wedding.  Ask any wedding couple and they will invariably say that choosing a food menu that suits everyone is one of the most difficult parts of the day.  That’s why we’ve seen lots of couples requesting a vegan menu in the past 12 months, and it seems this this a trend that’s here to stay.

Why not hold a quintessential afternoon tea at your vegan wedding?

Afternoon tea at a vegan wedding

During World Vegan Month, we take a look at vegan wedding trends with Whirlowbrook Hall, a premier wedding venue in South Yourkshire…

What’s not to love about the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea? Combine that with a vegan wedding and you’ve got the wedding breakfast of dreams.  As more and more couples are looking for something a little bit different for their wedding catering an afternoon tea inspired menu fits the bill perfectly. Add to that a choice of vegan only sandwiches and cakes then you’ve really got a beautiful wedding that suits all tastes and food preferences.

Penshurst Place scoops top wedding venue award – for the third time!

 Penshurst Place - The Italian Garden © Nick Parker

Penshurst Place and Gardens has been named Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 by the Kent Wedding Awards, scooping the prestigious award for the third time.

Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place is a stunning 14th-century country house, surrounded by 11 acres of historic gardens. Judges described it as a quintessentially English venue, brimming with romance, elegance and style. They were particularly impressed with the splendid choice of banqueting rooms, each offering its own unique perspective.

The winners were announced at the Kent Wedding Awards ceremony on Thursday 15th November.

The Escape at Abbey Hotel, Bath

The Escape reception room at Abbey Hotel, Bath

Brides looking for the perfect combination of tradition and something a little different need not look any further than the newly renovated Escape private event bar and function space at the Abbey Hotel in Bath. Formerly a World War air raid bunker, The Escape offers an intimate, vaulted reception venue in the heart of the beautiful World Heritage and Georgian city of Bath. The unique, underground space – formerly known as the Igloo – has been renovated with stylish new branding and furniture with a 95 pax capacity, fully stocked bar, late license and state of the art sound system. 

How to deliver quirky dining

Quirky dining

When putting on a wedding breakfast, the layout and décor must be every bit as memorable as the food itself. From taking things al fresco to getting imaginative with table shapes and layouts, there are plenty of options to wow your guests aside from just the menu. 

Our variety of historic spaces (including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Banqueting House) leave plenty of scope for creative concepts, and our teams are well-versed in delivering wow-factor receptions guaranteed to stand out in guests’ memories. So whether you’re planning for a heritage space or pared-back blank canvas setting, here are our top tips to help you deliver awe-inspiring, quirky dining…

Take things outside 

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue

Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect Cheshire venue

A hotel and golf club which offers choice and flexibility against a stunning countryside backdrop – what more could you want in a venue? Our editor Victoria Galligan stayed the night to experience the relaxing vibe at Wychwood Park…

Imagine getting married in lush green surroundings, with the rolling countryside peering up above the sprawling golf course in front of you and your guests as you gather in the sun on a beautiful veranda. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Florida at one of Tiger Woods’s old haunts – but this is the reality of a wedding at Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club, right here in the north west of England.  

Lucky couple say ‘I do’ to return to wedding venue

Lucky couple say ‘I do’ to return to wedding venue

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club has invited a couple who wed at the hotel in 2014, back to relive the memories of their special day. 

Gemma and Garry Watson, who said their ‘I dos’ at the luxury four-star hotel, located in the heart of Northumberland, are one of more than 200 couples who took part in the nationwide search to celebrate those who tied the knot at a Macdonald Hotels & Resorts venue over the last 50 years.

After submitting photographs from their wedding, they were selected at random and rewarded with a luxurious overnight stay in the wedding suite, complete with champagne on arrival, and a three-course dinner. 

Say ‘I do’ to Restoration Yard

Natalie & Tim's wedding at the Restoration Yard

Dreams of a totally unique fairy-tale wedding are now a reality at Restoration Yard. The events team at Restoration Yard within Dalkeith Country Park is offering couples a completely bespoke wedding day.

The team at the restored 18th century stableyard, which is set in 1,000 acres of sprawling parkland in which Dalkeith Palace sits, is shirking standard packages in favour of creating the perfect, tailor-made experience for brides and grooms preparing to tie the knot.

From outdoor ceremonies with string quartets under the cover of the historic Orangerie, to sumptuous wedding breakfasts overlooking the picturesque River Esk through the panoramic windows of Restoration Café, every need can and will be catered for.

Tie the knot in style with EXCLUSIVE weddings at Bowburn Hall Hotel

Bowburn Hall Hotel

A COUNTY Durham hotel is giving loved-up couples the chance to wed like the rich and famous with exclusive access to the whole venue for their special day.

Bowburn Hall Hotel, part of the Ramside Estates group, already promises to only ever host one wedding per day, but now it is giving bridal parties the opportunity to have the whole venue to themselves.

This includes the grounds, all 20 bedrooms, the restaurant and public areas with the hotel closing its doors to any other visitors or customers on the day.

Set in five acres of landscaped gardens, Bowburn Hall Hotel is just two miles from Durham City. Originally built as a country house for the village’s first colliery agent, it was converted to a hotel in the early 1960s.

The BIG 7 Questions for your Wedding Venue

The BIG 7 Questions for your Wedding Venue

Planning a wedding can be a stressful period for even the most organised of couples, but it doesn’t always have to be the case. A little forward thinking and flexibility will go a long way, but there are also a few tools that can help keep you on track. To make things a little easier and ensure your day goes off without a hitch, here are the top 7 questions you need to ask your wedding venue before booking…

1.Is the venue available on the day we’d like it?

Booking the venue is one of the first items on any soon-to-be-wed couple’s to-do list, so make sure you contact them well in advance. Popular venues may have a waiting list months long so the further in advance you enquire, the better.

Make the next moment in history yours at Cardigan Castle

Make the next moment in history yours at Cardigan Castle

Couples looking to create a personalised wedding in a historic venue can find inspiration for their big day at Cardigan Castle. 

Surrounded by Medieval walls and spanning 900 years of history, Cardigan Castle offers a blend of the old and the new, having recently undergone a £13 million restoration.

Couples can hold their wedding ceremony in the Tower Rooms or in the Cardigan Castle’s on-site restaurant, followed by a drinks reception on the grass or in a pavilion.

Arranging a five-star wedding

five-star wedding

Planning a wedding is a big undertaking which is as exciting as it is daunting, particularly if your dreaming of a luxury, opulent affair. The Grand Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire’s only five-star hotel, prides themselves on creating unforgettable experiences for couples and their guests. Here, Catherine Smith, wedding coordinator at The Grand, shares her advice on creating the ultimate five-star wedding.

 

Venue

Securing your dream venue is the first step on your way to creating the ultimate luxury wedding. There’s no substitute for stunning architecture and original features which serve as the perfect backdrop for your special day, as well as surrounding landmarks and unbeatable views for your wedding photography.

 

Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa ‘May we Marry’ 2019 Weddings Flash Sale

Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa

Inspired by the Royal Wedding and looking for the perfect venue for 2019? Crabwall Manor Hotel & Spa are delighted to announce their ‘May we Marry’ wedding flash sale.

Couples wishing to make a saving on their upcoming nuptials will need to be ready to register their interest for 2019 weddings at the hotel on Sunday 13th or Sunday 20th May for an exclusive discount. 

crabwall manor hotelOnce registered, couples have until 5pm on Thursday 31st May to pay their £500 deposit to secure their dream wedding with 10% off! Even better still, the first 10 couples to place their deposit will be rewarded with an additional 5% off!