Venues & Receptions

The Day of your Wildest Dreams: Bespoke Weddings at Cliff Barns Ranch in Norfolk

 Cliff Barns Ranch in Norfolk

Deluxe country ranch, Cliff Barns is Norfolk’s ultimate escape for the most unforgettable, day of your life. Tailoring your big day to every individual idea and unique wish, say “I do”and celebrate in style in the cool surrounds of Cliff Barns, designed by Shaun Clarksonand set across four acres of unspoilt Norfolk countryside.

The inspired eccentric English country home clearly displays the vision of the incomparable interior designer Shaun Clarkson and set designer Russell Hall, think wild taxidermy, cowhide sofas, Aztec rugs, tartan and vintage floral fabrics and river rock fireplaces offset with tee-pees and wooden wagon-wheel chandeliers. 

The Ceremony

The on trend country-style wedding

flower display

Gone are the days of simply picking a colour for your wedding day. Today’s couples not only tend to select a whole colour palette, but they also work to a theme when styling their dream wedding.

A trend appearing in more and more weddings is shabby chic / country garden with plenty of bunting, old apple crates and paper pompoms helping to achieve the look.

Have a look through some of Hylands House wedding styling ideas for your own country themed wedding...

• collect old jam jars, decorate with lace and twine and fill with gypsophila to display around your wedding venue

Choose a Venue for all Seasons

Thomas Harper, Hirings Manager, Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex gives advice on how your wedding can be a total success whether there is snow on the ground or if you are basking in a heatwave. 

To give extra flexibility to your wedding date, it's good to look at venues that are suitable for a once in a lifetime event -  no matter what the season.  Some places such as Hylands House also have price scales when it is less expensive to hire in the Autumn and Winter. With our British weather it is good to look at venues that can handle all four seasons in one day!

The Five Most Important Wedding Venue Tips

The Banqueting Room at Hylands House

Thomas Harper, Hirings Manager at the Award-Winning Hylands House, Essex, gives the top tips on what to consider when hiring a wedding venue. 

It can take time to find your perfect wedding venue so ensure you start planning for it as soon as possible. Work out you budget and see as many locations as you can to gain a greater idea of what is available so that you do achieve your dream wedding.  

1. Location

Historic venue offers ideal setting for dream weddings

dream weddings

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL HALLS PROMOTES GRAND SCALE WEDDING OFFERING

An historical central London venue is expanding the range and breadth of its offering to brides to be, promoting an extensive list of caterers and services to offset its grand backdrop.  

The Royal Horticultural Halls Lindley Hall, which first opened in 1904 and regularly hosts events for London Fashion Week, international car launches and major exhibitions, is a popular venue for luxury and grand scale weddings due to its expansive, prestigious backdrop.   The Hall’s period features, which include an Edwardian glass vaulted ceiling space, and an impressive North Annexe which can be dressed as a bar or separate chill out area, comprise 875 square metres of customisable space (equivalent to 450 guests).  

Top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

Hampton Court

Jo Jennings, Events Manager at Hampton Court Palace – cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces – offers brides-to-be some top tips to plan the perfect winter wedding  

1. Utilise the early sunset to enhance your venue with lighting – this can be so effective and can really create an atmosphere for your guests to enjoy 

2. Enhance the seasonality of winter with your choice of flowers and décor. Using Christmas trees as your table plan is a fun alternative to a sensible easel – simply hang the different table names off the branches 

The nine most unusual places to get married

The nine most unusual places to get married

Weddings are all about garnering memories that can be remembered and cherished forever. Getting married in a venue that’s a little less ‘run of the mill’ than traditional church and registry office venues can certainly help craft a magical and memorable wedding. If you’re looking to tie the knot in a quirky location, the following nine most unusual places to get married might give you the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

1. Themed castle weddings

The Vault offers weddings and events in new function room

A UNIQUE leisure facility run by people with autism and learning difficulties is now taking bookings for weddings and other events.

The Vault, formerly the Rivers Edge Hotel in Gateshead, is set to become the UK’s first hotel for young people with a range of learning difficulties. Last month it unveiled an American style diner which serves the public and local businesses.

Now the development has moved on a stage further with the opening of its new function room, which will cater for weddings, meetings and other occasions.

The room will hold up to 120 people and has been designed to give young trainees the chance to learn about another aspect of the hospitality industry.

Rural idyll Blackwell Grange the destination for Cotswolds weddings

Blackwell Grange Wedding Venue

Steeped in history, Blackwell Grange is an award-winning working farm that has also previously been run as a successful racehorse yard. Set amidst beautiful, unspoiled countryside and framed by sweeping rural views the venue is complemented by a beautiful country garden, herb garden and woodland dell.

The farm is home to pedigree sheep and free range bantams and is surrounded by picturesque villages, all adding to its rural charm.

Make yours a magical Moroccan marriage

Villa

An opulent resort set in 20 acres of palms, banana trees, roses, bougainvillea and bird-song, the Es Saadi Gardens & Resort is an oasis of Moroccan splendour in the heart of Marrakech’s Golden Triangle.  Couples looking for an exotic and truly magical spot in which to begin their lives together need look no further. Es Saadi’s striking setting looking out onto the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, near the bustling souks and Jemaa El Fnaa square, is the ideal location for a truly unique and glamourous destination wedding.

The 2016 Winter Wedding Guide:

Best Value Destinations 

Brides and grooms looking to escape the typical British weather on their big day could bag a bargain by choosing a wedding venue abroad, new research has revealed.  With the rising cost of weddings in the UK and no guarantee of sunshine on the big day, it is no surprise that more brides are choosing to tie the knot overseas. 

The research, carried out by The Money Shop, looked into a range of wedding packages, flights and the cost of a honeymoon at locations across the world, including Australia, Canada, Mexico and Fiji. 

Pennsylvania Castle – How to Keep Children Entertained.

Pensylvania Castle outside

Pennsylvania Castle on the Isle of Portland is one of Dorset’s top wedding venues. Perched on a cliff top with stunning sea views and idyllic gardens, the fairy tale castle is perfect for intimate and bespoke indoor or outdoor weddings. 

With more children attending their parents’ weddings than ever before, it is only right that the children should be treated like royalty too. Getting the right balance of inclusion but without disruption is a balancing act that Penn Castle have perfected over many years. Pennsylvania Castle is very fortunate to have a great relationship with a wonderful nanny service, who are experts at keeping all small people occupied throughout their time at The Penn.

Wedding advice from Bobby Gardner

outside venue

Bobby Gardner is the wedding coordinator at the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, a luxury boutique spa hotel, in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Located on the edge of the North York Moors, and having hosted weddings for many years, the hotel has just launched its first ever exclusive use wedding package, which focuses on the venue’s unique qualities and attributes that make it the perfect location for a personal, individualised wedding.

The Engine Shed a truly unique venue

Engine Shed

The Engine Shed is based in the heart of picturesque Wetherby and began its life as a goods shed on the Harrogate to Church Fenton railway line. Now a Grade II listed building, The Engine Shed has been superbly renovated to create a truly unique venue. The Engine Shed Wetherby is a family-run business and is renowned for its friendly service. Your wedding day is only limited by your own creativity and imagination, so let us be a part of the wedding of your dreams.

The Engine Shed is licensed to hold Civil Ceremonies, offering a unique alternative to the Registry Office. The two main areas include:

The Mezzanine