With beautiful sweeping grounds and endless possibilities for wedding in every season, Hilton Puckrup Hall offers a charming setting for couples looking to host their special days in Gloucestershire.
In this expert interview, the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator, Karen Openshaw, gives SoGlos the inside scoop on what it’s like to help couples plan their weddings, along with giving an insight into what the Tewkesbury venue can offer.
As the wedding co-ordinator, I help brides and grooms to arrange their very special day with us, including all of the initial planning and preparations.
Puckrup Hall has its very own Regency Manor House which boasts a magnificent ballroom with its own croquet lawn area for stunning photographs. It also benefits from a beautiful drawing room and library area where guests can mingle with reception drinks.
We usually host around 60 weddings each year.
We recommend that they visit the hotel for a show round to see how lovely Puckrup Hall is and I then sit down with them to discuss their individual requirements to see how we can make their perfect wedding day.
I work with each bride and groom to plan every aspect of their special day to ensure we have all details to be able to host the wedding of their dreams.
We have the Regency Ballroom situated in our Manor House which is a magnificent room and something a little different and very special which can cater for up to 180 guests in the daytime.
We also have a smaller room in the Manor House, which is ideal for ceremonies and celebrations for up to 30 guests, along with the Gloucester Suite in the main hotel, which is a more modern style and can cater for up to 100 guests in the daytime.
It varies but we are currently running a special 2017 promotional offer which is an all-inclusive offer for 50 daytime and 80 evening guests at a cost of £3,800. Our exclusive-use Manor House Lord and Lady of the Manor package costs £95 per person.
Usually yes they do. If they are shown the Ballroom and Manor House areas they seem to quickly be able to imagine themselves using this space for their wedding as it is a private area away from the main hotel, with its own croquet lawn and side gardens for their photos.
I do love to see the bride and groom on their first visit as they are usually bowled over when they see and are always very excited at this stage.
Two days prior to the wedding, couples come in for a handover meeting when they meet with me and their toastmaster for the day who will run the wedding for them. My job is now completed, with all details in place for the toastmaster to follow step-by-step to make their day extra special.
We have a very nice beef chasseur option on our all-inclusive package and this is proving a very popular choice.
We did have a civil ceremony where the ring bearer was a barn owl. This proved to be amazing on the day and luckily the owl flew from the back of the room to where the bride and groom were standing.
Choose a venue and wedding co-ordinator you are comfortable with and feel relaxed straight away when you walk in for the first time.
I am a firm believer in you should be able to enjoy the run up to your wedding celebrations as much as the wedding day itself. There is no need for this planning phase to be stressful at all as we work to a very detailed contract which prompts all of the details we need from the bride and groom.
Don’t make things too complicated and ensure your wedding venue is happy to listen to and incorporate your own ideas for your special day.
Wednesday 27 July 2016
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