It’s a *Wonderful Wedding Wednesday* and *Sparkle Pearls and Lace* is introducing a new feature today… *Wonderful Wedding Venues*
This new segment will highlight spectacular venues and what they can offer you for your wedding day. Our first venue that we shall be showcasing is the stunning *Waddesdon Manor* in Buckinghamshire.
*Waddesdon Manor* is my local National Trust property and was the first place my husband and I visited when we moved to the area. We now visit at least four times a year – once in each season, as the property and grounds look divine in all seasons.
We have been ‘regulars’ here for for five years now – visiting exhibitions, walks in the lovely gardens, lunches, dinners, afternoon teas, Christmas fairs and even a summer picnic concert to see Jools Holland and his orchestra. My personal favourite time of the year at Waddesdon has to be spring when the tulips are blooming and the birds are singing. Even if you are not planning a wedding, Waddesdon Manor is such a lovely day out with so much to see.
When I found out that weddings were hosted here, I was terribly excited at the thought of couples being able to share in a piece of this glory. The venue is beautiful with a choice of two wedding locations, the grounds are gorgeous, the staff are so helpful and your day would be perfect!
You can see for yourself how fabulous Waddesdon Manor is:
An opportunity to view two stunning wedding venues, and also meet our experienced events team and suppliers that can help to deliver the day of your dreams! Drop in throughout the day to the Dairy and the Five Arrows Hotel to discuss your plans and ask any questions, or just to have a look around. For more information about weddings at Waddesdon please see http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/weddings-at-waddesdon
The incredibly helpful Kathryn Hobbs of Waddesdon Manor has kindly highlighted for us why it is such a *Wonderful Wedding Venue*
*The History of Waddesdon Manor*
Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild from 1877 to display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world. It combines the highest quality 18th-century French decorative arts with magnificent English portraits and Dutch Old Master paintings with one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, famous for its parterre and ornate working Aviary. It was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957 and is now managed by a family charitable trust under the chairmanship of Lord Rothschild.
The Dairy is a beautiful Victorian building, set in private grounds, overlooking a tranquil lake. The perfect venue for exclusive entertaining, with vaulted ceilings, open fires and pavilions that extend out over the water to make the most of warm summer evenings.
The Five Arrows is a small hotel boasting 16 bedrooms of character and charm and is built on the site of the old coaching inn. This Grade II listed building was originally used to accommodate the architects, craftsmen and artisans working on the Manor itself. Today, the hotel boasts a 2 AA rosette restaurant and an extensive Rothschild wine list.
* Why are The Dairy and The Five Arrows wedding venues that should be considered by couples?
The Dairy is very architecturally striking and built using materials of the highest standard, from the Ancaster stone floors, to the solid oak doors, every inch of the building oozes luxury. With its waterside setting and total exclusivity for your special day guaranteed, this venue offers the perfect surroundings for couples to plan their dream wedding!
The Five Arrows Hotel has been recently updated and now offers a total of 16 bedrooms, each with a unique character, and its own private hire venue the Old Coach House, which has been refurbished with new external doors, flooring and chairs. Perfect for more intimate weddings of up to 70 guests. The Five Arrows has a 2 AA rosette restaurant and has received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, awarded based on the reviews left by its clients.
Bespoke menus are available at both venues, and our experienced and friendly events team are on hand to help with every stage of planning and delivering your special day.
* What kind of experience do you hope that the Dairy and the Five Arrows Hotel provide for a wedding day?
Our experienced and friendly events team are on hand to help with every stage of planning and delivering this most special day. We encourage couples to make the day individual to them through bespoke menus and small touches that tailor the venue to their particular celebration and we aim to provide the highest level of personal service throughout.
* How does Waddesdon ensure that the wedding ceremony is truly magical?
The Dairy has a unique lakeside setting for al fresco summer ceremonies, and during the winter the twin Ancaster stone fireplaces in the West Hall can be lit, creating a wonderful wintery atmosphere at this time of year.
The Old Coach House at The Five Arrows has a quaint rustic feel which lends itself beautifully to smaller celebrations at all times of year.
Both venues have a list of preferred suppliers who can help to dress the ceremony room as to the clients’ tastes and wishes and help to make the surroundings special and individual to them.
* How can Waddesdon Manor enhance a couple’s wedding photographs?
Whilst the Five Arrows Hotel and The Dairy provide ample opportunity for beautiful wedding photography both inside and out, there is also an option for couples to have photographs taken within the grounds of Waddesdon Manor if they would like to do so.
* How does Waddesdon ensure that delicious catering is provided?
Waddesdon provide a bespoke menu service at both The Five Arrows Hotel and The Dairy, so that couples can tailor their menu to suit their guests and their special occasion. Tastings can also be arranged.
* Will couples have exclusive use of the venue on their wedding day?
The Dairy is hired for weddings on an exclusive use only basis. The Five Arrows Hotel offers the Old Coach House venue on an exclusive use basis only for the ceremony and wedding breakfast, and there is an option for wedding clients to book all of the bedrooms to ensure exclusive use of the hotel.
* How many guests can be catered for?
The Dairy can accommodate wedding receptions of up to 160 guests, and The Five Arrows can accommodate receptions of up to 120 guests. Marquee options are also available if required, and we have preferred suppliers that we can recommend in this instance.
* Are there any restrictions as to when weddings can take place?
No, weddings take place all year round at both venues.
* Is Waddesdon Manor well connected for wedding guests travelling long distances?
Yes absolutely, Waddesdon village is located an hour and a half from central London by car, and in close proximity to the M40, A41 and A34. There is a regular train service from nearby Aylesbury Vale Parkway or Aylesbury train stations into London.
* What accommodation is available for wedding guests?
The Five Arrows Hotel boasts 16 bedrooms of character and charm, and in Waddesdon village there are a number of Bed and Breakfast accommodations, along with some larger hotels in nearby Aylesbury and Bicester, notably the National Trust Hotel Hartwell House and Spa which is located on the edge of the Waddesdon Estate in nearby Stone, and with whom we have preferential room rates.
A huge thank you to Kathryn for all of her help and it is clear to see why *Waddesdon Manor* is such a wonderful wedding venue – a perfect setting for a spectacular wedding!
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