Top wedding tips from Surrey venues
PUBLISHED: 10:54 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:54 22 October 2013
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Here we speak to a selection of Surrey’s finest venues and find out their top tips for getting married in our beautiful county...
36-40 London Road, Guildford GU1 2AE Tel: 01483 303030
“The best piece of advice I can give to any prospective bride, groom or parent (!) is to set a budget and stick to it because if you’re not careful money can really start disappearing very quickly,” says general manager Matthew Milliken.
“I have catered hundreds of weddings in my career and the most memorable events are often those organised with imagination and flair; expensive isn’t always a guarantee of success.
“It’s for exactly this reason that here at The Mandolay Hotel we have a strict ‘no hidden extras’ policy. The price we agree is the price that’s paid and that includes everything from the wedding breakfast to chair covers, flowers to drinks reception and red carpet to evening disco.
“Remember that you are in charge and any venue you choose should be proud to work tirelessly on your behalf to deliver the most memorable of all days.”
Guildford GU3 1HS Tel: 01483 405120
“Warm summers like those that we remember from our childhood seem to be making a comeback and, if this trend continues, we’re sure to be offering our special vintage Loseley Ice Cream van to many brides and grooms on their wedding day,” says events manager Sue Grant.
“Equipped with an ice-cream seller, the van is a really fun and an attractive addition to the day that can be positioned on the lawns by our beautiful Tithe Barn for the reception.
“Loseley is synonymous with ice cream, dating back to when production was started from the famous Jersey herd back in 1968, and although it’s no longer made here on the estate itself, it is still sold in the Loseley shop during the open season.”
Denbies Wine Estate
London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA Tel: 01306 876616
“Our beautiful vineyard, England’s largest, will captivate your guests from the moment they arrive to see the 265 acres of vines stretching far into the Surrey Hills,” says assistant general manager Jeannette Simpson.
“Our couples are able to make the most of their vineyard wedding whatever the season. The backdrop for photographs is simply breathtaking (pictured above) and I’d suggest people make sure to take our train to the highest point of the vineyard for stunning views over Box Hill and the North Downs.
“Alternatively, our candlelit and atmospheric vaulted cellar with its magnificent carved oak barrels provides a unique winery setting all year. Perfect for both reception drinks and wedding breakfast.
“My top tip? Don’t allow the weather to interfere with the memories of your special day. Our venue is as unique as you are.”
Fanny’s Farm Shop
Markedge Lane, Merstham RH1 3AW Tel: 01737 554444
“Wherever you get married, be it at the church or a unique location like Fanny’s Farm Tree House, I think you should always have the reception a few miles away,” says Nellie Budd, daughter of owner Fanny Maiklem. “This ensures you can have a great – and sometimes interesting - trip from one to the other with just you and your new partner.
“On my wedding day, I took the trip in a large John Deere Tractor. The M25 was closed but we had the best time stuck in traffic waving at strangers down Reigate High Street. They smiled and we smiled loads!
“It also allowed my husband and I nearly a whole hour on our own to reflect on the start of our marriage. A day for us, with time for just us, before continuing the celebrations with all our friends and family.”