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Mini update!!

Sorry for the lack of posting, no major developments but thought I’d give you an update of where we are now.

Shottle Hall

Still haven’t arranged to visit here yet. I did receive an email telling me that they were having a voucher day in their marquee. I emailed the wedding co-ordinator to ask whether the house¬†would be open, but they have a wedding on that day, but I could come to their open day in April, or book an appointment to be shown round. I’m too excited to wait until April, so will be arranging an appointment at the end of this week!



I’ve decided I definately want a Beauford…

Absolutely stunning cars. I have a list of companies that have Beaufords, and will be contacting them all for quotes once we’ve booked the reception venue!
I’ve also been looking online at wedding dresses (even though I’ve decided I won’t actually go shopping until a year before!). Here are some of my favourites so far…
Looking forward to actually trying something on!
Will update again once we’ve seen Shottle.
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Sutton Bonington Hall

Today was the turn of Sutton Bonington Hall.

It looks absolutely stunning on the website, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up before I went. Thankfully, it was even more gorgeous in person than on the website! We were met by the wedding co-ordinator when we arrived, who told us that they don’t have a diary for 2014 yet! She thinks that most people book their venue 6 months in advance, well I’d struggle to arrange mine in that time!

Anyway, she showed us around all the reception rooms, where we’d have the wedding breakfast, and the evening reception, and then took us upstairs to see the bedrooms. They only have 6, but they’re all themed differently, and are very well maintained. The honeymoon suite is absolutely amazing, a huge room with a gorgeous bed and huge windows with fantastic views.



Gorgeous rooms, grounds, and atmosphere

Perfect size

Perfect number of rooms




A railway runs past nearby

Have to wait a while to book


This definitely is the front runner now, I now want to go to Shottle as soon as possible just so I can decide!

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Dovecliff Hall

I think Sunday must have been the busiest day for wedding fayres! I know of at least 3 that took place, so it meant that I had a choice to make!

In the end, I chose here: Dovecliff Hall.

It’s a fairly unknown house about 10 minutes from where we live, and it’s actually lovely. I’d convinced myself before we set off that it wouldn’t be what I wanted, and it wouldn’t be as nice as made out on the website. But I was wrong! It’s a lovely house, beautiful grounds, and we were able to have a nosey around the bedrooms too, which have real character. So I was pleasantly surprised! Dovecliff now takes over from Makeney¬†Hall as the front runner!



Grand, well kept building/rooms

Lovely grounds for photographs

Option to have the whole hall

Close to home



To have the whole hall, our guests have to book all 14 bedrooms

Minimum number of guests in the day is 80


Definitely one to consider…

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