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We’ve finally chosen our venue! We went to see it last week, and went back yesterday to put down the deposit. So it’s official!

Our venue is…

Shottle Hall!

Me, J and my Mum all went to see it last Monday, when the weather was gorgeous, and we all just went “wow”.

The Orangery is gorgeous. Full length windows, starlit ceiling, baby grand piano, beautiful big chandelier, just perfect.

And, it’s got two bridal suites! J prefers the first one (the Red room), whereas I prefer the second one (the Rococo room). They’re both so different, so it’s hard to choose which we use! At least we’ve got 2 years to decide!

It’s just the perfect venue, and I’m so excited to be able to plan all the other details now! I have sorted a couple of other things out, so will post about them soon.

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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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Wedding Fayres

So, as my first proper post, I thought I’d tell you about my experiences with wedding fayres! We decided to go to the fayres in order to primarily look around the venues, in order to choose the reception venue. So I’ll do a little report on each of them so far.

I went to my first last month, at Breadsall Priory.

Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel and Country Club

Looks lovely in pictures, and the old building is gorgeous. However, wasn’t really my cup of tea in the end. I wasn’t expecting to like it anyway, so this just cemented that fact! However, I did get to meet the lovely ladies from Layers Cakes, who we’re now pretty sure we’re going to have our cake from, so it wasn’t all bad!



Lovely old building

Great surroundings/grounds

Close to the church



We’d need to hire the biggest room, which is in the new building, so not as nice as the old building

Tooooo many golfers about

They have more than 1 wedding a day

Bit poncy!


We went to the next fayre a couple of weeks ago, at Horsley Lodge.

Again, another lovely looking venue. Before J and I got engaged, this was my dream venue. I’d been looking at it for so long and dreaming about when I’d have my wedding there! So I was looking forward to the wedding fayre. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. It wasn’t what I expected at all, and left me feeling a bit deflated. However, the fayre itself was good, I was able to speak to a great photographer who showed me photos he’d taken at all my potential venues. I also got to sit in some really lovely vintage cars, so I definitely want a vintage car now!



Close to the church

Quite cheap

Guests have a choice at the wedding breakfast



You only get one room out of quite a big building

The “wedding garden” is tiny and has no grass!



Last weekend, we went to Makeney Hall.

Another lovely venue. I was actually suprised with how nice it was, as it’s hard to tell from the website. They also had the rooms set up as they would be for either a ceremony or reception, which was nice in order to visualise how it would look. So far, Makeney is in the lead! All in all it was a good fair, as we booked Field Photographic as our TOG, who we met at Horsley Lodge! So that’s another thing ticked off the list!



Lovely building/reception rooms

Plenty of nice places for photos

Not too far from church



A little expensive

Not sure whether they have more than one wedding a day

The nicer room isn’t big enough for evening reception

Didn’t make me go “wow!”


So far, I’m not convinced! We’re going to Dovecliffe Hall this weekend, Shottle Hall in April, and I have to contact Sutton Bonington Hall to view as it’s their fayre the same day as Dovecliffe. Hopefully one of them will blow me away!

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