Working at Wedding Venues

Working at Wedding Venues

OM Journals

Why we love wedding venues

Throughout our summer season, we work at a wide range of venues – both private homes and wedding venues. Both have so many benefits – with not many negatives.  A wedding at home, offers an incredible amount of flexibility, with the freedom to do as you wish – but we don’t all have the space to do this!

Thankfully, dotted around the country, there are hundreds of wedding venues, that specifically offer marquee weddings – as opposed to offering wedding barn facilities.

We are very lucky to have strong relationships with some of the best marquee wedding venues in the country (& world)! Today, we will highlight the reasons we like to work with wedding venues, and the benefits they offer to the bride and groom. Each venue presents a distinctive canvas for creativity. The team takes pride in tailoring their marquee offerings to complement the unique characteristics of each location, ensuring a seamless integration that enhances the overall wedding experience. 

 

Planning a wedding is a one off – unless you work in the industry, or wider events industry. It’s unlikely that you have worked on an event of this scale before – so, harnessing knowledge and experience from your suppliers will be invaluable! In our opinion, this is the first, and most important benefit of a wedding venue – they’ve done it before and know what they’re doing! Yes, there may have been a wedding in the same place the week before, but every element of every wedding is on repeat – the church, the caterer, the band, the marquee – all deliver weddings, week in week out – you’re not the first! But use this to your advantage, and pick your suppliers / venue to create your unique day.

It is always an absolute pleasure working with The Original Marquee team, who consistently ensure that the planning process and the build itself is precise, efficient & enjoyable. They always go above and beyond for our couples, offering customer service that is the perfect combination of professional and fun.

Jane Riddell, Planned For Perfection

Each venue presents a distinctive canvas for creativity. The team takes pride in tailoring their marquee offerings to complement the unique characteristics of each location, ensuring a seamless integration that enhances the overall wedding experience.

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An insight into a few of the venues we work at, and can recommend:

The Casterton Grange Estate, designed by iconic 19th Century architect Ewan Christian boasts a history steeped in English tradition.

The house was designed with entertaining in mind. The flexible spaces and interconnecting rooms make Casterton Grange perfect for hosting parties and events of all kinds. It’s a place to relax in, to celebrate in and most importantly, to make memories in.

Cornwell Manor, in Oxfordshire is a beautiful private manor house, set in its own 2000 acres of Cotswold countryside. It is available for private hire weekends each summer, for weddings or parties.

Cornwell manor has two ‘pitches’. The beautiful croquet lawn, at the foot of the renowned steps, and the larger pitch in the parkland adjacent to the church – both super special.

Edenhall Estate is a private estate with luxury accommodation, for up to 70 guests. There is the choice between two spectacular event sites nestled between The Lake District & The Pennines

High Barn sits at the top of the estate, with incredible views of the eastern fells. The second site, is on the estate lawn, overlooking the private late, deer park and the Pennines.

Newington House, Oxfordshire is one of the finest private estates in England. Just an hour from London, this country home is set within 50 acres of impeccable Oxfordshire countryside.

With undisturbed panoramas of Windermere 365 days a year, Silverholme Manor is an unforgettable home from home to make your own. Whisk your guests away with you to the place of your dreams and fall in love in a world that has romanced, not only some of English literature’s greats, but a whole nation.

Culden Faw Estate, Oxfordshire is a 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Within the estate there are many beautiful wedding locations from riverside meadows to the forest opening, our favourite is Greenland’s Park.

Capheaton Hall is a place for people to come and enjoy the very best of Northumberland. It is unbelievably tranquil, old-fashioned and relaxed. Staying here is a chance to make this wonderful place yours and indulge in gentleness, serenity and relaxation. At Capheaton, you are not just visiting a lovely old Estate, you are becoming part of a small but rich and vibrant rural community and we do hope you love it as much as we do.

The house, grounds and estate make Belcombe Court a perfect venue for exclusive, romantic weddings. Belcombe has a licence for civil ceremonies for those couples who would like to get married on site. The plentiful grounds means opportunities are endless.

Cotswold Field of Dreams  offers a truly unique and memorable location for your event, party or wedding. It offers privacy and freedom to do what you want, exactly the way you want to do it. If you are after a site to hire for an event, wedding or party then look no further.

From the point of first contact, and hearing the choice of venue, our team will know immediately the capabilities of the site- where the marquee will go, the best size to fit the space, how the site will be accessed, what ancillary requirements there are, the list goes on.

Essentially putting you on the front foot for planning, removing many what-ifs, and allowing us both to talk about making our offering and your day, bespoke.

Most wedding venues have recommended suppliers – including caterers, planners, loo companies and generator suppliers – meaning there is a collective understanding and expectation amongst suppliers on how to deliver at ‘said’ venue. This is also the same for non-venue weddings. From our side, we learn, and take note of specific requests – making these requests the ‘norm’. We firmly believe that anything we can do to assist our fellow suppliers deliver to the best of their ability benefits our mutual client, exceeding expectations at every opportunity.

As mentioned above, wedding venues will generally operate a ‘recommended supplier list’. This is a list of suppliers that the venue trusts to deliver to the standards expected by the venue. Most lists will include a variety suppliers, to suit different styles, budgets and availability. To ensure you guarantee the service you would expect, we would highly recommend utilising the list – rather than bringing in other suppliers – to avoid any surprises! Also, amongst the lists, make sure you ask suppliers about each other – caterer about marquee, marquee about loos etc.. Each will offer invaluable advice!

Still on supplier lists – the ever-important factor of ‘Sustainability! Almost all venues we work with, work with local suppliers. Suppliers that operate no more than 60 miles of their HQ.

There is two benefits here. Firstly, it means suppliers aren’t traveling excess miles to deliver, thus less fuel, emissions etc.

Secondly, they are nearby should there be a problem – it’s going to be an hour, maybe two to get support when needed.

Many venues come with the option for onsite accommodation. Selecting a wedding venue with accommodation streamlines the celebration, offering unparalleled convenience for both couples and guests. The on-site lodging transforms the venue into a retreat, perfect for destination weddings or scenic locations like the Cotswolds. For couples, it ensures a stress-free environment, allowing them to focus on the joyous moments without logistical concerns. From a logistical perspective, this choice simplifies event planning, ensuring a seamless timeline.

View our recommended supplier lists for the North and South.

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Keep an eye out for our feature on venues over the next few weeks.

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