Your wedding day is one of the most joyful occasions ever and creates special memories not just for yourselves, but for your guests too. At Seckford Hall we have decades of experience and plenty of expertise in arranging everything required to create your perfect wedding celebrations. You may like a lavish reception with plenty of guests, or perhaps a smaller, more intimate gathering for close friends and family only. Whatever style of wedding celebration you choose, our friendly and skilled team will organise every detail so you can relax and enjoy your special day in the splendor of Seckford Hall.
- What type of weddings can you organise at Seckford Hall?
Within reason we can do pretty much anything! Whatever the style of wedding celebration you choose, the team at Seckford Hall are capable of organising every detail. For larger weddings the newly refurbished Lakeside Suite, overlooking the beautiful gardens, has been a firm favourite for many years, seating 120 comfortably. We also have the facility to erect a large marquee on the back of the Lakeside Suite. Smaller, intimate gatherings for close family and friends can also be accommodated.
Each wedding reception is unique and the seating arrangements, choice of food and music will vary according to a couple’s individual preference. We can arrange bar-b-ques, hog roasts, or traditional wedding buffets. You may fancy a DJ and disco or perhaps a string quartet? We once had a medieval themed wedding where the groom arrived in a suit of armour! We’ve also had couples wanting to surprise their guests with their choice of menu. One particular couple were great connoisseurs of food and chose sausage and mash followed by Angel Delight (and that really took everyone by surprise!).
- What type of weddings are the most popular?
As Seckford Hall is set in such romantic surroundings, we find that a traditional style of wedding is still hugely popular. Most bride and grooms choose to have a sit down meal with a top table, speeches, cake cutting, toasts and an evening reception. We cater for civil ceremonies too, which are becoming more popular as the bride and grooms enjoy having the entire wedding in one location.
- What one main piece of advice would you offer couples?
We believe it is really important to plan the wedding day YOU want, not what everybody else wants. The bride and groom can often feel pressure from family members or friends to do things in a certain way. It’s your day, and we think it is really important to remember this.
- What questions should we ask?
We always go through every detail of the whole day with the bride and groom. However, if you are planning anything unusual we recommend asking questions plenty of time in advance and not just before the wedding day. For example, it would be so disappointing if you were booking a ten-piece band only to find out there’s not enough space to accommodate them in the room with all your wedding guests present!
- How long does it take to plan a wedding?
This can vary hugely from three months to two years. Whirlwind romances can sometimes mean we only have a few weeks to organise celebrations – but that’s not a problem! Generally, most people tend to book their weddings a good year to eighteen months in advance. This also allows us to find the best photographers, florists and other suppliers who can often get booked up many months in advance too.
- Can you accommodate any size of wedding?
At Seckford Hall we can accommodate up 120 people in our Lakeside Suite, 140 with a marquee added on. Of course we can also cater for smaller, intimate weddings in our Lakeside Suite, Mulberry Suite or in the main hotel restaurant itself.
- How much should couples expect to spend?
One of the biggest concerns wedding couples have is budget and whether they can have the wedding day they want with the money they have allocated. Most bride and grooms initially come to us with a clear view on what they want and we always try and work together to achieve this. However, occasionally it can mean comprising in some areas to stay within the budget. The cost will ultimately depend on the type of wedding required. If the budget is not going to allow the wedding you would like, we will suggest ways of making savings. For example, getting married mid-week or out of season can often cost much less and suppliers also tend to reduce their rates at these times too.
- Tell us about your background in organising weddings
Seckford Hall has been successfully organising weddings for many generations. It is wonderful to find ourselves now planning and hosting the wedding receptions of adults whose parents had also got married at the hotel! Trends and themes may come and go along the way, but ultimately it is our pleasure to take away any stress or strains, leaving you to enjoy the magical day you’ve always dreamed of.