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 splendour of Seckford Hall.
How long does it take to plan a wedding?
This can vary hugely from 5 weeks 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 9- 12 months in advance. This allows couples to find the best photographers, florists and other suppliers who can often get booked up many months in advance, whilst the last minute wedding can get a great deal on some quality suppliers at sometimes half the price.
Can you accommodate any size of wedding?
At Seckford Hall we can accommodate up 160 guests in The Great Hall for a ceremony with a further, 160 guests for dining in the adjoining Garden Pavilion. Of course we also cater for smaller, intimate weddings in either the Great Hall, Mulberry Suite or in the main hotel & restaurant itself. We have a number of rooms to suit your needs, just talk to us and we can guide you to your best options
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 couples initially come to us with a clear view of 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.
What Type of Wedding?
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.
We also have the option to place a large pole marquee to the side of the hotel to cater for weddings up to 300 guests. We have had some wonderful Asian weddings in this space and amazing photos and comments to prove it!
Smaller, intimate gatherings for close family and friends can also be hosted with just as much care and attention.
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 barbecues, hog roasts, pizza or traditional wedding buffets. You may fancy a DJ and disco or perhaps a string quartet or steel drums?
We once hosted 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 (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 couples choose to have a sit-down meal with a top table, speeches, cake cutting, toasts and an evening reception. That said, lately, we have hosted some wonderful garden weddings, with Pimms stations, garden games and scrummy afternoon teas!
We also perform civil ceremonies at the hotel; both indoor and outdoor. This is very popular as couples enjoy their entire wedding in one location, taking out a layer of stress and making the day more relaxed.
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 couple 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.
For on the day, take a moment now and then to look around, smile and enjoy the day together, it goes really fast so take a few of those mental pictures to remember forever.
What questions should we ask?
We always go through every detail of the whole day with the couple. However, if you are planning anything unusual we recommend asking questions plenty of time in advance and not just before the wedding day.
We are here to help and have many years of experience planning weddings so ask away. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question, most of us have not done this before so we are here to help with that.