Gone are the days when you endured a boring church service followed by bubbles and buffet in a garden tent. Weddings are now bespoke, imaginative, fun and hopefully stress free
Mark Forbes of The Mill House Inn near Tintagel has these tips for choosing the ideal venue, ensuring your celebration is not only unforgettable but hassle-free.
1. Bespoke is best
Opting for an outside ceremony? Be sure to choose a flexible venue that allows you to rip up the rule book and head inside on the day if the weather is horrendous.
When it comes to welcome drinks and canapes, choose to hold your reception somewhere that will be open to your requests. Welcome guests with your own special touches such as mini Cornish cream teas or local ciders – not forgetting nibbles for the gluten-dodgers and veggies among your family and friends.
It’s your day so make sure you choose a venue that will create a personal menu reflecting your wish-list, dining style and budget.
2. Carefree ceremony
There can be a lot of wed-min in the lead-up to your wedding day so be sure to choose a venue that can look after both sets of parents, provide a master of ceremonies if needed and keep everything professional, flexible, laid-back and to time.
A great venue will try and exceed the expectations of the bride and groom and look after all the little details: that the candles are lit at the right time, the flowers are there for the speeches, the tables are beautifully laid and staff know all the key names of the bridal party.
‘I need to be there all the time from the first thing in the morning until the last guest has gone to bed,’ says Mark. ‘It’s something I have learned from experience and it’s the only way you can make sure everything will be okay.’
3. … and relax
A good wedding venue won’t just look after your guests but also you – and provide the bride with a lovely relaxed wedding breakfast on the morning of the wedding.
‘These may seem very simple tips, but I can assure you they work,’ says Mark who, along with his team, goes all out to create a very special wedding day for brides and grooms.
The Mill House offers:
• A totally ‘bespoke’ service
• A wedding meal with options for every course (including dietary requirements)
• A standard three course meal with options – choice of three starters, three mains and three desserts
• A sharing meal – think seafood platters, tapas and roast meat platters plus a trio of mini desserts
• Hot or cold buffets – one to three courses
• Barbecue or hog roasts
• A duck race for wedding couples in the mill stream
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