What is the best thing about having an Open Day? You might think that it’s an opportunity for the owners to showcase what the venue has to offer, give prospective couples the chance to browse around while relaxing and chatting with family and friends, or give some prospective clients a chance to meet some of our trusted suppliers… but it it much more than that!
What I have learnt in the chance conversation I had with some clients and by listening to snippets of conversation during our OPEN DAY is this: our couples have LOADS MORE QUESTIONS that they would like answered and seeing Chapelgarth Estate has all but tickled their curiosity! So here we go…. I am going to give this a stab and try and answer some of the questions which were on people’s lips, if not on people’s minds..
Couples love having a blank canvas for planning their wedding, yet when they arrive at Chapelgarth Estate one or two may well be wondering…
HOW DO I USE THE SPACE?
Chapelgarth Estate is very versatile and may adapt to your vision, but some pointers on how best to use our rooms according to your number of guests are essential. The secret of a successful wedding party is that the space matches the number of guests -you don’t want them to be too squished for too long and yet you also must avoid to have too much space! The latter is by far the worst option as too much space will result in a non-organic, possibly even soulless vibe.. and that is definitely not what you want!
WHY SHOULD I HAVE A WEDDING WEEKEND AND HIRE THE WHOLE HOUSE FOR TWO NIGHTS?
The magic of our venue is that Chapelgarth becomes YOUR HOME on your wedding weekend. This means that your nearest and dearest are there to help you host the party: max 15 people can stay in the main house. Our spacious kitchen is often the hub of the house – whether on the evening before or on the day of the wedding..
I HAVE BETWEEN 30 AND 60 GUESTS – HOW CAN I USE THE SPACE EFFECTIVELY?
If you are having your wedding ceremony at Chapelgarth Estate you can choose from different function rooms:
If you are having up to 30 people for the actual ceremony, and you are after an intimate and elegant feel I recommend our Lower Drawing Room – this will be set up as ceremony room from when you arrive on the Friday – you may want to decorate and style it that evening..
Once your ceremony has taken place you may choose from different outside spaces: the front lawn or the courtyard for your drinks, photos and tossing of the bouquet..
Our courtyard is a versatile space that may be used for your drinks, wedding breakfast or just as chill out space, if you are choosing to have the wedding breakfast in our Artist’s Studio. If you are having a blessing with a celebrant this is the perfect outside space!
If you are worried about the weather.. we’ve got it covered.. from May 2019 all summer packages will include our 9X9m pagodas – with or without sides depending on the type of day it is!
I AM HAVING A SMALL WEDDING AND WANT TO GET MARRIED IN LOW SEASON: CAN WE DO THIS?
Yes! If you have up to 50-60 guests you may get married in the Upper Drawing Room and then have your wedding breakfast in the Studio.. Round tables or Long tables? it’s up to you..
I HAVE 60-80 GUESTS: WHAT ARE OUR OPTIONS?
As far as the ceremony is concerned, you are limited to 70 people within the Artist’s Studio, which is our biggest licensed room. It can look gorgeous styled by one of the many wonderful suppliers available..
For the Wedding breakfast, we recommend using the courtyard space – you may be in luck and have a summer Mediterranean style evening.. but if not our all-inclusive Summer Pagodas will keep your guests dry..
WHAT ABOUT THE DANCE FLOOR?
For weddings up to 70-80 guests we recommend that you have your wedding breakfast in the courtyard and comeback in the Studio with your dancing shoes on! We turn the room round for you while you are all enjoying your meal and speeches.. our mezzanine is perfect for DJs or a band. Our wooden floor will keep your guests dancing until midnight!
I HAVE MORE THAN 80 GUESTS… WHAT ARE OUT OPTIONS? KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR MY NEXT BLOG..