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We’re so lucky to have so many beautiful weddings here at Woodhall Manor. We wanted to share some of these with you so you can be inspired for ideas on your special day!

Miguel & Emma

Summer Wedding

“We wanted our wedding to reflect our different cultures. We had a Pimms reception on the terrace, garden games on the lawn and a very English wedding breakfast; to show off Miguel’s Venezuelan roots we had a piñata in the courtyard and hora loca in the evening.”

Photography: Caroline Opacic Photography

It’s all about you

What made Woodhall Manor stand out for you?

We knew that we wanted somewhere that accommodated all of us guests comfortably, was safe for children of all ages, had a number of socialising spaces and beautiful gardens.

We found all of that at Woodhall.  We had particular requirements for our wedding; we wanted it to be bilingual and a day that reflected our English and Venezuelan cultures. Woodhall ticked all our boxes! We knew from our first meeting that Woodhall was where we wanted to get married.

How supported did you feel in the planning process?

The staff were just perfect! Miguel and I planned our wedding from Switzerland – which we initially thought was going to be difficult, but we were so wrong.

Every person that we spoke to at Woodhall got back to us promptly and answered all our questions. The team were so kind in their responses, they helped us to plan a day that we will never forget!

 

What was your theme? Any favourite unique touches?

We wanted our wedding to reflect our different cultures. We had a Pimms reception on the terrace, garden games on the lawn and a very English wedding breakfast; to show off Miguel’s Venezuelan roots we had a piñata in the courtyard and hora loca in the evening.

The DJ was happy to turn a wedding party on its head and play traditional wedding music alongside salsa and merengue.  Woodhall was a beautiful backdrop for our bilingual wedding.

Favourite moment of the day?

I have so many favourite moments and too many to count!

My top ones were when my dad walking into the ‘secret room’ and saw me in my dress, watching all the children playing with the garden games in the sunshine, being married in Spanish by Miguel’s best man, staying up late in the manor with special friends and family and talking nonsense into the early hours!

 

With several ceremony spaces available, where did you choose and why?

We knew that we needed a large space and the ballroom room was perfect for us. We hadn’t considered getting married outside but this was a welcomed option. Sadly the weather didn’t permit it, but it didn’t ruin our day! We got married in the beautiful ballroom, which was decorated with summer flowers that matched the bridal party.

Tell us all about your food! What did you choose and why?

We loved that we could offer our guests a choice of what to eat. This really gave our day an extra bit of luxury.  Miguel and I went to the food tasting event and loved the shoulder of lamb and Suffolk pork dishes. As for dessert, the chocolate brownies were to die for and were an easy choice. We had many guests with dietary requirements and the chef at Woodhall was able to cater to everyone’s needs. He even made us some traditional Venezuelan arepas the next morning for breakfast!

With unlimited photo opportunities, where was your favourite spot?

Miguel and I invited many guests to our wedding; friends and family from all over the world. One photo that I will treasure is the group shot of everyone in the rose garden that was taken from the manor. Our guests have really enjoyed trying to find themselves in the crowd!

Our photographer Caroline, took us to one side for some time to ourselves, walking underneath the veranda and having our photos taken amongst the flowers. It was a magical moment for us.

Tell us about your evening reception, did you party the night away?

Our evening reception started after the speeches and was kicked off with our first dance and cutting of the cake. We really did party all night, especially during the Hora Loca (crazy hour) which involved fancy dress costumes, whistles and strange hats. The DJ played usual wedding music, as well as salsa and merengue which is typical in South America weddings. Before the wedding, we sent through a list of songs that the DJ was more than happy to play during the party.

Did you and your overnight guests enjoy the after-party experience?

Our family and close friends stayed in the manor and cottage accommodation. This was great for us as it wasn’t a long walk to bed after hours of dancing. Everyone loved their rooms – they were totally luxurious and really comfortable. The breakfast the next morning was delicious and helped to soothe any sore heads! Our family members with small children really appreciated having space to take their children for a nap during the day. The rollout beds were perfect for the older children.

Any suppliers that you would recommend to others? 

We knew straight away that we wanted Caroline as our photographer.  She came highly recommended and we loved her photos. She took so many great shots, read the wedding so well and captured so many magical moments.

Sarah was my hair and makeup lady! She and her colleague were brilliant.  They came early to the venue and worked quickly to beautify the bridesmaids and me! We couldn’t fault them, they were so professional and skilled!

Chris & Rachel

Summer Wedding

“Our theme was the outdoors / Suffolk / dogs, this worked really well at Woodhall Manor with a majority of our day being spent outside and the inclusion of our three cocker spaniels! Coupled with Woodhall being a grand Suffolk manor this really was our dream location.”

Photography:  Winson Saunders Photography

It’s all about you

What made Woodhall Manor stand out for you?

One of the biggest draws for us was the availability to have our dogs as part of our special day. We also loved how the venue flowed from the house through to the gardens and onto the courtyard and bar area.

How supported did you feel in the planning process?

The planning process was very smooth and someone was always on hand for any questions we had big or small.

What was your theme? Any favourite unique touches?

Our theme was the outdoors, Suffolk and dogs, this worked really well at Woodhall Manor with a majority of our day being spent outside and the inclusion of our three cocker spaniels! Coupled with Woodhall being a grand Suffolk manor this really was our dream location.

With several ceremony spaces available, where did you choose and why?

Our ceremony was held a nearby church, St. Andrews in Melton.

Favourite moment of the day?

Our favourite moment was our first dance and then carrying on the celebrations with all our guests on the dance floor for the evening, it worked really well having the outside courtyard and the large dance floor with bar area.

Tell us all about your food! What did you choose and why?

We had a BBQ because we wanted to have a relaxed and outdoor theme for our wedding day, the food exceeded our expectations with a real variety of bbq food catering for gluten free, vegetarian and other allergies!

Plus we went back for seconds! We also highly recommend the trio of desserts!

With unlimited photo opportunities, where was your favourite spot?

Out in the fields in-front of Woodhall Manor with our doggies, they were some of our best pictures as the sun was gradually setting.

The aerial shot from the honeymoon suite of all our guests was a great photo too!

Tell us about your evening reception, did you party the night away?

Yes we did! We partied until 12 o’clock on the dance floor with a live band. We also had a pizza oven outside for the peckish guests which went down a storm.

Those that wanted a quieter evening were able to use an adjoining room where our cake and endless tea & coffee was available, it had something for everyone.

Did you and your overnight guests enjoy the afterparty experience?

We all had a very long and exhausting day, some of our guests made use of the Manor Bar, where we had bacon rolls and a few night caps until the early hours.

Champagne breakfast the following morning is a great way to see your closest family and friends to chat through the day before. We also stayed in the adjoining cottage with our three dogs, it was lovely to enjoy an early morning walk as husband and wife around the grounds of Woodhall Manor.

Any suppliers that you would recommend to others? 

Yes! We would recommend all of our suppliers.

  • Winston Sanders photography
  • Browns Films (videographer)
  • W Flowers
  • Groovetails (live band)
  • Strictly Photo Booth
  • Trouble & Strife (vintage industrial hire)
  • Arbutus String Trio
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