A weekend wedding gives you time to soak up every special moment and create treasured memories that will last a lifetime.
Surrounded by beautiful Essex countryside, Hedingham Castle offers couples the chance to take their vows in a historic estate and spend quality time with loved ones over three wonderful days.
We talk to venue marketing manager Steffi Dry, who shares six important things to consider when planning your dream wedding weekend.
1. The place
When choosing a venue for your wedding, you will undoubtedly want a location that has stunning aesthetics but also the ability to accommodate all of your guests. From the imposing 900-year-old castle walls to the elegant mansion with its landscaped lawns, the Hedingham Estate offers plenty of picturesque settings for every style of celebration.
“The chateau’s candlelit banquet hall is perfect for romantic ceremonies, with its striking double-height stone archway and beautiful acoustics if you choose to have a string quartet,” says Steffi. “You will have exclusive use of the entire estate for 48 hours, including access to 160 acres of beautiful gardens with a Tudor bridge and a lake for scenic photos.”
Depending on the size of your guest list, the cocktail party can take place in the chateau or in the mansion and lawns, followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom marquee.
Having a special place for you and your guests is an essential part of your wedding weekend. The Hedingham Estate has two luxury accommodation options for the wedding party and guests, each outfitted with their own unique features.
“The boutique Garden Cottage, which sleeps up to four, is ideal for the bridal party to relax and prepare for the big day, and can be transformed into a romantic retreat for the newlywed couple on the night of the wedding. wedding,” Steffi reveals.
“The Medieval Lodge is also available for hire, providing spacious accommodation for parties of up to 17 people. If you are looking for a festival themed wedding, yurts can be set up for a luxurious summer glamping experience.”
3. Food and drink
Restoration is one of the most memorable elements of a wedding celebration and as such it requires special attention. Choosing a venue that offers flexible dining options will allow you to tailor a dining experience for you and your guests.
“Our expert chefs will work with you to design a weekend menu that reflects your wishes,” says Steffi. “We offer three fantastic dining options with flexible menus, ranging from wood-fired pizzas, street food and sharing platters to three-course meals, pork roasts and fish and chip dinners.”
For weekend packages in Hedingham, catering includes casual dining and drinks on the first night, wedding breakfasts, canapes and a three-course dinner and dinner, plus brunch in the Tapestry Room of the castle on the last day.
4. The Weekend Flow
Your wedding is one of the best days of your life, which is why it’s so important that it goes exactly as planned. “Our in-house wedding coordinators can meticulously plan every detail from start to finish and will devote their attention to your needs to ensure the weekend goes off without a hitch,” says Steffi.
A Hedingham weekend itinerary can be tailored to your vision, with inspiring ideas to help the day flow from activity to activity. “Whether you want catch-up cocktails in the castle garrison, ice-breaking garden games or relaxing activities such as outdoor yoga and archery on the morning of the wedding, our team can help you plan a variety of entertainment and activities,” says Steffi.
5. Suppliers and finishes
From photographers and musicians to bakers and florists, the vendors you choose can host the entire weekend. “We can recommend our trusted suppliersbut we are also happy to work with whoever our couples want, to make sure their day is unique to them,” says Steffi.
The Hedingham team can also take care of thoughtful details to enhance the guest experience, from in-room welcome packs to acoustic bands to keep everyone entertained while you have your photo taken, or even a fly-over. from a nearby airfield.
“We’ve had amazing entertainment and wedding themes in years past and can customize every detail to make it a talking point for years to come,” adds Steffi.
6. The region
Just over an hour’s drive from London, Hedingham Castle is set amongst picturesque villages and countryside on the border of Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. “Guests can take a leisurely stroll around the ancient ramparts and quiet woods in the castle grounds, or set out to explore the village and surrounding towns,” says Steffi.
The location is also well located for travelling, close to Braintree station and links to the A120 and A131.