Your North East Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 48)

WYNYARD HALL 01740 644 811 | Situated in 120 acres of beautiful countryside, Wynyard Hall is an exclusive wedding venue with historic touches, magnificent spaces and luxury accommodation. Beyond the beauty of Wynyard Hall lies a fascinating history enriched by a huge cast of characters who all played their part in the venue’s remarkable story. Thanks to the considerable social and political influence of the Londonderry family and their circle of friends, the hall played host to royalty, aristocrats, politicians, diplomats, artists, and writers for generations. The gardens at Wynyard Hall date back to 1623 and visitors can explore the rose garden and discover 3,000 David Austen Roses bursting with colour, plus a fascinating selection of trees and shrubs, water features and meandering paths. The venue is one of the few wedding properties that houses a breathtaking chapel. With stained-glass windows, an Italian marble wall and a 19th-century organ – it’s the most romantic setting for religious weddings with 160 people. There are plenty of other options for civil ceremonies including the Mirror room, the hall’s most magnificent stateroom with an ornate hand-painted ceiling and large mirrors adorning the walls. The location is perfect for civil ceremonies, drinks receptions or small wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, the Ballroom can host stunning ceremonies with 300 people and wedding breakfasts with 180. The exquisite marble and Florentine fireplaces look stunning in photographs. Another option is the Conservatory, which is ideal for the “I dos” with 300 people and 180 for receptions. The area was once filled with the scent of orange and lemon trees, and now provides a light and contemporary space with pale green features to reflect its history. Lastly, the Statue Gallery is the most opulent setting for drinks receptions and canapés, as well as ceremonies and receptions for 300. The space features breathtaking stained glass, Sienna marble and Venetian statues. Couples can transform their wedding day into full weekends by enjoying various activities across the estate, including shooting, golf, spa packages and pre-wedding evening meals. We love... hen couples book the property for their wedding day, the venue offers them a pre-wedding shoot, a menu tasting session and an anniversary stay. HARDWICK HALL HOTEL 01740 620 253 | Situated at the heart of a magnificent estate in the beautiful countryside, Hardwick Hall boasts breathtaking views and dates back to 1183. The award-winning hotel has just undergone a huge refurbishment to add modern décor to the elegant and magical suites, while maintaining the charming features full of personality. Exchange vows in The Floral Chapel with 80 guests on the ground floor or 120 across the two levels. The recently refurbished area is the perfect combination of romance and elegance with many traditional features. The team can then transform the chapel into a reception space that caters to 120 people and features a private bar. Another reception area is the magnificent Coleman Suite, which can comfortably accommodate 350 seated guests for lavish weddings and boasts six crystal chandeliers. The staff can split the suite into three sections for smaller receptions. Alternatively, The Paddock Marquee in a private garden is available from May to September and can host 150 people. Lined with champagne linen and dressed with trellising, the space is ideal for a traditional garden weddings. Please note that live music or bands are not permitted within the marquee. For more intimate weddings, The Boyne Suite is the hotel’s original dining room that can host 40 people and has an ornately oilpainted ceiling and traditional yet stylish décor. When couples book their wedding at the property, the hall offers a menu tasting session to try some delicious dishes and guests who book accommodation on the wedding night will receive a special discount. With more than 50 luxury bedrooms with exceptional standards of comfort and quirky décor, loved ones will enjoy the large baths, walk-in showers, luxury furnishings and huge king size beds. The new Celebration Suite feature’s a deluxe master bedroom with an ornate en suite bathroom plus two additional bedrooms with a lavish bathroom and a beautifully furnished lounge. There’s even a rooftop terrace garden complete with a hot tub – it’s the perfect suite for the bride squad the night before the wedding! We love... The venue has private gardens where they grow much of their own produce. 23 WINTER WONDERLAND