Kelham House Country Manor Hotel, Newark: Popular wedding venue in Nottinghamshire for summer 2020
From the backdrop of a late sunset to a cool breeze while sipping on your glass of bubbly, a summer wedding can be a magical experience.
There are many reasons why summer is the most popular season for weddings and it’s easy to see why.
The warmer weather, sparkling flowers and lush open surroundings - depending on the right venue - make it the ideal time for happy couples up and down the country to tie the knot.
But making that dream wedding a reality is easier said than done.
Fortunately, help is at hand with these eight expert tips from Samantha Coldman, Wedding & Events Manager at Kelham House Country Hotel in Newark on Trent.
1. GET MOVING EARLY AND PLAN WAY AHEAD
Samantha: “The most important thing when it comes to any wedding is planning and nothing is ever too far ahead.
“We get wedding bookings all year round but summer really is prime time for weddings and it’s vital not to leave venue searching too late.
“For example here at Kelham House, we’re a very popular location because our enchanting house and rich wooded grounds make it the perfect backdrop for the bride and groom’s big day.
“Sitting in nine acres, we can use our gardens and parklands to cater events with up to 200 guests.
“Planning for your guests is also important.
“Make sure they can keep your wedding weekend open. It’s always best to send those invites out early - even six or eight months ahead.
2. MAKE SURE YOU PLAN THE TIMES CORRECTLY
Samantha: “Sometimes happy couples get caught up in the moment which is why timing - and especially timing up front - is everything.
“If it’s an outdoor wedding, make sure you avoid those hot mid-day hours and perhaps plan things for the afternoon and evening.
“The last thing you want to do is have your guests cooking in the sun.”
3. LOOK AFTER THOSE GUESTS ARRIVING FROM OUT OF TOWN
Samantha: “If you have guests coming from out of town - and a lot of weddings often have people coming from as far as Australia - then it’s so important to let them know about the area they’re visiting.
“Perhaps give them some great pointers in the invitation or by a separate email. Some even give out goodie bags of things to do and see!
“Maybe there will be a concert or a festival happening either side of your wedding?
4. MAKE SURE EVERYBODY STAYS COOL
Samantha: “Whether your venue is indoors or outdoors or even in the evening, it’s always best to prepare for hot weather.
“Some people may not be able to handle hot or humid conditions so having air conditioning units is not a bad idea. We offer such services here at our venue.”
5. BE PREPARED WHEN IT COMES TO LOOKING YOUR BEST
Samantha: “You’ll be surprised by how it can be just the little things that can cause the biggest issues.
“Have your bridesmaid or best man carrying blotting papers or other items - even a bottle of water - just in case you get hot or overwhelmed.
“Even think about suits, dresses or hairstyles that are best suited with summer or warm temperatures.”
6. MAKE SURE YOUR WEDDING IS IN BLOOM
Samantha: “Summer always coincides with beautiful colourful flowers and so your wedding should follow suit with amazing centerpieces and bouquets.
“But it’s best to go with flowers that are not thirsty and in constant need of water during summer. Ranunculus are a popular choice along with others like roses, calla lilies, daisies and baby’s breath.
“Hydrangeas are also very popular even though they do require more water than other summer flowers.”
“If you can, try and keep your bouquet in a cooler area between the wedding and picture-taking to ensure they stay looking fresh.”
7. REMEMBER TO SAY CHILLED
Samantha: Weddings are synonymous with celebratory drinks like Champagne, wine, beer and spirits. But during the summer and especially on those hot days and evenings, it’s so important for everyone to stay hydrated.
“A great way to do that is ensure that ice water is served in perhaps a drink dispenser. You can even get creative and infuse the water with things like lemon, mint or cucumber.”
8. GIVING YOUR MENU A SUMMER TASTE
*Noel: “Cool appetisers are always essential prior to dinner during summer weddings as guests tend to get peckish once the drinks become available.
“When it comes to the perfect summer food at a wedding, it’s of course down the preference of the couple.
“Our chef and his team, for example, will work with couples to create a menu that fits with their wedding theme.
“But we always recommend a picnic or grill-inspired menu with fresh-fruit themed desserts.
“A summer wedding - especially one outdoors - may not always be the right venue for a hearty, heavy meal.”
*Noel Mines is Group General Manager for Heritage Estates that owns Kelham House.
Kelham House Hotel can provide as much or as little support as couples need, from invitations to flowers, music to photography, and even menu planning.
The venue is fully licensed to host civil ceremonies and is fully equipped inside the house for anything from small and intimate celebrations to weddings with 150 guests.
“Here at Kelham House Hotel, we will tailor the day to what you want,” added Noel.
“You can book out the entire hotel and grounds if you’d like an entirely private celebration, or choose a more selective service.
For more information about Kelham House Hotel, visit the official website by clicking here, telephone 01636 705266 or email email@example.com.
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