Venues

A Grand Wedding at The Grand, York

With so many options available, choosing a wedding venue can seem like a daunting task. It’s probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your big day so it’s worth doing some research and thinking about what you want from a venue.

Finding your dream wedding venue doesn’t mean you have to stay within a 10 miles radius of your home, stretch your wings as there are so many wonderful locations waiting for you and your guests!

Located in the beautiful city of York, we have The Grand Hotel, Yorkshire’s only 5 start hotel that takes pride in going above and beyond on your special day.

Wedding at the grand york

Even though I live a couple of hours away from York, if I had an invite to a wedding at the Grand Hotel I would be over the moon and booking to stay there straight away.

Your Wedding at the Grand York

The Grand Hotel really is grand. It has that luxurious feel from the moment you step through the large wooden doors. Home to a whiskey lounge, the exclusive white rose lounge, the terrace and the luxury spa. Which have a fantastic range of treatments to help get you wedding ready.

The Grand, York offers four different Wedding packages, Grandeur, Splendour, Opulence and Ultimate in Luxury.

The Grand, York really do offer that grand day that so many happy couples are looking for, and something that sits within most budgets.

The Spa at Rhe Grand, York

The Grand, York is not just the perfect place for your wedding, it is also the perfect place to get wedding ready. The in-house Spa has some fabulous bridal and groom packages to choose from.

The ultimate bridal package is designed to help you get a restful night’s sleep, to help to get rid of those pre-wedding day nerves. The package includes, ESPA facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, full use of spa facilities, eyelash tint, eyebrow shape and a spa manicure. Everything you could want to be wedding ready.

The Groom the Groom package is designed to help the Groom feeling at their best. The package includes one hour exfoliating ESPA facial, full use of spa facilities, deep cleansing back exfoliation, back, neck and shoulder massage and a hand scrub with nail trim and tidy. The perfect collection of groom items.

Wedding printables

When you have found your perfect venue, it fits within you budgets or it’s so perfect you make it fit, you then start to look at all the other things you need to arrange for you wedding. Your dress, suits, photographer, flowers, invitations, the list goes on. The cost of each of these items adds up and finding a way to have the perfect venue but keeping the other costs down is really important.

The Grand Hotel in York have just released their very own range of free downloadable invitations. Not only are they really chic and beautiful they all free to download, you can print them off at home and send them out to your guests cutting down a lot of the cost of invitations. Such a brilliant idea from this fabulous venue.

The Grand Hotel York really is a fabulous location for your wedding, from the first time you step through those large wooden doors to walking out the day after your wedding. The Grand Hotel is there to help you every step of the way.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Historic British cities to get married in

Britain has a rich and incredible history, from Viking invasions to the intense Industrial Revolution. Explore cities to villages and you’ll be sure to find something that’ll amaze and excite you.

It seems only fitting that a day that represents your first step to your new future, your wedding day, should be celebrated amongst interesting history. From Edinburgh to London, we look at some of Britain’s top historic locations to hold your special day.

Historic British cities to get married in

Historic British Cities to Get Married In

Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the UK’s original cities, with evidence of settlements during the bronze and iron ages, it was a Roman town until the 5th Century AD when the Roman Empire declined. After the Romans, the Danes founded the modern city of Cambridge in 875, which was later captured by the Saxons in the 10th Century. The Danes went on to burn the city down in 1010 and this wouldn’t be the last time Cambridge was to be ravaged by fire.

Once the area was rebuilt, Cambridge became a central point for trade due to it’s location on the River Cam. There were a few internal strifes between the townspeople and the University, founded in 1209, but overall the settlement thrived into the city we know today.

There are over 1,500 listed buildings in Cambridge, the oldest of which dates back to the 11th Century. With a host of historic buildings to choose from, it’s no wonder the city of Cambridge is a popular area to marry in.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an interesting history of going from strength to strength. Evidence of Romans can be found in the area, although it seems they could never truly break the city and by 211 AD had left Edinburgh entirely. During the Medieval and Renaissance periods Edinburgh survived several scuffles with the English and began to expand rapidly. Taking the title of Capital of Scotland by the end of the 1500s. Georgian Edinburgh saw an explosion of construction and is considered the greatest contribution to the modern city. Much of the surviving architecture is revered as being some of the best across the globe.

Over 4,500 listed buildings are scattered across the city and surrounding area from St Margaret’s chapel, constructed during the 12th Century and Edinburgh’s oldest building. To the striking Edinburgh Castle, considered one of the most besieged places in the United Kingdom.

Nottingham

Although not likely to jump to minds when thinking of “Historic Britain” Nottingham was an important town in history due to its location on the River Trent. For a little while after the Norman Conquest, the city was split into a French Borough and an English Borough, but the areas were united in the 1300s. The city is most recognised for its ties to legendary Robin Hood, who is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest. However, more notable, Nottingham is recorded as one of the most beautiful cities in history, with many travel writers or famous authors commenting on the city’s pleasantness.

There are plenty of historic buildings to choose from across the city or alternatively choose a Nottingham city centre hotel that lies in the shadow of the striking Nottingham Castle.

York

Although humans existed in the York area since the Neolithic Period (4000 – 2000 BC) little is known of settlements until 5,000 Romans set up camp in the area in AD 71. After the Romans left in 407 AD, little went on in York until the 8th and 9th centuries when the town slowly started to grow. When the Vikings conquered Northern England, York was made the Viking Capital and the population exploded. Like much of England, there was religious strife during the Middle Ages to the 16th and 17th centuries but York prevailed and held its own as a Market Town, growing into the modern-day City of York.

There are a plethora of classic buildings in York to experience from the spectacular York Cathedral to the 2,000-year-old city walls. It’s not difficult to see why York is a popular wedding destination and has even been host to a Royal Wedding in 1961.

Celebrate your future by holding your special day in a city steeped in history, surrounded by exciting architecture. Not only will it stand out in the minds of your guests, but it’ll certainly add to your wedding photos!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

During the Easter holidays, myself and my Hubby were invited to spend the night at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire, the most beautiful hotel and wedding venue I have ever been privileged to stay in. I was invited to see the Hall and everything that it has to offer for a couple planning to their wedding and why it would be a wonderful location for a wedding. Which it is, absolutely wonderful, but not only is it the perfect venue for a wedding it’s also the perfect location for a romantic getaway I thought I would share our experience of the hotel and the food as well.

A little bit of history

Eynsham Hall is a grade 2 listed building that was once home to the police training head quarters, from 1946 until 1981 when it was taken over to become a hotel. The current owners father was a police recruit who trained there. The current owners have redesigned and renovated Eynsham Hall into a stylish boutique style hotel. As it was the training head quarters for the police service for many years, during the interior design process they have incorporated ‘copper’ elements throughout the Hall. There is a collection of police memorabilia in the lounge area, a collection of police hats lining one of the hall ways, but my favourite is the copper bar in the brasserie. Throughout the hotel there are little nods to the police forces who trained there, even the door numbers have copper stitching, perfectly co-ordinated that unless you were aware of Eynsham Hall’s history you would just think the interior design team were brilliant…….. which honestly they were!

Eynsham Hall

After I had met with the wedding co-ordinator and had a tour of the venue we decided to have a drink in the Gun Room bar. Which, I had visions of it being full of guns and animal taxidermy however this was not the case. The Gun Room was in fact an interior style award winning bar, from it’s dark panelled walls, orche sofas, chairs of geometric patterns, zebra print rugs and a bar made from copper pipes and full of bottles to make the perfect cocktails, or in our case a pot of tea and a coffee. Before checking in.

Romantic get away at Eynsham Hall

After our drink in the bar we headed to check in, we had visited a few of the rooms in the main hall during out tour, each one unique in style, however all coordinating beautifully. So, I was excited to see what our looked like. We were given the room cards for room 35, after a walk through the hotel and up the old stair case we arrived at our room. Wow, the honeymoon suite. I was not expecting the honeymoon suite, but was so pleased to be spending the night there.

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I was amazed to see a fabulous copper bath sat in the bay window, that looked out over the beautiful gardens designed by Owen Jones in 1862 and across the fields. It really was quite a pleasant surprise. The honeymoon suite was large as you could imagine, perfect for spending your wedding night in. There was a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities. My Hubby was most impressed with there being a cafetiere for his morning coffee, plus it came as bag of cafetiere coffee, that saves the mess of loose coffee, something neither or us had seen before.

The large bed, with tv in at the bottom, was really comfy. I loved the checked throw over the bed, it was very me. I do love a bit of check and tweed. A large desk with a nice big mirror, plus a DAB radio that was playing as we entered the room. It was really welcoming to go into a room with a light on and some music playing. Lots of little extra touches that makes Eynsham Hall every bit as wonderful as it looks.

The arm chairs prodived a nice place to sit a read my book for a hour along with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit while my Hubby went to sleep, he wasn’t well for the whole of our trip so it could have been alot more romantic. Neither the less I was able to relax reading for a hour.

The ensuite was a good size, with a double shower, well it was probably bigger than a double. A marble sink and the WC. I fell in love with the floor and wall tiles, which I will now be having in our bathroom when we get our forever home. The bathroom had a nice collection of soaps and shampoos, but there was also plenty of fluffy white towels and dressing gowns. By the copper bath they was again some pretty toiletries for us to be able to use.

After a couple of hours of relaxation it was time to head down to the brasserie restaurant for dinner.

Dinning in style at the brasserie

Although the brasserie restaurant is not a large place, it’s really well set out. With quirky little accessories placed around and lime green chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, which sounds completely out of place in this stately home, however they work perfectly well.

Arriving in the restaurant we were shown to our table, and they kindly gave us a couple of different options for tables. We chose I our table, ordered a drink each and looked through the menu.

It’s not often we both choose the same food from a menu, but this time we did. We both choose the Seven and Wye smoked salmon, horseradish cream, rye bread starter. It arrived with some lovely pieces of the most delicious smoked salmon, I’m not a big horseradish fan but it worked beautiful along side the smoked salmon and the rye bread.

For our main course we both choose the belly pork, dauphinoise potatoes with black pudding bonbon and vegetables. To be honest I have no idea why I chose this, I don’t really eat belly pork and I never eat black pudding. However, I really enjoyed the pork with the vegetables and I did try a tiny bit of the black pudding bonbon, but I didn’t like it. My Hubby however loved it and really enjoyed the whole dish.

It was only me for pudding, as I went for a raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake with a wafer tuile and raspberry ice cream it was fabulous and so pretty and tasted amazing. I do love a pudding and I would order the same one again.

Breakfast and check out

After we returned to our room from dinner, my Hubby got straight into bed and was asleep before I could even take my make up off. He really wasn’t very well. So I ran myself a hot bubble bath, it was to good to miss taking a dip in that gorgeous copper bath. I set up my laptop next to it and watched a couple of episodes of the Crown while enjoying a bottle of Prosecco.

The next morning, after a fabulous nights sleep by me, not so much the Hubby who woke to take pain killers a couple of times, we headed down for breakfast. A very good breakfast it was too. There was a buffet of the traditional English breakfast times to help yourself too, plus cereal, pastries and then you could order some items from the menu as well. We both went for a mini English breakfast followed by fruit and yogurt. Breakfast was very good, my Hubby was impressed with the coffee, he is a bit picky when it comes to coffee, so it must have been good.

Check out was vey straight forward, hand in the room key, let them know if you have had anything from the mini bar, pay your bar bill and head home, well actually to Bicester Village for a bit of shopping.

Not only is Eynsham Hall the perfect wedding venue, it is also the perfect place to have a romantic get away. They also offer dog friendly rooms, which so some people is great. Not sure that my dogs would be coming along for the stay but I have friends who are always looking for dog friendly hotels.

Thank you Eynsham Hall for having us along to stay for the night., we had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting again in the future.

 

*We were given the night and meal at Eynsham Hall, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*