The Newest Wedding Venue in Gloucestershire

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Images by Captured by Katrina.

Twyning Park is a Grade II listed manor house overlooking the beautiful river Avon. The oldest part of the house dates back to the mid 17th Century and boasts a wealth of original features – oak panelling, sash windows, ornate stairways, beautiful fireplaces, ornate cornicing and an Adams fireplace in the drawing room… there are little treasures to be discovered in every room.

There are 5 acres of grounds to enjoy and explore including the two main lawns, rose garden, secret garden and river meadow with private access to the river Avon.

Twyning Park is primarily a family home to 3 generations of the Simmons family. After holding several large celebrations, including family and friends weddings, the owners realised how well suited Twyning Park is to hosting fabulous parties, elegant dinners and ultimately exceptional weddings and have decided to share their home on an exclusive hire basis with couples looking for somewhere to create their perfect day.

Last month, the venue opened it’s doors and welcomed couples to their very first Wedding Open Day. In partnership with West Country Marquees, bride & grooms-to-be enjoyed a glass of fizz (or two!) and soaked up the inspiration and advice from a range of award-winning suppliers. If you missed this event, then fear not because we’re lucky enough to be taking a peek inside thanks to Charlotte, custodian of the venue, and Captured by Katrina.

Notes from Twyning Park

Charlotte:

Individuality, creativity and a celebration that is unique to them – that’s what our couples can expect from their wedding at Twyning Park. We only hold a small number of celebrations here per year. This maintains our exclusivity and allows couples the flexibility to be really creative with their day. We don’t have packages, charge corkage or insist couples use our preferred suppliers. We believe that couples should be able to create a day that fits their style, personality and history and at Twyning Park we love nothing more than something a little bit different.

Weddings here are relaxed affairs where Twyning Park becomes home for our couples, their friends and families. With an average of a three day hire period, there is no need to spend any time on the big day rushing around. The styling and preparation can all be done the day before and with no early morning checkout time the celebrations can continue the day after the wedding, allowing suppliers plenty of time to pack up, and couples and their guests the opportunity to reflect on the day over a bacon sandwich or barbecue.

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Marquee Wedding Venues

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Image by Imogen Xiana.

Did you spot our guide to planning a marquee wedding on Monday…? Well, if you didn’t then I’d highly recommend grabbing 5 minutes to read the wise words of our planning expert Katrina Otter Weddings. Kat’s covered it all – from finding the site, deciding on design, understanding practicalities, quotes and suppliers through to being nice to you neighbours!

If you have already read the post and decided canvas is for you, then take a little browse through this sample of venues. From marquee suppliers through to venues with marquee-lawns or permanent marquee structures, there’s bound to be a venue that ticks your particular box.

The marquee Collection

# 1

The Pearl Tent Company

The Pearl Tent Company is a Marquee hire company of distinction. Their aim is to provide excellence in both tents and service. Made in the UK from the finest white canvas, this juxtaposition of Eastern style and Western practicality is the essence of Pearl Tents success – making them the choice of the top wedding planners.

These unique wedding marquees are as stunning inside as they are out. The dramatic pyramid top creates a luxurious vaulted ceiling providing the ultimate light and airy wedding venue. From initial contact, to post event clear-up, the team strive to please with their bespoke service. Each and every wedding is treated with the importance it deserves.

# 2

Axnoller

Set in drop dead gorgeous country side in West Dorset, near the World Heritage site of the Jurassic coast, and the beaches at West Bay and Lyme Regis, this is a hidden gem like no other. With 360 degree jaw-dropping views, and no neighbours it is a must for a weekend wedding full of chilling, partying and fun.

Taking over Axnoller means having the most extraordinary estate, with ancient buildings converted to house cool contemporary interiors, as yours. With a small retinue of handpicked staff (only there when you need them) and 2 planners who know just how to throw a fabulous party, you cannot be in better hands. They can recommend traditional marquees or something a little more alternative – the choice is yours!

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A Guide to Planning a Marquee Wedding

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Feature Image by Katie Mitchell Photography.

We’re busting the myths and sharing our top tips on the marquee wedding today!

Marquee weddings aren’t what they used to be as couples now have some seriously stylish options available. But not one for style over substance, we still want to arm you with all the considerations behind this outdoor wedding choice.

Katrina Otter, resident planning expert here at Coco Wedding Venues, is back with her thoughts on all the practical elements you need to consider if you fancy celebrating under canvas.

A Guide to Planning a Marquee Wedding

Katrina:

Marquee weddings hold a very special place in my heart. Firstly, there’s something really rather charming and romantic about the concept of creating your own wedding venue, to your own specifications and making it a real reflection of your own style and personalities.

Secondly, with my wedding planning hat on, there are various logistical and planning considerations that need to be taken into account when organising a marquee wedding and as anyone that’s read any of my previous features in our collaborative wedding planning series will know, I LOVE a good logistical wedding!

Thirdly, as I’m based in the countryside, marquee weddings equate to roughly 40% of the weddings I plan every year and to date I’ve organised wedding in tipis, traditional canvas marquees, contemporary clear span frame marquees, yurts, Sperry tents and unique Pearl Tents.

And finally, the main reason – on 18th May 2013 (how has it been four years already!) I held my own elegant English country garden wedding reception in a marquee.

In today’s feature, I’ll therefore be sharing my love for all things marquees and imparting my knowledge, experience and some logistical top tips for those of you planning or considering a marquee wedding.

Before I start, a few words of caution! As much as I love a logistical wedding, not everyone feels the same way as me, so if you’re not a fan of operational challenges then please go into planning a marquee wedding with your eyes open – there is, on average, A LOT more work involved and A LOT to consider. Marquee weddings also aren’t always the cheap option (this BTW is one of the most common wedding misconceptions). You’re basically creating your own wedding venue and that includes building the venue, filling and staffing the venue and then clearing the venue away after the party is over.

So… with those little notes of caution out of the way, shall we get on with the planning..?

The first thing to find is the site. Where are you going to hold your marquee wedding..?  Some wedding venues (you can find an extensive list of marquee and tipi friendly venues via the Coco Venue Finder) allow you to put up a marquee on their lawns whilst still being able to use the main house for your ceremony and accommodation, whilst others will let you use their land only, with the buildings themselves forming the perfect backdrop.

Obviously, there’s likely to be a cost consideration here too but the good news is that you’ve got options.

(On a side note there are also venues that already have permanent or semi-permanent marquees, which in turn eliminates some of those word of warning operational challenges and cost considerations mentioned above and below!)   

Of course, some couples also opt for a marquee wedding so that they can make use of their own gardens or land. This is a wonderfully personal option but please be aware that you’re going to have a week or so of comings and goings in the run up to your wedding and in the days afterwards too, so please be sure that everyone that this will affect is happy about this!

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Ria & David’s Swanton Morley Wedding

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Images by Jason Mark Harris Wedding Photography.

When the bride-to-be is an interior designer, you know that her wedding is going to be super stylish… Well Ria and David’s wedding certainly didn’t disappoint and we were delighted to see they hosted their wedding reception at the gorgeous Swanton Morley House & Gardens last September.

If you’ve not yet met this wedding venue the you simply must take a look; Swanton Morley House is located in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and the venue itself is set within 10 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland and meadow.

Ria and David chose Jason Mark Harris Wedding Photography to capture their special day and we’re so pleased to spot some our fave suppliers including The Little Lending Co. and Hélène Millot amongst the talented team.

Notes from the Venue

Caroline:

Ria started her day with her bridal party at the very chic St Giles Boutique Bed & Breakfast in Norwich and we absolutely love the image showing the moment Ria’s Dad first saw his daughter in her elegant lace wedding gown.

Ria and David’s wedding ceremony was held at St Margaret’s Church in Old Catton, Norwich and whilst the skies were cloudy everybody was delighted that the rain held off so that the guests could still enjoy some confetti throwing at the end of the service.

The rain did eventually start upon David and Ria’s arrival at Swanton Morley House & Gardens but this did not deter them from getting some lovely shots on our tree lined drive and in the woodland whilst guests enjoyed drinks and canapés

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All About ME

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Image courtesy of All About ME.

Founded in 2012, All About ME are an award winning marquee hire service; delivering bespoke tipi hire and events management services nationwide. They cater for weddings of all sizes – big and small, but also provide marquee and tipi hire for corporate events, festivals and parties. Recognised year after year in The Wedding Industry Awards, these guys know their stuff when it comes to canvas.

All About Me was created by four founding members who all share a passion for providing an unrivalled standard of marquee and tipi hire and customer service within the UK’s wedding industry.

Their website is a source of inspiration, you’re a simple click away from discovering the world of tent weddings, budget advice,  a whole variety of venues to pitch up at and a rather inspiring gallery of goodness!

We checked in with the Directors to find out a little bit more about All About ME

All About Me Marquees & Events

All About ME:

How did you enter the world of weddings and why..?

We spotted a gap for couples searching for marquees and tipis, we wanted to fill that gap by creating a company that provides a bespoke wedding package and an outstanding level of customer service.

We stock a range of tipis and marquees that can be combined to produce spectacular venues with fire pits, expansive dance floors and sitting-rooms/chill-out zones (for over 300 people if required!). Our marquees & tipis are bespoke and our level of customer service is completely unique.

What do you love about your job..?

We love seeing how happy our customers are on their special day. Nothing beats it. We also love getting out and about to a range of locations and creating a magical venue each time. Our couple’s vision is so important to us and we are passionate about creating a different experience each time. It certainly keeps it exciting and our client feedback refreshing!

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