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March 25, 2017
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Marie and Paul’s DIY wedding

Searching for a DIY wedding venue.

Q. Hello, can you tell me a bit about you both?
A. Our names are Paul and Marie were from Mansfield and have been together 5 years we have a little boy who’s 3 years old.
Q. How long had you been engaged for before you started looking for a wedding venue?
A. Only a couple of months
Q. When you were searching for a venue, what were you looking for and where?
A. We wanted a DIY wedding because we had an idea of what we wanted and didn’t want a traditional format. We looked on Google, and went to a few wedding fayres.
Q. What appealed about Hargate Hall when you first found us?
A. The fact that it was a blank canvas and you could hire it for the whole weekend so your wedding wasn’t just over in a day
Q. What did you think when you first came to look around?
A. It exceeded anything that we thought it would be we were so happy that we found it and it was perfect.

The wedding

Q. What was your plan for your DIY wedding weekend.
A. We wanted all our family and friends to have a get together the Friday evening so everybody knew each other we had a Chinese and a few drinks. The next day we had the ceremony at 2pm afterwards we had a buffet by a company we saw at Clumber park food and drink festival. Then the pictures were taken we all had a few drinks while the disco was set up. We had a fish and chip van and an ice cream cart for the evening which went down well and no washing any pots. On the Sunday, we had a chilled-out day and hired a hog roast from the same company that did our buffet.
Q. Did everything go to plan?
A. Yes
Q. Being a DIY wedding, was it more effort than you thought and was it worth it?
A. It was a lot of effort but everyone got involved and it was lovely as there was a bit of everyone’s efforts involved to make our special day extra special.
Q. Would you do anything differently?
A. No
Q. How would you describe Hargate Hall
A. The most perfect wedding venue ever. Anthony and Julie are amazing too we could ask any question and they helped out so much. Thank you for making our wedding so special and memorable our friends and family talk about it all the time.
Q. And finally do you have any advice to others starting out on their wedding planning?
A. Recommendations are always great to work from, and go to as many wedding fayres so that you can just to get ideas and company’s details. We also found a few of our companies through Clumber park food and drink festival

wedding interviews

in the long grass

March 21, 2017
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A relaxed wedding for Zoe and Sam

Searching for a relaxed wedding venue

Q. Hello, can you tell me a bit about you both?

A. Hello. We are Zoe and Sam Mcvaigh, we live in Stockport

Q. How long had you been engaged for before you started looking for a wedding venue?

A. Not long, we looked for a while before we found “the one”

Q. When you were searching for a venue, what were you looking for and where?

A. We wanted somewhere where all our guests could stay. We wanted somewhere, perhaps not a traditional wedding place, where we could do our own thing. The accommodation was the main thing we searched for, initially looking at groups of holiday cottages with somewhere for a wedding within walking distance.

Q. What appealed about Hargate Hall when you first found us?

A. Beautiful building obviously. You Anthony, to be honest. You were very helpful and enthusiastic and laid back, I had grown weary of venues telling me “and this is the door you will use for photos” … I’ll take photos wherever I bloody want thank you! Also the ability to party all night, we didn’t need to go all night, but so many venues make you turn the music off at 11!! 11?!?! How fun is that?!

Q. What did you think when you first came to look around? Did you have any doubts or concerns about what you might be letting yourself in for compared to a “traditional” wedding venue?

A. Loved it. Loved the feeling of it. Great place, not clinical but like visiting a friend’s house. Just had that relaxed feeling. I remember saying to Sam on the lawn “this is where we should get married, this spot right here” and feeling so happy because it just felt so “us”

The wedding.

Q. What was your plan for your wedding weekend.

A. Party on Friday, relaxed, jeans, dominoes etc. Wedding outside on Saturday on the lawn (weather permitting!), a big lunch, lots of stuff for guests to do with a party in the evening. Sunday BBQ and chill

Q. Did everything go to plan?

A. Yes!

Q. Was it more, or less, effort than you thought, and was it worth it?

A. LOL yes!!!! OMG so much work. But my own doing.

Q. Would you do anything differently?

A. Nope

Q. How would you describe Hargate Hall?

A. Friendly, beautiful, fantastic, magical.

Q. And finally, because we are different to a lot of other venues, do you have any advice to others starting out on their wedding planning?

A. Make a spreadsheet with everything you want and work through it month by month. Also think seriously about how it will all come together on the day, and how you will actually achieve that.

 

Zoe and Sam, thank you very much. They have also shared some pictures from their wedding.

wedding interviews

March 20, 2017
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Wedding interviews at Hargate Hall

Interviews with wedding couples

Over the next few weeks we will conduct some Q&A style wedding interviews with some of our past wedding couples. We will ask each couple a few simple questions about their wedding. Such as how they found us, what they planned and how it all went. Hopefully their answers will be of help to any of you who are starting out on the journey of planning you own wedding.

Why are we doing this? One of the main reason is because we are different to a lot of other wedding venues. By allowing you to choose your own style of wedding, your own caterers and your own entertainment, it can become a bit daunting. Even if it is just what you are looking for. We hope that you will get a bit more information about Hargate Hall and weddings that have been conducted here, by reading these wedding interviews. But also, an insight to why others have chosen us, what they did, and where possible a few pictures to show it all off.

We have conducted all the interviews with real couples who have had their weddings at Hargate Hall. If you choose us as your wedding venue, you will probably get to speak to them. Well, in an online way! We have a very active Facebook group which is open to all wedding couples, past and future, to join. This group provides a great opportunity for future couples to seek advice from those who have already got married here. Also, I suspect that a lot couples thoroughly enjoy telling everyone about their wedding!

We hope you enjoy reading them. If these stories inspire you and you want to come for a look around and find out more about us, then please get in touch. We would love to give you a tour of the place.

Katie and John’s search for a wedding venue

Joe and Simon’s Peak District wedding

Marie and Paul’s DIY wedding

A relaxed wedding for Zoe and Sam