With just 100 days to go until our wedding the time has finally come for me to tell you about our wedding venue! I’ve desperately wanted to shout about it for the last year but it was important to me that our guests found out first. Although there was a sneaky peek of the venue in my wedding invite video so it might not be a complete surprise.
Our first visit
Back in January 2017 we spent a couple of weeks visiting what felt like every single wedding venue in the North West. It was on a rainy, grey and very bleak Sunday morning that we approached the gates of Dorfold Hall and quite frankly, it gave me goosebumps. We drove down the long drive to the front of the house and were greeted by the wonderful Candice (she owns the place and is simply amazing). She showed us around the beautiful house, I think it’s fair to say that some areas looked a little shabby so when we were told renovations were planned and we had a glimpse at two immaculately renovated rooms, we knew that this venue had incredible potential.
With our wellies on we made our way outside to look around the grounds, imagination was essential at this point as it was a far cry from the sunny summers day we are hoping for. Candice gave us a tour of the individual gardens and explained which flowers would be blooming in the summer as well as where the Sperry Tent would be. It was then that I realised this was the whimsical, English country garden I’d dreamed of.
One of the reasons we looked at Dorfold Hall was because we could get married outside which at the time was a definite for both of us, however Candice told us that they had started building work on the old Coach House which would in time become a ceremony room. Candice talked us through her vision for the space as we stood in a derelict building held up by scaffolding and whilst we thought it sounded lovely, we didn’t plan to give up our dreams of an outside ceremony.
After our tour, we went back into the house and talked prices and dates, whilst we still had another venue to visit after Dorfold Hall, I think we both knew that this was the place for us. Another selling point for Dorfold Hall was that we could hire it for an entire weekend, which meant we could start our celebrations on the Friday night and prolong them to the Sunday!
Watching Dorfold Hall develop
I can’t lie, booking our wedding at an outside wedding venue that hadn’t even had a wedding yet was pretty terrifying concept. Whilst there was pure elation when I saw an ‘update’ email pop in my inbox from Candice there were a good few months of worrying about what the venue, including the Sperry Tent would even look like when July 2018 arrived.
From the moment Dorfold Hall announced their Wedding Showcase, I was counting down the days until I could visit again. I really couldn’t wait to see how the venue had changed and I was not disappointed. The Coach House renovation was breath taking and seeing the tent in the flesh really calmed my nerves. I was especially pleased to see that the Sperry Tent had light coloured carpet as I had rejected other venues because of their dark carpet (sorry Hilltop!).
We are still watching Dorfold develop and as I type, the final renovations are happening in the house. We’re going to see them on the 14th April and I really can’t wait to see what Candice has done.
There are lots of other things I want to tell you about Dorfold Hall but I think that’s enough waffling for today. If you want to see it for yourself then you can get tickets for their wedding open day on 6th May here.