Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Gosh this is so hard! We have truly incredible weddings here. Some are standout because of their styling, others because their ceremonies are crossing cultures, or are in unusual locations around the garden. We have had birds of prey at a drinks reception, tug of war after dinner and a flash mob! This year the daughter of a well known musician married with us and he sang with his family at the ceremony - that was pretty exciting for us. But to be truthful, there is no BEST wedding. They all have something special and something that shines out for us.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
We think planning for your meetings with your venue is really helpful as it means you really make the most of the time on site and with your event manager - ask your venue to send you a little agenda about what you might need to be thinking about so that you come to each of your meetings with an idea of how you want your wedding to look and feel.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Because we have many weddings for couples from different counties, countries, and cultural backgrounds, we always love it when a couple incorporates a tradition personal to them.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Down-to-earth, romantic, historic, rural and with a modern-twist!
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Toooooo many to say!!!! Haha! Photographers get pretty excited at Dewsall because there are so many gorgeous spots!
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We have had really rather a lot but none that we would be so crass as to mention in 'print' so to speak! Ask if you come for a viewing!
What’s your favourite canapé?
Canapes are one of my most favourite things and we have a varied and extensive menu full of deliciousness! Some are hearty and some very pretty... ALL are very, very tasty! We also serve them on some really beautiful majolica plates and dishes which have been sourced from different antique stores - like much of our tableware.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Funnily enough we offer our late night revellers the chance to order midnight feast hampers here at Dewsall - all the treats are handmade in our kitchens - I always pine for the cheese straws!
What is your venue's most unique feature?
I would say the After Party Den. All the revelry happens in the Wainhouse barn which is our purposely renovated ancient barn which is really modern and stylish in its presentation and a great blank canvas. However, once the majority of guests have left, the after-party den in the cellar opens up for you and 25 of your nearest and dearest to party the night away. This little hideaway has its own bar, dance floor, mini lighting rig and sound system and is open till late late late!
What part of your business are you most proud of?
My team. I adore them - we are a proper family and I know that is a cliche! They work SO hard, they really care and they are a lot of fun. Not a day goes by when we don't have a really good, 'deep from the belly' laugh together. They never wallow in a problem but seek solutions, working as a team to always deliver to the highest possible standard.
There is a lot I'm proud of: the food, the standard of presentation, constantly evolving and seeking ways to be as forward-thinking as possible, but the team is the key!