Describe the best wedding that happened at Donnington Manor Hotel?
I'm a wedding fanatic and love them all! Big or small, each wedding is important here, and our couples become like family to us...we're proud to say that many of our couples stay in touch after their big day and come back often, for anniversaries, family events and even renewal of vows!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Make sure your chosen venue has a wedding co-ordinator - and use them! We work with couples all year round and know our venues inside out, so we are well-placed to advise on even the most unusual requests, plus we can often save you money (as well as making sure everything runs smoothly on the day!). A good wedding planner can be worth their weight in gold!
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
It's actually one of mine that I brought from my own wedding experience, which I was so grateful for. I always bring the couple in to the reception space just before their guests join them for the wedding breakfast, so they can see the room transformed and enjoy some private time together...it's such a magical, special moment. The look on their faces gets me every time :)
Describe Donnington Manor Hotel in 5 adjectives
Welcoming, exclusive, bespoke, elegant and modern
Where’s the best photo spot at Donnington Manor Hotel?
Our pair of resident elephants that stand proudly at the entrance to our hotel. They are made of solid marble and represent good luck, wealth and happiness so are ideal for some quirky shots that you won't see in any other wedding albums!
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Donnington Manor Hotel?
If we have, we won't be telling!
What’s your favourite canapé?
The classic mini Yorkshire pudding filled with succulent roast beef and gravy or horseradish, topped with a sprig of parsley
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
It's got to be chocolate, or a lovely cup of tea with biscuits for dunking ;)
What is Donnington Manor Hotel most unique feature?
Besides the elephants? Probably the eclectic mix of our historic 15th Century restaurant with its oak beams sitting happily beside our modern Spectrum Lounge Bar and freshly-decorated reception. Quirky and elegant in equal measures...
What part of your business are you most proud of?
My team! We have a full event briefing before each wedding so that everyone feels part of the process, allowing us to deliver the most professional service to you on your guests on your wedding day. Always with a smile and true attention to detail.