Describe the best wedding that happened at Gildredge Manor?
They're all lovely and different! The most unusual was probably the murder mystery wedding... roving actors and a crime to solve! A great way to entertain and join people. It was all themed with ghoulish, gothic props. There was also the couple who had an owl fly the rings down the aisle - that was pretty special - along with the birds of prey display during the drinks reception!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
You can't keep everyone happy all the time. Take everyone's views and advice on board but sift out what's just not for you. Relax, make lists, use your gut feelings, don't spend money on unnecessary things and remember - it's YOUR day and you as a couple are the most important people to keep happy!!
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Pet dogs coming along with rings or just for photos!
Describe Gildredge Manor in 5 adjectives
Unique, glamorous, private, relaxed, historic.
Where’s the best photo spot at Gildredge Manor?
So many! We are set in a beautiful park and in our garden and around the house there are dozens of wonderful backdrops and settings. The good news for the unpredictable British weather is that there are loads of wonderful places and lots of light inside for fabulous photos even if the weather doesn't behave.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Gildredge Manor?
We have had several TV stars as wedding guests and were featured in a TV show "Get me to the church on time:" Many many years ago Queen Mary visited the Manor too.
What’s your favourite canapé?
The classic smoked salmon blini but perfectly made & accompanied by a cold glass of good champagne!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Cheese & biscuits with onion marmalade relish!
What is Gildredge Manor most unique feature?
Many beautiful rooms - Library, Long Gallery, Garden room, Double Drawing Rooms, Ladies' Morning room, Games room, as well as lovely gardens set in a wonderful park. Very intimate, personal and private, whilst very easy to access from the seafront and town centre (station, etc.)
What part of your business are you most proud of?
This landmark house was restored from total dereliction in 2012. We keep our weddings exclusive and offer a very personal service.
The venue is totally unique in the area and we have now hosted over 200 wonderful weddings with fantastic feedback and reviews.