Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Some of the best weddings we have had are not necessarily the most flamboyant but the ones that are personal to the couple and have really thought how to enjoy every part of their day. One couple decided to to have an extended drinks reception so they could talk to all of their guests, all their food was a fusion of flavour to reflect their mixed family and they partied away until late in the evening with a live band. These might not seem like extraordinary things but it was unique to them and the atmosphere was amazing.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
It's so easy to get side tracked with photos and different moments, make time to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
A flash mob! The family organised a surprise dance for the couple, it was so personal and was such a fabulous way to start the evening!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Our staircases are gorgeous so provide a great backdrop all year round. If weather is fine our gardens are stunning and with the palace in the backdrop it's the most romantic setting.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We have had a few and many will remain anonymous as we know that it is a day many want to keep private whether they are in the public eye or not. However, one of our higher profile weddings was that of Katherine Jenkins and Andrew Levitas.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Cornish lobster and shrimp brioche roll with tarragon
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Such a hard question! Between mini mac and cheese and mini cheese toasties
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The most unique feature is the Great Hall. One of the last surviving hammerbeam roofs it was built for dining, entertaining and was also where Shakespeare performed.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Lots of people don't realise that we are a charity. Every wedding we have helps to preserve these beautiful buildings and their collections so that we can pass them on to future generations to enjoy and learn from.