Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
After hosting hundreds of weddings, its safe to say each event brings something unique to Hodsock. From helicopter arrivals to luxury floral installations and even bowtie wearing llamas.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
We often get asked for our advice throughout our couples wedding planning journey. Our top tip has always been the same, to remember to take a moment for yourselves. Take a step back to appreciate your countless hours of hard work and planning, embrace your new husband or wife and just soak in all the love shared by your friends and family on your special day.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
An idea that we always love, is when our couples share and frame their most cherished family photos. This adds a lovely personal touch and truly makes the venue feel like yours.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Modern, Traditional, Spacious, Flexible, Personal
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
The most popular photo spots at our venue would have to be the ante room or panelled hall becasue of its history. A great spot in the gardens is just past the lake looking back at the house. The gardens are beautiful in all seasons, in the summer sun but especially when the snowdrops bloom in winter.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
As Hodsock Priory is only available for exclusive hire, your seclusion and privacy is guaranteed. Our most famous guest would have to be Henry VIII.
What’s your favourite canapé?
A question too difficult to answer, one of our most popular would have to be the Baby Yorkshire puddings with rare fillet of beef. Each of our couples get to experience our Head Chef's culinary expertise on our tasting events. Marc will carefully create a tasting menu which makes those all important decisions about your wedding breakfast and the best wine pairings a little more easier.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Our most unique feature is our Grade I list Tudor Gatehouse. In August 1541, Henry VIII and wife #5 Katherine Howard came to visit the Gatehouse and had lunch with their host Sir Gervase Clifton. The gatehouse was believed to have been built for this purpose, that and to have a view out over Sherwood Forest which then stretched to Hodsock. Now an unforgettable welcome for you and you wedding guests as well as a beautiful backdrop for your wedding portraits.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
We are most proud of our team! When looking for your dream venue, the people who are going to be part of your wedding planning journey are just as important as the venue itself. Are they welcoming and friendly? Are they willing to help answer all your questions, big and small? And are they willing to make your craziest ideas a reality? Our team are. We are renowned for our hospitality and service, and pride ourselves upon exceeding your expectations from start to finish.