Sophie and Jez Carter
6th April 2019
Somerley was the perfect venue for our spring wedding. We wanted a private venue with exclusive use that had both indoor and outdoor space as we assumed April weather could be unpredictable. Somerley has both in abundance. We loved that so many rooms could be hired, with more than enough space for our ceremony, drinks reception, dining, and evening reception with dance floor, bar, photo booth, plus spaces to sit and relax.
We appreciated that Somerley has a civil ceremony licence for a choice of different rooms and outdoor spaces. We chose to have our ceremony in the beautifully light and airy Drawing Room, which had all the space we needed, including room for a string quartet. Our Wedding Breakfast was held in the magnificent Picture Gallery: words can barely do it justice and it is safe to say our guests were impressively wowed! The space is large enough to set up dining tables in a variety of arrangements to suit whatever your needs; we chose ten round tables that were easily accommodated for the room to still feel spacious, yet intimate.
We were pleased Somerley has a number of charming bedrooms, traditionally styled in keeping with the grandeur of the House, and there was sufficient number for our whole bridal party to stay, which was very welcome at the end of the day. We were also all able to get ready in the morning at Somerley so had no travel to contend with: it was a fantastic bonus to be able to have everything in the same place.
Somerley's wedding co-ordinator, Alex, was incredibly helpful throughout our year of wedding planning. Very experienced and highly knowledgeable about the House, the preferred suppliers, and event management in general, Alex was always able to answer our questions, gave helpful advice and suggested excellent solutions when necessary. We were pleased to be able to arrange as many planning visits as we needed, and felt very welcomed and comfortable at Somerley. Alex was also indispensible on our wedding day. We noticed multiple thoughtful little touches and I have no doubt that there were a hundred other activities going on behind the scenes, ensuring that our special day was hassle-free and running smoothly.
Additional thanks must go to the rest of the Somerley team: the car parking attendant, the housekeeping staff for preparing the rooms and the delicious Continental breakfast the morning after the wedding, and Donna, in charge of security on the door.
Overall, Somerley is an absolutely stunning venue, and we can't imagine how we could have had a more perfect wedding, celebrating at this incredible House with such beautiful grounds. Nothing during our planning or on the day was too much trouble for the wonderful and professional staff, and every aspect of the planning and throughout our special day went smoothly due to Alex and the Somerley team. Thank you.