Where do I begin?
What a bunch of absolute legends.
Katherine and I got married in December of last year. After only getting engaged in August, we knew the next few months were going to be pretty intense. So we needed all the help we could get.
Enter, The Willows at the Woodmans. After viewing the venue for probably less than an hour, we knew this was the one.
Yes, the venue itself is absolutely gorgeous, rustic and intimate - the trio we were looking for from the outset.
But what really sold it was the fantastic Ruth - our wonderful wedding planner. She was outstanding, welcoming and accommodating from the moment we walked through those doors.
Ruth actually encouraged us to look at other venues to compare and was extremely kind. We politely told her no, this is absolutely the one.
Over the next few months, Ruth was there to answer every question, as in-depth as possible and to relieve any excess stress from us. Her partner in crime, Fiona - the Batman to her Robin (or the other way round), was also there to help when Ruth wasn't around and was just as brilliant.
We had a bit of a nightmare with COVID related drop outs the week of, but Ruth and The Willows were unbelievably supportive through all of it and made the lead up to the day as easy as it could be, given the circumstances.
On the day, they were just as excellent. Of course, everything ran smoothly, looked stunning and the venue showed the highest standards of professionalism EVER.
But what really stood out on the day is the way Ruth and the team really, truly cared for me, Katherine and our guests.
Okay, the venue is a stunning running rustic gem. Yes, the food and drink is amazing. The views from the venue are incredible.
However, the real standouts are Ruth, Fiona and the team at The Willows. They just have that something else.
If you're looking for a nice wedding venue with good food and nice interiors - go anywhere. But if you're looking for all of that, genuineness, excellence and that something more - you'll struggle to find many like The Willows.
If you're disabled. Book The Willows.
I have Spina Bifida and I don't use a wheelchair but my legs, back and the rest of my frame can get weary after a while. I also self-catheterise.
Ruth made sure I was looked after and that my catheters were stored away safe, secure and accessible.
My nephew is also autistic and has sensory needs when it comes to food. She liaised with the kitchen to make sure his needs were met and was so so flexible.
Aside from The Willows being genuinely people focused and therefore, disabled people focused, they have:
- A large disabled toilet (which is right near both the ceremony room and evening reception room), fitted with grab rails near the toilet and sink.
- level access to all areas of the venue.
- ramp access into the venue via the main entrance (into their Aviary Lounge) and leve access into the venue via the side door into the main reception room (2 disability friendly entrances - YES!)
- they allow guide / service dogs and are used to dealing with furry assistants!
- they're looking at getting specific disabled parking but they WILL reserve parking next to the venue for those that need it.
Anything else re. accessibility, whether it's needing chairs for those that can't stand long periods (sometimes me) or needing a quiet space for those with sensory issues - talk to them. They're class.
Also - Ruth and Fiona, you need to put your access info on your website / Facebook! Other disabled people need to know how brilliant you are.
We love you guys!
Drew and K. xxx