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Tips For Planning Your Wedding Reception At Combermere Abbey

Wedding Planning – 09.09.19


Your wedding reception is the point at which your wedding ideas come together in one wow-factor crescendo. From the decor to the dinner menu and dance floor playlist, co-ordinating your wedding ideas will ensure you throw the ultimate party that is unique to you. Simply use our top tips to help you pull it off.

Pop Open The Fizz

Tradition dictates that couples kick off their wedding reception with fizz, and who are we to disagree? Pop open the prosecco, pass the flutes around and raise a toast to your newly married status – you did it!

Spill out from your Glasshouse ceremony into the fruit tree maze for a setting you’ll never forget. This is a great opportunity for your confetti moment too.

Luxe Light Bites

With most couples opting to hold their ceremony at 2pm, the beginning of your wedding reception is also the ideal time to fill your guests’ stomachs as well as their glasses. Food is one of the easiest ways to personalise your wedding ideas and canapés are a great starting point.

We’ve heard of couples serving everything from oysters on ice to scones with clotted cream, with a whole host of gourmet treats in between.

Let The Games Begin

When you get married at Combermere Abbey, we want to make sure every guest has a great time. Entertainment is often one of the most deliberated wedding ideas, with larger features like musicians demanding a significant investment.

With that in mind, we take care of the little things so you can focus on the big features, providing garden games to every couple to enjoy on the Walled Garden lawns.

Dinner Is Served

Another meaty portion of your wedding budget is eaten up by your wedding breakfast menu, so have fun with it! You could incorporate all manner of wedding ideas, whether you choose an international-inspired menu to suit a globetrotting theme, or simply serve up your favourites.

Our partner caterers make it easy to create your day, your way, without your budget spiralling out of hand. Check out their top tips for the greatest foodie trends.

Party Time

As the party picks up, we’ll pull back the reveal curtain in the Garden Pavilion to reveal your DJ or band. This elegant interior trick makes it easy to give your wedding reception areas definition. With your dining area clearly distinguished from the dance floor, your wedding planning is a cinch! There’s no need to worry about where guests will go as tables are moved to make way for dancing. At Combermere, everything is catered for.

Raise The Bar

You may well have decided whether or not to have a paid bar at your wedding reception, but how much have you considered beyond this? While the opportunity is often overlooked, the bar offers one of the most exciting ways to add your own wedding ideas and entertain your guests.

Organise a gin tasting, serve personalised cocktails or host a pimp your Prosecco station. Any which way, our bar and lounge area promise ultra-chic surrounds.

Perfect timing

Getting the timing right is one of the most important elements of your wedding reception. Pacing out the gaps between canapés, the main event and the late-night nibbles takes practice. Luckily, our co-ordinators are on hand to help you get it right.

You should also consider the impact of any extra wedding ideas. That might be a sparkler send-off, or carving out a gap for golden hour photographs. Let your venue know your planned timings and they’ll keep track behind the scenes. Then let your hair down and party on, knowing your celebrations will run like clockwork.

After dark

Of course, the very best wedding receptions are the ones that aren’t followed by a long taxi journey. That way, every guest can celebrate however they’d like to. With our charming Courtyard Cottages for your nearest and dearest, plus the luxurious North Wing for you, the party never has to end.

Discover more about the romantic spaces you’ll unlock when you get married at Combermere Abbey.