At the Tiny Weddings Fair, not only will Unique Venues Birmingham will be offering tours of the venue options within the building, there will also be exhibitors representing some fantastic options for small weddings a little further afield. Eaton Manor is a beautiful venue that offers lots of options for couples planning a wedding with a small guest list. One of their popular options is to stay at the estate from Friday to Sunday and make a weekend of it – thus have a small wedding in term of guests, but a big celebration, allowing quality time with all your nearest and dearest. Come along to the Tiny Weddings Fair at the Birmingham REP on 10th March to learn more about them.
Please give a brief overview of your venue and what it can offer couples planning a tiny wedding.
Eaton Manor Country Estate is a glorious rural retreat set in 500 acres of peaceful Shropshire countryside. We are a friendly, family-run business and we have been welcoming guests here since 2001. We have a collection of 4 and 5 Star Gold self-catering cottages on the estate, sleeping over 50 guests in total, with large, beautiful gardens and first-class on-site amenities, such as a games hall, croquet lawn, summer swimming pool and enormous playing field. We also have a large, stylish banqueting room which can seat everyone on site and more – ideal for wedding receptions. Eaton Manor is a place where memories are made: it is the perfect setting for guests wanting an idyllic, short-break wedding in the countryside.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
There is less pressure on the couple when planning a tiny wedding because they don’t need to think of all the logistics, such as travel and accommodation, for a large number of guests. Couples can focus more on exactly what they want from their wedding – it is their day after all.
What do you love about small weddings and/or elopements?
Small weddings and elopements are wonderful because they can be so personal, focusing primarily on the bride and groom and their closest family and friends – making it a truly special day.
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?
Regardless of the size of wedding our main aim is to give couples our undivided attention – detail is key no matter how large or small the wedding may be. We want our couples to enjoy every moment of planning their wedding right up to the big day itself, and we are on hand to make their day a truly memorable one.
Can you give us an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?
Here is an example of a small wedding we hosted for sixty people; the couple had exclusive use of the estate for a weekend, hiring all of the self-catering properties on site. On the Friday evening they had barbecue at Toad Hall (one of our properties). Breakfast hampers were delivered to each property on the Saturday, which was the morning of the wedding. The wedding ceremony was held in our local Church, which is opposite The Manor House, another of our properties. This was then followed by drinks and activities in two of the property gardens with the theme of an Afternoon Fete, at which we had arranged for a magician to do party tricks, a face painter, coconut shy, ‘splat the rat’ and an ice cream van. Guests then went to our banqueting room to enjoy bespoke catering and the wedding speeches. We had worked with the couple’s preferred venue stylist, prior to the wedding, to create an English County Garden effect within the banqueting room, with trees and uplighters to line a pathway, textured tablecloths and scented rose centrepieces. Finally, on the Sunday morning, bacon baps and coffee were served in an informal style at Toad Hall to allow guests to say goodbye to the couple before setting off on their onward journey.
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
We feel weddings have changed over the years, and there is less of the ‘norm’. Having celebrations after the marriage, when couples get married overseas for example, mid-week wedding celebrations and informal weekend long celebrations are all becoming more popular, and we have hosted a variety of themed weddings, including garden party and skiing themes.
If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
It would have to be here at Eaton Manor, our home, offering couples a short break away enjoying the company of family and friends in a relaxed country setting on our estate, which would be exclusively for the wedding party. Eaton Manor is the perfect venue for couples who want something a bit different, love the countryside and want their own space and privacy.
What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?
We pride ourselves on providing a very personal service and couples will have the dedicated services of an Event Manager throughout the preparation. We believe that every wedding is totally unique and will work with couples and be as flexible as we can to help them create their perfect day.
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