Carol Real Bride Blog September
It was back in March when my mother-in-law to be, Caroline, first gave me the details of the Reid Rooms as a possible wedding venue suggestion.
On its website, it ticked all the boxes: we could have the ceremony outside, there was flexibility in terms of caterers, and it was in a beautiful location in the middle of the countryside.
It just so happened that a few weeks later, Rich and I were driving past the venue, in Margaret Roding, Essex, so we decided to pop in.
As luck would have it, the staff were busy preparing for a wedding that afternoon, so we could see how the set-up would look; and the owner was there and kindly offered to show us around.
It looked perfect; the venue was built 200 years ago as stables, so it’s steeped in history. It’s full of character and charm; and the actually ceremony is carried out under a pavilion in the ground’s meadow, which is exactly what we wanted.
There’s also a farmhouse sleeping 20, a huge courtyard which would be a great space if the weather is nice, and there’s a chill-out room with sofas and a piano, meaning guests wanting to talk during the evening while the dancing is happening in the bar will have somewhere to go.
However, in true female fashion, I decide that we couldn’t possibly book the first venue we had looked at… and we spent the next few months traipsing around the corners of the county looking for somewhere to rival where we had found.
We visited Creeksea Place, Mangapp Manor, Crabbs Barn, Mulberry House, High Barn, Blake Hall, Quendon Park, The White Hart, Woodhall Manor and Hedington Castle; to name but a few. However, none of them was as perfect as what we had already seen.
Either we were restricted to use the venue’s recommended caterers and alcohol suppliers, which bumps up the cost considerably, the venues were too ‘grand’ for us or, overall, they were just too expensive.
So, again, in true female fashion, I told Rich that we should go back to the very first venue, and book the Reid Rooms; much to his delight!
Luckily, the owners had two dates available, so we invited my mother, Linda, and Caroline along for a viewing; and decided to book. Now we have a day to aim for; and the exciting countdown to our wedding begins!
First stop is the National Wedding Show in Earls Court next month, which promises inspiration for everything from dresses and suits to cars and catering!
See you in October…
Catch up with Carol’s August blog here…